The Korean Skincare Starter Kit

I’ll be honest– in the beginning, I was not on the hype train to k-town…

…because I felt as though a lot of the products I came across didn’t have the best ingredients. So why even bother? But, then, newer brands with great ingredients started popping up on my radar, and let’s just say I need a one way ticket aboard the hype train to k-town stat. And now you will too.

The Korean Skincare Starter Kit

_ m a s k

During my face mask challenge, I used the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Maskand it is a nice clay mask for when your skin is erupting (see what I did there) with pimples. It’s a creamy clay formula that doesn’t dry the skin out, but helps suck out the bacteria to speed along the pimple fading process. If you’re looking for some moisture then give either the Pur~lisse Blue Lotus + White Tea sheet maskor the Missha sheet masksa try. They’re great little fuss free hydration amplifiers.

If you’re interested in a sleeping mask then you have to try the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping MaskIt’s a unique jelly textured AHA sleeping mask that makes the skin so soft and adds a fresh glow to the skin.

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Saying I’m into cleansing balms is an understatement because the infatuation has turned into true love. Although I love my Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm to bits, one that fits the k-beauty stamp while being more affordable is the Heimish All Clean BalmIt goes from a balm to oil to milk consistency, but doesn’t feel greasy or oily, and comes off easily with water. Once you splash your skin with water, it turns into a milky texture that washes off easily without leaving behind any residue or film. All that’s left behind is just some good old clean skin.

_ t o n e r/ e s s e n c e/ f a c e  m i s t

Sometimes the skin needs a gentle, refreshing toner and my current go to is the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. I apply this all over the skin with a cotton round, and it’s gentle, moisturizing, and always leaves the skin looking and feeling soft and fresh. I even used this after ‘stache removal, and it didn’t irritate my skin. The thing about this toner is that’s not watery like a lot of toners, and has more viscosity to it so you can double it up as an essence. Instead of applying it with a cotton round, drop a few drops into your hands and pat it into the skin for extra hydration. For a quick refreshing spritz, try the Too Cool For School Aqua Gel Mist*. It has a gel consistency in the bottle, but is a super fine mist that leaves the skin supple, moisturized, and refreshed.

s e r u m _

I’m not super experienced with k-skincare serums, but one I have been enjoying is the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair*. This one is very nourishing, moisturizing, and always leaves my skin very soft and my skin looking plump and fresh.

_ m o i s t u r i z e r

On the moisture front, the one that is very cooling and hydrating is the Belif Aqua BombIt’s a go to especially during the summer because of the gel cream consistency that feels very refreshing on the skin. Another great daytime moisturizer is the Pur~Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer*It is lightweight, calming, and gentle on the skin, but is still moisturizing and nourishing.

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The skin around the eyes is much more thin and delicate so you can’t forget a good eye cream. The Pur~Lisse Eye Adore Serumis a lovely lightweight serum that works really well on its own. It has a peptide blend to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, blue lotus for its antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage, and french marine plants and squalane to hydrate.

The Korean Skincare Starter Kit: Klairs toner, Missha SPF, Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Too Cool For School Aqua Gel Mist, Heimish cleansing balm, CosRX BHA treatment

The k skincare starter kit

What are your favorite K skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Absolutely love K-beauty and skincare! I’m only just getting really into it but I completely agree, they’re really stepping up their game with the ingredients lately. I honestly haven’t tried any of these products, however I almost purchased the Watermelon mask from The Glow Recipe.

    Lovely post as always! I’m also trying to get more into sheet masks so I’ll have to try a few of these out x

    Imogen, http://www.faux-silk.com

  • I would really like to try Korean skin products, their masks in particular so I’ll certainly be checking out the masks you recommended. Great post! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • I love the Purlisse products I’ve tried so far & got that Watermelon mask for my birthday – it was on my wishlist for ages after you recommended it! Going to use it tonight xx

    Beautylymin

  • OOooh girl I like this post a lot. I’m the same and I wasn’t all that into K-Beauty anything when it first came into the scene years ago. Idk why but as an Asian I wasn’t all too interested in Asian beauty (super Americanized if you can’t tell haha). I think after seeing the Heimish balm on your and Mili’s blogs/IG I really want to give it a try!! Especially with your comment that it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind – that was the one thing I didn’t looove about the Emma Hardie one I used a few months back.

    I’m seriously loving the Glow Recipe mask – it smells so good. I need to use it more. I’m also such a big fan of everything I tried from Purlisse – I’m hoping to try the eye cream next/soon!!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • I hope you try the Heimish balm! It’s soo good, and definitely doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.

  • I still haven’t jumped on the K-Skincare wagon, no idea why! These all sound like good ones though! I’ve been wanting the watermelon sleeping mask since you last mentioned it in another post but it’s always sold out! I think I saw on your IG story that it was back in stock at Sephora, but when I clicked on it, I realized that the Canadian Sephora didn’t carry that brand :( Also have been hearing great things about the Heimish balm, so that’s something I want to give a try as well!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Boo I hope Canadian Sephora stocks the sleeping mask soon because it’s so nice!

  • The one that I plan to buy soon is the Missha Time Revolution serum. Many have claimed it’s a dupe for the very expensive Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Maiya Newey

    I really need to start getting into the K-Beauty hype! x

    Maiya | http://www.maiyabellexo.co.uk

    • I feel ya, girl. Not everything appeals to me, but there are some great gems.

  • I haven’t really hugely been on the K-town train, largely because for a long time you could only order products online and it was hard to get an ingredients list to see what’s in a product and what it’s likely to actually do. I’ve tried a sunscreen from Missha that I really enjoyed a while back though and I’ve tried some sheet masks, but now that a lot more of it is available in stores I’m getting more interested in picking a few things up. I’ve still never tried an essence but they sound really interesting, especially if they have good ingredients in them!

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