I started using Asian beauty products a number of years ago. I wouldn't say that AB products are necessarily better or maybe I would but they happen to work well for my skin. I definitely do believe that they're more innovative and better address my skin concerns. At the moment, I estimate that about 75% of my current skincare routine consists of AB products and I wanted to start talking about some of them here beginning with the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick and White Award Bubble De Mask which are two of my absolute favorites.
SU:M37 is a luxury Korean brand owned by LG. Yes, the consumer electronics giant LG, under the umbrella of the company's personal care division. SU:M represents the Korean word for breath and 37 refers to the temperature of optimal fermentation. The SU:M37 skincare line features naturally fermented products that are free of fragrances, artificial colors and synthetic preservatives. In the fermentation process, microorganisms are used to break down proteins and other substances to increase the benefits and absorption of active ingredients. The fermentation process also produces additional antioxidants and amino acids along with enzymes byproducts which serve to break down the nutrients to smaller particles which can be more readily absorbed into the skin. The brand was once represented by Korean actress Han Hyo Joo and actress Lee Na Young is the current spokesperson.
SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
Since the advent of Asian beauty products in the Western market, the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick is one of those that has achieved near cult status since being featured in numerous magazines including Allure and even mentioned on The Today Show. Demand was so high that for awhile the company had to suspend production because they couldn't obtain the rose petals needed for it.
As it's name would suggest, the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick is an 80 g stick and I would liken the packaging to really large lip balm, a really pretty one at that. It is composed of 90% natural ingredients, including natural fruit extracts, green tea seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, camellia oil, lemon peel, glycerol, fermented damask rose extract and rose petals. The hypoallergenic formulation is supposed to cleanse and clarify while nourishing the skin. It is suitable for all skin types including oily and sensitive skin.
This functions as one of the regular second cleansers in my nightly double cleansing routine. To use, you simply swivel the bottom to bring up the product and gently swipe it around your damp face, When it starts lathering, it functions like any other foaming cleanser and I'll usually use my Foreo Luna or Clarisonic with it. Personally I prefer to run my cleansing brush over the cleansing stick to pick up the product. This cleanser has a light, pleasant rose scent, creates a good amount of luscious lather and rinses clean without leaving my skin dry or tight. The rose petals are not just there for visuals. They actually have a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and also serve to lightly exfoliate.
The packaging of this product has it's pros and cons. Since it's solid it's great for traveling but because of the way it's built, you must rinse the top and let it air dry after every use. It's not really a big deal but it is one extra step you don't have to do with other cleansers. I actually quite enjoy the experience of using this this cleansing stick. The rose scent and petals gives it a really luxurious feel and it always leaves my face thoroughly cleansed and super soft.
The SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick can be found at Memebox for $26, on Amazon for $22.60 (Prime eligible) and from SokoGlam for $28.
SU:M37 White Award Bubble De Mask
The SU:M37 White Award Bubble De Mask is a self-foaming triple function mask that deep cleanses, detoxifies and brightens the skin. The star ingredients of the SU:M37 White Award line are Acai Berry for antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and N-Acetyl-Phytosphingosine (NAPS), a fermented brightening agent that inhibits melanin production and stimulates collagen synthesis.
This mask is packaged in a sleek 100 ml tube with a pump dispenser. It's meant to be used after washing your face. I personally find that it works best when preceded by an exfoliating product like the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel (reviewed here). To use, apply a thin layer to your lightly damp face. The product which has a soft soapy scent will pretty much bubble up by the time you're done spreading it around. The oxygen bubbles have a cool and refreshing feel. After about 20 minutes, there will be a light tingling sensation as they begin to dissipate. Once all the bubbles have dissolved, you rinse it off. My skin always feels incredibly smooth, clean and revived and is visibly more vibrant whenever I use this mask which is typically twice a week. I've never experienced any type of irritation.
I love this mask as a deep cleansing and brightening treatment, so much that I actually purchased a second bottle before I even finished my first one. It works with instant results and it's fun to use. Sometimes I'll even use it before a night out. This mask works similarly to the Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial which is $65 and the $56 Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Foaming Mask. Having tried all three, this is by far my favorite. I'm looking forward to trying more from this brand. There is something to these fermented ingredients.
The SU:M37 White Award Bubble De Mask can be purchased through Amazon for $39.90 (Prime eligible) and it's also currently on sale for $33.75 at Skinmilk Bar.
What do you think of these two products? Is there one you would want to try?