Skincare does not have to be that boring ‘have-to-do’ task. With Korean beauty products it can be an enjoyable process, where you get to perfect your skin while having FUN! Plus there is no rule that says you have to follow all these steps on a daily basis. We say listen to what your skin tells you and let us help you create a process that works best for you.
STEP 1: OIL-BASED CLEANSER
Cleansing your face after a long day out with or without make up is the MOST important and the BEST gift you can give to your skin. Make sure you wash off that dirt and residue that may trap bacteria that will help you prevent the chance of breakouts due to clogged pores.
As the first step of the so-popular Korean ‘double cleansing’ method use an oil-based cleanser to dissolve the day’s makeup, sunscreen, excess oil and sebum.
HOW TO USE: Massage 2-3 pumps of an oil-based cleanser onto your dry face and neck. Then add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify, and massage again, rinsing everything away. This step is best implemented in the night time routine or to remove that stubborn make up.
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STEP 2: WATER-BASED CLEANSER
For your morning routine or as the second step of the ‘double cleansing’ method (after your oil- based cleanser) use a water-based cleanser (AKA foam and gel). It will gently lift dirt and residue washing it off the skin.
HOW TO USE: Apply a water-based cleanser onto wet palms and create a fine lather before applying on to your face. Gently wash your skin avoiding excessing hugging on the skin and rinse with lukewarm water. Dry your face with a fresh towel.
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STEP 3: EXFOLIATOR
Stubborn dead skin and clogged pores can affect skin absorption but exfoliating your skin will help your skin absorb better and allow the products to work more effectively. Use a gentle scrub or a peeling gel to get rid off dead skin cells, clogged pores and promote cell turnover. Exfoliating regularly will noticeably make it easier to continue with the rest of your skin care routine.
HOW TO USE: Gently massage scrub or a peeling gel into dry (or wet depending on personal preference and skin sensitivity) skin and leave it on for 5-15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
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STEP 4: TONER
Use a toner (AKA freshener and mist) to help you prep your skin for the next step of your morning and night routines. Toner helps balance your skin’s pH levels and prep your skin with a bit of hydration to better absorb your following skin care treatments. Your skin will much easier absorb all the goodness you are about to give it with your skin prepped and well hydrated.
HOW TO USE: Promptly after cleansing spray the toner directly onto your face and neck OR dispense the toner onto a cotton round and gently wipe all around your face and neck working outwards.
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STEP 5: SERUM OR AMPOULE
Now get ready for your skin perfecting step! Whether it is brightening, pore-refining, pigmentation, wrinkles or acne target specific skin concerns and needs with products that contain concentrated beneficial ingredients. Customise this step and layer on as needed.
HOW TO USE: Use these ‘magic in a bottle’ products in a number of ways. Serums and ampoules are best used for when you feel your skin needs that extra doze of hydration: (a) use it in your night time routine before the moisturiser step - on its own using 3-4 drops OR (b) your day or night time routine - skipping a step and mixing 1-2 drops with your moisturiser.
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HOW TO USE: For both your morning and night routine use your ring finger to very gently tap (never rub!) the eye cream around the entire orbital bone avoiding the water line.
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STEP 8 - SUN CREAMS
UV rays are present even on a cloudy day! That is why even if you are stepping outside for a few minutes, sun cream is the best (and only) thing you can do to make sure to protect your skin from appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, pre-mature aging and sun-related skin damage all year round.
HOW TO USE: Apply a sun cream EVERY morning and re-apply throughout the day as needed. It is important to use a sun cream as the last step of your morning routine, so it can shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays without bring diluted by all your prior skin care products.
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