Korean skincare products (K-beauty) As you are by now, aware! Have radically stepped up my skincare game! Why? I guess it all boils down to the potency & sometimes unusual ingredients used to create the products. This also applies to innovative methods of production like steaming, fermentation etc. There’s a lot to take in and at times choosing the right products for my skin type can be a bit overwhelming but, from experimentation & research I’ve acquired a few staple products that will always be a part of my skincare routine! (unless they stop making them).
K-BEAUTY ESSENTIAL TOP PICKS
‘’Good Morning, P.H Balancing gentle cleanser’’ Used both morning & evening. By night i’d start with a cleansing oil first!
What makes it an essential? The light, gel like consistency is what I like & It foams up so easily, a little product really is enough.
My skin type is oily-combination & I tend to find it all too easy for the pores to block which triggers breakouts and skin congestion!
Prevention is the cure! This cleanser is super gentle (would suite sensitive skin types), rolls on, washes off taking away all traces of dirt, remaining oil etc. boom, gone!
The best bit is the after feeling, balanced, not stripped &comfortable. It’s a safe bet & my skin likes it;
you will also appreciate its price point at around £7.00!
I absolutely love this product! Not seen this one before?It’s a chemical exfoliating pad! Okay, that sounds a bit scary? But chemically in the right way! This is a double sided cotton gauze pad drenched in power house chemical exfoliants in an easy to use application. One side of the pad textured, the other smooth & nourishing.
FAMILIAR WITH CHEMICAL EXFOLIATING?
The key ingredients ‘’patented PHA (polyhydroxy acids) PHA’s have been found to be compatible with clinically sensitive skin & provide additional humectant (moisturizing) properties & can enhance the skins barrier function, PHAs possess antioxidant properties too’’
By using these pads 2 X per week, the results are visible! If your skin is congested like mine, prone to acne or just looking a bit dull? Exfoliation is the best step to include!
HOW DO THEY WORK
The textured side of these pads is for the exfoliation, slip your finger into the little slot and gently work all over the face & neck, focusing on the troubled areas too. You can almost feel bits of dead skin coming off, lovely! When finished, flip your fingers around and use the smoother side, wipe over the face/neck & then rinse.This product has been a saviour, you can see after each use how deeply cleansed the skin appears but, when used regularly, my skin is smoothing out! The under-skin pimples diminishing it’s actually amazing! This one is staying for the long haul!
‘’Triple C- (Vitamin C) Serum curated by Charlotte Cho & COSRX 20.5% Vitamin C content! The strongest content of Vitamin C (Derived from ascorbic acid) available on the market! I must admit at first, I was afraid of it! Being new to acids! I wasn’t entirely sure how to use it! Nervous too that it would freak my skin out and break me out!
APPROACH WITH CAUTION!
And, that’s exactly what happened! There’s a lesson to be learned here! I went straight in and tapped all over! Warning! This product is powerful! Amazing, but approach with caution! Especially if you’ve never used an acid based product before!
Moving forwards; this has proved to be one of the most powerful products I own! Being so effective & the only product to fade acne marks & hyper-pigmentation (dark skin patches). Relatively fast too (I’ve tried many!).
My skin, sensitive & this product so strong! The best way to use this is by dropping 1+1/2 drops on to a dab of moisturiser, then patting over my face.
I’ve been using this for a while now so it’s safe to apply directly to the skin or troubles areas I notice each time, the next day upon waking how much brighter my skin looks!
I say ‘when I wake up’ because… Vitamin C, or any ‘acid’ product can leave the skin more susceptible to the suns UV rays! So, please, please don’t forget your SPF the next day! This one is best kept for the evenings!
BUT VITAMIN C CAN OXIDISE AND TURN YELLOW?
The only drawback with the key ingredient being Vitamin C in such high % is that it does have a relatively short life span, before starting to oxidise. When it does, it turns an orange colour (starting off clear) As this happens it can loose its initial potency.
Perhaps as my skin is sensitive, even with the oxidation I notice a tingling sensation on my skin! The product is still doing an excellent job, perhaps not as strong like when it was fresh. If considering purchasing this product as a heads up; I’d store it in the fridge to try to preserve it that little bit longer.
There you have my three key K-Beauty products, each one serves a vital role in keeping my pores clear and skin smoother and more even. What’s your skin type like? Any questions hit me a comment in the box below
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