#KoreanSkincareSeries: Oh my Acne Battle! Part 2 | Cleanser-Toner-Serum-Essence

Hello again, I hope everyone's having a great summer so far, while taking care of your skin and keeping it beautiful...

As for me, my skin has been pretty cooperative with my skincare regimen, although still having those "awful days" dealing with zits.. haha.

So, here's the second part of my Acne Battle #KoreanSkincareSeries post and I'll be sharing my favorite and regular skincare products for cleansing, toning, peeling and moisturizing..

  • CLEANSER: Lemon Sparkling Cleansing Foam
Although some claim that washing your face too much causes breakouts, I make sure that I wash my face atleast twice a day or whenever necessarily needed to keep it clean and to ensure that it's absorbing all my skincare products, without clogging my pores and causing more breakouts.

And for my cleanser, I'm inloved with Secret Key's Lemon Sparkling Cleansing Foam! it's packed with fresh lemon water and extract with carbonated water.
It's a rich, creamy foam that's gentle on the face. I love its lemony and citrusy smell. I use it as my cleanser in the morning and at night.

Benefits on the skin:
  • It washes away impurities, excess sebum, dead skincells and even heavy make-up. The citric acid from the lemon helps naturally to exfoliate and clean pores.
  • Vitamin C and other ingredients like Pectin, nourish and brighten the complexion.
  • Other ingredients like, Collagen & Donkey milk hydrate the skin and improve its elasticity.

***My experience: After every wash, I do feel that my pores are thoroughly cleaned and that my facial complexion looks a lot brighter. It doesn't dry up my face, although it does feel a little tighter/stretched.

  • TONER: AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

After cleansing, this comes next.
I use the CosRx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner to basically prep my skin for my serum and moisturizer.
This toner mainly contains willow extract and apple water. It's an odorless light water based mist.
I use it mainly at night but also in the morning when I am not in a rush. I spray an appropriate amount onto a cotton pad and gently sweep it all over my face.. Sometimes, I even spray it directly on my face and use my fingertips to pat it gently for more absorption. It's non drying and non-irritating.

Benefits on the skin:
  • Its gentle peeling process helps nutrients to effectively and fully penetrate the skin.
  • Over continuous usage, it helps renew the skin by making it healthier, smoother in texture and brighter in complexion.

***My experience: After every usage, I see that my skin is a lot brighter and feels a lot smoother and less oily.

  • PEELING SERUM: AHA 8% Peeling Serum
After toning, I apply the Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum on my face by putting 2-3 drops on my fingertips and evenly massaging it on my skin.

This serum features AHA 8%, Portulaca extract, sagebrush extract, aloe vera leaf extract, arnica flower extract, castor oil, phantenol, allontoin, papaya fruits extract, yarrow extract and gentian extract.
It's an odorless clear serum.
It's a little sticky when applied at first but not oily; and disappears when it dries.
On my first ever use of it, I felt a slight tingling effect on my skin and a little redness too, but other than that, I have not had any other irritations.

Benefits on the skin:
  • It gently exfoliates the skin by removing damaged dead skincells.
  • It activates turn over to maximize flexibility and crates smooth skin texture.
  • It creates a moisturizing protection veil to keep the face moisturized for hours.

***My experience: My most noticed effect of this serum on me is that it evened out the outer layer of my facial skin while maintaining its firmness and moisture and without causing any visible skin micropeeling.

  • SERUM: Advance Snail Mucin Power Essence
And finally, after my serum, I apply the CosRx Advance Snail Mucin Power Essence that serves as my moisturizing/hydrating cream/essence.

Essence is a little more thicker/creamier than a serum. that's why I find it enough to use it as my moisturizing cream instead of adding an additional one in my routine.
I love this essence because it keeps my skin hydrated all day without leaving it oily or sticky. I only use 1 medium drop for my entire face because it's so rich. I use my fingertips to directly massage it on my skin and let it dry.
It's formulated with 96% of snail secretion filtrate(mucin). It's odorless and colorless.

Benefits on the skin:
  • The filtered snail mucin locks the facial skin moisture all day long.
  • It helps maintain the skin's texture smooth and healthy.
  • It helps heal damaged skin.

***My experience: Aside from keeping my skin moisturized for long hours, I also noticed that it helps heal my acne left scars/pigmentation over continued usage.

So, after reading this, I bet you are already exclaiming "OMG! How do you keep this lengthy routine every single day without getting tired or forgetting something?!"
Believe me, I do want to stop and just give up at times... but oh well, they're the ones keeping my acne problem in place and also aiding with keeping my skin younger, since I am getting older.. haha!
The secret is - consistency! Yup, I just keep on going doing the same thing over and over again...

Thank you for reading and I hope it's helped you somehow...
Enjoy the rest of your summertime while it still lasts.... and until next time!
Please feel free to comment on your thoughts about these products and/or share your own experiences using them(if you have tried them too..)

Much love, Christie


  1. Hi girl! ❤️ I'm pretty surprised na may Donkey milk yung foam cleanser mo? Haven't encountered one before, but anything with milk gets me every time. Feel ko maganda talaga sa skin. :) And when it comes to a lengthy skincare routine, you'll just get used to it. Diba? Kasi pag lagi mo na ginagawa parang normal na lang siya. Though minsan pag tinatamad na ko, inaapply ko na lahat sa face ko then matutulog ako with my sheet mask on. Hihi! Anyway, Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

    1. Hello ganda! 💖 Ako din, di ko inakala na may donkey milk palang ingredient yung cleanser, binasa ko talaga from different sites para masure ko kung tama yung translation ng korean ingredients nung product... haha. And I agree, pag nasanay na parang normal nalang.... ayy girl, guilty din ako sa sheet masking while sleeping, kaso d daw maganda sa face kc nakakadehydrate ng skin... kaloka. Kaya pag pagod ka, skip mo nalang muna yung sheet mask kesa matulog with it. Hehe! Thanks for dropping by again! 🙏🏻😘