Korean skincare intrigues me the most because I admire the meticulous attention given to skin regimen, which for the most part is reflected in Korean women’s flawless visage.  I had limited experience with Korean products so I jumped on the opportunity to try IASO, a prestige global brand founded on “professional knowledge of dermatologists and utilizing plant extracts” which aims to fulfill clear, healthy and radiant skin.  

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korean skincare tips, IASO Intensive Clear Booster, IASO  Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil

IASO Intensive Clear Booster ($65, 35ml) is indicated for all skin types. Described as “intensive yet extra-retexturizing formula with exclusive complex of multi-hydroxy acids and plant extracts”, this product helps exfoliate dead skin cells, boosts skin’s clarity and radiance, and corrects discoloration. It removes flakes on dry skin and keeps oil at bay on oily skin. Sounds like jack-of-all-trade in the realm of skincare ha?

why koreans have flawless skin, IASO Intensive Clear Booster, IASO  Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil

This fragrance-free product has colorless and watery consistency (as shown in the photo). Given the merits of its ingredients, I would describe it as a serum which works best when layered with moisturizer or cream. However, since this has alpha-hydroxy acid, it’s strongly advised not to combine it with retinol or you risk irritation and redness. Likewise, combining it with Vitamin C destabilize the latter. I use this mostly in the morning, pre-makeup, under BB or CC cream. I like that it makes my skin look and feel supple after application.

Key ingredientsAHA/BHA complex (Glycolic Acid 3.7%, Lactic Acid 3.8%, Salicylic Acid 0.3%), Aloe Leaf Juice , Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Centella Asiatica
Complete List: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Water solvent, Alcohol solvent, Butylene glycol, Lactic acid, Glycolic acid, Sodium lactate, Propylene glycol, Sorbitol, Glycosyl trehalose, Epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract, Sodium pca, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Polysorbate 20, Salicylic acid, Methylparaben, Xanthan gum, Centella asiatica extract, Disodium edta, Citrus unshiu, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil

korean skincare, IASO Intensive Clear Booster, IASO  Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil

IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil ($35, 150ml) looks intimidating at first for obvious reasons, it’s black and has oil. Fear of the unknown but once this product touch your face, it practically dissolves all traces of makeups, dirt and whatnot. Emulsified with water, it also doubles as hypoallergenic cleanser. Morocco Ghassoul Clay carries a rich blend of natural magnesium and calcium which helps moisturize skin. Moringa Seed Oil helps purify and revitalize skin. Blue Chamomile tightens pores and the combination of Papain Enzyme, Bromelain, and Willow Bark Extract exfoliate, promote skin turnover, and reveal brighter and softer skin. It has subtle floral fragrance which makes cleansing all the more inviting. I love this so a purchase is inevitable down the line.

Key ingredientsMorocco Ghassoul, Moringa Seed Oil, Blue Chamomile, Willowbark, Papain enzyme, Bromelain, 7 flower extracts

Complete list: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Peg-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Charcoal Powder, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Moroccan Lava Clay, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Mannitol, Bromelain, Papain, Ceramide 3, Hydrolyzed Sponge, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol


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