A while back I reviewed a Korean 5-step skincare system from Saranghae, a Korea-based boutique skincare company. (Read my review HERE in case you missed it.) As I’ve said before, I’m not the most diligent about skincare…if it’s not simple, quick, and effective, I’m not doing it. When Saranghae originally contacted me to see if I wanted to collaborate by trying their 5-step anti-aging skin care routine and sharing my review, I was nervous because, well, I’ve never been that into skin care (I know, I know — shame on me!).
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Flash forward three months, and folks, the impossible has happened: I have actually stuck with a skin care regimen!! I will admit I’m still not the most diligent about it. I may not cleanse, serum-ify (yup, that’s a word), and moisturize twice a day, but I sure do go through the routine at least once most days of the week, AND, I use their sheet mask once every few weeks as well! I am still on my original supply of serum, moisturizer, and eye cream, but I have just recently used up the oil cleanser and my last sheet mask. When I went to order more cleanser a few weeks ago, I noticed that they no longer sold the kind that I had (the oil cleanser). Now their cleanser was called “Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser.” I ordered it anyway thinking I’d give it a go. Before I had received my shipment, I happened to be contacted by Saranghae to see if I’d like to try their new cleanser for free and review it. I said yes even though I had already ordered some of my own, and I actually have not yet received my “free” cleanser, so this review is based on the one I bought and paid for. Just clarifying so you know I did ultimately receive a free one for this review even though I had already purchased one myself.
When I received the cleanser, I couldn’t wait to try it since I loved the original cleanser so much. I was worried this new cleanser wouldn’t work as well: the old one seemed to magically melt off my waterproof mascara and 24-hour superpower eyeliner and I didn’t want to mess with that perfection. I thought I’d record a video of myself trying the Oil + Foam Cleanser for the first time so you guys can see my honest, unpracticed reaction to it. Plus, since I had never used it before, you can see how easy it was to follow the packaging directions.
My first impressions of this new cleanser? LOVE AT FIRST CLEANSE!!
Check out my thoughts about it in (albeit totally unprofessional, slightly silly) video:
And, yes, as you might have guessed, this is only the second video I’ve ever made. I know it shows, and I’m okay with that.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this oil and foam cleanser even more than the original oil-based cleanser. It’s everything I loved about the original (how it melts mascara, how it deep-cleans without drying, how it leaves your skin soft and not “tight”) plus more. Actually I think my makeup came off faster and easier with the new cleanser (probably the addition of the foam step). I felt like the addition of the foam at the end made my skin feel like it got even cleaner. I really love the tingly feeling of the oil foaming up when the water is added. Whether your skin is actually getting cleaner or whether it just seems like it due to the foam I don’t know, but I do think my skin felt even cleaner than with the original oil cleanser. Maybe there is less residue left on the skin after rinsing? My face did feel “lighter” and cleaner, but not dry at all. Before my skin felt clean and moisturized: now my skin feels clean, moisturized, and truly nourished — yes, healthier, if that’s possible just after one use! This cleanser is definitely a step above the old one.
And I don’t know if you could tell from the video, but the instead of being a clear liquid like the original, this new cleanser has a golden sheen and shimmer to it. This cleanser is made with truffle extract and GOLD, yes gold! It’s beautiful to look at, smells nice, and just feels so luxurious. Here’s a picture to show you the sparkly gold-ness of this cleanser.
So, after several months of using the Saranghae 5-step Korean anti-aging routine, I am still a huge fan! If you’re in the market for skincare that really works and isn’t going to take tons of time each day — or even weeks to see results — I do highly recommend Saranghae. I have noticed over the past three months a reduction in breakouts, and I haven’t gotten dry patches like I usually do as fall rolls into winter (I have combination skin). At first I didn’t really see much of a reduction in fine lines, but looking at this video I realize that my skin tone and fine lines both have improved since I made that first video. Cool!
I highly recommend making this cleanser, and the whole Saranghae 5-Step System really, a part of your skin care routine. Or in my case, it simply is my ENTIRE skincare routine! It has definitely earned its place in the prime-time real estate that is my bathroom counter.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about Saranghae! Now that I’ve been using it for a few months, I feel like I can speak more intelligently about it. Or you can always visit their website and read all about it. I like their blog, too. I don’t receive any kickbacks or referral fees or anything like that from Saranghae, but I like it so much I think you should know about it. You know, since we’re friends. 🙂