I absolutely love everything about summer except one, which is perspiring profusely. This is especially inevitable when I live in a city where humidity levels hardly ever drop below 50%, making summer even hotter.
Aside from switching to lighter makeup in the summer, I also cut down on the skin care products. To keep things light and uncomplicated, I found four products from Korean brand HYGGEE that fit right into my minimalist morning skin care routine.
HYGGEE takes its name and skin care philosophy from hygge, the Danish cultural concept of being content with the simple things in life. The brand’s emphasis on simplicity definitely shines through in its minimal packaging, which I absolutely can’t get enough of!
Here’s how I keep my skin fresh throughout summer:
Step 1: All-In-One Care Cleansing Water
What it does: Mildly removes makeup and impurities while leaving skin hydrated
My experience: I take double cleansing really seriously and if I had to choose between cleansing water or an oil cleanser, cleansing water would almost always be the winner. Both types of products work completely fine on my skin so it’s just a matter of preference.
HYGGEE’s All-In-One Care Cleansing Water is a slightly acidic cleansing water formulated with moisturizing ingredients, such as a triple hyaluronic acid complex (includes hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate), and royal jelly and cloudberry extracts to help strengthen the skin barrier.
This cleansing water really goes the extra mile. It thoroughly removes makeup and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. I even use it as a quick cleanser in the mornings before I run out to the gym since it’s light and moisturizing.
Step 2: All-In-One Cleansing Foam
What it does: Deeply removes dirt, makeup and other impurities, and helps protect the skin barrier by maintaining the skin’s natural pH level
My experience: I haven’t had amazing experiences with foam cleansers as most of the ones I’ve tried leave my skin feeling extra dry. But it’s a different story when it comes to this cleansing foam. Just like the cleansing water, this cleanser is also slightly acidic, with a pH level of 5.5, and reinforces the skin barrier.
The All-In-One Cleansing Foam is formulated with naturally derived ingredients like soapwort and green tea extracts along with birch sap and xylitylglucoside, which moisturize skin and prevent water loss.
Though a bit watery, the cleanser creates a nice lather, and two pumps are enough to clean my face without giving it a tight over-cleansed feeling. I like how light it feels when massaging it all over my face, and yet it’s still effective enough to wash away the makeup or dirt that the cleansing water didn’t pick up on.
Step 3: All-In-One Mist
What it does: Hydrates, soothes skin and alleviates redness
My experience: Even though most people might consider a mist unnecessary, you’ll never find me without one. I love mists and so does my skin! A facial mist might not deliver mind-blowing or long-lasting benefits; nonetheless, it still does good to your skin.
Aside from its hydrating and refreshing benefits, the All-In-One Mist also provides skin-brightening and anti-aging benefits thanks to its formula containing niacinamide, apple fruit water and bergamot fruit oil. It’s recommended particularly for oily, combination and dry skin types, though I don’t see why other skin types can’t use it considering that it’s a mild mist.
Mists are definitely a multi-purpose item – all the more reason to add them to your skin care shelf. I like to use the All-In-One Mist in place of a toner, spray it after applying makeup, or spritz it as a mid-day refresher. Its citrus scent isn’t off-putting and smells rather fresh. One spray got me hooked immediately!
Step 4: All-In-One Essence
What it does: Moisturizes skin, brightens overall complexion and improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
My experience: The last item in this minimalist skin care routine is the All-In-One Essence. Switching to lighter formulas is necessary when temperatures start soaring and this essence is perfect for the hot weather. While it may be called an essence, for me, it works just as well as a moisturizer.
This essence benefits skin in so many different ways. In its ingredients list, you’ll find birch sap and triple hyaluronic acid complex for moisturizing benefits, hydrolyzed collagen and sepicalm VG to brighten and improve the appearance of wrinkles, and four kinds of fermented ingredients such as lactobacillus ferment and bifida ferment lysate to help exfoliate skin. I saved the best for last – you’ll also find goat milk extract, which is full of vitamins and minerals that nourish and keep your skin healthy.
My first impression wasn’t particularly positive as I thought the texture was a bit odd – it felt gooey and sticky. Only after applying it did I realize how easily it absorbs into my skin, and the stickiness completely subsides. It doesn’t leave my skin looking greasy, and it’s really hydrating so I don’t need to add another moisturizer.
Overall, the four products work well together, fit perfectly into my morning routine, and are light enough for sweltering weather. Although all of them are scented, none aggravated my sensitive skin. If you’re really sensitive to fragrance, you should still do a patch test just in case.