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Almost returned COSRX Galactomyces Essence...

... but instead, I decided to experiment. First impressions This is not for me. Why?
Because it made my face oily throughout the day and highlighted the uneven texture of my skin.
Because I don’t want a product to highlight my flaws, I almost returned the product.
-What a hassle- So I thought, if it’s supposed to help other products absorb and aid in moisture retention, perhaps I just need to play with the products I use in conjunction with it. Second impressions
Experiment 1a)
Apply BEFORE RoC - Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Night Serum Capsules
retinol at night Follow with THE BODY DELI - Nourish Night Cream
Results The next morning my skins was not dry or flakey despite the retinol application. The moisturizer did it’s job but the night cream stung upon application
Experiment 1b)
Apply AFTER retinol at night Follow with night cream (Same products as above) Results Same as experiment 1a. Except, the essence did not sting upon application. The night cream still did. Thoughts on Exp. 1a&b I thought that maybe the cream stung because it interacted with the essence. Based on the results of changing up the layering sequence, I have concluded that the sting was from the retinol plus night cream; not from the essence and night cream. This is a super gentle product that helps retain moisture. Even with retinol, it did not burn my face. It was quite the opposite, very soothing. It is for this reason I continued to Experiment 2.
Experiment 2
Apply after GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask
(I don’t normally use mud masks anymore because they dry me out. Also, Despite being marketed to clear your pores, I see the little pore sebums poking through and not absorb the mask.) Results My face did not tighten up and feel parched and devoid of any moisture after immediately applying the essence post mud mask. I followed the essence with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals
to give it some extra goodness. Thoughts on Exp.2 It felt really good to put on the essence and rose water. I’m always a little sad to apply a cream or lotion after a mask because I’m trying to get the stuff OFF my face, and I would like to enjoy that deep clean feeling. These two products were the PERFECT solution to maintain that no-product feel without compromising moisture. Overall impression If you have oily/combo skin I would not recommend using this essence before your moisturizer in the AM because it might work too good and you’ll end up slick. Instead, use it as a treatment after products that dry you out. (Best in the PM.) If you have dry skin, perhaps this is why so many people rave that it is a godsend... it helps retain your moisturizer! Thoughts? Opinions? Advice? Let me know!
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Perfect if your skincare is missing hydration!
This was one of the first products that I actually bought for the ingredient list instead of hype. WHICH IS HOW I SHOULD SHOP FOR SKINCARE. This product has antioxidants, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and allantonin. All of these ingredients are amazing for hydrating the skin and decreasing sensitivity, both totally needed for my skin! I would really say this product would be appropriate for all skin types, even oily because of the addition of niacinamide. HOWEVER those with a confirmed case (please go to a doctor for this quit self-diagnosing, guys) of malassezia (pityrosporum) folliculitis or fungal “acne” should NOT use this product as the galactomyces can feed the yeast and exacerbate the problem. This product is a little sticky feeling on the skin and feels kind of gross at first because I live in SUCH a humid tropical climate but I have adjusted to it. I did take a star for that because it says essence and feels like a quite sticky serum. No fragrance and a great balance of naturally derived products and stable lab ingredients make for an excellent product. This is a perfect inexpensive step (I got it for $17 USD on Amazon) for anyone wanting to experiment with K-Beauty but is reactive/sensitive! COSRX - Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
Bought For The Hype, Worth It Or Not?
