MUN Skin Akwi Purifying Cleanser

Mun Akwi Cleanser

To say that I like cleansing my face would be an understatement. First off, it is an important part of my self-care routine. It’s refreshing in the morning, relaxing at night, and it feels like a reward at the end of a long day when I am wearing a thick layer of product (foundation, sunscreen, etc) on my skin. Second, my skin will immediately get spotty when I fail to cleanse it properly– especially on days when I wear foundation or when I am a bit stressed out/don’t get enough sleep (the skin tends to produce more oil). Needless to say, cleansing is a priority in my daily routine, and it is the most important part of my skin care regimen, which is why I often try new cleansing products to see what works best for my skin. The latest addition to my cleanser stash is the new MUN Skin Akwi Purifying Cleanser*.

Being that the creator of MUN (Munemi Imai) is a celebrity makeup artist with many years of experience in the beauty industry, it is easy to understand why this cleanser’s oil-based formula is especially effective at dissolving makeup (even heavy-duty, waterproof makeup) and unclogging pores. I have used it on days when I was wearing a full-face of makeup (falsies included), and it truly breaks down all product effortlessly, so I don’t have to do any harsh rubbing, but simply massage.

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Although oil-based (and therefore excellent for a first cleanse), the Akwi cleanser contains gentle surfactants that make the product thin out when in contact with water. It has a gorgeous, slightly difficult-to-describe texture. A pump of product comes out as a white, lightweight cream. As I apply it and begin to massage the skin it turns into a clear balm that looks like a gel but feels creamy and soothing. Starting with dry skin and dry hands, I like to dispense about 8-10 pumps of product into the palm of my hands, which is more than enough to cover my entire face. I then distribute it evenly on my face and begin to massage it gently all over my skin in circular motion, focusing on the areas where I where there’s more makeup  and where I can feel clogged pores at the touch (usually on my forehead). When I feel like I can no longer massage it comfortably, I wet the tips of my fingers, which softens the texture and begins to thin it out. As I keep massaging in circular motions I can feel the clogged follicles releasing the debris, which to me is one of the most satisfying parts about cleansing. I keep adding water as needed, and then I grab a clean face towel and  start to remove whatever is left on the skin. The scent is wonderful–fresh and uplifting, which is the reason behind its name, Akwi, which means “awakening” in the Berber language.

The Akwi cleanser has a pH-balanced formula, so it does not disrupt the skin barrier (acid mantle) and does not leave my (uber-delicate) skin feeling stripped or irritated. In fact, this formula is designed to suit all skin types, from dry to oily, including the most delicate ones. The only essential oil present in the formula, Yuzu, is known not to be an dermal irritant, sensitizer, nor a photo-sensitizer, unlike most citrus essential oils. It is also free of all the harsh cleansing agents commonly found in face cleansers that tend to leave the skin feeling tight and squeaky-clean, such as harsh surfactants and sulfates. This is the complete list of ingredients:

Castor*, Argan*, Camellia Seed*, Rice Bran, Cucumber Seed* oils (antioxidant-rich plant oils with emollient and moisturizing properties); Yuzu essential oil (antioxidant); Water; Silica Silyate (silica-derived texturizer that gives it a gel-like consistency); Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Bis, Coco , which are gentle cleansing agents (surfactants) derived from coconut, corn and sugar; Tocopherol (Vitamin E)** ; Isopropyl Palmitate. *organic **non-gmo

As listed in the directions on the packaging, I highly recommend wiping off any product residue left on the skin after rinsing with a soft face towel, because a thick balmy residue may be left on the skin, as you typically would experience with this types of cleansers. For that reason I personally recommend using this as first cleanse to remove all makeup, dirt, sunscreen, and other debris, and to either use a hot (non-scalding), wet face towel to remove any product residue, and/or follow with a second cleanse (with a low-foam/emulsifying cleanser).

For more details, and to purchase the product you can check out the official website MUN skin, (where code GENUINEMUNGLOW saves you 20%!), or other retailers like The Choosy Chick and Integrity Botanicals.

Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the Akwi Purifying Cleanser, MUN Skin is generously gifting a few of my readers with a free Akwi Cleanser!! Head over to this Instagram post here and follow the (super-simple) instructions so you and a few of your friends can win it! Good luck :)

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  • Jess

    Hi Lilly! I’ve been curious about this cleanser. Have you used Kypris? I wonder how this compares since they sound similar. How does this cleanser smell? I’ve been loving the Yuli Halcyon cleanser that I learned about through you, beauty idealist… basically everyone and it is such a good one, can it play well with this cleanser or should I use one and not the other?

