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Klairs Rich Moist, my cocooning friend

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October just started and the summer warmness seems to be definitively gone. No more fresh and light skincare routines, hello intense moisturizing and nutrition!

Every year, I try to find the golden mean for my combination and troubled skin (dilated pores, small acne, redness, etc.). Last winter I felt for for theSteam Cream from Sea Tree-that I still like-, and this year my partner will go by the pretty name of Dear Klairs.

Klairs ?

Since 2009, Dear Klairs (or just Klairs) remains true to itself. Cruelty-free but not eco-friendly though, It’s a sober yet chic brand with a single flagship line: the « Rich Moist Soothing » one. La mode se démode, concepts and trends change. But according to Klairs, the skin will always need the same thing: Moisturing and soothing.

With essential ingredients for a healthy, balanced skin as hyaluronic acid and beta glucan, the Rich Moist line targets all skin types : Dry, combination, oily, sensitive, or reactive skin. All skin types need hydration and Klairs understood us by creating an ultra smooth line for skins that need to be comforted with the winter coming.

This is a quite small yet well-known Korean brand that has nothing to envy to K-beauty giants. It is produced and redistributed almost exclusively by the firm WISHCOMPANY and their e-shop WISHTREND (coucou Marie-Anne. ♡)

The great «  Rich Moist Soothing » line

At first, I was skeptical when I got to know this line. Not that I thought it was bad for my skin -on the contrary: although Klairs is not organic and eco-friendly, the ingredients are still pretty good-, it’s just that I always aim at oil-controlling and keeping my acne faaaaar from me, especially when I tried to not end up like a frying pan all summer. So « rich » products immediately inspire me a useless nutrition/sebum food.

Set aside my prejudices, I finally fully understood the title : Rich. Moist. MOIST. RICH-MOIST. So, it changes everything right ? As soon as weather is getting cold, I don’t drink a lot of water and my skin is almost yelling at me, constantly dehydrated. Seeing this intense moisturizing line that seemed suitable for all skin types makes me want to give it a try and here’s my review.

Supple Preparation Facial Toner

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Let’s say it : This toner is the smoothest I have ever met. It looks like an essence ! Though it finishes cleaning up my face, purifies and moisturizes at one point we almost forget for the rest of the skincare routine… Toners are known to be drying as hell, even my combination skin if I leave it alone for like 2 minutes. 

This is however a real treat. It balances the pH of the skin, which allows the rest of the routine to be more effective.

ingredients list
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copper Tripeptide-1

In this toner, key ingredients are the amino acid (anti-inflammatory), phyto-oligo (great hydration) and Centella Asiatica for its regenerative and healing properties.

So YES it’s true : when it comes to combination/oily skin, we tend to turn to much more acidic, drying toners. But tugging your skin in winter (oh it’s not winter yet?) is really the worst thing to do: It will turn very sensitive and dry… So I believe that this toner is really suitable for all skin types. Use it as much as you want !

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 21,99

Rich Moist Soothing Serum

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Here is another product for all skin types, but significantly more targeted for dry skins which need extra moisture. Remember : Even oily skins need moisture as bodies need water. Including an extra moisturizing serum into your routine will never ever be bad for your skin !

It is a transparent and odorless serum that blends very well into the skin. The finish is quite sticky when you pat it, but not for so long. You may think I’m a weirdo, but I like the stick side. Makes me pat longer. ;p

ingredients list
Water, Sodium hyaluronate, Butylene glycol, Peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Dimethyl sulfone, Betaine, Natto gum, Disodium edta, Centella asiatica extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Lysine hcl, Proline, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Acetyl methionine, Theanine, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl acetate, Illicium verum(anise) fruit extract, Citrus paradisi(grapefruit) fruit extract, Nelumbium speciosum flower extract, Paeonia suffruticosa root extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, Panthenol, Luffa cylindrica fruit/leaf/stem extract, Beta-glucan, Althaea rosea flower extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Perfume, Portulaca oleracea extract, Apium graveolens (celery) extract, Brassica oleracea capitata (cabbage) leaf extract, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) extract, Brassica rapa (turnip) leaf extract, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit/leaf/stem extract

Let’s note once again the key moisturizing ingredients, which deeply protect your skin. When I used this serum, I was unconsciously reassured because my skin was actually very well moisturized.

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 22,99

Rich Moist Soothing Cream

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If I could give one good point to my summer skincare routine, it is the moisturizing gels: Watery and much lighter than creams, I feel that my skin is breathing while having its daily moisture. Creams are often too rich for me, sometimes I’d like to finish my routine with serum / emulsion / eye cream and nothing else..

This small pot promises to seal the natural moisture of the skin as well as the one that you have lavished in the rest of the routine… This cream immediately moisturizes the skin, on the short and the long term.

