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Editor Diaries: I Tried This Cult Favorite Bar Soap, Here’s What Happened!

There’s good reason why this bar soap is always on the bestsellers list!

My Skin Scenario

My skin tone, I would say, is on the fair side. I’m not porcelain-skinned, but I’m also not exactly morena. I’d say my shade is somewhere in the middle. For most part, I have never really struggled with uneven skin tone, but I do suffer from dark spots that pesky acne breakouts leave behind. Sound familiar? Safe to say I’ve always been on the lookout for products that promise to lighten, and eventually get ride of dark spots that become quite the challenge to conceal. Enter: kojie.san Skin Lightening Soap

The author, before use

kojie.san Skin Lightening Soap: What It Is

Before you walk past the bar soap aisle in the supermarket or drug store thinking those things can’t do anything for your specific facial skin needs, think again! We’re here to let you in on a skincare secret you might be missing out on. 

kojie.san is a beauty brand that is an expert in kojic acid formulation, and offers products like their bestselling soaps and body lotions. We tried their Skin Lightening Classic Soap and Skin Lightening Hydromoist Soap, as well as their Lightening Body Lotion, all of which are formulated with Zero Pigment Light technology, a powerful mode of action that allows the kojic acid to zero in on dark spots, age spots, scars, melasma, and hyperpigmentation to effectively lighten and even out skin tone in all parts of your body. Yes, not just your face!

Kojic acid, according to Healthline, inhibits and prevents the formation of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that’s needed to produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment that affects hair, skin, and eye color. Because it inhibits the production of melanin, kojic acid can have a lightening effect. Melanin, as most of us may know, is the pigment that’s responsible for giving color to the skin. It follows then, that kojic acid has the ability to inhibit melanin production to help lighten skin overall.

kojie.san Skin Lightening Classic Soap

My Experience

The bar soaps come in a bright orange color, and is sufficiently sized for use anywhere from three weeks to a month, if you regularly use it for day and night cleansing. It lathers quite a bit, but does not entirely bubble up like you’d expect a creamy or foamy cleanser to. Be sure to store it in a proper soap dish with drainage, as it tends to melt in a watery soap basin with no holes.

Full confession: I’ve been suffering from maskne way worse than I did in the past years of the pandemic. For some reason, I suppose, I am experiencing this because I have been wearing way more makeup than I used to, as I have been out attending events for work, socializing with friends and family and everything in between. The weather hasn’t been exactly pleasant, so the humidity inside my mask makes it the perfect environment for breakouts to occur. Much to my dismay, while the breakouts go away, they do leave unsightly dark spots for me to deal with long after the zits are gone. Good thing I am armed with this bar soap which has been a great deal of help in lightening my acne marks.

On the other hand, having had some beach trips in the past couple of months left tan lines and bathing suit marks on my shoulders, which I do want to even out. Together with the use of the Skin Lightening Hydromoist Soap to bathe, I also coupled it with their body lotion, which also contains Zero Pigment Light. Formulated to be easily absorbed by the skin, the lotion also has UVA/UVB filters to help block UV radiation from the sun, which is one of the main causes of skin darkening. Using this daily will protect and maintain any progress you’ve made on your skin. This powerhouse tandem of products are helping even out my facial skin tone and getting rid of dark spots, as well as making sure my entire body tone is evened out as well.

kojie.san Lightening Body Lotion
I wouldn’t say these are overnight result kinds of products, as it does entail quite some patience and diligence for it to work. After about five days to a week of use, I was able to see some progress—the acne marks have lightened, and there seems to be promise for the skin all over my body to be even again. I plan to continue to use the products for a full month, to see where it takes me, but I do have high hopes!
The author, after 3 weeks

Effects, Impressions, and Other Feedback

When I used the Classic Soap, I did notice that my skin felt quite tight after washing, but I suppose that is to be expected. I am quite diligent in applying moisturizer during my skincare routines, so this wasn’t such a low point for me. They do have the Hydromoist variant, which gives that extra dose of moisture skin needs after a good cleansing session. The lotion is easy to apply and is easily absorbed, and has a light, fresh fragrance that’s not too overpowering. Before I forget, I never forget to slather on sunblock whenever I use kojic acid to cleanse my skin, as I do not want to regret any unwanted redness or sunburn. Word of advice: don’t skip sunblock even if you’re not using kojic acid! We should listen to the experts!

The Verdict

I would say these products are a no-brainer must-try for anyone seeking to lighten and eventually get rid of dark spots, age spots, scars, and melasma from their skin. It’s an affordable, easy-to-do routine that requires zero maintenance, only patience to keep doing it. I myself am personally keeping stocks of it in my bathroom closet! 

Get exciting updates and information at @Kojie.sanPH on Facebook and Instagram and Kojie.san is available at all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide, as well as Kojie.san’s official store on LazMall on Lazada and Shopee.