As I sit here and type this post today I am in the midst of the worst (absolutely worst) skin irritation / reaction I’ve ever experienced in my life. Actually, one could argue that my skin has been going through quite a prolonged allergic reaction for the last month and half. Please note that this is not a review or a reflection of these products. I am writing this post to share my experience, in case someone else might be having similar odd reactions to any of these particular items.
Sometime in April this year I realized my simple, easy-breezy-beautiful skincare routine was no longer working for me, and decided to venture out to other organic and limited ingredient skincare products which have consistently driven me insane with their inability to help my super dry (and very likely dehydrated) skin. After doing some research, I decided that the best approach for my skin would be to adopt a Korean skincare routine since the idea is to layer multiple products to achieve results and treat various skin conditions. By the way, there are some truly amazing blogs about this topic out there, and I’ll leave some links to check out below.
I wanted a brand that used less harsh ingredients on their products, and I found Innisfree which seemed to have an amazing product line at affordable prices. Check that. They do, I am sure, have amazing products. I decided to order a substantial amount of products to try out, and about two days after my initial haul realized I still needed some more. Such in the nature of this crazy!
In hindsight, I was stressed about finding the best combination of skincare products to take with me on my 3 weeks “tour de-Europe & Israel”, and I believed my skin might react a little but would get over it. I tried on a sheet mask and it turned my face red and itchy, and suddenly I seemed to have pimples daily. It was the wipes that finally got me wondering if something was up, but I was sure it was a matter of time before it got better. Right?
Nope. Absolutely it didn’t. Time was running out and I needed to pick what to pack, so I decided to run a quick 24 hour skin patch test to test products individually. Some products were eliminated immediately, which I am thankful for. The worst culprits were out of the picture.
To make matters more interesting, when I got to Israel my incredibly dry skin suddenly turned oily. I stopped using some more products. Fast forward to my flight home, and I realized that it’s possible that my foundation was causing me some breakouts and that I still needed something to boost my hydration. I decided to go with two highly recommended products that together brought my skin to it’s absolute breaking point.
With my skin brining me close to tears and frantic scratching, I decided to check out the ingredient lists for all the products I got. If you don’t know this resource already, Cosdna is a magical database of ingredients that helped me Sherlock my way into realizing that my face was hating Butylene Glycol with the flame of a thousand burning suns. Fast forward to me realizing it is seriously in almost every skincare and make up product out there. Seriously. One might wonder how in my 31 years I haven’t encountered it before. Turns out, the one face cream I used for about 8 years (Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta moisturizing cream) didn’t have it. It actually had almost no ingredients in it. The formulation changed, and I’ve been drifting the seas of terrible skin conditions since.
Excuse my flowery language, please. It’s the frustration, I swear.
So, now what? I am thinking about ordering some WHAMISA products since they seemed highly liked and are free of Butylene Glycol. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, what do you do to help irritated skin? Does your skin hate something in a Shakespearian manner? What do you do with your skincare rejects? Please share below.
Recommended blogs about Korean skincare products: