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Skin Care Basics: The Non-Negotiables

So, you’ve been meaning to get into skin care but don’t know where to start. The infamous “10 steps Routine” fashioned by the Koreans sure is overwhelming – and not (always) necessary – so let’s break it down to the basics a.k.a steps you shouldn’t compromise. Let’s talk about the *non-negotiables* you should have in your arsenal.

Here’s your cheat sheet: always apply the product with the lightest to the thickest consistency. Each step – when layered in succession – prepares the skin for better absorption, which yields maximum results. For day time: a gentle cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen while for night time: a make-up remover, gentle cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and eye cream. Each step targets a specific skin issue, may it be dehydration, premature aging, or sun protection.

“Good skin is not about having more products than you can count – it’s about having the right products that do the right things and then using them in the right order.” 

(The Little Book of Skin Care, Charlotte Cho)

Read: My Personal Skin Care Routine (+Tips to Make Your Own)

You may be in your starry-eyed teenage years or enlightened 30s, it’s never too early or too late to take care of your skin! Your personal skin care journey should never be rushed and must come from the desire to take better care of yourself. Now, let’s get to the stellar products I’m currently using for my *dry* skin with a concise description of each essential step.

Make-up Remover

Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Cleansing Stick (BeautyMNL, P900; Night)

I cannot reiterate enough, para na akong sirang plaka, how the double cleanse – a cleansing balm, oil, or stick followed up by a gentle cleanser – ensures the proper removal of make-up, sunscreen, and whatever filth is *still* on your face after a long day. This lessens the possibility of acne, premature aging, and other skin issues.

For the first step, I use the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Cleansing Stick. This is an award-winning collaboration between innovative, trendy Korean skin care brand, Neogen, and Soko Glam founder, The Little Book of Skin Care author, and aesthetician, Charlotte Cho – who I absolutely trust with my life.

This breaks down impurities and effectively removes *all* traces of make-up – given that I still remove my eye make-up with a micellar water or cleansing oil – since I religiously wear a full face every day. It’s even better than the Banila Co. Clean It Zero and Heimish All-Clean Balm, which says a lot! Best part is it’s conveniently packaged in a travel-friendly tube. I’ve had to forego a cleansing balm on my recent trips – replacing it with make-up wipes – because it’s bulky.

The main star of the product (obviously) is the green tea, which is a powerful ingredient to combat premature aging and subside inflammation. A great source of antioxidants, it’s also great for detoxifying your skin! The leaves on the product even provide a satisfying, gentle exfoliation.

Read: Ingredient Spotlight: How Green Tea Helps Prevent Premature Aging

I personally had my bias towards a “cleansing stick” because it felt a bit…unhygienic, but it proved to perform much better than my other cleansing products. It also relieves you of the uncomfortable blurry sensation on the eyes which a balm always has. This gives me great reason to keep repurchasing this; I even purchased a back-up already!

Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Watsons, P202; Day and Night)

When I had very problematic, acne-prone skin at the beginning of the year, I incorporated more gentle, fuss-free products in my routine. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a Godsend for sensitive skin. Now, it might not do the best job in whisking away the stubborn, left-over “debris” but that’s exactly why a good cleansing product beforehand *cough* like the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Cleansing Stick *cough* is a must-have. This may contain alcohol, which most Western drugstore skin care products have, but this doesn’t strip my skin of moisture, which I love! It’s also thin in consistency unlike other rich foam facial washes which tend to make me break out. Unlike other facial washes, this doesn’t make my skin feel tight, even plastic-y, which can eventually lead to dryness and irritation. It’s also affordable!

Toner

SON&PARK Beauty Water (Shop Pibu, P1,200; Day and Night)

I’ve raved endlessly about the SON&PARK Beauty Water, a multitasking product which acts as a cleansing water, a gentle exfoliator, toner, and even a facial mist. This is also a great choice for the trendy Korean 7-Skin Method – application of 7 layers of toner – which is a life-saver for dehydrated skin…but personally not my cup of tea.

The brainchild of Korean celebrity make-up artists, Son Dae Sik and Park Tae Yun, this is buzzed about internationally. As a lightweight, hydrating toner, this works perfectly to reset and balance the skin’s pH levels and leaves my skin feeling baby soft! This also takes out residue my double cleanse may have neglected to. With papaya extracts and willow bark, this even brightens skin overtime! Now, this might seem like such a splurge but it has 340 ml (twice the size of a normal toner); this will last you forever!

