Gentle yet Effective Korean Toners
I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with Isntree. It’s a Korean brand that is known for gentle but effective skincare products. They are cruelty-free, and they don’t use chemicals or harsh ingredients like alcohol, artificial fragrances or coloring - so it’s should be safe for sensitive skin. I have been using the Fresh Green Tea Toner for more than a month now, while the HA toner for a few days. Here are my thoughts about these two toners: ✨ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner contains 80% of green tea extract, as well as Centella extract, willow bark, blueberry extract and hyaluronic acid. It is light brown in color, has water like texture and smells herbal like a fermented green tea. I love the scent of this and it feels very refreshing! This toner is designed to help with redness, brightening and has anti-aging properties. It absorbs very quickly. Because I have dry skin, it doesn’t provide as much hydration unless I layer it a few times (like an essence). However, I like it mainly because it helps with redness and it has anti-aging benefits. Though, I think someone with oily skin will enjoy it better because it’s lightweight and has sebum control properties. ✨ISNtree - Hyaluronic Acid Toner has 3 types of hyaluronic acid, that penetrates deeper into the skin, and provides intensive hydration. It’s also formulated with beta-glucan and Panthenol. This toner is fluid-y and a tiny bit thick but it absorbs beautifully on the skin without any tackiness and feeling heavy. I love the finish of this toner as it makes my skin soft, smooth and plumped. This is perfect for dry to normal skin type or even dehydrated skin. I have been loving this one so far!
ISNtree-Green Tea Fresh Toner
4 Products Under $15 That Changed My Skin Game!
If you struggle to find truly good skincare products on a budget, you’re not alone. We’ve all done it: waltzed into Sephora looking for a miracle serum to fix our skin-woes, only to waltz right back out because of a hefty price tag. Beauty on a budget isn’t always easy—but it can be done! I will be making this a “series,” as my skincare routine is constantly evolving—but the one common factor in the majority of my products is a reasonable price point. Today I’m going to cover four products that completely changed my skincare game—and they’re all under $15! ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner This toner is hands down my FAVORITE product in my routine. There is no competition. First of all, it’s so difficult to find reasonably priced products that contain high concentrations of green tea on the ingredient list. Seriously. Research. I’ll wait. (Just kidding.) Green tea in skincare is incredible for so many reasons, but for me it’s the “anti-aging” components that make it absolutely critical for my skin. I’ve seen noticeable improvements in my skin after just a few weeks of use—specifically lightening of my hyperpigmentation spots and less visible fine lines. I could write an entire post on this $12 toner alone, but I still have more to go! 9wishes - PH Calm Ampule Wash Some might say this is just another foaming face wash, but it’s truly one of the best I’ve ever used. My skin feels soft and clean after using it, but it also balances my skin tone immediately—leaving me with younger looking skin after a simple wash. Best $14.99 I’ve ever spent on a cleanser in my life. íUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum Remember that miracle serum I mentioned earlier? This is the one I didn’t know I needed, but now that I have it, I will never be without it! Simply put, this powerful serum is one of the only products I’ve ever used that can calm redness and irritation, AND get rid of zits and blemishes at the same time. I have never, ever used a product for acne that didn’t dry me out—until now. You can get a mini bottle of this lifesaver for just $10. (A full size bottle is about $25, but I went for the mini so I could try it. So worth it!) I use this serum at night when my skin is under stress, and it works it’s magic within 2-3 days. PURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block Last but certainly NOT least... the best sunblock I have ever, ever, EVER put on my face. This sunblock is completely water-based, but still packs 50 SPF of protection into a $14 bottle. No white cast. No clogged pores. No irritation. No fragrance. Just powerful sun protection without the junk. Plus, it makes a beautiful base for makeup. This product blew my previous favorite sunblock (Tatcha) out of the water (no pun intended) in price and quality, and since SPF is the absolute most important part of a skincare routine, that’s huge! Have you tried one of these products? Let me know in the comments!
