Monday, 7 March 2011

Review: Skin Food Apple Vinegar Cleansing Gel Cream

For those of you not in the know, Skin Food is a Korean brand who sell quirky, interesting products - many of which are based on food ingredients - ranging from skincare to shower and bath products to makeup.  I wish that the brand were easier to get hold of over here; short of specialist websites, your only bet is to go on eBay and bid up a storm.  A colleague was kind enough to bring me a bag of goodies after a recent trip - and this Apple Vinegar Cleansing Gel Cream is one of the lovely things I ended up with.

All in all, it's a pretty basic cleanser; packed full of mineral oil, it's probably not for you if you like your skincare controversial ingredient free.  It smells ever so slightly of something fruity, sharp and acidic - but that's pretty much where the fruit connection ends, I reckon.

The best thing about it is the texture.

It's an incredibly thick, almost jelly like substance, which holds its shape very well in the jar - look closely and you can see where my fingers have scooped it out of the tub.  Massaged into the face, it's still incredibly thick - but after a few minutes of massaging in, the texture suddenly shifts into something warmer, silkier, and much more fluid.  I absolutely love products that slip in a texture shift - I find them so satisfying.  It's like I'm getting feedback on how well I'm massaging the product into my skin. 

With the inclusion of a heck of a lot of mineral oil, you'll probably expect that this is excellent for removing the clingiest of waterproof makeup.  And you'd be right - a little dab, rubbed into the skin until it slips, is enough to loosen waterproof mascara and heavy foundation.  After use, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth, and not at all dry or parched.

At around £9 including shipping to the UK, this isn't a massively cheap cleanser.  Despite that, and the lack of any real stand out reason to repurchase apart from the texture, I'd still pick up another tub of this when mine eventually runs out just for the sheer pleasure of using it.  If you'd like to try it for yourself, your best bet is to take a look on eBay.

What do you think?  Have you tried any Skin Food products?  Let us know in the comments!


  1. Skin Food is on my wish list this year after reading Cosmetic Candy and Musings of Muse talking about them all the time. I guess Skin Food doesn't ship directly to the UK?

  2. Unfortunately not! Such a shame :(


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