Today’s post is all about skincare and what I’ve been using as of late. Disclaimer: any observation I make below has been solely from my own experience, and I am neither paid to write nor am I sponsored by any company in this post (although I sure wouldn’t mind getting products to try! hah)
The company recently updated both the essence formula and the packaging and bottle label. On the left is the old bottle and formula; on the right is what you’ll now find in stores or online.
Supposed benefits of propolis as an ingredient in daily skin care include: anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties1, sebum and acne control2; and it may also help in healing wounds and with skin cell turnover.3 That’s a lot for one product to deliver, but in my experience so far, using some of this essence in conjunction with more adherence to nightly cleansing and toning has really seemed to brighten my complexion and decrease a lot of recurring chin breakouts. It has also helped in a pinch to calm sunburns, though I still think aloe gel does better because it cools the skin in addition to decreasing redness.
Differences between the old vs. new formula–according to Skinfood, the new formula now contains 63% black bee propolis extract, 10% royal jelly extract, and 10% black honey extract. Quite frankly I can’t tell the difference on me yet, but I will say that the old formula was more runny than the new one, which is a little more viscous.
How to use: I put a few drops around my face and gently rub it into my skin in small circles until it is absorbed. Usually after washing my face before bedtime, or before I put on my makeup in the morning as a lightweight moisturizer.
Masking is still a new and confusing area of skincare for me–the most I’ve really done is sheet masks, which are relatively inexpensive and quick to use. When I had shopped at my local Skinfood stores, I got a sample of the Black Sugar Strawberry face mask. It didn’t immediately impress me, but after swatching a few other wash off-style masks at Ulta (also primarily K-beauty brands) I came to appreciate this particular one.
The Black Sugar line is exfoliating and cleansing, and the strawberry smell of this mask IS fairly strong. As you apply the mask and it melts into the skin, the smell may make you hungry! You’ve been warned. I bought a silicone brush/spatula to avoid contaminating the jar as I apply it to my face.
How to use: apply with fingers or a brush on clean, damp skin, avoiding the eye and lip area. Rub gently into skin while washing off to exfoliate and cleanse. At the most I do this once every other week, as it is fairly messy.
That’s my mini product update, but if you have any recommendations for masks to try (I’d love to try a peel off one) or your favorite essence or serum, please leave me a note below 🙂