23, 03, 2017
As you may or may not have known, I’ve had a horrible history with adult acne in my mid-20s. For the most part, things are under control, but even so, to this day I still struggle to keep my skin in check. I also realized that I wasn’t completely satisfied with my previous skincare regimen, and some of the products I was using weren’t making sense to my routine. What my skin really needed was a renovation to it’s problematic nature.
In my case, I decided it was time to go back to basics—and when I say basics, I mean Korean skincare. Yes, hormones, genetics, and diet also have a hold on the outcome of your skin, but I remember my complexion being at it’s best when I had used Korean beauty products. Besides the fact of how advance and innovative they’ve always been with skincare, every product is so special that it makes you want to learn more and take better care of your skin. Since it’s been awhile since I specifically used any Asian products, I needed to update my very outdated knowledge by watching tons upon tons of Renee’s (Gothamista) and Liah Yoo YouTube videos to get the inside scoop again. So, I might have done a little bit of shopping for my oily and acne-prone skin…
—COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Like the product says, I use this first thing in the morning when I wake up. I don’t know about you but I’m not at all a fan of cleansers that leave your face feeling very dry and tight. This one doesn’t do that one bit; instead it gently cleanses without the nasty striping away of your skin’s natural oils. My face always feels so refreshed and clean after every use. And as it helps to balance the skin’s natural pH level, it also makes your complexion look and feel amazing all day.
—COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Believe it or not, but there was a time when I stopped using toner all together. Now that I’m back on it I’ve been using this one and it has already made a huge difference in my skin’s texture. If I’m honest though, I like this toner very much so but I do have a minor pet peeve about it—I’m just not at all digging the pump spray. I would have much rather preferred it not to have a spray since I always feel like I’m wasting more product than I actually use.
—MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Moist
You can call me a noob for being oblivious to this step in skincare, but wow, what a skin-changing experience this has been so far. If you think you’re skin is doing fine without it, you’re absolutely wrong! The first time using essence was like the first time I ever ate a real Italian pizza in Napoli—simply [insert bad word here] amazing!! Ever since using this miracle product my skin has balanced and hydrated itself in a way that even my oily skin can appreciate. This is the staple that holds everything together in my routine and I won’t ever do without it!
—BENTON Snail Bee High Content Essence
When I realized how well my day essence was doing, I got excited and needed to try out other different types of essences. Of three I’ve been eyeing, I decided on this one for it’s unusual snail secretion and bee venom content. This is definitely a very unique and more gel-like essence to use that quickly absorbs into the skin. It initially has a bit of an odd scent that does take time getting use to; no worries though since the smell does go away. While it works it’s magic overnight, I truly believe it’s the reason why my skin looks and feels a lot more supple when I wake up in the morning.
—COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
In the past, I’ve only had two other favourite moisturizers and this one by far towers over the other two. This is pretty much everything I look for in a daily moisturizer: light-weight, fast-absorbing, matte finish, and makes my face look and smell juicy (if you haven’t notice by now, I’m horrible with descriptions). I see myself repurchasing this over and over again every time a bottle runs out.
—COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
I’m no stranger when it comes to chemical exfoliants. Before the COSRX one appeared into my life, I was loving the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel, but the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid has a 4% natural BHA and affordable cost advantage which easily won me over. Best of all, this lives up to all the claims of reducing blackheads, excess sebum, the appearance in pore size, while brightening up your complexion. It has also been the master of keeping my skin under control for when it does have an attack of breakouts.
—Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Lip Treatment
So I had the urge to keep going and trying out this snail secretion thing since it has been the craze in the Korean skincare world. As most of you experienced as well, this winter was not a pretty one. First off, it was way too long; and second, gave our skin a beating with dramatic cold temperatures and lack of sunshine. My lips had it the worst, and no matter what I did or put on it, it only worked for a few weeks before failing to be consistent. In desperate times, comes desperate measures—that’s until I tried this bouncy, juicy smelling (I like the word juicy, okay), clear in appearance lip treatment. This isn’t a heaven-sent product but it gets the job done, and fast while at it!