Akoco sent over a few K-Beauty products and I have been playing with me for a few weeks now. I have been doing a longer morning routine are now more discerning as to how most products work.
I am no stranger to cleansing pads but the Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads from Sonreve feels so gentle on the skin while cleansing. To use, you wet one side with water and lather before wiping the embossed side on the face. You can use the rougher side afterward before rinsing but I only do that when I want to exfoliate.
To tone, the Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack from Laneige promises to refresh the skin and restore the skin’s moisture and oil balance. I have not tried the bottled version of this one but this toner pack is very travel-friendly. I know we can’t travel right now but the thin packaging would be very useful when we do. For now, I have been using this while checking my emails. It feels calming and not stripping.
I never thought I’d be able to mask while I work but this is where we are now. The Aloe Soothing Mask Pack from Benton aims to revitalize, hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using aloe leaf water, camellia sinensis leaf water, glycerin, pentylene glycol, and sodium PCA. I have tried this before and it’s soothing and relaxing to the skin, especially when your skin is feeling sensitive.
The No-Sebum Mineral Powder from Innisfree claims to be a replacement for oil control paper. This is also another product that I have tried before and it does mattify the skin. It’s great for those who don’t wear much makeup but wants to keep the skin matte.
The Sonreve Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads, Laneige Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack, Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack, and Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder were provided by @akoco. Available at akoco.com
Using coconut water, prickly pear, and coconut milk, BareMinerals created the Pureness Gel Cleanser and Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer to hydrate, balance, replenish, and soothe the skin.
The Pureness Gel Cleanser feels mild and gentle on the skin. The gel cleanser feels soothing and refreshing to the skin. It doesn’t leave the skin stripped and dry. When used in the morning, this leaves my skin feeling a bit oily.
The Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer feels lightweight. It has a slightly watery consistency but feels creamy on the skin. It quickly sinks in but leaves a satin-like but not tacky texture on my face. This does lean more on the moisturizing side than hydrating.
Both vegan, I feel that these products were for those who have normal skin types that love BareMinerals. These are both gentle and soothing but my oily skin would need more than that.
The BareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser and Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer were provided by @bareminerals and @tractenbergandco. Available at bareminerals.com
Focusing on acne, Rosen Skincare offers cleaner and more thoughtful skincare products. They sent a few products that they recommended for my oily and acne-prone skin.
The Super Smoothie Cleanser promises to help balance oil levels, fade dark spots, and help you glow using strawberry powder, lemon powder, and raspberry powder. It has a refreshing feel and a natural plant-y smells when you apply it. I didn’t see its dark spot fading benefits but it does cleanse my skin and balance its oiliness.
Containing 20% vitamin c, grapefruit oil, glycerin, and mulberry extract, the Bright Citrus Serum aims to help with scarring, PIH, and discoloration. After using this for a couple of months, I can attest as to how this brightened my skin and lightened some dark spots that I had under my chin. I also enjoy its non-sticky consistency that sinks into the skin quickly.
The Rosen Super Smoothie Cleanser and Bright Citrus Serum were provided by @rosenskincare. Available at rosenskincare.com
New from the Hyaluron line of Hanskin is the Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum both promising to hydrate the skin.
The Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser uses sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and soap bark extract to draw water into the skin while plumping, hydrating, and moisturizing it. A liquid cleanser from the packaging, it pumps a foamy face wash that feels gentle on the skin. I prefer cleansing foams so I enjoyed using this. However, this leaves a thin film after rinsing.
Using irish moss extract, sodium hyaluronate, and sugarcane extract, the Hyaluron Eye Serum aims to plump and hydrate the skin. This eye cream has a metal applicator, which has a cooling sensation. It helps depuff the eye area. I have not seen its effect on fine lines but it does hydrate my dry under eyes and helps prevent my lids from getting oily. I like to use this in the morning, especially when I’m applying eye makeup as this helps keep it longer. This is one of the eye creams that doesn’t leave my under eyes dry and my lids slick.
The Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum were provided by @hanskin. Available at ulta.com
With very light and gentle products, the Moisture Boost products from Tony Moly works great for days spent at home, without the stress of sunlight, pollution and the other elements.
I start the day with the Moisture Boost Gel To Water Morning Cleanser, which leaves my skin fresh and hydrated, without stripping off the natural oils. It contains 5 types of centella asiatica, panthenol, ceramide complex, AHA, BHA, and PHA.
Being very lightweight, it’s a good addition to the morning routine for those who prefer a gentle cleansing gel.
At night, I use either the Moisture Boost Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches and Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum, which both promise hydrating and depuffing effects for the eyes.
The serum, which uses hyaluronic acid, plankton extract, and seawater, has a cooling effect on the skin around my eyes but doesn’t do much besides that. I prefer the eye patches, which not only make my skin feel refreshed. It’s made with spirulina extract, plankton extract, and seawater to hydrate and soothe the eye area. They are hydrating for my dry under eyes and they make me look more alive.
The Tony Moly Moisture Boost Gel To Water Morning Cleanser, Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches, and Cooling Algae Eye Serum were provided by @tonymoly. Available at tonymoly.us and @ulta.