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Budget Care for Eye Wrinkles and Dark Circles
You care a lot for your skin, but do you ever notice the skin around your eyes? My skincare routine consists of all the basics: cleanser, toner, essence, serum, spot treatment, moisturizer, and of course, eye creams. I’ve already talked about some of my favorite eye creams before like AHC - The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 5 and MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream so today, I’m going to talk about three kinds of products that also help me take care of the skin around my eyes. 1. Sheet Masks Sheet masks are good for the entire face, but they can be really beneficial for your eyes as well. As you know, these kinds of masks are packed with serums or essences that can really help in caring for your skin, including your eye area. One of my favorite budget masks is POND'S - Skin Brightening Serum Mask which costs only $1.99 per sheet mask. It brightens up my entire face as well as the area below my eyes. Plus, it’s just so refreshing. 2. Eye Pads Eye pads refer to those products that you put over your eyes. I normally just use real fruits or vegetables when I’m at home, but infused pads work well too, especially when I’m out traveling. The best budget eye pads I’ve found is PUREDERM - Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads costing $1.99 per pack of 10 pads. Each pad contains cucumber extract, which is really great if you want to soothe your tired eyes. 3. Under-Eye Patches Under-eye patches, as the name implies, are used for your under-eye area. Most of the patches I’ve seen and used before are for dark circles, which is perfect for me because while I don’t really have huge bags, I do get dark circles a lot, especially when I’m doing late-night work. Not only can under-eye patches reduce the appearance of dark circles, but they can also help with fine lines. One budget product that I’ve been using for quite some time now is PUREDERM - Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches which retail for around $1.49 per pack of 4 patches. You typically just put them on your under-eye area and leave them there for about 30 minutes or so. Have you tried using eye pads and under-eye patches below? I’m still looking for the best products in these categories so if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to share in the comments below!
PUREDERM-Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches
Different Toners For Different Skin Issues
I’ve had my fair share of skin issues in the past. I have combination skin that tends to fluctuate between oily and dry. I also get pimples occasionally, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. Here are three toners I’ve used that tackle different skin issues. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is actually my go-to toner these days. It contains 7% glycolic acid which is already effective in brightening up the skin and lightening dark spots but is still gentle enough to avoid skin irritations. I typically use this during my PM routine since Glycolic Acid is an AHA that can cause extra sun sensitivity. Take note, it’s not recommended to use your palms to apply this, so it’s better to use a cotton pad or cotton ball instead. Nonetheless, I’m really loving the effect of Glycolic Acid on my skin. COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner Centella Water Toner is what I use whenever I get breakouts. I’ve already featured it in a few other reviews before because that’s just how much I love it. I still use this in the morning even if I don’t have pimples, but when I do, I skip the glycolic acid and use this instead. I even soak a cotton ball in it and press it against particularly big pimples just to make sure that it seeps in. COSRX - AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner This is what I used before I switched to the Glycolic Acid toner. I also used it for my PM routine. At $13, it’s certainly affordable enough. Its consistency is very watery, the same as the other toners in this list. Since it’s an AHA/BHA toner, it’s supposed to have the same effects as the glycolic acid toner. But while it did complement my other AHA products well, the effects weren’t as noticeable, even after I finished the whole bottle. Final verdict? Obviously, I really enjoy using the glycolic acid toner and the Centella water toner. In fact, the GA one is on my HG list right now. I’m still on the lookout for good toners for pimples, but I think I’ll finish the Centella water toner bottle first before buying another one. As for the AHA/BHA toner, it’s not a bad product at all, but I just don’t see a reason to repurchase it.
