My quiet life on Maui has lately been interrupted, by a series of trips into the big pineapple (Honolulu). My daughter recently signed with a modeling/acting agency, requiring us to travel there several times this Summer for meetings and a photo shoot to get her started in the business. Visiting the big city can be very exhilarating for a 13 year old girl. For me, after years of living in NYC and Washington, D.C., it’s a toss up, dependent on my mood. While I do appreciate the availability of shopping, the international flare of the place, the proverbial hustle and bustle, I’m also a bit over it. Having been there, done that, you can imagine the relief I feel seeing Maui appear through the clouds on our plane ride home and the quiet drive through peaceful streets that seem to roll up after dark. My blood pressure immediately drops as I drive down Mokulele Highway, embraced by the West Maui Mountains on my right and beautifully majestic face of Haleakala on my left, knowing the great blue ocean lies just beyond those hills.
It was on one of our recent visits that we went to the Kahala Mall to kill time before a meeting, that I again was confronted by Korean Skin Care, in a visit to The Face Shop. I don’t know….is it me, or do the prices seem a bit high to buy into this reported beauty craze? K-Beauty blew up in the U.S. several years ago and doesn’t look to be slowing down. I’ve read that global sales are in the tens of billions. Now, the doubter in me, always thinks that the secret to beautiful skin has more to do with staying out of the sun and the degree of melanin in your skin you are blessed with. There’s no doubt that my Irish roots make it harder for me to look good longer, especially living in the Hawaiian islands without a good bit of effort on my part. Since I live in a very touristy area of the world, I notice that Asian women, young and old, seem to protect their skin more than other women do, while enjoying the sunshine in South Maui. Sun tan lotion, broad brim hats, umbrellas, long sleeve shirts abound among our Asian visitors. At the beach, I never see them with any tan lines. For me, this is evidence that they never take a casual approach to the care of their skin. Clearly, these are some serious skin care addicts!
In general, I feel I have a good handle on what is available in the U.S. Cosmetic/Beauty market. I follow the ads, magazines, youTubers, IG Big Wigs, to stay up to date on what’s new. The truth is, with K-Beauty, I don’t know where to begin. The young lady at the Face Shop was really trying to be helpful, but my anxieties got the better of me and we left to explore the rest of this little mall on Honolulu’s windward side. I was later glad, too, as I found the same products on-line, at Amazon, sold for much cheaper! Note to self, always check Amazon first.
But still, the questioned remained, where do I begin? I guess being a 50-something and, also, having a budding model/actor on my hands, who is just starting to have a few bumps on her skin, I felt worried about switching things up in our skin care. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our skin care needs. So, while she still has quite the supply of Proactive products for when those breakouts occur, I could always use another skin care product to try, or so I tell myself. I guess I figure I need a little more help than she does anyway, as no one is offering me a modeling contract anytime soon!
So, after some research on the internet, I decided to start my “Korean Skincare Journey” with the company Julep . Their founder is Jane Park, a Korean American. The company motto is as follows: “Inspired by our founder Jane Park’s Korean heritage, every product we create is steeped in Korean skincare traditions mixed with innovation to deliver results without the complicated routine. We believe that beauty should be effortless, fearless, and above all—fun to explore with girlfriends. Because skincare and makeup should do more than just make you look good, it should make you feel good in your own skin.” I have been using their Double Cleanse System for the past two weeks and can’t believe how pleasurable it is, as well as easy to cleanse and remove my makeup gently. I love the way my skin feels afterwards, when applying their Boost Your Radiance Serum. While my medicine cabinet is, generally, over-filled with skincare products — from serums, to masks, to exfoliating scrubs — I’ve been really consistent with this little Double Cleanse and Boost System (an Allure Magazine Award Winner).
I do see a definite difference in the texture of my skin. The Hydrating Cleansing Oil (The Korean System First Step) is antioxidant rich and easily removes the toughest of makeups. I love using the Konjac Sponge too, because older skin requires both a combination of exfoliation, yet a gentle approach. It’s the perfect happy medium. The amazing Second Step is with the Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick (currently out of stock on their website…that says something!). It has essential oils and fruit enzymes in it. I can smell there is a lot of limonene (a compound found in fruit) in it. There are numerous benefits to this little compound, as it both calms and detoxifies the skin…something we all can use. I love following up my two step cleanse with their Boost Your Radiance Oil. It has Rosehip Seed Oil in it, a longtime known, nutrient rich seed oil for the skin. If you want to find out more about the miracle benefits of Rosehip Oil, check out Essential Oil Guru, Dr. Axe’s article for more information: https://draxe.com/rosehip-oil. On Julep’s website, a brief explanation is as follows: a “reparative wonder booster that leaves all skin types radiant and hydrated. Prevents and repairs the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation while regulating oil production.” I have definitely noticed, since using this product, that the annoying vertical lines that have started to appear above my upper lip are gone. Phew! Forget the filler….at least for now.
In short, for me, The Korean Double Cleanse is not a miracle product that is going to make my skin look 20 years younger. Let’s face it, nothing will do that, though I do wish I got ahold of this product 20 years ago. I do want, however, to look the best I can possibly look, for my age. This is an incredibly gentle system to get your skin really, really clean and healthy. It’s simply a must-have for getting your skin ready for either your morning makeup application, or whatever aha/bha/ferulic/vitamin C serums, tretenoins, moisturizing creams you might be using on a daily basis, morning or night. My favorite thing? No more tugging at my eyes to get my eye makeup off. Thank God! I will forever use my Double Cleanse, from here to eternity.
If you haven’t already, check out http://www.Julep.com. It is, without question, my most favorite new thing. (I ordered their Beauty Box Subscription and look forward to receiving that, hopefully soon, though it sometimes takes a while for anything to reach Hawaii in the mail.) I did receive, fairly quickly and tried some of their nail polish collection (see below). The colors are unique, have good wearability, if allowed to properly dry, and encourage this nail biter to leave her dang nails and dry cuticles alone, cause those colors are too cute to ruin.
Peace out Beauty Mavens! Stay Sassy and Beautiful, cause you are!
Mrs. Sassy Pants
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