Squeezing in skincare before midnight x Althea

Saturday, April 28, 2018


I don’t think I can say much more about Althea’s own skin care line that hasn’t already been said. Their 3-step solution is meant to bring simplicity to Korean routine and trust me when I say this, it is so satisfying to go through the routine quickly with my skin feeling clean and supple after it. If Althea sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Althea is an online beauty shop specialising in Korean products, which has shipped products globally. I also blogged about it not too long ago when I tried out the 7-step Korean skincare routine. Even in the post, I already had to confess that there were evenings where I’d take a shortcut and rather than complete the entire 7 steps, I’d cleanse, apply toner, moisturise, and call it a day.

Althea puts it best - “a solid routine starts from 3 essential steps -­ cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. All the other additional steps added to your routine are just that - additional.” With that in mind, Althea worked to develop a simple routine purporting to pack in all the benefits of a full-fledged one with their aptly named skincare line - Bare Essentials. And boy, what a great set of products these are! With minimalist packaging that you can’t help but display, trust me when I say that this simple routine is the busy person’s dream come true.


I’m not a skincare expert so all the insight I can share is purely from an experience perspective. For starters, the products smell great, they’re super easy to use and most importantly for me, they’ve given me a new way at looking at my night time routine. 

We start with the Contour Cleanser (1) which lathers wonderfully and leaves my skin feeling very clean. In fact, it feels like I double cleansed! There’s a cooling sensation too after its use so I love washing my face when I have work to do at night and need a little pick me up. But because it can feel a little tight which can happen when you wash your face with a fairly strong cleanser, step two follows right after. The Primer Water (2) was a really confusing product to me at first, because I was expecting texture like the Beauty Water I wrote about before, but it came out in a watery gel form. No cotton pads needed here. Squeeze a small amount onto your palms and pat it onto your face. Quick absorbing, wonderful smelling, and a really nice feeling after. The Fixer Cream (3) is next. It sets out to provide 24-hour hydration and I guess it does for those living in humid countries. When I’m a little more hardworking, I pair this part with eye cream and maybe even a face mask, but for the most part, this is a great moisturiser for everyday use.

All three products are available for RM116 which is a really decent price for what they are - high quality, solid products. But don’t just take my word for it - their reviews speak for themselves.


For me, the reason why I really recommend these products are because of the time taken for me to go through my routine. It isn’t just because it’s three steps. The fact that the cleanser lathers so quickly and the toner absorbs almost immediately means that on the days I come home late or I have too many things to do, it is physically possible to finish my routine in under 5 minutes.

If you wanna know what the routine looks like, you can see it on my Instagram! It’s literally a 45 second video so spare ya girl some time and check it out here:

What that means for me is that quicker skin care means quicker bed time. That means more sleep. More sleep means a happier me. And good things happen henceforth.

Thanks for the Bare Essentials, Althea!

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4 comments on "Squeezing in skincare before midnight x Althea"
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