DHC Cleansing Oil vs. Kose Softymo Review
Today I’m comparing two Japanese oil cleansers: The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28 | gifted by jbeauty e-commerce site Glowie Co) and the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (purchased for $9 from Amazon). I always use these as the first step of a double cleanse. An oil-based cleanser breaks down makeup, and I follow up with a gel cleanser as a second step.
Both do a great job at removing makeup and emulsify when coming in contact with water to ensure a thorough wash. So it’s a tie here. DHC: 1, Kose:1.
Neither leaves the skin feeling stripped or leaves any residue. DHC has a thicker consistency. It’s lovely, almost velvety, and feels like it’s actively conditioning my skin. I can tell that the Kose version is thinner; It doesn’t make my skin dryer, but it’s not moisturizing it either. I think texture is also a matter of personal preference, but I could see DHC winning this one. DHC: 2, Kose: 1.
DHC has a stronger scent than Kose. While Kose’s smells like a citrusy vegetable oil, DHC’s smells a bit like a funky olive oil. DHC: 2, Kose: 2.
The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil retails for $28, which is 3x the price of the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil, which is only $9. DHC: 2, Kose: 3.
When you take price into account, the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil is clearly a better value than the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. While the latter feels thicker and more hydrating, I’m not sure if that alone is worth tripling the price.
I received the DHC cleanser free to test.
Paula’s Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 Review
My new holy grail sunscreen is one that’s been tearing up YouTube and Instagram - It’s the Paula’s Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid ($33 | gifted). It’s a sheer liquid that absorbs quickly, hydrates, and provides SPF 50 coverage with no white cast.
This is packed with antioxidants such as green tea, goji berry, grape seed, and elderberry. It uses a mix of chemical and physical filters, including avobenzone and octinoxate. Some of these chemical filters are not reef safe, so don’t wear this to the beach.
I love how this performs with the milkiness of a kbeauty sunscreen, but without the fragrances or essential oils. This does have a very slight sour scent on initial application, but everything else about the experience is great. It leaves something between a matte and dewy finish and no white cast.
I would definitely purchase and recommend. It’s hard to find a SPF50+ sunscreen that’s lightweight, fragrance-free, and colorless, but Paula’s Choice hits all the right notes!
I received this product free to test.
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Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Review
One of the best things I did for my skin was start to wear sunscreen everyday. While I normally use Asian sunscreens, when Clarins gifted me a sunscreen that promised no white cast and was formulated specifically for warding off urban pollution, I had to put this into my rotation. Here are my thoughts:
This has a mix of physical and chemical filters, with its main filters being titanium dioxide and oxybenzone. According to enraged online reviews, this sunscreen used to be completely physical. I haven’t tried the version of this product pre-formulation, so I can’t compare - but do note that the chemical filters this sunscreen uses are not reef safe, so keep that in mind if you’re choosing a suncare for the beach.
This product features additional ingredients that are more skincare focused, such as antioxidant cantaloupe melon and blackcurrant extracts. As far as I can tell, the “Exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex” is branding for their combination of white tea extract and a plant called succory dock-cress. These are soothing ingredients, but I wouldn’t go so far to say that they are “anti-pollution.”
I like how emollient this sunscreen is. It’s a white watery substance that sinks in easily, doesn’t pill, and leaves no white cast. This definitely leaves your skin on the “dewy” side - I have to matte this down with powder. There is a slight floral fragrance that is very pleasant.
This is in the splurge category, clocking in at $43 for 1.7 oz (50 mL) at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Ulta.
This is a perfectly fine SPF 50 sunscreen. While I am skeptical about its specific anti-urban pollution claims, I found this to feel very emollient and soothing. However, for $45 at @sephora, it’s definitely a splurge.
I received this product free to test.