Keep it by your side from October to March, and your skin will be thankful !

ingredients list
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bees Wax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceramide 3, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Arginine, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, hlorphenesin, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Natto Gum, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Apium, Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 23,99

This is a line that clearly targets dry and dehydrated skin, BUT it’s still formulated so that all skin types can enjoy its benefits.

I’ll say it once more : I have combination to oily troubled skin (more I say, the more I find that it’s really not a gift from God…), but my skin has greatly appreciated this line: It’s plumped, moisturized and full of vitality ! It just does not treat blemishes, so I like to alternate between this line and a more acne-focused routine, or even a bit of both depending on the day and mood.

PROMO CODE: Enter the code 017338409 when you subscribe and receive a $5 voucher !

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Congratulations, and thank you for that must-have line, Klairs!

Now, I want to get, try and review the cleansing line that seems to target more combination to oily skin… Ambitious !

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Asian Layering Guide : Introduction

One of the first things I did when I created my blog was to write my « Skincare routine steps. »  Because you all are now more and more curious and my knowledge in this area had expanded, I decided to rewrite you a complete Asian Layering Guide, hoping it will help / please you because I put my knowledge and my love writing it !

I know how complicated it can be to read passionate bloggers that are talking in the “cosmetic jargon“, so I will try to be as clear as possible, just to wake up the k-beauty junkie in you. ♡

The beautiful illustrations come from the NYC k-beauty blogger Fanserviced-b. I just modified them to match my post. (:

The ORIGINS of LAYERING

The opinion is not unanimous whether this technique comes from Japan or Korea, but all agree on the fact that cosmetics have an important place in both cultures. So call it Japanese-Korean! I prefer that to « Asian », that I personally believe is really too reductive.

 Differences between asian and western habits
    • Skincare above all : In the Occident, makeup is much more popular, appreciated and highlighted… While the Asian vision of beauty is primarily reflected by a pretty glowy flawless skin, where skincare is EVERYTHING.
    • Innovation : If you aren’t familiar to Korean cosmetics, you’d be surprised to know that our Western brands invent quite… nothing : Some luxury brands even have laboratories based in South Korea to remain at the top of the high tech, cosmetics trend (cushion cream) and to stay tuned about the new key ingredients (snail secretion, bee venom, etc.)… All from South Korea ! 
    • The wanted effects : The two major differences between Western and Asian treatments are the “whitening” products and sun protection. Koreans are very sensitive to products that have a good UV protection; most complexion products have some. Whitening doesn’t mean bleaching at all, it’s more like giving a natural light to your skin. There are many « bleaching » products (so called “lightening”) but the effects are often temporary.
    • Quantity : Here, we like all-in-one products. In South Korea (and for me too), it would be almost the worst nonsense on earth. If it’s not already the case, I encourage you to throw away all your prejudices about the fact that « putting XX products on your face isn’t good for the skin » « the skin can’t breathe »  because I’m going to introduce you a 5 to 10 products’  skincare routine !
The steps

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  • #1 Double cleansingThese are the first two steps of cleaning the skin, in the evening.
    – First, we superficially clean the face with a watery / oily / milky / balmy / creamy makeup remover remover. My fav is cleansing oil.
    – Then, we clean more thoroughly with a foam. Dry skins should choose a moisturizing one because it tends to dry out the impurities, and therefore the skin.

 

The 4-2-4 ruleIdeally, you have to clean and massage your face with a cleanser for 4 minutes, 2 minutes with foam and 4 minutes with clean water. In theory, we should spend as much time cleaning our faces as the time we spend dolling up.

    • #2 TonerAlso called skin softener, skin refiner, skin balancer, skin moisturizer, or lotion. (yes sir.)
      To me, this is one of the indispensable elements of the routine. This watery product removes dead cells and the remaining impurities left by the double cleansing step.
      Application: On dry skin, with a cotton pad. Too much alcohol too toner can dry your skin, but is effective against pimples. Allow to dry before beginning the next step.
    • #2b: Scrub (1-2x / week)I noted this step as “2b” rather than 3 because you don’t have to apply it every day, but more like 1 or 2 times a week.  When your skin is fully cleaned is the best moment to exfoliate it: At this moment, your skin is the most “naked” and ready to be deeply cleansed !
      Application: Massage gently, do not rub vigorously regardless of the texture of the product.
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    • #3 Essence / Serum / AmpouleA serum and a very concentrated product to target a specific problem like acne, large pores, moisture, firmness, etc. The essence is its lighter version. Its action penetrates deeply, unlike the superficial aspect of the emulsion.
      The essence is better in the morning and serum before to go to bed.
      The ampoule on it is even more concentrated than serums, more powerful… and more expensive.
      Application: A few drops in the palm of the hands then gently massage/pat your face. Wait for at least 5 minutes after application for an optimum penetration.
    • #3b Sheet Mask (2x / week)Like scrubs, sheet masks are not (necessarily) daily care. Masks are providing special care depending on the ingredients you choose, even if 100% of them still provide moisture. If you have an endless collection, do not hesitate to use them profusely but otherwise two masks per week is widely acceptable. :)
      Application: SO. EASY. Eyes, nose and mouth are already precut!
      > (Re)discover 10 things to know about these funny sheet masks.

