Monday, 10 June 2013

Review: SENKA White Milky Lotion

I bought this during a long-standing obsession with the cosmetics section of T&T last fall. The obvious problem with this obsession is that I don't speak Cantonese, Mandarin or Japanese, and had to rely on the always suspect English descriptions to figure out what I was buying.

Though labelled in English as a "lotion," this was more of a cloudy-looking toner. The full description goes: "SKENKA White Milky Lotion - Fresh/Lotion. Facial moisturizing lotion, prevents blots and freckles, and brightens skin tone. Apply to cleansed face. Gently pat to absorb." So no further clues there.

It wasn't until after I bought it that I noticed the "brightening" part, which did concern me a bit as I'm wary of the chemicals in some "skin lighteners" (bleaches). I will say that after using up the whole bottle, I felt like my skin did look noticeably whiter/brighter, but then I was also going from fall into winter.

In any event, I'm sorry that I stopped using asian products and went back to drug store, because I felt like -- bleach or no bleach -- my skin did genuinely look better and feel fresher using $10.00 T&T toners/moisturziers than their more expensive western counterparts.

I'm still confused as to whether this is a toner or a moisturizer. I tended to use it as both or either. But if that question doesn't concern you too much, I would recommend it.

Grade: B+


  1. Hello! It's a toner in the sense that you can apply moisturizer afterwards! But it's also moisturizing enough to be used on it's own, which is what I do when I'm too lazy to use a moisturizer

    1. Aha! That makes sense, actually. I thought it would be nice as a day product to use under sun screen, but I bought it in winter, so womp womp me.

    2. If you need more moisturization you could try the Senka hoshitsu emulsion -- it's this pinkish bottle. Gosh I sound like a promoter hahaha.

    3. Not at all -- I love recommendations. I'll see if they have it at T&T. Thanks!