[COSRX] Oil Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with birch sap): Review




Last year, COSRX came with so many new products for those of us who have a dry or dehydrated skin, and one of these products was their Oil Free Ultra Moisturising Lotion. I had many opened moisturisers back then + the weather was getting warmer so I decided to control the urge to get it and wait until the next fall/winter.
And back in November, I finally got my hands on it since it was included in the COSRX Silky Skin Texture Package that was kindly sent to me by Wishtrend (I've done an unboxing/first impression here), So please read on to find out what I think about it!

Description and claims:
Designed with all natural Birch Sap, the OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap is made to improve your skin tone and texture for hydrated, healthier skin. Universally used as the magical ingredient of beauty in urban legends, Birch Sap has been passed down in stories in Russia, Northern Europe, and Japan as the beauty secret of the Queen of the forest, many members of the royal family, and the Fountain of Youth. So diverge in the Birch Sap story and see the magical results for yourself !
The omnipotent, all-in-one OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap is designed to hydrate with excellent spreadability to easily absorb into the skin for a smooth, silky finish. Perfectly designed for oily, dry, and sensitive skin, the OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion improves skin reconstruction while repairing damaged skin to enhance the appearance of your skin tone and texture.

Price: 19000 KRW

Volume: 100ml

How to use:
1) Day & night, after cleansing, prep the skin with toner and apply a thin layer, avoiding the eyes and lips.
2) Reapply on areas experiencing severe dryness.
3) OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion can be used with all other BHA, AHA or Vitamin C items without skin irritation.


Ingredients:

Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

As you can see, this isn't actually completely oil free as it claims...

What skin type might like this?
All skin types as far as I know. I have a dehydrated skin and I love this (but I had to layer something else on top of it at night during the winter), and my sister has an oily/combination skin and she likes it as well, she only applies a thin layer (one pump) though.

Packaging:



This lotion comes in a typical COSRX bottle: a simple yet sleek frosted hard bottle with a pump and a clear cap. And like most of their moisturizing products, the colors are white and light blue.



Scent:
This has a quite strong scent that fades quickly after the application. It has a pleasant citrusy-herbal scent that I personally like, but it might bother you. (if you have already tried the COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads, they smell exactly the same)

Texture:
This lotion has a lightweight gel texture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave any sticky residue.



Effectiveness:
This lotion is definitely more hydrating than I thought it would be, yet is super lightweight. It spreads out easily all over the face and gets absorbed by the skin quickly without leaving any greasy residue.
I think this lotion can be used by almost all skin types, but in different amounts. When my skin is feeling extra dry, I can apply up to 3 pumps of this lotion (don't apply it all at once but layer it instead: apply one pump, let it absorb into the skin, and then a second and a third), and I use less when my skin doesn't feel as dry. for those whom skins are on the oilier side, you can use 1 pump only, this way you'll get the moisture your skin needs without overdoing it.
As for those of you with extremely oily skin, I would absolutely recommend the COSRX Snail Mucin 92 All In One Cream (that I've reviewed here already) instead, since it would moisturize your skin AND control your sebum secretion as well.


What's good?
- Moisturizing without being too much on the skin
- Lightweight
- Easily absorbed by the skin
- Doesn't leave a greasy or a sticky residue
- 100ml of products that would last me for ages, for a reasonable price
- Smells good (at least for me)

What's not good?
There are none for me. (but for those with extremely oily skin, they might want to get something even lighter)

Will I repurchase it?
Most definitely!

Where to buy?
- Wishtrend for $20 (use my code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first order)
- StyleKorean for $15.97



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[COSRX] One Step Moisture Up Pads: Review



COSRX is one of the few brands who focus on proven ingredients and effective formulations and avoid any non-sense ingredients that do nothing but raise the risk of skin irritation. That's why whenever they drop a new product, I get excited and try to get my hands on it, let alone when this new product is a moisture version of the One Step Pimple Pads that's I'm so in love with (and that I reviewed recently here).


