In our Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule review, you’ll see how it changed a 60-year-old woman’s skin.
As we get older, our skin begins to change. This is due to a variety of factors: external influences, loss of collagen, etc. Sooner or later, wrinkles and fine lines will develop. But what if we told you that there’s a product that can delay and lift these signs of mature skin?
That’s where the Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule comes in. Formulated with 76.52% mushroom extracts, this ampoule is just what you need to lift and unwanted signs of aging. Mushroom is an ingredient known for stimulating collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as being rich in vitamin D to protect the skin against environmental factors like discoloration and lines caused by the sun.
It’s also an anti-inflammatory, meaning it works to help improve acne, rosacea, and eczema. It works together with panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, and macadamia seed oil to hydrate and hydrate and lock moisture in, as well as centella and aloe to soothe. The secret ingredient to this formula is a blend of licorice, persimmon, and other natural, botanic antioxidants to brighten and strengthen the skin’s barrier.
In order to properly test this ampoule, we sent it off to Soko Glam Director of Marketing Inhwa’s mother, who is in her 60’s, to try out. Here’s her experience:
What kind of skin care issues were you dealing with before trying the plant base booster?
At my current age, I’m not sure if I believe I can reduce the wrinkles I already have but the goal is to look younger than my actual age. To do this, I try to incorporate things into my skin care to brighten up the dullness and improve overall color of my skin tone while preventing additional wrinkles.
What is it like using the product?
The product texture looks and feels very much like honey. It’s very sticky.
What are your tips for application?
When I first started using it, it was my first time mixing something into my moisturizer so I don’t think I was using enough moisturizer. When just applying my moisturizer only, I know exactly how much to use but mixing in the serum/ampoule threw me off. I had to adjust and make sure to use enough moisturizer.
I would also be cautious about moving the product from the dropper to your hand. Because the consistency is very sticky (like honey), there were times especially in the beginning when the product would drop on my counter.
How did your skin react at first?
I started mixing in the serum with my moisturizer day and night every day about two weeks ago. I noticed that my skin felt very hydrated and less dull in the mornings after application at night. On day two of starting the ampoule, I received two separate compliments on my skin! I don’t know if it was the product or if I just got better sleep that night, but it was a good start.
How did your skin change over time?
Over time, I noticed the tone of my skin really improve. I still have dullness as a 60-year-old would experience, but I definitely saw that the tone brightened and improved. I also noticed that my foundation glided on and absorbed much better, making the finished look flawless. Before using the ampoule, I always had to tap more foundation product on the corners of my nose to make sure there was coverage, but I haven’t had to do this in the past week or so, and I can see the finished look has gotten much better.
How did your skin change overall? And what do you attribute it to?
My skin feels much more hydrated, supple, smooth, AND BRIGHTER! The only thing that has changed in my routine is that I added the ampoule with everything else constant so I guess I can attribute it to the ampoule booster.
What’s the best thing about this product and what is the worst thing about it?
The best thing about the product is the price! I’ve tried many products out there with higher price tags but have not seen the immediate results I have seen with this affordable ampoule.
The worst thing about the product is that the product sometimes falls on my counter from dropper as I try to get it on my hand at application because of the sticky texture.
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There are three different versions of The Plant Base ampoule: one that contains hyaluronic acid, one that contains ceramides, and one that contains mushroom extract. We asked three Klog readers to try each one and report back.
Every beauty expert says the same thing. The best way to know if you should buy a product and the best way to figure out if a product is going to work for your skin is to check un-biased reviews. So, we’ve reached out to you, our faithful Klog readers to review some of Soko Glam’s newest curations and tell us what you think.
I’m at the point where I don’t have too many skin issues. I previously had bad acne in my early to mid-20’s, and now I just get minor breakouts around that time of the month. I currently have a small dark spot from a previous breakout around my mouth area. I have sensitive skin that briefly acts up from time to time so I was actually experiencing some minor redness prior to testing out any new products. Though being a little older, I wanted to seek out some more anti-aging products that would help keep my skin firm and basically keep it the same as it is now or at least help prolong its current condition, hence: stop time or “time stop”.
What did you think of the ingredients?
The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule claims to be anti-aging, firming & lifting, and nourishing. The main ingredient is a whopping 76.53% Hericium Erinaceum (Mushoom) Extract to help prevent skin damage with adenosine as the active ingredient to strengthen skin and promote collagen production. SYN-COLL, a synthetic tripeptide to help slow down aging, is also included. It’s not everyday that you see peptides in Korean skin care. This allows for plumper and bouncier skin.
A bunch of nourishing ingredients are added as well: licorice root extract aloe barbadensis leaf extract, and centella asiatica extract. It’s also worth noting that the product is free of parabens, pigment, synthetic fragrance, benzophenone, DEA, and mineral oil.
How did you start using the product?
Prior to incorporating the Time Stop Collagen Ampoule, I had already stopped using all actives (tretinoin, vitamin c, AHA) on my face. This was so I could focus on the ampoule’s results, and I wouldn’t have to deal with the occasional irritation and dryness/flaking typically associated with actives (especially tretinoin/retinol). Although the instructions on the ampoule’s box say to just apply the product twice a day to face and neck, I was advised by The Klog team to mix two to three drops of the ampoule into my moisturizer for the first seven days, and then just use the ampoule between the toner and moisturizer steps thereafter.
