BlackGirlGoneKbeauty http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com A Black Girl In Love With All Things Korean Skincare. Wed, 09 May 2018 12:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-BGKBeauty-Character-Logo-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32 BlackGirlGoneKbeauty http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com 32 32 4 Reasons Why Cosrx Is My Favorite K-Beauty Brand http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/05/08/4-reasons-why-cosrx-is-my-favorite-k-beauty-brand/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/05/08/4-reasons-why-cosrx-is-my-favorite-k-beauty-brand/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:03 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2414 So many of you have asked me what Korean cosmetics brand that I love the most is. I put a lot of thought into this and I am here to give you a few reasons why Cosrx is mine.  Cosrx is one brand that I started using early in my Korean skincare journey and I […]

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Affiliate Disclosure So many of you have asked me what Korean cosmetics brand that I love the most is. I put a lot of thought into this and I am here to give you a few reasons why Cosrx is mine.  Cosrx is one brand that I started using early in my Korean skincare journey and I refuse to let this brand go. I have yet to meet a product of theirs that my face doesn’t love. As you all know, I have combination skin and this brand really caters to that.  They focus on minimal and effective ingredients, but also they are budget friendly. Here are my 4 top products from Cosrx that are staples in my skincare routine.

 

 

  1.  Cosrx Bha Blackhead Power Liquid- The goat. Hands down no introduction is needed, however, I am gonna give it to you anyways. If you are acne prone and suffer from blackheads like I often do, this BHA will get your skin together.  This chemical exfoliant is so amazing, I am not sure what my life was like before it.  I use this typically twice a day. 
  2. Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream: This SPF helps protect my skin and it’s super budget friendly. I tend to recommend this SPF frequently because it’s gentle and doesn’t clog your pores. It is also really good for sensitive skin while protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays. 
  3. Cosrx Low pH Cleanser: My favorite morning gel cleanser, that is super gentle and does not strip your skin of its natural oil. While I tend to use this mostly in the morning, it is still strong enough to remove makeup from in the evening.
  4.  Cosrx PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream: One of my winter staples, this moisturizer keeps my skin feeling amazing when it is dry during the winter.  It brightens and moisturizes my skin and keeps it glowing even during the cold months which I love.  You can definitely use this cream during the summer, but since it’s fairly new I have not been able to test it just yet, but plan on doing so soon.

While this isn’t every single product I have used by Cosrx, these have definitely been my favorites so far! What are your favorite Cosrx products?


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Your Décolletage Area: An Important Part Of Your Skincare Routine http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/02/06/decolletage-area-important-part-skincare-routine/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/02/06/decolletage-area-important-part-skincare-routine/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:00:36 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2401 Most of us have been doing the work to get our skin in check, battling all the skincare issues we’ve had throughout the years and it’s great. But, some things I’ve noticed is a lot of people tend to neglect certain areas that are very important in a facial routine. The décolletage area or better known […]

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Most of us have been doing the work to get our skin in check, battling all the skincare issues we’ve had throughout the years and it’s great. But, some things I’ve noticed is a lot of people tend to neglect certain areas that are very important in a facial routine. The décolletage area or better known as your upper chest area; (the neck, cleavage, and shoulders.) is something that should never be skipped in your daily face routine and I am gonna give you a few reasons why.

 

Did you know your neckline is the first place where you start to show aging?  That area is very sensitive and produces fewer oils than your face since the skin there is thinner.  Sun damage is prominent in this area since its most exposed so skipping SPF is not an option.

Also, cleansing your neckline the same way you do your face is important. For me personally, any product I use on my face I also use there.  There is nothing more frustrating to me to have a nice beat face and have acne scarring on my neckline or a pimple for the world to see. So I make sure to keep that area the same way I do my face. During the summer I do love wearing maxi dresses, so I make sure to keep my SPF in my purse to reapply to those areas the same way I would my face. I also use sheet masks on my neck, usually, it’s the same one I just applied to my face. Sometimes if I run across a neck sheet mask I may grab one, but it’s not necessary for me.

So if you have been neglecting your neckline, today is the day to start making the necessary changes to your routine.