Description and claims:


Formulated with hyaluronic acid, propolis, and natural BHA, the One Step Moisture Up Pad increases the absorptivity of the skin for maximized hydration that lasts all day while replenishing the natural balance and removing irritants and dead cells from the skin for a happy, healthy skin. Perfect for sensitive, easily irritated skin, the One Step Moisture Up Pad is the perfect little solution for a simpler, more effective skin care routine.

Price: 17500 KRW

Volume: 70 pads

How to use:

1) Using the embossing side, gently wipe the entire face, avoiding the eye areas. 
2) Flip the pad to the soft side and wipe the entire face once more. 
3) Close the lid tightly after each use to prevent the pads from drying.

Ingredients:

Propolis Extract (70%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate (0.5%) , Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

What skincare routine step is this?
This product can supposedly replace a basic skincare routine minus cleansing and sunscreen. But you can use it instead of your hydrating toner or lotion. Check my Skincare101 series in case you are confused about what products go first in a korean skincare routine.


What skin type might like this?
As a one step skincare routine, these pads can be used by practically every skin type, but for those with dry/dehydrated skin, this would work better as a toner/lotion replacement.

What kind of people might like this?
Those who are pressed in the morning and don't have time for a full skincare routine, or who come back home super tired and all they want is go to bed (I'm just making excuses to justify my laziness xD)

Packaging:
The packaging is exactly the same as their best seller COSRX One Step Pimple Pad. The only two differences are Mr RX position and the color: this one's jar is light blue while the pimple pad one is red.








Scent:
It has a citrusy scent that reminds me of FA Cologne.
Pads:
These pads are soaked in enough essence to use on your face, neck and the back of your hands and have two sides: A textured side to gently exfoliate the skin, and a smooth side to allow the essence to soak into the skin.The textured side isn't really rough so even those with sensitive skin can use it (except if you are allergic to one of the ingredients of course)




pH level: 5

Effectiveness:
Right after using this moisture up pad, my skin feels instantly moisturised without stickiness.
I've been using it every morning for the past couple of weeks and I noticed that my skin became less flaky and bumpy, which is totally understandable since these pads contain heaps of propolis extract and Hyaluronic acid that can't not hydrate the skin, coupled with mild exfoliation to gently get rid of all the upmost layer of dead skin cells and allow all the goodies soaked in the pad to get deep into the skin.
Will COSRX ever disappoint me? I don't think so.

What's good?
- Really moisturizing and hydrating
- Convenient
- Easy to use
- Can replace a basic skincare (except for cleansing and sunscreen) on the busy days (especially for those of you with normal/combination/oily skin that doesn't need much layering) 

What's not good?
I honestly can't think about anything.

Will I repurchase it?
Most definitely!

Where to buy?
- StyleKorean for $16.67
- Wishtrend for $19 (you can use my referral code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first $30 or above order)


So what do you think about these pads? Have you got your hands on them yet? if not, do you think you need to add them to your skincare routine or are you more interested in the other BHA/AHA pads? let me know in the comments below!

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StyleKorean K-beauty Haul: Huxley, Etude House, Heimish, C20, Elizavecca



Here I'm back again guys with another haul, and this time, it's from StyleKorean!

Stylekorean is an online store based in South Korea, and sells Korean beauty products as well as some kpop albums (Can't wait for my fav's comeback to try ordering my albums from them). They have a wide range of products from different brands (some of them are hard to find anywhere else like Huxley, 3CE, Chosungah, Belief, G9Skin etc etc), they also often have sales in their store and sometimes they even offer free shipping (which I managed to miss multiple times... Good Job me!)

I had no problem ordering from them. They shipped my order the next day, and since I choose EMS, I received my items after 3 days. The shipping cost is based on the products' weight as well as the shipping destination, you can get more infos here if you want.

And now moving to what I got!

