By now I’m guessing you can tell I have quite the curious eye for Korean beauty products. I’m fairly new to this cosmetics phenomenon, so I haven’t been able to try out a wide range of products, but I will say that Benton Cosmetics is by far one of the best skincare brands available… whether it’s a Korean or Western brand.
For the past several weeks I’ve been using four of the Snail Bee products from Benton – Skin and Essence both morning and night, Lotion in the morning, and Steam Cream at night. But I’ll be very honest, I really didn’t have high expectations.
You see, with k-beauty every individual component of skincare is broken out into its own product. With Western beauty, we’re all about a one-stop shop. The average female on this side of the world doesn’t want to take the time to follow a 6-10 step skincare routine. So we’re used to products that are chock full of ingredients and texture, and much heavier than we even realize. Of course, I never noticed or thought about this before I got a hold of some k-beauty products.
The world of Korean skincare gives you products such as skin and essence, and even the mist I reviewed the other week. These products are super light, almost watery in some cases, or just a clear, thin gel. After you use these first products that are meant to replace the water and moisture you stripped during the cleaning process, you then move on to your targeted concerns and final moisturizer.
The main idea is that you “stack” your products – and with the application of each one it really doesn’t feel like a whole lot is happening. I worried there was NO WHERE NEAR enough moisture, or just “stuff,” and that my skin was going to freak out (it has a tendency to do that…). Even with the stacking process, I barely felt like anything was on my skin. But after several days, and now several weeks later, I am so unbelievably impressed and absolutely hooked!
Oh, and did I mention that k-beauty skincare uses some of the most insane ingredients around? And for the most part, they’re all-natural ingredients found from the most mind-blowing sources you can think of. For Benton’s Snail Bee line, the main ingredients are snail secretion filtrate and bee venom. Yep, you read that right. Snail “stuff” is apparently a magical replacement for hydration (a.k.a. water) in beauty products, and helps to restore collagen and elastin, and protect from free radicals. Bee venom is sometimes considered as “Nature’s Botox.” It basically tricks your skin into thinking it’s been stung, thus forcing it to push blood flow to the surface, in turn stimulating collagen production. This helps your skin to become more firm, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and also improve skin texture and reduce sun damage.
(And before any of you vegans and folk who curse to hell anyone who uses an animal product, no bees are harmed in the collection of bee venom. Google it.)
Here’s the breakdown of my routine:
High ContentSkin – this is the product that seems as though it’s just water coming out of the container (for this brand anyway). I use one pump directly in my hands and pat it on my face.
High Content Essence – with a thicker texture, this product is more gel-like. After I let the “skin” sit for several seconds, I use one pump of the essence and lightly rub it on.
High Content Lotion (in the AM) – one pump. That’s it.
High Content Steam Cream (in the evening) – since this is in a squeeze tube, it isn’t so easily portion-controlled like the previous three products. But just like the aforementioneds, a little goes a long way.
And let me reiterate…. These products legitimately feel like you’re putting water on your face and just absolutely nothing. Seriously. But I’m telling you, the outcome is perfect.
My skin is hands down in the best shape it has EVER been. I’ve basically had zero acne – save for that “special” time of the month, and even then it was minimal compared to how horrible my hormones tend to treat my face. Without acne, I haven’t been scratching and picking (gross, I know, but it’s a terrible habit I have), so my skin has been much smoother and just, well, prettier!
I know the main ingredients are a bit freaky, but I ain’t sweatin’ it. My skin doesn’t just look, but IS healthier than it’s ever been. Pretty sure I’ve found my go-to basic skincare routine from here on out!