“Love the world, love one another, and most of all, love yourself.“ – Lee Myeong Jo
Last week, my yearlong “Ultimate Age Disruption Experiment” scheduled post was disrupted…by me! I quickly pivoted from the post I planned to a heartfelt post sharing what I’ve learned about Self Love…and continue to learn about Self Love. It’s a pretty simple concept that we have tended to complicate. Self Care is Self Love! As women who are born nurturers, we tend to take care of just about everyone but ourselves. Self Nurturing is a vital part of Self Care.
What does this have to do with Saranghae? Well, just about everything! Several months ago, my skin was definitely in need of some Self Care with my hormones hitting the skids and crashing into Menopause. I’ve been obsessed with Korean Skincare for a very long time and Saranghae had caught my eye. From what I’ve researched, I’m pretty sure Korean babies come out of the womb learning how to take care of their skin! The Korean philosophy of skin care has been a huge part of their culture and history with a glow that’s unmistakable. My 56-year-old skin was longing for that radiant glow. I reached out to Saranghae as I was dying to give the products a try. I’m a closet holistic research geek, I knew the products excelled at repairing and regenerating skin with an emphasis on natural botanicals. I was ready to dive in, give the products a go-to regenerate my 56-year-old skin as menopause was definitely reeking havoc. The team at Saranghae was game to learn of my authentic experience.
Things have been very busy lately and I’m not getting enough rest and sleep. The Saranghae products arrived just in the nick of time! Life has been going at warped speed and I was seeing the visible effects on my skin. Saranghae had me at “Truffle Extract & Gold!.” It was a true love affair once I saw the list of natural botanicals including Mushroom extract, collagen, elastin and hylauronic acid! Growing up with combination skin, my plummeting estrogen levels accompanying menopause had turned my skin into what felt like the Sahara Desert. Natural products with the highest quality ingredients, loaded with “humectants,” or tiny molecules that help to trap moisture and help achieve that Korean “glow” were at the top of my list.
I’ll admit I tend to mix my products. Up until now, I haven’t actually purchased a “system” for skincare. A bit “helter-skelter” with a little of this and a little of that, I was relieved to open the box from Saranghae and have a layered systematic program to follow. I love being a guinea pig and testing out new products. The Saranghae products were beautifully presented, an extra bonus for someone who’s eye craves a gorgeous aesthetic. Saranghae means “I love you” in Korean. Opening the box, the company’s philosophy of LOVE is infused throughout with the inspiration of “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite,” being the first thing you see. I had a feeling this was the beginning of a love affair but, first I had to put the products to the test.
The Saranghae System is a 5 Step Anti-Aging System that, personally, feels more like a well-needed arsenal to defy and disrupt aging. The first step is always cleansing the skin. Beginning with the Nourishing Moisturizing Oil and Foam Cleanser which easily removes any makeup or residue, this product offers healing benefits and is loaded with botanical essential oils. Now, that my skin was cleansed and ready for the next step, I added the Deep Radiance Essence and Serum. Serums have become very popular with women of all ages. The purpose of a serum is to attract and maintain moisture. What woman at Midlife and beyond doesn’t need some extra help in the moisture department! Layering products is the secret to the best-looking skin, always starting with the lightest products like the serum which help the next layer of moisturizer to penetrate the skin and trap the moisture. My favorite part of the system was the next step, the Saranghae Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream. Loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, and restorative peptides, I was delighted to give it a try. Firming and lifting in the most natural of ways was calling my name and the light, whipped texture felt incredible on my skin. This product leaves a gorgeous natural sheen. You can see the difference immediately while the healing and regenerating benefits build over time with continued use of the system. Next step was the Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream. Crows feet go hand and hand with most women at Midlife and somedays I feel like I was visited by an entire flock of crows! This product also helps with under eye circles which tend to be pretty universal as women cross into Midlife. Even as a young girl, my Irish skin had a tendency toward dark circles. The area around a woman’s eyes tends to be one of the first places to show exhaustion and the effects of aging. The eye cream provides a healthy dose of elastin and collagen, which was an added bonus. The “piece de resistance,” and a big part of that glow, is the Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask. Intensely moisturizing, this sheet mask provides instant radiance to the skin. It’s the first time I’ve tried a Korean sheet mask and was amazed at the results. Loaded with CoQ10 and Hylauronic Acid, known for trapping moisture and plumping the skin, I was delighted by the way my skin was magically transformed.
