Korean skincare has been taking over the American beauty market for the last few years, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Are we even surprised? No, not really. Their innovation, ingredients and formulas have been paving the way for the skincare industry and many non-Korean brands are constantly taking inspiration from their Korean counterpart when it comes to their new launches.
I’ve been introduced to Kbeauty a few years back through a relatively popular Korean brand – COSRX. Since then, I’ve been introduced to a plethora of new (to me) Korean brands and have been in love ever since. Quality products for the fraction of the average Sephora price? Sign me up!
Today’s post will cover one of the hottest ingredients in the North American Skincare market – Centella Asiatica (AKA Cica), Green Tea and two masks that originated from Korea!
Centella Asiatica (also known as Cica/ Tiger Grass/ Asiatic Pennywort) is a herb that grows primarily in Asia and has historically been used in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory and scar treatment. Also known for its hydrating and calming benefits, it’s a star ingredient for those with sensitive skin.
Centella Asiatica has been used in Korean beauty products for many years before it gained popularity in the North American market thanks to Dr Jart+’s Cicapair line. What was once only sold in specialty shops and websites, Kbeauty became more accessible to the average consumer through Sephora’s wide distribution thus the introduction to the ingredient.
The products that I will be reviewing below are the following: IUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam, Purito Centella Unscented Serum, Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion, Laneige Sleeping Mask and Purederm Deep Purifying 02 Bubble Mask.
*These products were kindly sent to me by Stylevana for my honest review. Stylevana is a reputable site (working with famous skincare influencers like SkincarebyHyram and James Welsh) that is stocked with a wide range of cult favourite Kbeauty (makeup & skincare) and fashion products. They are always running some of the best sales and you can use my code INF10TINA (valid till July 31st) for an additional 10-15% off!*
This water-based cleansing foam is your 2nd cleanser in your double cleansing routine. For those who don’t double cleanse, I have tried this as the only cleanser up against a full face of makeup and it did an excellent job of washing my makeup off. I would still advise you to double cleanse if you are wearing makeup (as instructed on their label).
It’s formulated with 69% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water so it’s no surprise that your skin is not left stripped and dry as you would experience from a traditional foam cleanser. It’s a mild acidic cleanser ergo the “pH Balancing” and that’s exactly where you want your face pH level to be ~ 5.5 to kill off unwanted bacteria. If you’re acne-prone & combo skin like me, I would highly recommend this!
If those points above don’t sell you on this product, that just means that there’s more in stock for me. 😂 This is my new holy grail product and my #1 favourite out of all the products that were sent to me. Centella, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, is a calming and moisturizing ingredient, and this product delivers that + more:
It’s as if someone sat me down, asked me what I wanted from my serum, and hand-delivered this to me. I’ve been using this for a little over 2 weeks and it has helped with evening out my complexion and reducing the random patches of redness that I would get. This serum is gel-like in texture and does not take a long time to get absorbed into the skin. I usually go in with an extra layer of lotion/moisturizer since I like my skin hydrated and plump so I can’t speak to how moisturizing this serum is alone. Long story short, this product is jam-packed and may very well replace all other serums and treatments on my skincare shelf.
As someone who is acne-prone, I appreciate my skincare products mildly acidic to kill off unwanted bacterias that can cause acne. This Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion has a pH level of 6 which makes it mildly acidic and has the perfect consistency to hydrate my face without it being greasy. I love how calming and soothing it feels upon application and it gives me immediate gratification by plumping and moisturizing my skin! The only con to this product would be the packaging itself – it’s hard to get the product out of the bottle given its consistency (think toner bottle with a thicker gel-like formula).
If you know the brand Laneige, there’s a high chance you’ve heard about their cult-favourite Water Sleeping Mask. This mask promises to deeply hydrate your skin overnight and claims to work well on all skin types. Personally, I find that this mask does plump my skin up overnight however it does not deliver any intense hydration to write home about. I’ve heard that this has worked wonders for a lot of people but fallen short for others, so I wanted to share this caveat before you go out buying this product expecting a miracle to happen.
This was a fun sheet mask with the bubbles quickly building itself up immediately upon application! As much fun as it was to see it bubble up, I’m not a huge fan of the bubble gimmick as it threatened to make its way down to my eyes (I was sitting up the entire time so it might be better if you lay down). After 10 minutes of listening to the bubbles fizz and pop, I was surprised by how much it actually transformed my skin within that short amount of time! My skin was left softer, brighter and hydrated (I was concerned that the charcoal would dry me out). Pretty impressed with this mask and if you’re a fan of fun masks that actually works, highly recommend this!
I hope this review was helpful! Let me know in the comments section if you’ve tried any of the products above, are looking to try them or have products that you would like for me to review next! 🙂 xx