[REVIEW] Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam (Before and After)

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It was very hectic to find the appropriate ingredient list. But alas, armed with a Japanese/English dictionary, a translating app, and my knowledge of basic Hiragana and Katakana, I was able to finally discover why this product has so many different versions. Apparently Shiseido has upgraded its formulation 4 times (In 2003, 2005, 2016, and 2018), and some of the older formulations are still on the market, notably the 2016 and 2018 one. Moreover, the bottles differ, this is why some people on Amazon claim that certain products are ‘fake’, but most of the time it’s just that the product is an older or newer version than the one they are used to. I’ll be sticking to the version I know, I’ve bought 2 from Tokyo and one from Yesstyle with the link I provided below,

Please check out this link if you want to see the older packaging and formulations: here.


  • Texture: Dense silky soft cream

  • Cruelty-free: No

  • Price (using this link): $8.76 (Use my code: DEWILDE to get up to 5%OFF)

  • What you get: 120g

+INGREDIENTS

Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid (Emollient + Viscosity Control), PEG-8 (Humectant/Moisturizer + Solvent), Myristic Acid (Surfactant/Cleansing + Emulsifying), Potassium Hydroxide (Buffering), Glycerine, Lauric Acid (Surfactant/Cleansing + Emulsifying + Might be Anti-Acne), Alcohol, Butylene Glycol (Humectant/Moisturizer + Solvent), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Emulsifying), Polyquaternium-7 (Anti-static + Film Former (makes it so that the product is continous and supple when applied), PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether (Skin-conditioning), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sericin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Disodium EDTA (Chelating), Sodium Metabisulfite (Preservative), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Fragrance



☁️Interesting Ingredients:

Glycerine: Widely used as a quality Hydrator (occurs naturally in skin and its chemical structure attracts water). You can find this ingredient in most good skin replenishing products.

Sodium Hyaluronate : Hydrating (water binding properties) + Wound healing (promotes micro circulation)

Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate: One of the limitations of Hyaluronate Acid (Known to keep skin hydrated/plump) is that it has a short half-life and gets degraded in the skin. Sodium Acetyalted hyaluronate is a form of this molecule where some of the OH (hydroxyl groups, water-loving and binding) groups that constitute the molecule are replaced by Acetyle groups to make it longer lasting. Little studies exist on this but current ones suggest that this leads to an general increase of the properties of the molecule, notably: Moisture + Anti-inflamation

Sericin (Silk Protein): Moisturizing (Ressembles skin natural moisturizing factors) + Anti-aging

Hydrolyzed Silk: Hydrolized Silk doesn’t have a lot of study made on it, but normal Silk exhibits the following qualities: Antioxidant + Antibacterial + Moisturizing + Potential anti-aging

Citric Acid: Anti-aging (AHA + promotes collagen production)




🤔Hmmm Ingredients:

Alcohol (antimicrobial + antibacteria + solvent + viscosity controlling + astringent) + Fragrance (Perfuming)

A lot of people assimilate alcohol and fragrances in skincare to dehydration and irritation. I would recommend that you watch this video: “Is Alcohol Safe in Skincare Products?” (by Liah Yoo, who worked at Korea's largest beauty company, AmorePacific and now also has her own brand: KraveBeauty) and consult the links provided in the info box which refer to published scientific studies and articles. The main point is: yes, alcohol and fragrance can be very stripping and irritating to the skin, but it all depends on how they are used and combined in the final formulation (their ratio, the reactions they have with other ingredients, etc…), I have sensitive skin but my skin did not react negatively to the blue mask in any way. Of course, if you’re unsure, a patch test is always recommended.

+Please don’t take these statements as facts, they come from multiple studies I’ve read and I link the most relevant ones, some of these studies are conducted on animal skin, in vitro (in a test tube), on synthetic skin, and some on real human skin, but the concentrations used in these studies and the ones in the products of interests I’m reviewing differ, moreover, the delivering mechanism also differs (how the ingredient is delivered to the skin), the molecular size, ingredient source, and quality also might differ, and these studies rarely consider ingredient interactions which means that they can’t predict how a particular ingredient will act among others in a given product. All this to say that the product of interest in this review may or may not give you the good or bad effects that one if its ingredients is stated to have depending on various variables.

+INSTRUCTIONS

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1.Wet Skin and hands

2. Take an appropriate amount (about 2cm), whisk well with cold or warm water

3.Rinse thoroughly

+CLAIMS

  1. Featuring moisturizing technology that gives you more moisturized skin: No, my skin did not feel more moisturized after this product, it’s a product that cleans very thoroughly, so if you’re looking for something more mild and moisturizing, the Senka Perfect Cleansing Foam won’t be it. It is important to note however that this won’t make your skin dryer by any means (unless you have very dry skin to begin with), it’s not stripping.

  2. Foam particles and fine bubbles with a density of 5 times (compared to our company) slip into pores and skin grooves and adsorb dirt, reach the cause of dullness and drop: As stated above, this product is perfect for deep cleansing. I always reach for it when my skin is particularly oily and dirty and it does a wonderful job at making it clean in a few seconds. This is my cleanser of choice during the summer when I sweat more and naturally produce more oils.

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Now let’s touch on something some of you might be wondering, what’s the pH level of this cleanser? It sits around a 8.0. Now before you shriek and shield your face, I would greatly encourage you to read the following blog post by the Klog: ‘‘Dear Soko: Should I Ever Use a High pH Cleanser?’’, to sum it up, pH is important, especially if you have sensitive/acneic skin, but otherwise, you’re good as long as you use a toner after the cleansing step. So the point is, pH is important, but it depends on your skin type.

I also want to take a moment to talk about how good this cleanser feels on the face, the texture is like creamy silk, when you spread it, it foams up, but the silky texture stays with you and it feels like you’re hugging your skin clean. Cleansing is the part I like the least when it comes to skincare, but I end up looking forward to it whenever I’m using this cleanser. That being said, I almost never use it during the winter time as I feel like my skin needs something more mild. I would recommend this to people with oily skin and people who live in climates where they tend to sweat during the day due to the heat, or that do a lot of sports or are exposed to dirt more than the average person. If you have sensitive/dry skin, you probably won’t like this cleanser.

+ On the picture: foundation + concealer + makeup + Matte Kylie lip kit + Waterproof mascara + Lip Stain (A bit of waterproof mascara and lip stain were not fully removed by the cleanser). As you can see from the above picture, the Senka cleanser removed the majority of the makeup present, if you wear a lot of makeup, especially waterproof, you’ll still need an oil based cleanser before it, but in comparison to the COSRX Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser, this is more a thorough cleanse.



+PROS:

  1. Awesome experience when washing your face

  2. Will remove good majority of dirt

  3. Very soft product

  4. Very Affordable

-CONS:

  1. Not a very appropriate pH

  2. Not suitable for most sensitive skins

☁️ Score: 3.9/5--- My cleanser of choice during the hot summer days, or whenever I feel like I need a strong cleanse without stripping away the good oils in my skin.


+Yesstyle: link (If you use my code: DEWILDE you can get up to 5% off on any yesstyle purchase at checkout)

+Wishtrend product link

+AMAZON: I will not be including an Amazon link here, from what I’ve seen people randomly get bottles with different formulations (from different years) and assume they’re fake (they’re not). Since I’m only reviewing the newest formulation, I can’t recommend the older versions and will only recommend the yesstyle link above.

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