PURITO-Comfy Water Sun Block
AM routine for sensitive oily skin
✨My AM routine for sensitive oily skin✨ I usually take a simple route for my morning routines as I’m mostly focused on hydrating, soothing, and protecting my skin. ▶️ SeSPRING - Cleanse It Out Gel Cleanser - gentle daily gel cleanser formulated with camellia and lotus extracts to effectively cleanse the skin of all impurities without disrupting it’s moisture barrier. A wonderful morning cleanser to help cleanse my skin of all the oils and dirt I accumulated overnight. ▶️ ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner - lightweight and refreshing toner that contains 80% green tea extract to revitalize the skin. I love the hydration this provides as well as the sebum regulating properties which is great for anyone with oily skin. Green tea also has antibacterial benefits to help prevent acne. ▶️ BE PLAIN - Cicaful Ampoule - soothing and hydrating ampoule that contains a whooping 84% of concentrated centella asiatica to help fortify the skin barrier. This instantly hydrated and reduces any redness on my skin. Great for when I’m dealing with inflamed acne breakouts. ▶️ NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum - gel textured brightening treatment serum containing a complex made up of encapsulated l-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and bioactive fruit blend. This has been helping to keep my complexion bright and even while also providing antioxidant benefits. Pairs well with any spf. ▶️ SeSPRING - So Rich Hydrating Gel - medium weight cream that utilizes camellia and lotus extracts to provide intense hydration to the skin. I only need a small amount of this to keep my skin hydrated all day long. Does leave a more dewy finish though. ▶️ SKIN AQUA - UV Super Moisture Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ - lightweight gel textured chemical based sunscreen that provides strong sun protection. Such a great sunscreen for oily skin types. Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and dries down to skin finish that has a slight sheen. Spot anything here that’s already in your own routine?
BE PLAIN-Cicaful Ampoule
Step 1.5: Masks (Jelly Edition) ❤️
ANDALOU NATURALS - CannaCell Glow Mask Claims: 🧐 Hydrate skin 🧐 Soothe distressed skin 🧐 Exfoliate and dissolve dry surface cells to restore complexion and bring back your natural glow When to use: 💁🏼♀️ Once a week, PM 💁🏼♀️ When your skin feels like it needs a little extra somethin’ somethin’ What I love: 😍 My skin feels so soft after I use this 😍 When I wake up the next morning, I’ve noticed my skin looking smoother, plump, and glowing from within (not oily lol) 😍 The ingredient list! (Though there are some essential oils at the very end of the list, so if you’s a sensitive B, patch test this baby first!) What I follow up with: 💆🏼♀️ ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner New hydrating toner I’m trying out. So far so good! And the ingredient list on this one? SIS 👌🏼 💆🏼♀️ The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 . LOVE both of these!! ‘Nuff said. 💆🏼♀️ VERSED - PRESS RESTART Just started using this retinol serum/lotion... Haven’t noticed anything significant just yet, but I’ll update y’all on this one. 💆🏼♀️ PACIfICA - Wake Up Beautiful Mask and one drop of The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Absolutely LOVE this combo to hydrate! My thirsty A face thanks me for this one every morning. Lol Heads up: 🙅🏼♀️ Sensitivity to essential oils 🙅🏼♀️ Tingly, warm feelings are created on the face from this product when first being applied 🙅🏼♀️ Scent is very earthy, hemp-y Let me know if you’ve tried this one out and your thoughts on it 😊 Xoxo Xenia
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Nice green tea toner for oil control
Green tea is a wondrous ingredient with multiple benefits. It's proven to be a potent antioxidant & anti-inflammatory with potential to reduce sebum protection and I've been dying to get as much green tea as I can to reap the benefits. A toner format seemed like the perfect option so I picked up this one by Isntree since it had the most concentrated amount of green tea extract that I could find (I almost chose Benton's but opted for this one since Benton was using mainly green tea water). ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner Pictured here is an empty bottle ladies and gents! It's a large 200ml bottle and took me 3 months to finish with generous use day and night. It has a beautiful ingredient list with 80% green tea extract, along with gingko biloba, willow bark and centella extract. It comes out as a thin brown liquid (very much like green tea) and a slight herbal scent. Don't expect this to be hydrating. It is a somewhat soothing toner with good astringent qualities. I did notice how well it controlled my oil production, but since my skin was getting dehydrated from starting retinoids I had to add another hydrating toner to my routine in addition to this. I tried applying this with my hands for a while, but it found it performs better when applied with a cotton pad. Looking back, I wish I got the Benton version (Kelly Driscoll has a great comparison video on Youtube). It's definitely a great option for super oily skin folks especially during the summer. I won't be repurchasing this again since I prefer something more soothing and hydrating.
ISNtree-Green Tea Fresh Toner
SIMPLE WINTER AM ROUTINE ❄️☃️
I’m very happy with all this products so far, all are very moisturizer for my skin, during winter it’s very dry + my skin type is dry as well. They all have good ingredients list, not fragrances, 2-3 of them have my most favorite ingredient which is niacinamide this ingredient has made a big change on my dark spots. I don’t really have acne, I’m just struggling with the dark spots that were left when I didn’t take care of my skin and didn’t wear sunscreen 🥲 remember one time someone offered to me sunscreen and my answer was “I’m already have dark skin color I don’t need it” now I’m more educated about it and I know that everyone needs it doesn’t matter the skin color. The order I use my products are 1. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser 2. ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner 3. Krave - Great Barrier Relief 4. Krave - Oat So Simple Water Cream 5. PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ (I reapply every 3- 4 hours) #WinterSkincareRoutine
PURITO-Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+
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