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PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT

PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT


WHERE IS PORE?

There is an abundance of pore minimising products on the market and it can be incredibly overwhelming for people who suffer from large pores and even for people who don’t. I think there are a lot of us who often think, what is a pore anyway and how do I know if I need to minimise mine??! So let me try and explain it in the way that made most sense to me. Everyone has pores, we actually have them all over our body wherever there is skin that grows hair, but pores are mostly talked about on the face because that tends to be where they cause the most grief. Some people can really see the pores on their face and they look like small holes, because essentially that’s what they are. It tends to be genetic whether you have large pores or not. They can, however, become more noticeable when they are blocked or congested which is why cleansing your face daily is so important. Ingredients like salicylic acid for example can help to reduce the blockage and clear the skin, allowing your pores to do their job. 

When we think of  skin, sometimes we tend to forget about our pores-they are subjected to harsh treatments like rip-off strips, acids and not given the care they deserve. Cleanse, exfoliate, minimise pores, even that complexion and wake up totally feeling hydrated and refreshed— that’s what I always aim to do in terms of my skincare routine. I consider pore care and cleansing to be very important as unfortunately I do have visible pores around the nose area and get quite conscious about it.  So I was so excited to collaborate with Peach & Lily and review one of their latest curations from an amazing Korean brand Caolion, the Perfect Pores Kit. I have tried one of Caolion’s cult pore mask before, the Pore Original Pack as it’s quite famous among beauty obsessed and I love it! Always loved their pore packs and face masks – simple, effective and natural tools that gives you clear skin and healthy skin. Just so you know, these products are sent to me by the lovely people from Peach & Lily solely for review purposes and these are my true opinions. I wasn’t paid to do this and never will be cause opinions can’t be bought. Plus I only work with companies that I truly believe. 

The Caolion’s 4-step pore process contains 2 bestsellers and 2 new releases- The Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser, Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack, Premium Original Pore Pack and the Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask, which are all designed to perfect your pores, clear your complexion, and improve your skin! I have been incorporating these products in my skincare routine now since I received this and been really loving it so far! The Perfect Pores Kit is now available at Peach & Lily sold in a specially-priced set—with the cleanser being free! Isn’t that amazing? So before I tell you about this lovely kit, Im going to tell you a bit of Caolion, the first Korean brand to come out with products that did not have colouring, fragrances or alcohol.

BIT ABOUT THE BRAND

"When it comes to natural cosmetics, it’s not about what’s in it.  It’s about what’s not in it”

Caolion was created by Founder and Chairwoman Jinyoung Joo in the mid-1990’s due to her personal frustrations of being unable to find suitable and reliable skincare solutions for her sensitive skin.  She tried many products in the market, but found them to be ineffective, leaving her skin irritated.  She was left questioning whether there were any skincare products suited for sensitive skin.  She unearthed the answer from Korea’s ancient traditional beauty secrets that dated back thousands of years that were based on pure and natural ingredients.  And so Caolion Cosmetics was born.

Healthy skin begins with cleansing the skin from impurities and restoring its health through deep pore purification.  Caolion is focused on creating high quality cosmetic and skincare products that is natural, free of harmful chemicals and artificial additives such as parabens, alcohol, dyes and synthetic fragrances, to deliver long lasting results. 

Caolion uses as well eco-friendly and innovative manufacturing methods to ensure they are an environmentally and socially responsible company.

I really love the story behind the brand. How the amazing woman behind it designed Caolion skincare especially for those with sensitive skin like herself. I’ve also heard she didn’t even hesitate to even taste her creations to prove their organic properties. She believes that if it can be eaten, it will not irritate the skin. 


PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT


THE PERFECT PORES KIT

STEP 1 THE FRESHLY CHITOSAN FOAM CLEANSER

So the Caolion pore system begins with a proper deep cleanse. Cleansing is VERY important to me. It is important to cleanse your skin every night to remove make-up, impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil. But a morning cleansing is also beneficial, as it removes any toxins the skin eliminates during the night and refreshes the skin, preparing it for make-up application. When it comes to cleansing your skin, not all parts of your body are created equal. Your face needs different care than your feet. Depending on your skin type and even the time of year, you may need a different body or facial cleanser to remove dirt and prevent breakouts. I love cleansers that removes excess oil while still preserving the skin’s delicate pH balance and natural moisturisers. 

So for the first step of my journey to clear, healthy pores start with this lovely cleanser, The Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser. It deep cleanses impurities and makeup residue while reducing sebum. Chitosan and prunus mume water help absorb and draw out impurities, leaving skin feeling refreshed. It also contains patented unshiu (jeju mandarin) oil to balance skin’s pH level and antioxidants to combat free radicals—helping to maintain cleaner, healthier-looking skin without stripping skin of essential moisture.  I usually apply a small amount, lather, and gently massage face in small circular motions and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. 

KEY INGREDIENTS

-Prunus Mume Fruit Extract: Eliminates impurities and moisturizes the skin. 
-Jeju Mandarin Oil: Smooths the skin and creates a healthy-looking glow. 
-Chitosan: Eliminates impurities and moisturizes the skin. 
-Red Clay: Removes sebum and impurities; purifies the skin. 

The Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser is definitely one of the best cleansers I’ve used. A gentle foam cleanser that does not simply wash surface of the skin, but it clarifies deep into pores ( I take time to massage sebum prone areas such as the T-zone area, where my pores are quite visible, before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water), eliminating impurities and excess sebum. It build up and gets thicker the more you massage it so a little goes a long way. I use this as my 2nd cleanse at nighttime when I double cleanse. It really takes the dirt and makeup off what my oil cleanser (first cleanse) didn’t take out which disappears the moment its washed off leaving my skin clean, refreshed and hydrated. I get the squeaky clean but not overly drying.


PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT
PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT




STEP 2 PREMIUM O2 BUBBLE PORE PACK

OMG anything that develops bubbles in my face is always welcome in my books like carbonated clay masks. It’s fun and skincare should always be fun! If you follow my Instagram, I do love a bit of skincaretainment! Yes it uses micro oxygen bubbles to gently deep-cleanse pores. It has 100% natural sparkling water and deep-cleansing charcoal powder work to eliminate impurities. Natural oat grains make sure your skin retains its moisture, and gently buff dead skin cells away. After cleansing, I lightly apply it on the whole face, massaging it. When the bubbles go up, I softly massage the whole face once again. I keep to around 1 min to 5 minutes after bubbles go up then gently wash my face with lukewarm water. I love that it’s super gentle and doesn’t irritate your skin. After washing my face, I noticed that my skin is much smoother , soft and bouncier! I've been using it now for weeks and I can see definitely a big difference with my congested pores! Consistency is the key to skincare. I think the more you use these pore pack, the more your pores will appear cleaner and clearer. Remember pore care is important.


STEP 3 PREMIUM ORIGINAL PORE PACK

The third step is one of Caolion’s infamous pore mask range. Ideally should be used following the Blackhead Steam Pore Pack or Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack (for sensitive skin). Made with only the very best ingredients, Caolion's Pore Original Pack helps remove dirt and sebum from the pores and tightens pores while delivering nutrients such as Ceramide, Tocopherol and peppermint to enhance the skin elasticity.  Free of parabens. This product contains 4 different patented ingredients that help to enhance complexions and brighten the skin. Other ingredients like Glacier clay from Canada contains micro particles and natural sparkling water which help to clarify pores by absorbing and drawing out impurities and sebum, blackheads, makeup and other skin wastes that tend to clog  up pores. Alaskan glacial water not only provides intense hydration, but also contains ions and rich minerals that nourish the skin. Thanaka has been used in beauty products and medicines in Korea for around 2000 years. It has cooling properties that tightens pores, controls moisture loss and helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Unlike other brands, Caolion uses volcanic ashes from active volcanos which are rich in minerals and helps to minimise damage to the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkle and fine lines.

