Skincare First Impressions: Pyunkang Yul + Huxley

korean skincare essences pyunkang yul huxley
Diving into some new Korean skincare with the intention of reviving my dull, dehydrated skin once again. Three bottles, three types of essence and a journey to juicy, hydrated skin. I’ll preface by saying that I was drawn to the curious formulations and consistencies of these skincare gems. And whilst I will need to use them for at least 6 weeks to give a detailed review, my first impressions are positive. (P.S I use 2-3 drops of each product patted and pressed gently into my skin as my standard usage for all these essences).
korean skincare pyunkang yul essence toner

The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is wonderfully light in consistency. The magical reason that this essence doesn’t end up leaving skin dry after an initial quenched feeling is that it is waterless. Instead of using water as a many body ingredient, which ends up evaporating from the skin, it is 91.3% astragalus root extract. The formulation is gel like and works like a soothing toner.

Huxley is a skincare range I’ve had my eye on for months. Beautiful packaging, a powerhouse of incredible ingredients and spotlighting Organic Sahara cactus extract making for some antioxidant rich skincare. They’ve also taken my knowledge on what an essence should be to a new level. Their dropper bottle based essences tip the line into being a serum. A higher concentration of ingredients and lighter formulations - you can feel the difference on your skin instantly.

korean skincare huxley grab water essence
korean skincare huxley oil essence

Huxley Grab Water Essence

  • 85% Sahara Cactus extract (that’s a crazy high amount)
  • Peppermint + grapefruit extracts
  • Watery - gel like formulation
  • Very refreshing on the skin - I love using this in the morning.

Huxley Oil Essence

korean skincare essences pyunkang yul huxley
  • This is glow in a bottle!
  • 61% Sahara Cactus seed oil
  • Contains quinoa and acai berry - superfood skincare at its finest
  • Light formulation removing the heaviness of an oil but more viscous than an essence. Droplets of this will hold its form when dispensed onto your fingertips.
  • Super nourishing and layers well with the Grab Water Essence and the Caudalie Vine Activ Detox Oil in the evenings.

I love layering both of these essences in the morning before applying a little moisturiser and SPF. It creates a healthy, dewy glow without being shiny. My current favourite combination is to finish with the new Deciem Serum Foundation - dreamy every day skin for me. I don’t think it’s worth attempting the 7 skin method with these products as one layer is more than enough. For a more intense level of hydration, use both Huxley essences. None of these leave a sticky feeling to the skin. Instead the surface feels smooth and it gives a “chok chok” finish. A Korean term which refers to dewy, glowy, moist and plump skin. 

I’d love to know if you’ve tried any other Pyunkang Yul or Huxley products?

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