Wednesday, September 4, 2019

3-Step Skincare Routine With Althea Korea Bare Essentials

Althea Korea Bare Essentials
Bought for: P1,960/set
Bought from: Althea Korea

The ones we'll be talking about today aren't exactly new products in the market. A lot of you might have heard of them and I'm pretty sure about that, but for those who are curious and haven't tried them yet, this post is for you. I'm going to share my honest-to-goodness review about this exclusive product line of Althea Korea, Bare Essentials, which comprises and promotes three basic skincare steps - cleanse, tone and moisturize.


Step 1 is the Contour Cleanser, a rich and foaming cleanser that removes impurities while improving blood circulation for that V-shaped look. It contains micro capsules to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed too! Use together with the Primer Water and Fixer Cream for best results!

It has Ice Plant that hydrates and calms redness and Lemon Verbena Leaf that is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants to strengthen the skin.

This is a creamy foam cleanser that is housed in a very simple yet hygienic tube packaging. It's opaque white in color and has micro capsules that gently scrub away dead skin cells. They melt onto the skin eventually, giving a slightly cooling sensation. It has a purpose too and that is to lessen the swelling of the face, thus the name. As you use this regularly, the cooling sensation becomes less and less noticeable. This cleanser is really effective in removing dirt and oil on the skin, revealing a squeaky clean layer. This is a bit drying, in my opinion, so the next steps (which are toning and moisturizing) are quite necessary!

I am not very fond of foam cleansers and you probably guessed it by now if you are a regular here but this cleanser is tolerable especially when used in conjunction with the primer water and fixer cream. I like that it doesn't sting and is not heavily-fragranced. A little of it (pea-sized) is enough to cleanse the face and neck area so one tube will really last you a very long time.

PRIMER WATER 150G (P710 P550)

Step 2 is the Primer Water. Smooth, hydrating and ever so slightly balm-like, this bottle of wonder penetrates into the layers of the skin to plump them up, prepping the skin and making it a smooth canvas for products to come. Use together with the Contour Cleanser and Fixer Cream for best results!

This product has Snow Lotus that smoothens and brightens the skin while evening out its texture and patented "dewdrop" formulation that revitalizes the skin and provides immediate, effective moisture.

Isn't this product looking so cool in that minimal frosted plastic bottle and a silver cap? This primer is so good! The first time I look at it, I thought it's something I wouldn't like and would probably just throw out because the consistency is thicker than normal water toners. Most toners that has the same balmy texture are indeed balmy/greasy when applied. I am not very fond of these type of toners so when I first used this product, I was so ashamed of myself because I was wrong! In fact, this is unbelievably lightweight on the skin and doesn't leave a sticky residue, only plump, hydrated and healthy-looking layer.

I am also happy to tell you that this is quick-drying so you don't have to fan your face or wait for minutes to take on another step. Using this regularly, I felt like my skin has become more balanced and tightness and sensitivity were lessened. It's quite something at P550. I ran through it faster than the cleanser and moisturizer just because it's a favorite!

This product has 200ml of product which is a pretty decent amount for a toner. You can soak a cotton pad with this and slightly brush on the skin to remove debris and excess dirt.

FIXER CREAM 50G (P800 P640)

Step 3 is the Fixer Cream. powerful moisturizing properties are packed into this little jar that provides the skin with hydration for up to 24 hours for a fresh, revitalized complexion. Use together with the Contour Cleanser and Primer Water for best results!

It has Trehalose which is a powerful humectant that retains moisture on the skin and Wild Green Tea that is hydrating, skin soothing and pack with antioxidants. It also has Baobab Tree Extract which is non-greasy moisturizing agent that helps promote collagen production.

Now onto the last and final step, Fixer Cream. It comes in a frosted plastic bottle that has very aminimal design just like the cleanser and toner. Even the step is minimal and that's what I probably like about this set. This product has an inner seal and I forgot if it comes with a spatula and if ever it does, I might have accidentally throw it out. Again I'm not a fan of this type of packaging that involves the use of fingers but whatever - it is what it is. Just make sure to always use clean hands when you're doing your skincare.

The product is opaque white and it has a creamy and consistent formulation. There's something about the texture that feels like a luxury to apply onto the skin. At first I thought it will be uncomfortable but again, this was made to be used for any skin types. It's very moisturizing but is non-sticky and it's true that it can moisturize the skin for a long time. I don't think the moisture is enough for those with drier skin types though.

This product leaves the skin with a slightly dewy finish but it's not bothering me at all. I also like that I can put on anything on top without disturbing the makeup or moving them. Using this cream together with the primer and cleanser, my skin has improved a lot in terms of its overall complexion.


I am definitely obsessed with this set! My skin isn't doing well for the past few months and the products I've been using before that used to be working surprisingly disappointed me so I switched to using Bare Essentials instead. I am still getting tiny breakouts because it's that time of the month again but my skin is overall looking]smooth, glowing and improving!

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