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Glass skin — skin that appears like glass, poreless, luminous, translucent. We don’t mean that skin that you can literally see through (obviously), but skin that is so clear and radiant, it has that clear, glossy look of glass.

You might be thinking, That sounds impossible. I don’t have the time or money to do that.

Au contraire! To be sure, it would be nice if we could all get expensive facials and have the time for extensive, thorough routines, but we know — reality doesn’t always allow for that. However! That does not mean that glass skin is unattainable!

Glass skin is, essentially, healthy and hydrated skin; it’s about making sure your skin gets the nutrients and the hydration it needs to thrive. It’s about finding the products that work for you and your skin, that help keep your skin balanced, nourished, and, again, hydrated, and it’s about finding that routine that works for you — and sticking to it because consistency is key!

It doesn’t matter if you have a quick and easy routine or an intensive 10-step one — just make sure you’re doing it every day! Skincare is a marathon, and you’re sure to see the rewards of committing to a routine. If you’re intrigued but don’t know where to start, let us walk you through a sample routine!

Cleanse Thoroughly Every Day.

Even on your laziest days, cleanse your skin! Cleansing is one of the most essential steps because it dissolves away makeup and sweeps away excess sebum, grime, and other impurities that may have gathered on your skin during the day, helping prevent pores from clogging and gathering bacteria and other congestants. It’s key to keep cleansing gentle but thorough, so your skin is cleansed but not stripped dry, which can cause it to become dehydrated. We’re big proponents of the double cleanse, but we also love when products let us combine both steps in one, like the Eco Your Skin Oil-to-Foam Cleanser. The convenience (and gentleness and efficacy) makes it so much easier to commit to a routine!

Tone Skin to Help It Stay Balanced.

Toners help re-balance the pH level of skin after cleansing. Skin’s pH level lets you know how acidic or alkaline it is on a scale of 0 (totally acidic) to 14 (totally alkaline), and skin is considered balanced when its pH level is in the 4.5 to 5.5 range — so, slightly acidic, which allows for skin’s microbiome to thrive while fending off bad bacteria and harmful irritants. You can imagine why we stress the importance of keeping your skin balanced.

Cleansing can throw skin’s pH level off, and a toner helps “balance” it, which means bring it back into the happy range of 4.5 to 5.5. The Peach & Lily Good Acids Toner does exactly that, while also providing gentle exfoliation with a small amount of glycolic acid that’s effective and gentle enough for daily use, even for sensitive skin. The toner doesn’t just stop there, though; it also helps hydrate, soothe, and nourish skin, prepping skin for the products to follow.

Hydrate Skin With an Essence.

One of the primary characteristics of healthy skin is that it is sufficiently hydrated, and the primary task of an essence is to drench skin with hydration. Essences come with other secondary benefits, of course, like brightening or, in the case of the Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence, soothing and helping calm irritation. With 14% hanbang ingredients, the Soothing Origin Essence help reduce redness and provide skin with the gentle, healing properties of hanbang ingredients and principles, while deeply hydrating skin.

Get a Boost of Nutrients With a Serum.

A serum is a treatment you can use to give your skin a boost and/or target specific skin concerns. It’s also a good way to make sure your skin is getting all the nutrients, hydration, and antioxidants it needs to thrive, which is exactly what the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum was formulated to do. Packed with peach extract, madecassoside (derived from centella asiatica extract), peptides, niacinamide, and mountain yam extract, the Glass Skin Refining Serum is an easy way to glass skin!

Seal Everything In With a Moisturizer.

A moisturizer provides another layer of hydration to skin, and then it serves as the final step in a routine by sealing everything in. Moisturizers contains occlusives, which create a barrier on the surface of skin that helps slow down transepidermal water loss, so hydration and all the other ingredients you’ve just applied can stay in skin. That’s not all moisturizers do, though; they’re also another layer of nourishment and protection; so we recommend selecting one that is rich in beneficial ingredients.

The Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream is packed full of matcha, one of the best sources of antioxidants, which help fight free radical damage caused by environmental stressors. The cream, which plays particularly well with the Glass Skin Refining Serum, also has cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine, which help brighten and firm skin.  

Don’t Forget About the Eye Area.

The skin in your eye area is the thinnest and most fragile, and we like making sure it gets a little extra love. Eye creams are actually formulated to be lighter than moisturizers, so as to prevent overloading such thin, delicate skin, and different eye creams can target different concerns, from puffiness to fine lines to dark circles. We recommend the Aromatica Rose Absolute Eye Cream, which helps protect against visible signs of aging and dark circles, with a waterless formula made of an aloe base that’s been fortified with high-quality oils and plant-based extracts.

And on those lazy days or those super demanding days or those days you just don’t have any spoons? It’s okay to pare things down, but we still recommend you cleanse, even if it’s just using a cleansing water (like Jungsaemmool’s Essential Cleansing Water Finisher) on a cotton pad to swipe all the makeup and grime off your skin. Follow that up with the Peach & Lily Lazy Day All-in-One Moisture Pads, which work as a toner-serum-moisturizer in one cotton pad, and finish with the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum to make sure your skin gets all the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants it needs!

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If you grew up in Korea or in Korean diasporic communities around the globe, you may know about hanbang, traditional Korean medicine. You may have grown up going to the hanisa, a practitioner of traditional Korean medicine. You — or, let’s be honest, your parents — may have left with a concoction of herbal ingredients and instructions on how to cook them, instructions they followed to extract a dark-colored, bitter drink (aka hanyak) that filled your home with strong, acrid smells. You may have blown on the hot liquid furiously to cool it down, pinched your nose to block the smell, and chugged it, allowed to come up for air only when you’d emptied the cup. You may have demanded a sweet candy to help remove the bitter taste from your mouth.

