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While many times our breakouts begin from daily habits and cleanliness (not thoroughly removing makeup, cleaning cell phone screens), sometimes there’s more reasoning to our breakouts. With the help of ancient Eastern medical explanations, we’re here to help decipher your breakouts’ underlying cause. Many skin issues can be hereditary; however, making these lifestyle and diet changes regardless will be beneficiary for your skin (and overall health) in the long run.

Forehead:
Easily manageable causes for blemishes on your forehead may include oil from your chic bangs or bacteria from your hats. While these can be easily changed, there are other underlying causes for why you may be breaking out mainly on your forehead. According to Eastern medicine, breakouts on your forehead represents that your digestive systems are weak. Try reducing your refined sugar intake (carbonated drinks, candies, donuts). Also try eating smaller but more frequent meals remembering to chew thoroughly.

Between Brows:
The area between your brows are linked to your gallbladder and liver. Similar to the forehead, breakouts between the brows are highly affected by your dietary habits. Try reducing highly processed foods, alcohols, and foods too high in fat. Instead, try incorporating more cooling foods like cucumber, watermelon, and bitter melon into your diet.

Hairline:
Breakouts along or near your hairline are usually easily preventable. The cause of these stubborn pimples could be from pore-clogging ingredients in your hair products. Check that your favourite shampoo don’t contain any highly comedogenic ingredients! Make sure that when you’re removing your makeup, you’re removing every trace of SPF or foundation that might have been trapped near your hairline.

Above Brows:
Do you feel a cold coming along? Breakouts above your brows may be due to a weakened immune system. Take a step back from your hectic lifestyle and go easy on yourself for the next few days. Make sure to help boost your immune system by drinking lots of water and getting enough vitamin C!

Left Cheek:
While both left and right cheeks have similar easily preventable causes such as dirty pillow cases and cell phone screens. The left cheek is linked to issues with your liver. Feeling overwhelmed by stress lately? Take a step back and learn to relax a little (I know, easier said than done, right?). Keeping a positive spirit and easing up on your stress will help your liver from working on overdrive. Avoid overeating highly processed foods; instead, try incorporating cooling foods like watermelon and cucumbers into your diet.

Right Cheek:
The right cheek is connected to your lungs. Make a habit of regularly getting fresh air. Smoking and polluted air can contribute to the breakouts you experience in this area. Your right cheek is also more susceptible to breakouts when you have allergies.

Nose:
The nose is linked to heart and gastrointestinal issues. Do you often experience indigestion discomfort such as constipation or bloating? Try improving your dietary habits by eating warm foods (not too cold, and not too hot) to help with digestion. Cut back on spicy and salty foods while incorporating more fruits, veggies, and healthy fats (avocados and nuts that are rich in omega-3 and 6) into your daily meals. If you find yourself constantly breaking out on your nose, you may want to consider getting your blood pressure checked and adding an exercise routine.

Lower Cheek/Chin:
Many of us who’ve experienced minimal breakouts during our adolescent years come to a shocking surprise that we’ve suddenly developed adult acne in the lower cheek/chin area. This area represents hormonal imbalances, and is typically the hardest for most of us to keep in check. You may experience more breakouts here when your hormone levels influxes (periods, menopause, or gynecological issues); however, hormonal imbalances are highly linked to our stress levels. Like many of the other issues we’ve discussed earlier, keeping a healthy diet abundant with fruits and vegetables and developing a stress coping strategy (massage, sufficient sleep, or exercise routine) will help with balancing your hormones. Other ways to help prevent hormonal adult acne include regular exfoliation (such as using AHAs) to avoid excess dead skin cells from clogging pores. Swap out your daily cuppa joe for green tea or spearmint tea. Too much caffeine can drive your adrenal glands to produce cortisol (a stress hormone.) Cortisol increases the production of insulin, which increases the amount sebum and inflammation that can to breakouts. Regular consumption of green tea can help balance your hormones as well as reduce inflammation. Spearmint reduces the levels of androgen (hormones that contribute to acne) and has bacteria-killing and anti-inflammatory properties.

