Did You Know Pollution Can Actually Damage the Skin?

Pollution to us means car exhaust, smog, dirt, grime and pollen. And these elements clogging and dirtying the skin. City smog: Photo Source Unfortunately, pollution is also a constant in our lives, wherever we live. But did you know that pollution can go beyond surface grime to actually damage the skin? While it’s commonly known that UVA…

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Beauty Banter: Korean Skincare Phenomenon- Waterless Beauty Products

Korean water-less beauty products are taking the world by storm! In a recent article by BeautyBanter, our co-founder Sarah Lee talks about some of her favorites: Korean Skincare Phenomenon: Waterless Beauty Products. Check them out below. 1. Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream with Natto ($35) – I love this cream because of how soft and hydrated…

Ingredients Spotlight: Natto Gum

I first encountered natto when I was studying abroad in Japan and a couple of my friends thought it would be funny to challenge each other to eat natto (think the cinnamon challenge, except with natto). If you’ve eaten/seen natto, you know it is not the most appetizing looking food. It’s slimy and gooey, and…

5 Ways To Glowing Skin with an Ampoule

So we’ve done a deep dive on essences vs. serums and essences toners vs. toners. And we thought it was high time to give a little love to another recent skincare hotword – ampoules. Ampoules are very concentrated treatments that are used to target skin concerns such as fine lines, dullness and rough texture, and…

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A Deep Dive into Essences with Fashionista

Cheryl Wischhover is one of our favorite editors – her articles are always so well researched and spot on – and her recent article “Korean Skincare: The Differences between Serums, Essences & Ampoules” knocks it out of the park. (We were honored to be consulted for the article as well!) One of the most confusing keywords…

Decoding the Korean Skincare Routine, Part 2: Toners, Skin, Treatment Essences?

 Toners vs. Lotions vs. Skin vs. Softeners vs. Mists vs. Treatment Essences? The terms for toners are even more varied than the serum category. Let’s start with the key differences between toners in Asia and toners from Western markets, which boils down to the purpose.  Toner is a relatively new term in Asia – it’s…

Decoding the Korean Skincare Routine, Part 1: Essences, Serums, Ampoules?

One of the questions we most often get is ‘What on earth do all of these names mean? How do I properly use a [insert exotic name here]’?  So without further ado – our guide to decoding the Korean Skincare Routine, Part 1. After your cleanser and toner comes the treatment step of your routine…

Winter Skincare Tips: Hydration, SPF & More

Just in time for Christmas, we’re introducing the second part of our winter skincare series. (Also check out how we recommend to treat blemishes and troubled skin in the winter time here) 1. Hydration is King No matter what your skin is like during the summer months, winter is a season where skin seems to get…

Nuts for nuts? Macadamia Oil in Skincare

Macadamia nuts. We’ve all eaten them, had them covered in chocolate and toffee, and baked into cookies with white chocolate and even sprinkled on lattes. After a recent series of highly unfortunate events in Korea – and where Macadamia nuts were a minor player – news outlets are reporting that sales of Macadamia nuts have…