About Face: Another Pore-fect Moment

For some time now there has been a new craze (well at least new to me) of Korean skincare. Naturally, I had to look into it. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t blown away by it at first. I mean I felt that the market already had enough sheet masks and pore refiners and I owned most of them. “Why is this so special?” I asked myself repeatedly. I wanted to just skip trying this latest trend and stick to my tried and true skincare products. Sometime last week I wandered into a Sephora – SHOCKER and right in the front of the store was a display featuring – you guessed it – Korean skincare. There were two products on the display: Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo and Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm. Immediately, I started researching both products. Initially, I thought I would go for the Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm mostly because it was at a lower price point and thought it would be a good option to try this new trend. Still, I wanted to know more about the Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo. After doing my research on that, I decided to go with the Caolion version. While both products offer a sort of self-steam process for clearing blackheads, the Caolion version was a duo pack and offered an additional step that tightened your pores after getting rid of the blackheads. Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 4.18.35 PM

The first step is the Steam Pore Pack (the one that looks like charcoal). You only need to use a little because it spreads really well. You first apply that to your entire face and massage for about two minutes. You can feel it heating up. Unlike other masks that dry on your face claiming to extract and tighten all in one step, this felt different. The mask didn’t harden and you actually felt the product warming up on your face. After massaging and leaving on for about ten additional minutes, it was time to rinse with cold water. It’s important that you follow this step. After rinsing I found that my skin was smoother and there was the appearance of fewer blackheads.

The second step is the Pore Original Pack (the one that looks like clay). Again, you only need a small amount. It’s a cooling mask. Actually “cooling” may not be the correct term to use here. In reality, my face felt like arctic chill. It was freezing – like glacial freezing. I guess they really meant it when they claimed that it’s enriched with 100 percent Alaskan glacial water. I did my absolute best to keep the mask on for ten minutes (pretty sure my teeth were chattering). I could not wait to rinse it off with lukewarm water.

The results: My skin was smooth. The rest of my skincare routine absorbed into my skin better than it has in the past and my makeup application was great. The price tag – $30. Is it worth it? It’s a little too early to tell, but for right now I’m going to go with yes. I’m going to use this twice a week for the next couple of weeks to see if it’s really worth the money for the amount of product that you’re getting and then balance that with the results.

Until next time always remember to SEE. TOUCH. TASTE.

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