My Top 15 Skincare Products of 2019

I vaguely recall mentioning in my previous blog post that I wouldn’t be writing another post this year, however I felt that now I have been fortunate enough to review plenty of skincare products this year, that its only fitting to conclude the year with a favourites post – “My top 15 Skincare products of 2019”. To be truthful it was rather tricky selecting just 15 products, but I want to make this post as concise as possible. For the sake of not repeating myself too much, and to avoid boring you, I’ll will briefly highlight just a few points I’d like to discuss in relation to each product in the list and provide links to each product for those who are interested. This list is in no particular order.

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Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule

Just as the product’s name suggests, this truly is a “spot saver”. With 85% worth of Artemisia/Mugwort in this ampoules formula, with frequent use the active ingredient along with Kava Kava can calm troubled/sensitivity whilst clarifying skin. Other beneficial ingredients within the concoction include Ceramide NP for rejuvenating healthy skin cells, whereas Beta-carotene firms and strengthens weakened skin barriers. All points considered I noticed a reduction in the swelling of imperfections with just two~three consecutive days. Has a semi-matte finish, but doesn’t leave skin feeling depleted. Especially ideal for combination and oily skin types.

Coxir Black Snail Collagen Cream

This cream is jam packed with goodness: aloe, wheat proteins, rice, sesame, camellia, ginseng, honey extracts and various forms of glycol. This rich cream absorbs slowly, making it most suitable for nighttime use. It left my skin feeling bouncier, firmer and overall smoothed out my skin texture. Considering it is a mid-range product, it performs like high-end skincare with its abundant nourishment.

ByWishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

Simply said, this Eco-friendly powder wash enables you to cleanse deeply into pores without coursing micro-dermabrasions or stripping skin or hydration. Green tea powder, papain enzymes, coconut-derived surfactant and a little baking soda come together to wash away excess sebum and provide essential A, C & E vitamins to skin as well as antioxidants. A little goes a long way, it’s suitable for taking with you in your carry-on bag for the case you should travel, and of course enables you to make a sustainable choice when it comes to skincare.

Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask

From overall fit and comfortability to the quality of the essence within this mask ticks all the boxes for me. I can always rely on a Mediheal masks, especially the collagen type to restore my skin’s hydration levels and prevent my skin from feeling as if my skin is ‘sunken in’. These days they are more widely and easily available, and can be purchase at a reasonable cost.

Dear Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter

Formulated with 4 types of peptides to restore skin’s bounciness. Sunflower oil enriches skin with Vitamins A & E to protect our under eyes and give brightening effects. This is certainly most perfect for avoiding dry, crusty patches around your eyes during the colder months or when winds are chilly and blustery. The more I use this rich butter type cream, the more positive results I’m see in regards to fine line improvement.

The Pure Lotus Jeju Botanical Sun Cream

If you’re in search of a suncream which will shield your skin from UVAS, UVBs, protect your skin barrier, serve as an anti-aging product, bring radiance, and act as a barrier to environmental aggressors like fine dust/other pollutants, then this cream needs to be in your hands! Lotus leaf, aloe Vera leaf, green tea, rice, tangerine peel, rosemary, lotus root and cactus fruit are just some of the key ingredients within this lightweight, non-greasy and non-white casting sunscreen. Most of all I appreciate how it doesn’t disturb the placement of base makeup.

Iunik Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask

I use this every other night to retain skin’s moisture levels steadily. It holds 16% of propolis extract, serving high nourishment with the secondary aim of lifting skin with improved firmness. With so many low-hazard amino acids and botanic omega in this sleeping pack, I definitely notice it’s capability to plump skin at each and every use without irritation or other negative effects.

Lumen Vitae Moonlight Exfoliating Night Protocol

To ensure that skin’s texture remains softened and even in texture, I use this night protocol. I’ve only been using it a few weeks, but couldn’t leave it out of this list. Glycolic acid (10%) aids skin’s turnover cycle to shed dead skin cells and regrow healthy new cells. Lemon Balm and jojoba oil provide much of the nourishment and gives that healthy-glow most of us want to achieve.

Abib Mild Acid pH Sheet Mask

These masks are designed to match the natural pH levels of people with healthy skin, enabling gentle hydration and absorbtion without disturbing skin’s pH balance of between pH 5.5~6.2. Among all the honey masks I have ever used, this seems to contain the highest concentration of honey; thus smelling exactly a like the ‘real thing’. Of course it does have a tacky texture, as that is the natural state of honey yet not to a bothering degree.

ByWishtrend Acid-duo Hibiscus 63 Cream

The LHAs & PHAs mildy exfoliate skin, with the Gluconolactone strengthening skins protective barrier from UV damage & other external factors. The hibiscus provides antioxidants & support the effectiveness of the LHA & PHA ingredients. From first use, I immediately noticed how lightweight the formula feels both when applying it & once it had adhered to skin. The texture is similar to a gel-cream, but even thinner in viscosity. I thought maybe using Salicylic acid everyday would make me have frequent breakouts, but my skin has remained relatively clear of imperfections.

Bayeco Green Tea Nourishing Night Cream

This Bayeco Green Tea Nourishing Night Cream serves as anti-aging & repair skincare: infused with not just green tea, but also Australian Kakadu Plum which is well known for it’s high concentration of Vitamin C. Furthermore it contains Camomile for reducing redness & peptides for repairing skin damage caused by environmental factors. It’s free from parabens, SLS’s, phthalates, minerals oils, formaldehydes & is not tested on animals; thus being clinically proven to be safe for even pregnant women.

Celimax x Ji Woo Gae Heart leaf BHA Peeling Pads

One side of each individual pad has soft embossing a like most pads, whereas the other side is has gauze mesh allowing you to have BHA (Hyaluronic acid) & a little physical exfoliation in one pad. The addition of Heartleaf aids pore cleansing, as well as supplying care for troubled skin. The pads have been award a EWG 1~2 rating (contains low hazard ingredients) making it suitable for even acne-prone & sensitive skin types. These pads are particularly useful for evening out uneven skin texture.

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

A gel cleanser that foams perfectly. It doesn’t dry out your skin, even if used twice per day. It keep things simple, it’s a simple everyday cleanser that doesn’t weaken skin’s protective barrier or cause irritation to sensitive skin types. What more could you want from a cleanser?

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus

Hyaluronic acid aqueous actually makes up 50% of the solution, enabling the toner to further act as an ampoule for plumping skin. The texture is, in my opinion, perfect – its thicker than a watery toner, & almost resembles a lightweight essence; therefore its easier to apply without wasting any by dripping & doesn’t necessarily have to be used with a cotton pad. I tested this toner without applying any other moisturising skincare on top of it, so fairly determine how long lasting the hydration is. I’d say my skin stayed hydrated for up to 8 hours with limited sebum production.

Elizavecca Milk Deep Power Ringer Mask Pack

This is one of those masks you’ll love to use often throughout Winter, due to its milky essence which calms skin, brightens and of course provides plenty of moisture for ‘cream skin’ or glowing radiance. The fabric is super thin and comfortable – adhering well enough to be able to multitask if required. In fact, all of the Elizavecca masks are worth a try as they are very affordable from retailers outside of Korea.


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