Skincare Review: Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA)

As someone who simply used a cleansing foam and called it skincare, the discovery of cleansing oils and cleansing balms when I was in Korea is almost as good as discovering that the baker of your favorite chocolate cake is your neighbor.

So, no matter how many cleansing balms and cleansing oils I own, I always welcome trying another first cleanser, especially from a brand that’s I’ve heard when I first got into skincare.

Hanskin offers cleansing products suitable for your skin type, which intrigued me. Most brands only offer one variant. They sent me the Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA).

The Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) promises to remove makeup and impurities, control breakouts and oil, and fight blackheads using salicylic and a blend of argan, jojoba and peppermint oils.

This has a balmy texture but it feels oily once you massage it on the skin. It melts into a heavy balm consistency but doesn’t leave a film upon rinsing. It removes everyday makeup but needs more massaging if I have waterproof makeup or complicated eye looks. It also leaves my skin soft and supple after rinsing. This, however, does not emulsify easily so I rub this onto my hands to breakdown the product before applying it on my skin.

On the other hand, the Pore Cleansing Oil [BHA] uses salicylic acid, a blend of fruit oils, including orange, lemon, and grapefruit, as well as olive and jojoba oils, to cleanse the skin and prevent breakouts. The watery oil consistency leaves the skin feeling moist. It leaves a bit of a film after wash but this is easier to use than the balm because it easily emulsifies with water. The filmy feeling is okay, since I always do a second cleanse, but I like my first cleansers to not leave a trail as it makes me feel like I haven’t removed every grime on my skin. This is best removed with a warm cloth, which I don’t really do. However, in this method, it leaves the skin cleansed and smooth. Two pumps can remove everyday makeup and dirt.

I like using these when I’m about to get my period because my hormones are on overdrive during that time of the time and I need all the help that I can get. However, I did not see a huge difference in using both compared to other cleansing oils and balms that don’t cater to a specific skin type. As a cleansing balm lover, though, it surprised me that I enjoyed using the Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) more as it removed makeup and dirt faster and easier.

The Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) were provided by @hanskin.

Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Beekman 1802 Triple Milk 5-Piece Set

What started as a farm has now evolved into a lifestyle brand. Beekman 1802 works with farmers, craftspeople, and artisans to produce everything from food, home items to apparel and skincare.

They sent over their Triple Milk Collection, which uses three kinds of milk – goat milk to soothe, coconut milk to condition, and milk protein to nourish.

To melt makeup and oil-based products, the Triple Milk Cleanser ($35) uses argan oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil to cleanse the skin. This is a bit creamy for my preference but it was able to remove makeup easily. It also feels gentle on the skin. It leaves a film but it was easily removed by the second cleanser.

As a second cleanser, Triple Milk Bar ($12) aims to draw out water-based debris before leaving the skin soft and hydrated. This is my favorite out of the set. It’s creamy and nourishing, it easily foams, and it cleanses the skin thoroughly without drying it.

The Triple Milk Peel ($40) promises to lift dead skin for a softer, glowing complexion. I was prepared for this to sting but it didn’t. It actually felt so gentle so this would be a good exfoliator for those who are just starting with exfoliants and those who have sensitive skin.

The Triple Milk Skin Milk ($50) works to hydrate and protect the skin. I like the milky and watery texture of this moisturizer. It applied beautifully but it felt heavy on the skin after a few minutes. It also made my skin oilier so this might be best used by those with dry skin.

The Triple Milk Primer SPF 35 ($30) is designed to be an oil-free, weightless, invisible, pore-perfecting primer with a broad-spectrum zinc oxide sunscreen with UVA/UVB filters. This, like the moisturizer, felt heavy on the skin. I will have to pull this out on the colder months as I have a feeling it would work better for me by that time.

Overall, those with dry and sensitive skin would enjoy using this EWG certified set as they are moisturizing, gentle, and nourishing to the skin.

The Beekman 1802 Triple Milk 5-Piece Set were provided by @beekman1802 . Available individually or as a set for $140 at beekman1802.com