Posted on: April 29, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

A lot has been said about this “repairing essence” and “hydrating serum” from CosRX — I grabbed it during one of the sale days last year and have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

I suppose I’m into hydrating serums — I’ve used squalane oil in the past, and got a hydrating serum at Trader Joe’s. Compared to those two things, I still think this one is better. It feels like moisturizing is locked in, and I actually like the way the product is a bit sticky/stringy if you rub it between your hands, I feel like that’s when you know it’s working!

You are supposed to be using this with wet skin, which was a bit problematic with the other layers of my morning routine. I wound up (perhaps incorrectly? I’m open to advice here!) doing my BHA first, then Vitamin C, then peptide spray if I was doing one, then this snail essence, then my moisturizer, then sunscreen. I’d just splash a few drops on my face before using this one to ensure that my skin was really wet.

Readers, what are your thoughts? (And: how many layers do you have to your skincare routine?)

The COSRX essence is under $20, at Amazon.

Don’t forget sun protection (especially face, hands, and chest)! Sunscreens readers have loved over the years are pictured above: Elta MD, Supergoop!, and this $17 sunscreen (Kat’s favorite). Sephora’s 2024 Sun Safety Kit is also out and a huge hit with readers. If you’re hunting for cute rash guards, check out J.Crew, Boden, Coolibar, and Athleta.




Workwear sales of note for 4.25.24

Our favorites are in bold!

Nordstrom – 30% off selected shoes and beauty for a limited time!

Ann Taylor – 25% off tops and sweaters

Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything; extra 20% off purchase

Brooks Brothers – Take $100 off every $300 you spend, plus extra 20% off clearance (already up to 75% off)

Boden – 10% off full-price styles

Eloquii Spring Clearance Event, up to 75% off

Everlane – Spring Sale: up to 60% off 600+ styles

J.Crew 50% off select swim

J.Crew Factory – 50% off sitewide

Lo & Sons – Mother’s Day Sale, up to 40% off

M.M.LaFleur – Friends & Family sale, save 20%

Talbots – Friends & Family Event! 30% off entire purchase

White House Black Market – 40% off entire purchase

Brooklinen – Anniversary Sale, 25% off

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