About the brand:
Another new brand from Korea with a unique concept which caught my attention due to their signature turquoise color theme for their brand. Their tagline is ”climate inspired skincare solutions” which emphasize that their products are formulated specifically for humid weather. You can learn more about the brand, here
So far, they’ve launched three products which is a cleanser, toner and ampoule. Before we get right into each of the products, let’s talk more about their main star ingredients or things in common between all of them. They use 6 + 1 + 1 advance formula on each of their products. What does 6 + 1 + 1 Advance formula means?
6 Nutrient-rich natural-ingredients
They selected 6 types of plant extracts that has been shown to be healthy and beneficial for skin in hot and humid weather. You can see ingredients like centella asiatica, calendula, aloe vera and many more that has been widely known to have soothing properties
1 Functional Ingredients
They have one ingredients in each of their products that are targeted to fix a particular skin issue. Such as salicylic acid for example
1 Advance manufacturing technology
It emphasized that they incorporate advance manufacturing technology to offer high quality nutrients, as well as ingredients
Moreover, all of their products have no artificial coloring, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens. More to that, they are cruelty free and vegan. Now, let’s talk about each of their product!
Quinoa One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser
This is pH-balanced quinoa one-step gel cleanser that claim to be able to simplify our cleansing routine into just one single step with a pH of 5.5.
Price: 20,000 KRW/ 180ml
A light pumping plastic bottle (cap not pictured since I lost the cover cap). The pump doesn’t dispense as much products. You’ll need 3 – 4 pumps for each use
INCI list: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed extract, glycerin, sodium lauroyl glutamate, betaine, glycine soja (soybean) oil, melaluca alternifolia (tea tree) extract, chlorphenesin, Hydroxyacetophenone, ethylexylglycerin, camellia sinensis leaf extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, ocimum tenuiflorum extract, centella asiatica extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) fruit extract, citric acid, geranium maculatum oil, allantoin
The main six ingredients that they highlighted in the cleansers are their Centella Asiatica, calendula, green tea, sweet almond oil, and holy basil extract. Their percentage were not clearly stated for this six ingredients.
I am pretty familiar with some of these extracts. Centella Asiatica, Calendula, as well as Green tea are great ingredients with soothing or anti-inflammatory properties. While holy basil extract in skincare is new to me, it is known to have a beneficial effect for stress and anxiety. Their skincare benefit may be due to their anti-inflammatories properties which is once again great for people with irritated skin. Sweet almond oil is packed with Vitamin E, which is a great antioxidant and has a moisturizing properties in it.
While 1 functional ingredient in this cleanser is the Quinoa (50,000ppm).
We all know this superfood has a whole loads of antioxidants. Of course it makes them awesome to fight off all the damage from the sun taken both internally or topically. I’ve looked up for evidence on their benefit for skin, one research has shown that in vitro experiments has shown not only their antioxidant effect but also their benefit for hyperpigmentation. However, please do note that this is a cell level experiments and not a clinical trial on human skin.
Their benefit in the form of wash-off cleansers in such formulation hasn’t been reported anywhere (I’ve looked up over Pubmed), we could still expect some great benefits from it! You can’t turn down any good antioxidant on your skincare, ever!
Light clear gel texture. It doesn’t really foam up as much, when mixed with water it creates a really thin foam which facilitate a decent amount of slip and won’t tug your skin during the cleansing process It doesn’t really cloud our sight and rinse off pretty easily.
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I would say that this product has a very vague sweet scent to it. It is not overwhelming at all and smells pretty nice actually.
How to use:
Put 3-4 pumps of the products on your palm. Add a little bit of water into it (not too much) and slather them all over your face. I usually use it for about 1 minute, to make sure that I remove everything off of my face.
As its’ named, this product is meant to be able to remove the dirt, make up and everything off of your face in just ONE step. This product works really well to remove base makeup, waterproof eyeliner, and everything else except for my Heroine waterproof mascara (which is my gold standard for waterproof mascara). It can take it off with more effort, but I am not bothered to put a lot of pressure on my eye area. I highly suggest you to test them out on your specific mascara to see if it works for your mascara, if it doesn’t, it’s always better to rely on a cleansing oil to remove them in advance.
It is easy to rinse off and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight / dry. I’ve been using them solely as a PM cleanser and I can justify its’ efficacy on removing even waterproof base makeup. You can use a cotton pad soaked with your favorite toner and swipe them all over your face to see their efficacy.
