Read Now, Thank Us Later: What Not to Buy (Moisturizer)
Hi everyone, welcome to one of the new series we’re including on Key To Radiance! As some of you know, Elaine and I have been sharing what we love and what has worked on our skin. But just like you, we’ve purchased and tried products that have been…how should I put this nicely…well, simply a waste of money.
The goal is to be as open and as honest with you as we possibly can, and provide you with useful information that may be of assistance when you’re out shopping for the next beauty product. Please kindly be reminded though, that each and every product works differently on various skin types.
Today, I’m sharing two products that I’ve initially purchased in hopes to moisturize and hydrate my skin in the winter, when my cheeks are extra dry. Find out how it worked out for me:
Medicated Sekkisei Lotion by Kose ($45 / 140ml)
Kose is a big, well-known brand in Japan, and they offer great products. Unfortunately, I happened to pick out one that I found difficult to fall in love with.
Why the purchase: A few months ago, I was on the plane flying from New York to Taipei, and flipping through the in-flight magazine in search of a moisturizer to bring with me on my next trip to Seoul. I was running out of Kielh’s Ultra Facial Cream and decided to try something new, so I went for the 70ml travel-size Medicated Sekkisei Lotion by Kose. It claimed to have the ability to offer “clear, snow-white skin that is moist and translucent.” Plus, the brand is famous in East Asia, and the packaging actually made it easy to pop it in a bag, as it has a cap over its pump, so ka-ching and there goes my money.
The Experience: There is two parts to this. Part 1 was in Seoul, where I stopped using it only after the second day. I have combination skin, and it was not moisturizing enough for my dry cheeks. By late afternoon the first day, I felt my cheeks drying up when I talked or smiled. In the mirror, my skin looked okay with my usual tinted moisturizer on, but when I removed my makeup before bedtime, they appeared irritated and red. It was colder and drier in Seoul than it was in New York back in October, so my skin was naturally reacting to the change in climate, too. With my wedding coming up in November, I decided to temporarily leave it aside until after the wedding.
I went for another try in December; this was Part 2. This time, I haven’t traveled for a while and my day-to-day routine was fairly regular. I applied the lotion in the morning after cleansing my face on a daily basis for about a week. My cheeks were not inflamed like it was in Seoul, but they did flake a little by the end of the night due to lack of moisture. The cream also looked like it was “floating” on my t-zone area, despite having massaged it in. My skin did not look clearer or “translucent” as it said it would either.
A Little Digging: Although the product features several herbal extracts, it also has several preservative ingredients. One of them is called propylparaben, which is considered quite harmful to human skin and may cause allergic reactions. If you have sensitive skin, this is definitely a big no-no.
Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule by Mizon ($30 / 30ml)
From South Korea, Mizon is known for its snail repair collection. The people I’ve talked to about this brand have given me different feedback and comments about this brand. I can’t speak for the snail repair products, but I can tell you one product you don’t need to use.
Why the purchase: The truth is simply because: I was in Seoul, I bought a lot of stuff, and this was one of them. I’ve previously tried sheet masks by Mizon and found a few that I liked. When I asked the sales lady for recommendations, she told me I must try the Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule because it supplies intensive moisture and packs the skin with active ingredients to achieve plump skin.
The Experience: I started using this product the week after Christmas for about 10 days and nothing really happened. The main job was to provide my skin with more moisture but it didn’t seem to be doing more than any sheet mask would. My cheeks actually felt tight and dry only a few minutes after applying it, so I would reach for another moisturizer before my cheeks gets any drier. The texture is watery with a rubber-like smell, which I don’t really like as well. The one good thing is that it didn’t give my t-section a shine from oiliness.
A Little Digging: This product is part of a collection of three. While this one focuses on “more moisturizing,” the other two is designed for “more whitening” and “more lifting.” I didn’t find a lot of reviews on the collection or this particular product, so it is difficult to see what others’ experiences are. The ingredients used to make this product are generally nontoxic though, so although it didn’t do much for me, at least it didn’t create any issues.
If you’re looking for a reliable product that hydrates your skin, even for those with very dry skin, consider trying out the Flawless Nourishment Cream by Hello Aglow; you can read more about the product or the brand here.
I hope you’ll find this article helpful! Leave a comment to let us know if you have any products you’d like us to try, we’d be happy to give a shot. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week ahead!
P.S. Key To Radiance is not affiliated with any of the mentioned brands.