Friday Musings: Lip Treatments, Asian Skin Care, and Lady Friends

I was going to post about the new lip treatment I made this weekend, but I am not as enamored with as I thought I would be. I wanted something similar to the Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask because, while I love that, it’s rather expensive and it seems like I could make something similar for less money. Plus, I wanted to incorporate honey instead of agave into it. So I made a version of Egyptian Magic, but with some coconut oil instead of beeswax, so it had more of a soft texture than a salve/balm texture. Unfortunately, coconut oil always feels too light on my lips. I suppose the lanolin in the BB mask is necessary. I shall keep experimenting.


So as you know, I’ve been shaking up my skin care routine. After going about a month without putting anything but water and a little rosehip oil on my face, I’ve determined that I have dehydrated, combination skin, and I get clogged pores in my oily areas. I found Caroline Hirons, who convinced me to use non-foaming cleansers, perform a two-step cleansing in the evening, and layer my skin care to create a “moisture sandwich.” She also taught me the benefits of using hyaluronic acid on breakout-prone skin.

I took this one further and joined Reddit this week. I at first started posting in the Skincare Addiction subreddit, but soon found that many of the posts that interested me were in the Asian Beauty section. My routine is already an Asian-style routine, with several layered steps. And this week’s research has convinced me to try some actual Asian products to replace certain steps of my routine.

Of course, no Westerner’s discussion of Asian skin care is complete without mentioning the snails. One of the higher-profile Asian skin care ingredients is snail slime, which is supposed to have benefits to repairing the skin. So I mentioned to Boyfriend that I might try snail skin care and his response was that I wasn’t “allowed” to use snails. This naturally made me determined to put snails on my face. I went to some well-reputed Amazon sellers and found two bundles of sheet masks (a product I use, but that I have currently run out of) that each included one snail secretion sheet mask, among others that are also intriguing. For good measure, I threw in some cushion makeup and an undereye concealer with salmon in it. They just arrived yesterday, so we shall see how they treat my face.

And then, I plan to replace items in my current routine with Asian options as I run out, if I’m not already in love with the product I’m using. Most intriguing is Asian sunblock. Asian women seem to have the same love of tanning that I do: that is to say, none at all. And so they actually wear sunscreen every day and reapply it. This means that it has to be light and cosmetically elegant enough to wear every day without disrupting makeup. So I’m intrigued to see if an Asian sunscreen is more appealing than the current product I use.

I’ve also taken a step back from “clean” personal care. I still use a lot of my old favorites, and my hair will always prefer more natural products without silicones and the sulfates necessary to wash them out. But I’ve come to realize that certain ingredients I was avoiding were based on outdated research. And so I’ve tentatively embraced more conventional, albeit unconventional, products.

Finally, as I continue to delve more into skin care and makeup, I’m thankful for my lady friends. This weekend, I’m having an outing with two friends of mine, so we can go to Sephora and Ulta, and maybe Target, and just generally shop around. I don’t do a lot of shopping, and part of that is that I find shopping alone to be awkward and shopping with Boyfriend to feel rushed. I’m excited to shop with a group of ladies who wants to be there! And it will be a far different experience than researching online to find a product that I was already looking for.

So that was my week and look forward to the weekend. Happy Friday, all!

4 thoughts on “Friday Musings: Lip Treatments, Asian Skin Care, and Lady Friends

  1. Nice post!

    Many months ago, I plunged head first into completely natural skincare, and my skin became a mess! I started using a small-batch, independent line that was oil-based and loaded with essential oils.

    I don’t know if my skin likes the oil cleansing method. My towels don’t; they reek of rancid oil. My skin didn’t react well to the essential oils. Not at all.

    I’m curious about Asian SPF, but the products I’ve seen are chemical sunscreen. I’m not keen on that. I need to research physical sunblock options in the Asian cosmetics and skincare world.


    1. So here’s the deal with my oil cleansing: I don’t follow The Oil Cleansing Method where you mix castor oil with another oil and steam it off with a hot washcloth. I make an emulsifying oil blend (no castor oil because it builds up on my skin) and it rinses cleanly. I use a cotton or microfiber cloth to help remove it, but I could simply emulsify the oil with a bit of water and rinse it off without the cloth. This also helps it rinse out of the cloths a lot easier, too. I also never use a cloth more than once without washing. They go in with my hot load of towels once every couple of weeks.

      I’m also excited to try Asian sunscreen! I have a Korean sunscreen arriving this week, but I won’t be able to test it for a couple weeks, and I have a Japanese sunscreen arriving maybe by the end of the month. I’ll definitely post when I’ve tried them out because sun protection is so important to me, especially now that I’m outside walking to and from the train station for an hour a day!


  2. I’m living in Japan right now, while out and about in the city one day I was given a sample pack for some beauty products containing placenta. Because I do not know Japanese I can’t read the information to find out whose placenta is in the products, but I found it amusing! While living here I did discover an oil face wash that I love. It hydrates my skin instead of leaving it dry like most cleansers. The Japanese retailer Muji is starting to pop up in the states, so I’ll be able to continue using the face wash when I move back this summer.


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