We all know that Althea and Hermo are like our one-stop online Korea Beauty store but what differentiates Althea from Hermo the most is (that, not only that Althea doesn’t charge you that 6% GST or that SST, which means they are a lot cheaper than Hermo, but also) that they have their very own Beauty product line!
Althea Bare Essentials.
Your Skin’s Simply Perfect Savior.
Perfect for Minimalists. Hypoallergenic.
The idea of this product line is to promote minimalism while packing all the essentials of skin care products into just 3 items, allowing you to save space while enjoying all the benefits. They have a very sleek and simple packaging that suits the profile of all age and social status while displaying elegance and timeless stylishness. These products are designed to suit every skin types in the world, regardless of weather, season, or skin colour.
I was unsure if these products could help me with my eczema-prone skin since I always encounter irritation and my face will instantly getting warmer and warmer. I had trouble with other products, hence I had my own doubts about new products.
However, after trying and using these three items as my sole skin care products for almost a month, I can finally write this review with my very own words.
The first step is the cleansing cream.
Althea says: “It is a rich and foaming cleanser available for all skin types, packed with with soothing Ice Plant and detoxifying Lemon Myrtle extracts, that removes impurities improving blood circulation and reduces bloating and swelling for that defined, enviably slim V-shaped look, densely containing micro capsules that burst upon contact with water to gently cleanse, exfoliate dead skin cells, and detoxify skin gently, leaving the skin feeling cool and refreshed too.”
- Cleansing is necessary for soap but higher levels of cleansing can be super drying because it will strip everything away from your skin, this includes (not only dirt but also) necessary sebum that helps to keep your skin moisturized.
- Bubbly soaps can also cause dryness as bubbles help to strip residue away easier. Hence, the bubblier the dish soap, the cleaner your plate. But this is not a good thing for skin cleansers.
- Creamy soaps are better than bubbly because it doesn’t strip as much sebum from your skin. However, it may be a little bit difficult to wash off the soap if it is too creamy.
- Conditioning is necessary to keep your skin moisturized. The higher the better. But never too high.
I personally find this product very interesting because it is neither watery nor gel-like consistency. It actually felt like a semi-gel liquid and I personally like to apply this without the use of cotton pads. I would just squeeze out little amount onto my forehead and then spread it across my entire face.
I said “squeeze” because the bottle was not made of glass but plastic. This is very convenient to me because I didn’t need to stress out for not having enough product out of the bottle. I hate shaking products out of a glass bottle anyway because it might slip off my hand and fall to the ground. Messy aftermath, as you can imagine already. So, with this one here, I won’t need to feel annoyed at the beginning of the day already.
It did not take long to absorb into my face. I pretty much just needed 10 seconds or below to let it sink into my skin. Unlike other toner, this doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after being absorbed. It is almost as if I had never applied it at all! Such a wonderful feeling! I did notice that my pores were smaller after using this product. Though it is not a very significant result but I’m confident that my pores can be smaller with the help of other products along the skin care routine.
The minty feeling from the previous step did not stop from here! It had continued and I was feeling fresher than every! It was as if I had enough sleep when I actually don’t get enough sleep. Not many products can create such amazing feeling after using them, ya know! (Unlike most toners.. Muji’s gave me the sticky feeling too, unfortunately.) Also! It can last about 6-8 months!
Step 3 / Final Step
Last step: Moisturizing.
Althea says: “This non-oily, quick-absorbing formula harnesses the power of Trehalose, an ingredient found in the cactus plant that prevents its moisture loss, to provide the skin with 24-hour revitalization and hydration. This ultra-nourishing wonder cream is also rich in antioxidants derived from Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil, and helps to promote collagen regeneration using Baobab Tree extracts. Upon application, your skin is left looking great and feeling bouncy to the touch. Suitable for all skin types.”
This product size may seem small but just like the cleanser, you only needed a very little amount for your entire face! Just the size of a baby grape is efficiently enough to moisturize your skin for the entire day, which is amazing. The texture of this cream is pretty gel-like, which promotes easier spreading and quicker absorption.
As of now, you can still grab one from Althea when you purchase this series. However, it may also depend on its availability too!
Don’t forget to grab some of the samples too when you see that it is available! Give it a try and maybe you will fall in love with these products too! If you don’t see any samples, you can jump straight into purchasing the full-sized products too because there is a 10% discount at the moment if you had purchased the entire set.
Original price: RM116
Discounted price: RM 104.4 + a Free Mirror
That’s all for this post!
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Update 18/8/18: After 4 months, I’ve officially finished my moisturizer! I don’t use it all the time and yet my skin is still moisturized thanks to the cleanser and primer. If I use it every day, it should take half the time than what I’ve used. I still have half the cleanser and toner!
Update 14/11/18: It’s the 208th day (6 months and 25 days) and I found a spider in my cut-opened container of my cleanser. I was about to finish the remaining cleanser and I’m pretty sure it would last me for the next two months but unfortunately, I had to throw it away… I still have 1/5 of the toner left! I can conclude that these two items can really last a very, very long time.