A few of our favourite products that help combat and soothe active breakouts:
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - For deep cystic acne

Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Enriched Cleansing Oil - Removes tough makeup and impurities to prevent further breakouts

Wish Formula Centella and Fermented Honey Sheet Mask - Soothes skin while providing anti-inflammatory and healing properties

xo

Ooey Dewy

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As we transition from the summer weather to fall and winter weathers, it’s important to modify your skin care routine for the cool and dry climate. Adjusting your skin care products can help prevent your skin from drying out or becoming dehydrated, and ensures that your skin gets sufficient hydration to maintain healthy and dewy.

 

Finding the right hydration for your skin is key, so we’ve created an outline on the different classes of moisturizers, and which type and products are most suitable for you.

There are three main classes of moisturizers:

Humectants

These little hydrating molecules attract, absorb and hold in moisture by drawing water from the environment towards the epidermis. They help increase the amount of water within the skin to re-hydrate the skin’s surface. Humectants are great moisturizers for majority of skin types. Applying humectant ingredients not only provides your skin with deep hydration, but also plumps your skin to smooth out fine lines. The most popular humectant ingredients used in skin care are Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and Honey; however, certain chemical exfoliants including like Lactic Acid and Malic Acid are also considered humectants and provide both exfoliating and hydrating properties. Be careful not to over-use chemical exfoliants as these potent ingredients can dry out your skin.
Recommendations:

Sheet masks often provide us with the instant plumping and brightening effect because they are an excellent example of products drenched with humectant ingredients. Our favourite sheet mask is Wish Formula’s Centella and Fermented Honey Sheet Mask—with a chock full of humectant ingredients including fermented honey that provides your skin with anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Occlusives

While humectants attract moisture to your skin, occlusives help maintain hydration by forming a physical film over the epidermis to prevent moisture loss. For many normal and healthy skin types, our natural oils act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Occlusives are vital for drier skin types as dry skins lack natural oils that help prevent moisture from escaping. While occlusive ingredients may provide some smoothing effects, they work best when layered over humectant ingredients sealing and retaining all the moisture into your skin. Occlusive ingredients are often oil-based so it may leave a slight sheen over the skin. Some, but not all, occlusive ingredients can also clog pores; if you have oily or acne-prone skin, use occlusive ingredients that are non- comedogenic. The most popular occlusive ingredients used in skincare are Beeswax, Lanolin, Petroleum, Stearates, and Cocoa Butter.
Recommendations:

Occlusives are best used in conjunction with humectant ingredients as it seals in all the moisture drawn to the skin. 23.5N’s Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Cream combines humectant ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Honey and Glycerin; along with occlusive ingredients like Beeswax, Stearic Acid, and Shea Butter. This intensively hydrating cream nourishes and repairs dry and dehydrated skin for a more smoother and radiant complexion.

Emollients

Emollients, similar to occlusives but with shorter lasting effects, improve the appearance of your skin by softening and smoothing out gaps and flakes. Like occlusives, emollients don’t add moisture to your skin, but rather prevent moisture loss. The main difference that sets apart emollients from occlusive are that emollients are more fluid and thinner making them easier to spread during application. Most emollient ingredients are plant-based or animal-based oils making them rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Fatty acids help strengthen our skin’s protective barrier, while antioxidants help protect the skin from free radicals ultimately reducing signs of aging. Emollient ingredients are wonderful for soothing and protecting dry and dehydrated skins. The most popular emollient ingredients used in skin care are plant-based and animal-based oils such as jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil, coconut oil; and squalene/squalane.
Recommendations:

Banila Co.’s Miss Flower & Mr Honey Cream is a long-time cult favourite amongst k-beauty enthusiasts. Humectant ingredients such as Honey, Butylene Glycol, and Glycerin are combined with emollient ingredients Argan, Olive, and Meadowfoam Seed Oil to restore and retain moisture instantly boosting your skin’s resiliency.