If you didn’t grow up going to the hanisa and drinking hanyak, you may still have encountered hanbang in other ways. Hanbang, traditional Korean medicine, can include acupuncture, food, salt rooms in Korean, and, yes, even skincare.

What is hanbang?

Hanbang refers to traditional Korean medicine that treats the body using herbal ingredients and particular techniques, like fermentation. It’s a holistic approach to medicine, emphasizing the balance between mind and body and targeting the root causes behind ailments, instead of simply the ailment itself. Hanbang, to put it shortly, wants to treat all of you, not just one individual part.

In similar fashion, for something to be considered to be part of hanbang traditions, it’s not just about the ingredients used — hanbang ingredients, like ginger root or licorice root, are commonly used — but also about how the various ingredients are combined together and formulated. Hanbang itself is about the whole, not the individual parts.

What is hanbang skincare?

Hanbang skincare is rooted in this traditional Korean medicinal foundation, but it combines the traditional with more modern ingredients and technologies. It’s why you might also see ingredients like niacinamide, shea butter, and glycerin alongside these traditional ingredients; hanbang skincare is about maximizing efficacy while being faithful to hanbang principles.

That means that hanbang skincare is also more holistic — rather than target a specific concern, like acne or visible signs of aging, hanbang skincare seeks to treat skin as a whole. It treats the foundation of skin.

A great example of a hanbang skincare brand is Atoclassic, a skincare line from the Woobo clinic in Seoul. The Woobo clinic was founded in 1912 and is now in its third-generation of hanbang practice, and Atoclassic’s products are formulated with up to 14% hanbang ingredients, capturing the power of Korean traditional medicine to help calm, soothe, and heal skin. We particularly recommend the brand if your skin is feeling sensitive or irritated, though Atoclassic is suitable for all skin types and even for children and pregnant women (though you should always check with your doctor first).

Our favorite Atoclassic products are their Real Tonic Soothing Multi Cleanser and Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence, which are both easy to incorporate into your daily routine. We also love the Real Tonic Soothing Moist Mist for those times skin needs some refreshing during the day, as well as the Real Tonic Perfect Treatment Mask on those days when skin just isn’t cooperating and needs a blast of goodness.

What are common hanbang ingredients?

Of course, you’ll also find a lot of these hanbang ingredients in skincare products that aren’t necessarily considered “hanbang skincare.” These products might use ingredients commonly found in hanbang in general, the most common of which are ginseng root extract and ginger root extract, but that’s where the connection ends. That doesn’t mean these products are not as good or as effective or as gentle as hanbang skincare; like so much out there, hanbang skincare is not inherently better than non-hanbang skincare.

Ingredients like ginseng root extract and ginger root extract are great even outside of traditional hanbang practices. Ginger root, for instance, is a medicinal plant that’s high in antioxidants, helps stimulate circulation and encourage cell turnover, and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Ginseng root helps firm skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it helps balance sebum. Coptis root extract has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties, helping calm skin and provide moisture. These are just three ingredients you’ll find that are also common ingredients in hanbang medicine!

Product recommendations: The Be the Skin Daily Complete Cleansing Oil is fortified with ginger root extract, Chinese cassia root, and great burnet root to help stimulate circulation and help skin appear more youthful.You’ll find licorice root extract, skullcap extract, and ginger root extract in the Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, a gentle, soothing cleanser that hydrates skin and leaves it calm. These two cleansers, one oil-based, the other water-based, pair well together for a gentle, soothing double cleanse. 

We hope that explains more about hanbang in skincare! Have any other questions? Leave them in the comments below!

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Let’s talk about matcha. Green tea. Matcha. Are they the same thing?

Matcha and green tea come from the same plant, the shrub camellia sinensis, but the difference is in how they’re processed. Green tea comes from the leaves of the shrub, which are dried after they’re picked. To make matcha, the leaves in their entirety are dried then ground into the fine, bright green powder you may be familiar with.

Because matcha uses the whole leaf, grinding it down without using heat, matcha is more concentrated than green tea. Some studies even estimate that matcha has 3 times the antioxidants as green tea.

Does that mean matcha is better than green tea?

Not exactly — it just means that matcha and green tea are different and suited for different uses.

Let’s talk briefly about drinking matcha and green tea. Matcha is typically swirled into hot water (not scalding water), and it’s kind of like espresso — you’re typically going to drink a small amount of it, not a giant mugful, because of its intensity. Matcha has a bolder, more vibrant flavor, often with its own natural sweetness and body, depending on the quality of the matcha.

Green tea, on the other hand, is steeped in boiling water, and it has a different flavor, less intense, maybe slightly nutty, without the sweetness you might find in matcha. It’s also less concentrated, a more traditional tea you can sip throughout the day if you so wanted. (Of course, green tea does still contain caffeine!)

Because matcha is more concentrated, it’ll likely have a stronger impact on you — if you’re particularly sensitive to caffeine, you might opt to sip green tea instead of matcha. You probably wouldn’t bake with green tea, but matcha is more versatile, its intense matcha flavor and vivid green color welcome additions to baked goods.

All of which goes to say — neither is better or worse than the other. They’re just different.

What about in skincare then?

Let us explain by describing these three different products.

The Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream uses matcha (obviously). It’s where it gets its natural green color, and the presence of matcha means the cream is full of antioxidants, which come from flavanoids, a type of polyphenol. Flavanoids are particularly known to have strong anti-inflammatory effects, helping reduce redness and fight acne, which can be caused by inflammation. Further, matcha actually also helps with sebum production, helping reduce the presence of oil on skin and slow the production of excess sebum.

