How I got started with K Beauty essences:
May 9, 2020
OK, so you all know by now (from my last blog post) that I read Kate's, from @the.skincare.diary , new book that had so much helpful info in it that it saved my skin. My skin basically threw a temper tantrum when the winter air hit and I have been recovering ever since. This book savedddddd the day! It also got me hooked on K Beauty essences..
What is an essence anyway?
To keep it simple, it is basically a thinner serum. This step is to help you pack in the moisture. Layer on treatment essences that are designed for your specific skin concern. Usually soothing or hydrating with some brightening component.These are the ones she recommended and i picked up (from amazon)!
1. LJH TeaTree 90 Essence ($22.94 on amazon)
2. SecretKey Starting Treatment Essence ($18.58 on amazon)
3. Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (less than $20 on amazon)
How do they work??
I'll start with the Tea Tree essence. I picked this one up because it can be used as a preventative acne treatment built right into your routine. I am all for PREVENTION of acne. Who isn't?
I want to start off by saying this gem has really NO scent to it! It is slightly thicker in consistency but it takes less than 5 minutes for my skin to absorb it. It is a little on the sticky side, but since its one of my first layers I put on, that doesn’t bother me. There are great ingredients in this (including Vit C) that gives it both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, along with some brightening and antioxidant protection. It is incredibly soothing on my skin and I truly believe I have not broken out as badly nor as frequent as I was, since incorporating this.
Next up: The SecretKey Starting Treatment Essence. This is used in your routine as the step to help prep the skin to absorb all of the lovely hydrating layers that comes over-top of it, to the best of it’s potential. This is the main purpose of a first essence. Secret Key is almost a water consistancy and absorbs very quickly. I shake quite a few drops onto my hands and pat right into the skin. I always get an amazing glow from this one. I can immediately feel the hydration going back into my skin.
Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence: with the same key ingredient as that fancy overpriced SK-II essence! This is the product that has introduced me to the K beauty brand, Cosrx. This baby is very soothing, aids in reducing skin redness, brightens, and is incredibly hydrating. You want to talk about a glow? This shines. It is a thicker consistancy than the other two that I mentioned but it isn't sticky and heavy. It absorbs fairly quickly.
How do you use them??
I was taught that yes, there are "first" essences and regular essence but the order of application AFTER any actives (your Vit C and acids) is what's important. If you aren't using actives in your routine, then simply thinnest to thickest in application. Key is to let everything dry down and absorb into the skin giving at least 5-10 minutes in between layers. They’re designed to help YOUR skin concerns, so currently I’m only worried about keeping acne ay bay and packing in hydration. But yours mine be anti-aging, brightening, etc. Do what works best for you.
secret KeyStarting Treatment Essence, Rose Edition
Dr.CeuracleTea Tree Purifine 95 Essence
OMG HAVE YOU TRIED THESE EXFOLIATING PADS?!
Dr. Dennis Gross gifted me their 𝐀𝐥𝐩𝐡𝐚 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐚 𝐄𝐱𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 and I’ve made a quick application video for you all! Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Peel 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘀: 🍀 Good for combo, normal, dry, oily, and sensitive skin 🍀These pads provide exfoliation that can help with keratosis pilaris, dry and dull skin, reduce body blemishes including flaky skin. It can also even out patchy skin tone! 🍀It includes three main powerful ingredients: (1) Alpha Beta Acids that gently exfoliate, (2) Bromelain helps gobble up dead skin cells to expose smooth skin below and (3) Bakuchiol, which helps stimulate our natural collagen with some firming effects. 🍀Cruelty-free 🛒 These pads are now available @sephora ! Product 🔗 https://drdennisgross.com/dr-dennis-gross-alpha-betar-exfoliating-body-treatment.html
Body Hair removal tool: worth it or waste?
This is the FINISHING TOUCH FLAWLESS - Flawless Legs Instant and Painless Ladies Hair Remover I’ll start by saying I love it! It works sooo well and it really does a great job at removing hair. It’s completely painless and rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about batteries. It gave me a pretty clean finish and my legs were pretty smooth. It’s great to have on-the-go for those days when you forget to shave! 🪒 If you swipe through the pictures, I have before and after photos of my legs 😊 *I do not recommend this for hair in the armpit region or any where else besides the arms and legs*
24kt gold facial 🌟
How many of your packages arrived late?! 😩My Glo30 facial wais STILL on time though! I seriously live for these facials! 🙌🏾 and this one included 24K gold leaf to help boost microcirculation and smoothness 💆🏾♀️ have you tried GOLD skincare products?!
NEW FIND! And I’m pleasantly surprised!?
It was time to get a new moisturizer. I was currently using the HONEST - Hydrogel Cream paired with the PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega+ Complex Moisturizer , RADHA BEAUTY - Rosehip Oil , and timeless SKIN CARE - Squalane Oil 100% Pure because I have pretty dry skin. I love both of those moisturizers (although I’m not fond of all the Paula’s choice Omega+ complex moisturizer ingredients, but I loooooove the texture and feeling of it ) and love my oils (I won’t stop using the oils), but knew I needed a richer cream and also wanted to keep it down to just one cream, for time and my bank accounts sake. So if you’ve seen my last post, I was deciding between 3 brands but I couldn’t decide and was also nervous to try a new moisturizer, even though I knew I needed one, because I’m also acne prone so a new moisturizer to me was just terrifying lol. I was about to just get my usual HONEST - Hydrogel Cream because I knew it didn’t break me out and I like it a lot, although not quite as moisturizing as I need, it was on the safer side and I can’t imagine going a day without a moisturizer on this Sahara desert of a face!!! But then I discovered this brand I’ve never seen before? It’s called Awake Human. It’s not even a listing on Cherie for me to add the product! I read the ingredients and was intrigued (scroll through pics to see ingredients list), but because of my fear of new moisturizers, I was hesitant.. but I decided to bite the bullet because the ingredients looked amazing, was cheaper than Paula’s choice and the honest beauty’s moisturizer, but had the same amount of product. I received it a few days ago and I am in love!!!!! Soooooo rich and creamy and hydrating feeling, and it had the same smooth, rich, texture as the Paula’s Choice omega moisturizer, that I love so much!!! It comes in a nice little pump type of packaging, which I like. Keeps bacteria and gunk out. If you scroll through my pictures, you’ll see it. And a little bit goes a long way! The picture you see of the product on my fingers is the amount I use, but you can totally use less, especially if you have more oily or normal skin. I just like a lot of moisturizer! Lol I’ve noticed my face is much less dry feeling and looks smoother with less texture. I will keep you updated, but I think this is my new fave!!!! I’m so excited lol. Here the link the purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NWXJYVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_YHI-Fb9BRJKT0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 If you’re hesitant but intrigued like I was, I strongly encourage you to just try it. And if it happens that doesn’t work for your face, because remember, everyone is different and skincare is not a one size fits all, then it would most definitely be a really really nice hand cream, that would fit nicely in your bag. Have you heard of this brand before? And if so, have you used anything from them?
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