Spring is in the air! Well, pollen is too, which stinks for us allergy sufferers, but regardless I’m ready for sunshine and warmer days. To kick off the new season, I thought I’d review 5YINA’s cleanser which they recently (and very kindly) gifted me to try.
5YINA was founded by Ervina Wu and Angela Chau, both practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In their own words, 5YINA integrates the ancient wisdom of TCM and modern science to create a skincare line that is efficacious, intelligently formulated, and beautiful to use. 5YINA crafts their products according to the seasonal cycles, delivering formulas that help our skin adapt to the season’s change.
To honor the new Spring season, 5YINA is having a special GWP offer as well! From now until 3/24, every order of their Divine All Seasons Bio-Adaptive Cleanser will come with a complimentary 3ml petit Enlighten Beauty Oil, which is their dedicated facial oil for Spring.
5YINA DIVINE ALL SEASONS BIO-ADAPTIVE CLEANSER • $38 | 2oz
“Your first step to healthy, radiant skin. This ultra-balancing cleanser is formulated with active and purifying plant extracts to dissolve daily impurities, residual makeup, and pollutants. Rinses off to reveal a smooth and translucent complexion while preserving your skin’s delicate pH and moisture. Features precious pearl powder to gently exfoliate and lift off debris, leaving your skin baby soft and ready for your next skincare step.”
The Divine Bio-Adaptive Cleanser is a water-based cream formulated with pearl powder, purifying plant extracts used in TCM, nourishing and purifying oils, rose clay, and gentle eco-cert surfactants. As the name indicates, this cleanser is designed for use in all seasons as opposed to their seasonal oils.
This is one of the more luxurious and pleasurable-to-use cleansers I have tried in awhile. For many months I have just been cleansing with micellar water in the mornings, which explains why cream cleansers feel like a new-found discovery all over again. This pretty beige-colored cream dissolves into a milk when massaged into damp skin and it provides a very, very gentle cleanse. It leaves my skin feeling so soft, conditioned and moisturized, indicating that it’s been great in the mornings at helping to replenish overnight moisture loss. I love the plush consistency of this cream which feels a little bit marshmallow-y and the scent reminds me of neroli EO, however it doesn’t actually contain it. It’s slightly citrus-y, but it’s soft and floral at the same time. Since Divine is more on the gentle side I haven’t tried it at night since I need something purifying after an oil cleanse, but I can definitely see how those with dry or sensitive skin will appreciate a cleanser like this at any time of the day.
5YINA expounds on some of Divine’s key botanicals below:
- PEARL POWDER
A prized gem rich in skin optimizing magnesium, amino acids, and minerals. Gently exfoliates and regenerates skin.
Nature’s cleanser, moringa oil has antiseptic properties, prevents blackheads, and clarifies skin.
- WILD CHRYSANTHEMUM
A cooling medicinal flower rich in antioxidants. Soothes skin and alleviates oxidative damage.
- BAI ZHU
This invigorating root has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties that soften, tone, and strengthen the complexion.
FULL INGREDIENTS: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Aqua, Vegetable Glycerin*, Concha margaratiferae (Mother of Pearl), Coix lacryma-job (Job’s Tears)*, Poria cocos sclerotium (Fu Ling)*, Paeonia albiflora (Peony Root)*, Atractylodes macrocephala (Bai Zhu)*, Tremella fuciformis (Snow Mushroom), Camellia sinensis (White Tea)+, Chrysanthemum indicum (Wild Chrysanthemum), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root*, Moringa oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil*, Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Cocamidopropyl betaine (Coconut-Derived), Cetyl Palmitate (Vegetable-Derived), Sorbitan Oleate, Coco Glucoside^, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside^, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Glyceryl Monocaprylate^, Glyceryl Monoundecylenate^, Sodium Levulinate^, Sodium Anisate^, Vitellaria paradoxa (Shea) Butter*, Lactic Acid, Xanthum Gum, Pericarpium citri reticulatae viride, Monarda fistulosa, Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki), Citral**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**
^ EcoCert compliant
**Naturally occurring in essential oils
Enlighten Beauty Oil • $22 | 3ml (petit size)
“5YINA Enlighten Beauty Oil is infused with 24 herbal bio-actives to protect and soothe skin as it emerges from winter to spring. 5YINA’s Enlighten proprietary botanical complex includes adaptogens that help to balance and stabilize sensitive skin. This concentrated beauty oil contains micro-nutrients and antioxidants to boost energy, restore elasticity, and bring luminosity to the skin with daily use.”
The Enlighten Beauty Oil is 5YINA’s dedicated facial oil for Spring. It’s formulated to soothe Winter skin just coming into the Spring season that may need a little help in adapting to the new climate. At the base of it, it contains oils of camellia, grapeseed, safflower and rosehip, and towards the lower half of the ingredients you’ll also find oils of pomegranate, evening primrose, and meadowfoam. Some of the special TCM actives you’ll find in this oil include astragalus, bai zhu, tremella, maitake, peony, licorice, gromwell, and more. Nestled in at the bottom is one of my favorites, Immortelle, which is anti-inflammatory and aids in healing. This oil is most suitable for sensitive/normal skin types.
On my normal-dry and dehydrated skin, I find Enlighten to be a medium-weight oil. It gives a big dose of moisture and it leaves my skin VERY luminous, juicy and plump, but never greasy. I repeat, this stuff makes my skin GLOW! The scent is super floral and a little sweet – I want to say it’s the rose de mai but I pick up more types of floral than just rose. I’ve been enjoying it in both my AM/PM skincare and I like to follow it with a light face cream to seal it all in. I haven’t tested it long enough to determine if it will cause the dreaded jaw-line breakouts I tend to get with heavier oils, but for now I’m pleasant with how it’s working for me.
5YINA expounds on some key ingredients below:
A potent adaptogen with antioxidant and healing properties to help improve suppleness and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
- PEONY ROOT
A powerful anti-inflammatory botanical that conditions, protects and illuminates skin.
An ancient snow mushroom that delivers skin-compatible moisture and provides an excellent barrier protection, dramatically softens and smooths skin.
- CAMELLIA SEED OIL
A traditional foundation oil rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin E and polyphenols. Promotes healthy pH and protects skin from the environment.
FULL INGREDIENTS: Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus) Root, Atractylodis macrocephala (Bai Zhu) Rhizome, Tremella fuciformis, Grifola frondosa (Maitake)*, Angelica sinensis (Chinese Angelica) Root, Schizandra chinensis (Schisandra) Berries, Paeonia albiflora (Peony) Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root, Arnebia euchroma (Gromwell) Root, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamine E), Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2 Extract*, Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle)*, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium)*, Rose damascena, Rosa centifolia (Rose De Mai)*
Do your skin’s needs change depending on the season? What do you do differently for your skin during the transition from Winter to Spring? Let me know in the comments below!