Seeing the many awards and good reviews of SOME BY MI’s AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle series, I decided to switch my entire skin care regimen to using only this set for 30 days. Did a miracle happen? Read on to find out!
SOME BY MI’s bestselling product used to be the Miracle Cleansing Bar, then came the Miracle Toner. The current Miracle series consist of the soap bar, toner, serum and cream. In light of the series’ rising popularity, the brand just launched a limited edition starter set including an original-size soap bar plus mini versions of the other three products.
What are AHAs, BHAs and PHAs?
I bet you’ve heard about AHAs and BHAs – take a look at this article on exfoliation if you haven’t. All AHA, BHA and PHA are chemical exfoliants, but what are the differences between them? Let’s see:
AHA (alpha hydroxy acid): Water-soluble acid that buffs away dead skin cells to eliminate whiteheads.
Examples: Glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid
BHA (beta hydroxyl acid): Oil-soluble acid that removes excess oil to reduce blackheads.
Example: Salicylic acid
PHA (poly hydroxyl acid): A milder exfoliator than AHA and BHA, PHA peels off the top layer of skin to improve its tone and texture. PHA also attracts moisture to prevent skin from drying during exfoliation.
Examples: Gluconolactone, lactobionic acid
Here’s a breakdown of the KEY ingredients in the four Miracle products:
|Ingredients||Miracle Soap||Miracle Toner||Miracle Serum||Miracle Cream|
|AHA||Apple extract||Citric acid||Citric, glycolic, lactic, malic, pyeuvic and tartaric acids||Citric acid|
|BHA||Hydrolyzed proteins||Salicylic acid||Wintergreen leaf extract|
|Other exfoliators||Fish mint extract||Papaya extract|
|Hydrating||Sodium hyaluronate, glycerin; olive, argan and green tea seed oils||Sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, xylitol, allantoin, urea||Olive, camellia, rice bran, green tea seed, rosehip, sweet almond, meadowfoam, grapefruit, orange peel and moringa oils||Sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, ceramide, orange oil|
|Soothing||1% tea tree extract; centella, edelweiss, licorice, baobab and willow bark extracts; chlorella and wheatgrass powders||1% tea tree extract; witch hazel, lentil seed, lotus and swiftlet bird nest extracts||1% tea tree extract; 14.51% centella extract; green tea, licorice, chamomile, cranberry and rosemary extracts||1% tea tree extract; 70.78% centella extract; witch hazel, rosemary, lentil seed, thyme and willow bark extracts|
The soap and toner contain fewer ingredients than the serum and cream, and the cream is the only product that contains alcohol. All of the products feature the same refreshing tea tree smell. The color of the soap comes from chlorophyll and gradually fades upon continuous contact with water. The serum and cream also carry a faint mint green hue.
My 30-day trial took place from November 11 to December 20. At first, I used all four products both morning and night. Despite having high hopes, zits already appeared around my temples on the second day. I felt like my pores greatly shrunk and my skin became smoother and clearer, but at the same time it got “thinner,” drier and more irritated.
On Day 5, more headless bumps appeared on my chin – the area of my face that’s prone to hormonal cystic acne. When things didn’t improve, I decided to add my trusty Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion at night. On Day 11, I started to skip the whole set in the morning, using only water to cleanse so my skin could get some rest. After two weeks, I further reduced the dosage by using only the soap at night.
The irritation finally ceased on Day 17, and I felt like my skin’s oil-water balance was restored. It seemed to have gradually adapted to the formula. I began using the other three products again occasionally, complemented with the Hada Labo lotion and SANA Soy Milk Cream to make sure my skin had enough moisture (I feel like the Miracle Cream is not moisturizing enough). By the end of the trial, even though zits still appeared on my chin, they were smaller, closer to the skin surface, and easier to soothe and conceal compared to the big, flaring and deep-rooted headless bumps I used to have.
Some thoughts after the trial:
1. Although SOME BY MI recommends using the complete set for optimum results, I’d suggest starting with just the soap if you have dry and sensitive skin like me. After all, the soap was the first item from the series, and it has the most hypoallergenic ingredient list among all. Since it doesn’t contain those feel-good fillers, it isn’t as emollient as a foam cleanser, but neither does it make skin dry or peel.
2. Listen to your skin. If it cries out for help, immediately adjust your routine to suit its needs. The condition of your skin can also be affected by your menstrual cycle, diet, lifestyle, etc., meaning your routine can vary from day to day. Sometimes you’ll even need different products for different areas of your face. There’s no one-size-fits-all.
3. Give your skin some time to adapt to the new products and routine.
4. While the series’ soothing and brightening abilities are less obvious, my skin became A LOT smoother, with less visible wrinkles and pores thanks to its high exfoliating power. Makeup definitely adheres better on my skin now.
5. I’d recommend the series to those with rough and oily skin. If you have dry skin, I’d suggest adding a super hydrating moisturizer.
I hope this review is helpful. Let me know what you think of the series by commenting below!