Ever wonder why the Korea ladies (even the lads) always seem to have that perfect glowy skin? First, start taking care of your skin early! Don’t wait for those lines/spots to start showing and then start panicking by buying the most expensive cream you can find and hope it works. Secondly, most of them follow this strict beauty regime which we are going to share with you with our recommended products!
Step 1: The Eye Makeup Remover
Remove your eye makeup gently with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water For Even Waterproof Mascara ($19.90), because your cleanser may not do a thorough job on those waterproof mascaras and long-wear lipsticks. The last thing you want to do is tug the skin around your eyes and lips without removing all the product.
Step 2: The Cleanse
If you’re going to spend so much time caking makeup on your face, you better make some time to remove them afterwards! Reach for a cleanser like the Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam ($30.90) and use gentle, circular motions with your fingers to massage and remove all that gunk.
Step 3: The Exfoliator
Exfoliating two to four times a month with a natural mask like the innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask ($21), and bring back your smooth-as-baby-butt skin. This mask removes sebum and minimises pores at the same time, plus you may want to concentrate on zones where black/white heads pop up often and exterminate them!
Step 4: The Refresher
Toners or refreshers help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while restoring your skin’s pH balance. Try the For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Toner ($60) for a whitening effect; it contains Vitamin B3 which enhances the skin barrier function.
Step 5: The Essence
The essence is considered the most important step to Korean women – we recommend the ETUDE HOUSE Honey Cera Essence ($39.90). This highly concentrated, nourishing essence adheres closely to skin like real honey does and penetrates deep into the skin to enhance elasticity and improve wrinkle conditions.
Step 6: The Ampoule
Ampoules or serums are super-concentrated versions of essences. Providing moisturising power similar to that of a heavy-duty cream-based product, the ETUDE HOUSE Pink Vital Water Serum ($26.90) spreads out as water drop particles and absorbs easily into skin. The serum provides intense moisture while retaining a light texture.
Step 7: The Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are a twice-a-week ritual, or more if your skin is very dry. THEFACESHOP Real Nature Avocado Mask Sheet ($2) contains avocado extract that helps to provide extra nutrition, while revitalising dry and rough skin. The secret to sheet masks? They force your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture better than if you just applied a cream or serum, before the product has a chance to evaporate!
Step 8: The Eye Cream
People always say that the eyes are the windows to our soul, but it’s also usually the part that gives away our age! Protect those peepers with the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel ($49), which relieves stress on the skin around the eyes. Enriched with nourishing Bilberry extracts, this moisture-rich eye gel replenishes moisture and helps to reduce under-eye puffiness while soothing the tired eye area by relieving stress and tension.
Step 9: The Moisturiser
Hang in there, you’re almost there! The belif The True Cream Moisturising Bomb ($54) is a comforting moisture cream that provides the skin with intense, soothing hydration. Clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture, this uniquely indulgent formula leaves skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturised. The cushiony cream can be absorbed completely without any sticky residue!
Step 10: The Night Cream
By now, you might feel that your face is like a kuey lapis with all those products, but trust us, it’s all worth it for that dewy glow. For the final step, lock in moisture and repair skin while you sleep with the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($42)! This intensive moisture sleep mask leaves the skin clear and revitalised the next morning.
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