My skin has always been really receptive to acids, despite having rosacea. Getting a daily BHA into my routine has been my most recent #skincaregoal, and for my first Asian BHA product, I purchased the one most people probably already know about: COSRX’s BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. It’s about as gentle as it gets for a BHA, which was important to me because I prefer using weaker acids on a daily basis rather than stronger ones a couple of times a week.
First treatment essences are products that typically contain some form of yeast (or other) ferment, and they are meant to be applied prior to any toners or other essences. They are usually known for their ability to reduce redness and improve skin health and function. As a rosacea sufferer, anything that can possibly reduce redness is going to be an attractive option.
My first product in this category was the Nature Republic Saccharomyces The First Treatment Essence. I really enjoyed that product, but it was unfortunately discontinued and I was put on a mission to find a replacement. The COSRX Whitening Power Essence has been my first attempt.
This was another product that I hadn’t initially planned on buying. I had selected a different foot cream when I placed a big order from Korea and then immediately received notice that the cream I wanted was out of stock. I wanted to find a substitute quickly (and didn’t want it to take 5 months to arrive (that’s not an exaggeration, I’ve had products take 5 months to arrive)), so I went to Amazon to see what I could find. Being not all that interested in researching foot creams in the first place, I only did a cursory bit of browsing before I came upon a foot cream by AmLactin.
The only thing I’ve known about this brand is that they are one of the few that produce body products with AHAs in them. This foot cream is one of them. I favor using peels instead of something like a pumice stone on my feet, so I thought an AHA foot lotion would be a fantastic way to keep my feet in shape in between those intense biannual peels.
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).
This purchase was a bit of a consumer fail on my part. I had fully intended on buying another cushion foundation to compare to the IOPE Air Cushion that I’ve been using. The Innisfree Melting Cover Foundation appeared to be in a cushion format: it was packaged in a cushion type compact along with the standard cushion applicator. To my disappointment however, I discovered when it arrived that it was simply a cream foundation pressed into a cushion style package. Not at all what I was looking for.
Despite not being what I intended on buying, I still gave this foundation a shot and now am ready to provide a review.
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.