When these lotions and potions started arriving in the UK, we looked at it with skepticism, France was our beauty guru country and we weren’t sure what to expect, but you only have to look at Korean women’s skin to know this stuff really works. In Korea, skin care is a lot longer than just 5 steps, but for an express routine that can absolutely transform your skin, try this!
STEP 1: SQUEAKY CLEAN
The number one selling cleanser in South Korea is Banila Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser which is completely different to anything we’re used to as cleansers. I mean, think about it, we often use clear watery cleansers that can be harsh.
Championed cleansers in Korea are ones with soft consistencies, like this one. Cleansing should not be a negative part of your routine, think about the redness and the panda eyes you get when removing makeup and think again. The best Korean cleansers are often like a soft oil that leave the skin supple and hydrated and feel luxurious.
STEP 2: REFRESH YOUR SKIN
In Korean skincare, toners are typically liquids of a water-like consistency designed to be used straight after you cleanse your face. In the western beauty world, toners were traditionally used to balance out the PH levels of the skin following cleansing, but Korean toners step it up a notch, many offering additional benefits such as moisture or to improve the absorption of your serum.
Etude House 10-in-1 House Wonder Pore Freshener contains peppermint extract which cools the skin and aids oil secretion as well as being anti-bacterial. This wonder product is great for shrinking blemishes and pores and getting that clear, fresh, skin.
STEP 3: SNAIL IT
In South Korea, they use ampoules. Am-what? I hear you ask. Well, ampoules are considered a supercharged version of a serum. TONY MOLY Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel is fabled, and yes it contains snail mucus (glamorous!). Snail mucus extract actually tightens the skin and regenerates it, which is why it’s a wonder ingredient in Korean skincare. So this gel is definitely authentic and promises to brighten your skin and solve those complex skin problems. The reviews speak for themselves!
STEP 4: SMOOTH IT OUT
In Korean terminology, an emulsion is a weightless moisturizer that’s suitable for oily skinned girls. There’s a reason that SkinFood Peach Sake Emulsion has so many good reviews, it mattifies the skin and minimizes pores, while smelling amazing and containing vitamins A and C. The emulsion will stay dewy on your face for a little longer but it will minimize shine in the long run.
STEP 5: EYE-IT-UP
An eye serum, like TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream Cooling Eye Stick, is essential for finishing this routine. To reduce puffy eyes and eye bags, apply the cooling stick under your eyes from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye and gently smooth into the skin with your fingers. Your eyes are the most sensitive and delicate parts of your face so before you put on your foundation or BB cream, you need to refresh and take care of those areas too.
Have you considered a Korean beauty routine? I think it might be the next skincare routine that the girls in the CGD office will convert to! Let us know your favorite Korean products!
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