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My Skincare Routine

Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her skincare routine using Korean Beauty Line Saranghae


Hello & Happy Friday Everyone!

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know this post has been a LONG time coming! I’m so excited to be sharing my skincare routine today as that’s something I get quite a few questions on! I’m even including before and after photos of what my skin looked like before I started the routine I do now!

And, if you follow me on the ‘gram and watch my stories, you know that adult acne is something I struggle with. I didn’t always struggle with acne. In fact, I rarely had blemishes as a teen. Which made my adult acne that much more unbearable. I didn’t know how to handle it, what caused it, and it took me years (and hundreds spent on various products) to find a solution. All the while, most of my friends had perfectly clear skin and had grown out of the breakout phase I was just starting. Fun times!

Around this time last year, I partnered with a Korean skincare brand called Saranghae. Like most partnerships, I viewed this as a great opportunity to test out new products for you all but didn’t have much hope that they’d truly work for my skin. I was stuck in the habit of using the same products from Sephora day in day out because I knew they at least made my acne tolerable. I used Saranghae for three weeks and have never gone back to my old products. For real! I repeat, a relatively new skincare brand kicked my “classics” like Clinique and Origin out the door.

Since that time, I’ve tried various other skincare products because that’s my job – to test new products and styles for you! But, I’ll be honest, I always go back to Saranghae. I’m not totally certain, but I’m pretty sure their products are as close to magic as I can get. I tested this theory back in March. Trying to save money and leaving things to the last minute (surprise, surprise!), I traveled to Sanibel Island with Kevin and my family with a hodge-podge of skincare items. Some had been gifted, others were leftover from what I had used BS (before Saranghae). I came back and things were NOT looking pretty! So, the second I stepped off the plane, I reordered Saranghae’s 5-step plan.

Yes, you read that right. I purchased this product with my OWN money. And, I still do. So, no, this is not a sponsored post!

Here’s a full run down of the 5-step routine I follow everyday with their products. The only modification is that I swap out their serum (Step 2) with Coola’s tanning face serum in the morning to help me get my glow on. Other than that, I follow this to a T.


    1. OIL & FOAM CLEANSER: This cleanser actually has bits of gold in it to enhance your glow. And, let me tell you, it works! It’s incredibly gentle yet insanely effective. It even removes my Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Foundation that’s technically water proof. You actually use this on dry skin, rinse with warm water and then pat dry!
    2. ESSENCE + SERUM: Essence is a product unique to Korean skin care. Saranghae’s version takes Essence, a traditional Korean anti-aging product, with a typical North American anti-aging serum to form a very effective combination. It’s a gel like product that you put all over your face and neck directly after drying. This is my favorite product out of their entire line because it is so soothing on skin, especially in dry winter months!
    3. MOISTURIZER: After applying the Essence + Serum, I gently rub this into my face and neck. This moisturizer helps repair damaged skin reducing things like redness, age spots and wrinkles. It’s also a really effective moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores, which is hard to come by!
    4. EYE CREAM: Lastly, I use their eye cream on my under-eye, above my brows to reduce sagging, and on my lids too. The thing I really like about this eye cream is its ability to sink into your skin and allow your under-eye concealer to go on smoothly. So often, I cannot use eye creams under makeup because they make my concealer crease or cake horribly. This actually makes my concealer go on smoother!
    5. FACE MASK: Saranghae always sends out a big pack of sheet masks with every bundle too! We all know I love my me-time! So I usually use this mask once a week (the night before I wash my hair, lol).

Great Skin


In terms of price, I’m not gonna lie, it is pricy at first. The complete 5-step routine is $189 with a membership. Membership only means that they will auto-ship you a new bundle when you want it. It defaults to shipping every 45-days, but I find that one box lasts me about 60-80 days. So, I have them ship it every 2 months or so. With every purchase, the price drops. You can read more about their pricing here.

