Delicate and Vegan-friendly cleanser? Try Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser!

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Choosing the right cleanser for your skin can be tricky. We all have preferences, and brands understand our needs a lot. Usually, we all choose cleansers by brand or type. The right pH of the solution is crucial for me. Like many young consumers, I'm more likely to choose cruelty-free, vegan and environment-friendly options. It's not a surprise why Isntree became one of the consumer's favourite Kbeauty brands. I barely ever shop on Yesstyle, but since I had an opportunity to test Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser, I've decided to add it to the cart and share my first experience with the brand Isntree. 

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

About Isntree 

Isntree is a brand loved by many of my friends and people on Instagram. The brand calls itself "green" since Isntree is trying to combine dermatologic knowledge with nature. Isntree was founded in 2009 in South Korea. The name is a combination of the words island, nature and tree. The brand is cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Isntree doesn't forget about underprivileged people - Isntree has campaigns to support people in need.    

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser - Packaging  

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser comes in a paper box. I was very surprised when I opened the cleanser because the applicator is quite long, and it did pop a bit. I was thinking that I messed up something, but it turns out it's a normal thing. The idea of this applicator is very comfortable. The label on the packaging is easy to remove.     

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser - Texture & Scent  

The texture is cool - it's a milk cleanser, and it feels super lightweight. The scent isn't very significant. It has almost no scent.    

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser - Ingredients  

Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Glucose, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate   

Water hides in a cosmetic product under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. If we want to use water in skincare products, we need to make sure this water is clean and free from minerals, any microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil is a source of linoleic acid and vitamin E. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil works as an emollient. Sometimes you can see it as a carrier oil for other substances. It has anti-inflammatory properties and makes the skin barrier stronger. This oil should work on all types of hair porosity. Ethylhexyl Palmitate is an oily emollient. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate is an emulsifier. Arachidyl Alcohol is an oily emollient, it leaves a film on the skin. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in haircare. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol. In the beauty industry, it's an emollient. Many people associate alcohol with something awful for the epidermis, but not every alcohol is nasty. Cetearyl alcohol leaves a moisturizing film on the skin to prevent your skin from transepidermal water loss (TEWL). We use Cetearyl alcohol to create an emulsion. Butylene Glycol is a common ingredient in products. It's not only a solvent. We use butylene glycol because it helps with the penetration of active ingredients, protects products from drying and moisturizes skin and hair. This ingredient can prevent hair loss and make your hair stronger. Behenyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol, but also a good emulsifier and emollient. Arachidyl Glucoside is a surfactant with emulsifying properties. Glucose is a sugar that you should know, but maybe not as a skincare ingredient. When I think of glucose, I think of diabetes. People with this disorder have problems with glucose levels in the blood, and they need to control it. You might not even know how many people around you - not only elders, have to deal with different types of diabetes. Glucose in skincare works as a humectant. 

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Coco-glucoside is a biodegradable surfactant. Glyceryl Stearate is an ester of Glycerin and Stearic Acid. It's an emollient and emulsifier, and you can find it in oil in water formulas. It's a superb ingredient, but in some solutions, Glyceryl Stearate is problematic for me since it feels like it clogs my skin, but just because I'm not a fan of it, it doesn't mean your skin won't like it. Every skin is different. Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, also known as Japanese Mountain Yam, this extract is told to be a moisturizing and brightening antioxidant with a positive effect on wrinkles. Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract or Okra Fruit Extract is an antioxidant. It protects the skin from the damage made by UVB radiation. Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract or Sacred Lotus Extract has anti-inflammatory and brightening properties. Undaria Pinnatifida Extract is a brown, edible algae. It's an antioxidant, humectant and a source of polysaccharides. Laminaria Japonica Extract or Saccharina japonica is a seaweed extract. This plant is also called Dasima, Haidai, Kombu or Ma-konbu. It's an edible seaweed, but usually, it is used as a soothing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredient in skincare. Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract can have antioxidant properties. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract is an emollient. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract is a source of Vitamin E. It's an excellent absorbent. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract is a source of oleic acid and many vitamins. It's an emollient. Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract is an antioxidant. It's a source of flavonoids, saponins and tocopherol (vitamin E). Oat Meal Extract has wide use in skincare - from soothing and anti-inflammatory properties to antioxidant properties. We use it on eczema, sensitive skin or acne. Citric acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) - a delicate exfoliant and a buffering ingredient. It adjusts the pH of the formula. Sodium Citrate neutralizes metal ions, but it also modifies the pH. Xanthan Gum is a thickener and stabilizer which you can find in food and skincare. Sodium Polyacrylate is an absorbent and thickener. It does complete work with water formulas.    

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

How does Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser work?  

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser is a product that surprised me a bit. I'm usually scared of trying new cleansers, but this one has a pH of 5.5 which is the best pH for acne-prone skin but also all skin types. Skin pH is usually around 4.7 - 5.6, pH around 6 and above is ideal for acne to grow. Regular soap has a pH of around 9 and lots of cleansers still have a pH of around 3, because back in the day we used toners to balance the pH of the skin. Nowadays, toners are helping us a bit with moisture, they are not necessary. The milky formula and the fact that isntree informs us about the pH is a huge surprise. I'm allergic to oats but somehow Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser didn't cause my allergic reaction - I swear, I didn't know it contains oats before I started to write this short review. It's a delicate cleanser and it might not be the best cleanser as the only cleanser for acne-prone skin, but as a double cleansing or cleanser for sensitive skin - go for it.    

Insntree recommends mixing Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser with a Clay mask in a 6:4 ratio (or 3:2 ratio) as a pore tightening solution. I think it's a clever idea and I had to try it. It's a bit hard to mix this solution, but I think it's a cool way to change your masking/pore care game a bit.    

I tested this cleanser for shorter than usual, that's why this review is a bit shorter.    

Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser

Where to get Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser?  

I got Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser from Yesstyle, it costs $27.40 for 220 ml. You can use my referral code BETWEENDOTS to save even more money while placing your order on Yesstyle.    

Have you ever tried this cleanser? What's your favourite Isntree product?



*** This product was made in a collaboration with Yesstyleeven though it still shows my personal, honest opinion on the topic and product.***

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