I rotate a couple of different products here and there, but for the most part my skin care routine for the next 10 days after cleansing were: Son & Park Beauty Water (as a cleansing/exfoliating toner), three layers of the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, two drops of the ampoule, and then moisturizer. I sometimes used the Son & Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow for my day cream/makeup primer hybrid, and mixing the ampoule with it during the day, didn’t cause any issues or weird reactions.
How did your skin react at first?
My skin didn’t have any bad initial reactions to the product. The thing that I first noticed (and this could be because I don’t have any skin texture issues), was that I woke up with really soft skin the next morning. The ampoule absorbs really quickly onto your skin and the softness just felt more noticeable after washing my face.
How is your skin now?
I’m not sure if you’re able to tell much from the photos (it typically takes 3-6 months to see results from anti-aging products). However minor it may be, I really felt like the ampoule temporarily made my face more plump over the 10 days that I used it. Like I previously mentioned, I haven’t really used any actives in awhile prior to using the ampoule, so I felt like most of the results that I would have seen with my actives, were still there. Sometimes when I don’t use actives for a few days, I can feel my face being less plump, less soft, etc. While 10 days isn’t enough to see any results around my eye area, I felt like my smile-line area and my overall face looked more plump.
Considering I didn’t use any other special serums/treatments along with this ampoule, it was a surprise to see my face remained even and bright as well. It is also worth nothing that my redness calmed down considerably (probably due to the licorice root and centella asiatica).
Dory’s Bottom Line:
I would definitely use this product again. I feel like it adds a little something to help retain your youthfulness. I recommend this product if you’re looking for some firming & lifting and some possible long term anti-aging benefits. I definitely look forward to seeing the results after three to six months of use.
In winter, I struggle with dryer skin. While I don’t have dry patches, my skin will feel tight throughout the day. This was my first winter in New York City, which meant my very first winter with a radiator. While the noise eventually subsided, it immediately dried my skin overnight, especially since the radiator is right by the bed on the side I sleep on. It also gets so hot that I have to open the window. So, not only is the radiator drying my skin, but so is the cold air coming in from outside.
Needless to say, I was in need of a hydrating skin product.
What did you think of the ingredients?
I had already been using an ampoule with hyaluronic acid, but it was not at the same percentage. I also found that this other product was too watery and soaked into my skin so quick that it didn’t necessarily have any hydrating effects on my skin.
In contrast, Plant Base Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule is a thick, clear serum that slowly sinks into the skin for long-term hydration. It has an almost gel like texture and has no scent. I love that it comes with a dropper as it is perfect for maintaining quality hygiene. It also stops me from using too much product.
How did you start using the product? How did your skin react at first?
For the first week, I introduced this product into my skin care routine by mixing it with a my moisturizer morning and night. The moisturizer I used was COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, and the ampoule mixed well with this lotion and spread evenly. I did find that my face felt sticky after applying the ampoule and lotion mix. I do know that it is due to the Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule as the lotion had never left my face sticky before. At first I thought I had used too much ampoule, but even after adjusting I still had stickiness. It did subside as the product soaked into my skin.
I was nervous about my skin reacting to this new product, especially as I had never used such a strong percentage of hyaluronic acid before. But, I am happy to say that this product did not cause any irritation on my skin. After two days of use, I noticed my skin was not as tight when I woke up in the morning. For three days after mixing with my lotion, I used the ampoule alone in the ampoule step of my routine. I found that the product was easy to spread across my skin, but it still left the sticky feeling. However, this time it subsided as soon as I added my final lotion step.
To accurately test the effectiveness of this product, I stopped using the previous hyaluronic acid product I had been using. I also maintained the same routine the entire 10 days—double cleanse, tone, AHA/BHA exfoliator (evening), anti-aging fermented product (evening), Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid, eye cream, lotion.
Dory’s Bottom Line
Overall, I like this product, but I do struggle with the sticky feeling. It isn’t fun to go to bed feeling like everything is going to stick to your face. The same goes for the morning as I have to wait longer before applying makeup. I would continue to use this product, but only in the evening and maybe not on a daily basis. I believe this product would be great for someone with dry skin, even drier than mine. I don’t believe someone with oily skin would like this product, as the sticky feeling could make them feel and look as though their skin is oilier.
Over the course of many years I struggled with a few skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation and dull skin. It doesn’t help that I have combination skin. This has made it difficult to find products that cater to both oiliness and dryness. After various attempts with a few products, I was finally able to find a product that not only balances my skin, but also protects my skin barrier. What I loved about the Quesera Ceramide Ampoule was how well it aided me with these concerns.
How did you start using the product?
At first use, I was surprised by its lightweight consistency. In fact, I almost jumped for joy because most of the time heavier products are usually a gamble with my skin. The ampoule has little to no scent which works well for skin care enthusiasts with sensitive skin who are prone to react negatively towards certain fragrances. When I applied the product onto my skin, I received a comforting feeling—the ampoule would effortlessly glide across my skin thanks to its smooth texture.
Like any K-beauty enthusiast, I started my routine with the double cleanse. I then moved on to toning, which is my all-time favorite part of my routine, using the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner followed by the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, so when trying this product, I had to find the proper step to incorporate it into. When first introducing the ampoule to my routine, I began by applying 2-3 drops along with my favorite moisturizer. After a week’s use, I applied it separately in the “ampoule” step of my routine, but believe that either method of use will prove helpful to the user. What I was thankful for the most after first using this product was how my skin didn’t react negatively at all.
How did your skin react at first?
