What is AXIS-Y?
Imagine a skincare product line,
that cares for the climate and sells products with natural ingredients, while also taking into consideration the environment for where you live. Sounds like a unicorn in the world of skincare and that too, an expensive one.
As it turns out, we might have found that unicorn. AXIS-Y came into the market in 2019 with the idea of selling skincare products that were cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free and natural. This is not a revolutionary idea but their products are so good, that we just had to share them with you.
The AXIS-Y Promise
Living in a country like Singapore, the weather can be very unpredictable. Sometimes it is really hot and sometimes it becomes so cold, it is like mother nature decided to turn on the air-conditioning for us. With such inconsistent weather, it becomes a hassle to find products that work equally well in all conditions. We all know the uncomfortable feeling of sunscreen melting off our faces or our skin drying up in the cold weather.
Turns out AXIS-Y knows how to deal with these problems. Rain or sun, they got our skins covered and protected as their products are targeted towards being able to handle any weather. If you ask us, that sounds très magnifique.
AXIS-Y 7-Step Korean Skin Care Routine
Now we can go on and on about what amazing concoctions they have come up with. But who has the time to sit down and research in detail what works and what doesn’t? Well, we do. So let us save some of your time and give a summary of what products are the best for your skin.
Our skin goes through a lot in a day and to best care for it, we suggest using a mix of products that replenish and restore your skin.
7-Step Korean Skincare Routine
Yes, you read that right. Only 7 steps, not the 10-step Korean skincare routine we hear so much of. We have come up with a skincare routine that will leave your skin looking amazing while saving you some time and money.
Step 1: Cleanse
For this step, we recommend using the AXIS-Y Sunday Morning Refreshing Cleansing Foam. The cleansing foam has a pH level of 5.5, which is close to the natural skin pH level and minimizes any damage to the skin. It effectively takes out the dirt, excess oils and any other impurities lurking in the pores, all while being gentle on the skin. What a dream come true.
By cleansing the skin first, we are able to absorb more of the active ingredients from the rest of the products we use. If you have makeup on, we suggest also adding in 3 pumps of the AXIS-Y Quinoa One Step Balanced Gel Cleanser to the step.
The Quinoa One Step Balanced Gel Cleanser is a gel based cleanser that is also at the sweet pH level of 5.5. While clearing all the makeup off your face, it keeps your skin moisturized as well. The combination of quinoa and healthy nutrients work like a charm in removing environmental toxins to reveal healthy, lively skin.
Both of these cleansers contain Glycerin which helps hydrate your skin and is great for sensitive skin. You can say goodbye to irritation and harshness from face washes by using these two products.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Now this is an extra step which sometimes people do too frequently and end up doing more harm than good to their skin.
While exfoliation is great, it only needs to be done 2-3 times a week after cleansing. By exfoliating, we remove dead skin cells and clear any dirt and bacteria in the pores. Many times, we worry about whether exfoliants can be harsh on the skin and to make sure that is not the case, the AXIS-Y Mugwort Pore Clarifying Wash Off Pack contains a crucial ingredient.
The exfoliator contains mugwort to soothe the skin and reduce irritation. The plant mugwort also contains high levels of vitamin E which is perfect for healing the skin. The mugwort pore clarifying pack also contains Adzuki Bean granules which have saponin in them. Saponin is what makes the bean granules naturally foamy and sucks out the dirt and sebum from the pores.
You simply have to apply and leave the pack on for 15 minutes, after which you can rinse it off. The exfoliation helps circulation in the skin and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Step 3: Purifying
After cleansing the face so thoroughly and having a blank canvas, it is time to prepare the skin for absorbing the beneficial ingredients we wish to put on the skin from the remaining steps.
For this step, allow us to introduce the AXIS-Y Daily Purifying Treatment Toner. This toner contains 0.5% salicylic acid which exfoliates your skin to get an even skin texture.
There has been quite some debate whether 0.5% salicylic acid is even effective on the skin. A study conducted in 2012 compared the results of people using 0.5% salicylic acid with people using just a placebo. They found that the salicylic acid did in fact help reduce acne and that it was not just placebo.