Full review here

Moisturizer

Mizon Aqua Water Gel Cream (BeautyMNL, P713; Day and Night)

Like a terrible break-up, I’m still hung up on Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream, the hydrating yet mattifying (absurd, I know) moisturizer that changed the texture of my skin. Upon trying the Mizon Aqua Water Gel Cream, hopeful and starry-eyed, it isn’t *quite* the same but good enough that my skin stays hydrated and plump! It has a thinner consistency, almost “wet”, but still compatible for those with oily skin since it won’t leave you a greasy mess. It locks in all the previous steps and provides much needed moisture.

Eye Cream

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream (Shop Pibu, P1,200; Day and Night)

This is the first eye cream I’ve ever “invested” in after finishing 2 tubes of the bestselling Mizon Snail Eye Cream – an affordable option available locally, but not quite the best. Our under eyes need that extra TLC because it happens to be the most delicate part of our face!

The Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream is a worthy splurge, a highly concentrated product which effectively smoothes out fine lines and combats wrinkles – although this isn’t the best candidate to brighten darkness. The Jeju Orchid is a potent ingredient for anti-aging which also targets dryness. I love how luxuriously thick it feels! Don’t forget to gently tap the product with your finger!

Sunscreen

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ (BeautyMNL/Watsons, P445; Day)

The drugstore, in my opinion, houses a few notable skin care products that are gentle and made of natural, skin-loving ingredients. I still have to try more! Japan’s bestselling Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is an incredible option for those on the hunt for an everyday source of sun protection that is lightweight, über affordable, and doesn’t produce a white cast. I keep recommending this to everyone! Make-up sits beautifully on top of it, too. As always, a sunscreen is never to be neglected as exposure to sun rays – even if you’re actually just inside the house – is the fastest way to age your skin. Get on it!

P.S. I want to thank the wonderful people behind Globe for making me part of the 10 Ladies You Should Follow on Instagram If You’re Obsessed with Skincare! ✨💘


K-Beauty Corner: Exclusive Althea Korea “Kissed by the Sun” Box

Althea Korea “Kissed by the Sun” Limited Edition Box (P1,340 – originally worth P4,980)

K-Beauty, in all its darling eccentricities, is *quite* foreign to me. I’ve always wrestled with Korean standards and/or style(s) of beauty. I have v. prominent Filipina features – morena skin, big eyes, full lips – and my style of make-up has always leaned on the more Western side. But lately, I’ve been experimenting with various make-up styles for every day – über dewy “glass skin,” gradient lips, and sheer eyeshadow – and it’s so exciting! I consider getting out of my comfort zone and seeing what I can come up with a personal victory.

Althea Box

The Althea Box from my ultimate K-Beauty destination is such a fantastic way to try new products for both make-up and skin care! Curated to *kawaii* perfection, the limited edition themed boxes (2-3 every month) are designed for beginners and professionals alike. You save thousands of PPP and discover your next holy grail! The past few weeks may have been gloomy in Manila but the exclusive “Kissed by the Sun” Box contains so many great products that have already become staples in my collection – whatever the weather may be. They really surpassed my expectations!

Beauty 

Bareblanc Super Fit Cushion in Natural Beige (Solo, P850)

I’ve had my fair share of cushion foundations, mostly from Western brands because of their fairly wider shade range. The biggest surprise from the collection is the Bareblanc Super Fit Cushion. I honestly had no expectations from it since I’ve never heard of the brand nor the product. It is a little lighter than my skin complexion – nothing a good contour powder can’t remedy – but it delivers a perfectly matte-but-not-flat coverage that lasts the entire day. It even covers my stubborn acne scars that I don’t find the need to reach for my trustworthy concealer before application – it’s that good!

A possible downfall for having any base product in the Althea Box is the uncertainty of the color shade so I would suggest to have a lighter and/or darker liquid foundation/BB Cream in hand to concoct a flattering shade for you.

Etude House Look At My Eyes in BR425 

This has been a staple in my collection ever since I received it. I have not stopped wearing it – on top of any matte shadow – and it just works so well! I still like putting an eyeshadow primer (Etude House Proof 10) beforehand for better longevity. I get compliments about my eye look all the time.

To be honest, I’ve always had a huge bias towards Korean eyeshadows because, when you’re used to Western quality, you’ll find them to be more sheer and less pigmented. I was wrong! The Etude House Look At My Eyes in BR425 is fantastic for day to day, and does not pale in comparison to others with a heftier price tag! I’ll be sure to look for more shades from the line on my next Etude House visit!

Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in Juicy Rose (Solo, P1,230)

A beautiful addition to the roster is the Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in Juicy Rose (or California Rose) – my very first product from the brand! I was ecstatic to see this during my unboxing. With 2 flattering matte shades, it delivers the perfect healthy flush on the cheeks. You can keep building it up to your liking; no shock factor involved because of too much pigmentation! The staying power is also fantastic, and I find it to still be visible until the end of the day.

Read: Affordable Beauty: Top 4 Peach Drugstore Blushes

Rire Luxe Matte Lipstick in Nudy Beige (Solo, P500)

With a very comfortable feel on the lips, the Rire Luxe Matte Lipstick in Nudy Beige is perfect to finish up any beauty look! I just observed that this particular formula needs multiple swipes to get its full opacity. The nude orange is a beautifully unique everyday shade. I also enjoy adding a gloss on top for extra luscious, scene-stealer lips!

Skin Care 

ABIB Hydration Creme Water Tube (Solo, P1,720)

The sample size of the ABIB Hydration Creme Water Tube is something else. You get around 5 uses from the small sachet but every time I apply the cream on my face – instructed as an essence step, so after toner and before moisturizer – I have such supple, hydrated skin, which lasts all day! I can even forego my moisturizer because it’s that good! With such an A+ experience, I’m really considering cashing out for (a possible) splurge.

Calmia UV Protection Sun Stick in Moist (Solo, P490)

For girls-on-the-go, the Calmia UV Protection Sun Stick is a super hassle-free way of applying sun protection. It adds a fresh, dewy look – without looking oily – while protecting the skin from UV rays, which is the fastest way for skin to age. I love how it isn’t sticky and adds a subtle glow to the skin.

Secriss Pure Nature Mask in White Pearl (Solo, P52)

The Secriss Pure Nature Mask in White Pearl is great for a special pamper day. Sheet applied perfectly on my face, and it left my skin moisturized – smells amazing, too. It lasted a while before it dried up, which only means that there is a ton of essence inside. It also contains pearl extracts for a whitening effect but, again, I only used this once so I can’t really tell if it was effective.

Anything you want to try from the box? Let me know in the comments below! ✨

Disclaimer: The Kissed by the Sun Box was provided by Althea Korea for review. As always, these are my honest opinions on said products.


My Personal Skin Care Routine (+ Tips to Make Your Own)

Skin first, make-up second.

A year after my life-changing education on skin care, I’ve skipped the daily medium to full coverage foundation and opt for a light tinted moisturizer or BB Cream – except on the occasional whole day event. I forego the thick cream concealer, sans the acne, and use a brightening liquid concealer to highlight my under eyes and the bridge of my nose. Bumps on my forehead are gone – thanks to my Aloe Vera Gel – and my dry skin looks healthy, radiating with a natural glow. My skin’s never been at a better state (no jinxing please), and I have to thank the 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine.

Before anyone else, especially if you’re a beginner, attempts to create her own regimen, know that you don’t need 10 steps to achieve good skin. Layer if you must, but know that skin may be sensitive and can get agitated. Certain products can counteract one another, and the list goes on. If you break out from new products, stop using it immediately, and give it away! I suggest for you to read The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho, and do your own research by religiously following The KlogWishtrend TVLiah YooGothamista, and The Beauty Breakdown.

If you want a personal regimen designed for you, I suggest to:

  • Identify your skin type, first and foremost.

What works for my dry skin may not work for your oily/combination skin. When shopping for products, you’ll discover that brands produce lines to cater to every skin type. Choosing the right products for you becomes less overwhelming when you acquaint yourself with the state of your skin. Choose well, and save your money, energy, and time.

  • Know which skin issues need to be treated.

Stubborn acne, pigmentation, premature aging, rough texture, dullness? Evaluate which needs to be treated, and keep building your routine with that in mind. A good serum and/or essence is your best bet!

  • Most of all, be patient. 

As with all things, good skin takes time. You won’t see instant results, and it can get frustrating. Be consistent with your routine, hydrate, eat good food, and cut back on the full-coverage foundation. Enjoy the process! Keep listening to what your skin is telling you, and you’ll see a great change overtime.

I’ve patterned *some* steps from the intimidating but highly effective international phenomenon. Given the state of my skin at present, I’ve simplified a bit and let go of essence, serum, and sheet masks. My daily routine consists of all-natural products – mostly Korean – through constant research and trial and error. Shall we get to the products?

Make-up Remover

Micellar Water

Garnier Skin Natural Micellar Cleansing Water in Pink (Watsons, P249; Night)

Because my crazy skin care lady double cleanse (cleansing balm and cleanser) isn’t enough, the first step of my (nightly) routine is to remove my eye and lip make-up with cotton pads soaked in my holy grail Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s the best and most gentle drugstore option I’ve tried! This is no match for my smudge-proof liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascara. I still can’t believe that the 400ml bottle is this affordable. Get the travel-size (125ml) for P149 if you want to test it or bring it for travel.

Disclaimer: I’ve heard stories about this particular product carrying the substance Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (PHMB) which should, apparently, be banned because it’s believed to be carcinogenic but still appears in make-up removers, lotions, and creams. Please do your own research as a consumer to see what you feel about it!

Cleansing Balm 

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser in Purity (Shop Pibu, P890; Night)

To start off my double cleanse, a non-negotiable in my routine, I use the Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser which I find to remove make-up more effectively than the Heimish All-Clean Balm. A cult favorite from Korea, the oil cleansing balm hardly needs any introduction! It goes on a solid balm then melts into a milky consistency, dissolving impurities and excess make-up. I finished a big tub of the Classic version at the beginning of the year and thoroughly enjoyed it. At present, I use Purity (for sensitive skin) after suffering from stubborn acne for a few months. It could *almost* be perfect if it were not for the blurry sensation it leaves when near the eyes.

Cleanser

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser (Banila Co. or BeautyMNL, P595; Day and Night)

After emptying 2 bottles of the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, a basic yet non-drying cleanser from the drugstore, I’ve loved using the Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser. As the last step of the double cleanse, this thick cleanser removes oil residue left from the cleansing balm. The price tag may seem unreasonable for such product but you only need so little that it can last for months!

Make sure to always cleanse your face properly, especially if you apply a lot of make-up and sunscreen, to avoid clogged pores and irritation. A clean face is the best foundation for all the other products to work. Make that extra effort, and you’ll see (and feel!) fantastic results overtime.

Exfoliator/Face Masks

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (BeautyMNL/Althea Korea, P560; 1-2x a week)

I have repurchased this after my skin went crazy upon emptying it. The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask detoxifies and pulls out impurities from skin. It also rids it of excess sebum and minimizes the appearance of pores – because you can never really make it disappear. Unlike other face masks, this leaves skin feeling cool and hydrated. This is perfect for your next pamper sesh!

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask (Lush, P425; Once a week)

This isn’t only for your face but also your body! Primrose seeds and Aduki beans both act as natural exfoliants, scrubbing away dead skin cells to increase cell turnover. It’s luscious and smells sweetly of chocolate! My favorite thing about this is how fast it dries – less than 5 minutes – best for days when I don’t have all the time in the world. I personally wouldn’t recommend this if you’re dealing with any stubborn breakouts, as with other harsh scrubs that can agitate acne even more rather than healing it. Again, don’t over-exfoliate and only use 1-2x a week.

Watch: Lush How It’s Made: Mask of Magnaminty via LUSH Cosmetics

Toner

Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (BeautyMNL/Althea Korea, P880; Day and Night)

My love affair with the K-Beauty multi-tasker, Son&Park Beauty Water, has officially ended after months of bliss, and I’ve gotten to know the equally raved about Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. I’m a fan of viscous toners so this is such a treat to use! Not only does it balance skin’s natural pH levels but it prepares it to absorb the products to follow. This deeply moisturizes and leaves face squeaky clean!

Useful tip: Soak up your cotton pads with product and apply on face then use your hands to apply another layer for extra plump and hydrated skin.