At the end of my first week I noticed my skin having a youthful glow and consistently staying hydrated throughout the day while keeping my oil production in check and helping to plump out any fine lines around my eyes and forehead. One of my biggest concerns is anti-aging and ensuring that I hydrate my skin in any way possible, and it only brought me more joy to see that the ampoule also helps with avoiding wrinkles which for me is always a plus!
Dev’s Bottom Line
This product works well for those like me who suffer from occasional dry patches and flaky skin, especially during those harsh winter months I experience here in NYC. I believe it can also help those that need an extra boost in their routine to combat exposure from the environment, and recuperate from any past use of different skin care products that may have done harm to their skin barrier.
I believe that after using the product for a certain amount of time, it produces great results, and I would recommend it to those who were in a tough position like me where it becomes difficult to find trustworthy products that can resolve these skin concerns. I’m really looking forward to seeing what more this miracle ampoule will do for my skin!
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What’s the deal with wearing makeup to the gym? Is it off limits? If so, what should you do to your skin before working out?
I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s best to avoid wearing a full face of makeup at the gym…yet we still see a lot of fitness YouTubers and others at the gym sporting a full-faced look. This can make you wonder: If their skin looks flawless with makeup on at the gym, should I go ahead and wear makeup at the gym too?
The answer is no. Sorry. We reached out to dermatologist Annie Chiu to find out why exactly we should avoid wearing makeup at the gym. But don’t be sad! Instead of wearing makeup, we created a stellar skin care routine that will have your complexion glowing while you’re on the elliptical without the need for any concealer or foundation.
What happens when you wear makeup at the gym:
Usually I’m completely OK with avoiding makeup at the gym, but there are those days when I’m breaking out and I can’t help but wonder if it will be “no harm, no foul” if I put on at least a little bit of makeup. But according to Chiu this is a no-go. “Makeup and sweat can clog pores and potentially cause breakouts,” she says. And the gym is a breeding ground of things that will clog pores. Just think of all the unwashed machines and the towel you use. “Makeup gives bacteria something to cling to,” says Chiu.
It’s also best to avoid makeup because when we exercise, blood circulation increases, causing us to sweat and increase oil activity. Combine increased oil production with foundation and you have a recipe for disaster. Of course, you probably won’t breakout every single time you wear makeup at the gym, but it’s just not worth the potential spot, especially for acne-prone types.
For those who skip foundation but tend to use eye makeup—like mascara or subtle eyeliner—at the gym, you don’t have to worry as much about clogged pores. But Chiu warns that while “eye make up is less damaging, even waterproof makeup has the potential of running into eyes and down onto sensitive under-eye skin.” This can lead to dry, irritated eyes which will cause more harm than good. The eye area is extremely delicate. You don’t have to avoid mascara entirely; as long as you make sure to stick with waterproof formulas that don’t easily sweat off, you should be fine.
What to do to your skin instead:
When I want to give my skin a little boost before I go to the gym, I stick with a hydrating and brightening skin care routine. This is because skin care is the foundation to any makeup look and if we can make our skin appear better with skin care rather than makeup, why not? It’s equally important to have a thorough pre and post workout routine to aid in keeping your skin acne-free.
Usually, I am in rush before I head to the gym, so I use a multi-tasking product like the Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick. The formula contains 13 natural oils that break down any impurities while providing my skin with a gentle cleanse. Think of this as your all-in-one oil and water based cleanser step that saves time while keeping your skin clean and hydrated. The cleanser also contains natural green tea leaves that calm inflammation as well as provide a bit of light exfoliation.
I then use the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner which ensures my skin is cleansed and free of impurities while at the same time providing it with lasting moisture. I really like to use this before the gym since it’s formulated with a high concentration of licorice water and licorice is known to provide a brightening effect to the skin. The licorice combined with green tea extract works to reduce pigmentation and leaves my skin plump and glowing!
You may be wondering: Well, how does this routine help improve how my skin actually looks before the gym? Well, after cleansing and toning I like to use the Son and Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow. This is an important part of my simple three step routine because it helps to add a filter-like appearance to the skin without using makeup that could potentially cause acne.
This lightweight cream contains flower extracts like lily, rose, and jasmine to hydrate, soothe and balance sebum production while pearl extracts add a beautiful luminosity to the skin. After using this cream, my skin is left feeling hydrated and actually looks brighter and more even. This cream doesn’t cover up any acne spots, but it does even out skin tone and help it appear smoother.
Also, don’t forget to use SPF, especially if you’re going to be exercising outdoors! To further even out my skin, I use the My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Up Sun. This sunscreen contains SPF 50 protection as well as aloe and centella asiatica extracts to soothe and calm inflamed skin while the tannin complex controls excess sebum.
This unique SPF has a pinky-peach undertone. When you blend it in, it leaves skin brighter and smoother. I top this routine off with the Etude House Balm + Color Tint for a bit of moisture and color.
This simple skin care routine leaves my skin looking more even and healthy without the use of heavy, pore-clogging makeup. Granted, I am not very acne-prone, so if you know you’ll feel more comfortable wearing some kind of coverup at the gym, we’ve got you covered!
Chiu suggests using a “tinted moisturizer if you really must!” Stick with lightweight BB or CC creams like the Erborian CC Creme since they’re more skin care than makeup. But, remember: Ultimately, your skin does not define who you are and the choice is always your’s and your’s alone.
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Essences are essentially very thin, water or gel-like lotions. They prep the skin to absorb moisture and are generally thicker than toners, but thinner than serums. Unlike serums or boosters, essences can (and should) be used every night for optimal hydration. Essences are most helpful for those with dry, mature, or uneven skin.
