Hi everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Of course, I must preface this post with an apology for my long absence. While I’m so thankful to have been working on so many exciting projects (more specifically on my Instagram feed) as well as redecorating our cozy NYC apartment, it has also kept me away from sitting down and properly putting my thoughts on paper. But fear not- I’m back with a fresh new beauty post for you!
There have been so many new products that I’m eager to share about, but 5 main products stood out from the rest, each from truly outstanding brands. From anti-aging, to acne care, down to brightening & hydrating, this list of products does it all. Read on to learn more about these latest beauty loves!
Whamisa by Glow Recipe Chai Tea Eye Cream
One of my favorite brands lately is Glow Recipe. Not only is it the best (in my humble opinion) premier Korean beauty destination site with highly curated offerings, but their team recently collaborated with K-beauty brand Whamisa to launch an exclusive collection of chai and green tea infused products as well. Branded under Whamisa by Glow Recipe, these products combine gentle formulations (a hallmark of the Whamisa brand) and the innovation of the Glow Recipe team to create some new cult favorites.
Of these, the Chai Tea Eye Cream in particular stands out. Texture-wise, this lightweight cream absorbs instantly and works to depuff and hydrate the sensitive eye area. It truly feels like a burst of silky hydration. I tend to go a little overboard with eye cream, and even so, it sat well under a heavy layer of all-day makeup. Since using it, I’ve noticed a more awake and lifted contour around my eyes as well as rapid de-puffing after a bad night of rest.
The top-notch ingredient list includes items such as the flavonoid rich Rooibos Tea extract, which delivers a high level of antioxidants that are essential for neutralizing harmful free-radicals; Propolis, ideal for hydrating and conditioning; and Turmeric, best known for its anti-inflammatory and brightening qualities. And true to its name, the product has a delightful hint of chai spice to its fragrance- perfect for fall!
Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate
As the temperature drops, I graduate my night-time skincare regimen into richer products that can adequately hydrate and nourish my skin. Fresh Beauty’s Black Tea line is perfect for just that. Their proprietary complex of various tea (of course, black tea being the primary) and fruit leaf extracts blend powerful antioxidants and hydrating ingredients, ideal for helping your skin heal and rebuild overnight. As I tend to focus most of the anti-aging efforts on my eyes (the damage done there is nearly irreversible!), I naturally gravitated toward the signature eye cream in this line.
The Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate has a velvety, rich texture and truly feels indulgent. While I prefer to apply a heavy dollop of this in the evenings, it’s also ideal for morning applications on especially cold days and also works as a fantastic eye primer. After using for approximately three weeks, I noticed that previously crepey-areas were diminished and a stubborn, lone wrinkle under my right eye looked noticeably softer. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping this one close at hand as we head into Winter.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment for Night-time
If you ask me about the one product that has changed my life, this is it.
Malin + Goetz’s Acne Treatment for the Night-time is an absolute must have for anybody suffering for cystic acne. It pains me to say that at my age, I still suffer from these frequently due to genetics and hormones. And frankly, I’m hitting myself for not having discovered this magical product sooner.
I’m not talking about your tiny blemishes, one-off pimples, and blackheads here and there (although this will work on all of those as well). That’s cute. But let’s not kid- I’m talking about those deep below your skin, throbbing monstrosities that plague you for weeks. Only honest aestheticians, dermatologists, and beauty aficionados will tell you that time and cortisol shots are the only surefire cures to cystic flareups. Anybody who promises an instant solution is lying, because nearly nothing helps with cystic acne quickly and efficiently.
Having said that, this Malin + Goetz Night-time Acne Treatment is the next best thing. The winning combination of 10% sulfur, salicylic acid, camphor and zinc is the most effective spot treatment I have ever used. It will not flatten those cystic pimples overnight (although it certainly did for much smaller, brewing pimples), but it will significantly reduce them with constant, night time application to near flatness in 4 days. All you need to do is dip a Q-tip into the white sulfur sludge and dot onto the needed areas (it does dry into a solid, white paste- hence the night time label).
By the end of a week’s regimen, the spot was completely flat and the clogged comedone was ready for easy extraction. Compared to weeks of pain, embarrassment, and stress about acne of all things, 4 days is nothing.
And what better proof of a ringing endorsement than showing my nearly empty bottle and a second full bottle, already lined up to take its place? If I could sing about this product from the rooftops, I would.
Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pads
You all know how much I love the Cane + Austin brand. After trying their amazing sunscreen products, I couldn’t stop there and continued to experiment with more from their line. And as someone still plagued with acne, these Acne Retexture Pads immediately caught my eye several months ago, and I’ve been using it ever since.
When my blemishes are somewhat under control, I absolutely love using Cane + Austin’s Acne Retexture Pads for easy skin maintenance. These pads really do everything. The 2% salicylic acid helps to penetrate deep into pores to unclog and break down dead skin cells effectively, making it a pro for acne prevention, while the 5% glycolic acid provides gentle exfoliation over time. Not only are these pads excellent for treating acne-prone skin, but after using them, I also noticed a more refined skin texture and higher moisture levels.
And again, what better proof is there than my nearly empty container and a new one ready to go once I run out? (Full disclosure: I actually have two more stockpiled because it’s that good.)
ISDIN Flavo-C Ultraglican
Despite my penchant for all things beauty and skincare related, I’ve never been much a fan of ampoules or capsules. Considering these are probably some of the freshest if not the most potent product types, it sounds odd, right?
To explain why, here’s another confession: I am embarrassingly lazy. That’s not always a bad thing, I promise! But this does mean I prioritize products that are most effective with the least amount of steps as possible. The prospect of having to store additional tiny bottles, break open capsules for every application, etc. just seemed like unnecessary stress. Until I met ISDIN’s Flavo-C Ultraglican that is.
Just as their sunscreen, which I previously raved about here, did not disappoint, this too hit it out of the park. Each ampoule contains a potent amount of Vitamin C, which as we all know aids in brightening the skin and reducing inflammation, as well as ultraglicans, which quadruples the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin. And because Vitamin C is so susceptible to breaking down with exposure to oxygen and light, these individually sealed, dark ampoules are crucial in increasing the longevity of the formula.
It’s recommended that each ampoule, once opened, should be used within 24 hours. A plastic cap is also provided (see photo below) to cover the opening and limit oxygen exposure. To be honest, each unit has so much liquid that I was able to stretch each one over as many as three applications. Just make sure to cap it as soon as possible and store them in a dark place.
The results? After four weeks of usage (with results in only two), I found my skin to be incredibly plumper, radiant, and balanced. My normally combination skin felt remarkably hydrated and simply put, healthy and nourished. And while I don’t have many sun spots on my face, I did notice that the back of my hands, which do show more sun damage and are where I normally rub the residual amounts of my products, looked as if someone had turned back the clock.
I’m still not sold on using ampoules, but for these ISDIN Flavo-C Ultraglican vials, I’ll gladly make an exception.
That’s it for my latest beauty favorites! As I am constantly discovering new and innovative products, make sure to check back in for next month’s roundup as well as all of my beauty features on the IG feed, where I take care to share only products I’ve tried and can faithfully stand behind.
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As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!