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The constant wearing of a face mask in the hot, humid summer didn't do my oily skin a favor. It is dehydrated and constantly produces oil – a problematic combination. My foray with BARR undo some damage, but unfortunately I ran out of natural goodness. This time I wanted to find out what propolis is all about.
Oddly enough, I haven't checked any of their products myself, though COSRX is a staple in every K-Beauty lover's skincare routine! I thought this was a good time to learn what COSRX and its propolis line have to offer. The entire routine is free of cruelty and formulated without parabens, mineral oil, sulfates and artificial fragrances.
What is propolis? It is also known as bee glue and is a mixture of bees saliva and beeswax that is used to close holes in the beehive. When poured into skin care, it offers soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing benefits that my skin needs at the moment.
Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
Main ingredients: The toner is mainly infused with 72.6% black bee propolis and 10% honey extract and vitamin B complex.
The Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner was the No. 1 selection in the toner category at the last GLOWPICK Awards in mid-2020, so I had high hopes! When I slowly started cutting cotton pads out of my skin care product, I first tried to apply the toner with my hands, although the instructions suggested using pads. It was applied well enough, but felt more moisturizing when applied with pads. Its watery consistency is more suitable for cotton pads that allow the formula to penetrate the skin. My skin soaked up the formula very quickly and completely absorbed it within seconds. My skin felt refreshed and ready for the next layer of product.
Full Fit Propolis Light vs Ultralight ampoule
Like many K-pop idols, my rosacea made a comeback in June. Unlike her comebacks, however, my reddened, irritated skin was anything but exciting. My skin has been very sensitive lately, so I wanted to slowly introduce this new skin care line into my usual routine. I started with the ultra-light ampoule, which, as promised, quickly moved in. It left a slightly sticky finish when I typed the formula into my skin. The ampoule provided plenty of moisture, but its calming effect was not immediately apparent.
With the light ampoule, the effects were almost instantaneous. My cheeks were noticeably less stained the morning after my first application. Compared to the ultra-light ampoule, the light ampoule was definitely a little thicker, but left a similar slightly sticky finish.
Full Fit Propolis Nourishing Magnet Sheet Mask
Main ingredients: The leaf mask is soaked in the Full Fit Propolis ampoule. The design mimics a honeycomb structure to ensure that the mask contains the optimal amount of ampoule and releases it into the skin.
After trying more than my fair share of cotton masks, I can say for sure that this is the softest and most moisturizing ever! The mask is very thin, so it was difficult to place at first. Once properly worn, it stuck well and hugged the curves of my face. One of the main problems I usually have with sheet masks is the fit around the mouth and jaw area as they peel off when I try to speak. However, it stuck well and felt almost like a second skin.
The fit and feel of this mask is almost comparable to that of my favorite gel foil masks! The only thing to note is that unlike the other products in the Propolis line, it has a subtle sweet fragrance.
Full Fit Propolis Light Cream
Main ingredients: The cream consists of 65.69% black bee propolis complex, which consists of black bee propolis, honey and royal jelly extracts, all of which are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
The Propolis Light Cream is incredibly moisturizing. It felt slightly mild at first, but quickly absorbed. I used this during my nightly routine so that the formula can work its miracles overnight. My skin showed immediate results, felt softer, springier and hydrated, but not greasy!
My oily skin had to be taken care of healthy again and this line was perfect for it. The toner and leaf masks were the biggest positive results since I wasn't expecting them to be the most effective. The toner helped clean my pores and decongested, while the leaf mask soothed my skin.
Although my skin is very resistant to strong formulas, I prefer mild, gentle ones. This line is very mild, but offers the promised benefits for skin care. COSRX is known for its short list of highly effective ingredients that I was finally able to experience for myself with these products. If you want moist, radiant skin, you should take a look at the COSRX propolis line!
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