After my disappointment with the last Asian beauty body wash I tried, I made the decision not to settle for whatever random thing I could find. I’ve been really taking the time to search around for products that interest me, especially when it comes to body care because most of the time I find body care to be horribly boring. Illi is a brand that focuses a lot on body care products, and I’ve heard great things about their Total Aging Care line. The Cream Wash and the Body Lotion from this line were my next picks to try and get excited about taking care of my body skin.
Cleansing oils are probably my favorite products to use. There’s something about mushing around all your makeup after a day of carefully avoiding face contact that is therapeutic for me. There’s no harsh scrubbing with a wipe, no dragging cotton rounds over your skin. There’s only a relaxing massage all over to dissolve everything, and then all the dirt and sunscreen and makeup just rinses away. It’s so easy and it works so well. Innisfree’s Apple Seed Cleansing Oil lured me in with a promise of a juicy apple scent on top of everything I love about oil cleansers. Let’s see if it lived up to expectations.
As many a skincare nerd will know, there are some types of products in which the pH is hugely important to the product’s purpose and effectiveness. BHAs, AHAs, or L-ascorbic acid serums are ‘pH dependent’, which means their effectiveness is altered by the pH of the product formulation, or by the pH of the skin they are applied to.
These products tend to perform better at a pH that is lower than the natural pH of your skin. Your skin’s pH hangs around 4.5-5.5, and the ideal pH for these products, such as Vitamin C, can be as low as 2.5. What ends up happening is that some of the effectiveness of these products is used up in the effort it takes to lower the pH of your skin to a suitable range. One way to resolve this is to use a pH-adjusting toner to do the grunt work of lowering the skin’s pH so that the pH dependent products can be more effective at what they do. This is the role of a product like the COSRX BHA/AHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.
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.
These are the products I’ve chosen to test between April 23, 2017 and September 9, 2017. This haul I am super excited about because I really expanded my search, checking out some indie brands as well as products from non-asian countries. The majority of it still comes from Korea, but I’ve got some stuff here from other places that I think is pretty cool. I also took the opportunity to focus on a single brand, Ato Classic, and try out their entire line of skincare this summer.
I decided to change things up a bit with this haul post and include some first impressions of the products in addition to my reasons for purchasing the product. I don’t like to comment too much on the experience or performance until I write a review post, but people seem to find first impressions useful so I thought I’d give it a try.
About half of this haul was ordered from http://www.testerkorea.com. The rest came from Amazon, eBay, or individual store websites. Since this block is 20 weeks long, there are also 2 bonus face products and 2 bonus ‘other’ products.
I have yet to find a second step cleanser that I am absolutely in love with. I don’t expect a cleansing product to perform miracles, but I want them to be interesting and fun to use. I got curious about the powder cleanser format after seeing a few reviews of Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash. Having a cleanser in a dry form seems extremely handy for travelling, so I picked one up to see if it would suit my needs.
Skinfood is always one of the first brands to come up in a discussion of wash-off masks. Their sugar scrubs and rice mask are frequently mentioned as favorites for physical exfoliation. After they announced a release of 6 new wash-off masks, I wanted to try some out to see if they lived up to Skinfood’s reputation.