Product Review: Skin Food Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner

My favorite toner is under $15…

For a long time I didn’t know I needed a toner. I thought toners were just another step to cleanse the skin. After discovering the 10-step Korean skincare routine, I learned that the purpose of a toner is actually to balance the skin. I began to explore toners and slowly incorporate them into my daily ritual.

I have tried toners that cost upwards of $40 but the most effective has been a $12.95 Korean toner that I bought on Amazon. The Skin Food Premium Lettuce and Cucumber Watery Toner has balanced and brightened my sensitive skin.

Since incorporating it into my routine, my regular breakouts have disappeared. I highly recommend this toner to anyone but especially those with breakout prone skin.

Product Review: Sunday Riley’s Juno Face Oil

Having struggled with acne for many years, I was afraid to incorporate oils into my skin care. However, after an allergic reaction left stubborn red texture on my cheeks, I gave in and purchased the Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil from Sunday Riley. And now I can’t imagine my skin without it. Not only did my allergic reaction clear up but my acne scars began to fade away and my normally dry combo skin was revitalized!

I recommend Juno for anyone with dry, sensitive skin or those struggling with redness and scars

How to use: After cleansing and applying an essence, pat 3 drops of Juno onto skin. Follow up with serum and moisturizer.




Just say no to face scrubs

Most people know that it is important to exfoliate. Not only does exfoliating leave your face feeling soft but it also removes the dead skin cells that can clog pores. However, over-exfoliating and harsh scrubs can do more harm than good.

To avoid irritation, you should be exfoliating no more than twice a week (once if you have sensitive skin).  The type of exfoliant you choose is incredibly important as well. I do not recommend face scrubs as they can cause micro-tears in the skin which can lead to breakouts. Instead, consider using a tool, such as a Clarisonic or Luna, or a peeling gel.

My absolute favorite exfoliant is the Apple Smoothing Peeling Gel from Mizon. This has been the most effective product while being gentle enough for my extremely sensitive skin.

To use a peeling gel, apply a quarter-size amount onto clean, dry skin. Avoiding the eye area, gently massage the gel into the skin until tiny white balls appear. These are formed from the dead skin cells. Wash off the gel before completing your normal skin care routine. 🙂

Have you ever tried a peeling gel? What is your favorite exfoliant?


Sheet Mask Saturday

Happy Sheet Mask Saturday! This is one of my favorite weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) rituals for glowing skin. If you haven’t tried a sheet mask yet, no worries! It’s one of the newer skin care fads to emerge but one that is extremely effective.

My first sheet mask experience was over a year ago. After a road trip through the American Southwest, my skin was extremely dry and irritated. This was around the same time that Sephora began to carry Korean skin care products which are famous for their ultra-hydrating ingredients. After researching various Korean masks, I picked up a Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration sheet. After just one use, I was hooked. My previously chapped skin was reinvigorated and comfortable! Goodbye flaky patches, hello glow!

So how do you properly incorporate a sheet mask into your routine? Like any other mask, you want to first cleanse your face and pat dry. Then remove the soaked (usually cotton) sheet from its package and gently position it onto your face. There will be holes for your eyes and mouth to help guide you. Leave the sheet on for about 10 to 20 minutes for maximum absorption of the liquid essence. I usually remove the mask when it starts to feel dry. But don’t throw the cotton sheet away yet! To avoid wasting any product, I like to gently squeeze any excess essence out of the cotton sheet and pat it onto my face and down my neck. I’ll even apply some to my elbows and knees if they’re feeling dry. Once your skin has absorbed the product, apply your serum and moisturizer to lock in all of that goodness!

Fortunately, there are many sheet masks on the market to cater to your individual skin care needs. With my sensitive, combo-dry skin, I have always gravitated towards moisturizing or soothing sheet masks but there are also ones to control oil & breakouts, help to minimize wrinkles, or brighten dark spots.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration
  • belif Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask
  • SNP Animal Dragon Soothing Mask Sheet
  • Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask
  • Cremorlab Herb Tea Pure Calming Mask

Do you have a favorite sheet mask? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Happy masking!