The By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash claims to be a pH balancing, gently exfoliating cleansing powder formulated with green tea, papain enzymes and baking soda, suitable for all skin types.
Green tea and papain are the highlighted actives in this product. Scientific studies have demonstrated that due to its antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects, ingesting Camellia Sinensis Leaf (green tea) helps prevent the formulation of cancerous tumors. There isn’t quite so much research regarding its topical use, however, skin experts generally recommend it because of its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.
The catechins in green tea, especially Epigallocatechin (EGCG), help to reduce inflammation, detoxify and eliminate acne causing bacteria. With natural astringent qualities, green tea also decreases excess sebum production. An independent study conducted by Dr. Gan-Wong concluded that 3% green tea proved as effective as 4% benzoyl peroxide in fighting acne.
Antioxidant properties give green tea the strength to fight off free radicals that cause cell damage. The rich amount of polyphenols can help to brighten skin and slow down the ageing process. However, there are no conclusive studies reporting the reversal of ageing so it is ineffective at skin firming, wrinkle reduction and dark spot erasure.
Papain is a plant based enzyme naturally found in the papaya fruit that acts as a natural exfoliator. It is responsible for loosening dead and dry skin cells, allowing them to be washed away. Sloughing speeds the skin’s cell renewal process and helps to prevent acne by keeping pores clean. Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract is high in antioxidant content (Vitamin A, C, E and carotenoids), assisting to reduce skin inflammation. It is also effective at moisturizing and accelerating healing.
Sodium Bicarbonate or baking soda, present at the highest concentration in this formula, is softer than sugar or salt so can effectively deliver a gentle exfoliation. It’s also a mild cleansing agent. Due to its slightly drying nature, it is useful at treating oily and acne prone skin, helping to calm inflammation and draw out impurities. The drying nature of baking soda is due to the fact that it has a pH of 9 in comparison to that of healthy skin which is around 5.5. As a result, this can have a disruptive effect on the acid mantle, compromising its ability to protect against bacteria, pollution and damage.
Amino acids are included for their collagen building strengths. Proline and Lysine HCL are both needed to make hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, two amino acids that form collagen, responsible for giving skin strength, suppleness and elasticity and hence reducing the signs of ageing.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a stabilized form of Vitamin C that functions as a powerful antioxidant limiting oxidative stress and skin damage to keep premature ageing at bay. It may be effective against acne on the skin surface and even promote collagen production. Vitamin C also displays skin brightening abilities through interference with the production of melanin for a more even skin tone. Citric Acid, also a potent Vitamin C source, displays these characterists as well as contributing exfoliation capability since it is also a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It is possibly included due to its acidic nature to balance the highly alkaline pH of the baking soda.
Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid, one of the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) found in the skin. It is said to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water therefore contributing hydration to the formula.
Gentle surfactants are strongly represented in the powder wash, included at fairly high concentrations due to their ability to help water mix with oil and dirt, allowing impurities to be easily rinsed away. Both Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate are derived from coconut oil and added to provide a gentle cleansing and foaming effect. Both are generally well-tolerated by sensitive and allergic skin types.
Other ingredients are added for their bulking, thickening and humectant properties.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sorbitol, Papain, Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate
The powder wash comes in an opaque plastic bottle with screw on cap. A flip top action reveals a dispensing hole allowing the powder to escape in a controlled fashion.
Apply a suitable amount on your hand and mix with water. Rub to create foam. Gently rub in a circular motion. Wash off thoroughly with warm water.
There is a strong scent of green tea associated with this powder wash.
The 70g bottle of By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash sells for US$22.00.
The wash must be used within 12 months of opening and has a shelf life of three years.
I’ve never used a powdered face wash before so this was a unique experience for me. I included this in my morning routine as a first step and also as a second cleanse in the evening for several weeks to assess its performance. Firstly, the packaging is simple and effective. The bottle is opaque but can be held up to the light to gauge how much product remains. It makes a good travel item since it’s very light and the snap lock/screw top lid is more or less spill proof. It would be even more travel friendly if the bottle size was compact. 70g content appears to be stored in a bottle of approximately 200g capacity.
The powder is quite fine and lightweight. It dispenses well so you can control the amount needed. It takes a couple of applications to achieve the precise amount that will give you sufficient foam and cleansing benefits. I basically followed the directions provided for application. I poured some powder on my palm, added water, then rubbed my hands together to generate a lather.
The grains dissolve quickly so they are not at all responsible for delivering the product’s exfoliation effects. The science above indicates that this is likely due to key actives including Papain, Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid. I then rubbed my face in circular motions the way I would any other cleanser and rinsed with lukewarm water.
Although it is not much of an overhead, having to dispense the powder and then make a pasty lather out of it before application, does complicate the cleaning process ever so slightly. It’s far easier to just squeeze or pump some gel or foam out of a tube or bottle in one simple, calculated measure.
The scent of this powder is unmistakably green tea. If you don’t like that fragrance, you won’t like this product. The first time I applied it, I was a little put off by it, but with regular use if becomes less and less noticeable. It certainly isn’t irritating, it’s just strong.
After rinsing, my skin felt very clean and looked fresh so the immediate effects were encouraging. My complexion indicated that a gentle exfoliation had in fact occurred as my face was definitely brighter than after a simple cleanse. However, I did find it a little drying once the water had evaporated from the surface of my skin. I performed an acidity test to gauge the powder’s pH level. I was very surprised to find that a product which specifically claims pH balance returns a reading of 8, when the ideal skin acid mantle measures an acidic 5.5. This fairly significant difference was recorded consistently (values ranging from 7.5-8.0) over several tests done on different days. It makes sense that the pH of the most concentrated component of the formulation, baking soda at an alkaline reading of 9, is probably responsible for this.
Alkaline cleansers can disrupt the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the skin, damaging the barrier function. This can cause skin dryness and a decreased antibacterial defense, making skin susceptible to bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances. The cumulative effect of continuous use of alkaline cleansers can be even more damaging and increasingly pronounced for those with aged skin or anyone suffering skin conditions or sensitivity. As such, I finished the powder using it no more than twice weekly.
This powder has a lot of quality attributes, after all, it cleanses thoroughly and exfoliates gently. On the other hand, it lacks an ideal pH which is a fairly critical measure of a cleanser. This is particularly confusing in a product that claims a pH balanced solution. Given the introduction of alkaline steps into a skincare routine can effect skin balance and barrier function, those with sensitive, acne prone or mature skin might find this product too drying. As it is a very effective cleanser, it could be used a couple of times a week to provide gentle exfoliation, but I would avoid more concentrated, continuous use in order to preserve the acid mantle.
|Lightweight, spill proof, good travel item||Only available online in Australia|
|Effective cleanser||A little drying due to high pH|
|Brightening effect||Two step preparation a bit cumbersome|
|Highly rated ingredient list|
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Green with Envy: How Green Tea Became Skin Care’s Latest Super Ingredient Vida Karamooz, Ph.D.
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Baking Soda & Skin Care Usha Sliva
Baking Soda is NOT Good Skin Care! Ethereal Aura Spa
Sodium lauroyl glutamate NutraWiki
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Truth In Aging
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Why is sodium ascorbyl posphate important? Natasha Swindell
Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya Skin Care Benefits Astrida Naturals
How pH Affects the Skin Hanan Taha MD
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This product was provided to me free of charge by WishTrend for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by WishTrend or any of its representatives.