Saranghae Skincare Review: Questionable Habits

Saranghae Skincare

There was a time in my life that I really was not all that concerned with nor interested in skincare…


…But with age comes wisdom, and a wrinkle or ten. Hence, my newfound interest in skincare…and the perfect foundation. Alas, the foundation saga will be a story for another day my friends. Today we’re sticking to skincare.

Back in the day, I seriously abused my skin. When I was in my teens, I spent a good amount of my summer days lying in the sun in the trailer park, coated in Crisco with my hair drenched with Sun-In. Okay…which part of that last statement gave you pause? Basking in the sun in the trailer park? The Crisco? The Sun-In? I’m going to take a guess that the Crisco is what really caught your attention. Yes, Crisco. As in thick greasy lard out of a can. For whatever reason, my compadres and I thought that actually frying our skin sounded like a splendid plan. Needless to say, there came a day that I had a case of actual sun poisoning which required a trip to the hospital. That put a rather abrupt end to greasing myself up like a slab of bacon.

No one in my family was much for any type of skincare. I never saw it, I never learned it, so even into my twenties and early thirties moisturizers and whatnot just weren’t my thing. Sure, I was all about makeup, but the preventative/protective aspect was of no interest to me. It used to be that I never ever even bothered to wash my makeup off at night. Obviously, taking care of my skin just wasn’t a priority. I was probably in my mid-thirties when I first started to notice the crows feet and tiny lines forming on my face. That would be the point when I decided that perhaps I should start thinking about adding some skincare to my daily routine.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this. I do still have a number of questionable habits when it comes to my skin. Most nights I do wash my makeup off. Typically it’s a two-step process. First I use an oil based cleanser then after rinsing that off I follow it up with a foaming cleanser before applying a serum and moisturizer. Note that I said most nights. I do still occasionally crash before taking care of business like a big girl should.

Another of my questionable habits is tanning. Yes, I know it’s not good for my skin. Yes, I know it’s a bad idea. No, I don’t need a lecture. I just happen to like how I look with some color. I actually don’t tan all that much. I get a little base in the Spring and then for the most part maintain it with self-tanning lotion and I do wear sunscreen when I’m outside. In any case because of my reckless youth, my continued questionable habits, and of course the natural aging process I am definitely more regimented with my skincare routine, which leads me to sharing with you the Saranghae Skincare Line.


Saranghae is a Korean family-owned and operated company. The matriarch of the family actually started making homemade skin creams using local botanical ingredients to help support her family during the Korean War. Her work is the foundation upon which much of Saranghae’s current line is based.

When her daughter, Min Jun Lee, moved to the United States she was unhappy with the amount of chemicals in the skin care products that were available. She began selling her family made products to friends and through word of mouth, her business grew and Saranghae Skincare was born.

The Saranghae line is a five step skincare program which includes a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, eye cream and sheet mask. All of the products are botanical based and all natural,with no dangerous chemicals. They are all environmentally friendly and sustainable with absolutely no animal testing.

As I mentioned, typically I wash my face twice; first with an oil based cleanser followed by a foaming cleanser. The Saranghae Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser with Truffle Extract & Gold eliminates the second step of that process. How? Surprisingly, it’s both an oil based and foaming cleanser. You apply it to dry skin (as you do all oil based cleansers), massage it in, then splash some water on your face and…voila…it becomes a foaming cleanser. And yes, there really is gold in it! I have to say that the cleanser and the mask are my two favorite products. That says a lot because I’ve never been too finicky in regard to cleansers and I never have used a sheet mask before. I have to warn you…use the Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask once, and you’ll be addicted!

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The serum, moisturizer and eye cream are all fabulous as well. They penetrate quickly which is nice when you’re short on time, and they leave your skin beautifully hydrated and moisturized. My skin feels deliciously soft and healthy and I actually look forward to my routine. Saranghae does not make outrageous claims or promise false miracles. They offer a “30 Day Full Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee”, so if you’re unhappy they will provide you with a full refund. Saranghae simply wants their customers to have the healthiest, most vibrant youthful skin possible. And don’t we all want that?


You are never too old (or too young) to start taking care of your skin. I make an honest effort every day to drink lots of water, thoroughly cleanse my face (honest, I do!) and slather my skin with serum and moisturizer.


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**Skincare products provided c/o Saranghae. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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  1. 01.10.2018 / 10:44 pm

    We were crazy in our youth weren’t we. Instead of Crisco, we used baby oil with iodine. Why? Who knows, but I can tell you that for girls like me with no melanin in my skin, it didn’t work.
    But you know me….that didn’t stop me. I learned that small amounts of sun every day gave me my “tan”. And why would I put “tan” in parentheses?? Because really what I got was “red”….but I loved it!!
    Needless to say I’m much better about embracing my white skin (obviously—you’ve seen me in all of my summer photos looking like Casper).
    But you’re right—this brand has been great in so many respects!! I never knew I needed these sheet masks, and now I’m hooked!!
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    • 01.11.2018 / 9:16 am

      I also used baby oil! and then I’d add sheets of tin foil around the area I was really trying to “bake”. Needless to say I burnt to a crisp. I didn’t do that again but I did keep tanning. I was the manager of a tanning salon for a few years in my late teens/early twenties and I baked in those beds for 45 minutes about 5 days a week. Back then I didn’t care. I figured I’d be dead by the age of 30. (I’m not even joking.) Needless to say I’ve lived past 30 and my skin is showing all those years of abuse. As a natural blond with blue eyes and very fair skin like you Jodie I now avoid all exposure to sunlight.

  2. 01.13.2018 / 11:10 am

    Debbie this post makes me smile big. Crisco! The things we do, right? I’m tan and it still isn’t enough. I always felt like a little darker and I’d be golden. Pun totally intended. Always enjoy your open and this is how it is style!! As far as the skincare, I agree that it’s good stuff. I especially like that it’s not loaded down w chemicals. How long have you been using it so far?

  3. Chrissy
    01.13.2018 / 11:17 am

    This post made me smile big! Crisco!! No better or worse than baby oil, right?? I’m tan and it still was/isn’t enough. Just a little darker and I’d be golden. Pun totally intended! Anyway, I love your open and real approach to life. It’s fun to read. And as far as the skincare goes I agree. These good feel great and I love that their not loaded down w chemicals. How long have you been using them now?


    • 01.13.2018 / 2:59 pm

      Probably not…although baby oil definitely smells better…lol! I’ve been using the Saranghae since the end of November. I just did another sheet mask last night…I think I might have an addiction!

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