Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kojie.san For My Face & Body

Kojic acid is a popular ingredient for those who seek to have lighter skin. Kojic acid was first discovered in Japan, and is actually a by-product of Koji (malted rice), which was used to product Japanese rice wine. This has been used for years by Japanese women for its whitening and antioxidant properties. Now I'm also jumping into the kojic acid bandwagon (just because it made me curious), and I'll share with you three products from Kojie.san that I am currently using for my face and body.

Kojie.san Exfoliating Foam Wash (P295.00)

About the product:


Users of the classic kojic acid bar soap sometimes complain about the stinging sensation brought about by those bar soaps when used on the face. The answer to that is Kojie.san's Exfoliating Foam Wash. This one has absolutely no paraben, colorant, silicon, and sulfate. Of course, kojic acid is still present as its active skin lightening ingredient, but you can now lighten without the sting with this one.

Ingredients:


I think this is more of a brightening skincare product. The ingredients in it removes dead skin cells and helps control hyper pigmentation of the skin, but it would take more potent ingredients or formulation to really whiten the skin.


The product comes in liquid form, and the pump dispenser turns it into foam upon dispensing. On my first few uses, my skin felt so refreshed and smooth, and a mild peeling occured. I guess it lives up to its name of being exfoliating. There was no itching or irritation with this one since it's gentle, but I prefer to use it only at night, since I feel that skin lightening products like those with kojic acid may make my skin more sensitive to the sun (and make it burn easier if I have no sunscreen on), thus may be counterproductive.

Now on to the Kojie.san products that I use for my body:

Kojie.san Skin Lightening Soap (P105.00/pack of 2 pieces)
Kojie.san Body Lightening Lotion (approximately P150.00)

About the product:


Kojie.san was actually the very first kojic acid soap that became commercially available in the market, as these were just usually prescribed by the dermatologist before. It has a natural formula, as seen on the ingredients list. This bar soap makes use of pure kojic acid and vitamin C to whiten the skin. It has a fresh orange scent which can be a bit strong for others, but I'm fine with the scent.


Each bar soap is individually wrapped and sealed in plastic, and further protected with the box it comes with. I initially just planned to use this for my underarms, since I am already fine with my skin color, but I ended up using this all over my body just because I got curious on how it would work out for me. This soap produces a rich lather, and makes my skin feel fresh and clean - squeaky clean to be exact. I use this soap only at night, since it's quite drying, and I don't really like applying lotion on my arms during the day since it could get sticky when the weather is hot.

The question: Does it work?

While I don't think that there's a very noticeable change on the skin color of my body (since I already have light skin to begin with), I noticed that my underarms got lighter with this soap! And it hasn't even been a month since I started using this one. I think this works great when you're looking for a product that would help even out your skin tone. As for me, I like using it to maintain my present skin color as it is.

Two cons though with this product. As I have mentioned, it is a bit drying, so you'll have to follow up with a rich body moisturizer after using the soap, so this is ideal to use only at night. Second is that it easily melts and each bar won't last for long, but that's because it's made with natural ingredients with no added artificial or chemical hardeners. 

Kojie.san Body Lightening Lotion (approximately P150.00)

For those who seek to further complete their Kojie.san body care regimen, a Body Lightening Lotion is also available.

About the product: 


Ingredients:


This lotion has a light, almost watery texture that is easily absorbed. I feel that the texture of this one is too light, so this might not be enough to compensate for the dryness brought about by the drying kojic acid soap. You may opt to apply this frequently though, as it has a non-sticky feel.


This one has a woody-floral fragrance blend of mandarin, rosewood, lavender, apple, martini, and bergamot. I am not too fond of the scent though, as it reminds me of medicine, and there's something about it that keeps me up at night. Perhaps it's energizing and invigorating? I don't know.

Among these three products, my favorite would have to be the Kojie.san Skin Lightening Soap. I'd continue to use it on my underarms, since I'm not really planning on whitening my skin too much. I'd like to just have a brighter, more even skin tone.

Have you tried these products from Kojie.san? How did they work for you? Feel free to leave your comments below. 

