I have a hard time with forcing myself to use body lotion. It’s easily my least favorite part of my routine because I find it really, really boring. I know it only takes a couple of minutes, but it feels like forever, and the lotiony feeling afterwards bothers me a lot more than it does on my face or my hands. So a body lotion has to do more than just moisturize in order for me to get excited about it. It needs to sink in quickly with as little dry-down time as possible, and it should smell amazing. It’ll be a painful chore to use up otherwise. Illi’s Total Aging Care Smoothing Lotion has been decent so far, and has probably come the closest to being a body lotion I maybe sort of enjoy using.
When it comes to eye creams, I’m at a loss for what to look for. For a long time, they were never on my radar at all. I think the number one complaint people have with their eye area is dark circles, but a topical product is pretty dang limited in what it can do to fix those. A lot of eye products are also targeted towards anti-aging: reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing puffiness and bags, etc. I’m not too concerned about focused anti-aging on my undereye area just yet, so what’s left? What am I treating exactly?
The conclusion I came to is that I just need something moisturizing enough to keep the skin around my eyes plumped and hydrated, yet light enough to not cause problems like milia in the delicate undereye skin. I decided upon the Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream as a starting point because it gets very well reviewed and it’s almost criminally cheap (something highly unusual when discussing eye creams).
As an Asian beauty enthusiast, I am always up for trying unorthodox ingredients. (Unorthodox, at least, for my corner of the world.) A cream that features straight animal fat as a star ingredient is certainly something I’ve not tried before. My skin, though fundamentally normal in its sebum production, does tend to lean on the drier side which has resulted in my affection for richer, heavier creams. Products like the Benton Steam Cream are touted as being some of the heaviest creams out there, but I haven’t found them to be all that rich. Enter the horse oil cream. My dry-leaning skin, combined with my first experience of tret-face this year, meant I was looking for a seriously beefy (haha) cream to nourish and maintain that all-important moisture barrier.
I have a deep burning desire to have a collection of products that disguise themselves very cleverly as an adorable bowl of fruit. Unfortunately this dream of mine is slightly unraveling as I discover that the creams inside those fantastic fruity packages are not quite what I had hoped for.
Very soon after trying the Tony Moly Peach hand cream, I of course had to add the Tangerine version to my collection. It definitely fulfilled certain expectations, and much like it’s sister product it also failed in some other expectations.
This is another entry in my love of things that look like other things. I’m not usually one to go for overly cute or gimmicky packaging, but I cannot resist the fruit-shaped allure of Tony Moly hand creams.
With my skin being as dry and thirsty as it is, I tend to load up on a range of moisturizers and serums in my nighttime routine. After discovering asian beauty, I was introduced to a new product type that was designed for sealing in all those layers just before bed: sleeping packs. Innisfree’s Green Tea Sleeping Pack was my first ever experience with this type of product, and I’m overall pleased with how it turned out. I’m definitely on the path towards having a variety of sleeping packs in my skincare wardrobe, as this product sparked a desire to try out even more.
This was another well-loved item from Innisfree’s Green Tea line that I was curious about. The Green Tea Balancing Lotion as well as the Green Tea Seed Serum (reviewed) are both extremely popular in the Asian Beauty community. I love green tea as a skin care ingredient, so I needed to see for myself if my skin would respond as well as everyone else’s seems to.