missha all-around safe block essence sun SPF45/PA+++

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spring is just around the corner and although I really like the winter and can’t wait for some warmth and the change to my spring wardrobe. the only downside, sunrays. ever since my research on korean skincare I have been stressing the importance of sunscreen to everyone around me. putting on sunscreen is so important and should be the most important step in anyones skincare routine. sunscreens help to block UVB damaging the skin and UVA causing skin aging. if you don’t do anything about that sunrays can cause sunburn, dark spots, wrinkles, aged looking skin and even go so far as to causing skin cancer. I have recently come across the missha sunscreen which they are even selling in german drugstores now. people who are put off by sunscreen because they have the prejudice of sunscreen being really sticky and uncomfortable will be surprised because this sunscreen is something else.

the missha all-around safe block essence SPF45/PA+++ is my first ever korean sunscreen. so far I have been using  normal sunscreens and a japanese one, all of them were “okay” but I never really liked their consistency and the feeling they left on my skin after applying it. normal sunscreen is usually very sticky and therefore not really pleasant on the skin. the japanese one (bioré) was very thin and moisturizing, it felt more like an essence rather than a thick enough barrier to block UV rays. I was very surprised by the consistency of the missha all-around safe block essence, because although it is advertised as an essence it is still thick enough for me to feel like I have applied something that will protect my skin. the essences used in the product help the skin’s moisture by hydrating and nourishing it and therefore making makeup application very easy.

the only thing that I don’t like and I have to admit I don’t really know about is how to handle reapplying my sunscreen during the day when I don’t want to mess up my full face of makeup. unfortunately applying sunscreen once in the morning won’t do the job of protecting your skin all day long. I did my research and found that you have to reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours. there are several methods in how to make sure your skin won’t suffer from UV rays. you can either get a cushion compact with SPF, a powder with SPF or my favourite option a face mist with SPF. I am pretty sure that there are more options, so there is no way for you to back out of protecting your skin from UV rays.

how do you protect your skin from the sun? let me know.

picture not mine – found on missha website
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what is a toner anyway?

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the one skincare item that always confuses me is toner. i have read so many times that it is one of the most important skincare steps in your regiment. but what exactly is a toner? what is its purpose?

a toner is used after cleansing and supposed to remove remnants from your cleanser while preparing your skin to effectively absorb your essence/serum and moisturizer.

After doing some research, this is what I found out:

you should use toner after cleansing, because even with the gentlest cleanser your skin needs to be replenished with what has been rinsed away (you are not only washing away to sebum and dirt on your skin but also your skin’s natural moisture)

a toner can quickly and efficiently provide your skin with antioxidants, soothing agents, and hydrating ingredients

therefore can toner enhance your skin’s surface, providing it what it needs to look fresher, smoother, and hydrated

it can also serve to remove any last traces of makeup your cleanser might not have gotten to

toners are a secret weapon in keeping your skin looking healthy, young and beautiful

using a toner is very important for people with oily and acne-prone skin, as they make sure that your skin is probably cleansed and prepped for the following essence/serum

toners shrink your pores, after having washed your face with lukewarm water your pores are open. not only is this an opportunity for the toner to work as a deep cleanser but it will also close the pores again

besides the right essence/serum to tackle your specific skin concern, toner is the one step that will change their effectiveness. charlotte cho, the founder of sokoglamtheklog and author of the little book of skincare once made a comparison that has truly changed my approach in my skincare routine. your skin acts like a sponge, when it is try it is not possible for it to absorb whatever you put on it. but if it is wet the absorption is very easy and more effectively. a toner acts exactly like that, it is a product that besides the already explained advantages as a product itself also enhances the effectiveness of the products you put on your skin afterwards. i am hoping to get my hands on one of the most popular toners and probably one of the best known korean skincare products, the beauty water by son&park.

picture is not mine – found on google

COSRX AHA 7 WHITEHEAD POWER LIQUID

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about cosrx

cosrx is a korean skincare brand whose main focus lies on the ingredients of a product. products are developed to fight blemished skin and other skin problems. apart from other korean skincare brands which market their products mostly by cute packaging, cosrx is more concerned with what is in them.

brand concept

“impressive cosmetics with sincerity”

“we try not to control nature. we try to fill our cosmetics with nature.”

“by approaching customers’ skin patterns and troubles scientifically, we categorized our data into seasons, steps, components, formulations, cycles, weathers, and so on.”

learn more on cosrx.co.kr

 

aha 7 whitehead power liquid

the aha 7 whitehead power liquid is an essence and the packaging calls it a “savior for skin without control of whitehead and sebum”. Cosrx describes its features as follows: “clears off old dead skin cell inside the pores and works with vitamin, whiteners and natural moisturizer as treatment, to manage dead skin cell without stimulation, to help with management of skin making it healthier and more vital.”