Finding the perfect essence for acne can be difficult because essences really aren’t built to work for acne-prone or oily skin. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist at all. The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a great option if you’re prone to acne. This essence is packed with 96% snail secretion filtrate. Snail mucin is a great acne-fighting ingredient because it’s antimicrobial and has naturally occurring glycolic acid. It also boosts collagen production and replenishes moisture in the skin, helping to heal acne scars and prevent excess oil production. This essence is also fragrance-free and has a pH of 6.5.
The Missha MISA Geum Sul First Essence Booster is another great option for acne-prone skin. This essence has a light-gel consistency and is formulated with great Korean hanbang ingredients. Fermented ginseng water is used to strengthen the skin barrier and cherry blossom and primrose seed extract to brighten. It’s also infused with real gold flakes to boost radiance, making this the perfect luxurious essence for getting soft, even skin.
If your primary concern is anti-aging then you’re in luck because most essences will work great for anti-aging. In particular, the Benton Fermentation Essence is a great option because it’s packed with galactomyces ferment filtrate, an ingredient known for creating softer, more supple skin. It also has a ton of other fermented ingredients as well as ceramides and hyaluronic acid to amp up collagen production, leaving your skin feeling more hydrating and visibly more elastic.
The Neogen Code 9 Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening Pack Kit is another anti-aging essential essence. This essence comes in two steps. First pour the essence into the exfoliating pads until they’re fully submerged. Then use the threaded side and swipe in gentle circular motions to gently buff away dead skin cells. Flip the pad over and use the quilted side to sweep away any extra residue left on the skin. This essence formula is packed with niacinamide, collagen, and sodium hyaluronate to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten, hydrate, and plump up the skin for glowy, youthful skin.
The Missha Near Skin Simple Therapy Essence Lotion is a great 2-in-1 essence and lotion hybrid that gives sensitive or irritated skin the TLC it deserves. It’s primary ingredients are dill extract and camellia japonica oil, which soothe skin and lightly moisturize. This essence’s consistency is closer to that of a lotion, but it absorbs easily into the skin like an essence leaving you feeling hydrated and moisturized without feeling sticky.
The Botanic Farm Rice Ferment First Essence is another awesome essence for mature skin. This one is packed with fermented rice water, the ancient Korean secret to bright, glowing skin. This essence is super lightweight, seeping easily into the skin. It’s also formulated with lactic acid to gently exfoliate, peony extract to improve circulation, and licorice root to brighten and reduce redness. It immediately transforms dull skin, making it more radiant and supple.
If your primary concern is your pores, then look no further than the Missha Geum Sul First Essence Booster. This essence is great for acne and great for your pores! The real trick with getting your pores to appear smaller is making sure that your pores are clean and free of any gunk that might be clogging them.
One of the star ingredients in this essence is fermented red ginseng, which helps to improve circulation and increase skin resiliency, as well as brighten and even out skin tone, leaving your skin looking brighter and your pores feeling happy.
Dryness is another one that’s very easily combated by most essences. But some essences will definitely perform better than others at hydrating your dry skin. One of the great options is the Missha First Treatment Essence Mist. This is a more convenient version of the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. It’s packed with vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to refresh skin and boost hydration all throughout the day.
Another great option is the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence. Formulated with 95% galactomyces ferment filtrate, this really packs the hydration punch. This star ingredient hydrates, evens out skin texture, and brightens all at the same time. Additionally, it has hyaluronic acid and panthenol to bring even more moisture to the skin, and niacinamide and adenosine for some extra brightening. With a super light consistency, this essence is perfect for daytime and nighttime use.
Hyaluronic Acid is a miracle ingredient in Korean beauty. That’s why the Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence was voted a Soko Glam Best of K-Beauty winner. Hyaluronic acid is an advanced form of sodium hyaluron that allows the skin to drink up moisture. This essence sinks into the skin easily to leave your skin looking and feeling plump, supple, and hydrated.
The Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence is a coveted cult K-beauty favorite. It’s super infused with 93% naturally fermented ingredients, including bifida ferment lysate and saccharomyces ferment filtrate to plump and revitalize skin with moisture. It also contains birch juice and rice extracts to naturally brighten and even out skin tone as well as other brighteners, antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients. It also has a pH of 5 to balance skin tone.
Pigmentation is super frustrating as a skin concern because real results to improve it don’t show up overnight. The Neogen Code 9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence & Tox Tightening Pack Kit is great for combating that extra pigmentation. It’s rich with vitamin C and gives your skin some gentle manual exfoliation at the same time. It’s also packed with niacinamide and lemon fruit extract to help lift pigmentation and combat fine lines and premature aging.
The Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence from COSRX is another great brightening essence. Galactomyces, niacinamide, and adenosine all work in conjunction to lift excess pigmentation like acne scars and hyperpigmentation. This essence is also a super hydrator with galactomyces, hyaluronic acid, and panthenol all working to leave your skin looking and feeling more plump and smooth.
The Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist is the queen bee essence of Korean skin care. A dupe for SK-II’s famed essence (at half the price), this holy grail product is well known to repair damaged skin and treat uneven skin tone in as little as just a few weeks. It’s packed with 90% fermented yeast extract from Himalayan purple barley to hydrate skin, smooth out skin texture, and even out skin tone quickly. It also contains niacinamide to leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and plump for longer. It also boosts skin elasticity. It’s no wonder it’s a such a cult favorite!