But, before you exit this post convinced that this is too pricey let me ask you – have you ever totaled the skincare products in your cabinet? I’m willing to bet, they come to at least that amount. Or, if they don’t, are they really working for your skin? Are they anti-aging, skin clearing and made from quality ingredients? When I totaled my old skincare products before Saranghae, I found that my eye cream alone was $55, my face wash was $25, my moisturizer $35, and my toner was $15. Plus, I had to purchase replacement heads for my Clarisonic every 4 weeks or so (~$20/piece). So, skincare adds up REAL quick! And I used to pay this for products that only sort of worked and didn’t have as many quality ingredients.

Part of the reason why Saranghae is pricey is because the quality of their ingredients cannot be beat. Their ingredients are botanically based, 100% vegan, paraben, sulfate and pthalate free as well as cruelty free!

Need more convincing? Look at these (unedited) photos I sent them a few months back as part of an acne scarring review. My face was relatively free of breakouts from their products BUT what’s more, their products make my acne scarring fade to basically nothing. Those weird dark spots are literally a thing of the past. These photos are taken at the start of their program again in March, 3 weeks after using it and then 8 weeks after using it.

Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her skincare routine using Korean Beauty Line Saranghae

Doesn’t the last photo look like I’m wearing foundation?! SHOOK PEOPLE! I was so surprised by these photos! You can clearly see a huge improvement in the darkness around my eyes, my acne/scarring as well as the overall evenness of my skin tone.

One last thing, if you’re like me and married to a frugal person or born a frugal person, you may be thinking you can squeeze by by just using *some* of their products. I’m gonna let you know right now that I’ve tried that, and you definitely need the whole routine to make it work. Case in point, two weeks ago, I ran out of my face wash. As most of you know, we just got done moving so I thought I could make do with some random face wash while I waited to get settled and have it shipped to our new address. In the last two weeks, I have had more blemishes than I had all Summer. Needless to say I am tracking my new package like there is no tomorrow because your girl NEEDS this!

So, in a nutshell, my skincare routine involves Saranghae with a touch of Coola for that glow. And, I hope the amount that I’ve gushed in this post tells you how much I love this product (lol).

If you’re ready to try it, you can purchase it from this link! And, if you’ve tried Saranghae, what was your favorite product?

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo

 

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Anti-Aging Skin Care: Saranghae’s 5 Step Routine

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Happy Friday Everyone! I’m pretty excited to bring you my review of Saranghae’s 5 step routine today! Saranghae is an award-winning Korean Anti-Aging Skin Care company that sells products around the world.  As I mentioned in this post, I’m pretty set on my skin care regime. But since starting Saranghae’s 5 step routine a few weeks back, I haven’t even touched my old skin care products. I am seriously blown away at the results! Let me preface this by saying that I am extremely, extremely skeptical of anti-aging skin care. I usually use my eye cream but don’t use any other anti-aging cream because I always break out. There’s a reason for my breaking out that I learned a few weeks ago, and I’ll share that here in a bit. For now, know that not only did I not break out from this skin care line, it actually made any residual acne go away without the use of traditional acne fighting products! This is beyond exciting for me – lol!

Why Saranghae? Why Korean skin care at all? Koreans are world-renowned for their flawless skin and anti-aging secrets. Don’t believe me? Just google “Korean Beauty Secrets” and watch how many results pop up from major publications like Allure, Marie Claire and Elle. It’s no secret that Korean women have harnessed anti-aging properties so effectively that it’s almost impossible to tell their age. So, it only makes sense that we take a page from their book and use the same products to our advantage as well. Saranghae’s 5 step routine is a comprehensive system that takes you from cleansing to moisturizing and beyond.

Their system is formulated with natural ingredients that help heal, regenerate and protect your skin against common aging culprits like pollution, UV rays and even gravity. This is a great page that shows how their ingredients differ from a traditional skin care line. For the longest time, I have been a proponent of using hair products that are free from harmful chemicals but never thought of my skin care in the same way. Saranghae’s 5 step routine made me realize how silly that was – if I was using “nice” products on my hair, why wouldn’t I do the same for my skin?!

