Korean Skincare products have recently reached the mainstream. No longer do you have to endure expensive shipping costs and long delivery times. Now you can just pop to your local boots and pick up products from the likes of Skinfood. On a separate note, Boots have really upped their beauty game in recent months – stocking my cult foundation from Ex1 Cosmetics among other smaller independent brands. Really useful if you like to swatch before buying.
Korean women are well-known for having flawless skin. In a nation that values paleness, skin protection is popular and looking after your skin is drummed into Korean women from their teens onwards. The Korean Skincare routine is one that I’ve followed for months and I’ve really noticed a difference in how my skin looks and feels. It sounds long but honestly this whole routine can be done in under ten minutes.
ThisKorean Skincare routine can be performed in the morning or at night. I find it easiest doing it nightly because I’m so often rushing about in the mornings. So, let’s get started. Let me walk you through it!
2. Cleansing Oil
Your first step in a Korean Skincare routine should be to use a good cleansing oil to remove makeup and impurities from your skin. There are many cleansing oils available and whether your skin is oily, dry, spot-prone or combination – you can find an oil to suit your skin.
Toner’s are uses to correct any imbalance in your skin’s pH levels. Don’t skip this step! Toner helps correct dry skin and replenishes the skin with moisture. It is also a good base for other products.
Essences aren’t very well-known here but they’re hugely popular in Korea. It is a fusion of a toner and a serum. It aids in hydrating the skin and assisting cellular renewal.
I’ve long been a fan of serums – in their simplest form their formulas contain unrivalled amounts of active ingredients, and different formulas help to fix different skin issues.
5. Eye Cream
Never underestimate the benefit of a good eye cream especially in the fight against ageing skin. To apply, just smooth across the eye area from brow to socket. Oil isn’t naturally produced here so hydration is key.
Now of course you need to apply moisturiser all over the face, including the neck area.
SPF is great for protecting the skin from the extremities whether it’s sunshine or snow. There are so many SPFs out there, you just need to find the one best suited to your skin.