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I love the Su:m37 Time energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum or the Secret Repair Concentrate serum. However i seem to be the opposite at the moment, with a longer morning routine and shorter evening during these warmer months. I’ve noticed all the hydration and protection i give my skin in the day means i need less treatments at night xo
That’s totally valid too! And I hear suuuch good things about those two products you mentioned.
I’m currently using the Time Energy Serum and was so disappointed. Tried it both day and night and didn’t see any noticeable differences, it was one of the meh-est products I used since I jumped down the kbeauty rabbit hole. My skin also hates the Rose Stick Cleanser, so I’m thinking Su:m37 just isn’t my cup of tea.
I have been going with Benton snail essence and skipping the moisturizer step all together. Granted I have oily/combo skin and I’m also dealing with NYC humidity, so that’s probably the only reason I can skip moisturizer and go straight from essence to sunscreen.
Depending on the humidity (and my patience level), I grab either the Honey Shark from Holy Snails or the Pore Care Ampoule from Sooryehan. The Sooryehan serum works especially well as a makeup primer.
I skip them altogether because the weather will literally melt everything, it’s so hot. Love the Missha Near Skin Smart All in One Cream for mornings as it covers multiple steps and it’s super light. But if I’m having a hormonal breakout I’ll use some Benton Snail Bee Essence before applying the Missha to calm my skin a bit.
I usually go with Stratia Rewind – it has impressively reduced my redness.
Can I bug you for advice? What would you recommend to really boost hydration during the day? I do Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum (you totally sold me on that one!), three to five layers of toners (usually 2-3 different ones), Stratia Rewind, and finally emulsion, but I still feel like it’s not enough and my cheeks feel dry mid-day. I don’t have time to put sheet mask on in the morning, and I wonder if you have any serums/essences that really boost hydration…
Hmmm I think if those steps aren’t doing it for you, your skin may be severely dehydrated or your moisture barrier compromised somehow. What’s the rest of your routine (night and day)?
For hydrating serums, I have found that Amorepacific Moisture Bound serum is excellent for hydrating for actually retaining hydration (and the gel creme in the same line is too), but those are quite costly. At a more budget-friendly level, I really liked Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence and the Deep Essence is said to be great too.
You’re absolutely right about the problem! The only active I’ve been using is tretinoin 0.04% and I use it 5-6 times a week. I started 6 months ago and worked my way up to that frequency. I would put it on half an hour after cleansing on essentially bare skin (well, one layer of toner and essence right after cleansing cause otherwise it would be unbearable).
Since posting my last comment, I’ve switched things up. I do a full routine now with FTE, toner, essence and emulsion first, then wait 30-6o min and then apply the tretinoin. That has helped tremendously! I still get the benefits of the retinoid but the dehydration and peeling have diminished.
Thank you for your recommendations. I’ll check out the Amorepacific serum and gel, they sound right up my alley 🙂
PS. Speaking of tretinoin, my skin has become intolerant to vitamin C – I can’t use any vitamin C serum anymore because I immediately get redness, peeling and breakouts. Do you know of any other products that could help with hyperpigmentation? I’ve heard great things about Swanicoco’s Fermentation Serum – any thoughts?
Look for a good niacinamide product. What FTE do you use?
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and I use Stratia Rewind with 5% niacinamide as my morning serum. It has helped with the redness and PIE, but has not done anything for my hyperpigmentation spots.
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