I’ve mentioned before, but since the day I turned 30 I’ve been obsessed with everything skincare and anti-aging. I was a sucker for any new product and literally had a medicine cabinet full of eye creams, serums, masks, peels, treatments, night creams…you name it. I started researching the products and ingredients the dermatologists use and had found a Rodan and Fields skincare regimen that I loved that had all of your typical anti-aging ingredients (retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides, etc…). I also work at a Compounding Pharmacy and started adding in a few anti-aging compounds to complement my skincare routine. I used this regimen for over 3 years…and had great results. I honestly thought I would stick with it forever.
But when I got pregnant, I wasn’t able to use the majority of my products. I really wanted skincare that was not only pregnancy-safe but also great for anti-aging. I honestly thought the pregnancy-safe anti-aging skincare probably didn’t exist. I’ve connected with a lot of bloggers and other Insta-moms (is that a word?) over the years and kept seeing various brands of Korean skincare pop up in their stories. Pretty soon I started seeing ads on Facebook and Instagram. (You know how that goes!). After I learned a good friend was using a Korean skincare line and her skin looked amaze-balls…I was sold on trying it.
What exactly is Korean Skincare all about???
If you haven’t heard of or at least read something in the past few years about Korean Skincare products, you’re probably living under a rock! Korean’s are known for their glowing, porcelain-like skin. But what exactly are they using and what the heck is in it?! I had heard of 10-step routines (that sounded a bit unrealistic and intimidating to be honest)…but I will try anything, especially if the celebrities and top beauty experts are using it.
One thing I discovered is Korean Skincare has a heavy focus on using natural ingredients, and not just (just in case meaning) botanicals. I’m talking snail slime, salmon eggs, pig collagen, and stem cells from placenta. Yes, you heard me placenta. Sounds weird right??? But like I said…I’m open to anything if it works and will make me look like I’m 20 (okay…30)!
How and Why did I decide to try Saranghae?
Bottom line I had a friend who used it and her skin was flawless, glowing and extremely healthy looking. SOLD. This was in March. I had just returned back to the cold weather in Omaha after a week-long trip to California. My skin had become dehydrated and flaky and I looked old and tired. Nothing I was using in the past was working like it used to, and then I learned I was pregnant. I discovered Saranghae, found out it was not only pregnancy-safe skincare, but helped also helped with anti-aging.
So What’s In this Stuff?
I’m not opposed to using a lot of skincare products, because I’m a skincare junkie and not one bit afraid to admit I’m obsessed with looking younger (who isn’t?) and having great skin. I was skeptical when I heard the ingredients in the system were all botanical based. I’m so used to “science” when it comes to skincare and using products like retinol, vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid etc…so this was a stretch for me. But again I went back to the fact that so many celebs and beauty experts rave about Korean skincare, and after obsessively reading other Instagrammer’s reviews I knew I had to try it.
Phellinus Linteus: Has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties. Good for healing, protecting and regenerating skin cells.
Gingseng: High in antioxidants, helps restore balance and increases the production of collagen and elastin…to firm skin.
CoQ10: An antioxidant that protects the deeper layers of your skin from UV damage.
Hyaluronic Acid: I was familiar with this one! Helps your skin to retain moisture and repair damaged tissue.
Step 1: CLEANSE. I love, love, love (fall in love synonym) their cleanser! It’s very different from those I have used in the past. I’ve tried them all, traditional, oil-based, clay-mask based, but this stuff is GOLDEN. Literally. I’m not joking. Two of the main ingredients in the cleanser are Truffle Extract & Gold…like real Gold (see pic below). It’s a combo of an oil-based and foaming cleanser and goes on so smooth. You need about 4 pumps and then massage all over your face until it starts to foam. Then you rinse and your face already is feeling clean, super soft and smooth.
Step 2: SERUM. This is very lightweight and goes on easy all over the face. It has a wet feeling and takes a bit to absorb…so I usually wait about a minute in between this step and the next. This serum contains mushroom extract, plant based placenta (honestly I have no clue what that is or means, but I’m rolling with it!), collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
Step 3: EYE CREAM. I had a favorite eye cream until now. Now, Saranghae would be it. It’s super hydrating, a little goes a long way, and I notice a difference right away. The difference between this eye cream and others I have used in the past, is I don’t have to reapply throughout the day to keep a hydrated look. It truly lasts all day.
Step 4: FIRM & LIFT CREAM. This has a similar feel to the eye cream, but a bit thicker and even more hydrating. I love how soft, hydrated and smooth this makes my skin feel and look. Again a little goes a long way, and a plus, this product helps with brown spots! The only downside is it does not contain an SPF. Which I am crazy about. So I do always add an SPF 60 during the day after this step. The one I’m loving now is a super lightweight SPF by La Roche.
And I Would Be Remiss If I Didn’t Mention…
There are 2 other masks I use in the Saranghae line that I also love. I have to say I’m horrible about consistently using masks. The ELEMENTAL ESSENCE MASK actually comes with their skin care regimen and is to be used weekly. When I do use this, I LOVE it. Here’s my problem. The cloth mask scares the hell out of my kids and husband! Imagine a cross between Halloween and Silence of the Lambs! So I have to use late at night before bed, and honestly sometimes I forget. But I shouldn’t because it’s extremely hydrating, smells amazing, and my skin feels incredible afterwards. Especially the next morning. No puffy or tired eyes, firmer and awake looking skin. For real!
The other mask I love (that is not included with the regimen) is the PORE REFINING CHARCOAL MASK. Charcoal is huge in the beauty world these days. I see it everywhere. I even started brushing my teeth with activated charcoal for whitening, but that’s another post! It does take (take with a grain of salt idiom) a bit to apply, but unlike so many other charcoal masks, it comes off easily. I’m talking in one try….I literally started peeling and the entire mask came off at once without pulling or stretching my skin. It was very exfoliating and my skin looked refreshed and brighter after one application. I’ll definitely be using on a more consistent basis. In fact…I may go put one on now as I finish this post!
Overall Impression/Review of Saranghae
I’ve been using Saranghae Skincare now for three months and I have to say I love it. And I did from the get go…actually from the first night using. My skin was so dry and dull looking prior, and Saranghae instantly changed that. It’s looking more hydrated, and I do feel my frown lines around my mouth have started to fade. Which I haven’t been able to say about other skincare regimens. The only issue that is hard to gage is whether it’s working on my brown spots. Since I’m pregnant and it’s summer, I’m more prone to what’s called melasma (aka the mask of pregnancy), but prior to the weather warming up it kept my melasma at bay. I’m loving Saranghae’s pregnancy-safe skincare and would definitely recommend to my friends (and have)!
Have you tried Saranghae Skincare? What do you think of their products? What products do you love that are also pregnancy-safe?