At this point in my life, using pH test strips is the closest thing I’ll get to an adult science fair. It’s strangely gratifying when you successfully match up a test strip to the color guide.
Before I get into my experience using these strips, let me start at the beginning. I had heard vaguely here and there about pH in skincare, such as the pH level a product must be at for optimum efficacy. But only recently did I start learning about the natural pH of skin (it’s slightly acidic) and its importance to the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin & Tonics did a great post explaining this concept. Since I have skin on the drier side, I paid attention and basically agonized for a day over whether my skincare was destroying my moisture barrier.
The saleswoman had me at “ballet.” Chacott for Professionals is a Japanese ballet brand, she explained. Well if it’s good enough for prima ballerinas, surely it’s good enough for little ol’ me.
According to the saleswoman, the Cleansing Water is supposedly comparable to Bioderma but cheaper. I’ve never tried Bioderma, so I can’t speak to that point. However, my skepticism about cleansing waters was borne out when I used Chacott.
While browsing for groceries at my fav Japanese market Sunrise Mart, I couldn’t stay away from purchasing yet another Japanese product. Oh the irresistible lure of completely foreign text with only big ass English words “FREE GIFT” and “SPECIAL THANKS SET”!
Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash is an auto-foaming face wash whose star ingredient is–like all products in the Gokujyun line–“Super Hyaluronic Acid,” which supposedly holds twice as much moisture as regular hyaluronic acid. The saleswoman at oo35mm recommended this to me after I told her I was looking for a gentle foaming cleanser for dry skin.