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The Suqqu Enrich Foaming Wash is unlike any foam I have ever tried. It came in a white box, and I instantly fell for the minimalistic white with white packaging. It’s so clean and basic that it makes a statement in a completely different way. Odd, because for £33 I would normally be disappointed if a high end product arrived without extra trimmings. However, in this case I appreciated the lack of them.
Like the simple packaging the foam is equally simple to use. Take approximately 1cm onto your palm and create a lather on your face, then remove with water. The squeeze tube packaging and attached lid are both hygienic and practical. In total, you receive 125g of product which considering how little product you need per each use is generous.
The foam itself is creamier and richer than any other on the market that I’ve tried. Using the smallest amount creates a gorgeous bubbly texture on the skin that feels cleansing and moisturising at the same time whilst you are using it. I have read that it is inspired by the Japanese sticky rice cake which is an excellent way to describe it. It has a bubbly, almost fluffy texture when in contact with the skin. The application of this product is so enjoyable and unique.
The foam certainly cleansed my skin, but surprisingly my skin did feel dry and in need of moisture afterwards. This could be because I used too much product. I have found that the less product I use the better my results and experience with the product.
Unfortunately, one downside for me with this product is that it stung my eyes quite a lot. My eyes aren’t easily irritated or sensitive to many products as a rule. As one of the main selling points of this cleanser is that it does not dry out or strip the skin, I thought I would take a closer look at the ingredients.
Suqqu Enrich Foaming Wash Ingredients:
Ingredients: Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Water (Aqua), Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, PEG-32, PEG-6, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Fragrance (Parfum), Squalane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Polyquaternium-39, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Surfactin, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Sodium Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
With high end skin care, to be honest I expect better quality ingredients. Quite a few ingredients raised a red flag with me. Myristic Acid and Palmitic Acid are both considered drying ingredients. Potassium Hydroxide in high concentrations is known to be a skin irritant. In addition, there are numerous fragrances included in the ingredients list, such as Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone which is an ingredient that those with extra-sensitive skin should avoid. Other fragrances in this cleanser which increase the possibility of irritation are: Btylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol and Limonene and Linalool. If Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone and Linalool are combined in the same product, there is a chance that this could cause a reaction.
There are also some good ingredients like Lauric Acid, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being good for keeping acne at bay, and Soduym Hyaluronate, similar to hyaluronic acid so it helps the skin to preserve moisture as well as providing anti-ageing benefits. Most interestingly, one ingredient that stood out was Rice Ferment Filtrate, also known as sake, the skincare benefits of sake are not completely clear but there is some evidence to suggest that it was used by geishas in the olden days as a skin lightener.
Overall, as a cleanser it performs well but the irritant-heavy ingredients are off-putting to me and the squeaky clean feeling it leaves me with is tight and dry. This could, however, be balanced by following with a thick moisturiser and beauty oil. For my combination/oily skin it didn’t really work in a way I was happy with. There is a chance that people with dry skins will appreciate the texture of this foam and might be left feeling more hydrated and moisturised than I was. However, it is not suitable for people with sensitive skin, and I would avoid contact with the eyes.
You can buy the Suqqu Enriching Foam Wash here for £33