While most moisturizing ingredients are typically composed of two or three of the moisturizing classes, understanding these classes of moisturizers will help you make the right decision on which product is most suitable for your skin's needs. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, you will want to focus on products that have humectants along with some emollients. However if you have dry skin, you'll want to find products that are combine all three classes of moisturizers, or use humectants during your in-between steps, and seal in all the moisture with an occlusive or emollient during the last step of your skincare routine.

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As someone that’s always had sensitive skin, I’ve always been particularly finicky on the ingredients of in my skincare and makeup products. Recently I came across another new obstacle when nit-picking over my skincare routine—pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, being pregnant has been such a life changing, intimate, and exciting experience that no words can fully describe. However, I now have the added stress of my everyday intake including the food I eat, the air around me, and the ingredients being absorbed into my skin. With many ingredients including prescription grade and day-to-day skincare have high skin absorbency, many acne treating, anti-aging, and exfoliating skincare products need to be avoided during pregnancy.

Shortly after trying 23.5 °N’s range of skincare products that focuses on minimal and simple ingredients, I was immediately hooked. With all its ingredients being natural and additive-free, I can rest assure that nothing being absorbed into the skin will harm the little baby, and that it won’t irritate my now hormone-raging reactive skin. My daily routine consists of 23.5 °N’s Rice Soothing Active+ Essence, Rice Soothing Active+ Moisturizer (during hot summer weathers), Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Cream (during dry winter weathers), as well as Rice Soothing Gel Mask during my last step of my routine as an additional layer to replace my previous sleeping masks.

Rice Soothing Series:


Rice ferment filtrate plays a key role in this product range, keeping your skin moisturized and nourished while it calms and brightens irritated, dull and fatigue skin. The Rice Soothing series is works for all skin types but is especially ideal for acne-prone, stressed, highly reactive and sensitive skin types.

Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Series:


Bamboo leaf extract nourishes and moisturizes the skin without leaving any feeling of heaviness or greasiness while strengthening the skin's elasticity. Ideal for all skin types, the Bamboo Ultra Hydrating series helps fortify your skin's moisture barrier and elasticity as it instantly quenches dehydrated and dry skin.

Aside from certain regions in China, Taiwan is one of two countries at 23.5 °N latitude receiving direct sunlight. Taiwan’s unique geographical location is its reason for its rich selections of crops, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. With nutrition in mind, 23.5 °N is particularly meticulous about using plants free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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The long awaited 4-day long weekend is finally here. Whether you plan on spending your weekend painting the town red, or if you’re like me, thinking ‘sleep, finally!’ Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your beauty sleep (and how to fake it.)

1. Double Cleanse

We continuously reiterate this cleansing method because of its crucial key role in achieving healthy, young and clear skin. Diving straight into bed without washing your face not only leads to breakouts and congested pores, but also accelerates your skin’s aging process!

“But what if I’m not wearing any makeup?”

Regardless of whether you’re wearing any makeup or not, environmental impurities containing free radicals contribute to the dirt and sebum that sit on your skin. Free radicals break down your skin’s natural elastin and collagen resulting in wrinkles and sagginess.

2. Replenish Moisture

Spent the night drinking just a little too much? As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, alcohol dehydrates your skin and increases the appearance of fine lines. I’m also one to admit that completely cutting out alcohol is not something anyone can do easily. Luckily there are things you can do to somewhat minimize the damage alcohol does to your skin. Spending the night in with your good ol’ pal, Netflix? These tips will be beneficial your skin nonetheless.

Sheet Masks: Before you head out, store your favourite sheet mask in the refrigerator. Take 15-20 minutes of your time before heading to bed to apply your now chilled sheet mask and instantly replenish moisture to your skin. 4 hours of sleep? 10 hours of sleep? No one will ever know.

Sleeping Pack/Sleeping Mask: Feeling lazy and not wanting to wait 15-20 minutes to remove your sheet mask? Sleeping packs are used in place or on top of your night cream so you wake up with brighter, firmer and hyyyydrated skin. These overnight masks have a gel-like consistency that absorbs into your skin as you sleep. All you have to do is apply and dive in to bed!