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Asian Skincare: The Differences between Taiwan, Korean and Japanese Beauty. http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/01/25/asian-skincare-differences-taiwan-korean-japanese-beauty/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/01/25/asian-skincare-differences-taiwan-korean-japanese-beauty/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:00:16 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2387 As an Asian skincare enthusiast, I feel like it’s important to discuss the differences between Taiwan, Korean and Japanse skincare. I can’t count the number of times I have awkwardly gone into a Sephora store in the beginning of my skincare journey and been directed to  Bosica or Shiseido brands instead of actual Korean Brands. I […]

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Affiliate Link Disclosure As an Asian skincare enthusiast, I feel like it’s important to discuss the differences between Taiwan, Korean and Japanse skincare. I can’t count the number of times I have awkwardly gone into a Sephora store in the beginning of my skincare journey and been directed to  Bosica or Shiseido brands instead of actual Korean Brands. I don’t blame the employees I blame Sephora for not educating them on Asian Skincare at all. I get selling whats trendy, but at least be somewhat knowledgeable for your customers. (No worries I just do all the research myself now because it’s what I do.)  But let’s talk about it. These 3 are cousins in Asian Beauty, not identical twins.  There are subtle differences and I am gonna explain them to you so that you may go forth in prosper as well.

 

Taiwan: Taiwanese beauty is still relatively new in the skincare world but it’s definitely not playing with the standards they’ve set with their products. A lot of Taiwanese beauty products focus on anti-aging and brightening.  So far I’ve seen that they enjoy using as many natural ingredients as possible and a more clinical approach to their products. Sadly, I haven’t tried a lot of Taiwan skincare outside of sheet masks, but this is the year I take a deeper look!


Japanese: The cousin who has their own lane, Japanese skincare is becoming more and more popular in the western beauty world.   Japanese skincare does not follow trends they create their own.  They are all about simple, powerful, ingredients and you’ll notice they won’t have a long list of ingredients on their products. Also, while K-beauty tends to focus on the 10 steps, J-Beauty tends to have a more simplified routine. You have definitely seen a lot of these high-end brands such as Shiseido and Sk-II in stores.  Less is more is the theme in Japanese beauty and it remains consistent even as it expands. I’ve tried quite a few Japanese brands and I can certainly say I haven’t found one I haven’t loved. But in the future, I will be trying more of their facial cleansers and sheet masks.

 


Korean: And of course the cousin that seems familiar to most, the routines, and products I was first introduced to, K-Beauty. My love goes deep into this routine saving my skin.  The originator, K-beauty is here to stay but also have western skincare brands paying attention to the trends and trying their own multi-step routines product lines. One thing about K-beauty is skincare goes beyond just the products; it’s a culture that Koreans take very seriously. There are several steps in this routine that contributes to the overall goal of healthy, beautiful skin. Korean skincare routines do not focus on brand loyalty and are very innovative when creating products. The focus is on the routine and the order of the routine, from how you apply the products to the ingredients and how the skin will react to each product.  K-Beauty definitely sets the trends and as you can see a lot of western skincare brands follow them.

 



While of course there is much more history that goes into each of these three and culturally more differences this is some of my personal experiences in things I noticed.

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Skincare & Beauty Predictions For 2018 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/01/01/skincare-predictions-2018/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2018/01/01/skincare-predictions-2018/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 13:00:50 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2364 Happy New Year Everyone! For 2017 we saw the rise and fall of our favorite and most hated skincare and beauty trends; so I thought it would be fun to guess what 2018 would bring. However, I decided to do something different, I enlisted the help of some of my favorite skincare/ beauty enthusiasts to […]

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Happy New Year Everyone! For 2017 we saw the rise and fall of our favorite and most hated skincare and beauty trends; so I thought it would be fun to guess what 2018 would bring. However, I decided to do something different, I enlisted the help of some of my favorite skincare/ beauty enthusiasts to find out what their predictions would be. Want to find out what they thought? Keep Reading and See.

Nayamka: Licensed Esthetician 

“In 2018, I think skincare trends will move towards “internal” skincare. Ultimately the answer is just better nutrition, but it will be marketed as something quick & easy, like collagen ten, collagen capsules and skincare vitamins. Also, I think, the damaging effects of scrubs will become more common knowledge, and AHA will be a featured ingredient in nearly all new products.” 

 

Tiffany: Skincare Blogger

“As far as K-Beauty goes I predict there will be more expansion to wider (western) audiences now that Korean Beauty is becoming more mainstream and less of an amusing fad. As the Korean Beauty industry begins to become more familiar with American consumers I forsee deeper and darker shade makeup ranges expanded for more than just foundation. This means bb creams, lipsticks, blush, eyeshadow, liners, and more will soon be crafted with richer pigments to complimnet darker skin tones. The K-Beauty industry is long overdue for a cushion compact with available shades deeper than alabaster and cinnamon.”