The Botanic Farm Rice Ferment Essence is going to be your new go-to for lifting scars and hyperpigmentation. Rice ferment filtrate is one of the best natural ingredients for smoothing away those uneven tones quickly and easily. It’s also great for getting glow back into lackluster skin and amping up the hydration. This one will also gently exfoliate with lactic acid and lift any redness with licorice.
Sensitive skin can be super frustrating to work with because you never know just what’s going to break you out. The E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Essence Skin is designed to give your skin just what it needs: a little extra TLC. This pH balancing essence is super light and formulated with healing ingredients like birch tree sap, chamomile, and plantain seed extracts to soothe and give life back to the skin. E Nature is completely free of animal ingredients and other ingredients that are common irritants like parabens, mineral oils, and artificial fragrances.
The Missha Near Skin Simple Therapy Essence Lotion is another one formulated for sensitive skin. This essence wraps your skin in a gentle hug of skin-soothing ingredients like dill extract and camellia japonica oil to amp up hydration, soothe, and balance. The Near Skin from Missha line is non-irritating and super gentle.
The Bottom Line
Whatever your skin concern is, and whether you’re a Korean beauty newbie or expert, there’s an essence out there for you. There’s a reason Korean women swear by essences, why they’re the backbone to the Korean beauty routine. They are the step that amps up the hydration for that super glowy, dewy, radiant skin to last a lifetime.
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FromChristina has quickly become one of the most prominent street fashion bloggers in New York. With nearly 80,000 followers on Instagram, Christina documents her unique and chic fashion across the globe. She spoke with us about her favorite places to shop in Seoul, the best places to people-watch in New York, and the place she wants to move next.
What does your current skin care routine look like?
My current skin care routine is pretty simple. I feel like, at a time like this where it’s not to cold, not too hot, [my skin] does fairly well. Right now, I just make sure I clean my face really well. That’s always been part of my skin care routine so, three-step cleansing: a makeup wipe, a balm, and then I’ll go in with another cleanser. And then I have just an essence.
How do you adjust your skin care for when you’re traveling?
For my cleansing, I usually do end up just bringing two [cleansers]. So, I’ll skip the balm and I’ll just use travel size wipes and then my cleanser.
And do you change anything up for flights?
For the flight, I usually do [change things up] because my skin does really bad on flights so I’ll go on with no makeup and then when I get off, I just cleanse really well and leave it with no products, this way it doesn’t get irritated by anything. I’m not trying to moisturize or anything.
You go to Korea a lot; what are your favorite places to buy beauty products when you’re in Seoul?
I think there’s a lot of brands that you can get here nowadays, especially online, but I focus mainly around Innisfree, because some products that aren’t as easy to get here. They just opened Innisfree in New York, which is great, because it used to be really hard to get their products here.
Are there any products that you like to stock up on while you’re in Korea?
The Banila Co. cleansing balm, for sure. Especially, in Korea, because they usually have a deal so it’s like buy three, get one for free, and I’m like ‘I’ll take it.’ And I go through them pretty fast.
How do you balance being a student with being a blogger and traveling a lot?
I definitely take advantage of all the absences every class allows you to. Since I go to business school, some professors are really willing to let you take business trips and excuse the absences. And then, just very little sleep. The last two weeks, I’ve been sleeping less than four hours a day. It’s okay. Caffeine is my best friend.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Very minimal. Probably minimal pieces and then mixing it up. I wear a lot of black. Like a lot of black. And then I’ll do pops of colors. There aren’t really many patterns, just basics.
Where do you derive inspiration from?
I’m in SoHo (in New York) a lot of the time. Especially nowadays, since it’s become such a trendy spot and the fashion there is insane so I love people watching and everyone that walks around is just so chic and dresses so well. I just like getting my inspiration on the streets. There’s a street by Broadway and Howard, where Palace and Billionaires are, there are all these shops around there and people that are wearing brands head to toe will all stay there and I’m just watching on the side.
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What are your thoughts on Korean street fashion?
I love it. Whenever I go I just think, “Oh, these people are so cool. They look so cool.” There are some really trendy spots where it really just sucks up all my money. Wonderplace and A-Line have a lot of cool pieces. I think a lot of [Korean fashion] derives from K-pop right now. A lot of artists are mainly leaning towards street fashion and it’s headed towards pretty urban, like Dean and Zico. I really like the way it’s going.
I recently bought some stuff in Korea because it looks so cool, but I just can’t pull it off. I’ve tried out some of it. I tried out these funky glasses. It’s these neon orange sunglasses, which I can’t even see through any other these colors. And then I bought this bucket hat. I wore at and my friends were like, “No.” But I’m still gonna buy it. I want it.
Do you have any must visit places in Korea and New York?
For New York, I’d definitely say SoHo. That’s where my heart lives. Just the main strip and then the side streets as well. And then, for Korea, if you’re looking to shop, for beauty products especially, Myeongdong is a great spot because they give out samples and they’ll pack in a bunch of masks. I usually stay around the Gangnam area which is my main area. I think it’s a great place to explore.
I’ve thought about this so many times, I have so many friends there, but I don’t know. New York is home. I’ve thought about LA. I usually move because I miss my friends, but I actually have been thinking about moving to London. It’s not the states but I’m going on a trip next week and showing my mom the place to convince her to move.
What beauty trend from Asia would you love to see come to New York?
It’s already starting to head over, but glass skin and this really clean and watery, dewy skin is coming through and I really love that.
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When it comes to makeup for monolids, there’s only so many smoky eyes and cat eyes one can take. Here, we dare you to venture outside your comfort level and try some daring new looks.
