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Skin Edit: Then I Met You… A Month In Review

“At Then I Met You, we believe now – in the age of distraction – it’s time to go deeper,” – Then I Met You

Have you ever experienced that instant deep connection you have towards, someone, some thing or some place, that you just can’t explain? In some sense, this is the definition of the Korean word, Jeong. There’s no literal translation of the word in English language, but the meaning behind the word it truly beautiful. To the Then I Met You team, it means a deep and meaningful connection that encourages empathy and generosity and with this ideals, the team rooted everything that they do with each products they created for their customers.

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For many people who knew me, aside from the fact that I am obsessed with skincare, I have a strong connection to the Korean culture. I am surrounded by amazing friends who are of Korean background, I enjoyed their cuisine, their language and their sense of humour. My visit to Seoul felt more like a true pilgrimage rather than a mere holiday, because it refreshes my mind and I came back inspired. I suppose it’s back to that word again, Jeong, I definitely felt that towards South Korea, especially Seoul. Guided by the same feeling of connection, I discovered Korean beauty and finally, Then I Met You. 

For the longest time, I could not get my hands on them because Then I Met You do not ship overseas. But I am so thankful that they decided to make their products available on Soko Glam, which an online Korean beauty store co-founded by the same person that created Then I Met You, Charlotte Cho. I always loved shopping at Soko Glam because of all their well curated beauty brands and trust worthy recommendations.

The products that I purchased are, The Living Cleansing Balm, as a duo with Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel, as well as the other duo consists of, Birch Milk Refining Toner & The Giving Essence. As I am writing this, the team is about to launch their latest product, which will be a moisturiser, can’t wait for it to be available on Soko Glam so I can get my hands on it too.

I have used these four products exclusively within my PM routine for the past month and these are some of my thoughts on each individual products,

  • Living Cleansing Balm

I love the sorbet like texture. I am a huge balm cleanser fan and I do rank this quite high up on the list of my most favourites, if not number 1. This balm is created with few star ingredients such as,

    • Sea Buckthorn Oil which is known to be rich in fatty acids
    • Persimmon Extract helps to capture free radicals and prevents premature ageing and photo damage. It is also an ingredients with a known skin brightening properties
    • Olive oil, grapes Oil and Vitamin E, all are powerfully nourishing oils, high in antioxidants that helps to remove oil based impurities

Why I love? The balm is easily spread on your dry skin and emulsify beautifully. When you wash it off, there are no trace of oily feel on your skin. You’re pretty much left with supple, clean and soft skin

  • Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel

The second step to your double cleansing, this cleanser features fermented rice water (sake) that meant to help clear impurities and soften the skin. It’s star ingredients are,

    • Licorice root which is an effective antioxidant and natural skin brightening
    • Rice Ferment Filtrate is rich enzymes and amino acids to nourish your skin
    • Centella Asiatica a popular ingredient that help to increase moisture content in your skin
    • Green Tea is calming and very high in antioxidants
    • Tea tree lead is antimicrobial and anti inflammatory, also gentle for acne-prone skin
    • a PHA in the form of Gluconolactone which gently exfoliates, without sensitising the skin

Why I love? Enjoys the light tea scent of this cleansing. I am pleasantly surprise by the fun jelly-like texture, a little weirded out to start with but enjoys it now. The cleanser does not foam like crazy, which I personally love because it does not feel stripping for the skin

  • Birch Milk Refining Toner

This toner is designed to be used daily that will give you more than just simple hydration for the skin. Instead of water, the base of this toner is 76% concentration of pure birch juice, so you know the team at Then I Met You do not mess about when it comes to delivering highly efficient product to us, their customers. The star ingredients in this toner are,

    • Birch Juice off course. Birch juice has a skin-soothing and hydrating abilities while packed with amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants which includes Vitamin C and B3
    • Squalane derived from squalene, which our body produce naturally to maintain moisture in our skin. Squalane happens to boost cell regeneration while allowing other ingredients to absorb more efficiently into our skin
    • Marshmallow root is an anti-ageing plant extract that helps to reduce inflammation and fine lines while hydrates and protects the skin
    • Glycolic, Lactic Acid (both AHA) & PHA, both are gentle skin exfoliators, which helps to remove dead skin cells in order to encourage new skin to come to the surface. The combo also helps to counteract hyper-pigmentation and reverse the effect of sun damage

Why I love? First of all, I find the light tinge of violet of the toner to be a surprise, aside from that, this toner also has a slight fermentation scent, which reminds me a little of SK-II or Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. I was so excited to receive this product, it happened to arrive on the day that I got my monthly acid peel done at my aesthetician, therefore the moment I pop this toner on, my skin experienced a slight tingles. Off course, it was because of the AHA & PHA exfoliating element within the toner, but thank goodness the toner is gentle enough that my skin was not irritated from he accidental double exfoliation LOL

