Its understatement to say that Koreans are diligent with their skin. In fact, the K-Beauty philosophy is contingent upon that very notion. Koreans prioritise their skincare first and foremost and will go to all lengths to ensure that their skin is always looking its best. Aren't so convinced? Well, if their whopping ten-step regimens are anything to go by, there’s no doubt that the Koreans advocate for flawlessly smooth skin.
With many Western skincare brands now turning to South Korea for the latest technological breakthroughs and consumer trends, indulgence is at the core of the K-Beauty routine. It’s all about layering hydrating products to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin without the hefty price tag which is a testament to its enduring popularity.
1. OIL CLEANSER
Double cleansing is a term that has been thrown around a bit, but it’s something that the Koreans swear by. Oil-based cleansers are ideal for dissolving makeup, sunscreen and any other gunk that’s congesting your pores.
Product To Try: Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($73; at mecca.com.au)
2. WATER-BASED CLEANSER
A multi-tasking toner and cleanser creates a fresh base for your make-up and ensures that it won’t budge all day long
Product To Try: Son & Park Beauty Water ($40; at nudieglow.com)
Whether your skincare consists of three steps or ten, exfoliating should be one of them. Exfoliating is your go-to for removing dirt and impurities trapped under the skin, improving skin texture and reducing sebum production.
Product To Try: BY WISHTREND Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash ($39; at nudieglow.com)
Toning is something that many people forget to do on the daily but in fact, toner works to cleanse and open up the skins waterways, gently removing dead skin cells for that coveted radiant glow.
Product To Try: DR.JART+ Water Fuse Hydro Toner ($48; at sephora.com.au)
While you might have never heard of essence before, it’s a product that needs to be in your kit ASAP. Why? Essence is a skincare category created in Korea and is at the core of their routine. An essence is a lightweight treatment (think a serum mixed with a toner) that contains high doses of active ingredients to hydrate skin and aid in cell turnover.
Product To Try: Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ($28; at nudieglow.com.au)
6. LIP MASK
No Korean skincare routine is complete without a lip mask. Wake up to soft and supple out that is free of dead skin cells.
Product To Try: Laneige LipSleeping Mask ($25; at Sephora.com.au)
7. EYE CREAM
Light-weight and condensed with nutrients, this eye cream educes the look of dark circles and improves concealer application and wear.
Product To Try: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème ($55; at sephora.com.au)
Moisturising your skin with hydrating and nourishing ingredients will give it that ever-elusive healthy glow you’ve been dreaming of.
Product To Try: SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge Ex Moisturiser ($253; available at sephora.com.au)