Alrighty, do you have a cup of tea on hand" If not, go boil some water because this is going to be a bit of a long post, not because I talk too much (if I do, please tell me to hush), but because there is a whole skincare routine to discuss! Last month, I reviewed a couple of masks (here) from Taiwanese skincare company, Naruko, and had such a great experience that I moved right into the hardcore stuff - using them as my main skincare exclusively for 6 weeks!
I listed my skincare concerns as anti-aging with my skin ranging from normal to dry with few to no breakouts and was sent a few products from the Jing Cheng 60 Actives line which is plant-based and contains 60 botanical extracts that aim to nourish, repair and soothe skin to keep it looking tight, young and happy. Though Asian skincare has never been marketed as green beauty, I am often surprised at how many plant extracts are found in their products though when I saw that this line had 60...I mean, that's a lot of supposed "actives" so let's see what these actives actually did for my skin!
The Jing Cheng 60 Actives Youth Activating Enhancer* (200mL/$72.00 CDN) is used after cleansing and toning and is a referred to as a "booster lotion with special skin-toning properties that primes and prepares the skin for enhanced absorption of skincare products. It continuously hydrates, improves skin texture, brightens and tightens skin, stimulating the revitalization of the skin back to its firm, radiant and moisturized form."
In my books, I categorize this product as an essence based on its slightly heavier than water texture and hydrating properties. I remove my makeup once I get home from work, but don't want to do my whole skincare routine as I usually have my shower after dinner. After cleansing, my skin gets quite dry and needs SOMETHING hydrating, but I don't want to use full-on moisturizer so this essence is sort of perfect for what I refer to as "Bandaid h...