Okay, so hear me out: If your eyelids are a canvas for your eyeliner, then double eyelids are a coloring book and monolids are a masterpiece. But if this is true (and it is!), then why are so many monolid makeup tutorials out there so boring?
Maybe it’s just me, but the world doesn’t need another subtle smokey monolid eye look video on Youtube. I want color! I want drama! I want something that means my life isn’t a meaningless bore just because I don’t have to capability to wake up and create a cool cut crease look.
Almost every single eye makeup tutorial on the internet was created by and for people with double eyelids. This makes sense. Most people have double eyelids. Not to mention, they’re astoundingly easy to apply makeup on. There is a literal line that tells to how far to go and when to stop (a fact that shocked me the very first time I applied eyeshadow on another person).
I couldn’t figure out how the world could be so unfair. How was this person blessed with the beauty genes and I wasn’t? They could probably just get up in the morning and use their fingers to fill in the handy little outline that had been pre-created for them. Meanwhile, I was in high school and still struggling with eyeliner that was probably an inch thick.
But monolids are a blessing and not a curse. No lines means no rules. Literally. Don’t be afraid of experimentation. And don’t be afraid to look for inspiration further than just Youtube. My struggle has been that most Asian Youtuber’s don’t have monolids. And even if they do, a lot encourage using double eyelid tape or glue to achieve the looks they’re going for. Instead, look up Sora Cho’s yellow eyeshadow at the Sportmax SS17 show and Hyun Ji Shin’s eyeliner at the Philosophy Fall 2017 show. Really. Do it:
Monolids may never exist as a Western beauty standard, but the increase in Asian models on high fashion runways has opened a door for representation that has never existed before.
Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to help you create fun colorful eye looks. But before we get started, be sure to remember that there’s actually a large variety of monolid shapes and what works for me may not work for you. So make sure to play around.
The more outrageous the eyeliner, the better!
If you’re on Instagram you’ve probably seen a lot of cool Asian girls trying the extreme eyeliner look. There’s a reason for that. It looks super cool on monolids and you can draw it as big as you want. The longer the better. Eyeliner like this is my go-to look if I’m in hurry. I like the look of the elongated line because it lengthens my eyes and makes them look generally larger. For winged liner I’m a big fan of liquid liner pens. My favorite is the Clio Waterproof Pen Liner because it’s so precise!
If wings are something you’re having trouble with, creating a more intense wing can actually be helpful. The more precise you have to be the less room there is for error. So if you mess up, just extend the wing further. As a general rule of thumb I usually won’t draw past than the end of my brow.
Bright colors are a fun way to mix it up without overwhelming your eyes. A rule of thumb: Dark eyeshadows and light-toned sparkly eyeshadows both make my eyes looks smaller so I avoid using them in high concentrations. I also usually stick to just one color at a time because it’s obviously harder to blend when there’s no crease to mix the colors into. I’ve found that looks that are meant to emphasize or create a sense of shadow and depth come out looking fake and silly on monolids.
My go-to color is a bright yellow from the Lime Crime Venus II Palette and the Sephora Collection Eye Shadow in Yellow. I like it because it’s relatively rare as far as eye looks go and it’s such light color that perfecting a shape isn’t so important. If you’re a little bit messy like me, this gives you leeway on creating even eyes. But if yellow isn’t for you, it’s easy to find colors that work for your skin tone and wardrobe. I would check out bright pinks, oranges, reds, or even a chartreuse.
Or try colored eyeliner!
Another good way to incorporate color into your routine is to try colored eyeliner! If you become bored of creating single colored eyeshadow looks mix it up with eyeliner in an unexpected color. My favorite is the Make Up Forever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow in red. I just squirt a little bit onto the back of my hand and use a brush to create a wing the same way you would with a gel eyeliner. This line also has a bunch of fun colors to fit whatever mood you’re in for the day.
If you don’t want to buy a new product you can still try this look with products that you probably already own. Liquid lipsticks are a great alternative. They dry down to a matte finish and come in a variety of colors that make it easy to mix and match.
Use a pencil or a gel eyeshadow!
Powder eyeshadows are super hard for me to use. Because I have such flat monolids, whatever mistakes and imperfections I make while shaping and blending become readily apparent during wear.
Using a pencil or a gel gives me another level of precision during application and makes the blending so much easier. Just make sure to wear an eyeshadow primer underneath because these move around really easily without one. My favorite is the Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow and Liner in Call Girl and the Son & Park Lip Crayon in Orchid Purple (which I’m using in the photos). To apply I’ll usually just use my finger to blend because it allows me move the product around more easily. This technique also helps me better feel the shape of my eye.
Try eye gloss!
The eye gloss look was practically made for monolids! Why? No stickiness, no transfer, and no creasing. It’s a really fun low maintenance look if you wake up late and have to get out the door without putting on makeup.
I always keep the Skinfood Honey Pot in my bag and will just swipe some on in transit to look a little more put together. If you have time and want to try this look, curl your lashes and add some mascara on top!
The bottom line
The common story around growing up with monolids is plagued by self-loathing. Like so many other people, I grew up hating my eye shape. These are some of the tips and tricks that helped me learn to love them. I may never be able to pull off the kinds of looks that overwhelm YouTube and Instagram, but I can do so much more! If you’re reading this, then the likelihood is that you have similar eyes to mine and I wish you all the best on your eye look journey!
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Thinking of investing in a silk pillowcase for your skin’s sake? Before you hit “purchase,” let’s break down this trend and see if it’s worth the hype.