Eye Cream: Regular use of an eye cream not only help treat dark circles, puffiness, and dry circles; but also delay signs of aging. Replenish moisture to the delicate skin surrounding your eyes with ingredients to keep eyes looking bright and hydrated. For a more intensive treatment, eye patches (not a pirate patch) help deliver a jolt of hydration to instantly brighten and plump your under eye area.

3. Get Plenty of Z’s

This seems like a given, and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone that we all wish we could get more proper sleep. If we’re not busy meeting deadlines or working late shifts, we’re caught up watching the latest episode of Scandal. Depriving your body from sufficient sleep takes a toll on your skin (and overall health) as your body can’t repair itself. Not getting enough sleep weakens your skin barrier function resulting in signs of aging, eczema, and breakouts. Invest in an eye mask, or even better, a heated eye mask to block out lights and distractions. Avoid caffeine during the evenings to help ensure you fall in to a deep sleep.

 

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As mentioned in The Routine, double cleansing is a wonderful routine for every skin type including oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin types. The double cleanse consists of two cleansers—an oil cleanser draw out and dissolve oil-based impurities including sebum, sunscreen and makeup without stripping your face; a water-based cleanser removes water-based debris such as dirt.

But are you cleansing your skin right?

1 Minute: Start by massaging your oil cleanser evenly on to dry face using gentle, circular motions for one minute. Add a little bit of lukewarm water to emulsify the oil, and rinse away.

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1 Minute: Dispense your water-based cleanser into wet palms and create a foamy lather. Massage your cleanser onto skin in circular motions for another minute and rinse with water.

= Clean Skin!

By spending a minute on each cleansing step, you’re thoroughly removing every smidge of dirt and makeup. On the other hand, spending too much time may result in the dirt being reabsorbed into your skin.

Shop our favourite oil and water-based cleansers:

1. Banila Co. Clean it Zero Purity Oil Cleanser
2. Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Enriched Cleansing Oil
3. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser
4. J.One Jelly Cleanser

xo

Ooey Dewy

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Exfoliating is one of my favourite steps in my weekly skincare routine—buffing away dead skin cells to instantly reveal softer and brighter complexion. However, as someone with very sensitive skin, it can be challenging to find an exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin or worse—cause micro tears in my skin!

With just a teensy splash of water, the Wish Formula Bubble Peeling Pad bubbles up into a foamy lather. The textured side of the pad is great for normal skin types; however, by flipping the band over to the opposite softer side, sensitive skin types like myself can gently buff this spongey pad against damp skin without causing irritations.

Many beauty and personal-care products contain foaming agents SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Both SLS and SLES are skin irritants that can cause damage to the epidermis (skin’s outer layer) resulting in itchy, irritated, and dry skin. Wish Formula’s Bubble Peeling Pad is formulated without any SLS or SLES, and is pre-soaked with the following amazing ingredients to reveal brighter glowing skin:

Vitamin C – Antioxidation
Hyaluronic Acid – Moisturizing
Polyglutamic Acid – Cell Revitalizing
AHA (Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Ascorbic Acid) – Cell Revitalizing
Organic-7 (Celery, Cabbage, Rice, Tomato, Turnip, Carrot, and Broccoli Extracts) – Brightening
Fermented Extract Complex-3 (Olive Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, and Clover Flower Extracts) – Nourishing and increases antioxidant strength

The bubbly pad has easily become a staple in my weekly routine. With so much packed goodness, I like to use this on my face while I’m in the shower and any extra remainders I use on the rest of my body. Don’t let the extra bubbles go to waste!

One of my personal favourite Youtube beauty influencer, Renée from Gothamista, demonstrates and shares her bubble peeling pad experience:

SKIN TERTAINMENT! Fun Korean Skincare Products - YouTube

Want to go the extra mile in getting ooey dewy skin? Follow with a sheet mask for maximized glow and hydration!

xo

Vivien

 

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We’ve heard a lot of varying skincare routines, and one of the most common step that is often disregarded is toning after cleansing. We’ve got to admit, even as skincare enthusiasts, at least once in our life we’ve doubted the effects of using a toner. Finding the right toner can replenish your skin with moisture and nutrients while doing wonders on your skin.