COSRX-AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Brightening Essences For Different Skin Types
Combination skin people, can I get an ‘aye’? If you’ve got combination skin, you’ll know that selecting which products to use is not so straightforward. Here are three essences that I’ve used in the past (and in the present) that are great for different skin types. With FIKÄ Brightening Essence With FIKÄ was given to me by my boyfriend after his Korea trip. It was his first time seeing the brand and he thought this essence was pretty unique since it comes with a pump bottle. The texture is also more akin to a lotion or cream, unlike most regular essences. I actually like using this product because it really works on the brightening aspect. It’s also light enough that I actually use this in the morning. Plus, the price is very affordable, costing less than $10 for 50ml worth of product. NACIFIC - Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence Nacific’s Phyto Niacin Essence is my current PM routine essence. It contains Niacinamide, which, if you’ve already read some of my other reviews, is a favorite ingredient of mine. Niacinamide works so well on my skin that I still get amazed every day. The consistency of this product is a bit thicker than water, but it’s still pretty watery. I love how smooth it makes my skin. When combined with other niacinamide products, I think it really does a great job of lightening my dark spots and acne scars. MISSHA - Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist I’ve already finished two bottles of this product and it’s one of my favorite products ever. And I mean ever. It’s totally on my HG list. It’s hydrating but not heavy at all, so you can easily use this in the morning. At $50 per 150ml bottle, it’s a great dupe for a much more expensive essence, the SK-II Essence, which retails for around $100. The only downside to this essence? The glass packaging. It looks nice, yes, but it’s extremely fragile. I dropped my newly-bought third bottle from my dresser one morning and it shattered into a million pieces. It’s the first time that ever happened to me so yes, ya gurl kinda cried a bit. That’s also why I haven’t bought another one yet. Traumatizing, really. All these products are pretty good, especially if you just want to hydrate and brighten your skin. WithFIKÄ works great on dry skin, Nacific works well for dry and normal skin, while Missha works perfectly for those with normal and oily skin.
NACIFIC-Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence
Better Pick: Physical or Chemical Exfoliation?
If you want to get rid of dullness and reveal your radiant, glowing skin, your best bet would be to exfoliate. But the thing is, there are two kinds of exfoliation, physical and chemical. Is there a difference in the effects? Which one should you try? Having tried both, I can say these two things with certainty: - There’s a big difference between the effects that I saw after doing both. - There is such a thing as too much exfoliation. Let’s talk about physical exfoliation first. Physical exfoliation refers to exfoliating your skin using products like scrubs and facial tools. With physical exfoliation, you’re literally stripping away the top layer of your skin that contains all the dead cells. Doing so reveals your fresh skin underneath. My first foray into exfoliation was me making use of physical exfoliators. In fact, when I was still in college, my favorite scrub was SKINFOOD - Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off It contained granules that would gently scrape my dead skin cells, making my skin feel soft and smooth afterward. Plus, the 100 ml tub which cost around $12 was big enough to last for the whole year already. Everything changed when I found out about chemical exfoliation. As its name suggests, the acids in chemical exfoliation help remove the outer layer of the skin. This means that if you do it right, there’s little to no physical damage that could possibly be done to your skin, unlike physical exfoliation. These days, I’m all for chemical exfoliation. Aside from my regular The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I also have another AHA essence COSRX - AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid Both TO’s Glycolic Acid Toner and COSRX’s AHA 7 Liquid costs $18 each for a 240ml bottle and a 100ml bottle respectively. I also use an over-the-counter 30% Glycolic Acid solution twice a month. Their effects may not be as instant as physical exfoliation, but I noticed that they’re more long-term. Back when I was still using a physical exfoliator, my skin would only look good for a few days after exfoliating, but with chemical exfoliators, my skin just looks better and better as time goes by. Remember, too much exfoliation isn’t good, and it can lead to breakouts, redness, and increased sensitivity. Whether you choose chemical or physical exfoliation, always keep in mind that you shouldn’t do it more than a few times per week!
