If my mother taught me three things about taking care of my skin it was cleanse, tone and moisturise. That was it. That’s what would make my skin great and for the years I was living in Ireland, it worked.
When I moved to Korea however, that all changed. There were stores every few metres selling products I’ve never heard of. For me “essence” was a word that proceeded vanilla, “serum” was the cure for a random disease and although I had no idea what “emulsion” was, I would have guessed it had something to do with paint.
After reading an article on the uses of all these products by the author of The Wanderlust Project, I decided I would try a more Korean approach to skincare.
Skincare products in stores like Etude House, The Faceshop and Missha are extremely affordable so I figured there wasn’t much to lose.
Now my skincare regime goes like this;
1. Wash face with a cleanser.
2. Cleanse (using a cream cleanser)
4. Apply Serum. A serum has a specific function more than what a moisturiser can achieve. For example brightening, whitening etc.
5. Apply Emulsion. An emulsion is a very light, thin moisturiser.
6. Apply moisturiser.
7. Apply sunscreen. If your moisturiser has an spf, this isn’t necessary.
8. Primer. Prepares your skin for makeup.
9. BB or CC cream. Here are some of the ones I use;
10. The rest of the makeup. However, if you’re just going for a normal day the CC and BB might suffice depending on the type of skin you have.
It’s slightly exhausting to do it all the time and frankly it’s a little time consuming. I’m sure I’ve actually skipped some steps because I’m lazy so don’t take the above as the gospel of using Korean beauty products.
Has this new regime actually improved my skin?
I’ve always been really lucky to have good skin. There has been a definite decrease in breakouts (possible due to the higher level of attention I pay my skin) and my skin feels more moisturised.
Disclaimer; All opinions here are my own. All products shown are simply personal preferances and no commission has been received.