Japanese Carbonated Face Treatment
I promise you that the whole ‘carbonated’ trend is just around the corner for the UK, although it’s said to take about 8 years for a new beauty trend to properly embed so perhaps the corner is quite far away! So, within the intital large sachets are two smaller ones. One contains powdered grains of malic, glycolic and citric acid and the other is mainly sodium carbonate, magnesium and hyaluronic, although it does contain aloe and argan, grapefruit, lime and apple extracts. So, it’s not just a gimmick – there are some very effective ingredients here.
From the main picture, you have probably deduced that you have to stick your face in a bowl of water containing the two sachets which is clearly a downside because it’s a high maintenance product – and also recommended that you use cold water. No thanks!
The bubbles are actually quite aggressive! I used an oval shaped bowl because it means you can do one half of your face at a time with quite a nice fit and still be able to breath through it rather than come up for air, so to speak. I could certainly smell the citric acid in the formula, and I just used it til the bubbles disipated although you can revive them a little bit by topping up with more water. It is a pain to do and I’m not sure I’d bother to do it again. I was left with a little bit of skin redness which was flagged as something that might happen, but five minutes later it had all gone and my skin felt soft. However, it also felt a bit taut so I had to put moisturiser on as soon as I’d dried my face. It’s thought (although I can find nothing to prove this) that the bubbles massage your skin and help to cleanse it.
I loved trying this – it would take some convincing to make me do it regularly, but as a novelty and precursor to the carbonated products coming it felt interesting and quite exciting! What started as a Korean/Japanese trend for washing your face in fizzy water has already moved to fizz that contains decent skin care ingredients. I have a carbonated facial spray to try which sounds much easier but if you want to get your hands on this one, you can get it HERE for $6 (I have used this site and find it reliable).
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