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BANILA Clean It Zero ($25) - ☆☆☆

Description Award-winning cleanser! Starts out as a sold balm and transforms into a silky oil on the face. Gently eliminates all traces of impurities and make up without stripping the skin of it is natural oils. Contains papaya and acerola extracts, which work to exfoliate and brighten the skin. 

How To Use spatula to scoop out small amount. Massage the solid balm over dry skin until stubborn traces of makeup are emulsified. Rinse face with lukewarm water and massage until face is clean. Gently pat face dry. 

Review A great product to try for removing make up. I would say that the texture feels oily around my eyes when trying to remove eye make up; other than that, it leaves the rest of my face feeling extremely smooth, hydrated, and clean. It is super gentle on the skin, and a little amount goes a long way. 

KLAIRS Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil ($23) - ☆☆☆☆

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Description Great for sensitive skin. Hypo-allergenic formula contains vegetable oils that gently cleanse, moisturize, and protect skin: black bean oil controls sebum production, black sesame oil provides antioxidant effects, and black currant seed oil delivers rich minerals and vitamins. 

How To Apply to dry face (with or without makeup) and gently massage into skin in circular motions. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. 

Review Although this product is capable of removing makeup, I personally prefer using BANILA Clean It Zero for makeup removal over this KLAIRS oil cleanser due to BANILA's slightly more silky, soft texture and efficient coverage. However, as an oil cleanser, KLAIRS has tremendously helped moisturize and soften my skin. I tend to follow with a water-based cleanser after, but I have found that using this oil-based cleanser prior to the water-based cleanser is essential in order to ensure my skin shines and feels hydrated. 

NEOGEN Green Tea Foam Cleanser ($19) - ☆☆☆

Description Foaming cleanser is great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Contains green tea extracts to help brighten skin. Gently removes impurities (sweat, dirt) from skin without stripping its natural oils. Solid choice to pair with oil-based cleanser in double-cleansing routine. 

How To Use 1-2 pumps. Gently massage foam onto damp face, and rinse with lukewarm later. Can use alone, but for best results, use as second step during double-cleansing routine. 

Review During the first couple weeks of using this cleanser, my face broke out several times in stinging, red bumps and frequently felt tight and over-dried. After taking a break from using it for several weeks and eventually incorporating it back into my skincare routine, I have found that my skin does not break out anymore. It generally leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth, and I have noticed a gradual increase in the brightness of my skin. Perhaps the irritation from the product was an allergic reaction, but I also recognize that this product works better during the summer months versus the drier and colder winter months. Due to skin irritation, I will probably look for another water-based cleanser in the future. 

NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea ($27) - ☆☆☆

Description 30 single-use exfoliation pads. Effective exfoliation of dead skin cells and impurities, leaving skin smooth and clear. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that prevents premature aging and is an anti-inflammatory that helps soothe irritated skin. 

How To  After cleansing, slip fingers into gauze pad with criss-crossed gauze side facing down. Use gentle, circular motions all over face and neck. Rotate pad so criss-crossed gauze side is facing up and pillowy side is facing down. Gently swipe over face to eliminate remaining debris - throw away and rinse face with lukewarm water. Use twice a week (or as needed).  

Review Always leaves my skin feeling clear and refreshed. The criss-crossed gauze side can feel a little harsh on the skin, so I recommend using a light hand. When I first started using the pads, I experienced a stinging, irritated sensation on my skin; however, once I got used to the product, this sensation was not as prominent. Exfoliating twice a week made my skin feel smoother and cleaner; however, due to skin irritation, I will probably look to try another exfoliating product in the future. 

SON & PARK Beauty Water ($30)  - ☆☆☆☆

Description 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Winner! Abilities of a cleanser and exfoliator; willow bark and papaya extracts sweep away dead cells, which help brighten skin tone and smooth skin texture. Lavender water, rose water, and orange extract help moisturize skin and prep skin to absorb next skincare steps. Has a pH of 4.5, which effectively resets skin's natural pH after cleansing. For normal, dry, oily, and combination skin types. Can be used in the morning as a base for makeup application, at midday as a refresher, and at night to eliminate impurities. 

How To Moisten cotton pad and gently swipe all over face. Best used for: toning before application of following skincare products, removing impurities after cleansing, and for freshening up face during the day. 

Review Although this product looks like an overpriced bottle of water, Beauty Water is an effective, lightweight toner. It does not dry out the skin and helps to remove excess impurities after cleansing. Because it also acts as a gentle exfoliator, it clears my pores and leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated. 

KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($25.50) - ☆☆☆☆☆

Description Refreshing toner that removes excess dirt and sebum while restoring pH balance. Amino acids reduce irritation and provide deep hydration. Preps skin for absorbing next step in skincare regimen: essence. 

How To Pour small amount of toner into hands or cotton pads and gently pat onto skin. Can follow with a sheet mask (twice a week), essence, serum, or eye cream, and then moisturizer. 

Review After using up all of my SON & PARK Beauty Water, I was looking for a toner that was gentle and hydrating. This product is all of the aforementioned and more. The toner definitely makes my face look brighter and smoother. It has a slightly more viscous texture and an herbal smell, hydrating my skin without making it feel oily or slick. I am beginning to prioritize KLAIRS products since they are consistently super gentle and moisturizing. 

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ($19) - ☆☆☆

Description Contains 96% snail secretion filtrate, which aids skin repair, elasticity, and hydration. Snail mucin also combats dry patches and hyperpigmentation. Great for all skin types. 

How To After cleansing and toning, apply a small amount onto face, and massage into problem areas. Gently pat with fingertips to aid absorption. Follow with serums and moisturizers. 

Review The dispenser with the product I specifically received, so that was a situational downside for me. Aside from the functionality of the bottle, this essence has proved itself to be effective. Its texture initially feels slimy and viscous, but it soaks into my skin without leaving a sticky residue behind. Rather, using this product makes my face look dewy and hydrated. Helps to fade acne scars and reduce oiliness on the face. Although I am not using any type of moisturizer at the moment, I would say that this essence is considerably moisturizing on its own. 

KLAIRS Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum ($23) - ☆☆☆☆

Description High in Vitamin C. Gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Helps reduce brown spots, protect skin from pigmentation, reduces visible fine lines on skin, and brightens skin tone. 

How To Apply 1-2 drops to clean face after cleanser and toner. Can apply as spot treatment or all over face and neck. For sensitive skin types, can add with a drop of moisturizer before application. Because Vitamin C products can degrade from sun exposure,  make sure to keep away from sunlight to preserve the formula. 

Review I was hesitant on purchasing this product for fear of it being too harsh on my sensitive skin, but I saw results within 3-4 days. It has helped fade acne scars and makes my skin tone look brighter and more even. Overall - effective, gentle, and cost-effective. 

KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Face Mask ($9 - set of 5) - ☆☆☆

Description Made of 100% pure organic cotton. Suitable for most sensitive skin types. Each sheet contains half a bottle of soothing essence. Leaves skin feeling refreshed, moisturized, and smooth. 

How To After cleansing and toning, carefully remove mask from packaging and place on face, pressing down around eyes and nose. Relax and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and discard. Follow with essence, serum, eye cream, and/or moisturizer. Use 1-2 times a week. 

Review These KLAIRS masks initially made my skin experience a slight burning sensation. However, after leaving them on for 10+ minutes, the burning went away and my skin was usually left feeling radiant and extremely moisturized. The masks ultimately helped calm my skin without feeling too heavy or causing too much irritation, especially during the winter months. I would definitely recommend trying this cost-effective set of face masks for people who are looking for masks that are cooling, hydrating, and soothing on sensitive skin.