    • Hi Jess, I’m so sorry for the delay. I haven’t checked my blog comments in a few weeks. I have not tried Kypris cleanser, so I can’t compare it to MUN Akwi. As for how it pairs with the Halcyon cleanser, the MUN cleanser is mainly a makeup/sunscreen remover. I like to use Halcyon in the morning, MUN Akwi at night to remove makeup, and then follow with Halcyon for a second cleanse to remove any balm residue from the skin. I have been alternating Akwi with the One Love Organics Vitamin B cleansing oil, as they cover the same function in my routine. I use one or the other depending on whether I want to keep my hair line nice and clean (MUN Akwi), or I don’t mind getting it a little greasy (OLO cleansing oil). I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions :)

  • Great review of MUN – a beautiful line! So glad they now have a cleanser to round things out!

  • Emma Stanford

    I was wondering which one you prefer best for which occasion: Mun toner vs Yuli cocoon elixir ?

    • The MUN toner is my favorite one and I always go back to it. What I love about it is that it balances the pH and has a soothing effect on my skin. I use it in the evening before applying this serum: http://genuineglow.com.previewdns.com/kristina-holey-marie-veronique-soothing-b3-serum/ and in the morning before applying the Barrier Restore Serum. I haven’t used the Yuli face mists in a long time. They are great, but my skin has been doing so well with my current routine that I don’t have a reason to change it. Please let me know if you have any more questions, and thanks for reading.

      • Emma

        Ah thank you so much for replying, was debating between the toners and the 2 serums (b3 and barrier restore) from marie/kristina. Definitely going to get the Mun toner and then i guess try the barrier restore serum first. You feel like you need to use a moisturizer/oil after the barrier restore? Would love to read your current routine. Thank you again for writing back and for writing the blog.

        • Hi Emma, I don’t layer any lotion/oil on top of the Barrier Restore Serum because it provides enough hydration for my skin (normal/slightly oily/delicate) and the serum contains lightweight, silky oils in it — broccoli seed oil and jojoba seed oil.
          If you have specific skincare concerns, tell more about them.
          I will post my full-skincare routine soon. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!

          • Emma Stanford

            Hi Lilly,
            My skin seems to be the same as yours.
            My Mun toner and MV Barrier Restore came today, super excited to start using them.

            I have been looking for a good moisturizer at night, not too light, not too heavy.
            What do you like to use, just the Odacité Wild Carrot Serum ?
            Hopefully I don’t need to use a moisturizer with the Barrier Restore and SPF in the AM.

            Question:
            1: I read in your previous blogs about the Josh Rosebrook Sunscreen, Coola sunscreen, Ilia Moondance, was wondering if you have a preference for every day use?
            2: As for foundation do you have a preference, kjaer weis vs gressa foundation?

            Thank you so much for you blog and replies,

            Happy belated anniversary….saw it on your Instagram.

          • Hi Emma, sorry for the delay. I would love to know how the toner and serum have been working for you so far. Please let me know if you want any tips on how to use them.

            As for the moisturizer, yes — I apply a couple of drops of face oil on top of the Soothing B3 Serum at night. I have been doing this for a couple of months and I am very happy with the results. I don’t apply the oil all over my face — just on the areas that I feel need to hold the moisture more, like at the side of my eyes (where smile lines typically are), around my mouth. And yes, I love the Odacité Wild Carrot Serum. Sometimes I just use one drop of that one and one pump of Argan oil. I like that serum because it is concentrated (no fillers and other cheap, unnecessary ingredients) so it contains all the benefits minus the risk of irritation from other ingredients. Also, Wild Carrot Seed Oil is a very beneficial, (underrated) oil for the skin. I don’t think that you will need an additional moisturizer in the morning, but let me know how the Barrier Restore Serum is working for you, and if you feel like you need more product.

            As for the sunscreen products — that’s a tough call. It’s been very hard for me to find a sunscreen that 1. contains no irritating/potentially harmful ingredients; 2. does not break me out; 3. does not melt off in the Florida heat as soon as I step out of the door. So, I am currently using/testing a sunscreen from Kypris, (working well so far), but I am really relying on the Ilia powder with spf for re-application throughout the day, which I believe is necessary, since sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours (who re-applies a lotion on their face every two hours?! I find it so inconvenient!!). The Detox Market just got the Ilia Moondance powder back in stock: http://genglow.com/2q2DUSW (it was out of stock for months). Not sure if any other retailer has it at the moment.

            As for foundation, I do prefer the light consistency of Gressa. It’s runny, and easy to apply, but has nice coverage (I use it in a Youtube video, which you can watch here: http://genglow.com/1QBBpxo). Some people find that it emphasizes dry spots, but I don’t have that issue and I like that it has actual benefits for the skin. Kjaer Weis foundation is a lovely cream option, but it requires a bit more effort in the application and it feels a bit heavier on the skin.

            Please let me know if you have any more questions! Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes :)