I’ve been curious about K-beauty for a really long time. For anyone not familiar, K-Beauty is short for Korean Beauty – specifically, South Korean.
Supposedly, its considered to have a superior approach to skincare by many in the beauty industry. The question is whether this is just hype or not?
They seem to focus on using more natural, unique ingredients; like bee venom, or snail mucous (uhm…..?)
I’m not super familiar with all the various brands, but I had heard some good things about “Missha”, so I figured I’d give them a shot.
*Missha is against animal testing.
There are a few websites dedicated to K-Beauty: Sokoglam, Peach and Lily, Style Korean, Yes Style – as well as brand specific websites, such as: Etude House, Tony Moly, Missha, Innisfree, and Banila Co. Western Beauty Stores have also started carrying a K-beauty section and stocking some of the more popular brands. Some brands, like E.L.F. and The Face Shop(The Body Shop) have started producing K-Beauty inspired skin care.
I purchased my products from iherb.com and directly from the Missha website during a 40% off sale.
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Super Aqua Oxygen Essence Peeling
This is a gel serum that you apply to the face like a mask. It bubbles up to clean away impurities and dead skin cells from the face, supposedly leaving the face soft, smooth and nourished.
You can find this product on several K-Beauty sites. It sells for $23.00 for 100 grams of product.
This comes in a very clean looking container with a pump nozzle on top. The gel applies clear and spreads thinly across the face. After about two minutes, I started to feel a slight tingle on my face. The mask started to bubble and turn white and it felt like it was tickling my face. I massaged the formula off and was actually surprised to find some flakes of skin in the mix.
I was pretty happy with how my skin felt after the peel. I didn’t notice any dryness and my skin felt softer to the touch.
I’ve been using this product every 3rd day for about 4 weeks now. I’ve included it in my skin regime between my cleanser and essences – replacing my toner on those days. I’m not sure if you have to leave out your toner, but I didn’t want to dry my skin out. I haven’t had any more flakes of skin, but that would make sense with regular use. I also haven’t had any irritation or break outs, which I sometimes have with the use of products.
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this product. I plan to keep it in my skin care regime, and hopefully it will help with the texture of my skin in the long run.
Time Revolution, The First Treatment Essence
It’s probably considered the star of the Missha brand, and its what got me interested in K-Beauty in the first place. I’ve been wanting to purchase this essence for about 2 years, but when you’re on a limited budget, these sort of products seem like luxuries. Thankfully, iHerb had %15 off their K-beauty line, so I took advantage f the sale.
It’s highlighted ingredient is “Himalaya Purple Barley & Fermented Gemmule Yeast Extract”. This essence is said to have nourishing, anti-aging properties. The description on the website claims the product is wrinkle repairing, and that the formula helps to recover skin balance by restoring the moisture deep within the skin.
The product runs for approximately $45 for 150ml.
I really love this essence. It’s non-greasy and absorbs so well into the skin with no residue. I use this before my moisturizer and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the hydration in my skin. My skin is really soft and feels so much better after using. I would 100% recommend this product to anyone who’s serious about their skin care regime.
Time Revolution Night Repair Serum
This serum is supposedly designed to restore elasticity and diminish wrinkles. Its also suppose to energize, repair and whiten. To my understanding, “Whiten” in Asian beauty means, to help lighten discoloration and help with uneven skin texture.
The cost is $36 for 40 ml of product
It goes on like the other essences. It absorbs without leaving any stickiness. I notice a feeling of tightness across my skin after it dries down. The next morning my skin still feels a bit tight, but not dry. I also notice a brighter, fresher face. Whether or not it helps with wrinkles? It’s too soon to really tell, but I do like the overall appearance of my skin after a month of using it.
I think it’s fair to say that I am impressed with these serums. My skin has been looking so much better since using it. My face isn’t breaking out as much and overall my face is looking fresh and healthy.
So…..Its 2018. What’s your New Years Resolution? One of mine is to start taking better care of my skin.
It’s my first blog 2018, and I would like to thank you all for your support over the past year. To show my appreciation, I am doing a Giveaway.
Here’s your chance to try Missha’s Super Aqua Oxygen Essence Peel!
Before I post on other social media though, I would like to give all my current followers a chance to earn some entries. Post below – let me know if you have ever tried K-Beauty, what you tried, and what your opinion was – you will earn 3 entries towards the giveaway. *Only comments before January 14th will be eligible for extra entries.
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*Disclaimer: This giveaway is not affiliated with Missha Beauty or any of the websites listed in this blog. I am not responsible for replacing any lost and/or damaged items during shipping. Extra Entries will only be given to my subscribers on the social media platform offered. Those who unsubscribe after the Giveaway ends, might be excluded from entering future giveaways. Giveaway will end February 28th, 2018.