Skincare Review: Akoco K-Beauty Goodies

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

Skincare Review: Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum

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

Skincare Review: Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream

I am a late Iope adaptor. The k-beauty brand focuses on creating skincare and makeup products based on research and even though I discovered them late, I’m glad I did.

Using fermented water hyacinth flower extract, konjac beads, and papain enzyme, the Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam to clean, refresh, and hydrate the skin.

As someone who has a foaming cleanser bias, this is one of the best I’ve tried. It lathers thickly but rinses without leaving any dirt and oil. It has beads that feel soft and it melts as I massage the cleanser on my skin. With the texture of the cleanser, it would usually result in really dry skin after rinsing but this just leaves the skin feeling plump and soft.

The Stem III Ampoule promises to plump, strengthen, and revitalize the complexion using allantoin, spiraeoside, and peptides.

This ampoule feels a bit heavy but it feels nourishing on the skin. It also plumps and helps firm, which I noticed after about a month of use. I especially like using this after using acids and exfoliating.

To soothe, comfort, and help relieve irritated skin, the Derma Gentle Cica Cream uses madecassoside, panthenol, and cypress tree extracts.

A couple of months ago, my face has been at its most sensitive recently and this moisturizer helped make it better. It’s gentle, creamy yet non-greasy, and smooth to apply all over the face. It also feels lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin. I also love how it’s fragrance-free and how I don’t get oily with it. The cream feels really soothing and moisturizing on the skin. I could feel my face getting smoother and softer after applying the cream all over my face.

The Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream were provided by @iope_us .

Skincare Review: 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner

My actives and I are one and the same person but, I have been looking for gentler and more nourishing products. I felt like they are what my skin’s looking for and, of course, I’ll oblige.

23.5°N is a brand I have recently been curious about and thankfully, Glowie Co sent over some of their products for me to try. Using ingredients from natural farming in Taiwan, 23.5°N offers gentle formulations that are cruelty-free and are made without artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. All the products I tried contains Oriental Beauty Tea, a plant indigenous to Taiwan. It’s farmed from the Emei Township in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This extract is rich in polyphenols and promises to balance oil and moisture levels in the skin.

I have been using the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser ($22) for a few months now and my skin is loving it. It uses glycerin, camellia leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to gently cleanse the skin. It’s a foaming cleanser that has a thick whipped texture. It mildly lathers and gets rid of all oils on my skin without leaving it stripped or dry.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask ($29) which aims to detoxify and hydrate the skin while controlling oil using niacinamide, peppermint extract, and hyaluronic acid. I seriously enjoy this. It’s a gel mask that dries on the skin. The green tea smell is calming and the actual product feels soothing to the skin. It helps hydrate my skin and it feels gentle too. I like using this after exfoliating or on days when I just feel like giving my skin extra hydration.

The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner ($22) claims to clarify, hydrate, and control oil using peppermint extract and hyaluronic acid. This smells like iced tea, which I really like. It’s very watery and it sinks in quickly onto the skin. I’ve had more hydrating and nourishing toners than this one but this might work for those who want a gentle and soothing toner.

Overall, I enjoyed how these vegan products are extremely gentle and soothing on the skin. The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask, especially, has been part of my weekly ritual. It was, at first, because of how it made my skin feel afterward. After a few weeks, however, I noticed how it helped balance and detoxify my skin. I love it.

The 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner were provided by @235n and @glowieco. Available at glowieco.com

Skincare Review: Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Foam Cleanser

The Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm from Banila Co is my OG first cleanser. I bought it during my first trip to Korea, before I even started this page, and have compared all my cleansing balms to it ever since. It set the standard as to how I want my cleansing balms to be – solid texture that melts to oil as it removes makeup and dirt can be rinsed with water and doesn’t leave a film on the skin. I had tubs and tubs of the original one, the one where the packaging is more colorful until they released other variants.

Since then, I have moved to the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing ($24) which uses the Zero Balance Technology with Resveratrol along with grapeseed oil and olive oil to cleanse the skin without stripping it. I may have other cleansing balm holy grails but this will always have a special place in my heart. It has the same sherbet-like texture, it still removes all traces of makeup, and it still leaves the skin feeling refreshed and thoroughly cleansed.

The Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser ($14) promises to gently cleanse the skin, reduce irritation, draw out impurities from clogged pores using active botanicals, hot springs water, vitamin e, and vitamin c. True to its claim, this feels really gentle on the skin as it cleanses. I prefer cleansing foams over other types of second cleansers so, it was easy to like this one. It also doesn’t leave any residue after rinsing but it doesn’t leave the skin feeling to stripped or dry either.

Of course, nothing would beat the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm but the Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser is a welcome addition to the family, especially those who are just getting in to skincare.

All these products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil so they feel gentle on the skin.

The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Clean it Zero Foam Cleanser were provided by @banilaco and @bluewheelmedia. Available at banilausa.com