Claudia: Skincare Blogger

“Saturn in Capricorn means a lot of cutting out the BS so I think we’re gonna see a lot of stripping down and focus on skincare and solid effective products as opposed to gimmicky stuff. I think Korean Beauty is going to continue to rise in popularity in America, I hope to be a part of that. Focus on skincare is gonna take us back to the integrity of formulas and a focus on flawless natural looking skin finishes.  I think 2018 will be about great skin and glowing complexions. I predict dewy skin, fresh faces, and just cutting back on the dramatics of eyeshadow and focusing o pops of color on lip or cheek. I predict less contour, more highlight, less winged liner and cut creases.”

Tracy: Skincare Blogger

”  More choices. It would be easy to think K-beauty has peaked in the US (it’s already so huge!), but more is coming. It looked like China and Korea were back to being on good terms, which would have allowed Korea to most focus once again on selling cosmetics to China, but then things turned suddenly sour in December. K-beauty brands and even retailers are realizing that they need to branch out, so that means that US, European, and Middle Eastern shoppers will see even more options in 2018.  More legit K-beauty on Amazon. Brands are realizing that they can cut out the middleman and sell directly to US customers via Amazon. This means potentially lower prices for us, more profits for them, and more brands to pick from. More customization. Major (Innisfree) and small (Monthly Cosmetics) cosmetics brands are introducing more products that can be customized for the needs and wishes of each person, almost endlessly. It will be interesting to see how K-beauty brands customize products for fans outside of Korea, but it looks like US flagships such as Innisfree’s new NYC store are already doing this.”

 

Brie: Licensed Esthetician 

“I think that as far as skincare in the new year I’d like to see brands producing intensive kits that target specific skin concerns, mostly for brown skin. It’d be cool if there was an entire system that could be kind of customizable such as SPF, the correct exfoliant, and moisturizer for whatever skin type. I know some of these systems exist but I’d like to see them include more concentrated ingredients and actually beneficial. Also I think people are becoming more aware of their skin type. So my hope is that ppl focus more of their own results as opposed to what may be trendy or what their favorite influencer might use!”

 

KennieJD: K-Beauty Vlogger

“I predict more simplified skin care products. 2-in-1 and similar products that make the daily routine more convenient. More products like pyung kangYul toner essence. Also, I think there will darker face products. I can just feel it.”

 

Shanta: Beauty Blogger

 

“I predict a snail slime boom in 2018. It is packed with hyaluronic acid and copper peptides, which are two of the most beneficial ingredients for youthful, hydrated, soft skin.”
“My prediction is that skincare is going to be more science/ingredient focused. People are becoming interested in skincare actually being functional and care about what is going in their products and what ingredients are effective. The Ordinary’s success is a huge example of this. I expect a lot of other brands to follow suit.”
One thing you can say about skincare, the trends are either a hit or a miss. What are some 2018 skincare predictions you want to see? Comment and let us know what you think!  Be sure to check out all of these wonderful women’s sites and support!

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My Top Non-K-Beauty Skincare Favs http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/28/top-non-k-beauty-skincare-favs/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/28/top-non-k-beauty-skincare-favs/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2319 Everyone knows that I love Korean Skincare.  Before starting my K-beauty skincare journey, I swore nothing really worked for my skin. I even tried the natural route and that was a really frustrating experience. However, what I found when actually taking time to research, talk to professionals, and become consistent with a routine that my […]

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Disclosure Everyone knows that I love Korean Skincare.  Before starting my K-beauty skincare journey, I swore nothing really worked for my skin. I even tried the natural route and that was a really frustrating experience. However, what I found when actually taking time to research, talk to professionals, and become consistent with a routine that my skin would soon flourish.  Also, once I became more comfortable in my research, I even picked up brands that may not be Asian, but they have become a staple in my routine.  Here are some of my absolute favorite Non-K-Beauty Skincare products:

Haus Urban Hydrating Facial Oil, $40.00

I was very fortunate to be sent this heaven in a bottle by the owner of Haus Urban to test out.  Haus Urban is an indie brand that uses all-natural ingredients for their products. Let me tell you this liquid gold in a bottle.  This serum is packed with potent botanicals that absorb into your skin to combat aging and restore skin elasticity.  After I use a peel this is a key element to moisturize my skin. It isn’t greasy at all and I love that for my acne prone skin, it doesn’t clog my pores.  During these crazy winter months, I have been layering the serum with my Cosrx Pha Renewal Cream and my face hasn’t felt better.  I definitely will be keeping this in stock. Well worth the price.

