I’ve always pegged myself as low-maintenance when it comes to make-up and skincare (although my bathroom would probably say otherwise). Usually, a little sunblock, BB cream, concealer and powder foundation is good enough for my daily look, plus my three-step acne-clearing kit to prevent my skin from going haywire. But now that I’m on this side of 30, I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and see what else I can do to help my skin.
I’ve gotten used to seeing not only standalone products in Asian skincare that target specific concerns, like blemishes or darkening, but also more comprehensive collections that deliver a more well-rounded solution. One such product is Skin79’s New Turn Therapy Special Set which includes a 30-ml bottle each of Vitamin C, Collagen and Amino Acid. Together, they help brighten, moisturize as well as maintain firmness and elasticity of skin.
Skin79 is one of the most popular cosmetic brands in Korea and is now also well-known around the world. The brand’s “79” philosophy revolves around the following key points:
• 365: For glowing skin all year-round, you must invest in the right products and consider the seasons and climates.
• 79 days: The time it takes for tired or damaged skin to recover and regenerate.
• 79 seconds: The time you only need to apply makeup, thanks to Skin79’s “multi-functional” items.
• 7am – 9 pm: The average time you have makeup on your face.
• 79 minutes: The 79-minute investment you must make each day for proper makeup, cleansing and moisturizing.
For a newbie like me, the small-sized bottles with dropper tops are perfect since I want to try them first before committing to buy a full-sized product. The 30-ml bottles are also ideal for travel as they are well within the 100-ml carry-on limit on flights. And finally, the packaging comes in a sleek black box priced at US$35.91, making it a great gift idea.
I started with the Vitamin C serum first as I wanted to see if it could help accelerate the fading of my acne scars. The serum is very watery and you only need 2 or 3 drops (as stated in the back of all the bottles) to spread all over the face. A couple more are needed if you also want to apply it on your neck. After almost three weeks of usage, I found that some of my smaller dark spots have shown signs of fading and any isolated blemishes are also less red. Hurray!
The collagen serum is primarily for wrinkles and sagging skin, or to help prevent its acceleration. Fortunately I’m not showing any wrinkles yet but prevention is always better than cure. The collagen is more milky in color and also a bit thicker. I gently patted only two drops of it all over my face. Unlike the Vitamin C serum which was more watery, the collagen serum took perhaps a minute or more to be absorbed into my skin.
Among the three, I liked the Amino Acid the most as I could immediately see the difference it made on my face. My skin looked less tired and oily in the mornings, and my make-up adhered to my skin longer, requiring less retouches during the day. I alternate it with my heavier moisturizers for winter because it feels lighter on my skin.
As there were no specific instructions on the box as to whether these should be applied together, I’ve tried using them only one at a time, or one after the other. There wasn’t any difference as far as I could tell. It makes sense because if you have a specific skin concern such as dryness, you can start with the amino acid first and gradually work the other two into your regimen after some time.