SKINCARE | Soo’Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

I've said it A LOT now, but I can't stop saying how unbelievably CUTE the Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection is! I was more familiar with their sheet masks as I went to Walmart last year and bought probably 30 masks (much to my husband's chagrin)? It was a bit of a splurge, but I had a feeling this kbeauty brand had decent and affordable skincare so I made a little note to make sure to give the rest of their products a try because there are some NICE ones (ahem the Refining Rose line)! 

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection
PR gifted

The Squeezed Lemon collection is for all skin types and is about refreshing and brightening the skin. Nothing in this collection is over $20 CDN and the ingredients list is actually not bad with most of the key plant-based ingredients hovering around the 50% mark so not spectacular, but what I would consider a nice introduction to a full skincare routine under $100. I didn't start using a serum until I was in my late 20s and when I see that a brand has included this in their routine in an appealing way I think it's great!

Cleansing Foam
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

This foam is thick, creamy and one that is incredibly clarifying. My skin was actually a little on the squeaky side so if you like that feeling then you will enjoy this scrub, but I have long gravitated away from having this feeling and prefer the softness provided by a more gentle cream cleanser. The lemon scent in this and really the whole collection was also very subtle and pleasant.

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau/Agua), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-8, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Trehalose, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium Benzoate

Scrub
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

This is a very gentle scrub that uses cellulose and lemon seed powder to brighten the skin. While I try not to use physical exfoliants as often now that I'm getting a little older and prefer to use more chemical exfoliants, this scrub was so gentle that I almost wish it was more dense! You can see that the little exfoliating bits are quite far apart and also feel quite soft. This is one of those scrubs that is best used on DRY skin as the gel texture adds a bit of slip to the skin. Even though this wasn't as aggressive as I thought it would be, I think at this stage in my life, I still prefer a more concentrated chemical exfoliator like lactic, mandelic or glycolic acid.

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

Ingredients: Water(Aqua/Eau/Agua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil

Toner
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

This toner is one of those fine mists that you just want to keep spraying all over your face! It has a subtle lemon scent and feels light enough to feel refreshing, but still hydrating. This is an easy toner to incorporate into any routine and with me being on a bit of a toner kick this year, I will continue to use this in conjunction with my regular skincare routine. It's also such a kick to the system in the mornings when I spray this citrus goodness all over my face!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau/Agua), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Betaine, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer

Moisturizer
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

This is a lightweight moisturizer and very layerable with a multi-step Asian skincare routine. It does have dimethicone in it giving it a cooling, soft gel texture which I like to use in the summer during the day. While I don't normally like gel moisturizers for my normal/dry skin, the humidity this summer combined with the face mask wearing at work has made me want lighter consistency skincare. A little bit of product goes a long way because it is so spreadable so this ginormous 80mL bottle is going to last a LONG time!

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau/Agua), Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Erythritol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Hydrogenated Polydecene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Allantoin, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Disodium EDTA, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

Serum
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

I had said in my original Instagram first impressions post that the serum was one of my favourite things in this routine and I should specify that for an introductory skincare routine I still believe this to be true, but for some like me who need actives to maintain/prevent their visage, this serum is not enough. It reminds me a lot of a vitamin C serum because of the lemon fruit oil, but is not as potent. What is nice about this serum is that the consistency is very lightweight and layers well with other skincare. In terms of results, my skin actually did appear brighter when I used it during the day so something must have been working for me!

When I was first starting out with skincare, a serum was not something I considered because they were always so expensive and I was so fixated on cleansing and moisturizing that I didn't focus on the steps in between. I realize that even when I speak to other women my age that many do not use a serum for the same reasons. It's expensive and seems unnecessary, so what I like about even a fun-looking routine like this is that a serum is deemed an essential step!

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau/Agua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, Betaine, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Mannitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Agar, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Seed Oil, Gellan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum/Fragancia)

Eye Patches
Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection Review

These are the CUTEST eye patches ever! These are gel and have a lemon print on them that just put a smile on my face. They were quite hydrating and left a slightly tacky finish, but nothing that didn't blend away with my moisturizer. Super cute and even though these were gifted, I would purchase these on my own just to have as a pick-me-up.

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection Review

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection Review

Soo'Ae Squeezed Lemon Collection Review

Final verdict: Definitely an affordable, fun collection worth checking out if you have young skin and are looking for a gentle way to refresh and brighten your skin. For anyone really looking to target some serious skin issues, you will want to add some actives to this routine to "beef it up", but I will continue to use the toner, moisturizer (for the summer) and the serum (layered with a sheet mask works well too). For such a fun collection, you wouldn't think there would be much seriousness in the skincare, but I think there is a nice balance considering the price point and target audience. If you weren't curious about skincare and improving skin health, a collection like this will have you wanting more!

You can find the Squeezed Lemon Collection at www.sooae.ca and Walmart.