In the midst of my Saranghae experiment, I was busy launching a global social service campaign, Forever Fierce Day on February 19th. With an international community and word spreading quickly, social media and the Forever Fierce Revolution was buzzing around the clock. That very day, our production company, Forever Fierce Media, landed a national commercial with only 10 days to produce it! I not only had to be part of the team heading production, casting, styling, coordination, and all those things that go into shooting a commercial…I was going to be a member of the cast! We dropped everything to focus on the commercial production. Top that off with launching the Forever Fierce YouTube Channel next week and I was thankful for all the skincare I could get!
The week of the shoot was filled with super long days and sleepless nights which translates into dark circles and skin that looks anything but radiant. It was time to prioritize skincare and use Saranghae around the clock to ensure my visage was HD ready. I began slathering on the products and relying on the added moisture from the mask. I’ve become addicted to the instant radiance and glow from the mask. I practically slept in the Essence mask to lock that moisture into my menopausal skin. We knocked the shoot out of the park and I loved the way I looked in the video. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Little did I know that another video preparation would lead to an impromptu validation of how awesome Saranghae’s products are. Most women probably won’t admit this, but I’m a putz at hair and make-up… practically inept. Glamsquad is my go-to when I need a more professional look for a shoot, and I had scheduled an appointment for the intro video for the Forever Fierce Revolution YouTube Channel. (PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THE TRIBE!) On top of that, I was doing my first audition tape for a major national commercial! I was out really late the night before to support my friend, Danny DeLillo, at an event at New Filmmakers LA. GlamSquad came to the rescue! I was ready to go with my Saranghae products laid out across my desk. Dallas, the lovely and talented makeup artist, was also an Aesthetician which basically means she’s obsessed with skincare! She immediately started gushing about Korean skin care and the extensive knowledge that goes into the products. I won’t tell you what she said, as you can watch it below! Dallas was a doll to play along with CatherineGraceO as I promptly plopped her into a chair and my photog whipped out the video camera. I had to capture this authentic moment as were like two kids in a candy store giggling over the benefits of Korean Skincare.
I can see and feel a huge difference in my skin. At 56, I don’t have any fillers, botox, or anything unnatural in my skin. I’ve never used lasers although I did give microneedling a go once. I love that women have a wide range of options to help us defy aging and I’m certainly open to the idea. I simply share this as it’s not easy to find a line of natural products that actually deliver measurable results fairly quickly at my age. I was looking to restore some of that youthful radiance and I was truly delighted by the results. Take a peek at this impromptu video with Dallas as we share our passion for beautiful skin.
Wasn’t that fun! A big thank you to Dallas for playing along. During the makeup application, she asked me about the price point of the Saranghae System and was absolutely amazed. Having worked in the beauty industry, starting with Estee Lauder in her teens, she knew that a single product can easily cost more than the entire system given the quality of the ingredients. When it comes to Self Care, you have to start by loving the skin you’re in! Saranghae has won me over and it’s the just the beginning of a beautiful relationship as I’m grateful to have my glow back on! Visit the Saranghae site as they offer a wonderful variety of membership packages that help to reduce the cost starting at only $109. The entire 5 Step System is $159 with free shipping…and the best part… a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can put the products to the test as I did. I have a wonderful selection of Sarangue products on my Hintd profile … let me know your thoughts on them as well!
Enjoy Fierce Beauties and don’t hesitate to try Saranghae for your in-home skin routine. If you decide to join me and give the products a go, make sure to share your personal experience in the comments. I love hearing from you. Clearly, I’m a fan and happy to have my glow back on. Isn’t it time to say, “I love you” to yourself with Saranghae!