Have you ever bought something just because it was ‘hyped’? I certainly have. Honestly, I can’t count on one hand how many products I’ve bought due to popularity, reviews, influencers, and the like. (Yeah, I know, guess I’m pretty easy to sway in that aspect!) But today, I’ll feature two products that, frankly, didn’t quite live up to the hype. The first one is LANEIGE - LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask This lip sleeping mask is pretty popular in the skincare community, where lips are usually forgotten. It contains shea butter, vitamin C, and extracts from strawberries, raspberries, and goji betties. Because of the extracts, it’s got a pretty strong sweet-smelling scent which I actually like. I love how soft this makes my lips, but I also feel like the results are simply temporary. If I don’t put on this sleeping mask the night before, my lips are back to their old state the next morning. Even after using it for months, I don’t think it ever made a lasting difference on mg skin. The second product is COSRX - Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence This essence was initially recommended to me by a friend. When I searched for it online, I saw that there were a lot of reviews raving about it. Obviously, I got excited and I immediately ordered it, thinking that it would change my skin drastically. Unfortunately, nope. I didn’t notice or feel any major effects. Sure, it made my skin moisturized, but that’s only the bare minimum that I expect from any essence. Aside from that basic effect, I didn’t really notice anything special. I’m not even sure what else I can say here because there really isn’t much to say about it. At the very least, it didn’t make me break out, so it’s still good I guess. 💁🏻‍♀️ In conclusion, I will say that Laneige lip mask is still worth checking out because it actually does something to my lips. Sadly, I can’t say the same about Cosrx’s essence. What about you, what ‘hyped’ products have you tried before and did they satisfy you? Let me know in the comments!
My skincare journey!
Hello! My name is Emily and I recently discovered this app and have decided to do what absolutely no one has asked for: explain my somewhat complicated skincare routine and my skin’s history! When I was in middle school I had what I called an acne-stache that I was constantly ashamed of, but you know... puberty be like that. In high school I didn’t really have many problems with my skin besides the occasional hormonal pimple. I even used coconut oil on my face nightly which is something that I would almost never do now (occasionally use it to remove stubborn eye makeup, but that’s pretty rare). Once I moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Northern California, sh*t hit the fan. The last 3 pictures provided show the mess that my skin became which was very weird to me because I had practically lived in LA every summer for around 8 years before moving there in 2017 and never had my skin act in such a way. So, pretty much since then I have been using natural skin care items and am proud of how far I’ve come. My skin’s not perfect (damn hormones) but it’s not too bad either. My most recent skincare routine consists of: Washing my face every other night with Incredible BY NATURE - African Black Soap . Then tone with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals to prep for GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum or (once a week) GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment . Finally, I moisturize with Incredible BY NATURE - African Shea Butter . I know it sounds super complicated but basically I had been using the african black soap and shea butter nightly since May 2018 (after trying Burts Bees products with no avail) and as my skin got better I added more specific ingredients to target my main issues without causing more problems (and realized that only washing every other night was better for my skin for some unknown reason discovered by accident lol). By summer 2019 I was tired of making diy turmeric masks and decided to try The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution once a week which I liked, but —since I was only using it once a week— I had way too much left by the time it expired so I switched to Good Molecules overnight exfoliating treatment in summer 2020. (I love it and the niacinamide serum so far!). Also IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO USE SUNSCREEN especially when using “brighteners” like glycolic acid and whatnot. This is something I struggle to remember daily but I’m really trying and I’ve been using BARE REPUBLIC - Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 I give it 4 stars right now simply because I’m still not sure if it adds to my chin pimples or I’m just crazy, or possibly both..? Idk, but I love how velvety it feels when applying it to my face so I’ll keep using it.
🌤Easy A.M Routine🌤
I love to sleep, so the last thing I want to do at 5:30am when I wake up is a ridiculously long skincare routine. However, the A.M routine is just as important as your nighttime routine. Especially when it comes to UV protection. simple is sometimes all you need. 🌤🌤🌤🌤 I always use a cleanser with active ingredients in the A.M, really no particular reason other than so use a gentle one at night. Some by Mi- 30 Day Miracle Acne Clean Foam It’s really creamy, but if you have skin that’s more sensitive it may be a little drying. To me it smells like menthol and it does have a minty feeling. Usually this would be bothersome, but it’s super gentle. It also contains Centella Asiatica which is great for redness relief. I then liberally spray HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals as a moisture/toner step. I don’t really need this step but I love the smell so much. It does provide some moisture but nothing too crazy. ETUDE HOUSE - SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream This is by far my absolute favorite moisturizer. It sinks in really fast and has no scent and is perfect for any skin type. I can’t possibly count how many tubes I’ve purchase but it’s so so incredible. I love Korean eye creams. Unlike their western counterparts you get so much product for a very wallet friendly price. MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream is by far my favorite, the snail mucin can have brightening effects and I have seen a decrease in my dark circles, but it could be because I’ve been getting more sleep. My eyes are really sensitive and dry from allergies, but i’ve had no issues with irritation. It sits well under concealer and it’s the first eye cream that stops my concealer from creasing. My final step and obviously the MOST IMPORTANT is sunscreen. All you young humans please wear your sunscreen, you won’t regret it! I’ve been using Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ for around 8 years and its the best I have found so far. It has a very light scent, leaves no white cast, and is non greasy. It sinks in really quickly, and kind of acts as a primer for makeup because it has make me less oily. If you hate sunscreen, do yourself a favor and try this. I really don’t think you’ll regret it! 🌤🌤🌤🌤 Have you tried any of these products? If so what’s your favorite?