Your skin is at its most vulnerable state after cleansing—especially if your cleanser is highly alkaline (which results in your skin feeling dry and tight.) When your skin is too alkaline, you are more prone to sensitivity, dullness, and dryness. When your skin is too acidic, you are more prone to oiliness and breakouts. In the case that you are using an alkaline cleanser (pH level above 7), a toner helps reset your skin to its optimal pH level of approximately 5.5. A pH-balanced skin helps resist harmful bacteria keeping your skin radiant. However, thanks to advances in skincare industries, many cleansers nowadays are pH balanced leaving your skin clean, but also soft and supple.

So if your cleanser is already pH balanced, what’s the point of using a toner, right? Unlike many traditional western toners that may not make much of a difference on your skin—or worse—dries out and irritates your skin, Korean toners focus on hydration to strengthen and protect your skin barrier. When applying a hydrating toner after cleansing, you’re not only replenishing your skin with moisture and nutrients, you’re also creating a base to help better absorb the products you apply after. Try applying your essence, serum, or moisturizer after a toner and without a toner. You should notice that after applying a toner, you don’t need to use as much amount of product, and the products you use should sink in and absorb more easily.

Is your skin feeling dehydrated but you don’t have time for a sheet mask? Try a quick DIY “sheet mask” by drenching a few cotton pads with a hydrating toner and leave it on your skin for a minute or two. Just be sure to always use a hydrating toner, and not an astringent toner (high contents of alcohol or witch hazel).

K-pop star and beauty guru Jessica Jung demonstrate the DIY cotton mask method as she shares her skincare routine with Vogue.

A few of our favourite hydrating toners are:

Son & Park Beauty Water

Recently added to my skincare routine 👉 the cult-favorite SON&PARK Beauty Water. This is one of the 2 products I've replaced the Bioderma Sensibio H2O with. For the most part, I just use it as a cleansing water/pre-toner, but I have used it alone as a toner as well. It has a very light scent and is not drying at all. I got this bottle a few months ago in Korea, but Sephora carries it too ($30). . . . . . . . #sonandpark #kbeauty #koreanbeauty #asianbeauty #asianskincare #koreanskincare #beautyblog #bblogger #cosmeticos #beautyaddict #beleza #skincare #cosmetics #instabeauty #sephora #vibrouge #blogueiradebeleza #뷰티스타그램 #데일리 #데일리그램 #인스타데일리 #스킨케어 #일상

A post shared by AnabelleShares | Aninha (@anabelleshares) on Dec 29, 2016 at 1:59pm PST

 

Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flower Toner

 

Not sure which toner is right for you? Let’s chat! Get in touch with us at hello@ooeydewy.com.

xo

Ooey Dewy

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After almost a year of hard-work and stringent product testing, I am so excited to finally be able to share with you the latest skincare trends along with our handpicked products to bring you one step closer to discovering your skin’s full potential.

Despite the stereotype of having "Asian genes," combined with many years of working globally in the fashion and beauty industry—I was not gifted with easy to maintain flawless skin. In fact, "easy to maintain" is the exact opposite of how I would describe my skin's genetically natural state. To be precise, my skin concerns include sensitivity, eczema-prone, combination with hormonal and stress induced breakouts.

Through it all, I’m grateful for my complicated skin. Had I been given genetically flawless skin from the start, I wouldn’t have experienced this journey to attaining healthy glowing skin, and wouldn’t have become the skincare fanatic I am today. What truly drives me is finding that holy grail product, sharing it with my friends, and seeing the positive differences in their skin (and their confidence!). This passion for sharing beauty advice is what led me to create Ooey Dewy.

I look forward to hearing your skincare stories and feedback. Email our team anytime at hello@ooeydewy.com for skincare questions or advice. We'd also love for you to follow and tag us on social media at @ooeydewy.

xo

Vivien

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