The toner also contains aloe which soothes the skin and combats any irritation that might be on the skin. After clearing out the bacteria and pollution stuck deep in your pores with this toner, you can say goodbye to any persistent inflammation and acne.
Step 4: Repair
Not a lot of people use them, but having an ampoule as a part of your routine can help your skin a lot. After a toner, using an ampoule will help restore the skin no matter what skin type you may have.
The AXIS-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule can be applied on problem areas or the forehead and cheeks in little drops. This helps hydrate the skin and promote collagen that heal the damaged, irritated skin barriers.
This ampoule contains phytonutrients which are crucial in helping reduce damage caused by the Sun and protect against risks that lead to skin cancers. Phytonutrients work with the rich antioxidants present in the ampoule which gives our skin the power to fight all the stressors in the environment. Sounds like a pretty powerful weapon to have in the skincare arsenal if you ask us.
Step 5: Brighten
We all want glowing skin and the secret to having that is having a serum that corrects uneven skin tone.
A best selling product from AXIS-Y is their AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum and let us tell you, this one is a best seller for a good reason.
The serum is a niacinamide based serum which is great news for your skin because niacinamide has numerous benefits for the skin. It can build keratin, help your skin retain more moisture, reduce inflammation, lighten dark spots or treat hyperpigmentation and even help treat acne. So if you have acne or oily skin, salicylic acid and niacinamide are your best friends.
Another great ingredient in this product is a plant-derived squalane which has been proven to detoxify and fight the aging process using antioxidants. This dark spot correcting glow serum will definitely leave your skin glowing and healthy.
Step 6: Moisturizing
Moisturizing is a tricky one. Although we know how important it is, sometimes we question how effective it really is. Some moisturizers are too heavy and some feel like they disappear within a second after application. And don’t even get us started on how annoying it gets when the changing weather affects how much or what kind of moisturizer we need.
Lucky for us, there is the AXIS-Y Cera-Heart My Type Duo Cream. If you have combination skin or your skin’s needs keep changing as randomly as the weather in Singapore, then this is the perfect product for you.
The cream comes with two types of moisturizers. One is the T Zone cream, which is great for oily areas on your skin, hence the name. For oily areas, a less oil-based moisturizer like this one is best. It hydrates the skin while not making it feel like your skin is so oily that America ends up taking an interest in it.
The second type is the U Zone cream (again, very aptly named), for dry skin areas. This one is more oil based and hydrates dry skin. Both moisturizers contain hyaluronate which helps the skin regain moisture and hyaluronic acid. Since hyaluronic acid lessens with age, it is useful to have moisturizers that contain hyaluronate so your skin remains hydrated and is not as prone to wrinkles.
Step 7: Sun Care
While we all enjoy a nice day in the Sun, our skin is not that great at dealing with the Sun. In fact, even staying indoors does not completely void us from the risks of damaging our skin. Which is why sunscreen is so important.
The AXIS-Y Complete No-Stress Physical Sunscreen is a great option to consider for a sunscreen. One problem we face a lot when it comes to sunscreen is the whitecast. This sunscreen by AXIS-Y however leaves no whitecast and is also SPF 50+ PA++++.
The SPF 50+ means that only 2% of UVB rays, which are the rays that lead to sunburn, can reach your skin. And PA++++ is the highest rating which means that your skin is very well protected against UVA rays, which are the rays that cause skin cancer. Yes, we certainly hit the jackpot with this one.
The sunscreen also contains niacinamide and mugwort. Mugwort is great at relieving redness and soothing the skin, which is exactly what the skin needs after being in the Sun. This sunscreen is truly a gem of a product to have.
Our Final Thoughts
We just have three words to say about AXIS-Y’s products. We love them! They contain amazing ingredients and are gentle on the skin so no matter if you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin, everything can work in your favour.
And it is pretty sweet that they consider that changing climates and weathers are a huge factor when it comes to good skincare.
We highly recommend giving their products a shot and if you are interested in getting the full 7 Step Korean Skincare down, they even have a limited edition AXIS-Y Skincare Self Care Set that you can get everything in one go with.