At First Sight: Korean Skincare

 Highlights: Soft, fluffy foam.

Highlights: Soft, fluffy foam.

 Fermented green tea leaves chilling in the bottom compartment.

Fermented green tea leaves chilling in the bottom compartment.

 Love the minimalist bottle design and the faint/not-overpowering rose scent.

Love the minimalist bottle design and the faint/not-overpowering rose scent.

 #squadgoals

#squadgoals

Hello! A goal of mine for this year is to take better care of my skin, as in not being lazy about removing makeup and washing my face, always wearing sunscreen, giving my skin lots of hydration, and whatever else I don't know of yet because skincare confuses me. Sometimes I'm not even sure if I buy into skincare products, period. I've never been blown away by any product I've used and usually become suspicious that they're doing more harm than good. However, there's a billion other factors to consider - high levels of stress (almost always), lots of coffee, unhealthy diet (I basically only eat frozen food; it's a problem), bad sleep habits (always), dirty pillowcases (I switch between two of them and then wash both of them every two weeks!), etc.

But there's a few main reasons for why I've been reading more into skincare products, and Korean skincare in particular:
1) I use makeup on a fairly regular basis so it'd probably be a good idea to take better care of my skin, given all the (wonderful) gunk that sits on top of it. 
2) Koreans know their shit when it comes to skincare. And Korean products would theoretically be nicer to my skin because it's targeted towards Asians and I'm Asian and all that.
3) Cute packaging (Not that I base my decisions on packaging alone, but um, http://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahhan/23-korean-beauty-products-so-adorable-youll-cry-1na8j#.gpNlrQm4B.)

I'm pretty much the least qualified person to talk about skincare, but it's all about learning along the way, right? Or it's really my way of justifying the money spent on this stuff. Either way I'm going to give a little spiel about my most recent skincare product purchase from Soko Glam, one of the biggest e-retailers of Korean beauty/skincare in the US and the only one I've bought from. (There's also Peach & Lilly, Glow Recipe, Memebox, Birchbox, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, etc.) It's only been about a week since I started using the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser and Son & Park Beauty Water (which I use as a toner after washing my face to rebalance pH levels) but I think I can already tell that my skin hates me a little less than before. After I wash my face my problem areas are not as red/visibly irritated, so that's a big plus. 

For reference, before I was using First Aid Beauty's Face Cleanser and Pixi's Glow Tonic (which is a cult favorite in the U.K. or something). Even though the beauty water and green tea cleanser both have a ridiculous laundry list of ingredients they're a lot more gentle on my skin, which I'm attributing to what I can only guess to be lower concentrations of various alcohols and acids and higher concentrations of natural extracts like willow bark, papaya and rose oil. I'm not a fan of Witch Hazel (irritates my skin) so I thought maybe that's what was wrong with the Glow Tonic, but turns out the beauty water also has Witch Hazel in it so WHO KNOWS? Bottom line is I really like using these two products in conjunction (with my Banila Co Clean It Zero as the first step). High-quality, calming products make washing up way less of a pain.

Oh, and I purchased the green tea sheet mask because it was only $2 and I wanted free shipping (>$50) but was a dollar short. I have nothing to say about it other than the fact that--as with all other sheet masks I've tried (which hasn't been many)--yeah, my face felt a lot more hydrated and slippery afterwards.

Until my next random post,
Sarah (: