REVIEW | Axis-Y Quinoa One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser

Have you tried any quinoa skincare? Quinoa is getting more popular than it was five years ago as a healthy food and with the current raising awareness for healthy eating I think almost everyone knows that quinoa is among the top choice for clean eating habits. But have you ever heard of a quinoa cleanser? Did you know that quinoa is not only good nutritionally but also topically? Well I have tried a quinoa cleanser from Axis-Y and these are my thoughts!


Axis-Y Quinoa One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser

A cleanser that clears makeup and pores in one step while delivering a gentle and hydrating wash at your skin’s natural pH. The combination of quinoa and healthy nutrients remove environmental toxins to reveal healthy, lively skin.


What’s a One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser?

Well by one-step here, Axis-Y means:

A loving cleanser that clears makeup and pores in one step while delivering a gentle and hydrating wash at your skin’s natural pH. The combination of quinoa and healthy nutrients remove environmental toxins to reveal healthy, lively skin.


This cleanser is supposed to do the job of both first cleanser (usually oil cleanser or micellar water) and second cleanser (the usual water-based facial cleanser) in one step. Well can I get behind on this concept? More on this later. Let’s look at the ingredients first.


Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Betaine, Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil),Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Ocimum Tenuiflorum Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Allantoin

Key ingredient is Quinoa Seed Extract. Here are some facts about quinoa as according to formulatorsampleshop:

“FSS Quinoa Extract has been developed through the fermentation of the seeds of the Quinoa plant. The Quinoa seeds are first washed to remove the saponins, which exist on the outside of the seeds and serve as a natural occurring pesticide. By fermenting the Quinoa seeds with the bacteria lactobacillus lactis we are able to isolate and concentrate the naturally occurring proteins of the seed and thus standardize the amino acid content.

The high protein content found in FSS Quinoa Extract, provides exceptional skin hydration, skin softening and emollient properties. Quinoa is known to provide strong anti-irritant, anti-oxidant, and repairing properties. The high amino acid content will help to restore hydration to the epidermis or the cuticle of the hair. FSS Quinoa Extract may be used in formulations for all skin and hair types, but is particularly suitable for skin or hair that is excessively dry.”

Quinoa seed extract is the 4th ingredient in the list so I think with consistent use and the practice of cleansing your face slowly for 60 seconds (dubbed as the #60-secondcleansingrule, a method suggested by the famous Nayamka Roberts-Smith or @LaBeautyologist on Twitter) you can reap the goodness of quinoa seed extract even though as not as maximum as in serum or ampoule form. Other ingredients worth noting are centella asiatica which is great for boosting skin’s natural healing process to prevent acne scars, calendula to speed up the healing of blemishes and acne scars in tropical climates, green tea which increases benzoic acid levels that are used to treat skin damage from UV rays, sweet almond oil to protect skin from oxidative stress and UV damage using vitamin E, humulus lupulus to flush out toxins that create blemishes, and holy basil that clears bacteria and inflammation using beta-caryophyllene. The surfactants (cleansing ingredients) used in this cleanser are decyl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, and sodium lauroyl glutamate.

Texture and Smell

Comes in a clear gel texture that doesn’t feel heavy. It smells sweet and has little to no slip with a bit of viscosity.

It lathers up nice but doesn’t bubble up much.

If you are thinking whether this is efficient to remove makeup, watch these videos:



It takes off my liquid foundation, my eye shadow, and my waterproof eyeliner (this is the Maybelline one) but that’s it. There are still stains of my bullet lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip stain, concealer, and waterproof mascara so yeah. I don’t think I can get on with the one-step concept (more on this below).

It doesn’t dry my skin at all, skin feels soft after cleansing and it feels gentle.


For me, I think I love this cleanser as my second cleanser and not so much as both to remove makeup and to remove dirt after as you see in the video above, it doesn’t really take off all my makeup so I would need a proper cleansing oil or micellar water. Besides, double cleansing has helped my skin a lot so I don’t think I can ever abandon it.

Using this as a second cleanser on the other hand, feels so wonderful and nice. Skin feels so soft and my pores feel so clean. It is gentle but not too gentle (on my skin) as how some cleansers are too gentle they can only be used in the morning and not so much in the PM. Therefore I am glad that this one works well for both AM and PM.

This is also a perfect fit if you’re looking for a cleanser to be used with a cleansing device especially the ones made of silicone because it is in gel consistency and it doesn’t overly foam so it is definitely more comfortable.

I also think that this works as a second cleanser for my combination skin in this humid, tropical climate. I also experienced no bad reaction to this cleanser. I think that this cleanser suits all skin types as it is not drying and it makes skin super smooth. The ingredients and texture also impress me and I can see that this fits in my routines well.

My rate: 4/5 This is a great cleanser as a second cleanser and not so much as a one-step cleanser for me.

Would I repurchase: Maybe



Axis-Y Quinoa One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser

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