As a double-cleansing preacher for years, I am pretty skeptical on the idea that there’ll be any single product that can do double-role without breaking me out. If you remember, I’ve tried another similar product from Troiareuke ACsen Oil Cut ($38/120ml). It used to be the only product that I believe could remove everything effectively without leaving anything that could possibly break me out. However, their very high price draws me back from repurchasing them. Although they have different texture, this one from Axis-y can be such a steal for similar efficacy.
I find this product to be gentle to be used as a morning cleanser as well. Although I can find it a little bit too drying for morning cleanser when my skin is not on its’ prime condition. Therefore, I’ve been saving it for my night time routine.
Can I use it with cleansing tools?
I’ve tried using them with silicone cleansing device (Foreo). When other products tend to foam up a little bit more when used in conjunction with this device, this particular cleanser does not. It’s not particularly necessary for you to use them with a cleansing brush. With or without a cleansing brush device, this product could pretty much remove every base make up on our face
If you’re a minimalist and you want something that can clean your skin effectively without costing you more money / time, this product is totally for you! Removes basically almost everything and won’t strip your skin off, especially won’t strip off your skincare budget. While it might not be the most affordable gel cleanser in the market, considering that it simplifies the routine into just one product.
I know that many of you have issue with finding the right oil cleansers that won’t exacerbate your fungal acne, for those typically more prone to it when you’re living in a humid country. This one can be another alternative for you!
Daily Purifying Treatment Toner
This treatment purifying toner contain 0.5% salicylic acid, tea tree as well as centella asiatica as their star ingredients. The product is meant to help with congested skin and soothe redness
Price: 28,000 KRW/ 200ml
Plastic and twist-open bottle with a small opening to dispense the product. Due to the product consistency, which is watery, this kind of packaging can be a little messy in my opinion. Be sure to be gentle while pouring out the toner on your palm
INCI list: water, centella asiatica extract, aloe barbadensis leaf water, butylene glycol, alcohol, sodium hyaluronate, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) extract, sorbitan sesquioleate, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, saacharum officinatum (sugar cane) extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, betaine, salicylic acid, salvia officinalis (sage) extract, houttuynia cordata extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor oil, chlorphenesin, ehtylexylglycerin, sodium citrate, gluconolactone, arginine, rheumpalmatum root extract, artemisia princeps leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract, Carbomer, dimethyl sulfone, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil
This product does contain 0.5% of Salicylic acid (which is the maximum concentration of SA in South Korea). As we all know, Salicylic acid or BHA is one of the best ingredients for whoever struggling with acne or just even anyone who wants to find an ingredient that’s able to exfoliate and clears out your pores. Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliants that does all the job from sloughing off dead skin cells and control sebum production in the long run. If you have oily skin and been struggling with acne, you might want to give this ingredient a go!
Paired together with centella asiatica which is great as soothing ingredients and tea tree oil with anti bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, made the product sounds like a great option for people with acne-prone skin.
Sugar cane extract which can be one of the natural source of glycolic acid, is an AHA. This also gently help with exfoliation. However, they do not particularly mentioned that they extracted the glycolic acid components from the sugar cane. Or else, it works as a great emollient.
Their other highlighted ingredients are lotus, houttuynia, narrowleaf hawkweed plant extracts.
<!> It does contain Lavender oil and alcohol, please do take note of this especially when you’re sensitive to lavender oil and alcohol
Very light and watery. It doesn’t leave any tackiness or residue on the skin once applied. It does provide a slight amount of hydration to the skin
I don’t know if this product smells like anything in particular, but it does smell really “clean” and I can smell a hint of alcohol scent in it.
How to use: I use this toner on a damp skin right after I wash my face. I just pour them on my palm and quickly slap them all over my skin before it is dripping all over. Another alternative if you don’t like to spill on some product, is by actually using a cotton pad to swipe them on your skin.
I stopped using my retinoid product for a while to be able to fairly judge this particular product. It does contain 0.5% salicylic acid. I can say that it pretty much help with congestions and oil-control. I am pretty much can’t live without my retinoid products, but when I use this, I can totally bear with it. It does help with keeping skin feeling smoother and less textured. It can also help with reducing redness on irritated skin. I tend to reach out to this product a lot since it’s been getting hotter in Korea nowadays. So, I do think this type of products would be great for any of you living in
I can see the difference when I do stop using both of this product and my retinoids at the same time, in which I can find the texture resurfacing in a matter of days. But this product can totally keep my skin at bay when it happened
If you’re looking for a gentle exfoliating toner that doesn’t leave any tackiness or residue behind. This is it! It does a pretty decent concentration of BHA (0.5%) while packed with other soothing ingredients that can counteract the side effect of BHA. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, I do think this is one of the Korean product that you should get your hands on. Since this product is formulated especially for humid weather, their fast-absorbing capacity can definitely be something you can benefit from.
