KOREAN PRODUCTS HAVE BETTER INGREDIENTS While not all products may be organic or preservative-free, Korean products tend to strive towards less toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Instead, they are filled with naturally-derived, active ingredients like snail filtrate and even sake (Japanese rice wine). These exotic ingredients have properties that synthetic ingredients are
STEP 1: REMOVE MAKEUP
It’s very important to cleanse not once, but twice. The first cleanse removes all your makeup, and the second cleanse removes the rest of the leftover dirt and debris. Oil Cleanse also helps remove sebum build-up inside the pores, so you’re actually getting a thorough cleanse.
We Recommend: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. This oil is non-comedogenic, so it won’t promote pore congestion or acne. The rice water extract helps with hyper-pigmentation and acne scars.
STEP 2: CLEANSE
The second round of cleansing focuses on removing any excess residue. Use gentle cream or foam-based cleansers that won’t dry-out the skin.
We Recommend: Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser is great to control breakouts without drying your skin out
STEP 3: EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating is a very important step in Korean skincare. There are plenty more methods other than abrasive scrubbing. One of the most popular exfoliating methods includes gentle chemical exfoliations with acids or peels, and these are highly encouraged in the Korean regimen.
We Recommend: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator. This product is great multitasker for those who want to physically unearth clogged pores while lightening dark spots.
OPTIONAL STEP: TREATMENT MASK
For oily skin, use detoxifying mask to ensure a thorough pore cleanse right after exfoliation. If you’re suffering from breakouts or congested skin, this is the best time to do a treatment mask since the entrance of the pores are more exposed after exfoliating. Clay-based masks can also be very drying if used often, so sometimes it’s okay to skip this step if you’re in need of hydration.
We Recommend: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask uses carbonation to thoroughly cleanse out the pores
STEP 4: TONE
After cleansing, your skin is stripped of its protective barrier. A toner helps bring your skin’s pH levels back to normal and creates a balanced environment for the next step in your skincare regimen.
We Recommend: Skin Food Peach Sake Toner refreshed your skin whilst minimizing the appearance of pores
STEP 5: ESSENCE
Essences and serums are leave-in products supercharged with active ingredients. Depending on your type of skin and the time of day, you’ll have different needs: essences are the least concentrated and very watery, would recommend essences for people with oilier, acne-prone skin.
We Recommend: Skinfood Peach Serum. It is very mattifying and helps prevent that inevitable shiny T-Zone
Serums tend to be thicker in consistency and more concentrated. Those who require more hydration would also benefit from using serums.
Step 7: AMPOULES
Ampoules are another leave-in treatment that addresses specific skin concerns. Because it is far more concentrated than both essences and serums, we recommend using an ampoule during your nighttime routine in place of an essence or serum.
We Recommend: Mizon’s Snail Repair Ampoule is one of the star. This ampoule has anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and healing properties thanks to the 80% snail secretion filtrate, which is just another fancy word for filtered snail slime. Don’t worry, there’s no funky smell or texture – it’s just a clear, viscous solution.
OPTIONAL STEP: SPOT TREATMENT
Korean products focus on nourishing the skin rather than stripping it, which is why there aren’t too many Korean products on the market.
We Recommend: Mizon’s Blemish After Cream is free of salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that can increase hyperpigmentation and inhibit the skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun. Salicylic acid is often found in toners, so an additional spot treatment may cause the skin to dry out and become sensitive.
OPTIONAL STEP: SHEET MASK
This step is great for those who need a boost of hydration. Sheet masks are layered on top of the products you’ve already applied, and then left in
STEP 8: EYE CREAM
These formulas tend to be overwhelmingly heavy for the delicate skin on the eyelids, so this may result in the skin’s inability to properly absorb it. 2 other major causes of dark under-eyes are lack of sleep and proper nutrition, so try addressing those issues before resorting to an eye cream. Using eye creams as a first solution is like taking diet pills without exercising.
We Recommend: Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. This cream can help prevent crow’s feet and fine wrinkles that may be developing munderneath your lower lash line.
STEP 9: EMULSION, LOTION, GEL OR CREAM
We’re almost finished! This is the moisturizing step. For daytime, a lotion (or “emulsion,” as some of them are marketed as) is ideal since they are usually lighter in consistency. For those who have oilier skin, a gel would be optimal. Gel moisturizers tend to contain glycerin, a humectant that helps moisturize the skin without weighing it down.
We Recommend: Innisfree’s Green Tea Balancing Lotion is watery and lightweight moisturizer.
OPTIONAL STEP: NIGHT-TIME MASK
Sometimes your skin is in turmoil and you just know you need to do a little something extra to help it. When we sleep, our body works hard to regenerate and heal itself in every department, and your skin is no exception to that. Incorporating an extra step during your slumber can help boost your skin’s ability to repair itself.
We Recommend: Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. Skin tone is much more even and the texture is extremely soft. This mask also claims to have calming properties that aid in sleep.
STEP 10: SUNSCREEN
Sun exposure is the #1 cause of physical aging in the skin, and is something that is also avoidable. Aside from wearing hats or staying out of the sun completely, sunscreen not only helps you age slower but also helps slow down the process of hyper pigmentation. Did you ever notice that after a day in the sun, your dark spots look even darker? The sun acts like glue to pigment and makes it harder for the spots to fade.
We Recommend: Biore’s Aqua Rich Sunscreen is a very lightweight sunscreen that feels as thin as an essence. It dries to a matte finish.
OPTIONAL STEP: BB CREAM
If you’re an avid make-up lover and can’t seem to put the foundation down, a BB cream is a great alternative to take care of your skin while getting the coverage you need. BB creams serve as a foundation with hydrating and brightening effects and can also double as a sunscreen.
We Recommend: MISSHA’s M Perfect Cover BB Cream has a hydrating (which is rare in a foundation), and the coverage is buildable due to its opaque color.