Haus Urban Double Time Facial Toner, $18.00

You probably see me on social media talking about my favorite toner Son & Park Beauty Water.  However, this double time toner is giving my beauty water a  good run for its money.  I absolutely love how refreshed my skin feels after using this toner. The willow bark extract gives my face a nice, gentle, natural exfoliation which I definitely appreciate. Also, the added tea tree oil helps soothe any inflammation I may have from acne. I honestly thought natural toners wouldn’t work from my past experiences but this definitely proved me wrong. I also take this toner in a little spray bottle when traveling.  My skin leans drier in the winter, so I tend to be using this more than my beauty water for a daily toner as it is less drying.

The Ordinary Aha 30%+ Bha  2% Peeling Solution, $7.20

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the skincare company called The Ordinary that sells seemingly quality acids for low prices.  This line definitely came in and shook the skincare industry up a little bit.  I still haven’t tried the entire line, but when fellow blogger Sheryll over at  The Wanderlust Project raved about this peeling solution I decided to try it out. If your skin is like mine, YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE STAT! I was absolutely amazed the first time I used this peel; a blackhead that I had loosened and was easy to extract without scarring. Also, oil plugs were noticeable and easy to remove.  For $7.20 you say? Yes. It really is that price and you will notice a difference. If you are new to peels I would be careful trying something this strong.  My skin is brighter after using, and my texture has improved overall. Yes, it is a little drying,  I follow up with my Haus Urban serum and a sheet mask. You can’t beat it.

 

Now while these are the only three Non-K-Beauty staples; I am excited to try more in the future. Definitely, check out these brands and try them for yourself.

 

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MenCare Monday: Preventing Razor Bumps http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/04/mencare-monday-preventing-razor-bumps/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/04/mencare-monday-preventing-razor-bumps/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:56 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2304 Fellas who shave often run the risk of razor bumps. Razor bumps/ingrown hairs are irritated bumps on the skin that pop up after shaving when strands of hair curl back and grow into the skin. They are very painful and can leave scarring on the skin if picked at over time.  Don’t fret, you can […]

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Affiliate Link Disclosure Fellas who shave often run the risk of razor bumps. Razor bumps/ingrown hairs are irritated bumps on the skin that pop up after shaving when strands of hair curl back and grow into the skin. They are very painful and can leave scarring on the skin if picked at over time.  Don’t fret, you can stop these irritations and I am gonna share my tips to keep them from reoccurring.

  1. Prevention of razor bumps starts well before shaving: Using a quality razor is one of the most important things in a routine. Cheap razors with dull blades are not gonna be beneficial to you. Replace those blades frequently and if you use an electric razor, make sure you’re keeping those blades sanitized.
  2.  Exfoliation: Trying to shave without softening the hair is an extremely easy way to get razor bumps. Is the goal to eliminate them right? Using a facial scrub with aha’s such a glycolic acid is a great way to keep those pesky bumps away.
  3. Stop Shaving so much: Honestly shaving every day is irritating your skin. Try to lessen the frequency to possibly 2-3 times a week and see how your skin will thank you.
  4. Stay away from alcohol-based aftershaves: Alcohol dries out your skin more. Look for ingredients such a tea tree oil and aloe to help soothe the freshly shaved skin.
  5. Stop Putting body lotion on your face: Body lotion is usually a lot thicker than facial moisturizers and has fragrances that will irritate your skin. Look for a gentle moisturizer strictly for your face.

While these are just a few tips to assist you in your preventative methods; it never hurts to seek out a professional to help you with your skin. Keeping a skincare routine based on your skin type is very important and being consistent will help you in razor bump prevention.

