I was very excited to try products from this brand as I have been hearing and reading about it everywhere! Saranghae (which means I love you in Korean) is an award-wining, revolutionary Korean 5 step anti aging skincare routine designed to directly address the root causes that lead to unhealthy, damaged and aging skin. Korean beauty products have been so popular in recent years and I’m glad that the selection in the market just keeps expanding with new brands. I often shop Korean beauty retailer Peach and Lily and I find most products are generally quite compatible with my sensitive skin. Saranghae infuses the health benefits of herbs and plants into their products to bring natural anti aging benefits to the skin.
I tried their 5-step skincare (which is very doable compared to some 11-step skincare routines that I've read about) for a couple weeks and here are my thoughts.
Step 1: Oil + Foam Cleanser
This oil cleanser goes on to dry skin and is meant to remove make up as well. The texture is slightly heavier and thicker than the Shu Uemura oil cleansers and I think I prefer it as it stayed on my skin well while I massaged it into my face. Then with wet hands, massage face again to allow the product to turn into foam and rinse off with luke warm water. My face felt clean after using this, however traces of my waterproof mascara still remained, and I had to remove it with my go to makeup remover - Bioderma micellar water.
Step 2: Essence + Serum
This product is the foundation of their 5-step skincare system. Lovingly crafted with 10% Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom extract, plant based placenta, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the Essence + Serum aims to heal and regenerate skin. Living under the harsh Californian sun, I find myself looking for anti aging products more often than not to combat the effects of the suns rays (besides naturally getting older). I like the texture of this serum as it does not feel too watery or too oily. I put this on after the Oil + Foam Cleanser - it goes on well and is easy to spread. I do feel that to see true anti aging benefits, I would need to continue using this for a longer period of time.
Step 3: Firm & Lift Regeneration Cream
The Firm + Lift Regeneration Cream contains 15% of Phellinus Linteus Mushroom extract, 5% more than the Essence + Serum, to decrease the formation of free radicals and reduce damage due to oxidative stress. Saranghae recommends applying the Firm & Lift Regeneration Cream before the Eye Cream and I found that odd as I usually apply eye cream before my moisturizer. It took awhile getting used to as I found myself reaching for the eye cream after the Essence + Serum. The cream went on light but it did feel sufficient moisturizing. My usually dry skin did not feel tight or dry throughout the day or after waking up in the morning.
Step 4: Eye Cream
I like that the eye cream comes in a pump so you can control how much product to use and I find it easier to keep it clean that way. It is formulated with Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom Extract, adenosine, vitamin B3, elastin and collagen to target signs of aging in the eye area. The dark circles under my eyes need a lot of love and though the texture of this product is great, I did not feel that it reduced the dark circles under my eyes. Perhaps I need to give it more time.
Step 5: Elemental Essence Mask (my favorite step in this routine)
This is my favorite product out of the 5. The essence mask is a sheet mask that is soaked with botanical ingredients, CoQ10 and hyaluronic acid. I like to try on sheet masks at night before bed so any remaining essence can be left to work overnight. Put on the mask after the cleansing routine and do not use any other product before applying the mask. The mask went on cool and there was plenty of product to be absorbed into the skin. I massaged any remaining essence into my skin and left it to work while I slept. I actually felt my skin was smoother in the morning! It felt soft and supple, well hydrated. My make up just glided onto my skin the next day. I would definitely use this again.
Overall - I felt that the 5 step routine came together pretty well. The products complement each other well and I would definitely recommend trying it. Besides, they offer free shipping and a 30 day money back guarantee (when purchased through their site).
For more information visit them at www.lovesaranghae.com
Check them out at www.lovesaranghae.com