How I Turned My Dry Skin Around

I have dry and unhealthy skin. Or at least that's what an SK-ll lady told me when I was in Korea. How??! I remember asking her, because I use everything. Years of working in the Korean/American beauty industry has made me a bit of skincare freak myself. All my friends are always shocked after seeing my products piled on my bathroom countertop "You have a lot of products." But if that life changing trip to Korea last month has taught me one thing, it's that quality is more important than quantity. I immediately went home and threw away bottles and jars of cheapy products, vowing to live a more skincare intentional life with products that actually work.

So, 1 month later, here we are. I started using essence every day because my skin guru (that SK-ll lady) told me that it could be my skin isn't absorbing the nutrients I'm putting into it, and essence basically preps your skin to do just that. I was still in the market for a new moisturizer.

Dr.Jart came into the picture because I was looking to replace my sunscreen and I also really wanted to try more of their products. Dr. Jart is a Korean skincare brand started in 2004 by a doctor in Seoul. I love their brand because not only is their branding cool, but their products are effective. Korean beauty (and Asian beauty, really) focuses on qualities like brighter and younger looking skin. One thing about Dr.Jart that I'm really impressed by is that no matter if it's BB Cream or a sunscreen or a moisturizer, these are qualities they're always keeping in mind. Dr. Jart came out with their new Water Fuse line and it's basically everything I need in a jar. If you're in the market for a new product that puts in work to hydrate your skin, keep reading for my review of their new water fuse family- moisturizer, sleeping mask and eye mask. 

Oh, and before you keep reading--this is not sponsored. I just love skincare and want to share informative tips along with great photos. Let me know in the comments your thoughts! 

 

1. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

I've been using this every day because I ran out of my daily moisturizer, but I can't even tell you what I was using before this. I think a sample size of something? That's how little my concern for quality over quantity was. I think I was more concerned with getting products than knowing what each product was actually doing (or what I was using). I like this moisturizer because it's super hydrating and I like using it as a base for my bb cream or just by itself before sunscreen. It also makes my life simpler because I can use this day and night, so if you're looking for a "do-it-all" moisturizer, this is it for you. It does apply a bit thick but just pat your face dry and you're good to go. It's very watery but a little goes a long way, oddly enough. It also has ingredients to help balance moisture in your cells throughout the day. Within a week of using this, I noticed my skin visibly looking brighter, healthier, and HYDRATED.

"If you're looking for a "do-it-all" moisturizer, this is it for you."

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Ingredients: Mineral complex + Belgium hot spring water + Himalayan sea salt 

 
 

2. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Hydrop Soothe Eye Gel

It's never too early to start protecting the fragile skin under your eyes. Especially since I use so much eye makeup and constantly pull late work nights. Before anti-aging, I do think hydrating products is the first step. If our skin is healthy and hydrated, it's less likely to wear and tear, which results to wrinkles. (Learn from me, kids.) I'm learning to incorporate eye cream into my daytime makeup routine and I like how this eye gel almost forms like a barrier/primer under my eye for the day. This is a cooling gel that soothes puffiness and has Aquaminerals to boost firmness and elasticity. It's great for mornings when I've stayed up too late editing.

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"It's never too early to start protecting the fragile skin under your eyes." 

 

Ingredients: Mineral complex + Belgium hot spring water + Himalayan sea salt

 
 

3. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask

I saved this to talk about it last because I'm absolutely HOOKED on this product. If there were one product that you'd buy from this line, it should be this sleeping mask. I love putting it last at night, and going to bed to wake up to feel that it's completely absorbed into my skin. I've been using this in combination with the Hydro Gel and I've got to say I'm in love with this duo for my skin. It creates a barrier of moisture on your skin to lock in nutrients and bring dull skin back to life. This product has truly been my saving grace--I feel like I never drink enough water so my skin needs all the hydration it can get. Especially when I'm sleeping! Sleeping masks is also just a great idea because I love the idea of a product putting in work while I sleep for those 6-8 hours. 

"If there were one product that you'd buy from this line, it should be this sleeping mask."

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Ingredients: Mineral complex + Belgium hot spring water + Himalayan sea salt 

 

I became low-key obsessed with anti-aging products after my trip from Korea. But beauty starts first with good sleep and drinking tons of water--two things I neglected completely when I was in my early 20's and grinding on that hustle photog life. So I'm making up for it now by using products that can give my skin that extra hydration boost. I'm happy to report that I can see it working! (My goal is to avoid botox.) If you guys have any tips for me in keeping skin healthy and hydrated, share with me in the comments! 

 

- Karen