 


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K-Beauty For Under $15 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/04/k-beauty-15/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/12/04/k-beauty-15/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:55 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2288 Good skincare can sometimes be very costly. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are ways to get your skincare routine together without breaking the bank. A huge tip is to not try to get your entire skincare routine at once. Slowly adding products is also a great thing to do. Also, […]

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Affiliate Link Disclosure Good skincare can sometimes be very costly. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are ways to get your skincare routine together without breaking the bank. A huge tip is to not try to get your entire skincare routine at once. Slowly adding products is also a great thing to do. Also, I talk about getting into Korean Skincare without going broke in a previous blog by adding samples. Testing products out leads to you, not over-buying random things that your skin probably won’t like in the first place.  Here are my 5 affordable skincare products under $15 to jump-start your K-Beauty Routine:

  1. Nooni Snowflake Whipping Cleanser: One of my favorite foam cleansers that I use daily is only $12 on Amazon plus you get free Prime Shipping.

NOONI Snowflake Whipping Cleanser 150 mL – for all skin types

2. Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner: This toner restores and refreshes your skin’s ph and for those who get super dry skin from Alcohol this toner will keep your skin hydrated.

Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-free Toner, 5.1 Ounce

 

3. Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask: Finding a box of sheet masks under $20 will forever be a gem in these beauty streets. I happen to love these charcoal masks.

MediHeal, W.H.P White Hydrating Black Mask EX, 25ml, Pack of 10

4. Cosrx SPF 50 Aloe Soothing Sun Cream: In any skincare routine you need your SPF. Why pay $30 for it? Cosrx gets the job done for $10.

Cosrx SPF 50 Aloe Soothing Sun Cream 1.7 Ounce

5. Mizon Original Skin Energy- Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule: For the oily girls toss a Hyaluronic acid into your routine. See how much your skin thanks you for it.

Mizon Original Skin Energy – Hyaluronic Acid 100 – Facial Care – Anti Wrinkle

 

While this list is only 5, there are plenty of ways not to break your wallet spending on skincare.  Remember to learn your skin and not stress out, it leads to pimples!

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Depression & My K-Beauty Routine http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/11/07/depressionmykbeautyroutine/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/11/07/depressionmykbeautyroutine/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:13 +0000 http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/?p=2270 I have been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. Recently, I realized how depression affects my skin and also my 10 step K-beauty routine. While I won’t get into all the personal details of my depression and what caused it, I will describe what my skin went through and also how I […]

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I have been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. Recently, I realized how depression affects my skin and also my 10 step K-beauty routine. While I won’t get into all the personal details of my depression and what caused it, I will describe what my skin went through and also how I felt during those times.

 

  1.  Breakouts: Since starting K-Beauty my acne has become extremely manageable, however when I was going through episodes it became really bad. I suffered a breakout a week. It seemed like if one pimple went away, another popped up. It frustrating, and I can say in my stress I definitely picked at my skin which is the ultimate stupid move on my part.
  2.  Dark Spots/PIH:  My dark spots were definitely affected by my stress.  My biggest goal was to reduce my hyperpigmentation this year and I noticed that the work I did to reduce the scars were not producing the results I had earlier during the year.  It did not help that I would pick at my face while stressed, but even my already spots seemed darker in my eyes.
  3.  Completing Routine: There were plenty of days where I would swipe my face with beauty water and crawl myself into bed and cry/not have the energy to do anything else. It was tough to even think about doing my skincare routine. It’s not that I didn’t want to do my routine, I just couldn’t force myself out the bed to do it. I was that drained most days. And of course, my skin was dehydrated and stressed from not being cared for in the manner it needs to be.
  4.  Dull Skin: My usually glowy skin, was extremely dull. It looked very lifeless and no sheet mask could fix how I saw my skin.

 

Being honest with you all, my skin isn’t always gonna be flawless no matter what I do. I’m not perfect and I’m gonna be honest during my skincare journey.  It was a rough couple of months and just being real about my hiccups and issues. Do what feels good for you, in that moment. Your skincare routine will be there when you feel like yourself again.

Glenn Carstens-Peters

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The Truth about Brightening Products in Korean Skincare http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/10/31/the-truth-about-brightening-products-in-korean-skincare/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/10/31/the-truth-about-brightening-products-in-korean-skincare/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:59 +0000 http://94.130.48.25/?p=2263  As a black woman who is deeply into Korean Skincare, I tend to get asked a lot about am I trying to bleach my skin using Korean products.  It’s always a question that will catch me off guard and I completely understand why I get asked this question. However,  let me just say this at […]

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Affiliate Links  As a black woman who is deeply into Korean Skincare, I tend to get asked a lot about am I trying to bleach my skin using Korean products.  It’s always a question that will catch me off guard and I completely understand why I get asked this question. However,  let me just say this at the beginning of this post, I AM NEVER GONNA BLEACH MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN. Now that we got that part out the way, let’s get on to the real tea.Whitening/Brightening products are essentially just that. They are used to brighten (not bleach) the skin.  As you’ve noticed most Korean women who use Korean skincare have a nice bright glow to their skin. Brightening products help the overall health of the skin. Many of us suffer from dull, hyper-pigmented skin or even sun damage due to environmental factors, acne, etc. So the main ingredients in the brightening/whitening functions are to work to fix that.