Speaking of ingredients… When I first started this line a close girlfriend of mine happened to be staying with me, and we got to talking about my issues with anti-aging skin care.  She’s currently in her final year of med-school and told me that during her dermatology rotation, she learned that acne caused by any anti-aging products is really your skin’s way of detoxifying and if you ride it out (difficult I know), your skin should clear up and be 100X better than it was before you started. I didn’t experience any bad breakouts using this system and that may be because of the mostly natural ingredients.  However, if you try their 5 step routine and happen to get a breakout, know it’s actually a good thing. It means your skin is detoxifying and is getting ready to be better than ever!

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The Routine

This 5 step routine was easy for me to get down, and I’ve outlined it briefly below. They also include helpful, 1-2 minute videos on each step on their website.

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I. Cleanse: Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser
  • This cleanser kicked my Clarisonic out the door. And that’s saying a lot! It’s incredibly gentle yet insanely effective. It even removed my Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Foundation that’s technically water proof. You actually use this on dry skin, rinse with warm water and then pat dry!

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II. Deep Essence + Serum
  • The Essence + Serum is a product unique to Korean skin care. It takes Essence, a traditional Korean anti-aging product, with a typical North American anti-aging serum to form a very effective combination. It’s a gel like serum that you put all over your face and neck directly after drying.

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III. Moisturize: Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream
  • After letting the Essence + Serum dry (takes a few seconds), gently rub this into your face and neck. This moisturizer helps repair damaged skin reducing things like redness, age spots and wrinkles. It’s also a really effective moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores, which is hard to come by!

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IV. Eye Cream: Focus Renewal Eye Cream
  • The last step is to use the eye cream on your under eyes, above your eyebrows to reduce sagging, and I use it on my lids too. The thing I really like about this eye cream is its ability to sink into your skin and allow your under-eye concealer to go on smoothly. So often, I cannot use eye creams under makeup because they make my concealer crease or cake horribly. This wasn’t the case which was a pleasant surprise!
V. Mask: Elemental Essence Mask
  • Finally, on to one of my favorite parts of the system – the mask! I’m a bit of a sheet-mask junkie. I often will pick up a few from Sephora and use one over the weekend when I’m in the mood for self-care. Kevin HATES these only because they make me look like a ghost LOL. I usually use them later at night when he’s already asleep, and he freaks out anytime he sees me in one. They’re not the most flattering but they’re crazy effective! I use this mask after the cleanse step once a week. After letting it sink in for 15-20 minutes, I remove the mask and rub in the excess. I usually wait another 10 minutes and complete the rest of the routine. This is a great mask to use the night before an event because it gives you an incredible glow!

I will definitely be using Saranghae’s 5 step routine in the future and cannot recommend it enough, especially for those with sensitive skin! It’s $159 for the entire system and $139 if you choose the membership option. I’ve used it for 3.5 weeks so far and still have a TON of product left so a little goes a long way. Initially, it seems expensive. But considering my old eye cream alone was $55, while my face wash was $25 and my moisturizer $35, it’s really right in line with other skin care items out there. Plus, the fact that I don’t have to purchase replacement heads for my Clarisonic (~$20/piece) is a huge plus.

Saranghae’s website has a TON of good info to check out! They are also on most social media platforms so I’ve linked that below for you too!

I hope everyone had a great week! I’m happy to announce that Kevin and I officially passed our tests at the DMV yesterday! Still can’t believe this state makes you take a test when you move here, so crazy to me! Tonight, we’re going on a double date with my sister and brother-in-law to celebrate all of our birthdays. All four of our birthdays are within 7 weeks of each other or so from September-November so we wanted to take an adult night out to celebrate (sans the niece and nephews). Tomorrow is my niece’s first birthday! I can’t believe she’s already one 😭 We’re celebrating her birthday Thanksgiving weekend when our extended family is in town. Which is only two weeks away… eeeek! Already dreaming of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales LOL. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

xo,

LO

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“About Saranghae:
Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States. For more information please visit: www.lovesaranghae.com  

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**This post was done in collaboration with Saranghae; however, all opinions are 100% my own**

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