Huxley Oil Essence: Oil-like, Essence-like



I first heard about this product from some youtubers, and since I love hybrid products and my skin feels extra dry nowadays, I knew that I had to get this product, but unfortunately couldn't find it anywhere that could ship to my country. A couple of weeks later, Stylekorean staff asked me if I was interested in trying any of their newest products so of course I had to pick this one up, and that's how I actually ended up ordering more products (that I paid for from my own money) from them since I was running out of some of my favs.
I've only used it once and I'm already in love with how moisturising it is without being heavy on the skin. I'm gonna review it for you guys in the next couple of weeks once I've tested it enough, so keep an eye on my blog ^^

You can get yours here

OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum:


I've long came to terms that I simply can't live without this serum. It helps my skin in so many ways I can't not fall in love with it (this is already my 7th bottle... so you can tell how much I love it). I'm not gonna talk about this one any further since I'll probably never stop raving about it. Check my review here if you wanna know why I like it.
You can get yours here

Heimish All Clean Balm:


Another product that I totally fell in love with last year (check my 2016 favourites list here if you want). This the better version of the banila co clean it zero balm imo, and even though I don't wear makeup often, I like to double cleanse my face everyday (Check my Skincare101 series here where I talked about Why it's really important to double cleanse), thus the reason I almost run out of it and I had to restock.
You can get it here

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask:



I've tried this mask a couple of times already but never purchased it myself. It's fun to use from time to time but I can't remember if it did do anything to my skin, that's why I decided to purchase it and try it out properly this time.
I got mine here.

Etude House Dear Darling Oil Tint: PK003 and RD302


I was looking for some new lip tints that won't dry my lips out nor make them look more chapped than they already are, and stumbled upon these ones. I've included two of them in my order to try them out, but before I even received them I ended up buying the remaining colours xD
I'm gonna wait for the other colors to come to make a full review + swatches post, so all I'm gonna say now is that I LOVE them.

You can get them here

Do I recommend this shop?
Yes.
They don't offer the cheapest prices over there nor free shipping, but they do have a large selection of products that are hard to find elsewhere, or for pricier brands like 3CE, Dr jart, Sulhwasoo.. etc that are really expensive on other stores but are available for a reasonable price on Stylekorean. Also, if you are used to making huge orders, this would be a really good option for you since the shipping fees won't be as pricey as when you order only few products, and you end up spending less money. 


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[COSRX] One Step Pimple Clear Pad: Review




When it comes to skincare, COSRX is without doubt my go-to brand. I've probably tried about 80% of their products (and loved most of them if not all) yet only reviewed 2 or 3 of them... and this mostly is due to the fact that I only remember to review them once I use them up and even after I repurchase them I just forget to include them in my reviewing schedule since they are basically the base of my skincare routine.
That's why, I decided, throughout the following weeks, to review some of the COSRX products I'm currently using. And today, I'm gonna review one of their last year's best sellers and one of the products that made it to my 2016 best of skincare list: the infamous COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad.

Description and claims:
Easy to use, anywhere & everywhere, the One Step Pimple Clear Pad is designed for
on-the-go emergencies and made with all-natural ingredients to reduce the irritations while
deeply penetrating the pores to clear unwanted gunk to transform your skin into the beautiful,
flawless being you are!

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad clears up existing pimples and helps eliminate blackheads. Pads unclog pores and dissolves deep down oil with Betaine Salicylate.
One-step pimple clear pads that reduces acne breakouts and promotes clearer skin. Promotes exfoliation of dead surface cells resulting in enhances cellular renewal with Betaine Salicylate. Leaves skin cleaner, clearer and blemish free.

Claims:
+ Natural BHA enables immediate trouble care and purification
+ Makes pure skin by removing waste and sebum in pore
+ Controls sebum
+ Supplies moisture to skin



Price: 17500 KRW

Volume: 70 pads

How to use:
1) After cleansing, gently wipe the face with one pad, avoiding the eye area. 
2) When using for specific target areas such as the forehead, nose, or chin, be careful not to irritate other parts and try to lightly wipe at only the oily or troublesome area. 
3) After use, make sure the lid is screwed on tightly so the solution doesn’t dry. 
4) Do not wash off, and continue with your normal makeup routine ! (Up to 3 times use per day is recommended ; 1-2 times use per day is recommended for dry skin or for teenagers.)


