By now you probably know how obsessive I am about my primer. The importance of a good base cannot be understated, and recently I’ve been reading up about skincare to figure out how to best improve upon this base.
The verdict? Nobody seems to do skincare better than Korea. Westerners traditionally champion a three-step skincare system, but Korean skincare routines can have six or more steps, and many who follow the six-step system rave about it.
What also gets me is that many of the big Asian beauty brands offer skincare technology that’s more advanced and more natural than Western-style skincare products, and at a much better price!
I’ve been reading up on the Korean-style skincare routine here, here and here, and I think I’m going to stock up next week – everything is so well-priced and after being converted to Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream I think it’s time to get onboard!
1. CLEANSE ONE – Innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover
Contrary to what the title suggests, this won’t remove your lip and eyes. Instead, it’s part of the two-step cleanse. Using an oil-based cleanser to do this is an optimal way because it doesn’t dry your skin out like many Western makeup removers do. While I’m using coconut oil at the moment, I’m definitely going to give this Innisfree makeup remover a go.
2. CLEANSE TWO – SUM37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
After you’ve removed all the product from the surface of your skin, it’s time to go back in with another gentle cleanser to clean all the other things out from your pores. I read about this stick here and instantly began plotting to buy it. Rose is one of my favourite scents and there are about six billion different forms of rose in this one as well as coconut oil and a whole lot of other stuff.
3. TONE – Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
The Korean toners that I’ve come across all seem to be much less astringent than their Western counterparts, and the point of this toning step seems to be to balance out the PH of your skin and keep the skin’s natural oils under control without drying the skin out completely. This Etude House product looks to be pretty popular and is also 6 free – no parabens, fragrances, talc, colours, mineral oil or ingredients tested on animals.
4. SERUM – OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum
This is another product I read about on Sheryll’s blog, and I am really keen to try this one. From what I understand, the serum step prevents and treats skin stress and specifics like wrinkles, redness or dark spots and this OST product has many amazing reviews! Out of all the steps in the Korean-style skincare routine, this one is probably the one that makes the biggest difference. I need this serum in my life ASAP.
5. EMULSION – Nature Republic Argan 20 Steam Emulsion
I might well be wrong on this but I think the emulsion step is like the first moisture seal – layering and locking in all the other layers of goodness you’ve put on your skin. This Nature Republic emulsion has also got some great reviews and I’m really keen to try it – apparently the scent is amazing!
6. CREAM – Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
The final step in the system could probably be skipped if you had oily skin, but because I’ve got dry-normal skin, I’m super excited to pick up a Laneige product because they all look really luxurious. This final step provides a final layer of moisture over all the other layers, and most creams seem to be different from emulsions in that they’re often heavier and more concentrated than emulsions.
These are only six of the key steps that a person could follow in a Korean-style skincare routine, and I’m hoping that I can eventually stock up on all of these products. Of course, there are many further products and steps like eye creams, exfoliants and masks that you could use, and I’m going to have a lot of fun exploring the other options!
DISCLAIMER: I’m definitely not an expert on skincare or the Korean skincare routine – please feel free to offer advice or corrections!
Have you tried any of these products or do you follow a Korean-style skincare routine? I’d love to hear more if you do so please leave me a message in the comments!