Glowing Skin, The K Beauty Way!
South Korea is home to some of the most effective, cutting-edge, skincare products in the world. They created the 8 (Some are even 10) step, skin care routine that has taken the beauty industry by storm.
K beauty is gold standard for glowing, beautiful skin!
I’ve been using K Beauty products for years and love my skin! I could never go back to typical, American products.
If you want to try the K-Way, here are some of the best, top-rated, Korean skincare products on the market.
But don’t just take my word for it, the reviews speak volumes for how skin-changing these products really are.
Don’t let the tiny price tags fool you, these products are all under $25 but they are just as, if not more, effective than the $100+ products I’ve tried.
Korean beauty products are typically much more affordable than the Western products we see here. But I promise you, they are just as luxe as top our brands! They are beautifully packaged and amazing quality!
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The first step in any Korean beauty routine is double cleansing. Double cleansing is the first step in any effective K Beauty routine. Step one is an oil cleanser to break down and pull out any dirt, oil, and makeup from deep within your pores. Followed by either a foam cleanser or gentle rice exfoliant.
Best Cleanser: Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil
Kose Soft Speedy Cleansing Oil quickly removes all traces of makeup, including stubborn mascara. It is also effective on wet or dry skin. It can also wash away sebum that blocks pores, leaving your skin clear and soft.
How to use: Apply to dry skin. Oil cleansers work best when applied to dry skin but if your skin is sensitive, you can apply it to damp skin as well. Massage gently into your skin for 30 seconds. Add a touch of water and continue to massage a bit more, and then rinse clean with water.
Rice Washing – SRB Rice Bran Powder Wash $19
Have you heard of rice washing? It has changed the way I exfoliate my skin. No more harsh scrubs! SRB enzyme powder face wash and scrub is an ultra-fine exfoliating ‘scrub’ that buffs away dirt and debris, revealing fresh skin, without scratching the surface of your skin. Even the typical ‘gentle’ scrubs in America, are still quite rough on skin.
SRB rice bran powder face wash instantly reduces the appearance of pores, tightens your skin and evens your tone. There’s a reason why it’s so popular. You’ll notice a difference after the first use!
Removing built-up dirt and debris from your pores is necessary in order for your skin to absorb the rest of your skin regimen. Your skin will be able to retain moisture better, absorb all of your other products more effectively and look brighter and healthier.
How to use: Pour a small amount in your palms and lather up with a little warm water. Gently massage into your skin, focusing on your t-zone. Rinse with lukewarm and then cool water to close your pores.
Best Sheet Mask: Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Facial Sheet Mask Set $18
Your skin changes, depending on the weather, lifestyle, environment, age, and time of the month. This sheet mask set has a mask for every day and every skin type, including dry, combination, oily, tired and aging.
How to use: Once or twice weekly. Apply a sheet mask for your skin type and leave on for about 15 minutes. Close the blinds, unless you want to scare your neighbours.
Best Toner: Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner
Finding the right toner can change your skin, because they help balance your skin after cleansing. Keep Cool Sothing Bamboo Toner is a skin-soothing and deeply hydrating toner that contains 85% bamboo extract. This toner is perfect for all skin types, even dry and sensitive or oily, thanks to ingredients like phyto green shower, and hyaluronic acid. What do those ingredients do? Moisturize, tone and prep your skin for the rest of your routine!
How to use: After cleansing, before essence. After cleansing, use cotton pads to wipe any residue left on your skin.
Best Essence: Seoul Ceuticals Plump and Glow Essence $19
An essence is used after cleansing and before moisturizing. The thin, watery formula penetrates deep down within your skin, to provide a powerful, effective dose of brightening, rejuvenating, hydration. And Seoul Ceuticals Plump and Glow Essence does that and more! It’s a must have in any K Beauty skin routine. Don’t let the plain packaging fool you, this essence is unbelievable. Here’s why:
- Proven to be far more nutrient rich than other facial essences because it contains a blend of tamarind extract, Japanese green tea, aloe vera, cucumber extract and marine minerals.
- Guaranteed to work. If you don’t see brighter, healthier and more youthful skin, just return the product for a refund.
- Gives you hydrated skin in a light mist.
- 98% natural ingredients.
How to use: After your toner, lightly spritz your face with 2 or 3 mists. Gently pat in with your hands or let your skin absorb.
Best Serum: Tru Skin Vitamin C-Plus Super Serum $25
Tru Skin Vitamin C-Plus Super Serum is unique because it works for pretty much all skin types, so no second-guessing or confusion. Seriously, where can you get a premium, age-defense serum that works on so many levels for about $25? This serum is powered by a synergistic blend of vitamin c, retinol, niacinamide, botanical hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and nourishing plant extracts, this serum works both on the surface of your skin and deep down to give you a healthy complexion.
It’s powerful, brightening, plumping and soothing. Plus, it smells amazing. It reduces lines, dark spots and sun damage! If you take one product from this list, this should be it. But, I’m warning you, after that, you’ll be hooked.
How to use: After your toner, apply a small amount of serum and massage into your skin in the evenings. Serums can be a bit heavy for daytime, under makeup.
Best Face Cream: Seoul Ceuticals Multi-Function All-In-One Anti-Aging Snail Repair Cream $17
The best of the best, Seoul Ceuticals Multi-Function All-In-One Anti-Aging Snail Repair Cream really is the only cream you’ll need. It contains a high concentration of snail mucin extract, which sounds gross but it’s proven to reduce wrinkles, darkness and dull spots in just a few weeks! I encourage you to check out the reviews on Amazon and see for yourself. This is the real deal!
How to use: After your serum, apply a quarter-sized amount of cream all over your face.
Best SPF: Missha Essence Sun Milk $9.99
Never skip the sunblock. Seriously! An important part of any skin care routine is sun protection. It helps prevent sun damage that and cause age spots and premature wrinkles.
Hate sunblock? Typical western sunscreens don’t work well under makeup and leave a greasy film or white cast! No wonder many women skip it. But, once you try K Beauty sunblock, you’ll never leave the house without it!
Missha Essence Sun Milk is just that- an essence. Sounds lovely already, doesn’t it? It provides outstanding sun protection with SPF 50, in a moisturizing, yet light essence that leaves no white cast behind. This formula actually works as a primer under makeup, so you don’t have to worry about your makeup sliding or separating through the day. And, it’s water and sweat resistant. And did you see that price tag? It’s under $10!
How to use: Shake lightly. Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use a enough product to generously cover your entire face and neck. Re-apply every 2-3 hours.
Now you can experience the K Beauty difference for yourself!
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