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Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser
Pyunkang Yul,  second cleanse

Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser

the claim

The Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser claims to be a self-foaming cleanser specially formulated for sensitive skin. It contains 5 kinds of centella asiatica extract for soothing, botanical extracts for balance and shine control plus mild AHA exfoliation.
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser
 

the science

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (DLS), is a sulfate free, gentle cleansing agent that can lift oils and dirt from the skin as well as boost foam. It has a larger molecular size than most surfactants which makes it gentler because it doesn’t readily penetrate as deeply, thus reducing the possibility of irritation. Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate and Coco-glucoside are gentle cleansing agents derived from coconut which is generally well-tolerated, particularly by those with sensitive skin.
 
Centella Asiatica Extract features as the star soothing ingredient in this cleanser, accompanied by it’s four components, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid. Traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability, it’s a diverse ingredient offering anti-inflammatory benefits to ease irritation and acne while restorative behaviour stimulates new cell growth, builds collagen and improves circulation. Supporting this function with excellent antioxidant content and soothing properties are Honeysuckle and Japanese Camellia Extracts.
 
Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties, Tea Tree Extract has been used to treat acne and skin infections. Its ability to remove excess oils from skin by pushing out stale sebum deep within pores can help prevent blackheads and acne forming. Furthermore, natural astringent properties are also said to diminish the appearance of large pores. Willow Bark Extract offers gentle exfoliation for smoothing and brightening.
 
As well as offering gentle surfactants, the formula also prevents drying of skin with a burst of hydrators lead by Hyaluronic Acid in various molecular weights for maximum impact and plumping.
 

the ingredients

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-glucoside, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Pentylene Glycol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polyquaternium-67, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser Ingredients
 

the analysis

Running the ingredient list through the CosDNA tool confirms an all green, gentle product.
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser CosDNA Analysis
 

the packaging

The Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser comes in a solid cardboard box, and packed in a clear plastic pump bottle with secure cap.
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Cleanser
 

the application

Apply a few pumps onto hands and rub thoroughly to cleanse face. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
 

the scent

The Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser is free of added fragrance and has no natural scent either.
 

the cost

A 150ml bottle of the Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser has a recommended retail price of USD$15.00.
 

the availability

The Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser is available on Korean skincare online retail stores such as Style Korean and Yes Style.
 

the performance

The Pyukangy Yul calming line shares minimal packaging and gentle formulations to please the most sensitive of skin types. Without fragrance, essential oils, stripping detergents and harsh ingredients, it certainly is formulated to achieve its objective. The pump dispenser not only hygienic but necessary to generate a foam. The product starts as a watery liquid in the bottle and transforms to a super lightweight foam when pumped. It’s sufficiently wet such that you can apply it to a dry face without needing to dampen the skin prior. The texture is bliss!
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser pH
It states a low (ideal) pH in its title, to match the skin and prevent stripping and drying. A home pH test measures the acidity at around 5.5-5.75 which confirms this claim. Add to that the soothing and hydrating ingredients, and this appears the perfect sensitive skin cleanser.
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser Texture
I use approximately 2-3 pumps of product per cleanse and massage it into the face for around a minute, before rinsing with lukewarm water. It feels extremely silky and light, soft and fluffy and totally rinses off without residue. At no stage is there any irritation or harsh sensation, even on broken skin. As such, I enjoy using this in the morning as the first step of my routine. My skin is clean when I go to bed, so my a.m. cleanser really doesn’t have to do much, thus a very gentle one like this is preferred. I like to cleanse rather than just rinse with water, as there’s always a bit of excess oil, perspiration, dust and impurities that have collected in the pores overnight.
 
The cleanse experience is designed to suit sensitive skin, so don’t expect your skin to feel squeaky clean. (If it does, your cleanser is probably too harsh and it’s stripping your moisture barrier making it more prone to acne and irration). If you need a deeper second step cleanser, I’d try something else. But for those that like their cleanser gentle, this is possibly the one you’ve been waiting for!
 

the conclusion

Mild, gentle cleansing and foaming agents give this product its efficacy while a bunch of extracts and hydrators ensure it doesn’t strip the skin and keeps it calm, hydrated and intact. It’s perfect for sensitive skin types but most will enjoy it, particularly combination and oily complexions. Mine leans to normal with just a hint of oiliness in the T-zone these days and I love it.
 
Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Safe CosDNA approved formula Only available online for Australians
Hygienic simple packaging
Ideal pH assures it doesn’t strip or dry the skin
Very lightweight but satisfying foam
Gentle even around the eyes
Suitable for all skin types
Very affordable

 

the references

The Tea Tree Skin “Miracle” – The 7 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil Body Ecology
Tea Tree Oil Paula’s Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging
Centella asiatica: The miracle ingredient your skin needs Oh Lolly
Honeysuckle Flower Extract Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
This New Skincare Ingredient Is 10 Times More Hydrating Than Hyaluronic Acid Amerley Ollennu
Should You Be Avoiding Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate? The Derm Review
Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by Style Korean for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Pyunkang Yul, Style Korean, product suppliers, representatives or any other third party.
 


 

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