I have such high regard for Tia’m because their C20 (when they were still called OST) was my first vitamin c serum and it helped clear my skin completely. They sent over a few products, which, of course, I have high expectations on.
Formulated with pro-vitamin b5, natural moisturizing factors, peptide, and betaine, the My Signature Vita B5 Toner ($16.77), is an alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and low ph toner that promises to hydrate, balance, and retain moisture to the skin. This is a good and inexpensive hydrating toner that does what it promises. It’s light yet hydrating and it also removes residual dirt from my skin. It feels soothing if applied after exfoliating and feels balancing to the skin.
The My Little Pore Fix Source ($21.77) promises to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, refines skin texture, and control excess oil and sebum production from the skin using tanin, sesaflash, conalbumin, and centella asiatica leaf water. I love the color of its bottle as it gave me an impression that it would give me a cool feeling when it’s applied on my skin–and it did. It felt cool and gentle on the skin in the first minutes after application. It was easy to incorporate in my routine and it was able to balance my skin. Used in the morning, it helped manage my skin’s oil production. However, I only saw a subtle difference in terms of my pores. It didn’t change in size, it just made them look flatter.
A sleeping mask for tired and stressed skin, the Snail & Azulene Sleeping Mask ($25.41) contains 85% snail secretion filtrate, azulene, allantoin, panthenol, and betaine go strengthen the moisture barrier, enhance skin elasticity, and provide long-lasting hydration. As gross as others would be, my skim actually reacts positively to snail ingredients. This sleeping masks, as expected, felt sticky and not so lightweight. However, it didn’t bother me because I only use it at night. This smells good and feels calming to the skin so I like using this on days I chemically and physically exfoliate.
With the budget-friendly price range of these K-Beauty products, I would say these products are worth a try – the toner and the sleeping mask if you are looking to hydrate and soothe the skin and the serum if you are looking for a product to manage your oily skin.