I was always one of those kids who had really bad acne. The transition from adolescence into adulthood was tough on my skin and sent me down an endless spiral of skincare madness.
But I was patient. Everyone told me that it would all clear up in my 20’s. I’ll then flourish with beautiful acne free skin, and conquer the world. Then I turned 22 and realized my acne was here to stay.
Until I found the cure for all skin related problems- Tony Moly. A Korean skin care brand that has left it’s mark on Japan and all over Asia. At first I was a little apprehensive, after all Asian standards of beauty can be very discriminatory towards their darker skin patrons. Along with the fact that the regimens can be multistep (the famous 10 step regimen) I didn’t want to be bothered with it. However, once I let go of my prejudices, I was able to dive into the secrets of the brand.
The closest Tony Moly store to me is in Shin-Okubo, Tokyo. Also known as Korea town here because of the high concentration of Korean immigrants here. While walking through the store, I felt the usual stares that landed on me but nonetheless the clerks were very nice and friendly.
While I was thinking I was going to spend as little money as possible I ended up spending 15,000円 ($141) in the store. Pricey I know, but I was desperate to cure my acne. This included two essence serums, an eye cream, face peel gel, face wash, and 3 face masks. And a couple other items that were thrown in for free.
The Process 4-8 Steps
Although I didn’t buy a specifically packaged set, I was instructed that these items work best when applied in the correct order. It’s very troublesome at first, but once you get the hang of it after a week it all became second nature. While the true process is 8 steps some of the products I only used 1-2X a week. So it averaged out to about 5 steps daily.
Step 1: Clean Dew Aloe Foam Cleanser
Use the foaming cleanse to get all the dirt and make-up off your face. It’s very smooth and doesn’t leave your skin dry and irritated.
Step 2: Floria Peeling Gel 1-2X a week (Optional)
Use the gel peel to to help peel off the surface layer of skin. This is supposed to help lighten hyper pigmentation and even skin tone.
Step 3: Essence 1
Essentially a toner, helps re-hydrate the skin after washing
Step 4: Essence Two(Optional)
Another toner which helps to penetrate the surface layer of the skin. It’s supposed to repair underlying skin damage.
Step 5: Face Mask 1-2X a week (Optional)
Used to help the serums absorb better into the skin and to hydrate your face. I only used these 1-2X week.
Step 6: Eye Cream (Optional)
Simple cream used to help hydrate the eye area can also be used as a facial moisturizer.
Step 7: Moisturizer
This one isn’t a Tony Moly specific moisturizer. Nivea works just fine for me.
Step 8: Sun Screen (Daytime use)
Also not another Tony Moly specific brand, I didn’t see any Tony Moly branded sunscreen in the store but _______ really stressed the importance of it. Again the Nivea brand works just fine for me.
I don’t take a lot of pictures, so it’s hard to tell but my acne was very bad here.
The most recent photo I took. My skin is cleared up with hardly a pimple in sight.
Overall I’m very pleased with the results I’ve gotten from Tony Moly. I have very dry skin and most products are made for people with oily skin. Tony Moly does an excellent job of cleansing my skin while moisturizing it at the same time. For the longest time I suffered from terrible acne and now I haven’t had a breakout in over 2 months.
$141 is very pricey and while I liked everything I used I would probably settle without the eye cream and replace both of the essences with just one toner. Also for the masks, I can attest that Korean face masks are better than Japanese face masks but Japanese face masks are little more affordable.
30 face masks for 1,500 円 ($14)
I know Korean skin care is still trying to find it’s footing in America but if you’re interested in trying out some of the cheaper Tony Moly products, you can buy some smaller samples at Ulta.
I’m still new to this whole skin care/self care wave so recommend me some Asian products to try. And let me know what your skin care routine is while living or traveling abroad.