  • The Giving Essence

The last on the line-up (for now), the treatment essence designed with over 80% naturally fermented ingredients, it hydrates your skin, but also work harder on giving your skin its youthful radiance back. Some of its awesome ingredients are,

    • Black chokeberry which apparently have the highest recorded antioxidants which contributes to skin’s youth and radiance
    • Elagic Acid protects skin from UV rays, collagen degeneration and harmful bacteria pathogens. It also said to be a safer alternative to other brightening ingredient
    • Polyglutamic acid instead of hyaluronic acid, because this water soluble holds four times more moisture
    • Galatomyces derived from fermented sake to reduce appearance of pores, blackheads and sebum, decreasing level of acne and improve skin brightness
    • Red Algae which gives the essence its amazing colour, contain a high concentration of calcium. Happens to gently exfoliates, remove dead skin cells, reduce fine lines and brightened complexion

Why I love? I like the thin, more watery texture of this essence. I can not get over how pretty the packaging looks, for all of the products, but especially this essence. Anyway, side tracked, I love that this essence is fragrance free, despite having so many fermented ingredients. Within the month of me using this essence, I have noticed the lack of breakouts on my chin, which usually occurs around the time of the month.

Final thoughts on Then I Met You…

If I can only recommend one product from the line, the Living Cleansing Balm is definitely a clear stand-out for me. From the texture, the way it emulsify and the way my skin feels afterwards, this cleansing balm is a step above the many cleansing balm I have tried.

I honestly think using the combination of the Birch Milk Refining Toner with the Giving Essence, have definitely helped my skin’s overall more radiant look. Therefore, it will be hard for me to recommend one and not the other. I have a huge amount of respect for Charlotte Cho and her team at Then I Met You because you can feel the amount of thoughts that goes into every ingredients chosen to be in their products. You feel their passion for the brand, their products but above all, you can tell they want the best results possible for their customers.

-k.

Skin Edit: My Current Facial Serums

“Beautiful skin begins with exceptional skin care.” – Anonymous via Pinterest

In my personal opinion, one of the most important step within your skincare routine is treatment. If you really want to see the difference in your the way your skin look and feel, I think adding a serum in your skincare routine is definitely the most effective. Over the years, through trial and error, I have finally found the perfect active ingredients that work best tackling my skin concerns.

Some of my main skin concerns are, hyperpigmentation, hormonal breakouts and because I have oily skin, I get the craziest shine at the end of the day as well. I do not want to completely magnify my skin, but a more balance skin will be a top priority for me.

The best actives I find that has helped me wth my skin concerns are,

  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) such as Glycolic/Lactic acid, which always help with exfoliating dead skin cells and helps with brightening any pigmentation
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) which is Salicylic acid, such a great active when you do get occasional breakouts
  • Vitamin C is definitely a super star ingredients in my AM routine, because Vitamin C helps with overall brightening of skin and evening out my overall skin tone

After plenty of trial and errors on my part, I am getting used to finding the right actives in skincare products, mostly serum, that helped me tackle my top skin concerns. Products in my skincare routine changes quite frequently, as I am testing different products all the time, but the following are the four my current rotation that I am loving.

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  • Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Peach & Lily is a skincare brand created by Alicia Yoon, Harvard Business Graduate who loved skincare and have passion in helping others get better skin. We all need a friend like Alicia. The glass skin phenomenon stems from South Korea, where people want to have this pore-free, smooth complexion and radiant glow on their skin. Some try to achieve it using makeup with a bunch of highlighter, I prefer to achieve it (or as close to it as humanly possible,) through the help of really good skincare.

Glass Skin Refining Serum is sole goal is to get your skin that glass skin complexion through the help of the following star ingredients,

    • Peach Extract known to be a source of many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that helps to promote skin’s firmness, radiance and refilient
    • Niacinamide the current superstar ingredients in many skincare products, believe to reduce inflammation. It has also believed to have many antioxidants which also helps to brighten skin
    • East Asian Mountain Yam Extract helps to encourage a more supple skin and helps to reduce flakes
    • Madecassoide derived from another star ingredient, Centella Asiatica, to help stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation and soothe the skin
    • Hyaluronic Acid & Peptide Complex, hyaluronic acid is the hydration hero within this formulation while the peptides helps to signal collagen production, which will help to reduce fine lines or deeper wrinkles. Collagen is the key cells that keeps our skin looking youthful, as we age however, the production of collagen slows down (from 28-30 days, it can decreases to up to 50 days… oh dear…)

Why I love? I love the light, gel texture, which sinks quickly into my skin. The formulation is scent free and so gentle, I did not break out or react to it, which is always a good thing. I notice a different on my skin after about a month of constant use in my AM skincare routine, the overall skin tone is brighter and more radiant. The serum did not give me that glass skin look, off course, I think my oily skin definitely does that whole shiny thing on its own. HOWEVER, it works wonder for your overall radiance 🙂

  • Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum

Krave Beauty is such a wonderful skincare brand created by Liah Yoo, a beauty content creator on YouTube. I love how transparent the brand is when it comes to their products and the ingredients they use. I love how Liah shares many of the behind the scene and as consumers we get to meet the product’s producers/formulators, which is refreshing in the beauty industry.  The sole purpose of this serum is to restore any damaged skin barrier, help sooth your skin as well as, evening out your skin’s complexion. What I love the most about this serum is 2% of every sales will be donated to the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which happens to be one of the world’s natural wonders.