CosRX One-Step Moisture Up Pads (BeautyMNL/Shop Pibu, P900; As needed)

For a gentler exfoliator, I use the One-Step Moisture Up Pads, a recent release from CosRX after the much raved about Acne One-Step Pimple Clear Pads. The pre-soaked pads are perfect for days when you have extra dry and flaky skin – either before applying make-up or after removing it! Cut it in half with a pair of sterilized scissors to save your money! This is good for everyday use but because of its price tag, I only use this 1-2x a week.

Eye Cream

Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream (BeautyMNL, P294; Day and Night)

Our under eyes are the most delicate part of our face so it needs extra TLC! This is the first eye cream I’ve ever tried so I’m honestly still on the search for a better product. This has effectively lessened my lines because of the snail mucin and gives it that extra moisture but hasn’t really lessened discoloration. This is also great for wrinkles so I use this on my smile lines.

Buy the 25ml tub (P750) from Shop Pibu.

Moisturizer

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream (Shop Pibu, P680; Day and Night)

I can heavily attribute the change of texture of my dry skin to Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream. This is fantastic for the weather in the Philippines because it seeps into skin, and it won’t leave you sticky or oily. Packed with humectants, this restores and seals hydration. I also still stand by my love for the St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, which is a great option from the drugstore for those on a budget.

Sunscreen

Nivea Sun Protect Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA+++ (Japanese Drugstore; Day)

For daily sun protection, I never leave the house without slathering my face and neck with the Nivea Sun Protect Aqua Gel, my favorite drugstore find from Japan. If you ever find yourself in the area, don’t leave without hoarding a few! Never take this step for granted because sun rays age your skin. A locally available alternative is the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, a lightweight, non-greasy water-based sunscreen. It’s just like you’re applying moisturizer on your face!

What’s your personal skin care routine like? Any tips for beginners? Leave them in the comments below. 💙


Fading Acne Scars with Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop (Althea Korea, P1,010)

I’ve been suffering from the worst breakout of my life since February. It started with a huge pimple on my nose, then it transferred on my cheeks and chin. The constellation of distressing acne’s made me so insecure. I took a break from my BB Cream and went back to my full-coverage foundation, the Flormar Mat Touch Foundation. I lessened my use of *blinding* highlight because it accentuates texture on my skin. Most days, I don’t wear make-up at all. Trying to find the cause, I’ve reduced my skin care routine to the basics – cleanser, toner, eye cream, moisturizer – and removed any new products I was trying – essence, sunscreen – during the period when it all began. I stopped drinking coffee for a while and drank tea. I slept, a lot. I find it so strange, considering just a week before said dilemma, I had the best skin of my life.

My skin is healing with the help of the potent The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – diluted in my moisturizer but, as per usual, I’m left with very bad scarring and hyperpigmentation. From past experience, these fade in months so I eventually gave in and purchased the much talked about K-Beauty multitasker: the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. It was 30% off during Althea Korea’s Trendy Best-Sellers Sale! I’ve incorporated it in my regimen for the past 2 months, and let me tell you something, it is liquid gold.

How do I use it? 

I immediately used it the day it arrived after my (recently emptied) Inisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. The combination is divine; I’ve never had smoother skin in my life! Once applied to the face, it feels warm and greasy but the slight discomfort fades. This makes my skin extra dewy. Great amount of pure Vitamin C can be harmful to skin, so I use this once a day (night) as a serum all over my face – after my toner and before my eye cream and moisturizer. Half the dropper is more than enough! If you plan on using it in the morning, don’t forget to apply sunscreen since you’re more susceptible to UV rays.

Read: Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin C via The Klog

What does it do? 

It evens out my skin tone – from all the years I refused to wear sunscreen. It’s made my skin so much brighter that I became a foundation shade, or two, lighter. This may be a big no-no for some people, so just a head’s up. In a few days, it changed the texture of my skin; my face feels like a baby’s bottom! In a few weeks, it’s recognizable how my acne scars have faded; others have completely disappeared! It contains Centella asiatica, commonly known to treat wounds. This claims to shrink pores but I can’t attest to that because I already have small pores. This is recommended, even for sensitive skin types, but if you’re wary, you can always mix it with your moisturizer to dilute it.

If you have stubborn acne scars or pigmentation that just won’t go away, this really does the job. Believe me when I say that it’s magic in a bottle!


