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
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During my face mask challenge, I used the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Mask* and 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 mask* or the Missha sheet masks* a 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 Mask. It’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 Balm. It 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.
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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.
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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.
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On the moisture front, the one that is very cooling and hydrating is the Belif Aqua Bomb. It’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 Serum* is 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.
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