Minon Amino Moist Clear Wash Powder Review:
Developed by the pharmaceutical company, Daiichi Sankyo Healthcare, the Minon Amino Moist product line is a skincare brand targeted towards those with dry and/or sensitive skin. To be completely honest, this brand wasn’t on my radar at all until I was searching for powder cleansers to travel with and found it for cheap on a local reselling platform.
Looking up the product and thus brand guide, it was intriguing to find out that the brand focuses on developing skincare focused on amino acids to aid in improving the skin’s moisture barrier overtime. However, I must say that the little @cosme sticker on this product’s image thumbnails while googling definitely helped in sealing the quick purchase (though, I’m still not so sure in which year it got into the highly esteemed rankings).
+ Minon Amino Moist Clear Wash Powder is a Japanese cleansing powder with enzymes for dry, sensitive skin.
+ It features protease enzyme to gently break down dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and dull, rough skin.
+ It also contains Minon’s proprietary natural moisturizing factor (NMF) including 9 different kinds of moisturizing amino acids and 2 kinds of special clearing and penetrating amino acids.
+ It cleanses pores and effectively removes dirt, old keratin and protein remnants left deep in pores without removing precious moisture from the skin.
+ Hence leaving the skin feeling super smooth, soft and hydrated after use which prepares the skin to better accept products used after.
+ Pamper skin with ultra-fine lather
+Mild, low-irritant formula with a slightly acidic pH/weak acidity
+ Free of coloring, fragrance, alcohol, synthetic dyes and parabens
+ Allergy test conducted (patch test)
+ Continuous use by sensitive skin and dry skin tested
+Stinging test conducted (test for checking the existence of stinging or burning sensation after use
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Talc, Maltitol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Protease, Silica, Water, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Citrate, Trisodium Phosphate, Carnosine, Dipeptide-15 (Glycyl Glycine), Lysine HCl, Leucine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Proline, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ubiquinone.
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate: A salt derived from licorice. Especially beneficial for sensitive and/or damaged skin as it helps to soothe and reduce redness associated with acne, psoriasis and rosacea. May also provide brightening and antioxidant effects.
Carnosine, Lysine HCl: A combination of an essential amino acid (Lysine HCl) and an amino acid derivative (Carnosine) which aims to support the achievement of smooth-textured, resilient and radiant skin by moisturizing and purifying the skin.
Dipeptide-15 (Glycyl Glycine): May aid in skin conditioning and shrinking the appearance of pores by inhibiting inflammation from unsaturated fatty acids such as sebum.
Leucine, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Histidine: A mixture of 9 types of amino acids (essential and non-essential) which are important for high moisture retention and healthy skin, as “moisture-retaining amino acids”. Also aids in supporting the barrier protection that protects the skin from external stimuli.
Sodium PCA: Also known as the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid (PCA), which is one of the major components of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF). It is a humectant which aids in moisture retention and also reduces inflammation due to its ability to protect the acid mantle.
Sodium Lactate: The sodium salt of lactic acid. It is one of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) constituent of the skin. Hence, an excellent moisturizer, and is used primarily as a hydrating and buffering agent in skincare.
Isoleucine: An essential amino acid which may be important in protein synthesis and tissue repair. May also promote the natural production of anti-microbial properties.
How to use:
1. Wet your skin and take a suitable amount (size of about one teaspoon) on a clean palm.
2. Gradually add water and mix with powder to create a foam until mixture becomes a cream type foam.
3. Wash by spreading the foam over the entire skin surface.
4. After that, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
**Recommended to use 1-2 times per week, but can be used every day.
It can be used on the body such as for the décolleté (neckline area), back, elbows, knees and instep.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Minon Amino Moist Clear Wash Powder Review:
Housed in an opaque white bottle with a peach-colored flip top cap which can be twisted off, the Minon Amino Clear Wash Powder feels sturdy yet lightweight in the palm of my hand. Flipping open the cap and pouring some of the powder onto my palm, the product has a noticeably finely milled texture and a mild powder-ish scent.
If you’re used to setting powders or other products which use corn starch as its base, this is basically how it smells like. My sensitive nose finds it pretty inoffensive, if it’s any consolation.
Depending on the ratio of powder to water, the density and amount of foam produced differs, but more often than not (aka when I just eye ball it), I find that the product produces mild, non-dense bubbles which feel very light on the skin.
Attached are some pictures on how the foam produced can differ based on the powder to water ratio just by using my hands. Of course, to intensify the foaming affect, I find that using the product in conjunction with a konjac sponge or a foaming net does just the trick! So foam-lovers out there, please do take note!
Due to its powder nature and relatively small packaging, it’s very convenient to travel with. As indicated previously, I bought this specifically to bring with me when I was travelling to the UK a few months back, and it was a great decision as I didn’t need to worry about leakages at all, especially when I was on a road-trip with minimal bag space. Though, you also don’t need to use a lot of the powder to cleanse, so decanting a small amount of the product is also an option.
From its claims, the wash powder mentions its ability to thoroughly cleanse the skin – eliminating blackheads and clogged pores – and surprisingly, this was the main thing I noticed to be true immediately after the first wash. You see, along with recurrent acne since I was young, I’ve had an eternal problem with clogged pores/sebaceous filaments/blackheads/whatever you may call it on my nose, and every time after I use this product, I notice immediately how my pores look cleaner, feels more refined texture-wise (this applies to the rest of my face too) and most importantly, my nose ends up looking “clean of blackheads”. It seriously left me stunned.
Along with that claim, Minon also indicates that along with it having a low pH formula (personally tested to be ~pH5-6), it cleanses without compromising the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which I find to be true as well. So although they recommend product usage to be 1-2 times per week for a deep cleanse, I personally find that it works great as an everyday cleanser – even when my skin is in a sensitive state (read: my skin when I travel… seriously the worst; and yet, this face wash was my sole cleanser at the time).
It doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin in the long run and my face just feels softer after each cleanse. However, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)!
As I only use this product for PM cleansing (I only wash my face in the AM with either water, or micellar water sometimes when I’m in heavily polluted areas), I find that it also works remarkably well in conjunction with cleansing oils which leave an unfortunate oily residue.
For example, the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, which I love a lot but also find troublesome sometimes. I’ve actually been using this combination a lot for my PM cleanse these past few months, and they work so well together!
Overall, the Minon Amino Moist Clear Wash Powder is clearly an underrated product, in my opinion. I wish the brand’s products were more locally accessible for me (though I got lucky this time), and that they’d be a bit cheaper for my minimal budget… but I find that I can’t really give the Clear Wash Powder a lower rating besides the 5/5 it deserves.
Travel-friendly, low pH, deep cleanses without stripping moisture or leaving my skin squeaky clean, a great ingredients list and no strong scent… totally a winner for me. If I can’t find any locally-available, cheaper counterpart, I’m totally repurchasing this little gem!
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