Ya'll know how much of a k-beauty fan I am. In fact, for those of your who are new to my blog, I started this space as a way to share my k-beauty tips, tricks and knowledge with ya'll. I wanted to share my top 5 Korean Beauty Products with you. I'm constantly testing out new products and the five products listed below honestly have not changed and they continue to stand the test of time in my ever changing skincare routine.
First up we have the Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule. This is one of those "bible" I swear by products. Since finding this product back in 2012? 2013? (whatever year I was living in Korea) it has made a home on my skincare shelf. I've shared this product a number of times on my YouTube Channel but let me break it down for ya real quick. Snail mucin filtrate is incredibly healing for those with acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation... all sorts of sucky stuff that we just don't want to deal with. This product has 80% snail mucin filtrate so yes, you can bet it's jam packed with tons of good stuff that will help reduce those troublesome skin problems acne scarring, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Second, I'm sharing my love for the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. You know I'm all about a good deal and this essence, in my opinion, gives the SK-II Treatment Essence a run for its money. I love the SK-II Treatment Essence, but the price tag I do not love. The SK-II Treatment Essence will cost you $179 USD for a 160 mL bottle, whereas the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence $35 USD for a 150 mL bottle. The real condensed version of the science + story behind SK-II's Treatment Essence is that in contains a proprietary powerhouse ingredient called pitera which is a yeast made from sake which is proven to speed up the skin's natural rejuvenation process. SK-II owns all the rights to this ingredient which means no other company can formulate and use it. MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence contains an ingredient similar to pitera, but instead of it being made from the yeast of sake, it is made from the yeast of beer. I've used both these products and have found the MISSHA option to be much more hydrating and works wonders with my skin. It's incredibly calming and reduces redness thanks to the niacinamide, licorice extract, and chamomile which are known anti-inflammatory ingredients. As far as toner and treatment essences are concerned, this one is never leaving my skincare shelf.
Third on my list is the Son and Park Beauty Water. This product is the newest contender that has made a place for itself in my daily skincare routine. I discovered this product about a year ago, when my friends at StyleKorean introduced me to this brand and became a quick favorite in my collection of micellar and cleansing waters. I'm extremely neurotic in the fact that I have a four step cleansing routine... purely cleansing. First I use a face wipe to get all my makeup off, then a cleansing oil or balm to breakdown the makeup residue, third a cleansing foam or soap to wash everything away and then a micellar or cleansing water to finish it off and make sure I have a clean makeup free face. In using the Son and Park Beauty Water, I found that I can double up and use it as a toner as well for the days I'm being lazy with my skincare. And believe me, with a 12 step skincare routine sometimes you get lazy. This cleansing water has a pH of 4.5, which helps restore your skin's natural pH balance after using a soap based cleanser. For those of you skincare newbies out there, soap kind of sucks when it comes to you skin. Yes, it's cleaning your face, getting all the makeup, tears, sweat and regret off but in doing so it strips your skin and throws your pH levels out of whack. When your pH levels on your face are all messed up that's when you start breaking out. So products like the Son and Park Beauty Water help restore your skin's pH levels and keep those pesky pimples at bay.
Fourth to the party is The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream. I actually did an entire post on this moisturizer back in 2016 (and you can read it here). Seeing as how I've already written a novel on this awesome product, let's get to the sparknotes version. I'm sure you all know the amazing benefits that comes from chia seeds. In short, chia seeds lock in and retain moisture. For those of you who add chia seeds to their water, juices, smoothies, etc. you will know that the second chia seeds get wet the start to expand and create this jelly coated film around the seed. That jelly helps lock in and retain moisture. This moisturizer is made from that jelly. This product keep your skin hydrated all throughout the day and night but it is also actively helping reduce sebum production. Keeping my skin hydrated and fighting off acne... WINNING!
Last but not least... Sheet Masks! Man oh man, I could never live without a sheet mask. I use these religiously, sometimes I'll have a treat yo'self moment and do two in a row. Sheet masks are made from cotton and soaked in serums, ampoules and/or essences that target certain skin concerns such as brightening, acne, moisturizing, collagen boost, etc. I leave them on my face for about 30 minutes and this is my 30 minutes of uninterrupted "Jen Time." I lie on the bed with a sheet mask on and scroll through Instagram, it's my daily unwind moment. LOL. My skin always feels so clean, hydrated, refreshed and loved up on after a good sheet mask sesh. I have the say it's the easiest and cheapest way to treat yo'self. One of my all time favorite sheet mask brands is Leaders. Their masks are always so hydrating and refreshing.