Unboxing: Althea Korea Anti-Pollution Box

Althea Korea’s Anti-Pollution Box (P1,450 – originally worth P5,020)

Living in Manila takes a toll on me, especially as a regular commuter. An environment so hostile to skin needs its recuperation at the end of the day that’s why I was ecstatic – an understatement – when the wonderful Althea pixies mailed me their Anti-Pollution Box to try!

I subscribe to the Korean 10-Step Skin Care Routine I rave about endlessly, and choosing the right products for my skin type is easier with a beauty platform like Althea. It’s my go-to for everything skin care because of the unbelievably low prices – with regular sales and discounts! – and the array of homegrown brands to choose from.

The monthly Althea Beauty Boxes are great for those who want to discover new products – both for skin care and make-up – without breaking the bank. You just might find your true love within these boxes!

Make-up Remover

Cleansing Water

Calmia Rooibosh No Wash Cleansing Water (Solo, P260)

I changed my nightly skin care routine and added the Calmia Rooibosh No Wash Cleansing Water to remove my eye make-up before a thorough double cleanse. It makes the next steps easier, and it doesn’t tug on my eyes – the most sensitive part of the face and the most susceptible to aging. Make-up comes right off without stinging my eyes; it’s super gentle!

It’s marketed as a no-wash product for incredibly lazy (hands up!) nights when you just want to go straight to bed. Of course, I still recommend a good cleansing balm/oil and a water-based cleanser (see next 2 items) to effectively remove pollutants you carried from your commute home. This is also extra helpful for moments when you’ve done a make-up boo-boo and want to fix it without ruining an entire look.

Cleansing Balm

Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm (Solo, P910)

The Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm competes with my love for the holy grail status Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I find that it’s the easiest and fastest way to wash off make-up without wasting any product. It works better than the Holika Holika Pig Clear Make-up Zero which leaves my face greasy.

The sherbet-type cleanser is mild yet powerful – plus that packaging is extra cute! When I go all out with a full face for an event, I do this step twice and find all traces of my make-up gone. It’s such a miracle worker!

Cleanser

Water-Based Cleanser 

Missha Deep Cleansing Foam 

This is easily my favorite from the bunch! I’m disappointed since it’s not yet available (solo) in Althea! Let me update this entry when it is. This smells so nostalgic – just like a regular Pond’s Facial Wash. It’s thick in consistency and removes remaining impurities while retaining moisture.

Toner

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener (Solo, P440)

I’ve had this item in my Althea bag for months, and every time I find the courage to purchase it, it’s sold out! Surely, good things come to those who wait. I personally prefer a more viscous consistency when it comes to toners – almost like an essence but not quite – but the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener is hydrating and delivers results! It cleanses and tightens pores, controls sebum, and balances skin’s pH levels – everything a toner needs to do and more! Instead of just using the product with a cotton pad, I also add an extra layer with my hand and pat it on my face for double the moisture.

Mask

Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask

For a special pamper day, I love doing a face mask once a week. I leave the Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask on my face for around 15-20 minutes until I feel a tightening and rinse it with warm water. It leaves my skin clean, smooth, and ready for my beauty sleep.

I don’t recommend this to people with sensitive skin or anyone suffering from breakouts because there are solid particles that can scratch your face. This is best applied with a small spatula rather than your fingers.

Moisturizer

ONSAEMEEIN Perfect Moisture Cream (Solo, P340)

The ONSAEMEEIN Perfect Moisture Cream applies wet but immediately absorbs into skin. This type of consistency is extra hydrating so it’s good for dry skin! The Trehalose extract is the star of the show, preventing aging and improving wrinkles through time.

Sunscreen

It’s My Daily Sun Cream SPF45+ PA+++ (Solo, P240)

I’ve been more diligent when applying sunscreen – even when I’m just inside an office the entire day. This isn’t for everyone because it’s thick and can feel greasy when not blended well. Personally, I don’t mind because it leaves my skin really moisturized and prepped for a full face of make-up. It doesn’t smell like chemicals, which more generic sunscreens do. This is also pretty cheap considering sunscreens in the market start at around P400+.

Thank you for the love, Althea!

More on the 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine on my next entry about The Little Book of Skin Care by Soko Glam founder, Charlotte Cho.

Don’t forget to use my (P350) discount code on your first purchase. 💗

Disclaimer: The Anti-Pollution Box is actually sold out – upon publishing this entry – so I provided links for the individual products in case you want to purchase them.