Love,
Helen

101 comments:

  1. I love the soap but i agree with you that it melts so easily..I tried their sunblock and it was also good. :)

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    1. Haven't tried their sunblocks yet, but nice to know that it works for you. :)

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    2. nagun ko malalaman kung effective ba talag ang kojie san, I've been using this almost 3 months then this last holy week nag swimming kami family outing, i got sunburn after that, i change my soap from kojie san to another one *whitening moisturising soap* 1 week ang lumipas di pa din nawawala sunburn ko sa mukha at katawan feeling ko ang itim itim ko, dating pantay na puti nangitim na and also naglalabasan na naman pimples ko, kaya now nag palit ako ngaun ng sabon back to kojie san because it helps me a lot on drying my pimples. I havent tried the whitening effect of kojie san kasi natural na fair skin ko kaya di ko alam kung effective sya dun.. pero now tatry ko sya..

      -jmy :)

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  2. Currently finishing up my Nivea face wash, but once it's done I think I'll give the Kojie.san one a try!

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    1. Do tell me how it works out for you when you try it! :)

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  3. I've tried the Kojie san soap as well. It is really effective! I use it to whiten my underarms too. I love how it's so affordable compared to other whitening soaps.

    -Iya
    http://iyaboto.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's the perfect kilikili soap! :D Haha

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  4. I have tried the kojie-san soap and it works wonder on my acne prone skin but after 3 months of usage it broke me out badly TT___TT~ So I had no choice but to stop using it and my skin finally stop from breaking out~

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    1. Oh no. This was indeed the culprit for the breakout. Might be because it can be quite drying or harsh for the face. I don't use this bar soap for my face, just the facial wash.

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  5. using the soap right now! I love it but it melts easily :(

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    1. Yeah, you can't really leave this near the shower area or anywhere wet or else it will melt off and disappear. :O

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  6. I suggest cutting the block of soap into 2 to 3 parts with a piece of thread(don't use knives or cutter as the soap will stick to the knife). :)

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    1. Wow, didn't know that this could be cut using a thread! Thanks for the tip - might try that if I get my next bar. :)

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  7. I also love the lotion..
    I tried a lot of lotion but I don't like them since I easily get sweaty.. but that one is different.. It's just like I didn't put anything on my skin but my skin isn't dry and is soft..Didn't notice that whitening effect though.. since I'm already white.. I'm a Hispanic with a blood of an Italian and a Japanese. I was supposed to be tan.. -_-

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    1. You seem to have an exotic gorgeous mix. :D I'm using this lotion again, it's really nice especially for summer since it's not sticky or heavy in any way. I'm glad you're liking this as well.

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  8. Hello. Magkaiba pa po ba yung facial cream at facial moisturizer ng.kojie san? Salamat po. Godbless!

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  9. Hi,i haven't started using the soap but thanks for the blog,if you are looking for a natural moisturizer after using the soap,you may try human nature sunflower oil or their human nature berry lotion,haha,i am excited to try the combination.

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    1. Yes, I've tried both products from HHN and they really keep dryness at bay! Super nice products! I hope the combo works out for you. :)

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  10. Hi, ask ko lang kung ano po ginagamit niyo sunscreen? magkaiba po ba sila ng sunblock?

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    1. Hi! Di ko pinapansin yung difference until you mentioned it. Hehe! Sunblock reflects the sun's rays and blocking them from reaching your skin, while sunscreen absorbs rather than reflects UV radiation.

      For the face I use this: http://luckycitrine.blogspot.com/2012/05/belo-essentials-sunexpert-face-cover.html

      For the body I use this: http://luckycitrine.blogspot.com/2013/05/can-you-dotheahhhh.html

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  11. was inspired me to try this kojie-san after i read all your comments...hope it will effects to me... i've been using gluta white for 5months now but i think nothings change to my skin and its very expensive...so i hope this products is the one im looking for...

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    1. I hope this one works well for you too. Don't forget to use SPF in the AM and moisturize well at night. :)

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  12. hi! what mositurizer can you recommend after using kojie san soap? tnx

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    1. For the face? Try Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF 40. The yellow tube. You can find that in drugstores, dept. stores, and supermarkets.

