I hope you enjoyed summer. Now that we are changing season, the skin tends to be unstable. We need to care our skin with extra attention, if we do not want all it went through summer (UVs, aircon, sebum…) to turn into ageing spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, lost of firmness, etc…
To start with, although I hope you have been doing it properly all summer, we need a thorough cleansing to get rid of dead skin and help skin turnover. In doing so, the skin can absorb better the skincare products, therefore skin moisturization can be optimized.
You must know by now, how cleansing the face in the morning and at night is essential in having a beautiful, healthy and youthful skin. However using a face cleanser with a strong cleansing power can be too aggressive to the skin and can lead to dehydration. That’s why I personally wash my face in the morning with only water to keep the natural skin barrier (except in summer where we produce more sebum day and night). But I was facing a dilemma as I knew that cleansing with only water wouldn’t prevent dead skin build up leading to a dull face.
And recently I have found a super cool award winning product that solves my dilemma for my morning face cleansing routine.
Manara Moist Wash Gel, a special face wash for morning
Manara was designed for women after 30’s with an ageing skin. If you feel that your skin is hardened, dehydrated and sagging, you may want to try this new method of cleansing!
This Japanese brand believes like me, that in the morning we do not need to cleanse the face in the same way as in the evening, as we went to bed with a clean face after the evening skincare routine. In the morning we only need to remove the sebum and dead skin produced at night so that the skincare products penetrate better into the skin.
Manara Moist Wash Gel is a special face cleanser for morning. The concept is “cleansing with a beauty serum”. 97.5% of this product is beauty serum. It is free of petroleum based surfactant, chemical fragrance, mineral oil, paraben, colorants, UV absorbent, and ethanol so it can be used by sensitive skin too.
Instead it has ingredients that produce, nurture and protect collagen, essential to a plumpy youthful face. Also it contains hydroquinone, the famous ingredient efficient for whitening and against aging spots. Along with hyaluronic acid and vegetal oils, the papaya enzymes and artichoke extracts clean perfectly the pores and remove dead skin.
So it is extremely gentle to skin, yet efficiently removes dead skin.
Manala has won the world cosmetic award “Monde Selection” and ranked in the past as No.1 face cleansing product on the famous word of mouth site @cosme.
How to use Manara Moist Wash Gel?
The Moist Wash Gel comes in a pump and inside the gel is vacuum packed.
There are 2 ways of using it:
- Place 2 pushes of the dispenser into your palm, apply on a dry face, and gently massage for 10-20 seconds. Rinse with lukewarm water about 10 times.
- Place 2 pushes of the dispenser on a cotton pad, apply on a dry face and move it gently in small circles across the face. No need to rinse as there is no cleansing agent!
This latter method is good for people who have extra dehydrated skin
Review: what did I think?
I see only pros for this product!! I was really surprised by the performance.
It has a fresh citrus fragrance and the texture is a creamy gel that glides well on the face.
I have a sensitive skin but I felt it was very gentle to the skin. No irritation was felt.
After rinsing, the skin is left soft and fresh although the cream seems rich. As it is almost only made of beauty serum, there is no dryness after the wash.
Most of all, two amazing points that make me a real fan of this product:
- Pores were unclogged from blackheads and whiteheads!!! and they looked much smaller and tighter. I guess it’s the benefit of Papaya enzyme and artichoke extract!!
- The makeup finish looked much better with an even skin complexion and a natural glow. I also felt that my skin tone looked a little brighter.
I tried both methods, with and without rinsing. Below is what I saw when I tried the wiping method with a cotton!! Not surprising pores were clean after! All the blackheads and whiteheads were on the cotton! Yuck..
Before the cleansing, right after waking up…and after the cleansing.
I do think this product is going to be a game changer for fall and winter!
Manala Moist Wash Gel 120ml, 3200 yen.
For those who are in Japan and want to try this product, you can get a 20% discount from the link below.
(Green button that appears several times on the page is to order. Then the form is in Japanese but there is a translation button. You can choose to pay by credit card or cash on delivery)
For those who are abroad, I found it on Rakuten (international shipping):
That was the review of a brand new way of thinking “morning cleanse with a beauty serum”. I hope you liked it, if you ever try this, let me know what you think!!