Ingredients:
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate

What skincare routine step is this?
This can be used multiple ways:
- To remove your heavy makeup before cleansing
- Instead of your toner (which is how I usually use it)
- as a spot treatment/sheet mask by putting it on top of your troubled area and leaving it for about 5 min before taking it off.

What skin type might like this?
All skin types, especially acne prone skin.

Packaging:







The 70 pads come in a large white jar with red accent, and a picture of Mr Rx printed on the twist off lid.




The jar is larger than the pads themselves which makes picking them up easier.



Scent:
The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar is that these pads smell like COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion which is a nice scent that I can't really recognize but has a hint of citrus and something else to it.

Pads:



The pads have two different sides:
- An embossed side that is supposed to exfoliate the skin, get rid of impurities and regulate sebum production. It's not as rough as I expected it to be, which is better considering this is used everyday and you don't wanna over exfoliate your skin.
- A smooth side that is supposed to hydrate, promote smoother and better skin texture which I'm not really buying since the pad is soaked in the same kinda essence on both sides, and the rougher side is the one supposed to smooth out the skin right?
Anyways, these pads retain a lot of essence in them, enough for your face, neck and hands (I might sound cheap but whenever I'm almost out of it and I'm yet to receive another jar, I cut these pads in half and use them, and even then they still have enough essence for my whole face).

pH level: 4.5

Effectiveness:
Like you might already know, I really love COSRX, but still, I wasn't expecting much from this product since it only contains 1% of BHA only, but after trying it for a while I was surprised how my skin was loving it, my skin texture was improving and my tiny pimples on my forehead were decreasing and my skin looked much clearer. It doesn't improve your skin overnight like some youtubers claim, but it does a really nice job in the long run.
Other than using it as a toner, I've been putting these pads on my cheeks whenever I feel some pimples are about to show their ugliness to the world to stop them from appearing or at least from being as awful ad they were about to be.

What's good?
- Very convenient to use
- Can be used both as a toner and as a spot treatment
- Improves the skin texture
- Reduces the severity of breakouts
- Not irritating

What's not good?
- If you are used to strong acids in your skincare routine, this one would probably be too gentle for your liking.

Will I repurchase it?
Yes! it's my 3rd jar already actually.

Where to buy?
- Amazon (Prime) for $16.28  (Click here for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)
- StyleKorean for $16.67
- Wishtrend for $16.72 (you can use my referral code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first $30 or above order)

So what do you think about BHA pads? Have you tried any? How do you compare these to other BHA pads from other brands you've already used before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Skincare 101: Everything you need to know about Exfoliation.




Welcome back to my blog ♥

This is the fifth part of my Skincare 101 series where I'm planning to cover all these following sections, to help you understand better the whats, hows and whys of skincare even if you are beginner.

- What is your skin type? 
- Basic Korean skincare routine
10 not so common ingredients widely used in K-beauty
- Double cleansing: why should we double cleanse?
- Exfoliation: Chemical vs Physical ← We are here
- Wash-off masks: Types and purposes
- Toners: Types, and how are they different from western toners?
- Acids
- First essences: What are they exactly?
- Serums, Ampoules: What is the difference?
- Moisturisers: Lotion, Emulsion, Gel and Cream: What's the difference?
- Eye creams: Why should you use and eye cream?
- Sheet masks: Tips and Tricks
- Pores: how to deal with them?
- Acne: Products that helped me and my siblings to get rid of my acne.


Now that you can identify your skin type, are familiar with the different steps of korean skincare routine and know the importance of double cleansing, let's move to the next topic: Exfoliating.