Although please do take note, that this product does contain lavender oil as well as alcohol.
Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule
The skin barrier ampoule is formulated to strengthen our skin barrier. What are sign of damaged skin barrier? Redness, easily sensitized skin, flaky skin, acne as well as burning sensation. This product is meant to help this issue
Price: 28,000 KRW / 30ml
Packaging: Simple glass with dropper
INCI list: Water, aloe barbadensis leaf water, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, centella asiatica extrat, glycerin, betaine, Glycryyhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alcohol, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) extract, Sorbitol, Soritan Sesquioleate, Hieracium Pilosella Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyexylglycerin, Polyglutamic acid, beta-glucan, arginine, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract (Okra), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Arctium Lappa Root Extract (burdock), Hibiscus Mutabilis Flower Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Carbomer, Adenosine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil
They emphasized Artichoke as their functional ingredients in their product. Some of their other ingredients such as Aloe leaf extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Okra Extract, Burdock Root Extract, and tea Tree leaf oil in order on their INCI list.
<!> Note: It does contain alcohol, be aware if you’re sensitive to it
Let’s talk about each of the ingredients in order, Aloe Vera extract is one of the OG and one of the most well-studied plant extract.
Aloe vera is a great humectant ingredient with wound healing promoting properties in it. They also have an anti-inflammatory property which makes them a much-love ingredient for skin soothing / calming products. Centella Asiatica on the other hand has been another “favorite” ingredients in the world of Korean skincare with its’ powerful anti-inflammatory properties that speed up the reduction in redness and sensitized skin
Licorice Root extract, another OG for natural sources of “brightening” ingredients. They are a great alternatives for brightening that are safe to use even during pregnancy.
Now let’s talk about the start of the show which is the Artichoke extract (Cynara Scolymus). Artichoke is a crop of the Mediterranean area that are rich in polyphenols, inulin, vitamin and minerals. You can learn more on the benefit of artichoke taken orally on different kind of common diseases such as cholesterol or high blood pressure, here.
Contrary to the former ingredients I’ve mentioned, this one is rather more on the unpopular side on skincare ingredients. If I look up through Pubmed on the article about “cynara scolymus / artichoke, skin” I can only find 5 papers so far. One of them mentioning their anti-ageing effect. Thus, take them with a grain of salt
Texture: This ampoule has a body to it, it doesn’t slip or drip all over the place but once you spread them it feels more of a skin-like texture to it. Spread effortlessly and absorb without leaving any tackiness behind.
Scent: It smells similar to their toner, with a hint of tea tree that dissipates after a while
How to use: I have several ways to use it,
- As a boost of hydration: I usually a drop of this to complement my moisturizer / lotion to adds up the hydration whenever my skin is feeling a little dry
- As a hydrator itself: I use 3 drops of this and slather them all over my face (generously). You can actually layer this product as necessary to complement your skin type (maybe 1 layer for oilier skin is just enough, but definitely more for drier skin)
I think this is the only product which took me a while to use and try out. It takes me a while to see if this product actually adds up anything to my skin other than hydration. And to be honest, for my skin type and concern, it does nothing than hydrating my skin.
However, please do take note that I don’t have any specific skin concern that I have to work on. My acne is pretty much under control most times and I don’t find this product speeds up any recovery or healing process compared to others.
For your consideration, I’ve seen people with acne raving about this product and really helped them on clearing up their moderate acne (small-mid size papule acne lesion).
Considering their price, this would be one of the product that doesn’t really suit my skin concern. I do think if you have no big skin acne issue, this product won’t be the best fit into your routine, unless you aim for just an extra hydration on your routine that won’t leave you feeling tacky and greasy.
Again, I want to emphasize that skincare is personal and there’s no one size fits all. I am not saying that this is a bad product, but just not necessarily something my skin need at the moment. However, when looking to their ingredients and texture, for those of you who finds it hard to look for products that can soothe your skin without leaving any residue behind, this can be one of your option
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This is a sponsored review by Axis-y. All content are my own and honest opinion