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Looking back on all of the essence products I have used over the past 4 years or so, I was surprised to see how few I have worked into my routine (relative to the amount of products I have used overall). Essence is a skincare category that I seem to favor, as most of the products I trial end up performing well. I end up keeping most of the essences I use in my routine long after the trial period (with the occasional fail from time to time)…until I use up every last drop haha!
As I rapidly approach my mid-30s, I’ve noticed that my skin has started to change. My once acne-prone, oily as a cheap slice of pizza skin has transformed into “only break out during that time of the month” and “wow, you have dry patches now, cool”. I’d like to say the changes have been welcome, but after dealing with oily skin my whole life, I’ve sort of been floundering to figure out my newfound skin type.
Vitamin C is one of those ingredients that I’ll always seek out to add into my skincare routine. It has an amazing plethora of benefits and can help your skin look really plump, dewy, and glowy—you know, the skin benefit trifecta.
I’m going to get straight to the point. I LOVE niacinamide. I honestly don’t think there’s a single skincare ingredient that has had such a positive impact on my skin (besides my prescriptions). I mean, she’s truly that girl and gives us what needs to be given. 
When I first moved to Korea approximately two million years ago (Ok, slight exaggeration, but it has been nearly a decade), I became obsessed with K-Beauty. I tried any and everything I could get my hands on. Skinfood was my first foray into Asian beauty, followed by Etude House, Missha, and The Face Shop. There were so many new ingredients that I had no idea were so beneficial for the skin—snake venom, acai berries, fermented rice—but there have been none as influential in my life (and tbh, everyone’s lives) than the humble snail.
The ocean is amazing. That’s why I pay way too much money to live within walking distance of it and pay way too much money to eat its contents. Its depths contain countless mysteries, including supergiant (that’s the actual term) crustaceans and single-celled amoebas somehow 10cm in diameter. It houses an astonishing v...

One of the best aspects of Asian cosmetics is how brands combine modern ingredients and formulation technology with traditional beauty remedies. This holistic approach to skincare delivers targeted active ingredients and nutrient-rich natural compounds to nourish the whole complexion while treating specific skin issues.

What is Job's Tears / Pearl Barley and How is it Used in Skincare? The Story of Pearl Barley Pearl Barley is often used in skincare products, especially in Asian skincare formulations. But it didn’t just come out of nowhere. In fact, it’s been used for thousands of years in cooking, as decorative beads, and for medicin...

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