Next up, I have the Rice Brightening Cleansing Foam and Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Essence by Skin Food. I purchased both of these, as a pack, from Amazon. Since Food is another one of those brands that I have been dying to try products from. I’m drawn to this brand just like I’m drawing to Etude House; the packaging is cute, the price point is amazing, and they have a variety of products for just about anyone to enjoy!
I’ll first be talking about the Rice Brightening Cleansing Foam. This product stood out to me because I have heard a lot about cleansing your face with rice water. I’m someone who used to cleanse their face daily with oatmeal by use the oat milk to cleanse and the oats themselves to exfoliate gently. However, I never tried the rice water method, since it just seemed too tedious. Skin Food markets this as a quick alternative to that method.
Skin Food does have an entire Rice Brightening line featuring a cleansing oil, foam, scrub, cleansing water, and cream.
When I received this product, I was a little concerned with the packaging it came it. For whatever reason, I never have good luck with cleansers that come in these hand cream type bottles. The product always seems too difficult to get out when you’re being careful, but when you actually try the product just shoots out and you get far more than you intended. Aside from the type of packaging, I really liked the overall aesthetic. The design was simple, featuring a rice plant on the face of the bottle with a slight beige background (about the same color as the water turns when you’re washing rice).
Turning to the back, I scanned the ingredients list:
Ingredients: Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sucrose, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Lauric Acid, Hydrated Silica , Glyceryl Stearate Se, Peg-14m, Peg-40 Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Disodium Edta, Honey Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Yogurt Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
What stands out is that this cleanser has various fatty acids, so if your face is sensitive to those I would suggest you steer clear of this cleanser. And just like the Etude House products, this cleanser also features phenoxyethanol (preservative, classified as an irritant) and fragrance (can be irritating to sensitive types). This cleanser does contains citric acid in order to balance the pH of this product, however it does foam up, meaning that it holds a bit higher of a pH than recommended. If you’d like to know why the pH of your cleanser matters (I honestly didn’t even know it did until it was brought to my attention), check out Snow White and the Asian Pear’s series all about pH and your skin.
I used this product both morning and night for about a week and a half. Though I did have doubts about how the packaging would dispense a reasonable amount of product, everything was just fine! Product didn’t go flying everywhere, so that’s an A+ in my book. This cleanser has a very familiar consistency, matching up with the majority of foaming cleansers out there; thick enough to hold its shape, takes a bit of effort to work into the skin even with water. I applied this first with my hands then used a silicone cleansing pad in order to get the product to foam. It didn’t produce an alarming amount of lather like most OTC foaming cleansers, but just enough to notice. It does have a fragrance, and it was kind of off-putting. The fragrance was an odd mix of plastic and rice, which I was not a fan of. The product was kind of difficult to wash off. I felt like I had to use my hands to actually rub the foam away, rather than letting the water catch the product and wash away, but that was expected with what my experience was in the past with other foaming cleansers. After washing the product away, I kind of felt like I was working against the clock to get my moisturizing products on. In other words, this was drying for me. I was also noticing that my skin wasn’t taking too kindly to this cleanser, either. I wasn’t experiencing any breakouts, but my cheeks were fairly red. I was actually stopped by the redness of my cheeks whenever catching the sight of them in mirrors. Yikes.
In the end, this cleanser didn’t work for me. I come from a long history of foaming cleansers and it’s not that this one didn’t work the same as the others, it’s just that I’ve come generally turned off by foaming cleansers, especially after this one. I feel this would be something that is OK for someone who has oily skin, but my sensitive/dry skin was not having it.
I did mention before that I felt like I was “racing against the clock” to get my moisturizing products on, and one product that I felt brought me much relief was the Premium Lettuce & Cucumer Watery Essence!
This comes from Skin Food’s Premium Lettuce & Cucumber line. Oooooh, Premium. This line features a range of hydrating products such as their toner, essence, emulsion, and cream. The selling point of this line is that each product contains lettuce extract, cucumber extract, and cucumber water. The essence contains 10% lettuce extract, 10% cucumber extract, and 30% cucumber water! 50% of this product is lettuce and cucumber goodness.
Ingredients: Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lactuca Scariola Sativa (Lettuce) Leaf Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Edta, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance<
And, what do you know, the first four ingredients are water, cucumber water, cucumber extract, and lettuce extract! Don’t you just love products that have honest selling points? Along with the ingredients passing my test, the packaging is gorgeous. I love the glass bottle it comes in and how it features that nice cucumber green tint to it. I think the only gripe I have with it is that the pump seemed kind of cheap. It’s a plastic pump but the mechanism inside seemed a bit weak, almost like it could get stuck at any moment and fail to function any further. However, if that were the case, decanting the product into another bottle would be an easy fix.
With a name like “watery essence,” I was afraid of this product slipping and sliding out of my hands in the process of application. However, all of the product dispensed made it onto my face. The consistency is very light, but when you rub the product between your hands and apply, it goes on just fine. I didn’t feel like I was wasting a ton of product either. I sometimes feel like with some essences that are very light or thin, that the product just absorbs right into the palm of my hands and I miss out on 90% of it. That wasn’t the case with this essence. Bless.
Skin Food claims that the Premium Lettuce & Cucumber line delivers products that are “ultra-hydrating and cooling,” which I can very much confirm. Though the Rice Brightening cleanser dried me out, this essence delivered much needed moisture and was very soothing on the skin. I feel like for anyone who lives in an extremely dry or hot area, this would be a dream. I found myself being unnecessarily extra with the application of this essence after long hot days, taking extra time to press all of the cucumber goodness into my skin. And although this essence is thin, it is moisturizing! I wouldn’t say it’s so much that you could do without a moisturizer, but I do feel this is something you could carry around with you as a touch up like you would a skin mist.
If it wasn’t obvious already, I loved this essence. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with dry or sensitive skin. I feel as though this would work with any skin type; it isn’t too thick, not too thin, soaks right into the skin, and leaves you feeling fresh and cool. With my skin being as it is and needing extra attention, I do feel I will explore other essences since this isn’t something I’d consider holy grail worthy, but it is something I would buy again and carry around to use as a touch up on those especially hot days. But, for anyone looking for an overall good essence, I’d totally recommend this one!