Many of us are familiar with the benefits and convenience of using micellar water, especially for those who live in areas with hard tap water. Now, a version with tea tree oil! Although I still like to use a traditional foaming cleanser to wash my face in the morning and at night, I use this as a mid-day refresher (I only wear makeup on special occasions now so a few quick sweeps of this no-wash cleanser with a cotton pad does the trick). The result is soft, clean, and refreshed skin that smells faintly of tea tree oil.
On bad acne days when I’m going out, I opt to wear Dr. G’s A-Clear Sensi-AC Sunscreen. This the only lightweight sunscreen with salicylic acid that I have been able to find on the market. It feels heavier than the Innisfree Blueberry Sun Cream but it treats acne while protecting your face from the sun. Also, fragrance free and no white cast.
Hands down, this is the most lightweight sunscreen I have ever used. Apply liberally before going out–the result is soft, fragrance-free, protected skin with no white cast. Feels like water going on and washes off easily with a normal cleanser. Some sunscreens double as makeup primers–this is not one of them. This is perfect for no makeup days (which is about every day for me) and if you do wear makeup over this, give it ample time to dry beforehand.
Innisfree (as well as Nature Republic) is South Korea’s version of Origins. The company prides itself as being a proponent of skincare and makeup made with natural plant-based ingredients.
You can’t buy these (as they come with your purchase of the large-sized SK-II Treatment Essence at the brand’s counters in Seoul) but these are the best facial cotton pads on the market. Soft, lightweight, and anti-pilling–I never thought I’d rave about cotton pads. In addition, unlike using cotton balls, there is very little waste of product. And, rather than using them with quick swipes (as you would with cotton balls), you “pad across” your face using the pads, which can help prep your skin for the next product (i.e, serum, moisturizer, etc.). Don’t use SK-II products? Get a friend who does and offer to pay for the pads–they’re worth it!