South Korea is the land of skin care products. My Panget noticed on this trip that the skin of the Koreans that he has seen were mostly flawless. I told him, it’s because of the their 10 step skin care regimen. He looked at me and repeated – 10 steps? I said yes! I am one who is very very very lazy in putting on moisturizer. I have been told to start doing so as early as my teens, but well – I’m lazy. I am very masipag though, when it came to washing my face. My mom introduced me to Shiseido when I was in my teens – I used the Pureness line, it was for younger skin. I swear by it and up until in my late 20’s I was still using it. I guess when I was younger, I didn’t have a problem with acne or dry skin. It was only when I got pregnant that, well – I needed to use moisturizers. One thing I dislike with moisturizers is the feeling that my face is sweating after I put them on. I only have one moisturizer that I like – it’s a local brand, Celeteque and the reason is because, when I put it one, my face absorbs it immediately. I’m very lucky that I don’t experience any irritation. But as the years passed, I felt that I needed to up the dose of the moisturizer I put depending on the weather. When I travel, I bring a small tube of Celeteque and an imported brand, for the past 3 years I have been using Clinique when I go to somewhere cold. But late last year, I noticed some bumps on my forehead and cheeks when I used Clinique. A HS batchmate who’s a derma told me to stop applying it, and within a day or two, the bumps disappeared. I still use Clinique when I feel that my skin is extra dry. I still rely heavily on my good old Celeteque. So on this trip, I asked friends on recommendations. Most of them recommended Innisfree, it’s a brand that is not found here in Manila. They were raving about the toner and moisturizer and make-up. It was a good thing that my friend Kath asked me to buy a toner for her, the staff gave me samples to try. I tried it when we got back to our Airbnb apartment, the next day – there were bumps. My skin was irritated – so I stopped. I then asked my beauty guru – Rowena her recommendation, she said Laniege. I have been reading about that brand from her for years. So when my Panget and I saw a store, we went in. I only asked the staff to give me a toner and moisturizer for dry skin. She handed me the Water Bank line. I didn’t try the product anymore, I thought to myself – bahala na. It was only when I got back to Manila did I try the product.
The toner and moisturizer are AMAZING. What I have been looking for in a product most of my life – the instant absorbed feeling? I got it with these two products. They didn’t feel heavy at all, not at all!! In fact, after a while of putting them on, I would touch my skin and think – *did I apply moisturizer already?* that’s how natural it feels to me. It’s light on the skin, and the products is absorbed quickly. I was impressed, I was really impressed that I messaged Rowena! Hahaha.. Finally in my X number of years asking dermas why my face sweats when I put popular moisturizers on (and most couldn’t give me a straight answer) I finally found one without much research! I am now thinking, maybe I should be getting the whole line! Hahaha.. Let’s see if I can convince my Panget. Hmmmm…. Thank you Rowena for the reco! I am so loving Laniege’s Water Bank line and it’s just been a few weeks! I look forward to putting the products on everyday. Hahaha!! 🙂