Cult Favorites: Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, and Peptides and Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment

Since I love sleep over anything else, my morning routine has to be quick. After showering, I usually just apply a serum, sunscreen, and then proceed with makeup.

Recently, I’ve been using these products from Allies of Skin – focusing on hydrating, brightening, and just keeping my skin healthy in the morning and the results are really something.

To cleanse while nourishing and hydrating the skin, the Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser ($38) uses hyaluronic acid, silk amino acids, safflower oil, moringa oil, ethylated l-ascorbic acid, white tea, lecithin phospholipids, and lactic acid. The runny gel of this cleanser consistency feels gentle on the skin. I use this as a second cleanser and it emulsifies to a milky consistency. It also feels refreshing on the skin. It cleanses the skin without stripping it or leaving a film but my skin is still left soft and moisturized.

The 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum claims to be the world’s first and only waterless formula with a 35% vitamin c concentration. It also contains superoxide dismutase and glutathione to provide antioxidants while repairing, brightening, and firming the skin. The texture and consistency of this serum are on the oily side, which scared me at first because this is suggested to be used in the morning. My skin, as good a condition it is in now, would look like a greased pan if I use an oily makeup or skincare product. However, this didn’t make my skin oily at all. It dries into a silky texture but it sinks in beautifully in my skin and actually makes my makeup look so good. Like I have plump and soft skin. Deeper results would be brightening and the smoothness. After daily use for almost a month, this made me look radiant and healthy.

Meanwhile, the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment ($109) uses 7 brighteners, 9 antioxidants, and a 16.5% repair complex to boost collagen production while firming and providing radiance to the skin. This feels like a light moisturizer but it sinks in like a serum would – quick and matte. It feels hydrating and nourishing on the skin and it works so well under my makeup and SPF. It makes my skin look plump and soft. Also, this makes my makeup look so good. Like I spent an hour doing my base instead of 10.

After about a month of using these products, I can say that the 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum and the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment are my favorites. They have been part of my morning routine and have made my skin look healthy, bright, and radiant. They also feel light, hydrating, and nourishing, which my oily skin really needs.

The Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment were provided by @alliesofskin. Available at alliesofskin.com

Skincare Review: Revolution Skincare Rose and Chamomile Serum and Green Tea and Collagen Serum

Sharing with you these shimmering serums from Revolution Skincare. I mean, they are literally glistening. They are so mesmerizing to look at. They are just too cute.

The shimmering pink serum is the Rose & Chamomile Serum to give radiance to the skin while soothing and calming it. The green-tinged serum, on the other hand, is the Green Tea & Collagen Serum aims to hydrate and plump the skin.

I thought for sure these would feel heavy on my skin but they didn’t. Both serums are light and watery and they sink in quickly into the skin. I use the pink one at night after masking and the green one in the morning before makeup. The Rose & Chamomile Serum one feels soothing and the Green Tea & Collagen Serum leaves my skin plump and dewy. They both feel hydrating and a bit nourishing to the skin. I honestly have no problems with the serums and thankfully, the shimmer didn’t make my skin look greasy. For the price of $14 each, these serums are worth checking out. For me, they are more of a support to my skin if I’m looking to plump or soothe it.

They can also be used with the Rose Quartz Roller to help calm the skin and the Jade Roller, which claims to lift the skin.

The Revolution Skincare Rose and Chamomile Serum, Green Tea and Collagen Serum, Rose Quartz Roller, Jade Roller were provided by @revolutionskincare. Available at revolutionbeauty.com

Supplement Review: Adour & Kin CSERA

Aside from religiously doing my selfcare routine, I’ve also recently incorporated CSERA from Adour & Kin, and ingestible for skin, hair, and body vitality.

The CSERA ($110) contains freshwater collagen peptides, nerina strawberry extract, red grape skin extract, black elderberry extract, freshwater microalgae, grape seed extract, sakura extract, rice extract, and tuna elastin peptides. These ingredients promise to maintain skin tone, suppleness, elasticity, replenish vitamin c levels, provide antioxidants, and help with hydration and moisture retention.

I really like how this collagen powder doesn’t have an overpowering fish-like smell which is what I’ve experienced with other ingestible. It does have the usual aftertaste but with this one, it’s so subtle. I’m also impressed with how big one tub is. I’ve been drinking it with tea every night before sleep for more than I month now and I don’t think I’ve even made a dent. I feel like it helps keep my skin plump and soft. My nails are also aren’t as brittle and I don’t feel as tired as I normally would.

The Adour & Kin CSERA was provided by @adourandkin.

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.