Korean Skincare Routine

I went to Korea this summer and one thing I noticed about Korean women was that their skin was FLAWLESS. Now I’m not talking about some 20 year old with perfect skin, I’m talking 40 to 50 years old with no wrinkles, no dark spots… nothing. It’s easy to see that Koreans are very into their skincare, there are so many cosmetic shops on every road in the big cities.

Selfie on Seoraksan Mountain
Selfie on Seoraksan Mountain

So when I came back home I wanted to adopt this skincare routine, in hopes that it will help my skin in the future. I know that different people have different versions of the routine buy here is my version broken down for you:

Day time

Step 1: Cleanse

Opt for a cleanser that refreshes the skin in the morning but doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 2: First Essence (Optional)

This step is used to inject a bit of moisture into the skin after cleansing. First essences have a very watery consistency. Pat a few drops into the skin, let absorb for a few minutes.

Step 3: Toner/ Skin Refiner

Used to bring the pH level of the skin to its natural level which is important in protecting the skin against bacteria and reducing sebum production. Use a cotton pad to wipe across face and let absorb for a minute.

Step 3: Essence

Essence is packed with targeted skin care ingredients for you concerns whether it is anti-ageing, hyper-pigmentation, dryness etc. Pat a few drop into your skin and let absorb for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gel/ Lotion/ Emulsion/ Cream

This step is all about moisturising. Gels and emulsions are much lighter compared to lotions or creams and are ideal for the summer or oily skin. One thing to note is you should always (all year round) use a cream that has a high level of SPF in it that will protect you from UVB and especially harmful UVA rays. Let absorb for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The under eye area needs extra hydration, it also helps concealer glide on better. Pat into the under eye area with the ring finger.

Night time 

Step 1: First Cleanse

This step is targeted at getting rid of make-up, especially tough eye make-up. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 2: Second Cleanse

Just like the morning opt for a cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 3: First Essence (Optional)

Same as day time

Step 4: Toner/ Skin Refiner

Same as day time

Step 5: Serum

Serums are like thicker versions of essences but with a higher concentration of skin care ingredients to target your skin care concerns. Again pat a few drops of this into the skin and let absorb for 5 minutes.

Step 6: Ampoule, Booster (Optional)

Ampoule is even more concentrated that serums and are usually quite expensive, the booster is used with the ampoule to help it absorb better and literally boost its benefits. This step is really only necessary for mature skin types.

Step 7: Cream

Night creams usually are a lot thicker than day creams and do not need an SPF. Massage and pat in with your palms.

Step 8: Eye Cream

Again as it is night time, when your skin aims to regenerate, opt for a thicker eye cream. Pat into the under eye area with the ring finger.

Once a week:

Sheet mask

Sheet masks are absorbed with essences or serums. Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes then rub in the extra essence. Use before night cream.

Deep cleansing mask

Used to deep cleanse the pores of all the grime, sebum, whiteheads and blackheads. Clay masks are especially good for this.

Twice a week:

Sleeping pack

A sleeping pack is used after the night cream and it gives a boost of hydration to the skin. Your skin will appear plump and hydrated in the morning.

Facial scrub

This step is used to exfoliate all the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin revealing fresher brighter skin.

 

 

 

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Review

I remember the first time I used this cleanser and my reaction was literally “Woah”. I had seen it on QVC and was interested to see why it had won so many beauty awards. At the time I was using drug store brand cleasers which always left my combination skin feeling dry, tight and didn’t remove my make up efficiently.

From left to right: Muslin cloth, 200ml cleanser, 50ml travel size cleanser
From left to right: Muslin cloth, 200ml cleanser, 50ml travel size cleanser

The cleanser is free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture which is almost balmy. The smell has a fresh hint of eucalyptus. Massage this onto dry skin for 1 minute and then polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth rung in warm water, to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and help reveal make-up free skin.

Creamy balm texture
Creamy balm texture
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Removal of various make-up including waterproof mascara and eye liner

I love using this product, it has really made cleansing fun and a treat for my skin. It is no longer left feeling dry or tight but instead moisturised and clean. The only reason that a bit of my MAC waterproof eye liner remained in the picture above is because I applied it just 15 minutes before removal, usually after a full day eye liner comes right off.

The muslin cloth helps to reveal brighter more radiant skin due to the gentle exfoliating action. The cloths have to be machine washed every two days, and eventually become softer when they have to be replaced. You can buy the cloths separately from Liz Earle but they are more economical if you buy them with the cleanser or you can buy them online from other sellers.

WithNature Skincare Pure & Gentle Muslin Face Cloths (Pack of 6)

The product comes in a 200ml tube (£24.75), 100ml pump (£13.25) and 50ml pump (£8.50). A 100ml pump will last one month If you use 1 pump every morning and night. However I find that I only need 1/2 a pump per wash and 1 if I’m wearing a full face of heavy make-up.

This is one of those product I can’t live without and will continue to use as long as I can afford it. I tried to revert back to cheaper cleansers but I just kept coming back to this one because of the positive effects it has had on my skin.

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html  

Are you a fan of this product? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x