 

ingredients and their purpose

pyrus malus (apple) fruit water: is water that has been distilled from apples. it vitalizes and nourishes the skin with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. with a lower PH value than regular water, apple fruit water has a closer affinity to skin’s own PH balance,  thereby enhancing the moisturizing and soothing properties. apple fruit water also stimulates the growth of keratin in the outer layers of the skin and therefore strengthens the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect it from outside damage.

butylene glycol: is a chemically produced solvent which is hygroscopic. butylene glycol allows the skin the lock in moisture more sufficiently and it therefore appears more plumper and smoother.

glycolic acid: is a chemical peel which is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. it reduces wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improves many other skin conditions. glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the skin and acts as a chemical exfoliator exposing live skin cells.

niacinamide: induces the production of ceramide and cholesterole – both of them are part of the horny layer (natural skin barrier) which is responsible for protecting the skin from drying out. it also reduces sebum production, is antiphlogistic/antibacterial and moisturizing.

sodium hydroxide:  is used to stabilize the PH value to a skinfriendly level.

1,2-hexanediol: has moisturizing features

panthenol: is moisturizing, it enhances wound healing and prevents skin irritation by stimulating the energy metabolism and the ideal nourishment of the skin cell.

sodium hyaluronate: reduces irritations and protects the skin from pollution, it also keeps the skin from loosing all its natural moisture.

xanathan gum: moisturizes and protects the skin from dehydration.

ethyl hexanediol: is used as a solvent for manufacturing cosmetics

 

my review

this is one of the few products which showed an immediate improvement in my skin. i was so surprised by the effect it had after having used it for only a couple of times. the regular use of the cosrx aha 7 whitehead power liquid allowed me to clear my skin from whiteheads and to control new ones from popping up. as it is quite a strong essence i only use it at night and make sure to generously moisturize my skin. to make sure my skin is protected during the day after having used the essence the night before, i apply sunscreen in the morning and use no further exfoliators. the cosrx aha 7 whitehead power liquid has truly become a holy grail in my night-time skincare routine and has totally changed the appearance of my skin.

picture is not mine – found on cosrx.co.kr

korean skin care

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skin care. one of the most fascinating and obsessing things in my life. ever since that first spot started to appear on my skin I was determined to get rid of it as fast as I could. the teenager that I was, I had absolutely no idea what to do. I followed what felt like the right thing to do, get the alcohol based skin care product and “burn” those imperfections away. that’s exactly what I did. unfortunately, it didn’t work. what a surprise? not only didn’t the products “burn” away any of my impurities but it completely dried out my skin to the point where it started to bleed.

shocked from damaging my skin and seeing no improvement while trying every product the drugstore had to offer, I started to give up and to accept the fact that I had and probably always will have a bad skin. That’s how I ended up slathering makeup on my face to hide everything that made me feel uncomfortable and I couldn’t get rid of otherwise.

two years ago, I discovered the world of kpop – since then I have been hooked. When watching a bunch of kpop music videos or kdramas you can’t help but notice that all the artists have perfect looking skin: no impurities, no discolouration, no dryness and seemingly not even pores. which of course made me curios. that’s when the 10 step korean skin care came into my life. having no idea what a 10 step korean skin care routine would look like there was no way around on doing the research.

the little book of skin care is my partner in crime when tackling the broad and confusing topic of skin care. it helped me understand the purpose of a product and how it can change the condition of my skin. having read it, it changed my perspective on my skin immensely. the skin is the biggest organ of our body, it is a safety barrier that protects us from everything harmful and is therefore exposed to a lot of toxic factors. such as pollution and UV rays. my skin is precious to me and something I am willing to put effort and time into to make sure it stays healthy.

charlotte cho is a board-certified esthetician behind the beauty product selling website Soko Glam and the blog The Klog. she published her book “the little book of skin care” in 2015 and changed people’s mindset about skin care and introduced the intriguing and actually working approach of the korean skin care and products.

“the little book of skin care (…) guides you through the celebrated korean ten-step skin care routine –  and far beyond –  for the clearest and most radiant skin of your life, with step-by-step tutorials, skin care tips, advice on products at all price levels, and exclusive interviews with beauty experts around the world. (…) with the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, charlotte’s personal tour through korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your skin.”

if you don’t know anything about the korean skin care approach and you are totally confused of this thing called “washing your face” I highly suggest you to have a look at this book.

sokoglam.com     theklog.co     the little book of skin care

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