Exfoliating is another important step in our skincare routine that many people ignore, or just do it because they were told they should and sometimes even end up overdoing it and harming their skin, thus the reason I decided to detail it and share with you guys everything you should know about it

Should I exfoliate? Why?

Just like our hair, our skin keeps growing in layers: New skin cells are generated everyday on the bottom of the outermost layer of our skin (epidermis), to replace older cells that keep changing shape (from "chubby" square cells to flattened ones) and moving toward the very top before they flake off and shed.

As we get older, our skin loses its capacity to shed away the outer dead skin, and thus dead skin cells start accumulating on top of our skin trapping with them lots of oils, keratin, melanin and impurities which makes your skin look dull, dark and dry. So for your skin to go back to its glowy and radiant glory, you have to exfoliate to get rid of all these build-ups, clean up your pores to make them look much smaller and cleaner, reveal new fresh and healthy skin, enhance your skin's ability to absorb all the goodies you're gonna apply later on, and promote skin turnover.

How many types of exfoliants are there?
Currently, there are two main types of exfoliating agents in the market: Physical and Chemical.
They practically do the same thing but in a different way. Here are some of their main characteristics so that you'll know which one is best for you.

Physical Exfoliation:

Anything used to manually scrub your skin clear of dead skin and debris is a physical exfoliant, be it scrubs (products with tiny grains and bits in it), brushes, sponges or washcloths.

Pros:
After scrubbing your skin, you can instantly notice how smooth your skin feels and how radiant it looks. Physical exfoliation also stimulates blood circulation in your face which gives you that rosy glow that you shouldn't confound with irritation.

Cons:
Can be easily overdone. You should massage your skin gently since the scrubby granules (black sugar is the most commonly used in k-scrubs, but can also be water soluble beads or seeds) are enough to get the job done, and if you rub them on your skin roughly you can end up irritating your skin and sloughing off not only the dead cells but also expose the raw skin tissue to bacteria.
Moreover, not all physical exfoliants exfoliate equally, as some of them can be quite harsh for your skin, like brushes with stiff bristles or scrubs made out of nutshells or fruit bids, as the latter are too sharp and can create some micro-tears, which are little tears in the skin that look like the scratches made by sandpaper on the wood.
Keep in mind that you SHOULDN'T use scrubs when you are having an active breakout!!

Besides scrubs, are there other forms of physical exfoliants?
As far as I know, there are two other forms that are practiced by professionals: Microdermabrasion which is practically scrubbing the face by using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer, and is especially ideal for people with discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks and light scarring.
There is also Dermaplaning, which sounds both fun and scary since they use scalpels to scrape off the topmost layer of the skin consisting of dulling skin cells, to reveal a fresher layer and make the skin look smoother and brighter. But remember, you can't do it by yourself! you need to get it done by some experimented specialist.


Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells with the use of chemicals, most commonly low percentage of gentle acids, to help with the skin cell turnover, which is a fancy way to say that they get rid of all of these dead skin cells to make way for new cells (shine) to take/turn over, and reveal not only smoother but brighter skin as well as stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkles and and firm the skin. Chemical exfoliants come in the form of peels, cleansers, toners, serums, and even moisturizers.

What types of acids are used?

There are two types that are commonly used, and that are available in varying percentages so you can work your way up depending on what your skin needs.

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
Are derived from natural substances and work on the surface of the skin, which means they work best for people with superficial skin concerns such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin texture. They are also ideal for people with dry skin since they dissolve the "glue" that prevents their dead skin cells from flaking off and gives them that uneven and bumpy skin texture as well as their dry patches (what I hate the most), but unfortunately, that's where their job ends since they are water soluble and can't penetrate any further into pores. So if you think AHAs are what you need, look for ingredients like: Lactic acid or Glycolic Acid.

BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acids
Unlike AHAs, these are oil-soluble molecules that are able to penetrate deeply into he skin and pores and thus can target deeper problems. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which makes them perfect for people with acne prone skin who are battling with blackheads and acne. So if that's what you are looking for, then Salicylic acid is your friend.