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  13. iam an die hard kojie san user. as for now my skin is starting to glow. i have been using it for 5 months. Ive been using the lotion as for now. hopping for a better result.

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  14. I am a die hard kojie san user. I've been using it for 5 months and my skin is starting to glow. for now I've been using their lotion, hoping for better result :)

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    1. Nice to know that Kojie.san works for you. Kojie.san soap is really effective but it can be a tad drying so I don't use it continuously. I wish I can be more consistent like you when it comes to body care products! :)

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  15. Can you use the soap on your private areas for lightening ?

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    1. I don't think so, this one could be harsh for private areas. Although I haven't tried it yet, Mosbeau has an inner thigh cream that might help lighten the said area.

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  16. Ginagamit ko ngayon yung kojie san body lotion and kojie san soap :) i hope it works! May question lang po ako, which one is the best kojie san soap or yung k.s calamansi (naturals) soap?

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    1. The original Kojie San soap (color orange) is more potent but drying. If you're after whitening, use that. The naturals one is more gentle and non-drying, but it doesn't seem to whiten the skin. Hope the lotion and soap works out for you. :)

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  17. Hi Miss Helen :)
    Good day! I've been using Kojie San for 5 days already bale two times a day - morning and night. Pero parang feeling q nangigitim ako. Normal lng ba ito? mg.stop napo ba ako sa pg.gamit nito? or mg.wait lng po ako until maubos yung 1 bar na binili ko? natatakot po kasi ako na baka mangitim ako ng todo.

    Thank you po in advance :) More power :)

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  18. Hi Miss Helen :)

    I've been using this soap for 5 days already but I'm noticing that my skin is getting dark than the usual. Is it normal lang? Or should I stop using this? I've been using it two times - morning and night. Should I wait for the result after I finish the whole 1 bar that I bought? I'm worried na po eh.

    Thank you in advance po Miss Helen :) More power.

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    1. Hi May! Your skin isn't supposed to get dark with this. Kojic acid is able to whiten the skin, but it can make the skin more sensitive to the sun so you have to (or are required to) use a sunscreen product. If your skin still gets dark even if you use SPF, then Kojie.san might not be compatible with your skin, which I suggest you may stop using. Hope I was able to help! :)

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  19. Can I use the Kojie-san lotion for face?

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    1. No. They have a separate face moisturizer which you can use.

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  20. I just bought and started using the Koji.San soap and lotion yesterday because of good reviews from online threads and sites. I hope this will remove my pimple scars in my chest. I have been using Likas Papaya for 5 months now, it made my skin lighter but the scars are still there. Why did I say that it made my skin lighter? Because 2 of my officemates told me that I look glowing and whiter than before. But unlike Likas Papaya soap which I believe is not that effective as when it first came out, I have faith in Kojie.San soap and Lotion to have a faster effect and better result!

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  21. I suggest you chop up the bar soap into thin slices (think sampler sizes they give you in hotels ;) ) that way you can use a single slice and monitor how much you use.

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  22. Pwede po bang gamitin ung kojie San soap s face ?

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  23. Pwede po bang gamitin ung kojie San soap s muka

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    1. Pwede naman, pero mas gentle yung facial wash.

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  24. Hey, what is the best product if i want to make my skin whiter ? If i use the soap, how many time should i wait before rinse it ? If i stop using it, what are the consequences ? Can i still wear makeup ? I want to change my skin colour but without any danger.

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    1. You can try this one. I leave it on for about 2-3 minutes then rinse it off. If you stop using, I don't think there'll be any consequences. And of course you may still wear makeup. Just don't forget SPF when using ANY type of whitening product so the sun's harmful rays won't negate any progress you've got.

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  25. Hi! Where can I buy the foam wash? And their underarm cream as well. I can't find them in supermarkets. Thank you!

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    1. Try mo sa department stores, baka mas maraming stocks. :)

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  26. I agree kojie-san soap and face cream is very effective.Been using kojie-san soap daily for 2years now with nivealotion.I'm planning to switch to kojie-san lotion.