When a product promises to make our skin look and feel better not just today or tomorrow—but in the long run—you better believe that our interest is piqued. The problem, though, is that there are a lot of overhyped gadgets out there, and it’s sometimes difficult to tell fact from advertising fiction. Silk pillowcases that promise fewer wrinkles are one of the products where it seems too good to be true, so we hit up some experts for the DL.
Numerous brands sell silk pillowcases in the name of improved “beauty sleep.” Slip, Iluminage (theirs is infused with copper oxide), GingerChi, and Spasilk are a few examples.
These brands claim that standard cotton or polyester pillowcases aren’t very gentle on your skin, whereas silk allows your skin to glide fluidly without tugging, stretching, or scratching. They also claim that silk pillowcases prevent those awful sleep creases that fade after you get up, but can ultimately lead to less firm, more wrinkle-prone skin.
Another claim is that cotton is an absorptive material and therefore sucks moisture from your skin whereas silk helps your skin retain moisture. Also, silk apparently lets your skin breathe more, is hypo-allergenic, and is resistant to dust-mites for a healthier, more zen-ful beauty sleep.
The above makes it sound like cotton and polyester are the enemy and that we’d better replace every single one of our pillowcases with a silk version before it’s too late. But just how realistic are these claims? And is there any science to back them up? According to Michelle Yagoda, a facial plastic surgeon based in NYC, the answer is no.
“So I searched the medical literature and cannot find any scientific studies that establish a causal relationship between ‘sleeping on cotton sheets’ and ‘the creation of permanent wrinkles,’” she says. “There is no science that proves that cotton is any worse than any other fabric. Sleep position—on your back—matters more than pillow case material in terms of bedtime wrinkle-marks.”
That said, she did say there were a number of patents that have been awarded for innovative pillow designs in terms of pillow shape and pillowcase fabric.
“All of those claim to minimize the wrinkles formed from sleeping on one’s face,” she said. “Claims say that because one sleeps eight hours a day—and because sleep wrinkles can be formed by pressure and contact—that over time it may be likely that it will take longer for these wrinkles to go away.”
Ultimately, though, she believes that silk, while perhaps more comfortable, is not a miracle anti-aging tool and certainly not a replacement for your current skin care regimen. Your best bet for minimizing wrinkles over the long run (in terms of your sleep habits), is to lie on your back versus your face to reduce contact and pressure. Interestingly, there are “positioning pillows” that make doing so more comfortable, and Yagoda recommends using them.
Anna Lam is the founder of GingerChi, which sells a silk pillowcase. Though she essentially agrees with Yagoda— saying, “there’s no real evidence to prove silk pillowcase has anti-aging benefits and is only anecdotal”—Lam still thinks a silk pillowcase is the way to go based on those anecdotes.
“Lying on a pillow for a number of hours creates pressure on skin and hair. The smooth surface and softness of silk alleviates this by creating a smooth comfortable surface,” she says. “Sleeping on a silk pillowcase [also] feels luxurious. It’s soft, cool, and smooth to the touch. If anything, these qualities alone help promote a good night sleep, which in itself helps with anti-aging.”
The bottom line:
When in doubt, we recommend consulting the evidence and your instincts. What we know for certain is that wrinkles are caused by sun exposure, dehydration, stress and lack of rest, and aging, in general. If a silk pillowcase helps you sleep better—and if you feel like your skin’s more hydrated and shows fewer sleep marks after a night on silk versus cotton—then invest in the silk! However, don’t consider silk pillowcases a substitute for your skin care regimen or a cure for existing and future wrinkles.
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Do you change your skin care routine when you’re sick? Welcome to Dear Soko, a new series dedicated to answering your biggest skin care questions with advice from Soko Glam’s skin experts. Whether you’re confused about specific ingredients or what you need to do to achieve healthier skin overall, these experts are here to guide you.
I’m curious about the skin care routine when you’re sick…especially if around your nose is red and a bit raw from blowing your nose. I usually just do double cleanse, sheet mask, moisturize, and add some lip mask to keep my lips from chapping. Is there a better way or products I should use while I’m sick?
Welcome to an insanely fierce flu season!
I think we can all agree getting struck down by the flu is the worst. Dry/dull skin, a chapped nose, and puffy eyes is not a look we want to trend. If you step outside into the cold winter air—forget it, you might feel like your skin is about to rip off. The good news is, it doesn’t need to be that way! You might not be feeling 100 percent but you can definitely look it. If you’re going to be horizontal, why not take this time to pamper yourself and chill out.
Aside from some R&R, your body and skin is in serious need of hydration. Here are some suggestions to help baby your skin:
Acwell Water Moisturizing Daanje Mask: This mask will calm, nourish and hydrate your skin. Keeping these in the fridge will help depuff skin and help you feel and look more invigorated. Free of parabens, talc, mineral oil, and sulfates, this sheet mask is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
When you apply something cold to your skin, it constricts blood vessels. This will help the swelling and puffiness go down.
Enature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack: Let your skin quench its thirst while you sleep with E Nature’s Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack. This rich face cream acts as an after-hours miracle worker thanks to its formula, enriched with 74% birch tree sap, chamomile, and plantain seed extracts to transform your complexion while you sleep. Wake up to restored, rejuvenated skin!
Getting a humidifier will be very helpful as well—it will help restore the moisture in your skin and prevent dehydration.
And finally, lay down and make sure to rest up and drink plenty of fluids.
Hopefully the above has been helpful and we look forward to your speedy recovery!
