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Two New Face Oils That I’ve Been Enjoying

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SK-II Facial Treatment Oil review
There are so many amazing skincare launches occurring all the time that it becomes hard to decide what to try and what to skip. I get the opportunity to test out a ton of products but I have become more and more selective over the years and tend to try out less things now and stick with only that which really intrigues me. SK-II has been a brand I have loved for years (I can’t live without this from them, and this cleanser is like liquid silk), while Korres was a range I haven’t used in years but this recent launch from them looked promising. Here are my thoughts on each:
Korres Golden Elixir Serum review
1. SK-II Facial Treatment Oil – Ah, the magic of Pitera. The entire SK-II range is founded on this ingredient which is rich with vitamins, amino acids and minerals designed to help the skin’s rejuvenation process. Their newest launch, the facial treatment oil is one that I have been anticipating for some time. I absolutely love their iconic Facial Treatment Essence, and to have a face oil with many of the same properties seemed like a perfect addition. From the first swipe of the oil, it is insanely decadent and rich. I was worried it would be too¬†intense or heavy for my normal to oily skin, so I tried it out a few different ways to see how it would work best. I determined that using it after cleansing and toning without any other serums or moisturizers gave my skin the best result. The oil absorbed easily and by the next morning my skin was balanced and fresh looking. The entire next day my face was less oily despite the intense heat and humidity. After a few weeks on it, I found that my skin looked hydrated, plump and firm. I think this would be an ideal oil for those looking for an anti-aging treatment that will address dryness and dehydration as well.
2. Korres Golden Krocus Elixir Serum – This new formulation from Korres is more of a serum than a traditional oil, but it still has the slip of an oil so I wanted to include in this post. The first thing that is noticeable about this elixir is the shimmer suspended in the liquid. It’s absolutely stunning and settles when on the skin to look luminous and “lit from within” rather than glittery. While the SK-II is much richer in texture, this elixir absorbs almost instantly. It feels soft, smooth, hydrating and leaves no greasy residue afterwards. I’ve been using it at night under my moisturizer and love how my skin looks the next morning. On certain days that I am feeling a bit dehydrated, I will put it under my makeup and it makes my skin look even, fresh and radiant. I can see this being a morning staple come winter when I need ever bit of luminosity I can get. What makes this elixir different from many other serums in my collection is that it is designed for all skin types and can be a great anti-aging product to add into any routine to help address fine lines, uneven skin tone and overall give the skin a youthful glow.
Though it’s summer and so hot you can fry an egg (that’s one of my Dad’s sayings LOL), I still feel that my oily skin benefits from face oils that can help maintain a good balance on my skin. Stripping my skin of oils only makes my skin produce more and then I end up with a grease slick on my face.¬†
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What face oils are you using and loving right now? Leave me a comment below! 
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A Serum For Everything

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Serums is one of the most daunting skincare product categories. There are so many out there that it’s hard to decide which one you may need. But the one thing I know for sure is that having one is probably not going to address all your concerns, at least it doesn’t address all of mine. There are serums that can address various skin issues at once, but having a few serums with specific purposes really helps to round out my skincare and give my skin exactly what it needs. I find there are typically four categories of serums that I like to have on hand at all times. While I know that serums are more of an investment piece, they often last much longer than other skincare products so hopefully they can be acquired over time rather than all at once. Here are the four categories of serums I like to keep in my routine along with recommendations of my favorites.
1. Retexturizing Serums – These are the serums that help to refine the skin, address uneven texture and help minimize the appearance of pores – I think of them as my glow getting serums. They typically have some ingredient in them that exfoliates allowing for the dead skin to be sloughed away and for newer, brighter skin to shine through. Another benefit is their ability to decrease dark spots and hyperpigmentation, though not as well as a targeted treatment, but there can still be some effect. I also find that I have the best results with reducing breakouts when using these types of serums because if I’m exfoliating away the dead skin, it can’t clog my pores. Yay! I’ve recently been using the Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum and really enjoy the delicate yet effective exfoliation I get with it. I wake up the next morning and my skin is smooth, soft, refined and more even toned. It does tingle at first when I apply it, but that goes away after a few minutes. A few other serums that fall under this category that I enjoy are: Perricone Blue Plasma, Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment and Lancome Visionnaire.
2. Hydrating Serums – I find that the results from hydrating serums can overlap often with the results from anti-aging serums, because if the skin is well hydrated, it will look fresh, supple, radiant and youthful, right? I specifically like to have an intensely hydrating serum in my arsenal because though I am oily, my skin often gets dehydrated. I reach for these serums year round when my skin is irritated or sensitive, and they are perfect at helping to balance my skin and bring it back to baseline. The SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C is an intense treatment that I’ve recently discovered that delivers much of the same results as the iconic SK-II Facial Treatment Essence but just in a more concentrated formula. Some of my other favorite hydrating serums include Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Serum, and Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum.
3. Anti-Aging Serums – This category of serums addresses numerous concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. While many different serums could fall under the “anti-aging” umbrella, those that help to stimulate collagen production, and prompt cellular renewal and cell turnover are some of the biggest indicators of an anti-aging treatment. I like to use one in my routine when my skin seems to be losing it’s tone and firmness. I am a huge fan of the Lancer The Method routine (read my review here), and many of his products are great for targeting anti-aging concerns. This Pure Youth Serum helps to stimulate the production of new cells and the regeneration of collagen – and never fails to really firm up my skin when I use it regularly. The other anti-aging serums that I have enjoyed are Verso Super Facial Serum, Clarins Double Serum and Sunday Riley Good Genes.
4. Hyperpigmentation Serums – I don’t think there is a single person out there that does not struggle with some form of hyperpigmentation. Either from old acne scars, age spots, sun damage or hormonal issues – it affects everyone. Sadly once the spots arrive, it is incredibly hard to get rid of them unless you bring out the big guns. Serums like Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum tend to be the most effective because they make use of strong ingredients such as hydraquinone to help lighten those spots. I’ve been using the Murad serum for years now and find that it does wonders with my pigmentation issues. It works on any skin tone from fair to dark and is a product I regularly hear about from my readers praising it’s effectiveness. I don’t have too many other serums that work as effectively as the Murad but here are some worth considering if the Murad doesn’t work – Verso Dark Spot Fix and Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Plus.

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