Achieve "Glass Skin" with Althea's Bare Essentials Skincare Line + I tried this for a week!

March 26, 2018

I wasn't really into getting in the "Glass Skin" trend until
Althea sent me a beauty box containing their new Bare Essentials Skincare line.

Skin Type: 
Dry to very dry
Skin Issues: 
Overly sensitive, breakout prone, and eczema prone

Be warned...This is going to be a lengthy post. *wink 


It's exactly a week ago when I received a gift from Althea, and it's their new Bare Essentials skincare line, Taaadaaaah!!!


TBCH, I was over the top when they picked me as part of the first few gossipers to try out their product. However, although I love shopping for skincare products, I always worry on how my skin would react.


I have an overly sensitive skin that will immediately react on anything I put on my face and it took me years to find the perfect combination of products and brands that will get along with my skin. To be honest, I wouldn't usually get an entire line from the same brand because 100% of the time, it will not work on me. So, I tend to jump form one product to another to see which product will work. 

Hooooweeevaaahh, I was really surprised with Althea's Bare Essentials Skincare Line. 
This line literally changed my skincare routine. Like, srsly. I will be totally and completely honest on this one.

To give you an idea, my night time skincare routine includes the following skincare products:


Cleanser: COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Toner: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
Serum: Elujai Propolis Serum
Moisturizer / Overnight Mask: Nature Republic 92% Alove Vera Gel.

And my day time skincare routine includes the following skincare products:


 Cleanser: COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Toner: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
Serum: Khiel's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Moisturizer / Overnight Mask: Nature Republic 92% Alove Vera Gel.

I've been using Cosrx, Klairs, and Nature Republic's Aloe Vera Gel for years because they're the only ones that helped my hydrate my skin well. I really have a big issue when it comes to skin hydration because of my eczema. I have to constantly make sure that my skin is plump, and hydrated 27/4 or else, my skin will breakout from dryness and eczema.


Althea's Bare Essentials Skincare line promises deep hydration.
When I received my package, I committed myself on trying out these products for a week to see how well my skin will adjust and react.


The package I received came with these small travel size packs. Super cute!
I used these packs to try the products for a week because I wouldn't want to open the big sizes yet just in case the products will not work on my skin. 
1 pack will last me for two days, doing the morning + night regimen.


About the product: Contour Cleanser

Info from ph.althea.kr

ALTHEA SAYS 
Great makeup starts from great skin - minimize your base make-up with Althea Bare Essentials! With nourishing ingredients and easy execution, this 3-product regime breaks down and simplifies the K-beauty routine for the urban woman. Step 1 is the Contour Cleanser, a rich and foaming cleanser that removes impurities while improving blood circulation for that V-shaped look. It contains micro capsules to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed too! Use together with the Primer Water and Fixer Cream for best results! Don't just cover up - complete your makeup with your skin.
WHAT'S GOOD 
- Cleanser that lathers up into a rich foam 
- Micro capsules for gentle exfoliation 
- Reduces swelling for a defined face shape
SKIN TYPE 
All skin types
HOW TO USE IT? 
Dampen the skin, then squeeze out a small amount and lather onto the face, massaging in circular motions. Rinse off with water after.
KEY INGREDIENTS 
Ice plant - Hydrates and calms redness 
Lemon myrtle - Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to strengthen the skin
WHAT'S INCLUDED 
1 x Contour Cleanser: 150g/5.29 oz

Contour Cleanser Review:
Thumbs up: 
It's really cheap at P300.00 a tube, It's gentle on the skin and it's really easy to work the product on the skin. And a little goes a long way. I use half pea size on my palms. I also love it's cooling effect while using this on my face.
Thumbs down:
I usually don't use foaming cleansers in general because it takes more time for me to work the cleanser on my palms and waiting for it to foam. Also, with an eczema prone skin, gel cleansers are usually the way to go. And, the skincare line did break my chin a little on the first and second day.
Overall review:
I love this product. It's cheap, gentle, and didn't cause me any redness or any dryness on my face. I did feel a little tingling sensation and the first day and a few break out on my chin but my skin cleared and adjusted well into this cleanser on the third day. Up until now, I am still using this cleanser, and I think It will take a while for me to go back to my usual COSRX cleanser. *Wink

About the product: Primer Water

Info from ph.althea.kr

ALTHEA SAYS 
Great makeup starts from great skin - minimize your base make-up with Althea Bare Essentials! With nourishing ingredients and easy execution, this 3-product regime breaks down and simplifies the K-beauty routine for the urban woman. Step 2 is the Primer Water. Smooth, hydrating and ever so slightly balm-like, this bottle of wonder penetrates into the layers of the skin to plump them up, prepping the skin and making it a smooth canvas for products to come. Use together with the Contour Cleanser and Fixer Cream for best results! Don't just cover up - complete your makeup with your skin.
WHAT'S GOOD 
- Hydrates and preps the layers of the skin 
- “Dewdrops” soften and improve suppleness 
- Primer that smooths out unevenness
SKIN TYPE 
All skin types
HOW TO USE IT? 
Pour out a small amount and apply evenly onto the face, gently patting in for better absorption.
KEY INGREDIENTS 
Snow lotus - Smoothens and brightens the skin while evening out its texture 
Patented "dewdrop" formulation - Revitalizes the skin and provides immediate, effective moisture
WHAT'S INCLUDED 
1 x Primer Water: 200ml/6.76fl.oz
Primer Water Review:
Thumbs up: 
I just found the dupe for Klairs Supple Preparation Toner! This toner is super duper comparable to my other fave toner. They are almost exactly the same in texture and effect. The only difference I can say about these two are probably their ingredients DUH! and the thickness of the products. Klairs is much thinner and easily absorbed by my skin while this Primer Water is really think and can take about 2 - 3 minutes to be absorbed by my skin.
Thumbs down:
TBCH, I don't have anything bad to say about this product. It's just superb!
Overall review:
LOVE! LOVE LOVE! I think I'd settle for this at only P550.00. I'm happy to find another toner that works perfectly with my skin. No redness and it didn't trigger my eczema.


About the product: Fixer Cream

Info from ph.althea.kr

ALTHEA SAYS 
Great makeup starts from great skin - minimize your base make-up with Althea Bare Essentials! With nourishing ingredients and easy execution, this 3-product regime breaks down and simplifies the K-beauty routine for the urban woman. Step 3 is the Fixer Cream. powerful moisturizing properties are packed into this little jar that provides the skin with hydration for up to 24 hours for a fresh, revitalized complexion. Use together with the Contour Cleanser and Primer Water for best results! Don't just cover up - completeyour makeup with your skin.
WHAT'S GOOD 
- Penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to plump them 
- 24-hour hydration 
- Non-sticky finish once absorbed
SKIN TYPE 
All skin types
HOW TO USE IT? 
Apply evenly onto the face and gently pat in till absorbed
KEY INGREDIENTS 
Trehalose - Powerful humectant that retains moisture on the skin 
Wild Green Tea - Hydrating, skin soothing and pack with antioxidants 
Baobab Tree Extract - Non-greasy moisturizing agent that helps promote collagen production
WHAT'S INCLUDED 
1 x Fixer Cream: 50g/1.76 oz

Fixer Cream Review:
Thumbs up: 
It does deliver to it's promise of deep hydration.
Thumbs down:
Too thick for my liking, It does leave a sticky feeling on the skin. 
A bit pricey for me at P640.00
Overall review:
I like this product even though I feel like it's too much for my skin. It didn't do anything bad on my skin and this product worked well for me except that I feel like this product is not good to use with the Philippine weather. It's thick and doesn't really get absorbed by the skin as much as I want it to be. It  does leaves a sort of film-sy feeling on the skin but it does make the skin bouncy, plump, and glass looking. I only use this at night especially when the airconditioning is turned on. 

Overall review is that this new skincare line from Althea is very promising! I can already see myself settling for these products. I haven't stopped using these and I will probably continue to do so until I finish all my bottles. 

So, for now, this is how my morning skincare routine looks like:

I couldn't fully let go of Klairs and Aloe Vera during day time because it's really humid and hot from morning to afternoon and so my skin tends to be really dry during this time of the day and using the Primer Water and  Fixer Cream during day time might just make my face super sticky.

My night time skincare routine now,

Taaadaaaah!
I made the switch and I am happy I did. These products worked well with my skin especially at night. Again, I couldn't let go of the Aloe Vera Gel because it just works wonders for me and it keeps my eczema at bay.

So happy to get introduced into these products and I'm very glad that I was able to try this line, and most importantly, they worked on my skin!

If you're wondering on why I dropped the serums, it was because using this skincare line alone made my skin visibly vibrant, clear, and glowing. I was literally living the "Glass Skin" dream whenever I finished applying these on my face. Every day, you'll just see how you're skin will improve. :)

In addition to all that, I do think that the Bare Essentials Skincare line is perfect to those who has less troubled skin. If you have acne or really troublesome skin, then I do still suggest that you find products that are targeted to your needs. I was really surprised to find new products that works well on me, and I do find that using these for a week did deliver great results on my skin. I do apologize, again, for not having taken before and after photos. But, stay tuned, my dears cos I might do a vlog version of this post soon. Maybe during the Holy Week or after when I have the time.

That's it for now, hope you can try these wonderful products too. It will be worth a shot, I promise.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy to have discovered a new skincare line that works on my skin!





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