The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright O2 Cleansing Foam Review

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This review has been a long time coming!  I have been using this for nearly one year and can’t say enough good things about it.  Enough time has passed for me to have something to say!


A cleanser for all skin-types, and part of The Face Shop’s “Rice Water” line.  It claims to not only cleanse your skin but brighten it as well.  “Brighten”, in this case, does NOT mean it makes your skin white!  It means it makes you look fresh and vibrant.  This is a foaming cleanser, so it comes out as sort of a gel or goo and then bubbles in to foam, by itself, while on your skin.

Why Use Rice-Based Products?

Rice-based skin products go hand-in-hand with “brightening”.  There’s a lot of people who will wash their rice and save the milky water that accrues; this can be used to splash on your face or as a mask at night.  The starch acts as a moisturizer….I don’t want to preach a bunch of “science” here, however.  If you want to know more about whether rice starch truly, scientifically, measurably improves skin (I saw some articles online talking about how it benefits those with eczema), research it on your own and decide.  But personally I like them, they work well with my skin, and I see “rice” or “rice bran” as the ingredient in many face-related products.

How to Use

Step 1: Begin with a dry face.  Very important!
Step 2: Pump the cleanser in to your hand. It will be in its “goo” state.
Step 3: Spread evenly over your face; you may want to do this rather quickly, before it bubbles too much.  You may also need more than one pump, so do your face in sections.  Personally it takes me 2-3 pumps to cover my face.  Try not to pull on your skin too much as you spread it around.
Step 4: Wait for everything to bubble up!
Step 5: (Optional but recommended) Let it bubble itself away; this may take a few minutes of waiting.
Step 6: Rinse it off with water and a washcloth!  You’re going to want the washcloth, definitely, to pat dry and remove any residue.

I would wash my face with this once or twice a week.  Doing more than that with any cleanser seems to irritate my skin and cause me to break out.  This is probably why it’s lasted me for so long, otherwise the saleslady had told me it lasts her about six months of daily use, twice a day.


Nearly a year of use and still has a good amount of cleanser inside.

Nearly a year of use and still has a good amount of cleanser inside.

Amazing!!  There are few skincare products I actually like…I have sensitive skin and have tried many brands that just did nothing or made things worse.  After washing off this cleanser and patting dry, my skin instantly looks fresh and bright.  Again, that doesn’t mean “paler”, I mean youthful and vibrant.  My skin is also baby-soft!  Immediate results are something I didn’t think skincare products would do.  And the bubbling feels strange, tingly, and wonderful.  Also, if you have “sebaceous filaments” on your nose that get filled up with oil and turn dark….as in this picture (don’t worry, it’s not nasty looking like Google Image Search!)…it’s not blackheads, but it IS something that just happens to certain people (like me).  It’s a genetic thing.  More info on that on this site if you need more explanation. This Rice Water cleanser has been able to eliminate that for over a day, with 1 cleansing.  Usually for me, these would reappear in a few hours after cleansing with a normal face wash, like Cetaphil, Neutrogena, Clearasil, whatever. AHA’s and BHA’s usually help with minimizing the appearance.

The one half-point I would deduct from this cleanser is that while it doesn’t feel or look like it’s dried out my skin, my cheeks tend to feel a little stiff.  I don’t know if this is due to drying or – more probably? – due to the rice ingredient.  Starches can totally do that to your skin; try it with some of the milky water you get after you wash some rice for dinner.  This is easily remedied once I put on my moisturizer.  And everyone should really be moisturizing already anyway :)

This cleanser definitely works on makeup as well, but don’t expect it to clear everything away.  Honestly…I don’t get why people want to combine everything and have face cleansers that are also make up removers.  Especially since it’s the oil-based make-up removers that really get everything off your skin, and you don’t necessarily want a face cleanser to have that type of ingredient in it.  Don’t be lazy!  Tugging and scrubbing your skin isn’t great for future elasticity and wrinkle prevention, just use a real make up remover, then let this cleanser clean up any residuals you accidentally smeared across your face.  What, I know that happens to me :P  You know what other kind of two-in-one product doesn’t work as well as separates? Shampoo-and-Conditioners!

The price is a little steep on this product.  I can’t quite remember, but it was over $20.  $26 perhaps?  Close to $30, but not quite.  The Face Shop in Chinatown gives student discounts at least!  However, I’ve had such good results with this cleanser, I’m willing to pony up the cash for it.  It’s been nearly a year and I haven’t had to buy a new bottle yet!


2 thoughts on “The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright O2 Cleansing Foam Review

  1. Hi,
    I bought this and try to use it couple times but still wasn’t sure how its supposed to be use??? Does it supposed to clean off your makeup? Should I use it after my face is clean and free from makeup? Do I have to use facial soap or mild foam after using this product? What is the best way to use this? I really like the ingredients that’s in this line, I been using this line for almost a year now and loving it, I’m using the cleansing foam twice a day and the cleansing oil to clean up my makeup, but still have to use cleansing foam afterward. I’m intent to use the O2 cleansing foam once or twice a week too, but not sure what’s the best way to use it??? And 1-2 times a month I’ll use a homemade facial mask, which really work, it had improve my nasty oily skin tremendously. If you like I can give you the recipe to make your own homemade facial mask in exchange for this info, I also have a recipe for dry skin as well and I use it 1-2 times a year during the winter when my skin tent to get very dry.
    As far as your skin concern about the blackhead on the side of your nose, you might want to try fresh pineapple mix with lemon and purée it until smooth then use a cotton ball to apply it on your face like you do with a toner then leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off, do this twice a week see if it’ll help. Pineapple will help minimize your pore and lemon will help whitening, it’s also antibacterial, so I figure it’ll help your blackhead.
    Thank you,

    • Hi NK, to answer your questions…

      It’s not that great at taking off makeup, so I think you’re better off using a separate make up remover to clean off the makeup before using this 02 Cleansing Foam. Are you leaving the 02 Cleansing Foam on your face for a few minutes before washing it off, so it has time to become bubbles? And sure, I’d love to know what kind of facial mask you are using, it sounds like you’re very happy with it!

      Let me know if this helps, thanks for the comment and the tip about pineapple :D I have some in the fridge, I’m gonna give it a try too.

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