You want your skin to have a chance to absorb all the goodness of the ingredients, so you might want a moisturizer that harnesses the extra power of matcha. The Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream boosts the antioxidative goodness of matcha with other beautiful ingredients, like cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine, so your skin can thrive.

Then there’s the Femmue Gentle Green Relief Mask, a kaolin clay mask that includes actual green tea leaves to help provide gentle exfoliation while also helping manage excess sebum. Ultimately, you’re going to wash the clay mask off, and you want the kaolin clay to be pulling out all the excess oil, bacteria, and gunk that might be trapped in your pores. That means you’re not necessarily going to need the intense concentration of matcha in a clay mask — green tea leaves will still provide all the amazing properties of green tea, helping fight off free radical damage, reduce redness and inflammation, and manage sebum. The leaves themselves will also bring the added benefit of gentle exfoliation when you’re rinsing the mask off.

Green tea can also be found in the essences of sheet masks! When it comes to sheet masks, you need something that will soak into skin, which means green tea extract might be the likely choice. Ariul’s Green Tea 7 Days Mask is soaked in a formula that highlights the balancing and gently exfoliating properties of green tea, without the added texture of tea leaves or matcha powder.

Should you be wary of matcha if you have sensitive skin?

There are so many great things about matcha, and one of them is that matcha is generally suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Of course, though, everyone’s skin is different, so you never know how your skin will react to any given ingredient! To be safe, we always recommend spot-testing anything new.

We love the versatility that comes from this one shrub, camellia sinensis. Just like matcha and green tea have different uses when it comes to drinking or consuming them, they have that same versatility in skincare, which we love — there isn’t  just one way for us to reap the benefits of this superstar ingredient.

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Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream. Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser.

Those are just in product names. When you look at ingredient lists, you see them even more. Ground Plan’s Cell Power Energy Essence is a waterless essence that has an oatmeal extract base. The Peach & Lily Lazy Day All-in-One Moisture Pads contains extracts from various fruits and vegetables — carrots, broccoli, pomegranate, to name a few. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has multiple berry extracts, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

These are all foods we eat, foods that are known to be good for us, and they pop up in skincare all the time. That made us wonder — is it enough for our skin if we just eat foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and nutrients? Or is it better to apply them topically via skincare products? Are some of these ingredients, like berry extracts, just included to make products smell good? We decided to find out.

I eat healthy! Isn’t that enough for skin?

Without getting too science-y, eating versus topically applying ingredients means they reach skin differently.

When you eat something, that food product is digested, broken down, and distributed throughout your body. Your vital organs take priority, so your body can function properly, and skin, despite being the largest organ of the body, is kind of low on the list of priorities. It makes sense when you think about it — you want your brain, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, etcetera to get everything they need, so you can function and flourish overall. Non-vital organs can come later.

However! That doesn’t mean that skin doesn’t see any effects from you eating well; when you’re healthy and feeding your body properly, your skin has a better chance of also being healthy. The body, after all, is still one unit, and, if one part of it is impacted, whether positively or negatively, that can affect the body as a whole.

It’s like water — you probably know that you should be drinking water regularly throughout the day. People like to say that you should drink a lot of water for healthy, hydrated skin, and that’s true, just not in the ways people might be thinking. The water you drink doesn’t necessarily make it to your skin but goes mainly to your vital organs and picks up waste and toxins, which you’ll dispel as waste as it passes through your body. However, if you’re drinking enough water, you can still see and feel the effects on your skin — it might feel healthier and look clearer, not because the water you drink is going directly to your skin but because your body, overall, is reaping the benefits of being sufficiently hydrated.

As it turns out, food works similarly in a systemic way.

So is applying topically better?

If consuming ingredients works systemically, impacting your body as a whole, topically applying ingredients works only on the areas you target. That makes logical sense — when you apply skincare to your face, you don’t expect to see effects on your knees.

The advantage to topical application is that it delivers higher concentrations of ingredients to skin, which can show more drastic results on skin than consuming those same ingredients might. Because they don’t have to pass through the digestive tract, these ingredients can have a more direct impact on skin, directly addressing specific skin concerns, from breakouts to dullness to visible signs of aging, etcetera.

So which is better?

Honestly? It’s important to do both! Studies even show that the best results come from eating these great ingredients and topically applying them. It’s a more holistic approach that acknowledges the systemic benefits of eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients while also recognizing the benefits of directly targeting skin and addressing specific skin concerns with topical application — and we tend to agree! Skin, after all, is an organ and should be supported from the inside-out!

We hope that helped! Tomorrow, we’ll go into a few of our favorite ingredients that we can eat (or drink!) and apply topically!

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Yesterday, in “Back to Basics: Skin Types, Part One,” we talked about two of the four generally-accepted skin types — dry skin and oily skin. Today, we’re going to get into normal skin and combination skin!

Like we said yesterday, remember that skin type is just one factor to consider when it comes to skincare and choosing which products you might want to use — your skin type is one thing in a myriad of many things, like environment, skin concerns, etcetera, when it comes to skincare. Also remember to keep in mind that your skin type can change, so listen to your skin and its needs!

We do think that it can be helpful to know your skin type, though, and understand what each type needs. Skin type is a good place to start in figuring out what kinds of products you should look for. That’s why we thought we’d take some time to revisit the basics and go into each skin type, providing product recommendations and explaining the reason for each. As you read on, you might notice we mention the same few things, though, no matter the skin type — cleanse gently, protect your natural skin barrier, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. As you’ll see, that’s not an accident.