Can I use both at the same time?
Of course! Each of them target a different area so coupling them would take care of both superficial and deeper problems.

Anything else I should know about these Acids?

- As mentioned before, AHAs and BHAs come in a variety of concentrations that you should work your way up instead of using a high percentage product that might be too harsh for your skin. AHAs are usually really effective at about 10% while BHAs and effective at only 1-2%. You can go a little higher later on but make sure to observe how your skin reacts to it and you aren't being too harsh on it.
- AHAs and BHAs should be applied right after cleansing (with a low pH cleanser, or use a clarifying toner that balances the skin's pH without adding much to the skin), and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes to absorb and do their job. They will dissolve the dead skin and all the other debris to clear the way for other products to be fully absorbed, which improves their effectiveness.
- Since they expose new skin cells to the world, this fresh skin is more sensitive to the sun than usually which means it is imperative to use sunscreen.
- When you first start using these acids, they might cause purging which is characterized by tiny whitehead in the usual trouble spot, it's as if they're kicking all the dirt out. However, this shouldn't be confused with breakouts due to the products that is characterised by inflamed acne in unusual spots.
- Usually, you can see results after using AHA and BHA products within a month. So if you don't this means that product isn't for you.
- Also, when you aren't noticing any effects, this doesn't essentially mean that it's because of the active ingredient in there but maybe the whole formulation isn't for you and you need to try a new one.
- Reacting positively to a product doesn't last forever. Chemical exfoliants tend to result great and sometimes spectacular improvement in the beginning, but after a while this improvement will slow down in pace. I know life is unfair. But this doesn't mean that you should stop exfoliating because this way you old skin will show back again. All you have to do is change the formulation or give your skin a break for about a week or two and go back to using you BHA/AHA product again.
- Unlike physical exfoliants, you can't really over scrub your skin, which makes them perfect for sensitive skins, but this doesn't mean that your skin can't be irritated by using them. Exfoliants shouldn't be coupled with other harsh treatments like retinols, otherwise you'll end up with a flaky, blotchy and irritated skin, so make sure you read your products' ingredient list before adding any additional product to your skincare routine. Furthermore, chemical exfoliation makes the skin photosensible (especially when coupled with ingredients like citrus essential oils and ginger) since it exposes new skin cells to the sun, so make sure to apply a sunscreen before taking one step outside!


What about peeling pads?
This is a combination of them both. The pads themselves have often an embossed side to act as a manual exfoliant, while the product they are soaked in acts as a chemical exfoliant. Keep in mind that they contain a low concentration of the active ingredient (around 0.5%) most of the time, which means that they aren't as effective as essences and serums with a higher concentration, but on the bright side, you can use it daily as a toner.


How often should I exfoliate?

Generally, we should exfoliate twice a week, but there are some factors that we should take into consideration like skin type: twice a week might be too much for people with sensitive and delicate skin, while it might not be enough for those with an oily skin since the oil might trap the dead skin cells and prevent them from shedding. Or what other products you are using: if you are applying toner with a cotton pad, using actives (AHA/BHA) or cleansing your face with a brush, then you are already mildly exfoliating your face daily and you wouldn't need to use a scrub/peel as often. But in the end, we are all different with different bodies and needs, that's why I think we should do what we feel like our skin really needs, be it daily or once a month, it's all about what suits us best.


How would I know if I'm over-exfoliating?

Our skin is not a wooden board that needs sanding, that why we should always exfoliate gently, and moderately. But sometimes, we might overdo it without realising it, and end up pulling cells away that aren't ready yet to be shed and harming our skin instead of taking care of it.
There are many signs that occur on your skin when you overuse your exfoliant, and among others, the followings are the most common:

- Excessive dryness
- Irritation
- Redness
- Sensitivity
- Inflammation
- Stinging or burning sensation
- More breakouts

So if you experience any of the aforementioned signs, stop using your exfoliant and give your skin a break for a while for it to recuperate, and focus on mild and calming products instead.


