As you might already know, I’m such a sucker for Korean skincare products. I like testing them, and I often get pleasantly surprised by the effects they have on my skin (I mean, they invented BB cream which is probably one of my favorite beauty products EVER!).
Over recent years, “Korean skincare” became a name that stands for quality. It’s no secret Koreans care about their appearance perhaps more than anyone else on Earth – actually, they brag about it. And I have this theory that they’re hiding the elixir for forever youth somewhere….
I also think we can learn a lot from the way Koreans approach skincare and other beauty products/routines in general. In Korea, Spa days are the norm – not a luxurious once-a-year thing – they’re accessible pretty much to everybody and are considered an activity to enjoy with friends and family.
I mean, isn’t this amazing?!
Koreans also consider skincare a form of self-love – and I share this point of view, too. I mean, it’s all about finding some time in our busy lives for ourselves.
It’s not about vanity at all…it’s about putting in the right effort to show the person in the mirror that we care and will always find the time to allow ourselves to be our best version.
Needless to say that taking care of our skin leads to an exponential growth of our self-esteem with all the benefits that follow (lower stress levels, living a more fulfilled and happy life etc.)
Read More Here: “9 Practical Ways To Improve Self-Esteem”
But cutting it all short…
I have recently tested a few products from the “Coreana Lavida” line, which is a very well-known brand from Korea that sells skincare products.
Let’s see what my experience testing them was!
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Set 6 items
On a rainy Sunday afternoon while scrolling through the products on TesterKorea to decide which one I should review next on this blog (I found their name to be a bit ironic in the contest, considering I was looking for products TO TEST! ahah)
…I ran into Coreana Lavida – which I already heard people talk positively about – and this particular skincare set.
I won’t lie. Initially, what caught my attention was the price… around $80 for 6 different products!!! “An entire new skincare routine!” I thought.
At that point, I was basically excited and ready to press the “buy” button but something else caught my attention again…
“The Powercell essence contains Phyto-S1P which stimulates this cell signaling function which will improve capabilities of skin.”
And what the hell is a powercell essence?!?!
So I did my research. Now, I don’t want to spoiler anything – because you’ll read way more about it later on (or, if you’re in a hurry, skip right to the “Coreana Lavida Powercell Essence” heading a few scrolls away!) but I just want to anticipate that this wonderful ingredient is contained in every product of the set.
So, just like we were saying, the whole set is composed of 6 products and each one is made in South Korea.
Here is the complete list of items you get in the package:
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Toner 200ml
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Emulsion 120ml
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Cream 10ml
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Serum 8ml
Coreana Lavida Powercell Essence 10ml
Coreana Lavida Clean Solution Peeling Magic 20ml
Usage Order: Peeling Magic – Toner – Powercell Essence – Serum – Emulsion – Cream
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Toner
What It Is
The Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Toner is a moisturizing type of toner with powercell essence, pansy extract, and botanical complex. Its goal is to supply moisture into skin cells and hold moisture to maintain your skin hydrated for longer.
How To Use
Morning and evening after cleansing (with the Peeling Magic if you’re using the entire line set!), apply a cotton pad dampened with an appropriate amount of product and wipe the skin texture.
The toner – which I found very refreshing especially on the first application – was a pleasant delight to use!
Although it comes out in the form of a liquid toner, you should still apply it onto your face by patting it lightly with your palms or a cotton pad dampened with some product.
I felt that there was a little bit of a “slip” lubricant texture which was akin to the texture of Hada Labo toner (which I also tried a while ago). It felt more moisturizing though, and also, I did not feel any real stinging.
Even if it’s not being specified on the website, I almost instantly assumed that it is probably low in alcohol, or even alcohol-free, because my skin is very sensitive and reacts to alcohol.
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Emulsion
What It Is
Unless you’re at least a little handy with Korean skincare products, you’re probably shaking your head right now wondering if you read the product’s name correctly.
“What the hell is emulsion?!”
In Korea, emulsion refers to a much lighter, non-sticky face lotion that works with skin’s natural oils to promote hydration. It also works on all skin types because it is water-based and does not clog pores. And this, my friends, is one of the core products that contributed to making Korean skincare so widely popular around the globe!
This moisture emulsion contains macadamia, oil ingredient, powercell essence, pansy extract and botanical complex – a formula designed to enhance the moisture-holding capacity of your skin by forming a moisture membrane on its surface.
How To Use
This product can be used morning and night after cleanser and toner.
I suggest you shake the bottle first and then apply a quarter size amount of the product to the entire face and neck in a gentle upward motion.
In general, the emulsion – like I already largely repeated! – is one of the genius products that make Korean skincare so astonishingly effective and popular so I was naturally expecting a lot from this product.
I tested many types of emulsions in the last couple of years, and I can say that the idea to make it a moisturizing type of product is pretty good – and I appreciated it (a lot)!
However, even if the product was worth the money and definitely did its job like I said I was expecting something more…
so my vote is… *drumroll*
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Cream
What It Is
The Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Cream is composed of ceramide, powercell essence, pansy extract, and botanical complex. Its formula goal is to strengthen the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Unfortunately, I’d say I have very little to share about the moisture solution cream.
Yes, it contains the powercell essence as well – which alone is the ingredient that makes this whole skincare set so incredibly effective – but I just didn’t find it ecstatic, that’s all.
Considering the price I paid for the whole set though, I have nothing to complain about! It does its work.
It’s a regular moisturizing cream, and I probably tried so many I’m hard to impress at this point. Plus, I’m not a big fan of this product in general, because I feel other products already do the most work.
To briefly recap, this is not the star item of the set, but it’s still worth its price and it’s great to use with the other products of the line.
