The road to healthier, more beautiful skin begins with a hydrating skin cleanser for use in the morning and a dedicated, soothing foaming wash for the night.
By Harper Ng
Some might say that sunscreen is the most important step of a skincare routine. And it is. However, there are other steps that come in close behind. We’re talking about cleansing. Cleansing sounds like a straightforward, fuss-free step. Wash and go. Simple.
Have you ever stopped to think about why you use what you use? Most consumers would have one facial cleanser to clean their faces in the morning and at night. A formula that can remove light makeup, dead skin cells, excess sebum, sweat, bacteria, chemical build-up, and air pollutants such as airborne pollutants such as particulate matter (PM), ozone and cigarette smoke. The fact is, you should be using two different cleansers for the A.M. and P.M. Here’s why: When you wake up for the day, you only have dead skin cells, sebum, sweat and some dust from the bedroom to remove from the skin. And at night, everything else. That means the cleanser you use at night would be too harsh for the skin when used in the morning.
With that, Korean beauty brand Lagom decided to bring some clarity to our cleansing routines by creating a morning cleanser, the Lagom Cellup Gel To Water Cleanser, and another, the Lagom Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser for every other occasion.
LAGOM CELLUP GEL TO WATER CLEANSER
The Lagom Cellup Gel To Water Cleanser is a designated face wash designed to remove overnight gunk from the skin in the morning. The featherlight formula works to keep your skin feeling comfortably hydrated with its use of moisturising ingredients like glycerine, urea and rose oil. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a form of water-soluble vitamin C, in the formula, helps neutralise free radicals, and purportedly, brighten the complexion, too.
The water-based cleanser starts out as a lightweight gel on the skin. And as you massaged it over your skin, it transforms into a water-like texture that doesn’t quite lather up. It almost feels like you are rubbing a gel moisturiser over the skin, except that this doesn’t get absorbed. Anyone using this for the first time would be sceptical about its cleansing abilities. However, once it is rinsed off (and it is easily removed), you’ll find your skin smooth, soft and sufficiently hydrated. Clean and refreshed. There is no sensation of stickiness or tightness on the skin at all, and it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. A simple test wiping your face with a toner-soaked cotton pad after using this A.M. cleanser will tell you that all the debris on your morning skin has been removed, and your skin is now ready to receive more skin-loving goodness. You’ll find its herbal-citrus scent subtle and soothing, too. If you use an oil cleanser at night to remove makeup, the Cellup Gel To Water Cleanser can be used as a second-step cleanser to remove any icky feel left by the oil cleanser, without drying out the skin.
LAGOM CELLUP MICRO FOAM CLEANSER
Suitable for oily, combination and normal skin types, the Lagom Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser helps safeguard the skin’s moisture barrier with gentle, naturally-derived cleansing agents like soapwort and soapberry fruit extracts, and hydrogenated lecithin. This creates an ultra-fine foam that glides easily over the skin and washes off effortlessly. There’s also rose and chamomile oils to help soothe and protect skin from free radicals, as well as DermaFlux™, an ingredient that is clinically proven to increase and retain moisture levels in the skin.
A little goes a long way as this cleanser foams up quickly and easily as you massage it over your skin. While the foam is light, you’ll find that it also feels dense and moisturising against the skin. The foam cleanser washes off regular makeup easily and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. If your skin is not overly dry, but a tad dehydrated, this could leave your skin feeling slightly dry but not tight. This product has the same relaxing lavender-orange scent as the Cellup Gel To Water Cleanser, too.