Forget about acne patches! Spot shield gel is now a thing! Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Review

Saturday 9 February 2019

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Jolse

I've been fighting with acne for ages, even if now my acne is not as strong as it used to be, still I have periods full of pimples. It's a normal thing - oily skin can break out easily - you don't need a bad diet or wrong skincare, just have a bad day or lots of exams, et voilà! I always tried to test new technologies on my pimples and believe me acne patches were the anti-acne biggest invention I thought that humans can develop until the day I met Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel. Is it a pimple gel or an acne patch? I guess both but let me start from the beginning.

The acne story

I thought that acne is not my problem - I get up to 10 pimples per month, that's quite a good balance. I can't even make a review of acne patches because I barely ever need to use them but then I decided to focus on education, leave my job that wasn't paid well but it was paid at least and I thought that all the stress is gone. Yeah, that's a great joke, unfortunately for me, cosmetology is related to medicine so 6 exams per day were so my acne went wild during the month of January but during December, I was clever enough and while checking Jolse - a Kbeauty online store - I found product which clearly comes from the movie set - Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel, that's how my story with Tosowoong as a brand has started - I have tried neither propolis ampoule nor enzyme peeling from Tosowoong - two of the cult items if it comes to this brand but I guess sometimes it's better to start with less popular product. 

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Jolse

What does Cica mean?

The main reason why I picked Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel was one thing which I'm sure you already figure out if you read what I'm publishing around the internet for a bit longer - Cica. Word "Cica" works on me better than ringtone in my phone (because I keep my phone on a silent mode), Cica actually stands for Centella Asiatica - an Asian plant, also known as Gotu Kola or Tiger Grass used mostly in natural medicine. The whole magic of this plant is a healing power - Centella speeds up the healing process and helps with inflammation but it also stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis. Sounds amazing, isn't it? And it's hidden in a small tube with an applicator which in the beginning applies more product than you need but later it gets easier to use it. It's a product which you can easily hide in a bag and take it on a trip with you and that's clever because the product is actually recommended to use it under the makeup. 

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel

If you think about acne, what's the first ingredient with anti-bacterial properties you think of? For me, it's always a tea tree oil and extracts. The tea tree ingredients are very calming and the scent of tea tree can be used in aromatherapy but the popularity of this plant in acne product is not because of the smell but because of the antibacterial properties. Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel clearly smells like a tea tree oil, the scent might be too intensive but once you get used to it, you won't even remember it. The formula itself is very delicate but sticky. The applied on the skin gel feels like a 2nd skin or a layer of honey at first but then it gets dry and you know it's on your skin because you can feel that skin in the area where you applied the gel is tight. It needs a couple minutes to get sold then you can apply makeup over it or just go to sleep - I use this gel before I go to sleep, sometimes when I wake up I'm surprised what's going on with my skin because during the sleep I change my sleeping position a lot so the patches start to peel off a bit and it might look like your skin peel off but it actually doesn't - it's just a patch. I haven't tried to use it in makeup because I'm on a daily makeup level but maybe this gel might be helpful while doing some makeup looks? For sure removing the makeup is easier when you wear a patch on it. 

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel - ingredients

The gel protects your skin from the environment and all the dirt but if you pick the pimples just like I do - it protects the skin from your fingers as well. The gel doesn't only protect but it has healing properties as well. Let's  check the ingredients, I translated them all on my own but I hope this translation is at least 99% accurate. 

Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, PVP, Alcohol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Root Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Hexanediol, Phytic Acid, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80

This product smells a bit like Alcohol, but the scent of alcohol disappears quickly. Is it irritating? It can be but in this formula is more about viscosity control than irritation I guess. PVP - Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone is actually a film forming ingredient since the gel makes a film on the skin surface to separate the skin and the environment and Polyvinyl Alcohol which is another ingredient which you might be scared of is actually safe and it makes the gel so sticky. If you expected the active ingredients first then you must be disappointed but the second part of the ingredients is more exciting. Wood fern which is hidden under the name Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Extract is more like a regional ingredient, it's a herb used in traditional medicine due to it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties but it is also told that it's a source of flavonoids - which you might already know from the green tea, it makes a nice duet with Portulaca Oleracea Extract - another local ingredient, which makes your wounds heal faster. If you have acne for a long time then I'm sure that you might remember DIY turmeric mask, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract is also found here but it doesn't give the pigment but it fights with acne just like Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate does. I was kinda surprised to see here Salicylic Acid aka BHA - this one magic ingredient that keeps your pores clean. On the other hand, Allantoin and Arginine are keeping your face moist. Some people are scared of Phenoxyethanol or Disodium EDTA, personally, I'm not but as usual, I had to mention that.

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel

Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel - how does it work?

So acne patches or acne gel? I would still say both! Patches are amazing but I run out of them quickly and somehow the peeling effect of the gel is more fun. If you pick the skin just like I do then patches might save you from yourself. I didn't try to use them under the makeup so I won't tell you more if it works or not, I can only mention that it can be visible so you have to be very delicate while applying the patch and then makeup - also cover a small space with the cream when you use them under the makeup. I see that such treatments are getting more popular and common and I think it's great news because personally I really enjoy this form of acne protection and healing. The tube contains 15g of the product and it costs $9.10 on a discount - normally $13 on Jolse. Is it worth its price? I think yes, I haven't tried any other product similar to this one so I can't compare but I enjoy the scent and formula but also results - popping the pimples is not a good thing and if it can stop me from it then I don't feel like it's a waste of money.

Have you ever tried Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel? What do you think about shield gels?


*** This post was made in collaboration with Jolseeven though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product**

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