I apply the Pore Original Pack evenly onto my face (avoiding eyes and mouth area).  Wash off with water after 10 to 15 minutes.  I just love the cooling effect of this mask, I find it quite relaxing. It does kinda feel like helps tighten my pores even further, slight tingly because of the unique cooling sensation. It’s gentle and doesn’t irritate me but if you’re allergic to menthol or VERY VERY sensitive, you might want to test it first. Not everyone is a fan of the minty scent but I love it. This type of clay mask doesn’t dry out my skin which is also plus, rinses off easily as well leaving my pores tightened and minimised. My skin complexion is more brighter and got that natural glow I’ve always wanted to achieve. I store this in the refrigerator for optimal calming effects although I do store most of my creams, mask sheets and essences on there. It’s nice putting masks straight from the ref especially on a hot, sunny day.


PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT
PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT

 STEP 4 PORE TIGHTENING EMORY SLEEPING MASK

CAOLION Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask is formulated with a shape memory formula that tightens pores and enhances elasticity; resulting in smoother and firmer skin. Cooling effect calming the skin and promoting soothing and lifting effects. You wake up to a more fresh, brighter, moisturised skin with this deep hydrating sleeping mask that works overnight.

Now I LOVE my sleeping masks/ sleeping packs. When my face is not drenched with face oils, I always try to put sleeping masks every night. This sleeping mask is quite interesting and unique! It has a jelly-like texture, quite bouncy and jiggly. Once you scoop the product (comes with a spatula which is perfect), the rest of the product in the jar moves back to it’s original place like nothing happened! The texture is really quite cool that is indeed like memory foam. It has a very lovely herby/ minty smell thats quite fresh and applies so easily on your face. It has menthol on it so it’s quite  relaxing, soothing and feel that the cooling sensation is helping with tightening the pores. It glides nicely onto your skin when you start massaging it gently to your face. I love the “wet” and hydrating feeling I have with sleeping masks so I don’t mind putting quite a lot. If you don’t like the sticky feeling, you don’t have to put put too much of it like I do. I just love drenching my face with moisture with this mask but a little does goes a long way and once its absorb, it feels quite silky and hydrating to the skin and not greasy or even sticky at all. When I wake up in the morning, my face is hydrated, soft and firm! If I need to pick a favourite from this kit, it has to be this one , the bubble pore pack and the original pore pack. 


PORE PAMPERING WITH CAOLION X PEACH & LILY'S PERFECT PORES KIT


OVERALL THOUGHTS

I’ve been incorporating this lovely pore kit to my daily skincare routine, just slowly introducing it that’s why it took me weeks to really review what I think. I do recommend using it 2x or more in a week to really see results. Depends what my skin feels like that day, I tend to use this kit everyday especially the cleanser and sleeping mask (every night). When used regularly these wash off masks (with your base routine of course) will help your skin get that deep cleanse and keep acne and breakouts at bay. I definitely recommend this kit for pore pampering as its very effective— the Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser removes all dirt and grime, the Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack removes impurities deep within the pores, the Original Pore Pack soothes and tightens pores & skin, and lastly, the Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask works overnight to hydrate and improve the skin's complexion. 

Tip: Introduce only one product every few days so as not to overwhelm your face. If you experience any irritation, stop use immediately. Do a patch test on the skin behind your ear if you have sensitive skin to see if these products are right for you. Only start using all four products as a routine once you have confirmed they work well with your skin.

We may have different skin types and can’t promise the same results as me but I’m a huge fan (always have been) and big believer of the brand and really recommend these products for people with visibly large, clogged and congested pores like me.  

HEALTHY SKIN = PORE CARE + PROPER CLEANSING

The Perfect Pores Kit $84  is a specially curated set by Peach & Lily that has a total retail value of $106 but for a limited time the cleanser is FREE! The set includes the Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser, the Premium Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack, the Premium Original Pore Pack, and the Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask.


Have you tried this kit yet? Do you have any skincare favourites that focuses on your pores?






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