Fried Green Wednesday: Joesoef’s Skin Care

March 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm 2 comments

When you try as many things as I do you’re bound to find a few here and there that aren’t as great as you expected them to be.  When you receive them as gifts it’s especially hard, because you just want to like them so darn much.


I was excited to try a few products from Joesoef when I received them. I eagerly opened the Olive Oil & Collagen Moisturizing Soap  and Moisturizing Lotion with SPF30.  Since it’s been crazy dry here this year the dry to normal skin formula of the soap sounded perfect.  And softening and smoothing lines and wrinkles didn’t hurt my excitement.  The smell is nice, but a bit strong, so those with sensitivity might want to try this with caution.  Other than the fragrance I’m familiar with every other ingredient in the soap.  Things like lanolin, collagen and olive oil left me hopeful.  The SPF 30 lotion is a pretty basic, all encompassing lotion which contains one of my very favorite ingredients to pronounce, Octyl Methoxycinnamate. This is an ingredient found in some lip balms and sunscreens. After a study raised safety concerns in 2000 based on testing in mice, a later study concluded that sun screening agents, including Octyl Methoxycinnamate, do not penetrate the skin enough to cause significant toxicity. So if you’ve heard something scary you can probably rest assured that it’s safe. At the very least way safer than using nothing and walking around in the damaging rays of the sun all day.

The very first use of the soap left my face feeling squeaky clean but not tight. This is important, particularly for people whose skin leans towards oily, like mine. If you strip too much of your natural oil your skin may produce even more to compensate, which can lead to a breakout and dryness cycle that can be hard to fix.  I used it morning and night, as the box recommends 2-3 times a day. After 3 days my skin began to get dry and flaky. I’m sure some of this can be attributed to weather, but I wasn’t having as much of a problem with my usual cleanser so some of it had to be the soap.  Once the extreme dryness hit, my skin started acting up and breaking out and it took me about two weeks to get it back in balance again. I am currently using the soap only at night, right before I use my heavier evening cream, and I haven’t experienced any more extreme dryness or flaking.  My skin does feel smooth and clean, so if you’re up to trying something new then feel free, though I definitely recommend you start slowly with this product. This could be a good soap for the summer months when it isn’t so dry, and would be great for those living in the humidity of the east coast. 

I found the lotion to be nice and light.  It sinks in quickly, and it was perfect for a daytime moisturizer. It didn’t contribute to any oiliness, which is always a plus. I think this will be a good lotion to use in the summer months, when the heat dictates I use a light moisturizer and I need a good SPF.  When my skin was flaky and dry the lotion felt like it almost stung a bit, so I wouldn’t use this if you have any broken or irritated skin. This worried me a bit since I have both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide lotions that don’t sting when I apply them to blemished and dry skin. If you want to try this then do so only if you have a great cleansing routine established first to avoid any possible irritation.

The Joesoef line is full of simple, natural ingredients and I was surprised at the poor reception my skin gave it. I have some reservations recommending it and I wasn’t “in love” with either of these products. If you choose to try it, or any new line, I highly recommend you start only ONE product at a time instead of switching your entire regimen at once. Give each product at least a week’s use before adding something new.  This will give you the chance to fine tune your skin’s needs and your use schedule.  Unless your skin is completely out of control and needs a serious intervention stat, patience and prudence is always the best policy.

Mo is Mythbuster Beauty’s featured reviewer for “Fried Green Wednesdays.” 


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jen38  |  March 19, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I have to agree with you on this line. My ultra sensitive skin had a hard time with Joesoef skincare soaps and lotion as well.

    Your “ease into them” suggestion is a very good one, and their acne line looks promising as well. Great customer service and very reasonably priced skincare. Joesoef’s line is worth taking a look at.

    Thanks Mo for another incredible review!

  • 2. Wendiva  |  March 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    oh i love products that leave no heavy residou! things that feel light and airy…the best! sorry i was out of touch, traveling too much. but i’m back now, and you’re welcome back to my blog anytime!!!


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