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I have a confession – I’m generally pretty awful at taking proper care of my skin. So, it’s really no wonder why I’m always battling sporadic breakouts or dry, flaky skin. My busy graduate student lifestyle has me crashing at 3 a.m. too many nights in a row. And in my haste I’ve definitely been guilty of hitting the hay sans moisturizing, and yes, without even washing (but just every once in awhile, I swear!) But AmorePacific now actually has me getting myself back out of bed to go through their great little routine. Yes, it’s that good!
You may not have heard of AmorePacific yet – I hadn’t. This cult-favorite brand fuses time-tested Asian botanicals with cutting-edge modern technology for a full array of skincare products tailored to suit every skin type. AmorePacific was founded over 60 years ago but has managed to stay true to its commitment to utilizing indigenous Asian botanicals. This fresh company covers everything from anti-aging to sun protection and everything in between, but I think their biggest perk are the Sephora exclusive, late-night-proof Introductory Collections.
I received the Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials, a four-piece set for normal to dry skin that includes AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème, Treatment Toner, Treatment Enzyme Peel, and Treatment Cleansing Oil. The set is a great way to try out the brand (it’s a $118 value for $50), and really takes the guesswork out of high-quality, effective skincare.
The Treatment Cleansing Oil is the first step in the line, and I’ll admit that I was very skeptical about putting anything with the word “oil” on it on my face. I have combination skin, and a deep fear has been instilled in me since I-don’t-know-when. That said, this cleanser really surprised me. It removed all my makeup quickly and easily, and I especially noticed great results with my eye makeup. It was much more lightweight than I expected, and it rinsed off easily. The only drawback that I could find with this one is that I couldn’t shake the feeling of not wanting to leave oil on my face.
But the Treatment Toner quickly allayed my concerns with its light, alcohol-free consistency. The toner uses ginseng extracted instead of water, and I must say that it was much more appealing than any other toner I’ve ever used. It removed the last traces of makeup without any drying effects, and it left my face feeling clean and refreshed.
The Treatment Enzyme Peel, the next step in the process, was my favorite product by far. It’s a little bottle of powder that you mix with a bit of water and then massage onto your skin. It didn’t feel harsh or abrasive in any way, yet managed to leave my skin silky smooth. It is so gentle that I didn’t feel like it was really doing anything until after I rinsed it all off. My skin was literally more radiant than it had been before the peel, without a hint of redness or flaking. Honestly, I think this set would be worth it just for this peel. I can’t recommend this highly enough, especially for those of us with sensitive, easily-reddened skin.
Finally, there’s the Moisture Crème, which is rather heavy and a little more fragranced than the rest of the line. It was very effective on the dry areas around my nose, but I would recommend using it only at night, since it doesn’t soak into skin very quickly.
Stef got to try the Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Refreshing Essentials for combination and oily skin. I’m looking forward to read her comment to see if she was as pleased with her set as I was mine!
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