The great myth of sunscreen, or why UVA is ruining your life

I’ve been thinking about sunscreen a lot lately. This started when my co-worker Cynthia wrote a feature on sunscreens and how they work – or, more appropriately, why they don’t work. She worked with a friend I referred her to who many of you know from the kbeauty community, cosmetic chemist Stephen Ko. As those…

Oh, look what it is: My spring routine!

HI GUYS. I’ve been way busy lately and haven’t been here much to prattle about what my boyfriend calls “my potions,” but I have a fantastic new job that I’m loving very much to blame for it, and I can’t really be sad about that. That said, I’ve had a few things in the testing…

Skincare Confessions: I’m scared of actives! (well, I WAS)

So it’s been over three years now since I started slathering layers of product on my face like an elaborate wedding cake, and I feel much more savvy when it comes to what I choose and why. I’ve learned what ingredients I like, and what makes my skin happy. I’ve overcome the desire to buy every…

Review: Goodal Moisture Barrier line

I went to New York in October with a few major, clear objectives: See BIGBANG live (mission accomplished, G-Dragon’s face in person is that of a chiseled god), and go to every k-beauty shop I could get my hands on, specifically Tony Moly and Club Clio. While the Tony Moly store was very cute in…

Fuck off, Father Time, or: My winter skincare routine

As 2015 really was the year my Asian beauty passion went into high drive, I feel like this is the year I’ve experimented the most. I really did enjoy playing around, trying lots of samples, and truly befriending my skin. I’d heard lots of talk about “knowing what your skin needed,” but for a long time,…

How you touch your face is more important than what you put on it

In my first few years of interest in Korean beauty, I was naturally drawn in by the products and their presentation. Any woman that admires cuteness, elegance, or both would be, as Korea especially is terrific when it comes to beauty marketing. Now, a few years into my skincare journey, I’m starting to become less…

The Asian beauty lexicon: Does it scare people away?

[Pic via bibibeauty.com] Actives. AHAs. BHAs. pH levels. PIH. Closed comedones. Ceramides. Arbutin. Propolis. That’s a lot of new lingo, and a lot to remember. In fact, I think maybe not every person interested in having better skin is going to become a skincare addict or a walking encyclopedia of terms. And while it’s perfectly…

Sleeping in makeup to 10 steps: Why change?

I recall an experience a few years ago when my mother (an esthetician for decades) tried to introduce me to a line of products she was carrying, created by a dermatologist. As I recall, the routine was a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer and a sunscreen. To me at the time, that was a INSUFFERABLY…

Review: Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

Being a person whose skin (before k-beauty, that is) frequently resembled a 2000-year-old sheet of parchment, my biggest skin problem has always been the same: Dry, dry, dry. One of the reasons I was drawn to k-beauty years ago was because everything I read, from 10-step routines to reviews of products, seemed to have a…

#sheetmasking: Get pretty on the cheap

I think one of the first things I discovered in the K-beauty world were sheet masks. At first, I didn’t really believe they were doing a lot for my skin — they were so cheap, and I felt ridiculous wearing one (people typically look pretty terrifying wearing them, so prepare for your significant other/mother/dog to…