Cicago is the new and natural dermo-cosmetic brand from South Korea that is dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free. The brand is specifically targets men and women with sensitive skin by using centella asiatica, the Asian herbal plant, as the main ingredient. This active ingredient that has been trending in the beauty and skincare community is recognized for helping the skin to innately recover from inflammation, redness and/or blemishes. Cicago carefully combines natural and non-toxic ingredients with high-performance, advanced skincare. Cicago skincare products are gentle enough for all skin types, especially for hyper-sensitive and irritated skin.
About the cleanser:
Cicago Cica Clearing Bubble Cleanser is a gentle foaming cleanser instantly creates airy foams to purify and cleanse the dirt and impurities for sensitive skin. Formulated with centella asiatica and mild botanical extracts, this hydrating cleanser balances the skin’s moisture level while providing softness and comfort to the skin.
This cleanser is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a harsh cleansing agent that has a high pH. Instead, it utilizes gentle surfactants like the ones below:
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is the sodium salt of the coconut fatty acid amide of N-methyltaurine. It is labeled as a surfactant and foaming agent. It is not an ester and is safe for malassezia (fungal acne). (Source)
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate is a surfactant produced on the basis of fatty acids derived from coconut oil. (Source)
Sericin is a protein created by Bombyx mori (silkworms) in the production of silk. Silk protein can have water-binding properties for skin. There is a small amount of research showing silk protein may have topical antioxidant properties. The presence of this ingredient makes this product non-vegan friendly.
The lack of fatty acids and fermented ingredients also makes this cleanser suitable for fungal acne sufferers.
6.76 fl oz/ 200 ml of product came in tall plastic bottle. Product is dispensed through a “self-foaming” pump with a lid over it for hygiene purpose. This liquid-to-foam pump is gets you instant foam without having to rub cleanser on your palms like a housefly. Normally, a tiny amount of cleansing liquid is required to create foam so this giant bottle of cleanser is going to last a long time. Full marks in terms of functionality.
The packaging aesthetic is meh and really basic.
The cleanser gives off a moderately strong citrus scent that reminds me of car fragrance. The dispenser pushes down easily. The amount of foam you see on my palm is from one pump. I find that two pumps are sufficient for one cleansing session.
The foam is not very dense and fluffy. The bubbles are large and the blob starts to flatten after about ten seconds. That is not a big deal to me since it goes onto my face immediately out of the pump.
A quick and simple test with my basic pH strips showed a pH of ~6. Our skin is naturally mildly acidic at a pH of 5.5 hence 6 is pretty acceptable. Anything too alkaline, pH 7 and above, is too harsh and strips our skin of its natural moisture. Long-term usage of high pH cleansers is proven to wear away our skin barrier and exposing our skin to harmful external aggressors.
While cleansing, I try not to rub my skin too hard. Instead, I let the foam do the work for me. This ensures that I’m not dragging on my skin and causing premature sagging.
This removes light makeup, but is really intended to be a second step cleanser. I use this either in the morning after a once over with a miscellar water, or in the evening after my favorite cleansing oil, Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil.
My skin feels clean afterward with no residue. It is definitely slightly tight but not stripping. Bear in mind that I do have dehydration-prone combo skin. As such, I think someone with normal to oily skin will benefit more from the balancing effects of this cleanser.
It’s not the best foaming cleanser I’ve tried. My favorite is Hada Labo’s Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Wash. It not only has a denser foam, it is also not as stripping and is slightly cheaper. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty decent foaming cleanser on its own right.