I've been stalking Soko Glam's website for over a year and I finally bit the bullet and placed an order! If you're not familiar with Soko Glam, it's an online store that sells an awesome selection of Korean beauty products. They carry everything from toners to serums, moisturizers and BB creams. Considering I'm not a huge BB cream or makeup fanatic, I thought I would order three skin care products with wacky ingredients to try. Here are my thoughts:
*PS. This post isn't sponsored. I love the website and I want you guys to know about it if you love Korean skin care products as much as I do!
Essences and toners with yeast or fermented grains have been all the rage in Asia for years (*SK-II is big on this ingredient). It's supposed to do wonders in the anti-aging department, smooth your skin and give you a natural glow from the inside out. This alternative from BENTON is made of galactomyces, ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate, EGF and ceramide. Honestly, this is a bunch of gibberish to me, but these ingredients work together to nourish, smooth and repair damaged skin.
What are my thoughts on the product?
First off, it doesn't smell great (sorry BENTON). Honestly, it kind of smells like chlorine. On the other hand, it's a well-known fact that skin care products that contain yeast or fermented ingredients smell strange so I'll suck it up and continue using it. In terms of the effectiveness and results, I did notice positive, immediate effects. This essence made my skin feel hydrated instantly, luminous and smooth. I also loved that it absorbs immediately and felt like I was applying a super light toner on my face. This makes it a great essence to use in the spring and summer because it isn't too heavy.
*Essences are applied after toner and before you apply serum. I always go from the lightest skin care product to the heaviest!
Guys, this snail cream freaked me out at first! It's so gooey and sticky that I couldn't help but think about a giant bucket of snails while I was applying it. On the other hand, it's made with 92% snail secretion filtrate (sounds gross, I know) and that's why I picked it up. I've used snail creams in the past when I suffered from horrible acne and it did wonders for my skin. No joke, it cleared up my acne more than any other skin care product from every brand imaginable including harsh chemical-filled acne treatments like Proactive. Recently I've been developing little bumps on my skin from the change in weather so I wanted to see if this cream would make a difference.
Within two days of using this product, the little bumps on my face VANISHED! I was shook to say the least, but this made me realize that I can always rely on trusty snail creams to soothe and treat my skin irritations. On a side note, this product retails for $21 USD and I think it's worth every penny and MORE because the instant results are almost too good to be true.
*Snail secretion filtrate is known to be amazing for anti-aging (it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin). It also does wonders in repairing damaged skin and speeds up your skin cell turnover rate. The higher percentage of snail secretion filtrate, the better!
Lastly is this NEOGEN serum in oil that's formulated with truffle (my favourite ingredient on pizza and pasta LOL). What I love about this serum is that it has absolutely no scent, and the texture isn't sticky or too thick. When it's applied on the skin it absorbs quickly and gives you a radiant glow. Because of this, I use it in the evening before my snail cream and wake up with smooth, soft, glowing skin.
Overall, can I confidently say this product has done wonders for my skin? Not really...I've been using it alongside the other two products in this post so it could be a combination of all of the above. Regardless I'll continue using it to the very last drop because I love the way it makes my skin feel and I've noticed my skin has been loving this product.
Do you use any skin care products with strange ingredients? Let me know in the comment box below!
Photos captured by Michael Biro
*Disclaimer: This post isn't sponsored. I purchased all of the products myself because I love Soko Glam. In addition, all thoughts, opinion and photos are my own.