Skincare Review: Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum and Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule

Promising climate-inspired skincare solutions, Axis-Y is a Korean skincare brand that offers products specifically made for humid weather. This really piqued my interest because humidity really gets my skin clogged and dehydrated.

They sent over the Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum ($22), which contains niacinamide to correct dark spots and improve uneven skin tone and squalene to retain moisture on the skin. My pores get easily clogged and usually get blemishes when my period is about to arrive. I usually vitamin c or niacinamide serums to fight dark spots so I’m familiar as to what this serum could possibly do. What sets this apart is the serum feels light and runny, making it feel suitable for my oily skin. This does lighten dark spots after about a month of continued use. I like how it can be used in the morning and how it feels nourishing to the skin.

Their Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule ($25) aims to deliver anti-oxidants, nutrients, and hydration to heal damaged, irritated skin barriers. It also contains phytonutrients to defend against bacteria and pollutants and prevent future breakouts and irritation. I really like the texture of this one. It’s runny, lightweight, and gentle. It sinks in quickly onto the skin and leaves a bit of dewiness that doesn’t look or feel tacky. I can use this in the morning and it will leave my skin plump and dewy instead of oily and dehydrated. I really enjoy using this because it feels gentle and nourishing to the skin without the heaviness other ampoules bring.

These products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, artificial coloring, essential oil, and mineral oil.

The Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum and Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule were provided by @axis-y. Available at axis-y.com

Skincare Review: Forest Rhapsody Dew Drops, Thousand Petals, Green Nectar

Sometimes you just feel the need to pamper your skin. Forest Rhapsody promises just that, with its natural products that are made with luxurious plant-based ingredients.

The Dew Drops Enzymatic Cleansing Gel nourishes and feeds your skin as you cleanse. What’s great about this is a gel that it feels like it does more than get the makeup and dirt off my face. It already moisturizes and my skin even before I start the rest of my routine. I like using it when my skin is feeling tight.

After cleansing, the next step is their Thousand Petals Flower Resurfacing Acid Mask, which renews and polishes the skin. This clay mask can either be used as a quick refresher by massaging it on the face for 30 seconds or as a full 15-minute ritual. Both methods do a good job of softening my skin, but there’s no difference when I use it for 30 seconds or 15 minutes, so it works best for me as a fast skin fix.

Lastly, there’s Green Nectar Marine Hydrator, a hyaluronic acid-based product that provides intensive hydration. That makes it a perfect prep step, making sure my skin is smooth and silky before my acids, creams, and serums. As a plus, it’s also absorbed really quickly by my skin, making it easy to layer on other products.

Overall, Forest Rhapsody‘s products are very calm and soothing, while still leaving great effects on my skin.

The Forest Rhapsody Dew Drops, Thousand Petals, Green Nectar were provided by @forestrhapsodyskincare .

Skincare Review: Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask

Since my skin has been problematic lately, I am going a bit hard on the exfoliants and the acid. Along with those, I have been using the Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask from Korres every day.

It promises to rebalance stressed skin while relieving, soothing and recharging the complexion using greek yogurt, hydra-biome microbiome rebalancing technology, three types of hyaluronic acid, bisabolol and ginger root extracts, shea butter, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera.

This face mask can also be used as a sleeping mask. It feels like a thick moisturizer to the skin. It spreads thinly and applies white. Its consistency and texture felt like plaster of Paris and it smells like yogurt.

To be honest, I did not care for this the first time I tried it. It felt too creamy on the skin. However, I have come to appreciate it after using it as a sleeping mask every other day. It seeps into the skin and turns colorless. The creaminess and tackiness dissipate after a few minutes and leaves the skin feeling nourished and plump. After a week, I see the difference in my skin. It has helped brighten and clear my skin. It also left it hydrated and bouncy. After more than a month of use, I still use this once a week as a mask and twice a week as a sleeping mask. It just honestly made my skin feel and look healthier. I would sometimes use this right after cleansing and I would still wake up with bright and nourished skin. It’s honestly a new favorite.

This product is also cruelty-free and is made without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal, tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and silicones.

The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask was provided by @korres and @tractenbergandco. Available for $49 at korresusa.com

Skincare Review: Holifrog Cleansers

I’m one of those people who believe in using a different cleanser to meet a certain skin need. So receiving four different cleansers from Holifrog isn’t overwhelming at all.

I use the Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash as a first cleanser to remove makeup. It does remove foundation and everyday makeup products but I use a different balm for long-wearing and waterproof products. This cleanser doesn’t lather or emulsify. It feels balmy, as advertised and leaves a bit of a film after rinsing so this is best removed with a damp cleansing cloth. It does leave the skin feeling soft, though.

To clarify and brighten, the Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash helps clear and brighten the skin. I use this when my skin is looking dull and feeling clogged as it contains glycolic, mandelic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. It also feels gentle on the skin.

The Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash promises to cleanse oily skin using Probacillus Revive, lactobacillus, kombucha, grapeseed oil, broccoli seed oil, flaxseed oil, camellia seed oil, and sea buckthorn oil. It has a gentle natural smell and it feels really gentle on the skin when you lather and after rinsing. It doesn’t foam much and yet it leaves you with a clean feeling after wash. It’s meant for oily skin types but it doesn’t completely strip the skin. I like using this on a normal good skin day when my only problem is excess oil.

I enjoyed using the Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash when I was in Europe because my skin didn’t get thoroughly oily in the climate there. This, as promised, nourished my skin while gently cleansing it. It contains amino acids, water lily root, and lotus flowers, panthenol, blue-green algae, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, vitamin e, and aloe vera.

Overall, if you are looking for a cruelty-free cleanser that is gentle and nourishing to the skin, you will find a Holifrog Cleanser that suits your skin type.

The Holifrog Cleansers were provided by @holifrog and @pokepr. Available at holifrog.com

Skincare Review: Fresh Double Cleansing with Soy & Seaberry

Been cleansing with these Fresh goodies that Fresh Beauty gifted me. Cleansing is something that I’ve been doing since grade school. It’s some of the things my mother has taught me. I may have skipped cleansing when I was younger (when I was sick, drunk, or just plain lazy) but basically, it’s something I’ve been doing for more than two decades.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been cleansing my face with the Seaberry Cleansing Oil and the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh. To be honest they just came and the right time because my skin has been acting up after getting used to winter and then coming back to a warmer and more humid climate. As soon as I went back, I’ve been spotting whiteheads (something I’ve never had since college) and zits on my chin. It’s been fun.

The Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil is gentle to the skin. It feels light when massaged onto the skin and it dissolves makeup easily without the feeling of the oil sticking to the skin. It’s easily rinsed with water as it emulsifies quickly and doesn’t leave a film.

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about the Soy Face Cleanser and I get it now. It’s one of the gentlest gel cleansers I’ve tried. Personally, I like how soothing it feels and how it lathers lightly but rinses easily. It also doesn’t leave a film and just leaves my skin cleansed and refreshed.

Using both for cleansing feels calming and nourishing to the skin and calms my recently problematic skin.

The Fresh Double Cleansing with Soy & Seaberry were provided by @freshbeauty and #OctolyFamily.

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