Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water

Sulwhasoo is by far the best skincare I've had the pleasure of using. My friend sent it to my mom as a thank you gift last year, but since my mom doesn't use anything on her face, I stole it. Hehe.

Sulwhasoo is known for their use of Chinese medicine to treat the skin condition. The basic theory is that our skin becomes unbalanced when we lose yin, which supplies moisture. Therefore, Chinese medicine chooses difference herbs that can replenish the yin in our skin, while balancing the yang and ensuring the circulation of energy or blood circulation (qi). Chinese medicine is all about these two properties - balance between yin and yang, and the circulation of energy.

The set came with both the Essential Balancing Water and Essential Balancing Emulsion. The water is a classic Asian Toner - it has a liquid gel texture and is meant to lightly hydrate the skin, prepping it for deeper hydration from serums and the emulsion. Did you know our skin is similar to the earth in that if it's too dry, it won't be able to absorb any moisture, everything will just sit on top. Hence the purpose of hydrating toners.

The Balancing Water has a light floral scent – very refreshing. You can apply it with a cotton pad or pour some into hands and pat it onto your face. I prefer the latter  – it's pricey, and this way I know my skin gets all the goodness, not the cotton.

It contains matrimony vine, which promotes skin health and harmony according to the Sulwhasoo site. It also uses pursaline, known to aid in hydration by preventing water loss.

While you can't use the water on it's own to fully hydrate your face, it does help to re-balance the pH of your skin, deliver nutrients, and pave the way for deeper hydration, making it an important step in your skincare routine.

Increases moisture of the skin
Lightly hydrates

Will probably need to order online

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  1. Great review babe! I always love discovering new skin care products. Thanks for sharing. <3

    xo, Alina


  2. Thanks Alina! Definitely try it out, I love Sulwhasoo's products! They're definitely worth the price.

  3. Ooh I've never heard of this! definitely going to have to check it out!

  4. Definitely do! Sulwhasoo makes my some of favourite skincare products.


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