Earth Day takes place this Saturday!
I like that we have Earth Day because it serves as a good reminder that our planet needs our love! I mean, on a daily basis I make a conscious effort to recycling but I often think: "What else can I do?"
A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in Korean beauty brand innisfree's recent #IGiveASheet campaign, in celebration of the launch of their biodegradable sheet masks! The campaign, plus having recently watched Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary called Before the Flood, actually inspired me to share how I reduce beauty waste on the blog last month.
Note: I'm an innisfree ambassador and I've received some of the products for free; this is NOT a sponsored blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.
I think one of the best (and easiest) ways to do something for our planet is to support sustainable beauty brands and companies that care deeply about the earth — like innisfree! I believe our support will encourage the brand to continue down that earth-loving path and hopefully inspire other brands to follow, too!
Why I Support Brands Like innisfree
Most of innisfree's ingredients are responsibly sourced from Jeju, a volcanic island off the coast of Korea (which is on my bucket list to visit)! They're committed to preserving Jeju but they're also making great efforts to replicate their green initiatives globally. They've already recycled over 20 million empty bottles and planted over 115,000 trees around the world!
My Real Squeeze Sheet Masks
They recently launched a biodegradable sheet mask collection called My Real Squeeze Sheet Masks, which are all made of 100% eucalyptus fibers. There are a total of 18 types of sheet masks, each featuring a different main ingredient, including cucumber, coconut, rose, bamboo, green tea, and more.
I'm an avid sheet mask user; I use one almost every other day, so trust me when I say these are amazing! I haven't gotten a chance to try all 18 of them, but I've used the rose, green tea, and bamboo ones so far. The masks go on so smoothly, and the light fragrance for all of them smell so nice. I love the texture of the sheets, which comes nicely folded in the serum-filled packets. Some masks come protected in plastic films, but I personally see them as unnecessary waste.
Bonus Feature: Skincare Favorites
Even before I became an ambassador for innisfree, I was using some of their products. One of my favorites (I've emptied several tubs before) is the Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream. The anti-oxidant cream is made with green tea extract and seed oil from Jeju Island. Because the skin around our eyes is extra delicate, it needs extra hydration.
It also needs to be treated gently! A lot of people swipe the cream under their eyes back and forth really quickly, but the best way to apply eye cream is by dabbing it on slowly, to avoid too much friction that may later cause fine lines to form.
Another great product I love is the Green Tea Seed Hydrating Oil! I have combination skin, so the same moisturizer that works for my oily t-zone may sometimes not be hydrating enough for my dry cheeks, especially in the winter or when I travel. So although I do use the face oil on its own sometimes, I also like adding a few drops of the oil to my moisturizer when my cheeks are feeling extra dry.
Do you have a favorite product from innisfree? Leave a comment below and let me know! I'd love to check it out. Thank you for reading!
Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.