COSRX-AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
A Tale Of Three Snail Creams
I’m not gonna lie, my combination skin makes it hard for me to find good face creams. My t-zone tends to be oily while my cheeks tend to be dry. Sometimes, my skin would even fluctuate between dry and oily, which is simply annoying. I’ve tried three different snail creams before, one of which I’m still using at the moment. This is my verdict for all three, as someone with combination skin. DEWYTREE - Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream This cream was the very first product I tried from this Korean brand, actually. My boyfriend gifted it to me during one of his trips to Korea. It costs around $22 for 80ml. I actually didn’t like this cream a lot, mainly because of the smell. It’s hard to explain, but it doesn’t smell like something you’d want to put on your face. It’s moisturizing but it didn’t make me oily, which was good. I could even wear it under my makeup as long as I only used a little bit of it. Coreana Winage Snail Magic Cream This is one of my favorite creams in the whole world. Just like the last cream, this was also bought for me by my boyfriend. More specifically, it was his mom who recommended this cream for me since apparently it has a very good reputation among Koreans. It costs roughly $30 for 100ml, which isn’t a bad price at all. I found it quite perfect for my combination skin. It moisturized my skin just enough to avoid dryness but it got absorbed pretty quickly too so I never became oily while using this. I wanted to continue using this after I ran out, but it’s not available in my country and my boyfriend wasn’t able to buy one again during his last Korea trip. Dr. G Black Snail CreamDr.G - Black Snail Cream If you have dry skin, and I mean really dry skin, this cream is perfect for you. It’s quite thick so I use it only at night. At roughly $50 for 50ml, it’s the most expensive of the three, but it works so well that I’m actually already on my second tub. This was also recommended for me by my boyfriend’s mom because apparently it’s a popular cream in Korea. I still prefer Coreana over this though, mainly due to how thick this is. It’s really more suited towards dry skin people than normal or oily skin people. Of these three snail creams, I’d say you should check out Coreana if you’ve got normal or combination skin, and Dr. G if you have dry skin. Dewytree isn’t so bad for normal or combination skin too, but you’re honestly better off with these other options.
DEWYTREE- Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream
Best Eye Cream: 3W Clinic, Mizon, AHC?
There’s an old saying that my mom used to tell me when I was younger: you can see how old someone is by their neck, their hands, or their eyes. Eye wrinkles are some of the earliest signs of aging. My mom was very insistent about that. She’s already in her 50s now but she gets mistaken as my friend or my older sister all the time, thanks to her wrinkle-free, flawless skin. That’s why even though I was only in my late teens then, I decided to already add eye creams to my routine. Here are three products that I’ve tried before. The first one I tried was MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream when I was still a university student. That was 5 years ago, and until now, this product is still a fan-favorite from the Korean skincare-loving crowd. I noticed some nice effects after just a few weeks of using this product. My eye area already seemed brighter and smoother. I would’ve stuck with this if only it was cheaper. It cost around $20 for 25ml of product which I found kinda pricey as a student. Next up is 3W CLINIC - Snail Eye Cream Yes, snail products were all the rage a couple of years back, haha. I really liked this product for two main reasons: one, affordability and two, value for money. It cost me only $7 for 40ml worth of product, which was a pretty great deal if you ask me. As an eye cream, I think it was less effective than Mizon’s, since the results weren’t as drastic. I used this for quite some time before giving it to my boyfriend. The last product is AHC - The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 5 I know, what a confusing name, right? Apparently, this can be used for the entire face, but since it cost around $19 for a 30ml tube, I reserved it for my eye area alone. I actually bought this alongside 3W Clinic (because I couldn’t decide which one was better haha) but I ended up finishing this one instead of 3W Clinic. Like Mizon, it managed to make my eye area brighter, smoother, and plumper. It made my eyes look alive, basically. I would have to give AHC the top spot out of these three, although they’re all pretty great products. If budget is your concern, 3W Clinic is a nice choice. It’s a close call between AHC and Mizon, but considering the price and the size of the products, you’re probably better off with AHC. Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite eye cream? Feel free to share in the comments below!
3W CLINIC-Snail Eye Cream