Korean skin care products are fast becoming the most sought after and esteemed beauty treatments in Europe and North America. Saranghae is a 5-step skin care routine that has been developed over 600 years in South Korea using locally derived natural botanical extracts. The name "Saranghae" is Korean for "I love you".
The 5-step routine is very straight forward. Morning and night - cleanse, apply serum, moisturize, apply eye cream. The fifth step is a decadent sheet mask used once or twice a week for 20 minutes.
Saranghae had the odds stacked against them when they asked this 56 year old to review their product line. I've spent way too much time in the sun, even smoked cigarettes when I was younger and now have crevices on my face that I liken to the Grand Canyon!
I've never had Botox or fillers and can count on one hand the number of facials I've had in the last ten years. It's not that I've neglected my skin, I've always taken my makeup off at night (well, almost always), cleansed and moisturized, but I've never had a consistent skin care regimen.
So let's get down to the nitty-gritty (and this is gritty), and look at some before and after pictures. None of these photos have been modified or taken with the selfie skin smoothing tool (as you can see, ugh), this is my face with all it's wrinkles, wear and tear of 56 well-lived years. WARNING... some viewers may find the following visuals disturbing. View at your own risk!
This picture was taken a couple of months before I started using Saranghae. Terrifyingly close I know... sorry! Absolutely zero makeup on my skin, although I may have used some tinted moisturizer as I always felt vulnerable with nothing at all. The only embellishments are eyelash extensions and I'd penciled-in my sparse eyebrows... well, I didn't want to scare small children!
Notice how large the pores are over the entire face. These are not the type of pores I like to be concerned with, I much prefer puppy paws!
The crevices... well, I've earned those! I doubt anything short of a needle will fix them, but I live in hope!
This picture was taken three weeks after using the Saranghae products. Again, other than penciled-in eyebrows and eyelash extensions, absolutely no makeup, not even tinted moisturizer! I believe my skin looks brighter, the pores are somewhat reduced, and I also notice less puffiness.
This picture was taken two days ago, again with no makeup. I've been using the products morning and night for five and a half weeks. I definitely see an overall improvement in my skin, reduced pores, less puffiness, brighter even skin tone, and dare I say it, I think my grand canyons are looking ever so slightly softened! The finer lines are definitely less noticeable.
The first step is the cleanser which contains among other things, truffle extract and gold. You can actually see the gold specs! The cleanser is applied to dry skin like goo, then you add warm water and massage it in which creates the foam. It works well and removes my makeup effectively. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized, soft and comfortable.
I used the cleanser around my eyes but not over them as it's oil based and oil is not the friend of eyelash extensions. I have a separate cleanser if I wear eye makeup, which I rarely do.
Next apply the serum. This translucent serum is easily applied with sweeping strokes over the face and neck and quickly absorbs into the skin. I have a combination of oily and dry skin on my face which seems to have abated and I'm gradually becoming more normal... my skin that is!
After a few seconds when the serum is absorbed, apply the moisturizer. It's light but feels rich and it doesn't sit on the skin like an oil slick, it absorbs in well leaving my skin feeling super soft and radiant.
The last application is a tiny dab of eye cream lightly patted in-and-around the entire edge of the eyes, including above the eye brows. I feel sure this little treasure has lessened my crows feet and those frown lines above my nose when my face is in resting mode!
The fifth step is the fun part, a facial sheet mask applied once or twice a week for twenty minutes. It's a very fine tissue-like cloth soaked in Saranghae's amazing formula that provides help with lines, wrinkles, redness and inflammation. It feels like my face is having a luxurious spa bath. It absolutely is the icing on the cake, I look forward to my mask ritual every week. They're also great to take with you when travelling as each mask is individually wrapped in a flat packet.
Why Korean Skin Care?
I'd heard the buzz about Korean skin care being the best thing since sliced bread. I did my homework and discovered that Koreans have been obsessed with skin care for hundreds of years, even the men. For them it's all about pure, super clean and healthy skin.
Saranghae products are derived from naturally grown Asian botanical ingredients known and documented for hundreds of years for their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and healing powers. The combination of the five products aid skin health, combat skin deterioration and the lack of toxins and other harmful ingredients has led to the rapid popularity of the brand.
The Saranghae website is absolutely brilliant. It's like an online user guide with everything you could possibly want to know about the products, from ingredients to step by step videos on how to apply everything, as well as an in depth analysis on how and why these products works so well, and how they interact and combat the aging process of our skin. It really is a full-on educational resource. Saranghae is not all about fluffy words and fancy promises, it's about healthy skin care and the company stands behind their product with a 30 day complete satisfaction money back guarantee.
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Let's Face It!
In the last couple of weeks I've been amazed every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror and see my face looking smoother, brighter, way less red and puffy. Wrinkles aside, my skin is still far from perfect and still has some healing to do from sun exposure and lack of tender loving care it's received from me over the years. Saranghae has taken me leaps and bounds toward improvement that I didn't think possible. I love the changes I've seen and felt, and there's no doubt I will continue using Saranghae. I also feel much more confident about going make-up free which I now do more days than not!
I cannot tell you how difficult this was to put my bare naked face up so close to the camera completely unfiltered so you can get the REAL and candid gory details. "Closer" is one word my photog rarely hears from me!
So now that I can speak Korean... "Saranghae" and have a wonderful weekend!
This blog is in collaboration with Saranghae. Everything written prior to this notice is a candid report in my own words of my personal experience and results using the Saranghae products.
Saranghae is an award-winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients, highly effective products, and excellence in customer service has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.
For more information please visit: www.lovesaranghae.com
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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