Posts tagged 'skin care'

Innisfree Jeju Aloe Soothing Skin Moisturizing Toner

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I picked out this toner when I went to the Innisfree store in Shanghai last month. I don’t remember seeing this product online but I needed a new moisturizing toner and aloe seems like to be a good option. After doing some research, it turned out that this is a new product that was released in June. I was only able to find this product on Chinese websites so it might be exclusive to the Chinese market.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I am a firm believer in moisturizing toners. They have made the biggest difference in balancing my combination skin. Like other moisturizing toners, this product does not contain any alcohol. The texture is mostly like water but it’s slightly gel-like. I really like this consistency because it feels more moisturizing than toners that just feel like water. After cleansing, I like to pour some into my palm and pat it onto my face. Then I let it dry before applying serum and moisturizer. This toner is quite moisturizing so I’d suggest it for fall and winter.

It’s a shame that this line is so hard to find in the US because I’d love to try some of the other products. This product retails for ¥110 (roughly $18).

-Karen

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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

I picked up this little bottle during Philosophy’s Friends&Family sale a couple of months ago. I’ve been looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser and this one seemed to be promising. To start off, I am a fan of the Philosophy Purity Cleanser so I had high expectations for this product. I must say, this exfoliating cleanser worked just the way I wanted :)

First of all, the micro-beads in this cleanser are very fine. This is probably the most gentle physical exfoliating cleanser/scrub that I have encountered so far. It’s very comfortable to use (non-drying) and it does not irritate my sensitive skin. While this product is gentle enough for everyday use, I prefer to use it once a week. I generally use this product after cleansing my face and before applying a mask.

Some people might think this product is a little too gentle. But based on my own experience, gentle products are more effective in the long run. I will never go back to St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it has done too much damage to my skin.

I would recommend this exfoliating cleanser to everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. Before dispensing this product, I would suggest shaking the bottle a little bit since the beads tend to settle to the bottom.

This product is available at: Sephora, Nordstrom, Philosophy Official Website

-Karen

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Anti-Aging Tips for Early 20s




When you are in your teens or early 20s, anti-aging is more about prevention rather than treatment. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on expensive products as long as you use sunscreen, facial oil, and moisturizer.
Sunscreen: If you wear sunscreen religiously everyday in your early 20s, you will thank yourself later on. For the face, try to use a liquid sunscreen that’s light-weight so it won’t leave a thick or sticky residue. My favorite is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (review). This sunscreen also serves as a great makeup base.
Argan Oil (or another beauty oil of your choice): Don’t break the bank to buy expensive serums or eye creams when you are young. Just use a pure organic oil, such as the Pura D’or Argan Oil (review), as your facial oil and eye treatment. With just 1-2 pumps per day, my acne scars have lightened quickly and significantly. Around my eye area, I lightly apply some argan oil once every other day for hydration.
Moisturizer: Simply moisturizing your skin regularly can keep the skin looking firm and plump. When applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about the neck! My neck is quite long so it gets wrinkles very easily. Looking for moisturizing products with the following ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid: This is probably one of the most popular skincare ingredients used in Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese skincare products (Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion). Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally present in the human body. It can help lock in the moisture and make the moisturizer more long-lasting.
Ceramides: They are a major component in surface skin structure. They serve as part of the “glue” that holds surface skin cells together. Products containing ceramides help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles from forming. I really enjoy the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid & Cream (review).
-Karen
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Anti-Aging Tips for Early 20s

When you are in your teens or early 20s, anti-aging is more about prevention rather than treatment. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on expensive products as long as you use sunscreen, facial oil, and moisturizer.

Sunscreen: If you wear sunscreen religiously everyday in your early 20s, you will thank yourself later on. For the face, try to use a liquid sunscreen that’s light-weight so it won’t leave a thick or sticky residue. My favorite is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (review). This sunscreen also serves as a great makeup base.

Argan Oil (or another beauty oil of your choice): Don’t break the bank to buy expensive serums or eye creams when you are young. Just use a pure organic oil, such as the Pura D’or Argan Oil (review), as your facial oil and eye treatment. With just 1-2 pumps per day, my acne scars have lightened quickly and significantly. Around my eye area, I lightly apply some argan oil once every other day for hydration.

Moisturizer: Simply moisturizing your skin regularly can keep the skin looking firm and plump. When applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about the neck! My neck is quite long so it gets wrinkles very easily. Looking for moisturizing products with the following ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: This is probably one of the most popular skincare ingredients used in Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese skincare products (Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion). Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally present in the human body. It can help lock in the moisture and make the moisturizer more long-lasting.
  • Ceramides: They are a major component in surface skin structure. They serve as part of the “glue” that holds surface skin cells together. Products containing ceramides help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles from forming. I really enjoy the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid & Cream (review).

-Karen

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