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    1. That would make the skin whitening regimen even more effective, since Kojie.san is more potent that Nivea when it come to whitening. Glad to know the products work for you. :)

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  27. Hi im brigitte, im from cali san francisco, where can i order this?? I wanna buy everythingg 😁 help me plsss.

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    1. Hi Brigette! I'm not sure if they sell internationally, but you may try leaving a message over at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KojiesanPH

      Hoping for the best! :)

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  28. I noticed na ang mga bar soap ng kojie san may nakaukit ng "kojic acid" pero sa kojie san na nabili ko wala. plain sha pero package nya kojie san just like yours. hindi ko napansin pumuti ako even underarms ko. Could it be fake nabili ko?

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    1. Saan mo siya nabili? It's possible, unless nag change sila ng packaging.

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  29. I have used ALL Kojie san products. The orange soap can dry the skin, so I advice to use the white ine instead. Very moisturizing. I love it. You'll surely love it too.

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  30. If the orange soap is drying you out, I suggest you use the white one instead. You'll love it surely. ☺

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    1. That's the one with collagen? Thanks for suggesting! Will keep that in mind. :)

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  31. can i use the kojie.san sunblock spf 69 for my face?

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  32. i am using the kojie san exfoliating foam but im not sure with how i used it. can you please give some instructions on how to use it. it has an instruction on the product but its very vague. it just syas squeeze then massage face. i need a more detailed step so that i can be sure that i use it the right way. thank you!

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    1. You squeeze the pump to dispense the product. It comes out as a foamy lather, which you massage all over your face.

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  33. Hello! Just want to ask if how to apply the Kojie San cream and is it effective and if there's no history of breakouts after using it? Thank you so much!

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  34. Hi helen.. this might be out of topic but you know any cream that can remove or lighten up scars?

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    1. Haven't tried one that actually worked for me. Will share when I do find it! :)

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  35. Been using the soap, the lotion and the sunblock for more than 2 years now. It's the best lightening product for me.... I have a sensitive skin and this product didn't give me reddish spots unlike other products, even the expensive ones.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing, Shin. So nice to know that it works for you. :)

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  36. Hindi po ba talaga makikita ung epekto kapag hindi gumamit ng lotion?

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  37. Hi I'm Anne. Bat yung isang kojie san na nabili ko nung una is plane lang sya tapos medyo di makapal unlike yung isang kojie san na nabili ko na may nakaukit tapos makapal . San po ba dun ang fake? Mas effective kasi yung una kong nabili

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    1. San mo siya nabili, Anne? Pag kakaiba yung packaging, magtaka ka na. :o

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  38. Yes I Agree that this Kojie San soap really works. I started using it May this year until now and I really see the good results that happened to my skin. My co-workers noticed it too that my skin gets lighten and brighten because before I have tan skin complexion. I feel happy that there is Kojie San soap. Helps a lot to me. Thankss.. xoxo

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    1. Glad to know that it works for you, Kathly! :D

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  39. Hello! I just want to ask kung magla- lighten din ba ang skin ko kung iba yung soap na ginagamit and kojie san yung lotion. Thanks ☺

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    1. Mas ok kung itong soap then kahit ibang lotion. ;)

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  40. How often do you use the soap? I have dark pigmentation on my underarms.

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  41. Good naman yung soap nila.. tanong ko lang po kakastart ko lang gumamit ng lighteningf lotion nila. wala parin epek.. ilang days paba bago makita ang effect. salamat

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    1. For me, mas effective yung soap mismo eh. The lotion just gives your skin a more even appearance, but it's something I can live without.

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  42. Uhm.. Tanong ko lang po 1 week na po kasi akong gumagamit nung soap and feeling ko nangingitim ako baka siguro nung nabilad ako sa araw.. And bumili po ako nung kojie san lightening lotion .. Makakatulong po ba ito para hindi ako mangitim sa init ng araw ??