Coreana Lavida Moisture Solution Serum
What It Is
This is a high moisture serum with schizophyllum commune extract, powercell essence, pansy extract, botanical complex – all meant to supply sufficient moisture into skin cells and lift up saggy skin.
How To Use
Before applying the solution serum you should cleanse and tone your skin, then spread in a thin layer over your face or problem area (it should be roughly the size of a pea!).
I really enjoy this serum because of how quickly it is absorbed into the skin. It does not leave my face feeling more oily – which is something I always look forward for in the skincare products I buy and use.
After using this, my skin also feels a lot more plump and rejuvenated overall!
And seriously…Who doesn’t like that feeling?!
After only 2 weeks of using this serum, my skin started to glow with less dark spots and decreased wrinkle look.
In all honesty, I LOVE this product and I am 100% sure I will be purchasing it again!
Coreana Lavida Powercell Essence
What It Is
Generally, in Korean skincare, “essence” refers to a lighter serum and is a highly concentrated skin care product with active ingredients designed to treat specific skin problems from oil control to skin whitening to hydration. Serums penetrate deep inside the pores and lower layers of the skin, unlike emulsion (remember what we said in the previous section?).
To say it in other words, ‘essence’ is a booster that maximizes the effect of cosmetic products on your face. Basically, Essence not only brightens one’s skin tone but also gives vitality to the face as reaching deep inside the skin and waking up each of the sleeping cells.
In particular, the product we’re talking about here (Coreana Lavida Powercell Essence) promises to activate the skin’s natural collagen production process and delay aging via its Powercell extract – which consists of Phytospingosine-1-phosphate, a phospholipid. Basically, it works by activating skin cells to signal cells to develop “Phto-S1P” which restores skin to a healthy and firm state.
Now, I am not a chemist by education or training and I don’t want to make this post too long or filled with too many details, but if you’re interested in reading more about this product’s formula and how it works you can find enough explanation here.
How To Use
Pour into your palm a very small amount of product, then rub your hands together to warm it up. Use upward motions and dabbing to apply. Also, consider essence takes in general at least 5 minutes to be absorbed.
A few days after purchasing the Coreana Lavida skincare set and even starting to use the products as my everyday skincare routine, I ran into this article “Analysing LAVIDA’s Powercell Essence: Why Do Actresses Love It?”
Oh, man, I felt SO full of myself!
That’s because I discovered this brand and skincare set before knowing the products were actually a hot topic both in Korea and in the Hollywood world!
I’ll quickly sum up the article up for you: it turns out this very one product has once received ‘IR52 Jang Yeong-Sil Award’, Korea’s most prestigious award in the commercial and technology industry.
How could I not know that?!?!?!?
Going on, the article also mentions that many actresses including Kim Ha Neul and Kim Yuri have recommended ‘LAVIDA Powercell Essence’ as one of the secrets to their flawless, glowing skin.
Kim Ha Neul has revealed that, to protect her dry skin, she mixes Powercell Essence with 2-3 drops of facial oil and applies all over her face. I encourage you to read the entire post here to get more details.
What can I say…this is definitely the product that alone was worth every single penny I spent on the set. Its formula alone is mind-blowing and I’m really happy I got a chance to test it. I will probably purchase it on its own in the future!
Coreana Lavida Clean Solution Peeling Magic
What It Is
This gel type deep cleansing product uses moisturizing ingredients to remove old keratin and excessive sebum perfectly to keep your skin dewy. In addition, the fruit extract it contains will make the skin transparent & clean. At last, Gingko extract & tourmaline give skin vitality.
Other good news: it suits all skin types.
How To Use
Put the proper amount (approximately 1 coin sized) on your hand and massage it onto your face (except eyes and lips) in a circular motion for about a minute. Let it sit on your face for a little while, letting it dry slightly and continue massaging.
It might feel a little gross, but this gel helps to remove dirt and oil in your pores as well as the layer of dead skin. At last, rinse it off with lukewarm water and then finish off with cold.
Pat your face dry and Voilà! Your skin will look like it’s glowing!
Let’s just say that the first time I used this…..it was GROSS!!! So much crap came off my face, I was surprised. I have a Clarisonic Brush and even that couldn’t get off the gunk that this thing could. I was seriously impressed!
Also, I noticed this has reduced my breakouts and make my skin looks a lot smoother and healthier.
WARNING: You might like this product so much that you’ll be tempted to use it almost every day. But DON’T DO THAT! The directions specifically say to use it only TWICE a week. That’s because if you get a little too crazy with this thing, you’ll end up having a red face that stings for a few days. Definitely not fun.
The Takeaway/Last Thoughts
Okay, I’m gonna be honest with you guys…
In the beginning – before actually testing the products – I kind of felt like I was buying the same product over and over again.
I mean, by reading the labels, the ingredients and the formulas were pretty much all the same. But when I started using them…oh man! I really realized how a single ingredient can make such a huge difference!
I’d say that for a basic skin care routine, the entire set can be considered more than affordable (especially considering the quality of the products on their own!)
Unfortunately, the ingredient that caught my attention the most is probably the one I can benefit the least from….
We already mentioned the Powercell formula contained in all the products of the set. Well, its main goal is to reduce skin aging – which is great, don’t get me wrong! It’s just something I can’t benefit a lot from at the moment because I’m only 20. But I’ll make sure not to forget about this product when I reach my 30s!
Anyway, some products – like the Peeling Magic and the Moisture Solution Serum – were absolutely life-changing and I will 100% purchase them again on their own, while others – like the Cream – were pretty basic.
Now I’m wondering… Is the Powercell formula the real secret ingredient for eternal youth Koreans have been hiding this whole time?!
Who knows! We can just be thankful for having a possibility to try it, I guess…
What do you guys think about Korean skincare? And which beauty products would you like me to review next? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments section below!