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.

2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

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.

#freshbeautygiftedme #soyobsessed

Skincare Review: Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana

Cruelty- free and sustainably sourced, Taila Skincare blends Ayurvedic ingredients and processes with today’s technological advances in skincare to create luxury skincare products.

The Muhka Botanical Cleanser ($58) was gentle and not so greasy that it is able to freshen up my skin after rinsing. When a little amount of water is applied over, it forms a light lather so you can feel your skin is getting cleaned.

It also feels nourishing making it a joy to apply. This cleansing oil has turmeric, papaya, castor oil, and lavender to help soothe, soften, and refine the skin. Evidently, after rinsing, it was able to remove all makeup, even the long-lasting ones. However, I have to rinse twice to be able to remove the thin film this leaves on the skin.

After cleansing, I tone with the Vayu Illuminating Toning Mist ($55). It instantly makes my skin feel soft and refreshed. It contains holy basil, rose, cucumber, and aloe to soothe and refresh while neutralizing environmental stressors. I thought this face mist would have a gentle floral scent but the hint of was a welcome surprise. I also like how the mist just sinks into the skin and has a firming sensation.

The Nayana Revitalizing Eye Balm ($88) uses manjishta (Indian madder), ashwagandha (rennet), brahmi (waterhyssop), and meadowfoam seed oil to reduce dark circles, trigger collagen and elastin production and cell regeneration, and to lock in moisture.

Even though I have yet to see its effects on my dark circles, this eye balm is extremely moisturizing. It also helps with the puffiness of my dry eye area.

The Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana were provided by @tailaskincare. Available at tailaskincare.com

Skincare Review: Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, and Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule

Another Instagram discovery is the kbeauty brand Bad Skin Korea. Admittedly, I was curious about the packaging of their cleansers. They sent those over as well as some other skincare products that they think would soothe my oily skin.

The Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil promises to deeply cleanse and moisturize the skin using triple hyaluronic acid. This cleansing oil feels light and gentle on the skin. It was able to easily remove makeup, even eyeliners. However, this left a thin film on the skin, even after rinsing.

The product I’m most curious about is the Ssuk Bomb Eraser, a cleansing foam that uses mugwort leaf powder, mugwort leaf extract to cleanse and removes wastes from pores. It smells grassy. Out of the tube, the product looks creamy. It feels a bit muddy so it’s weird to use. However, I love how the cleanser feels gentle yet hardworking. It removes all oil and impurities in the skin. I like using this when my skin is irritated, clogged, and oily as this soothes, detoxifies, and cleanses thoroughly.

The Milk Bomb Eraser, on the other hand, uses milk protein, jojoba oil, AHA, and BHA to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This foam cleanser would work for those with dry and normal skin types as this feels extra moisturizing on the skin.

The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become one of my favorite hydrating products. With collagen and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and moisturize the skin, I find this ampoule very soothing and refreshing to the skin. Every time I apply this, I always end up with baby-soft skin after.

I really can always count on kbeauty products to offer hydration and moisture without the heaviness. The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become a mainstay in my routine and will be especially handy come colder months, in tandem with the Ssuk Bomb Eraser.

The Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule were provided by @badskin.