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I heard about Korean skincare products for a long time but I always felt so lost when I wanted to try something from them. But 2017 was the year where I started digging around the Internet and discovered the beautiful effects of Korean skincare routine.
I will mention the products in the order I’m using them in my skincare routine and when I’m using them (evening or morning). You will notice I have no face cream on this list and that’s because I didn’t find one this year to really impress me.
My skin type: normal skin with oily T zone + melsama around the eyes (problem appeared about 2 years ago).
L’Occitane Immortelle Huile Demaquillante – [evening] – I can’t say this is the perfect cleansing oil for me but it’s one of the best. I find it just as good as The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, if not a bit better. The L’Occitane one doesn’t make my vision blurry as TBS one did from time to time. All in all, L’Occitane cleanisng oil is good for removing my face and eye makeup and I do recommend it, but in 2018 I will probably try to find if there’s anything better out there.
Missha Near Skin pH Balancing Cleansing Foam – [evening] – it’s a gel cleanser (which becomes foam in contact with water) which I always use after cleansing oil. It has pH 5.5 and it doesn’t dry out my skin but my face feels clean and refreshed after using it.
Bioderma Crealine H2O (Sensibio H2O) – [morning & evening] – a staple in my routine for more than 2 years now. I use it after I use the cleansing foam from Missha, to make sure I get every bit of product off. After micellar water I wash my face with water and, finally, cleansing is done for the night. In the morning I use only Bioderma and then water to remove all skincare and sebum from the night before.
Honorable mention: Balea Erfrischendes Waschgel – it’s pretty similar to the Missha cleansing foam but with stronger scent.
Avene Eau Thermal – [morning & evening] – I’ve used this thermal water for years now. I tried others from Ivatherm, Vichy etc but I for me nothing feels as nice as Avene. I spray it just after all cleansing is done and I pat my face with a paper towel.
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – [evening] – I ordered this product somewhere in October, I think, and I’m already convinced it’s exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t have any irritations, pimples or itchiness while using it. I keep it in its box, in a dry place because vitamin C is highly unstable when it comes to wet, sunny, warm environment (best would be to keep it in the fridge). The product itself it’s a bit oily feeling, but even so, it’s the first product that reaches my face right after cleansing and thermal water. It doesn’t moisturize or leave a film to my skin. It sinks in completely almost instantaneously. Since I started using it, my face looks a lot brighter, more luminous and more even in skin tone (so my melasma is less visible).
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule – [evening] – this product is basically a serum. Lots of people say it’s a dupe of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, but I never tried the E.L. one so I can’t say anything about that. What I can say is that I see a huge difference when I use it. In the morning my skin is a lot more plump and the small lines I have on my face (forehead and smile lines) are basically gone. I had no pimples or irritation when using this serum. The scent is very mild and not offensive at all. I don’t remember if perfume is on the ingredients list but I don’t think sensitive skin would have problems using this.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatmeant with Avocado – [evening] – a few years ago, this eye cream was so well known on the beautysphere and I get why. If you have really dry under eyes, I think you could give this a try. But I do have one bad thing to mention: this product, from time to time, causes milia (small bumps in the under eye area) on me. It does go away in a day or two, but I need to be careful. I usually use it the evening and in the morning I either use a lighter eye cream or just the regular face cream.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist – [morning & evening] – yes, I know an essence should be used as first step in the skincare routine, but for me it’s not the case. If I use this one first, it starts to cause me tiny red pimples under the skin. But if I add it to my nighttime moisturizer, I don’t have that problem and I can still see its beautiful effects. It makes my skin a lot brighter and smoother looking. I can honestly see the difference between when I use it and when I don’t. So, even with the inconvenience that I can’t use it as intended, I do see this product as a best buy of 2017.
Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++/ MISSHA All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+/PA+++ – [morning] – this year I fell in love with Korean sunblocks. They have no white cast, no sticky feeling, no dryness, good sun protection for both UVB and UVA rays and makeup sits nicely on top of them. I like both sunblocks I wrote above. The SPF45 one is a bit more thick and more moisturizing and the SPF50 one is better for when it’s hot outside. I will continue to repurchase both of them in the future.
Fun fact: this fall I met with some of my friends who I didn’t see for almost a year and both of them were so impressed on how my skin looks now. At that time I was already using most of these products (apart from the vitamin C) and I’m sure they were the reason for such great results.
Did you try any of the products I mentioned? Did you like them?
What were your favorite products of 2017?