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So this mask has made a huge difference for me. It’s so effective and strong, that now I only use it on parts of my face. Usually my T-zone and if I have acne on my chin. I starting some hair pills and they have made me break out 😭 this really saves me, instead of popping I’ll put this one and most of them will go away. Especially the huge ones under the skin. It does tingle a lot and it will kinda leave your skin red, but it will go away really quickly. Also I thought some parts were clumpy but it’s the eucalyptus leafs :) Charcoal is supposed to be amazing but I never was a big fan until this product. If you have acne you need this, especially hormonal acne. 🤍🤍 GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask WHAT IS IT? A clarifying mask with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal that visibly clears pores and improves the complexion of normal, combination, and acne-prone skin. Kaolin clay, activated-x charcoal, and the super six acid blend work together to target skin congestions, clogged pores, and dead skin cell buildup, resulting in clearer, smoother-looking skin. ****This product is a five-time Allure Reader’s Choice award winner. CONCERNS: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness MAIN INGREDIENTS Super Six Acid Blend (Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Tartaric Acid, and Pyruvic Acid): Unclogs and minimizes the look of pores. Activated-X Charcoal: Attracts dirt, toxins, debris, and impurities from within pores. TEAOXI® Eucalyptus Leaf: Delivers antioxidants and phytoactives directly into the formula. CALL OUTS : Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, and triclosan. This product is also vegan. HOW TO USE -Use as a full-face mask one to three times a week. -Apply a thin layer to clean skin; leave on until the mask hardens. -Remove with water. -This product tingles to let you know it is working. Skin may appear flushed for a short time. HOW I USE - only on the spots I feel where it’s necessary. You will know it’s ready to come off because it will turn light grey
Week 5!
My skin has made such improvements overall!! Less acne, dark spots are going away. I still have to work on my pores and wrinkles. AM Routine: (oily/sensitive/acne prone skin) CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery love this stuff The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I use a very small amount because I am testing to see how my skin reacts now that I’ve had a consistent routine without it for a month now. I use it in the mornings and some nights. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I can’t live without this product. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream I started using this mornings now because I am trying to reduce the irritation from wearing a mask. CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 I am starting to not mind it as much as before. I enjoy it. ————- PM Routine: DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil I highly recommend using an oil or something before going in with your wash. I truly believe this extra step is why my skin is happy; aside from the hydration! Oily skin girls need hydration just as much! PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength or CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin depends on how my skin feels, but when that time of the month starts I will use PanOxyl to keep acne at bay! Monday & Thursday The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution It helps my skins texture and cell turnover and I have seen improvements in my skin overall! Tuesday & Saturday 0.0025% tretinoin starting back slowly and cautiously! Fridays: Mask of some sorts GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask I have been using it for years now and I do like it. Don’t use a lot! I keep it on for about 15 mins tops. ACURE - Incredibly Clear Charcoal Lemonade Cleansing Clay I’m still trying to get a feel for the mask. I do like that it doesn’t leave your skin dry or tight after. I enjoy using it. It doesn’t dry down like most clay masks. I keep on for 10 mins FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream That is it! I love taking my time as I wind down at the end of the day. When I get home from work I rinse and do a quick small cleanse to remove impurities and oils from the day then moisture nothing crazy. I will stick to this routine for another month! If anything I will add another serum for anti aging so any recommendations let me know.
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