There are different categories of brightening products: ones that slow down the pigment cells, one that stops the transfer of pigment, and lastly one that speeds up the cellular rate turnover. My favorite kind of brightening product so far has been Cosrx Triple C Lightening Liquid. Vitamin C has been my favorite kind of brightening product I’ve used. It has drastically cleared up my acne scarring and keeps my skin looking bright and glowy.  I also love sheet masks that have Niacinamide in them. Niacinamide works to stop PIH before it starts to appear.

 

And let’s be clear, yes there are products that can totally bleach your skin and are on the market because colorism is a serious issue in many countries. However, your Korean Skincare products purchased by authorized retailers are safe, and if you don’t sure check reviews and ingredients. Do your own just research. It’s perfectly okay you should know what you’re putting on your face.

 

 

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It’s Fall! (Sort of) Updating your K-Beauty Skincare Routine http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/10/04/fall-sort-updating-k-beauty-skincare-routine/ http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com/2017/10/04/fall-sort-updating-k-beauty-skincare-routine/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:00:06 +0000 http://94.130.48.25/?p=2246 I know what you’re thinking. It’s fall, it’s supposed to be getting cooler and yet, we are still experiencing weather in the 80s. Thanks, global warming (and Georgia). But still, I will be sharing with you all how I update my skincare routine to go along with the changing weather. During the fall and winter, […]

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Disclosure Policy I know what you’re thinking. It’s fall, it’s supposed to be getting cooler and yet, we are still experiencing weather in the 80s. Thanks, global warming (and Georgia). But still, I will be sharing with you all how I update my skincare routine to go along with the changing weather.

During the fall and winter, my oily/combo skin tends to lean towards the dry side of the skincare spectrum. I have to really make sure I am keeping my skin moisturized and healthy. I ditch my emulsions because they’re on the light side and my skin needs a tad bit more intensity.  Here are a few things I switch out/add to my fall K-beauty routine:

1.Heavier Moisturizer: During the fall my face has been loving heavy moisturizers. Last year I stuck with Cosrx BHA Blackhead Cream which is absolutely fantastic. It’s heavy but’s not greasy, my skin loved it and it absorbed easily. But this year,  I decided to give the new Cosrx Pha Moisture Renewal Power Cream a try. Honestly, I have yet to run across a Cosrx product my face does not love and this has been no exception. I currently only use this at night as it is a bit heavy for the hot afternoons here, but as it cools down this will be great for all-day wear. I also use a sleep pack during the fall. My current favorite is Skinfood Royal Honey Essential Queen’s Night Cream.

2. Eye Cream/Eye Sheet Masks: Now I tend to use the same under eye cream year round, believe it or not, this was my hardest product to find for my routine. I went thru several samples before I fell in love with Nature Republic’s Collagen Dream Eye Cream and have yet to find another that keeps mine under eye moisturized. During the fall and winter, my under eye tends to dry out easily and can leave dry patches if not kept hydrated. Using eye sheet masks and eye creams nightly help protect my super sensitive skin during these months.

3. Sheet Masks:  Like eye creams, sheet masks are used year-round in my routine but during the fall and winter I tend to use sheet masks 4 times a week and typically richer ones. For instance, my Skinfood horse fat sheet masks are perfect for the fall/winter seasons.  Recently, thanks to fellow K-beauty blogger TheWanderlustProject let me know about these great masks from Leaders Cosmetics that are AMAZING!!!  The White Truffle Oil Aquablend Oil Pocket Masks have instantly become a favorite, these masks are so rich and they leave my face feeling super hydrated and soft.

These are a few changes I make to my overall K-beauty routine to match the weather outside. I also use a facial steamer once a week and continue my SPF usage. Remember to keep your skin protected with SPF that is still a major step in your skincare routine. What are some changes you make to your skincare routine in the fall?

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