Innisfree Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel Review:
In my initial search online for low pH second cleansers, I found this particular product from Innisfree to be recommended quite a few times, especially for those with sensitive skin. With reviews of mentioning how gentle and non-irritating it was (despite containing salicylic acid!), I definitely had high hopes for it. Thus, after having it on my wishlist for awhile, I finally caved. So the question is: did it live up to my lofty expectations?
- Enriched with torreya seed extract, the Bija Trouble Line helps control blemish for clear skin.
- This non-greasy mineral oil-free product thoroughly removes makeup and impurities. A complex composed of natural ingredients such as natural originated salicylic acid and rose crystal that helps to relieve skin trouble.
- 5-Free system: Free from synthetic colourants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, artificial fragrances, and imidazolidinyl urea.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-15 Glyceryl Isostearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Torreya Nucifera Seed Oil(450mg), Salicylic Acid, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.
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- Torreya Nucifera (Bija) Seed Oil: Anti-inflammatory. Claims to gently smooth skin and enhance the skin’s natural defence system.
- Salicylic Acid: Removes dead skin cells, and penetrates pores to control and help prevent new acne blemishes/pimples from forming.
- Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract: Brighteners that help control melanin biosynthesis to help even out skin tone and control hyperpigmentation.
- Orchid Extract: Moisturises, boosts skin immunity, reduces fine lines, and soothes skin.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea or White Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract: Anti-aging as it contains antioxidants.
- Opuntia Coccinellifera (Indian Prickly-pear) Fruit Extract: Promotes ceramide synthesis and production of natural moisturising factor of the skin.
- Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Flower Extract: Anti-aging.
How to use:
Apply an appropriate amount onto hands and evenly massage to entire face and wash with lukewarm water afterwards.
Innisfree’s suggested steps: Cleansing gel -> Facial foam -> Skin -> Lotion -> Spot essence
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Innisfree Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel Review:
Packaging-wise, the Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel is housed in a translucent light blue pump bottle with an outline of the starred bija plant on the side. Similar to other Innisfree products, the design is relatively simple and straight-to-the-point, with distinguished colours for their various lines of products.
Pumping a bit of the product from the bottle, there is a moderately strong scent reminiscent of the citrus-herbal variety.
Personally, I find this scent quite enjoyable, but for those particular with wanting absolutely no fragrance in their products, I do advise you to steer clear of this as it is quite distinct.However, the scent does wash away while cleansing, if it’s any consolidation.
In terms of the texture of the cleanser, it is a colourless gel with a watery consistency. When mixed and lathered with water, it does not foam at all.
According to Innisfree’s website, this product is actually recommended as a first cleanser instead of forum recommendations of it being a second cleanser, so that was a bit surprising. So, curiously, I did some experimenting in terms of product usage to varying results.
As a first cleanser (ie. used to remove makeup/sunscreen):
Nope. Does not work well for removing makeup at all. I’ve tried this both on heavy and light makeup days, but always seem to have residual makeup after washing it off.
As a first cleanser, Innisfree instructs to apply the product on a dry face, and I find that by doing this and attempting to rub away the makeup, my skin is more prone to turn red in retaliation. So definitely not an option for those with sensitive skin.
Either way, I would definitely not recommend this product as a first cleanser as it just does not work well for its intended purpose.
As a second cleanser (ie. after makeup/sunscreen removal):
This was the main reason why I bought the cleanser in the first place, and after testing this method out the most, I’ve found that it may be too gentle for me. Unless you use an exceptional first cleanser, the Innisfree gel may not be enough to feel that your skin is free from impurities, and judging by my test of using a toner to swipe away at residue after cleansing, it definitely did not cleanse that well for me as I did find leftover makeup on the cotton pads. So, for this purpose, it’s decent, but not all that impressive.
As a morning cleanser (ie. when there’s no makeup/sunscreen to remove):
Now this is probably the best use I’ve found for this cleansing gel. As it is non-foaming and works best on a dry face lathered with wet hands, I find the boasted gentle properties truly ring true and is much more appreciated when you have nothing heavy to clean from your pores except last night’s hydrating skincare layers.
So yes, I would definitely recommend this cleanser for those looking for a gentle, non-stripping morning cleanser.
After much consideration, I would still give this a good rating of 4/5. Despite finding it underwhelming for the main purpose of my purchase, it is still a good gentle cleanser for those seeking non-stripping and non-foaming cleansers.
I still stand by my stance on it being inefficient as a second cleanser and that it is definitely more suited to be a standalone morning cleanser. But as always, YMMV.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Innisfree Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel?
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