Self-Care Sunday: Skincare

I've been exploring Korean skincare for the past year, and so I thought I would share some of my favorite products on the blog today.

At the beginning of the year, I shared a list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2019 (If you haven’t read it yet, you can click here for a link). One of the things on that list was to get into the habit of Korean skincare, and I’m very happy that I’ve been able to stay on track with this one. Since it’s November, and also National Healthy Skin month, I thought I would share some of my favorite skincare products that I’ve found through this skincare adventure of mine.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Now, I know this product isn’t exactly a Korean product. But when it comes to healthy skin, everyone will emphasize that SPF is a must. I’ve been using Aveeno since way before this year started, and I would call it a staple of mine. It’s great coverage, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling too oily for my makeup. Plus, Jennifer Aniston is a brand ambassador for the company, and she continues to look timeless.

The Aveeno Positively Radiant bottle is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. It's white with green accents, and it comes in a box so you might not see the bottle until you've purchased it and opened it up.
I will always stress the importance of SPF, and the one by Aveeno is what I have been using for a long time. It leaves me feeling so radiant that there are many days where I will just put this on and decide that I don’t need make-up.

Tony Moly The Chok Chok Green Tea No-wash Cleansing Water

When I first tried this product out, I started with the peach water, which I loved so much. It was hard to stray and try others. I love the sweet smell of the peach, but the green tea leaves my skin feeling a bit cleaner.

The great thing about this product is that it works very well, even if you’re not using it in a skincare regimen. I know that because once I started using this product, my sisters came and started using it too. My sister Kristina uses it and has since bought her own, because it works well and doesn’t irritate her eczema. Jasmine is too lazy to do more than one step, so this is her only face wash. Plus, the two of them have extra sensitive skin, and this doesn’t irritate their skin at all.

The packaging for the No-wash Cleansing Water is a clear bottle, with a color cap depending on which one you get. Nice and simple.
Using Tony Moly’s No-wash Cleansing Water is my favorite part of my skincare routine. Whether it’s the green tea or the peach, I always feel refreshed, as though I just drank an ice-cold pitcher of green tea. It just leaves me feeling peachy clean.

nooni Snowflake Whipping Cleanser

My friend Belinda is obsessed with Korean skincare, and I actually picked this product out from an article she wrote for Her Campus. While Jasmine doesn’t really care about other things she can do for her skin, I think having a cleanser is necessary, especially with the amount of oils my skin produces in a day.

Luckily, I tried this Snowflake Cleanser and loved it from the beginning. There’s no overpowering smell, and it’s not too abrasive, but my skin still feels very clean once I’ve washed it with this. While I have had to try a lot of different products when it comes to what works with my skin, it made me happy that this worked for me from day one.

This is what the snowflake whipping cleanser looks like. It's very simple in white, with text to label exactly what the product is.
The packaging for this one is as simple as the formula. Don’t be deceived though–I feel as magical and clean as a snowflake after I’ve used it.

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base

From experience, I would say that the reason they’ve used a panda to market this product is because I feel like a panda when I use it. With so many nights of all-hours studying, this product has been a lifesaver. I normally apply it onto my eyes before I go to bed, but it can be used in the morning underneath concealer if necessary.

The container for the Brightening Eye Base is slightly bigger than a lipstick, and is much cuter with the panda face on it.
This eye cream has been formulated into a creamy stick for easy, on-the-go application. I love the feeling I get when I put it on, because I feel as cute as the panda bear on the package.

Tony Moly Cat’s Purrfect Night Mask

Out of all the products I’ve listed here, this one is my absolute favorite, mostly because it took me so long to find it. Like my sisters, my skin is also a bit sensitive. With the first couple of moisturizers, I experienced reactions that I didn’t want to have, like itching.

When I first tried the Cat’s Purrfect Night Mask, I was instantly obsessed with it. With a pea-sized amount, I have enough to cover my face and my neck. Not only that, my face feels refreshed and I don’t experience the itching that I do with many other face moisturizers. Out of all the products I’ve listed here, if you only buy one, this should be the one.

The Cat's Purrfect Night Mask comes in this cutie little container shaped like a cat. Notice that the eyes are closed, so you don't get it mixed up with the daytime one. I haven't tried the daytime one, but it's probably good too.
Out of all the moisturizers I’ve tried, this one is a purrfect match for me.

Have you tried Korean skincare? What are some of your favorite skincare products? If you’re experiencing skin problems, what are your solutions?

I’m still exploring Korean skincare products, but if I were to pick some of my staples, these would make the list. If I find some better things in the future, maybe I’ll come back and update this. In the case that you try any of these products, be sure to share your opinion with me in the comments, and if you like what you’re reading, go ahead and share this with your friends or sign up to get updates when I post.

Love Always,

Kristi My

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