NORMAL SKIN

If you have normal skin, you have, well, normal skin. Your skin’s oil/moisture levels are balanced, and you’re not prone to breakouts or sensitivity. Congratulations.

However! Just because you have normal skin doesn’t mean you don’t need to take care of your skin. Normal skin is still prone to hyperpigmentation, and normal skin also shows visible signs of aging — and neglecting skincare can actually potentially accelerate those visible signs of aging. Caring for normal skin might take more the approach of maintaining skin, though, as well as prevention.

Products We Recommend: Peach Slices, Peach Pudding Makeup Remover

Normal skin should still double cleanse! Double-cleansing is a gentle way to cleanse deep into pores without stripping skin dry or disrupting the natural skin barrier, and maintaining the health of your natural skin barrier is one key way of maintaining overall skin health. The Peach Slices Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser is a gentle first step, oil-based cleanser with a really special texture; it’s not a balm or a thick cream or an oil. Rather, it’s this soft pudding cream that melts away makeup and other oil-based impurities, leaving skin soft, supple, and clean.

Ground Plan, First Clear Skin

Cleansing can throw off the pH level of your skin, and toning helps balance it after cleansing. The pH level of your skin is important because of something called the acid mantle, which sits above your natural skin barrier (also known as the lipid barrier). The acid mantle is made up of secretions from our sweat glands (amino acids and lactic acids) and sebaceous glands (oils), and it helps protect our skin by fighting off bad bacteria and nurturing good bacteria. Our skin thrives when its pH level is slightly acidic (4.5 to 5.5 being the sweet range), but cleansing can often make skin, even normal skin, too alkaline or too acidic, which can ultimately harm skin. A toner/essence like Ground Plan’s First Clear Skin helps balance skin after cleansing, while also hydrating, soothing, and even providing light exfoliation thanks to wintergreen extract.

Peach & Lily, Original Glow Sheet Mask

Normal skin types can also benefit from regular sheet masking, and the Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask is a great way to give normal skin a boost. Packed with botanicals, peptides, and antioxidants, the Original Glow sheet mask helps hydrate, plump, and nourish skin, while a small amount of AHA provides gentle exfoliation. The Original Glow won’t leave your face feeling sticky or tacky after use, and the sheet adheres well to skin, so you can apply your sheet mask and go about your day as your face soaks in all the goodness. Remember to remove your sheet mask before it dries completely, though; when the sheet is dry, reverse osmosis occurs, the dry mask pulling hydration from your skin.

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin is the tricky half-sibling to all the other skin types, and, if you have combination skin, you might have an oily T-zone and dry skin elsewhere, like on your cheeks and around your mouth. Or you might have dry patches around your cheeks but have a normal T-zone. Or you might have normal skin everywhere except for your T-zone, which might be dry. Basically, combination skin is a combination of any of the other skin types, and it also means that your skin type might change frequently — some days, your skin will feel more oily, and, other days, it will feel more dry, partly as a reaction to the climate or season you’re in.

Whatever the combination, hydrating skin is key. Combination skin can actually be a sign of imbalance and/or dehydration, so combination skin types can benefit from layering on hydration and caring for their natural skin barrier. Make sure not to strip your skin dry and avoid harsh products; opt for gentle, nourishing products that help bring your skin back to equilibrium.

Products We Recommend: Lagom, Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser

Gentle cleansing is, no surprise, an important part of caring for combination skin. Stripping skin dry and removing all the natural oils from skin can cause combination skin as skin then overproduces oil in spots and underproduces in others. By keeping cleansing gentle but thorough, you can help skin regain balance, so skin can thrive. For combination skin, we like the Lagom Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser — it lathers into a soft foam with dense micro-bubbles that sweep away impurities and grime while Dermaflux technology helps deliver moisture into skin. Sulfate-free with no added synthetic fragrance, the Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser instead contains several beneficial oils that help cleanse deep into pores without stripping skin dry.

Aromatica, Organic Rose Hip Oil

Extracted from the seeds left behind after roses drop their petals, rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, lipids, and fatty acids, all good things that can do wonders for skin. Rosehip oil helps protect and maintain your natural skin barrier, and it also helps even tone, brighten, and moisturize. The Organic Rose Hip Oil from Aromatica is ECOCERT certified and approved by the USDA, and it’s 100% rosehip oil that’s been cold-pressed to ensure that the oil is of high quality. And, yes, that orange color is 100% natural.

Peach & Lily, Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream

Combination skin might generally want to avoid heavier moisturizers, unless you have combination skin that veers more towards dry skin than oily or, even, normal. One of the things we love about the Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream is its delightful, bouncy, pudding-like texture that absorbs quickly into skin and leaves it feeling dewy but matte, hydrated but not heavy. The Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream is also full of, well, matcha, which is an incredible source of antioxidants, which help fight off free radical damage.

And those are your four generally-accepted skin types! What other basics of skincare would you love to see us cover?

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When we think about what kinds of products we should use, one of the factors we often think of is skin type. There are four generally accepted skin types — dry, oily, normal, and combination — and, while we think it’s useful to know your skin type, we also think it’s important to note that skin type is not the sole or most important criterion on which to hang your approach to skincare. Your skin type is just one thing in a myriad of many things (like environment, skin concerns, etcetera) to consider when it comes to skincare.

It’s also important to remember that your skin type can change! As we get older, our skin naturally becomes drier, and, if we move from one climate to another, our skin may also shift and adapt in response to those environmental factors. Stress, also, can impact skin, as can the quality of sleep, what we’re eating, etcetera — which is why we say the same thing over and over again: listen to your skin! Your skin will tell you what it needs.

