Been to Seoul, South Korea and what I saw there was really eye-opener. If you see the K-Drama and all the actors & actresses have flawless, poreless and unblemished skin, trust me, those who sold street-food as a living in Seoul, have exactly the same skin. They are fortunate to have such a blessed skin, it’s in their genes.
However, I do have to admit that their K-beauty skincare products are the best and highly-effective for toners, essences, hydration and sunscreens. They are also great at super fast innovation (new ingredients) and good-looking packaging. As for actives, personally I’d prefer the western brands, (again) based on my experiments.
So, here’s my round up for K-beauty skincare products that are safe for Fungal Acne prone skin.
ESSENCE: AMORE PACIFIC VINTAGE SINGLE EXTRACT ESSENCE, I’M FROM MUGWORT ESSENCE
TONER: SOMEBYMI AHA BHA PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER, DEAR KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER
CLEANSER: HEIMISH ALL CLEAN GREEN FOAM, PYUNKANG YUL ACNE FACIAL CLEANSER
AMPOULE: CNP LABORATORY MUGENER AMPOULE, LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE (RENAME TO DR CEURACLE ROYAL VITA PROPOLIS 33 AMPOULE)
So I’m sure
we’ve all heard about both. But seriously, are they the same problem? Or are they
Well, I did
some research to write about this. First of all, I do believe I have sensitive
skin, just because it’s easily irritated. So, if you are easily irritated,
either by environmental things like sun or cold, and by topical products, you
might call it sensitive skin.
Then, I did
some more digging on the net. Turned out, our skin sensitivity actually has to
do with the fatty outer layer of our skin. This fatty outer layer often called
the lipid (fat) barrier with two functions: keeping the water inside and
protect the skin from damaging factors like UV rays, wind, heat and harsh
chemicals. Unfortunately for those who have sensitive skin, this barrier is
usually weaker, thinner and more easily damaged. Therefore, thin lipid barrier
can cause a variety of dermatological issues like acne and inflammation.
So, what to
do now, you might ask?
First, stay away from harsh products and try
not to overdo anything.
Wash your face strictly twice a day with gentle
Do not over exfoliate, try to do it once or
twice a week (max).
Use fewer products on your skincare routine.
Trust me, sometime less is definitely more.
Stay away from alcohol (from the ingredients
list), just because it might over-dried the top layer of the skin.
PRODUCTS TO TRY:
I love this! Like whenever I over exfoliate or my skin feels uncomfortable, this will instantly calm down the redness and the bumps. Under-rated product that’s actually very damn good. Totally recommended!
Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) inside this will help improve the barrier function. It has 10% of each, so it will help prevent moisture loss, reduce dryness and strengthen skin barrier at once.
cleanser with low PH, formulated with centella asiatica and witch hazel, which
are widely known for their skin healing and soothing properties. I just love
the gel-balm texture of this cleanser, and how it didn’t leave my skin feel
tight after wash.
Try to incorporate facial oil to your routine and you’d be surprised. This specific oil contains powerful essential fatty acids that improve skin hydration. Bonus: it also helps to reduce scars and fine lines. Personally, I mix two drops to my foundation every morning. It adds glow and prevent cracks, while keeping skin hydrated all day long.