Skincare Joy Part 2
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Skincare Joy Part 2 – Sulwhasoo

By Kate Limond
10/09/2023 | Read time: 5m

Luxury skincare that's totally worth it!

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

Sulwhasoo has it all: all of the efficacy and all of the fun stuff! Ok, so at first glance it looks pricey and that might put you off. I get that.

I’ve been using K-Beauty for over two years now and despite hearing about this product really early on in my journey, I always thought it was out of my price range. But think about it like this: the tube is a giant 120ml and it’s from a premium brand!

Certainly emulsions come in that size, like the Mary & May Vitamin C + Bidifa lotion that I’ve just written about. And the Mary & May is very good light moisturiser for an excellent price…

So why go for the Sulwhasoo?

I think there’s a lot of reasons and it’s a good excuse to really treat yourself to something great!

Packaging

Seriously stylish, spa-like luxury.

Sometimes packaging like this looks overdone but there’s an understated, classy look to this.

I love that it’s in a squeezy tube because it saves me hunting for a spatula (I have loads but i can’t always find them!)

Texture & Colour

It’s has the look of a soft apricot cream – paler than butter but seriously rich looking. It appears to be very thick and that makes sense; I’ll talk about how moisturising it is below. However, it melts as you apply it, smoothing across your skin lightly and sinks in well, whilst leaving your skin feeling significantly moisturised.

Fragrance

This has one of the nicest fragrances I’ve tried because it’s so well-balanced. Whilst lemon is dominant, there’s no sharpness or bitterness. The lemon is softened by creamy vanilla notes, which imparts a subtle richness to the fragrance. There’s a slight herbal undertone which rounds out the over all experience. I think the fragrance is partly why it has such rich vibes (as well as the texture), even though it doesn’t feel heavy when you apply it.

Ingredients

Here’s where I’m about to write way too much! First and foremost, and necessary for my dry skin, is a good amount of shea butter. That’s not to say oily skin couldn’t handle it: there’s a few options in that you can use a small amount and only use it at night. The special ingredient is ginseng.

In one of my many blog posts on The Beauty of Joseon’s products, I guessed that the ginseng used might not be the highest quality, given ginseng is known to be expensive and their products are well-priced.

Sulwhasoo, however, states that they use quality ginseng that is effective, as well as the fact that they’ve been researching ginseng for over 50 years. Ginseng is a key well-aging ingredient (or anti-aging if you prefer) and it’s paired here with many other beneficial extracts that will provide your skin with some serious antioxidant power! Usage It’s an overnight mask so, obviously, use it at night!

However, you know I’m all for experimenting so of course I’ve used it during the day. I would suggest drier skin types try this, oily would probably fine it too heavy, but if you only used a tiny amount it could be fine. And to be fair, even for dry skin, I don’t need much for day time use.

Unless you have a more mattifying sunscreen like this one from Missha or this one from Etude House, my suspicion is that it wouldn’t be perfect with makeup – whilst it dries nicely and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, it doesn’t dry matte like some other rich moisturisers, such as the Pyunkang Yul Nutrition cream.

Experience Hopefully you can see now why I’ve been talking about this mask being the whole package: compared to other moisturisers, you’re getting a lot more moisturising and occlusive effects, as well as major well-aging benefits, for your money with Sulwhasoo.

It works in concert with my other creams, without being too heavy (I use less Sulwhasoo when I use other moisturisers). But in all honesty, it really is enough as my only cream – even for my dry neck.

I’ve tried it several nights in a row as my sole cream – and only used one in the morning too. My skin feels fine and there’s some major glow going on. What more could anyone ask for, even me!

I do enjoy layering, especially multiple layers of lightweight products – but I’ll make an exception for something as good as this.

I’ve also tried the Sulwhasoo with all of my favourite moisturisers of late and it compliments them really well. My current rotation varies between: Mary & May Vitamin C + Bifida lotion (link above), Etude House 2x Barrier cream and Benton Deep Green Tea lotion.

It also works perfectly with the Dr Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Tea essence and the Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal (doubling down on the ginseng and review of that coming soon!)

A highly moisturising, hydrating but pretty short routine for me goes: Mixsoon Heartleaf toner, Mixsoon Master Soft toner, Dr Ceuracle Kombucha essence, Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Retinal serum and the Sulwhasoo.

And by short, I mean super stripped back but comprised of excellent products which do a great job of keeping my skin comfortable and bouncy! Reviews coming on the Mixsoon toners and Beauty of Joseon eye serum.

It makes me feel super fancy and it does exactly what you’d hope for in a good moisturiser, plus there’s all the well-aging effects of the ginseng.

Of course, it might be too rich for oily skin but you could try using less (unless shea butter is acne trigger for you). In my opinion, it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on such an awesome product.

Final word

It’s the complete package – not just in terms of all the fun stuff like fragrance and the rest, but also in what it can do for your skin. Totally recommend!

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