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I have always been a fans of Shiseido products, especially the product line "The Skincare". It is the basic skincare while the other lines may have other special functions like, whitening, anti-aging, etc.
Shiseido recommends the use of The Skincare products in the following sequence: Extra Gentle Cleansing Form, Hydro-nourishing softener and Day Moisture Protection / Night Moisture Recharge. I believe that the products work best together but I will focus on the softener for the purpose of this review.
The Softener is stored in a white bottle and packed in a white box. There is nothing fancy but it serves it purpose. The packaging also reflects the cleanliness and simplicity portrayed by the brand and the line.
Using this softenter is easy. The softener comes in a bottle with a pump and all you need to take a cotton pad and press on the pump, then wipe gently over the face after cleansing. The pump is designed in the way that it will give you the amount to be used each time.
The products claims to have the effect of hydrating and exfoliating lotion that transforms the skin's texture in an instant. It also improves clarity radiance and moisture retention of the skin. Based on my previous experiences , the effect of exfoliation is very obvious. You can see that the cotton pad may become a bit yellowish or have some small dark dots over it. These are the dirts and dead cells on your skin! The wiping action helps to remove the last bit of dirt from your face. I like the feeling of having the face cleaned completely!
As for the effect of moisture retention of the skin, its effect is not as obvious as the improvement of skin clarity. My face did not feel dry after cleansing and applying the softener so I guess it works.
I have been using this softener for years and have bought at least 5-6 bottles. I will definitely continue to use this product!