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  • #4 EmulsionIt is an extra touch of moisture, a lighter version of a serum. The emulsions can be used on all skin types as its watery texture that will not clog pores. Especially good for oily skin, because of its mild nutrition.
    Application: Once your skin is totally dry and clean after the previous cares, massage/pat 2 ~ 3 ml with your fingertips or a cotton pad.

 

    • #5 TreatmentsMost specific treatments that you must apply as for acne, skin radiance, wrinkles, etc (medical or not) should be applied between the emulsion and the final hydration -unless otherwise stated :sometimes, they can be applied before or after the toner etc-. My list is far from being universal ! Just create your own layering routine. (: 
    • #6 Moisturizing CreamSome consider it optional but if I do not seal the moisture before my makeup, I really feel like my layering is incomplete! This is a particularly important step for dehydrated an dry skins. But to me, it is equally important for combination and oily skin. Do not confuse hydration and nutrition: All skin needs to be moisturized. Very rich creams are indeed for dry skin; while normal, combination and oily skin may turn to products mild moisturizing gels/light creams (with a sebum control, etc.).
    • #6b Eye CreamIf you thought that eye cream was reserved for mature women to prevent wrinkles… You were wrong! Generally, you do not need to use some before 25, but many women have dehydrated eyelids. This affects makeup: The concealer will tend to slip under the dead skin micro residues; and will spoil all the makeup. This is not an area to neglect, even if you think the skin is too thin and fragile to be grind. On the contrary, stimulate it will create good effects on wrinkles in the future. :)
      DO NOT : Say ADIOS to the eyebrow wax, which hurts a definitely too fragile piece of skin. Tweezers only ladies!
      Application: Pat, pat, pat. It’s always better than straightening it for an optimal penetration.
    • #7 Sleeping Pack (night only 2x / week)A sleeping pack is often a very thick cream, which is made to be applied just before going to bed. The evening routine is richer and more complete as  the body regenerates the most during night time . This is an extremely comforting and effective step for the driest skins because sleeping packs are often very rich. Because I’ve got a combination skin, I’m not following this step very religiously : I prefer to end my night routine with a mask and a good moisturizer.
    • #7b Sunscreen (day only)The sleeping pack will seal the night routine, but sunscreen is very important before starting any makeup, especially for very light and sensitive skin. Most Korean BB creams already have UV protection, so if like me you do not have particularly sensitive skin to the sun, you’ll believe that this step is probably optional. Western people believe that taned skins are « sexier »  (it remains to everyone’s taste) but in Asia, they have this thing with veery pale skins. Do not forget that the sun is our skin’s biggest enemy : UV rays are responsible for wrinkles, many skin cancers etc.

Don’t sunbath too much, than ! Just enough to get your dose of vitamin D. ;p

You should use products from heaviest to lightest.

IN A NUTSHELL :

MORNING :
EVENING : 

Cleansing

Toner

Essence/Serum/Ampoule

Emulsion

Moisturizer

(Sun cream)

Make up

Double cleansing

(Scrub)

Toner

(Clay mask)

Essence/Serum/Ampoule

(Sheet mask)

Moisturizer

(Eye cream)

(Sleeping pack)

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 F.A.Q

The jargon of skincare is VAGUE. And even if you understand the term, sometimes you do not even know how to apply the product, or what’s really its point. This section is here to enlighten you!
If a topic, a term, an opinion or another question bothers you through the blog, please leave a comment or email me : I will answer you, and also will post the answer here, to help other readers. (:

      •  How to find your skin type?
        Just clean your face, wait an hour. Pass a tissue over your skin, paying particular attention to the “T-zone” (forehead, nose and chin). 4 choices are available to you:
        Normal Skin: Nothing happens, your skin is soft and naturally hydrated
        Oily skin: You wipe the excess sebum (the “fat”) with the handkerchief. Your face is glowy, and often goes with enlarged pores.
        Dry skin: The tissue causes a relatively slight twinge or / and found small dead skin or dry plates.
        Combination Skin: Your skin is normal on the cheeks but oily on the T-zone. Most common, and it is not a gift ..

Now that you know your skin type, always look for suitable products: Intense nutrition for dry skin, control sebum for oily skin, but hydration for all.

To be continued!

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