I just began growing my daily skincare routine and adding in K-beauty recommended steps. I refuse to do a full 10 steps, so I did some research and everywhere on the web recommended Essence as a MUST. Nowadays, a single step of the 10-step skincare routine contains multi-tasking ingredients. For example, the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence ingredients list includes galactomyces ferment filtrate, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, and allantoin, each targeting a different skin concern.
After cleansing with an oil-based, gel-based, or foam-based cleanser, using a toner to prep the skin’s surface and pores is very important. That’s why I decided to try Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner. What are the signs of a good toner you ask? A toner suitable for your face will absorb well into the skin, be low in pH as to not irritate the skin, and will exfoliate yet hydrate simultaneously.
This toner boasts three chemical exfoliants, AHA, BHA, PHA, each treating the skin in a different way. AHA is known for dissolving dead skin cell layers to lighten and blur marks from acne or uneven skin tone/pigmentation. Tea Tree leaf water also promotes clear skin, fades acne scars, and soohtes inflamed skin. The toner has a subtle peppermint scent that is very pleasant and calming.
The second product I’m really excited to share is the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence! If you don’t know what galactomyces is, it is a nutrient dense yeast that was discovered to provide anti-aging benefits, reduce pore size, deeply moisturizes, and brightens dull complexion.
If you’ve heard of SKII’s Essence, Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence contains just about the same percentage of galactomyces! This is way more affordable, and provides the same results. Another ingredient found in the essence is the multi-tasking Allantoin. Allantoin moisturizes, soothes the skin, exfoliates, improves dullness, smooths skin texture, and rejuvenates skin cells. I immediately feel a significant difference in the elasticity and moisture level of my skin after gently padding this on!
Last but not least, we can’t forget sheet masks! I recommend using a sheet mask once or twice a week, do not overdo it. Elensilia’s Escargot + Galactomyces sheet mask is the first to combine these two innovative extracted ingredients into a mask. Not only does it provide immense hydration, it brightens and whitens the skin with galactomyces extract.
If you’re just starting your skincare journey, these products may be the ones to get you hooked on K-beauty!