Fresh Soy Cleanser for Sensitive Skin: Gel or Milk?

Soy is not the first ingredient I think of when people mention antioxidants or anti-aging. However, do you know that soy is one of the few “complete protein” that is plant-based? Your body needs ~20 different types of amino acids to function properly and 9 of them must be obtained from food. A “complete protein” must contain all nine of these essential amino acids in sufficient amount. The amino acids in soy are critical to build collagen and maintain the elasticity of the skin. Soy also protects the skin against inflammation and moisturizes due to the high level of vitamin E it contains. Also, it is a natural potent antioxidant. Research has shown that it can correct pigmentation and visible signs of aging due to environmental exposure.

However, some people who are allergic to soy in food are also allergic to soy in skincare, so get a sample to try first if you can’t consume soy. Fresh Soy Cleanser has been a long time favorite for many people with dry or sensitive skin. They came out with Fresh Soy Cleansing Milk last fall, and I finally decided to try them out this month. Aside from the soy oil/protein/extract, both of them also contain other moisturizing and calming ingredients such as rosewater and cucumber extract.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

It’s a translucent gel cleanser that you apply on wet skin, massage then rinse off. It doesn’t foam or lather and has a mild clean scent. Sometimes moisturizing cleansers for sensitive skin can leave a residue or feel like they didn’t really cleanse everything off *cough*Cetaphil*cough*. However, this rinses off easily, leaving the skin feeling clean, calm and moisturized. It’s great for normal/combo, dry or sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Caramel, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

Fresh Soy Face Cleansing Milk

It is a milky lotion with a clean scent that is meant to be massaged onto dry skin then wiped or rinsed off. It doesn’t absorb like a moisturizer but it certainly feels moisturizing as I rub it in. When I tissue it off, it does leave a moisturizing residue but my face doesn’t feel quite clean. It does rinse off easily and leaves the skin feeling moisturized. It’s great for dry and sensitive skin, especially if you are on the go and want a no-rinse moisturizing cleanser.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylate-13, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caramel, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Geraniol.

The cleansing milk is more moisturizing than the cleansing gel, but I feel that cleansing gel made my skin feel cleaner. Or maybe I feel that way because I have combination skin, not dry/sensitive skin. Aside from cleansing they also claim to be good makeup removers, so I put it to the test with some of my most long-lasting makeup: Kat von D concealer, Marc Jacob Highliner, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick etc.

After applying the cleansing milk to dry skin and cleansing gel to wet skin, I gently rubbed over the area for 1 minute then rinsed off. The concealer and bullet/creme lipstick swatches are gone but the Marc Jacob Highliner and Hourglass liquid lipstick swatches are still very much visible. The performance is average for cleansers since most cleansers take ~1min to take off makeup (which is also why you should use a makeup remover in addition to cleanser if you wear makeup! A good makeup remover will take everything off within 20-30 seconds. Even after makeup remover, you should massage the cleanser for at least 30 seconds for a thorough cleansing. But don’t go over 1-2 minutes, otherwise you may dry out your skin).

Both of them are great cleansers for sensitive skin. If you have very dry skin or want something no rinse for on the go, then try the Cleansing Milk. Otherwise I would recommend going with the original Fresh Soy Cleanser instead. What cleanser do you use when your skin is sensitive?


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