Great Barrier Relief Serum is effective because of the following star ingredients,

    • Tamanu Oil which according to research it’s the type of oil that has a skin regenerative properties. Longed been used to heal wounds and cure skin problems or ailments
    • Safflower oil & Rosehip Seed oil are both used to add nourishments to the skin, as both oils are known to be rich in linoleic acid which can help to restore damaged skin
    • NMF (Natural Moisturising Factors)+Ceramides and Squalane Combo which mimic a healthy skin barrier because all elements are naturally found in our skin. The combination of the three ingredients helped to replenish skin barrier without compromising it or cause sensitivities
    • Niacinamide or Vitamin B3, but truly by now, we do not need to discuss the good thing about this ingredient 🙂

Why I love this serum? There are so many reasons why we can unknowingly compromise our skin barrier. The most common is definitely over exfoliation of the skin, however unseen factors such as hormonal imbalances or simple stress can also compromise our skin barrier. And since I have not seen many skincare brand come out with a serum solely to tackle this purpose, I am so pleased to have tried this one. The scent can be quite herbal, but personally, I do not find it unpleasant. As someone who goes to professional aesthetician once a month, this serum is definitely the one I reach for post-treatment and have helped reduce any skin peeling without causing any further sensitivity to the skin

  • Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Serum

Good Genes by Sunday Riley is definitely not a new name in the skincare industry. The first time I tried the product was because Caroline Hiron told me to ego for it and I want to thank you Mrs Hiron, for you have saved my skin. The serum is created to be a deeply exfoliating dull surface of our skin therefore helping us to achieve younger looking skin with radiance and clarity. The formulation also helps to brightens the appearance of age spots or any discolourations.

Good Genes is has the following star ingredients,

    • Purified Lactic Acid is the main ingredients of this serum, which gently exfoliate your skin to remove pore clogging dead skin cells which in turn gives the skin a more smoother and clearer overall complexion
    • Lemongrass Oil is included as an aromatic ingredient that also happen to be astringent and skin refreshing for toned complexion
    • Licorice has longed been included in skincare formulation for its ability to help reduce dark spots, age spots and discolouration, which resulted in a clearer and more even skin tone
    • Prickly Pear Extract or a rare dessert cactus is used to help soothe your skin, after all that exfoliation

Why I love this serum? I believe because I have a true oily skin, I do find that at the end of the day my skin can look quite dull and feel “thick” because of the oil layers on top of makeup that has been stuck on my skin. I find that all the time that I use Good Genes, my skin definitely feels and look brighter and clearer. This serum is definitely a powerful and effective, so caution if you have never used any acid exfoliation before. Introduce it slowly to your routine and remember to patch test

  • Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

A Vitamin C serum that created exclusively to help you brighten and even out your skin tone. This serum is also a more stable formulation of Vitamin C that helps to fade dark spots or age spots.

C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum has the following unique star ingredients,

    • Vitamin C (in the form of THD Ascorbate), which meant to be extremely stable and oil soluble form of vitamin c. It is here to help fight the signs of ageing such as dullness, visible loss of firmness, age spots or fine lines and wrinkles
    • Phytosterols Complex isolated from soybeans, the concentration of this ingredients help to reduce redness due to skin sensitivity
    • Saccharide Isomerate Extract is a water binding agent and good emollient for the skin, which can be particularly helpful for dry skin. This ingredient also helps to reinforce skin barrier for smoother, more youthful texture
    • Glycolic Acid is an AHA that helps to refine skin texture and help to keep formulas pH level balance for maximum effectiveness of the formula

Why I love this serum? Vitamin C is definitely well-known to be unstable and oxidise quickly due to environmental factors, e.g. once exposed to oxygen, or various temperature. I love the fact that the more stable formulation of this Vitamin C serum means that there will be no change of scent, texture and colour within the formulation. I do have to admit that you do see the results a little slower than a more pure Vitamin C serum such as, Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, however, I really dislike the fact that the serum changes colour and clogged up the spout on the packaging with brown gel, not appealing.

Off course, the above are my own opinion based on my experience using each products. Always remember, what works for my skin might not be the best for yours and vice versa. Always patch test and ask for sample when you are wanting to try new skincare product. I believe that it is a lot harder to fix a damage skin, so take care and be very gentle with your skin.

-k.