If you would like further guidance, we offer complimentary 1:1 Skin Consultations with our in-house Skin Experts. You can schedule them here.
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Welcome to The Klog K-beauty Bracket Challenge! Find out how you can participate and win sweet prizes below!
In honor of the college basketball tournaments occurring all throughout this month, we’re hosting our very first K-beauty bracket challenge. We’ve sifted through your cult-favorite K-beauty products and we’re pitting them against one another to find out which is the best, most loved K-beauty item.
Step 2: Once you’re done filling out the bracket, enter your name and email to submit!
Step 3: Follow The Klog on Instagram to vote in our polls every day to make sure that your favorites advance to the next round.
But wait, what do I win?
The final winner will be the person whose bracket racked up the most points after all the battles have taken place.
First place will win a full ten step routine, customized to their skin type and skin concerns. Second place will a full five step routine, customized to their skin type and skin concerns. And third place will win a full three step routine, customized to their skin type and skin concerns. All winners will be contacted by email once the content is over.
In the case where more than has achieved the highest score, the first place, second place, and third place winners will be randomly chosen from those with the highest score.
But wait, there’s more! During the second and third weeks of voting, we’re giving away the winning product from each poll to a lucky random poll voter! So you have five additional chances to win one of these cult-favorite K-beauty products! All poll winners will be contacted through Instagram direct messages.
So how does the scoring work?
In the first round, each winning product is worth one (1) point. Guessing the “final four” products correctly is worth ten (10) points each. Each of the final two products is worth fifty (50) points each. The final winning product is worth two hundred (200) points. Total possible score is three hundred and forty-eight (348) points.
Schedule of Events
March 16 – March 20: Submit your bracket! Bracket submission closes Tuesday, March 20 at 11:59 AM EST
Winner announced April 5!
Bracket submission can be found HERE.
Please note, the brackets and all Instagram story giveaways are only open to residents in the 50 United States and by submitting a bracket you are agreeing to be placed on The Klog and Soko Glam’s newsletter email list.
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What are the best skin care products with fermented ingredients? There’s a new Korean skin care brand that specializes in fermented ingredients.
Fermented products have an important place in the Korean beauty world, and for good reason. We’ve previously written about the benefits of fermented products, but here’s a quick recap: Fermentation involves adding microorganisms like bacteria to natural ingredients. When added to natural ingredients, these microorganisms then release enzymes that break down the ingredients. The byproduct of this process are various skin-benefitting substances that Korean women love.
These substances have three main benefits. First, because the molecular size is smaller than actives that have not undergone the fermentation process, fermented ingredients penetrate your skin better, so your skin can reap the benefits in full.
Second, because the fermentation neutralizes toxic substances like heavy metals and pesticides that may be lurking in the raw natural ingredients, fermented ingredients reduce the risk of skin irritation and damage.
Third, because the fermentation process creates new amino acids, organic acids, and antioxidants that didn’t originally exist in the raw material, you can be sure that the product you are using is optimized to provide the most nutrition to your skin.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that all fermented products are created equal or that they work for everyone. As with any product, you have to look at the ingredient list to choose the right fermented product that will work to transform dull, uneven skin into a bright and radiant complexion.
This skin care brand makes introducing fermented ingredients into your routine extremely easy. Created in 2010, this eco-friendly brand uses natural ingredients like grains, plants, and flowers from their own farm in Daegu, a city in the southeast of Korea. Their products are formulated with long-time Korean skin care favorites like fermented rice water and soybean extract to promote a radiant and bright complexion. Rice water in particular is rich in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins and contains traces of pitera, which boosts cell regeneration and keeps skin bright and smooth.
Fermented essences with water-like consistency are the easiest to incorporate into your routine because they tend to work for most skin types. They’re also versatile and made for layering, so you can use them regardless of the season.
It has a pudding-like texture, similar to the Klairs Vitamin E Mask, and it goes on like a lightweight sleeping pack. Cacao extract and milk protein brighten skin while fermented black soybean, rich in omega acids, hydrate and help fight wrinkles. It also has a delicious scent that reminds you of chocolate.
Because it doesn’t leave your skin sticky, in the colder months, you can use it in the daytime on top of your moisturizer as an additional layer of hydration. Or, you can use it in the traditional way, which is putting it on top of your moisturizer before bed. It helps you wake up with hydrated, glowing skin without leaving a mess on your pillowcase, which is usually the issue with sleeping packs.
Using a cleansing water is a quick and efficient way to remove impurities that cause pesky breakouts. This cleansing water contains fermented rice water, rice bran, and black soybean extract to hydrate and brighten skin, and it comes in a convenient pump bottle.
Simply soak a cotton pad with this cleansing water and gently sweep across skin. You can do this as the first step of your cleansing routine or as the last. It’s a versatile product that serves multiple functions (and is great on those lazy mornings when you don’t want to do a double cleanse).
This cleansing sherbert contains fermented rice water, rice bran ferment, and soybean ferment extract to hydrate and brighten skin. It melts into what feels like a luxurious facial oil to break down tough makeup and impurities.
Just a little bit goes a long way, and it leaves skin feeling fresh yet hydrated, so your skin is ready for the next step in your double cleanse routine.
Using products with fermented ingredients is letting your skin in on one of the secrets Korean women have been using for centuries. It’s one of the best ways to enhance skin without overwhelming it with ingredients that weigh it down. While essences with fermented ingredients are the most common, you can certainly introduce these ingredients into different parts of your routine. Just remember that consistency is key.
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