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    1. Hi, Sam! Hindi sila tatalab kahit isabay mo yung soap at lotion kapag bilad ka rin sa araw. Pag gumagamit ka ng kojic acid, mas nagiging sensitive yung skin mo sa sun kaya kailagan mo gumamit ng SPF sa umaga. Kung ayaw mo, kahit payong nalang. :)

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  43. Hi poh ate helen .tatanong ko lang po sana if effective po ba talaga na pampaputi yung kojie san soap tsaka kojie san lotion ?

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    1. Soap oo, lotion ok lang. Go for soap! :P

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  44. how do i get it? im from malaysia. theres so many fake ones and the locals sell em at super crazy high price

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    1. I'm not familiar with the outlets in Malaysia, but maybe you can directly PM Kojie.san Philippines on FB, they might be able to help.

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  45. hi,, user din ako ng kojie san.. nakakaputi talaga ung soap mas effective sya sa mukha ko at nakakatangal din ng pimples.. dati nung nag karoon ako ng pimple binabad ko sya pagkabukasan natuyo ung pimple then hindi na lumaki at dumami.. naku mga sis try nyo..

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  46. Hey, Helen. I'm planning on getting this soap but I'm not sure which other products to use it with. What type of sunblock or sunscreen should I use (which one is safe and effective)? What moisture should I use with this soap? If I wash my face only once with this soap should I do it the morning and apply sunblock or screen? And then use my tea tree oil fash wash with a moisturizer? Should I use Kojie sans face lotion and sun screen? or? Sorry for the questions I'm new with all this xd thanks!

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  47. Hey, Helen. I'm planning on getting this soap but I'm not sure which other products to use it with. What type of sunblock or sunscreen should I use (which one is safe and effective)? What moisture should I use with this soap? If I wash my face only once with this soap should I do it the morning and apply sunblock or screen? And then use my tea tree oil fash wash with a moisturizer? Should I use Kojie sans face lotion and sun screen? or? Sorry for the questions I'm new with all this xd thanks!

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    1. I highly recommend Belo sunblocks! For moisturizers it really depends on your skintype, but go with those with SPF during daytime. If you use this soap in the morning, you HAVE to use SPF. Then you can use tea tree facial wash at night + moisturizer. You don't have to use Kojie.san face lotion and sunscreen, there are a lot of brands out there worth trying. :)

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  48. I am using the Lightening Foam wash now, pero feel ko parang hindi sya gaano nakakalinis ng mukha, feel ko kasi may mga oils and dirt pa sa mukha ko, but I love the effect pag natuyo na ung face ko after ko punasan ng towel and I observe dn na nakakadry out sya ng pimples

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  49. Im using the lightening foam wash now, medyo na turn off lang ako kasi parang di sya gaanong nakakalinis ng face pag nag hilamos ako, parang feeling ko may oil and dirt pa face ko, pero I love the effect on my skin pag natuyo na very smooth and moisturize sya tska I observe nakaka dry sya ng pimples

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    1. Gentle kasi siya kaya pag oily kelangan mas maraming product yung gamitin. Iba parin yung soap eh noh? Kaso drying kasi yun sa face. :)

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  50. Hello! Sa tingin nyo po ano yung mas effective gamitin? Kojie San lotion or kojie San sunblock? Please reply :)

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  51. Hello! Ask ko lang po kung anong ma's effective gamitin? Kojie San body lotion or kojie San sunscreen? Pleasee reply. Thanks :)

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    1. Can't compare, di ko pa nagagamit yung sunscreen. But I think the one with SPF is more important. :)

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  52. 2yrs na ak nagamit ng soap and lotion, 1week pa lng makikita mo na naglighten skin mo. pero ask ko pa din ilang beses nyo gamitin yung lotion although maputi na ak dahil sa soap

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    1. Di talaga ako nag llotion sa umaga eh, ang humid kasi sa Manila. Kahit once a day lang sa gabi after mo maligo/before mo matulog. :)

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  53. Hi! Can you use the soap sa undearms kasabay ng isang whitening deo? Hindi ba siya magkakaroon ng harsh reaction? Kasi syempre kailangan mo rin ng deo everyday. :)

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