About Me

My first step into Asian Beauty nearly wrecked my skin.

I wanted to jump head-first into double cleansing, after hearing its praises sun far and wide, so I purchased everyone’s favorite oil cleanser at the time. A week later, my face was covered in these mysterious deep and painful breakouts that I would later learn are called cystic acne! I had lived the first 25 years of my life blissfully unscathed by acne and suddenly found myself with more self-esteem issues than I ever had as a teenager.

I quickly embraced the importance of mindful experimentation, regimented product testing, and vigilantly listening to my skin’s needs and limits. I had to accept that products that work well for other people may not (and frequently do not) work for me. This blog is my way of organizing what I’ve learned and also a way for me to keep learning. I still struggle with acne, although things have greatly improved in the time I’ve had this blog!

Here are some posts I’m especially proud of. I’m a bit fanatical about sunscreen, in case you can’t tell!

Science of Sunscreen Series:

How to Survive Tretinoin without Molting – a Dry Skinned Girl’s Guide to Curology (formerly Pocketderm)

Comparison of 8 Different Snail Creams

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Margarida says:

    Hi!! I am a makeup artist who has been in love with ingredient focused formulations, simple yet effective. Although I take great care of my own skin, I have been having extra hard time with some of my clients who sometimes come to me with a very thick, dehydrated and textured skin. I can’t and wouldn’t exfoliate their skins on the spot but am rather looking for a miracle products that with 5 min of aplication would help me lessen the roughness of some skins, while hydrating them. I have though of a nice sleeping pack, a face mask, mild exfoliating pads,…, but am afraid of investing in a product and not seing the results I am searching for. Would you be kind enough to give me your take on such a product?

    Thanks a lot!
    Xo, from Portugal!


    • V. Rex says:

      Hi! If you don’t mind ordering from Korea based stores, I would give From Nature Age Treatment Essence a try. It’s cheap ($10 – $20 a bottle), deeply hydrates, and instantly brightens. Whenever I need a quick texture fix for my skin, a few layers (usually 3 does the trick) will let me temporarily get by until I have time for proper exfoliation.


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