Any recommendation?
As promised, I'll add some recommendations at the end of every section of this Skincare 101 series. So here we go:

Scrubs:
Personally, I mainly use ones with black sugar with them which explains my recommendations:

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-off Mask:
This one is a cult favorite, and there is a reason why it is. I love how it exfoliates the skin and keeps it smooth and supple without being extra harsh, and for a very affordable price. You can read my full review here if interested.
Get yours at Amazon for $8.75



Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish:
This scrub has been my favorite for a long time since it has better effects than the skinfood one, but although it claims to be gentle and suitable for people with sensitive skin, I wouldn't recommend for those of you with sensitive skin it since imo it's harsher than the skinfood one. You can read the full review here as well as a full comparison between this one and the skinfood one here.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend


Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-off Mask:
This is the milder version of the above mentioned Skinfood scrub, but still makes your skin feel instantly soft and glowing. Bonus: It also smells super good (unlike the original skinfood black sugar scrub that has a strong lemon detergent scent)
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean


Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask:
One of the recently launched scrubs/wash off masks. The first time I used it I was really put off by how awful it smells (apparently that's how quinoa smells..), but I still decided to give it a second chance and now I'm loving it. The quinoa skins exfoliate the skin gently yet effectively, while the product itself nourishes the skin. It didn't only give me an instant glow and softness (like most facial scrubs) but I noticed that my skin became brighter and healthier after using it regularly. You can find my full review here by the way.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean



Konjac Sponges:
Konjac sponges are super soft and gentle you can even use it daily with your favourite foam cleanser to softly exfoliate your skin, but don't forget to keep them really clean and replace it regularly to prevent getting unwanted bacteria on your face.
You can use whatever konjac sponges you can find (just make sure that these are real konjac sponges) since they are practically the same.



Peeling Pads:

For the last two years, peeling pads became a trend so of course I made sure to try some of them and see for myself what are the ones that are actually worth the hype. Here are some recommendations:

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad:
One of last years best sellers and I can absolutely understand why. The pads aren't really rough and the BHA concentration isn't high either, but together they do a decent job exfoliating your skin and clearing it after regular usage. You can read my full review here.
Recommended for: All skin types, especially Acne Prone Skin.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend


Missha Super Aqua Smooth Skin Peeling Pad:
I first heard about these pads from Edward Avila and then decided to give them a try. IMO, they work as well as the COSRX ones, but I can't help but like the COSRX ones more. But I still decided to include them since many people who didn't really like the COSRX ones seem to like this one. Remember, What might work for you might not work for others ;)
Recommended for: All skin types
Get yours at:
- Amazon


COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pads:
Another decent daily exfoliant that comes with an extra bonus: Heaps of moisture. I personally am obsessed with these pads since they do a good job improving my skin texture and getting rid of all of those flaky skins I have while giving my dehydrated skin the moisture it needs. I didn't know how much I needed these pads until I tried them.
Recommended for: Dry/Dehydrated to normal skin
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend




Peeling Gels

Missha Aqua D-tox Peeling Gel:
This is one of the first peeling gels I've ever used. It's on the cheap side yet give decent results. If you are on a budget and need a chemical exfoliant, this might be the right one for you.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


Dr. G Brightening Peeling gel:
This peeling gel's ingredients are quite interesting. it is rich with both peeling and hydrating agents which makes is really effective yet gentle on the skin.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Essence Peeling:
And in case you need to add some fun to your skincare routine, you would probably love this one. While bubbling up, it does a really decent job getting rid of all of these dead skin cells while stimulating the blood circulation at the same time. It doesn't leave any residue nor strip the skin from its moisture.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


That's it for today. Hope it was helpful and don't forget to like, share with your friends and family and comment down below to let me know if there is anything you want me to include, or any questions in general.

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