We do think that it can be helpful to know your skin type, though, and understand what each type needs. Skin type is a good place to start in figuring out what kinds of products you should look for. That’s why we thought we’d take some time to revisit the basics and go into each skin type, providing product recommendations and explaining the reason for each. As you read on, you might notice we mention the same few things, though, no matter the skin type — cleanse gently, protect your natural skin barrier, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. As you’ll see, that’s not an accident.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin is dry all year round. It’s normal for skin, in general, to dry out during cold winter months (or hot summer months in dry climates like Los Angeles’), but, if you have dry skin, your skin will feel dry (and, often, itchy or irritated) no matter the season or climate. This is typically because your skin does not produce enough oil on its own, so skin isn’t sufficiently hydrated or moisturized. This can happen for a variety of reasons, from genetics to skin conditions like eczema to improper cleansing techniques.

Sensitive skin and dry skin are often closely linked, though not all dry skin is sensitive (and not all sensitive skin is dry), and dry skin can be more prone to redness and irritation. It might feel itchy and tight. The main thing, unsurprisingly, is to make sure to hydrate dry skin deeply, avoiding harsh products and, even, extreme temperatures — a hot, steamy shower might be feel good when you’re standing in it, but heat will pull moisture from your skin, further drying out your already dry skin. You want to do all you can to hydrate skin deeply — and keep that hydration in.

Products We Recommend: Peach & Lily, Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser

With dry skin, opt for a routine where you layer on hydration; start with cleansing. You don’t want a cleanser that will strip away all your natural oils and leave your skin feeling tight and dry because that can dehydrate your skin and harm your natural skin barrier. Look for a cleanser that works gently, removing oil, sweat, and other grime without removing hydration or moisture from skin. The Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser is a sulfate-free cleanser that sweeps away impurities (including light makeup!) while hydrating and soothing your skin.

Peach & Lily, Wild Dew Treatment Essence

An essence’s key function is to drench skin with hydration, prepping it to absorb all the beneficial ingredients in the products to follow, and we would particularly recommend dry skin types to make sure not to skip essence. Essences are specifically formulated to deliver hydration deep into skin and absorb quickly, and an essence might be the missing step in your routine, the product that helps really quench your dry skin’s thirst. Beyond hydration, essences also often come with beneficial secondary benefits — the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence, for example, also has brightening, nourishing, and protecting benefits thanks to niacinamide, radish leaf extract, and bamboo extract.

Miwaji, Hyalu Serum Veil

The Miwaji Hyalu Serum Veil was developed by a dermatologist in Korea who believes that hydration is one of the key pillars to skin health. The Hyalu Serum Veil contains short-, medium-, and long-chain hyaluronic acid molecules, which means that hyaluronic acid, a humectant able to hold a thousand times its weight in moisture,  is able to sink down into all layers of skin, hydrating deeply from within. The thing that makes the Hyalu Serum Veil truly unique, though, is the “veil” element — apply a second layer of Hyalu Serum Veil, and the product will form a protective veil over skin, locking in all that rich hydration.

OILY SKIN

If you have oily skin, you deal with shine all year round. It’s normal for skin to feel more oily during summer months, but you’re likely always blotting away shine during the day no matter the weather because your skin just overproduces oil. Oily skin is more prone to breakouts and blemishes because oil can collect in pores, trapping bacteria and causing breakouts, but it’s important to note that having oily skin doesn’t mean you’re dealing with acne all the time.

It’s crucial to remember that oily skin can also get dehydrated — or that dehydrating skin can actually lead to oily skin. When skin is dehydrated, our sebaceous glands (which produce oil) go into overdrive as a way to compensate, producing even more oil. That’s one reason proper cleansing is important, no matter your skin type; not only does it help protect your natural skin barrier, protecting your overall skin health, it also helps maintain the oil/hydration balance in your skin.

Products We Recommend: Eco Your Skin, Oil-to-Foam Cleanser

Oily skin types should also cleanse gently. It can be tempting to wash away all the oil because your skin naturally produces so much, but there are good oils that help balance your skin and sebum production. Also, stripping your skin dry can also damage your natural skin barrier, which can open your skin up to different negative effects, including dehydration. Cleansing gently but thoroughly can help keep your skin balanced and hydrated while sweeping away excess oil — we like Eco Your Skin’s Oil-to-Foam Cleanser, which acts as a oil-based and water-based cleanser in one. The oils help dissolve impurities, going deep into pores and clearing them out, while aloe and chamomile soothe skin. The Oil-to-Foam Cleanser is also sulfate-free!

Femmue, Gentle Green Relief Mask

Wash-off clay masks are great for really clearing out the oil, bacteria, and debris that can clog up pores, but kaolin clay can often be incredibly drying, leaving skin feeling clean but tight and uncomfortable. The Femmue Gentle Green Relief Mask, however, balances the pore-clearing abilities of kaolin clay with the hydrating power of glycerin and olive oil — and it goes a step further and even adds the gentlest exfoliation with green tea leaves. Unlike other clay masks, the Gentle Green Relief Mask doesn’t harden or, even, dry into a rigid shell, remaining soft and pliant (don’t worry; there’s absolutely no dripping or mess), so skin feels comfortable and hydrated. After you wash it off, skin feels bouncy and soft, pores beautifully cleared.

Peach Slices, Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow

It might be tempting to skip moisturizer because it feels like an additional layer to burden oily skin. Don’t skip your moisturizer, though! A moisturizer seals in hydration and helps reduce or slow down transepidermal water loss, and, as we said above, oily skin, too, has to be sufficiently hydrated to manage oil production.  Opt instead for a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly into skin, instead of simply sitting on the surface and adding shine, like the Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow, a gel texture that sinks into skin without weighing it down.

