For the last few months I’ve been adding some new things to my skincare stash, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of those things in a July Korean skincare Haul. There have been a load of really good sales, deals, and general offers on in stores here, especially as the weather has warmed up significantly, so I’ve picked up a few things I’ve seen around that I really wanted to try.
Mugwort or Artemisia has been a trending ingredient in the world of Korean Beauty since last year, with more and more brands adding products with the extract to their lineup. Mugwort, or ssuk (쑥) as it’s known in Korean, has been an integral part of traditional medicine, also featuring in food and drink, for good reason with its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It soothes the skin whilst healing and nourishing, and although more research into topical application is needed, has been used in remedies for managing skin sensitivities such as psoriasis. It’s an ingredient that I have been looking to add to my skincare stash for a while, so I figured for this July Korean skincare haul, why not pick something up.
I’m from Mugwort Mask
I’m from is a cruelty free skincare brand that is sister to SKIN&LAB and CHICA Y CHICO.Started in 2018, it has grown to be a brand known for it’s trustworthy, safe, and most importantly effective products. They source their ingredients ethically, and definitely focus on quality. I’ve been eyeing a variety of their masks and serums – especially the ginseng serum and eye cream – plus they recently released a line featuring fig as the main ingredient which I am very interested in trying… But my first purchase fromthis brand was the Mugwort Mask.
The I’m from Mugwort Mask is a wash off mask, containing 2.1% mugwort leaf powder in a highly concentrated gel texture to provide deep hydration. You leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes then wash off, as you would other masks of this type, and follow up with the mugwort essence. I’m from suggest you can also add a little of the mask to your daily cleanser if you have sensitive and easily irritated skin.
Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Ampoule
The Time Revolution range from Missha has been a long standing member of their product line up (since at least 2011). They’re some of the pricier products on Missha’s roster, but seemingly well worth the price as the Time Revolution First Treatment Essence holds the title of SK-II Treatment Essence dupe within the korean skincare / beauty community.
I’ve been interested in trying out some of the items in this range for a while, but hadn’t had the drive until Coupang (an online aggregate shopping platform in Korea where you can buy literally anything) were doing deals on Missha – and their little sister brand A’pieu – products. It was time to pick up the Time Revolution Artemisia Ampoule.
So far, I’m really liking how much my skin loves this. It’s quite a thick ampoule, but sinks into the skin nicely and doesn’t leave any residue on the skin. I’ll have a full review up soon.
Madecassosides are great skin healing ingredients, and something that you should look for if you have a damaged skin barrier. A derivative of Centella Asiatica, it is known for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, as well as being rich in antioxidants. As someone with very sensitive, eczema prone skin, I’m always looking for ingredients like this in my skincare.
A’pieu Madecassoside Ampoule
I’m a lover of A’pieu’s Madecassoside Cream, but wanted to try out a different version of this line for the hotter, more humid months. This was on a 1+1 (buy one get one free) offer on Coupang, so I got one for me and one for the BF, as he suffers from a pretty damaged skin barrier due to acne.
The formula is really nice, definitely a lot lighter than the cream, and similarly to the Missha ampoule, it sinks into the skin quickly with no residue left behind. Again, I’ll have a full review soon, but so far I’m really enjoying it.
I run through hand creams like nobody’s business. I get bad – really bad – eczema on my fingers, and it’s been awful for the last few months. So it makes sense that I’d be adding a few new hand creams to my stash in this July Korean skincare haul. I still haven’t found the perfect one, but here are some that I’m hoping will help once I get to them!
Aromatica Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Another cruelty free, vegan brand focused around sustainability, Aromatica have a range of products that are formulated using the apothecary (as in, the medicinal ingredient shops rather than the apothecary company that makes those bath products) as inspiration. I’ve been adding a few of their products to my beauty stash this year, and decided to try out their Organic Aloe Vera Gel for my poor hands. I purchased their refillable pump action bottle (not pictured) that came with three 50ml tubes as freebies. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to, as they claim it has a powerful skin-soothing formulaand that is something my hands need right now.
the saem Fresh Bamboo Gel
the saem isn’t a brand I usually buy from, but I was intrigued by their Fresh Bamboo Soothing Gel, mostly because of the price vs amount of product. One of these 260ml tubes is 6,000W, which is about £3.90. My hands absolutely loved The Face Shop’s Damyang Bamboo Gel, which has since been discontinued, so I thought I’d try this on for size as a replacement.
I haven’t been testing it out for very long, but so far I’m not loving as much as The Face Shop’s version, which is a bit of a let down. It doesn’t seem to hydrate as much. I wasn’t expecting huge things since I’m not a frequent shopper at the saem, but the bottle does take up more room since it’s tall, so I’m going to try and use this one up asap.
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So that’s everything for this month! I’ve also been trying out a new cleansing oil from ma:nyo, which is a sister brand to mediheal, and it’s a brand that I’m definitely going to be trying more things from!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products yourself and what you thought of them if you did! 🙂