Contrary to popular belief, I don’t follow folks who write about beauty products / make-up etc. In general, I’m more curious about skin health and care and I’m not inclined to overwhelm myself with the deluge of beauty products that are in the international market. Not to forget the deluge of new ones that keep popping up on a daily basis.
Flagship products that work and don’t cost an arm and a leg are what I prefer to discover.
Son&Park‘s Beauty Water is one of those.
Sandhya, who I follow on Twitter, sometimes drops these beauty-related gems on her feed, which is otherwise focused on ISRO, science, kitties and tardigrades.
Her previous recommendation from about twelve months ago, was how I came to find my staple lipstick. In combination with one of the lipsticks I already had, Sandhya’s recommendation gave me the perfect shade for my skin.
So when she recommended the Son&Park Beauty Water after having used it herself for a year, I absolutely had to get it.
It is a Korean beauty product. Made in Korea. Both the founders, make-up artists, Park Taeyun and Son Daesik moved on from the company in 2016. Speculation is that since they did not have some of the legal aspects covered, their majority stake in the company, over time, turned into a minority stake and they were, effectively, rooted out. Both have, since then, launched another brand called Ges Gep.
This Beauty Water is considered one of those Holy Grail products.
Since I am not a beauty expert, nor do I know what half the ingredients mean, I’m not going to be recommending or not recommending this product. I am introducing you to this product and you are welcome to take a call depending on what other research you do.
I’ve been using this product for the last 2-3 days now.
The instructions say that to use it for cleansing, you douse a cotton pad with the Beauty Water and swipe it across your face. And when you want to refresh yourself, you can apply some of the water to your face during the day.
From whatever I have read about the product, I figured that the best way for me to use it would be to put it into a small spritzer bottle and carry that with me when I’m out or leave it in the refrigerator when I’m in the apartment.
The refrigerator treatment is not to protect the product but to have it super chilled when I spray it on my face.
Within the last 2-3 days, I’ve been spraying it about 2-3 times per day and my face feels hydrated more than usual. I am not very good at taking care of my skin – I struggle with things as simple as moisturizers! Which is one of the reasons this Son & Park Beauty Water works so well for me – it’s like a three in one : cleanser, toner, hydrater.
In my younger days, I’ve done the entire routine with three separate products and gave it up because it is just way too much work. A spray of the Beauty Water seems to be the best way for me to use this product with minimal wastage as well.
At the above rate of usage, I am certain that the 340 ml bottle will last me at least six months. I am sure I will not be able to use it consistently spraying 2-3 times per day everyday for six months.
I ordered the Son & Park Beauty Water from a Nagaland-based brand called BeautyBarn. The alternative would have been YesStyle.com but I wasn’t sure about customs on entry to India. Even without customs, shipping + the price of the Beauty Water on YesStyle was similar to BeautyBarn’s price and I was sure BB would deliver quicker. Which they did. I placed the order on 30th of May and the bottle arrive on 3rd of June.
They also sent these Snail Bee High Content Essence, which I am entirely clueless about but seems like a nice hydrating product. I layered it with the Beauty Water and my face was flush with moisture.
This, below, is the spritzer bottle I use for the Beauty Water. It is, unfortunately, made of plastic – I will keep my eyes out for a glass bottle.
I mix in one part Hyaluronic Acid with three parts of the Beauty Water, pop it in the refrigerator and spray it whenever I feel like a blast of moisture.
The two things that stood out on the ingredients list for this Beauty Water are alcohol and citric acid. While I’ve usually never had a problem with the alcohol content of skin care – I have oily combination skin – if you have dry or sensitive skin, I’d suggest a patch test. The product also comes in a smaller travel-size bottle.
Citric Acid can also adversely affect sensitive skin, so you might want to keep that in mind.
No parabens, no sulphates and no phthalates, which are supposed to be harmful for the skin.
I haven’t seen or felt any adverse effects, yet. I had some dry and flaky spots on my face because of the zits I had picked. Those are now lush and plush and hydrated. I do wipe my face with a towel once a day – to wipe off the residue of the Beauty Water. In this insanely hot summer season, my oily skin is, currently, producing a lot of oil, so it can start to feel heavy.
Now, I just have to use this product consistently, and, hopefully, once I’ve finished a bottle, I’ll share my experience. I’ll do that once I order another bottle of the same product – or who knows, maybe there will be a new Holy Grail product in the market by then.
If you’ve used this product and have any tips for me, do tell please! How has it made your skin better? How long have you been using it?
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