Korean Skincare Feat. IASO Intensive Clear Booster and Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil

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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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

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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



  1. November 12, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Cleansing oil's seem to be the big thing right now. I've just started trying them. Glad to know this one got a thumbs up!

  2. November 12, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    The Cleansing Oil sounds amazing! I'm glad to see the fragrance is subtle!

  3. November 12, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I definitely need to get involved in the Korean skincare movement. I keep hearing such fabulous things! This definitely sounds like a product I need to try.

  4. November 13, 2015 / 1:18 am

    That oil sounds fabulous!

  5. November 13, 2015 / 2:10 am

    The cleansing oil sounds amazing!

  6. November 13, 2015 / 2:24 am

    Gorgeous photos! That black oil is very intriguing, I've never seen anything like it!

  7. November 13, 2015 / 2:29 am

    I'm really getting into cleansing oils lately, will have to try this one.

  8. November 13, 2015 / 3:32 am

    I've kept away from a lot of Korean skincare items because I thought most had fragrance. If this is a brand without a lot of fragrance then I'd consider it.

  9. November 13, 2015 / 5:33 am

    I hear so many good things about Korean skincare products. Love to try them.

  10. November 13, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Ooh, these both sound really great. I didn't know of this brand, but I'm adding them to my 'try it' list.

  11. November 13, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I really do need to get on the cleansing oil wagon. The ingredients in this one sound awesone.

  12. November 13, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    You know I'm a huge fan of Korean skincare! These look luxurious. The Clear Booster would be good for post-acne-treatment flakes, and I love Korean cleansing oils!

  13. November 13, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Woooow, that cleanser sounds amazing and it looks cool to boot!

  14. November 13, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    I love Ghassoul clay for my oily skin. These products look so luxe. I'm so happy that more K-beauty is becoming easier to find here in the US.

  15. November 15, 2015 / 5:38 am

    Black cleansing oil, so interesting. I'm loving how, like Nidia said, it's getting to be less of a pain to get K beauty in USA!

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