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Want to Try (Natural) Korean Beauty Products? Start Here!

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It’s entirely possible you’ve gotten caught up in the Korean beauty products trend without even realizing it. BB cream, sheet masks, fermented essences, and even special ingredients like snail mucin (seriously!) are all Korean imports. But if you’ve skimmed ingredients lists on some of the most popular K beauty products and found some things you don’t love, I feel you. Plus, it’s not always easy to check out the ingredients lists of these products, many of which are still fairly new to the U.S. market. That’s a problem for a person like me who doesn’t just blindly trust that a brand that calls itself natural doesn’t also use some decidedly not-natural ingredients.

But don’t be disheartened! I’ve done the research. Here are 11 clean Korean beauty products you can try with exactly zero guilt.

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on them. View my full disclosure here.)

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Rediscovery: Vital C Serum from The Body Deli

The Body Deli's Vital C Serum is packed with antioxidants—including pomegranate.

I originally bought a bottle of Vital C Serum from The Body Deli to use as a dark circles-fading undereye cream. But about a week ago, I ran out of my usual facial oil (which I use in place of moisturizer), and didn’t have time to run out and buy a new one. So I started using the Vital C Serum as an all-over facial moisturizer, intending to pick up a new facial oil the next time I was out shopping.

But I’ve scratched “facial oil” off my shopping list, at least for now. You guys? I’m loving this stuff. And so is my skin.

Since it’s a serum, it sinks in quickly. But its slick texture means it glides on to my skin—and I only need about half a pump (about a nickel-sized amount)—to moisturize my whole face.

Lately I’ve been fighting off a cold (which is why posting has been light around here for the past week), and the skin around my nose has gotten a bit irritated from all of that sneezing and nose-blowing. But within days of using the Vital C Serum, my irritated skin started to clear up—it’s done a better job than my beloved facial oil!

Have you ever stumbled upon a new use for an old favorite product? I’d love to hear about it. —Aleigh

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Beauty Obsession: Love Beauty Alchemy

Here’s the truth: I test out a lot of products. And because it can be hard for a person’s skin to constantly adapt to new cosmetics, that means my skin doesn’t always look its best. However, sometimes a product or product line comes around that makes things better—like a big, soothing hug for my skin. And the product line I’m sharing today fits into that category. I’ve been using it regularly for a few months, and I love this stuff.

Seriously clean ingredients, seriously powerful results—even on my product-weary skin and hormonal acne. (Proof: I had a wonderful facial last week, and my esthetician complimented me on the texture, tone, and moisture level of my skin. This, my friends, is a big deal.)

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12 Bad Beauty Habits to Break in 2012

Freshly cleaned brushes laid out to dry—took 10 minutes to clean them!

As 2012 approaches, we’re starting to think about the year ahead and our hopes for it—including the habits we want to give up. Here are 12 bad beauty habits to break next year.

  1. Sleeping with your makeup on. Even if you use natural or organic makeup, it’s best if you take off the makeup you’ve worn all day before your head hits the pillow. Sleeping in your makeup can cause breakouts, but it also means you’re not using any restorative and soothing nighttime treatments that can help your skin regenerate while you snooze.
  2. Not cleaning your makeup brushes. It helps them last longer, work better and gets rid of the oils they pick up from your skin, which contributes to breakouts. We shared two brush-cleaning techniques back in October—they’re both pretty quick!
  3. Washing your hair every day. Julie says if you’re washing your hair more than twice a week, you’re probably over-cleansing. She recommends wetting your hair and using just conditioner on the days between shampoos—just be sure to rinse well. (Her favorites: Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo and John Masters Lavender and Avocado Conditioner.)
  4. Not getting enough sleep. Don’t take your sleep for granted—without it, it’s harder for your body to function. And it’s while you sleep that your body has a chance to regenerate and repair your skin cells. Less sleep=faster aging.
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Maximize the benefits of beauty sleep

My latest Beauty roundup for Breathe magazine is out! In this issue, I gathered up a few great nighttime treatments, along with a tip on how to fake a good night’s sleep (which I will be putting to use this morning).

I’ve written about the importance of beauty sleep here on Indigo+Canary before—adding one (or more) of these products to your nighttime routine will give your body’s natural renewal processes a boost, while you snooze away.

Do you have a special routine at night to help your skin and hair stay healthy? —Aleigh

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