Monday, 20 March 2017

Trialling... Korean skincare

Korean skincare has become increasingly popular during the last few years in the western world. We want to try their advanced formulas and incorporate 10-step skincare routines. Judging by beautiful skin of Asian women they must be doing something right :)
I have dabbled in Korean skincare before but had not tried too many products so when I was offered to choose a few from Korean online shop BB Cosmetic I got really excited and spent a long time browsing though 1000s of product but finally decided to pick something from the brand Benton which was on my 'to try' list.
Benton skincare products

Benton creates products from natural ingredients without adding any harmful to skin chemicals or preservatives. I've been using all products for over 5 weeks, I didn't have any bad reaction to any of them and I'm ready to share my thoughts on them.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
From left: Toner, Essence, Gel
First of all, the packaging of all three products I got is really good quality, liquids come with pump and I like the earthy tones of them. They look and feel like higher end skincare.
The toner is water free, alcohol free and contains 80% Aloe Leaf Water to helps soothe the skin, it contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid (BHA) for gentle daily exfoliation and keeping blackheads and breakouts at bay. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerine to add moisture to the skin and keep it hydrated. There's also Snail Secretion Filtrate, common ingredient in Korean skincare, which helps to regenerate the skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
The toner is very soothing and hydrating, I've been using it twice a day for the last 5 weeks and not only my skin hasn't been dehydrated but I also noticed my pores don't get congested as quickly as they used to.
The consistency of the toner is a bit thicker then you would expect from which is understandable as it doesn't contain water, it doesn't have any scent and sink in quickly. I use 4, 5 pumps of it on a cotton pad and apply it all over my face, neck and décolleté.

Benton Fermentation Essence
Essence is a hybrid between toner and serum and often works as a serum as it usually has concentrated formula with high quality ingredients.
Benton Fermentation Essence key ingredients:
-Galactomyces which are fermented yeast filtrates and are highly moisturizing as well as being a powerful anti-oxidant,
-Bifida Ferment Lysate helps revitalize skin so it's clear and radiant and increase hydration levels, it also restores elasticity to your skin while strengthening your skin barrier to help prevent damage from environmental factors,
-Glycerin (1%), humectant, sealing in moisture, maintains the skin’s water balance making it look soft and plump,
-Sodium Hyaluronate  is an intensive moisturizing ingredient which bonds water to keep skin hydrated,
-Adenosine is yeast derived providing anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory benefits,
-Ceramides are an oily wax that is found naturally in the skin, they helps retain water and moisture in your skin, as well as restoring and repairing its barrier,
-Aloe Vera, helps to sooth inflammation, help speed up skin healing and also has a plethora of antioxidants like beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which help improve your skin’s firmness and keeps your skin moisturised and hydrated,
-Betaine is an amino acid that acts as a humectant and controls the water/oil balance in the skin while moisturizing and strengthening your skin barrier, it helps to tone and firm the skin  and because of its anti-inflammatory properties it helps to reduce irritation.
I've been using the Essence twice a day for over a month, applying two pumps to the palm of my hand and then pressing it onto my skin of face, neck and décolleté. It has a very liquid formula that sinks in quickly without leaving any sticky or greasy residue, it has no scent.
I don't have many wrinkles so I can't comment if the Essence is very effective at smoothing them out but my skin has been looking nicely plumped, hydrated and radiant so I'm happy to continue using it as it contains really good ingredients.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
This Soothing Gel contains 80% Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and 10% Propolis, perfect to soothe inflamed or irritated skin and thanks to its anti-bacterial properties help to fight breakouts.
The Gel also contains Glycerine (humectant, helps to moisturise the skin), Betaine (humectant and anti-irritant), Arginine (anti-oxidant), Allantoin (soothes skin and stimulates cell regeneration) and Chamomile Flower Extract (anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties).  
The consistency is of a gel which turns into almost liquid once massaged into the skin. I don't find the gel hydrating enough on its own but it's very soothing and cooling so I like to use it after exfoliating, cleansing face masks but before I apply richer moisturiser or facial oil. I think this gel will be fantastic during Summer when my skin is usually more oily, as it's very lightweight and non greasy. It will be also perfect after days on the beach or generally spent in the sun to soothe and cool down the skin.
Overall, I'm really enjoying all three products, they're gentle on the skin, didn't break me out and their ingredients are definitely good for any skin type. I'm tempted to explore the K-beauty more and buy some more products, the question is, which ones to go for next? :)
BB Cosmetic offers a wide selection of Asian skincare and makeup and they ship internationally for free. The shipping takes 10-25 working days which is quite long but the products come from Korea and through the regular post. You can also ship your products by courier but it's quite expensive.
Anyway, if you're tempted to treat yourself to some K-beauty products from BBCosmetic I have a code for you to use at the checkout (not affiliated), BBDAGMARA for 8% off your purchase.
Have you tried anything from Benton? Are you interested in Korean/Asian skincare?


*PR Sample


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