That’s Part One! Tune in tomorrow for Part Two, where we talk about normal and combination skin!

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What is dehydrated skin?

It’s understandable to mistake dehydrated skin for dry skin; they sound like that they would be the same — or, at least, similar. However, dehydrated skin is different from dry skin, and the key difference is simple: dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a skin concern. That means that all skin types can get dehydrated, including oily skin.

A few key symptoms of dehydrated skin are tightness, flakiness, increased sensitivity, and redness. Your skin might be feeling parched or itchy. Your skin might even feel oilier than usual, which sounds counterintuitive, until you think of it this way — when your skin thinks it’s dehydrated, it’s going to try to compensate for it in some way possible, so your skin starts producing more oil.

So, if you suspect your skin is dehydrated, what should you do? How do you get hydration back into your skin? Is it just about drinking a lot of water and using a thicker moisturizer?

Here are five easy ways to treat dehydrated skin.

Use a gentle cleanser.

You might be tempted to think of cleansing as a pre-step to a skincare routine because the role of a cleanser is to, well, cleanse skin. You use a cleanser, after all, to dissolve away impurities, oil, sweat, dirt, and whatever else that may have accumulated on your skin, and it’s not like beneficial ingredients in a cleanser are going to have much time to absorb into your skin — you’re going to rinse the cleanser off right away.

However! That doesn’t mean the ingredients in a cleanser are ineffective and pointless, and cleansers are still able to help soothe and hydrate skin as they remove impurities. That’s why cleansing correctly is a crucial step to helping dehydrated skin. We highly recommend calming, hydrating cleansers because they’re effective and gentle on skin, cleansing deeply without also sweeping away the good oils and moisture that keep your skin healthy and hydrated. That, in turn, helps keep your natural skin barrier (also known as the lipid barrier) intact, which helps maintain skin health and reduce transepidermal water loss, so hydration stays in skin.

Recommended product: we highly recommend the double cleanse because it’s gentle, hydrating, and effective! Start with the Be the Skin Daily Complete Cleansing Oil to dissolve away oil-based impurities (because oil attracts oil!), including waterproof makeup. Follow that with a gentle, hydrating water-based cleanser like the Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, which is packed with soothing ingredients like chamomile, camellia, and centella asiatica extracts. Even better? The Power Calm Cleanser is sulfate-free!

Don’t forget your essence.

The primary thing an essence does is drench skin with hydration. We’ve made this analogy before, but think about a sponge. When it’s dry and hardened, it can’t absorb much at all, unable to sop up much moisture. However, when you soak the sponge in hydration, the sponge plumps up and is able to absorb moisture; you can then use it, for example, to wipe up spills on counters.

The analogy translates over to skin. When your skin is dry, it is more difficult for it to absorb and hold onto  as much hydration as it potentially can. An essence helps with that by drenching your skin with hydration, so your skin is then prepped and able to absorb more moisture. Your skin, then, is also better able to absorb all the beneficial ingredients in the serums, ampoules, and moisturizers that may follow in your routine.

Recommended product: the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence contains both deeply hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin as well as nourishing ingredients like lotus root extract, niacinamide, and yeast ferment to help nourish skin and fight off free radical damage.

Incorporate a hydrating sheet mask.

Sheet masks are a fantastic way to give your skin an extra boost of hydration. The sheet forms an occlusive barrier, so the hydrating, nourishing ingredients in the essence (in which the sheet mask has been soaked) are able to sink deep into skin.

Be sure to remove the sheet mask before it fully dries, though; when the sheet mask is dry, reverse osmosis can occur, the dry sheet mask pulling moisture from your skin instead.

Recommended product: the Shangpree Marine Jewel Hydrating Mask harnesses the power of the ocean, with sodium DN, pearl extract, and seaweed to help hydrate skin deeply.

Seal everything in with a moisturizer.

A moisturizer gives skin that extra boost of hydration and moisture, but the key thing about a moisturizer is that it contains occlusives to seal everything in, helping prevent moisture from evaporating out into the air (aka transepidermal water loss). Apply a moisturizer as the final step of your routine*, so all the hydration you just layered on in your essence and serums and ampoules can better stay in your skin, quenching that skin thirst that is dehydrated skin.

* Except in the morning! Make sure to follow up your moisturizer with your favorite sunscreen!

Recommended product: for dry skin types, the Atopalm Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream not only delivers deep hydration, it also contains Atopalm’s MLE® Skin Barrier Formula that helps fortify the natural skin barrier and lock in moisture for up to 48 hours. For normal, combination, or oily skin, the Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow is a lightweight, buildable moisturizer that hydrates and absorbs quickly. Combination and oily skin will probably need just one layer, while normal skin might want to add an extra layer — just listen to what your skin needs and feel free to layer on even 2-3 layers; the Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow won’t pill.

Use a spot treatment where necessary!

You may have patches of skin that are just extra dry and dehydrated and, thus, require extra care, nourishment, and hydration. Skin, after all, even the skin on your face, isn’t going to be one-hundred-percent uniform. Use a hydrating treatment to give those dry patches the boost that they need.

Recommended product: the Peach & Lily K-beauty Rescue Balm was created to be a solve-all balm. Made with sunflower seed oil, the K-beauty Rescue Balm contains no mineral oil or petrolatum and sinks quickly into skin, hydrating from deep within. Use it on extra dry patches, and use it also on cuticles, ashy elbows, flyaway hairs, chapped lips, and anywhere else from head to toe.

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Hello from your resident Pibuu writer!

I flew out to Los Angeles from New York this past weekend, and I thought, Hey, this will be a good chance for me to do that pre-flight, post-flight routine! — which was great in theory but, truth be told, didn’t actually happen — but I am still here writing this post.

