Don’t be sad, but today we’re wrapping up my three-part series on sports skincare. If you missed them, I covered smart sun protection in the first installment and looking like a beauty while training like a beast in the second. Today … today is the last cog in the wheel, the last essential: how to properly clean your face after all of your sweaty pursuits. All the sunscreen, any cosmetics you may have applied, layers of sweat, salt, mud, sand, sandwiched on by more layers of sunblock … your skin was a battlefield out there, yo, and now it’s time to take care of it. Continue reading “Sports Skincare: Part Three, Getting Your Face Clean and Shiny Again”
One of the (full size!) goodies from my Klog Box from Soko Glam this month was a tube of Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam. Made in Korea, this tube retails on that site for $30 USD, which seems to be an average going price in the US (like many things, with K-beauty outside of Korea it pays to shop around). Like many products SG sells, this one is currently on trend in Korea, even being featured in Vogue. So, without further adieu, and since I couldn’t find a Klavuu review when searching, my Klavuu review on the Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam.
Scent: It’s lightly scented (fragrance is listed in the ingredients), and I personally really enjoy the scent. It’s a lovely (not artificial-smelling) sweet honey-like scent mixed with a powdery freshness. I don’t know, I’ve never smelled anything like it, but I enjoy it.
Appearance: It comes out of the tube very thick and creamy looking, with a beautiful pearlescent sheen to it when you look closely (it has pearl as one of its active ingredients, hence the (crazy-long) name of the product. A little goes a long way, it has good slip and spreads easily and creamy over the face. As you work it with your fingers (and especially if you use a tool like a foreo or clarisonic or the like), it creates a dense foam. If you like foaming cleansers, I think you will enjoy this.
Claims: This creamy cleansing foam features over 30 natural plant extracts to help remove all remaining traces of makeup and dissolve impurities your oil cleanser may have missed. Pearl extract brightens and provides anti-aging benefits while seaweed and algae extract boosts hydration. A delightfully light and soft lather for a luxurious cleansing experience. (from the Soko Glam website)
My Klavuu review:
First, I will be straight up with you: I don’t typically like to spend much on cleansers because, well, they aren’t on my face very long. I don’t think it’s a good place to plunk down the bulk of your beauty budget, whatever it may be. Though I do agree with many people, particularly in the Asian beauty community, that proper and thorough cleansing can solve many of your skincare dilemmas.
The pH of this cleanser is 7. This sounds perfect, right? Well, for some lucky and perfect skinned people, their skin can tolerate damn near anything. But, there’s a good bit of research out there now that an acidic cleanser maintains the skin’s acid mantle (the skin naturally sits a little acidic), so it’s less likely to “strip” your skin and leave it feeling tight after washing. Also, acne doesn’t grow as well at acidic pH. If you’re curious about pH, Goals to Get Glowing is a bit of a genius on skincare pH.
This cleanser is plush as hell; I don’t usually use a foaming cleanser, and this one’s foam is dense and luxe. You could sit and wash all day and never run out of bubbles (or so I would imagine). My own face feels ever-so-slightly tight after using it. If I wash and move straight to a toner, I don’t notice it, but if my skin gets a good dry down (if you use retinol, this is often recommended to reduce irritation), things start feeling a bit too small.
Klavuu Review: My thoughts
This cleanser is totally different from anything I usually purchase, or would have picked on my own. I love the smell. I love seeing the pearlescent color of the cream as I work it in my hands. If you perused the ingredient list, you saw that there’s a laundry list of skin-soothing botanicals at the ready to make your face glow.
Would I repurchase? Probably no. I will enjoy this bottle, and I expect it will last a very long time, as a little really does go a long way. But, for the tightness I get afterwards (likely from the pH), and the price point, at this point I just personally don’t think I will reap the rewards it may offer another user. The reviewer on the Klog, where I bought this from, mentioned the pH and said for her, it wasn’t an issue at all, so like with everything, mileage will vary.
Overall, I think this is a lovely sensory experience and an effective cleanser (I use it after oil cleansing to be totally up front). For me, I get a bit of skin tightness after which doesn’t make me want to spend $30 USD for another bottle when it’s done, BUT it’s not a deal breaker that will keep me from enjoying the bottle.
Have you tried this cleanser? Or anything else from Klavuu? It’s hard to find many English language Klavuu reviews online. I’m curious to hear more reviews on the brand, as this is the first thing I’ve tried from them.