Your body won’t be the only one which benefits from some greens; your skin will, too, with these green Korean skincare!
Just in case, I will tell you upfront that the greens I meant aren’t vegetables, even though they can be as beneficial as veggies. This post is dedicated to green (colored) Korean skincare products; which I focus on since the pandemic allows me to go makeup-free everyday. My skin type is dry in general (face and body), eczema-prone, with a bit oily T-zone (basically combination to dry skin). I also have a very sensitive skin, to add.
As usual, this review is based on my own experience. I bought the products with my own resources. Feel free to click on the outbound links below! The currency used in the store links in this post is SGD (Singapore Dollars); and alternatively you can check at the end of this post for more details if you want to buy any of these products!
Without further ado, I will share my list of recommended green skincare I use (the order doesn’t matter):
Holika Holika‘s Aloe 99% Soothing Gel
One thing I notice from K-Beauty brands is how each brands seem to have their own version of aloe soothing gel. I don’t mind, though, since I believe that aloe soothing gel is a must have in every household; because not only good for facial skin, it’s good to use anywhere dry/sunburned! I usually use it when my skin gets patchy (signs of my eczema incoming).
- Who can resist such a cute (may I add, award-winning) design? Just look at the photo, it’s like I am holding an aloe leaf!
- Both have similar consistencies, but Holika Holika‘s gets absorbed faster.
- Because it absorbs faster, it soothes faster, too!
I never use soothing gel on the face, though, since it dries my skin up. I also don’t know what’s the reason, but it has always been the case. My face will feel a bit tight if I try to use any aloe soothing gel on my face. So only neck and body it is!
Innisfree‘s Green Tea Seed Series
I am already on my second bottle for this green skincare series! Even before I discovered this series, I have been a fan of green tea as a skincare ingredient (and a drink). With its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory attributes, green tea in skincare products help to hydrate dry skin, soothe redness, and even help heal my skin when I (accidentally) scratched and popped my pimple. It just happens, okay?
Previously, I used Laneige‘s Fresh Calming series, but my skin didn’t like it. I ended up with very sore, red and dry cheeks everyday, and nothing (even sheet masks every night) could revive it, until I came across these products:
Most Powerful Green Korean Skincare: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
This is the first boosting serum I have ever used in my ‘skincare-using life’. I have always used serum after toner; but Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is a first boosting serum (which boosts your skin to absorb the toner and cream better) from Innisfree, so you should use it after washing your face.
It took quite some time for me to adjust to this new routine, but then I can feel how this serum quenches my skin’s thirst, even by itself. It also helped reviving my sore and red skin within 3-4 days of usage back then.
And Innisfree also produced the Limited Edition Paper Bottle version for this serum! I would like to bestow this product with the “Most Powerful Green Skincare” award. Green in packaging color, green in how they reduce plastic, with powerful effects!
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Skin is a water-based toner. What makes skin different from toner? With toner, you should use cotton pad to wipe away the residues, something like ‘double-cleansing’ after washing your face; but with skin, you have the choice to pour a bit on your palm, rub them together, and pat your palm onto your skin. Personally, I wouldn’t want to wipe away the serum from the first step, too, so I usually use the patting technique to apply this toner.
Some K-Beauty skincare series would separate essence and lotion (usually called emulsion), but Innisfree combined both. Essence by itself is a thinner version of serum, so it has similar function, which means our skin will have double hydration layer. It is necessary for dry skin owner such as me. This combination really makes my skincare steps shorter, and it dries quickly, so it’s quite convenient. I don’t put as much on my T-zone area, though, since that area is not as dry; it can cause blackheads and whiteheads.
Not to be confused with Innisfree Green Tea Seed Deep Cream which is thicker, Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream is a light cream which serves as the final layer of my skincare routine (if I don’t put on overnight mask after). It is light enough to layer during the AM routine if you are not in a rush to wait for it to absorb; but I generally use it on my PM routine.
I have tried Innisfree Green Tea Seed Deep Cream before, but my skin didn’t like it very much. I liked the texture, though, it’s really like a whipped cream! In the end, I passed it to my family member who has dry skin, and it worked wonders. I think it’s best used during winter/when your skin type is just dry (not combination).
I used to use baby’s soap to shower when early signs of my eczema appears on my neck area, until I came across this shower gel.
This 92% shower gel contains fermented aloe vera juice, plus key ingredients like Centella asiatica, extracts of bamboo, watermelon, cucumber, and cabbage. And more importantly, it has no paraben, no benzophenone, no propylene glycol , no BHT, no animal ingredient, no artificial coloring, no mineral oil. Obviously good for sensitive skin; and just like its friend, Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel, it soothes mild sunburns (and for me, it helps with my eczema, especially if I use the gel after shower on the affected area).
Remember that you still need to moisturize afterwards!
To buy these products, for Singaporean readers, you can visit Innisfree’s Official Shopee and enter the keyword “green tea seed” (I haven’t found the official store for Holika Holika); and for Indonesian readers (where I come from) you can visit Holika Holika’s website and/or Innisfree’s Official Shopee/Tokopedia to order!
Some of these products might be common for Korean skincare enthusiasts, but for the skincare newbies: welcome to the world of skincare! My suggestion is, you can start with just the serum and essence-in-lotion for Innisfree, or just get the Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel to add to your routine after a whole day under the sun!
from Mel to you.
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