I went to JFK from the office and didn’t have time to do a pre-flight routine before I headed out because, well, work. The MTA was delayed (no surprise), so I got to the airport late, and there were only two TSA lanes open, and I just barely made it to my gate and on my flight because people kindly let me cut and go through security first. That meant I had zero time to do a pre-flight routine.

I landed at one a.m. in LA and was too busy getting my puppy snuggles after months of being away from my dog, which meant … I did not do a post-flight routine … though I did do a full routine in the morning, which was only, like, five hours later — that’s still technically a post-flight routine!

In the morning, I started as I usually do with a shower, cleansing my face using Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser (my holy grail cleanser). Once out of the shower, I towelled dry, then spritzed Lagom’s Mist Toner liberally over my face — I’m not usually the biggest fan of mists, but I actually really love this one. The particles aren’t too fine, and the toner is cooling and hydrating, so my skin feels nice and balanced and hydrated.

After liberally spritzing my face, I patted the toner into my skin then went on to sheet masking. A week or so ago, I’d done Abib’s Gummy Sheet Mask Milk Sticker and absolutely loved it — it’s a mask that sticks to your face and has been soaked not in an essence but in a cream, which makes it super hydrating and nourishing — so I opted for Abib’s Gummy Sheet Mask Heartleaf Sticker. It was hydrating and calming, just what my skin needed after a cross-country flight (and no skincare routines to speak of), and, because it sticks so closely to the face, I was able to cook some breakfast and feed my puppies bits of egg and ham while my skin soaked in the soothing essence.

I always make sure to follow any sheet masking session with the rest of my skincare — I’m currently using the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum and the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief as treatments. After watching Alicia, my boss, demonstrate her facial massage technique at the launch event for our Power Calm Hydrating Cleanser a few weeks ago, I’ve been taking the time to give myself a short facial massage every time I apply the Glass Skin Refining Serum.

Finally, I finished my “post-flight” routine by sealing everything in with the Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, which always leaves my skin dewy but also matte, and, of course, followed that with a sunscreen I’m currently testing.

LA is drier than New York, and I always feel like I’m kind of shriveling up when I’m there. It was also super windy in my parents’ neck of LA, so, to compensate for that extra dryness, I also did a hydrating sheet mask every day I was in town (it was only four days) to make sure my skin got the hydration and nourishment it needed. I took the Peach & Lily 3 Sheet Mask Set with me because I wanted sheet masks with a lighter, refreshing, hydrating essence — sometimes, if I do too many sheet masks with a heavier essence, my skin will start to break out.

As usual, I always followed my sheet masks with the Glass Skin Refining Serum, Great Barrier Relief, Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, and a sunscreen. The daily sheet masking really helped keep my combination skin hydrated and healthy; I don’t know that my skin has ever been this soft before (not counting after an intensive facial).

Before my red-eye back to New York, I again … did not do a pre-flight routine; it was more important to get as many puppy cuddles as I could.

I also did not do a post-flight routine once I got to my apartment in Brooklyn at six a.m., collapsing in bed instead for a short nap before getting ready for work. Later in the day, though, at the office, I went through my routine — cleansing with the Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, toning with our Good Acids Toner, and doing one of our Original Glow sheet masks, which helped reset, calm, and nourish my tired skin after an exhausting red-eye.

As usual, I followed up the sheet mask with the Glass Skin Refining Serum (applied with a short facial massage), the Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, and another sunscreen I’m currently testing, and my skin has been the happiest it’s been after traveling — so I suppose the point of all this is that, sometimes, it’s hard to do your pre- and post-flight routines because of life and because your flight lands at a terrible hour, and that’s okay. No one here’s going to shame you for not being obsessive about your pre- and post-flight routines. Just make sure to do them as soon as you’re able and to take into account the environment of wherever you are or will be, so your skin stays healthy, hydrated, and happy!

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It’s coming; we can feel it in the air.

Spring.

Daylight savings has brought us more daylight, so we’re not necessarily leaving work in darkness, giving us extra light to enjoy our waking hours. The cold is on its way out, taking its accompanying dryness with it, and there’s starting to be more moisture in the air. Flower buds are showing on trees and bushes.

The official start to spring is still a week away, but, because the weather has been sunny and almost spring-y here in New York, we’ve of course been thinking about transitioning our skincare from winter to spring. We don’t think we’re quite at the point where we can start swapping out products because there are still cold spells hitting us, but we thought we’d at least start thinking spring.

And how better to do that than by thinking of products that make us think of spring when we’re using them?

Even in warmer, not-as-dry weather, cleansing should still be gentle.

Cleansing should always be gentle no matter the weather. The Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser has chamomile and camellia extracts that soothe and calm skin while cleansing away impurities and dirt and even light makeup. With the light, natural, slightly herbal scent of chamomile and the brighter notes of camellia, the cleanser helps calm your mood as you cleanse your face, hopefully leaving you feeling as good as your skin feels.

Exfoliate! Dead skin still needs sloughing away in warmer months.

Clear away that dull, winter skin! To embrace spring fully, try out Femmue’s Flower Infused Fine Peel. Exfoliation is provided by finely ground camellia flowers, and the wash-off mask is filled with other hydrating, soothing ingredients like aloe extract, hyaluronic acid, and centella asiatica extract to leave your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated. The natural, bright scent of flowers is also sure to brighten your mood as you gently massage this mask over your skin and slough away roughness.

Continue to balance and hydrate skin.

Just because there is more moisture in the air doesn’t mean you should stop focusing on hydrating your skin! May Coop’s Raw Sauce is a particularly great toner/essence to balance your skin after cleansing and drench it with hydration. Slightly thicker in texture, the Raw Sauce is a waterless toner/essence, made up of 93% acer mono syrup, which also brings its pleasantly sweet but not overbearing scent to the formula.

The Raw Sauce is particularly appropriate for spring because the acer mono syrup used in this Raw Sauce is harvested in May!

Keep protecting your skin from environmental stressors.

The Ariul Berry Vital Daily Defense Serum is 20% chokeberry extract, and chokeberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Boosted with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like glycerin, centella asiatica extract, allantoin, and various other berry extracts, this serum helps fight free radical damage and provides a defense against environmental stressors. It has a bright berry scent and a creamy gel texture that just melts into skin, leaving a smooth, bouncy finish.

Sheet mask!

You’re not surprised to hear us say this, of course. These Ice Cream Sheet Masks from Peach Slices feature berry extracts and milk protein extracts to help soften and nourish skin, while providing skin with antioxidants and beneficial ingredients like licorice root extract, ginger root extract, and green tea leaf extract to help nourish, brighten, and soothe skin. The bright berry scents are naturally provided by the ingredients and are sure to help perk you up as your skin is replenished and hydrated.

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They’re everywhere now, in Target, in CVS, etcetera, and you’ve probably heard of how all these celebrities do sheet masks every day to get their clear, glowing, radiant skin. So, are sheet masks really all they’re cracked up to be?

First things first: what do sheet masks really do?

Sheet masks do two main things: they flood your skin with hydration and other active, beneficial ingredients, and they create a barrier over your skin so that those active, beneficial ingredients can better sink into your skin. Most often soaked in an essence, the sheet mask itself prevents all the hydration packed into that essence from simply evaporating away into the air. Instead, because of that barrier, the essence ideally has nowhere to go but into your skin.

Where in your skincare routine should a sheet mask go?

Double cleanse and apply toner first, so your skin is clean, fresh, and balanced. Then apply your sheet mask. Discard the sheet mask, then pat the essence into your skin. Seal everything in with a moisturizer. If you did your sheet mask during the day, follow your moisturizer with SPF. If it’s evening, go to sleep.

There’s a lot of extra essence in my sheet mask packet. What should I do with that?

After we’ve cleansed and toned and before we remove the sheet mask from its packaging, we like to pour the extra essence onto our hands and pat it onto our skin — and then apply our sheet mask. Alternately, we’ll put our sheet mask on first, propping the package up against something so all that precious extra essence doesn’t simply drain away. After we’ve removed the sheet mask, we’ll pour the extra essence onto our hands and pat it onto our skin and neck and chest. If there’s more, we like to rub it over our hands and up our arms. There’s no reason to waste, right?

How long should I keep a sheet mask on?

15 to 20 minutes, no more than 30. Don’t wait until the sheet mask is dry to take it off, and do not keep the sheet mask on when it’s dry! When the sheet mask dries out, the dry mask will start to take moisture from your skin, so remove the sheet mask when there’s still essence on it! And definitely do not wear a sheet mask to sleep!

Is it better to do a sheet mask in the morning or evening?

Whenever works best for you! Do a sheet mask after you cleanse and tone and before you put your makeup on in the morning (if you wear makeup!), or do a sheet mask at night before you go to sleep. We recommend doing something lighter and more clarifying in the morning and opting for a mask with a heavier, nourishing essence in the evening, so you can take advantage of the reparative qualities of sleep.

How often can you do a sheet mask?

You could do a sheet mask every day. There are Koreans who do two sheet masks a day. We don’t think you have to do two sheet masks a day, just like we also don’t think you necessarily have to do a sheet mask every day. We would recommend doing sheet masks regularly, though, as often as it works for you.

If I want to do a sheet mask everyday, is there a schedule I should follow?

We recommend alternating between hydrating sheet masks and sheet masks that have more specific, targeted purposes, like anti-aging, pore-shrinking, or brightening, amongst others. Try to give your skin what it needs and what it’s asking for, and look for ingredients that target your unique skin concerns.

Does the material matter?

Sheet masks are made in all kinds of materials, from cotton to microfiber to hydrogel to plant fibers, and product developers will select different materials to work better with different essences. For instance, a heavier essence will probably cause thin cotton material to tear, so developers will often pair heavier formulas with more sturdy materials.

When it comes to us, though, the material of a sheet mask is more sensorial and comes down to personal preference. Even here at Pibuu, some of us prefer cotton masks because they feel more breathable, while others of us swear by hydrogel masks, loving how cooling hydrogel feels and how it clings so closely to our faces.

What sheet masks would you recommend?

The Shangpree Sparkling Mask is a fun, sensorial experience, with an effervescent formula that creates a layer of dense foam made of microbubbles. You can actually feel them popping against your skin in little bursts of hydration, and the mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed and bright. We recommend this particularly for dull skin.

The Tosowoong Pure Aloe Mask is hydrating and calming, perfect for use in the morning to give your skin an extra boost before starting the day, and we also like the Peach & Lily Reset Button for mornings, too. The Reset Button mask is perfect for days your skin isn’t feeling or looking its best; it will help soothe and reduce inflammation and brighten your overall tone; so you can go into your day without worrying about your skin.

The Abib Gummy Sheet Mask Milk Sticker is great for evenings, and it’s unique in that it has been soaked not in an essence but in a thicker, milky cream for extra hydration and softness. Finally, we think you can never go wrong with the Peach & Lily Original Glow sheet mask, which is packed with so many beneficial, nourishing ingredients to get your skin to its, well, original glow.

Have any other questions about sheet masks? Leave them in the comments below!

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