Are you curious to try K-beauty? Well, where to start, and what should you buy?
Hi guys, I hope you’re all good and that you’ve had a nice and restful weekend. Spring is finally showing up in Sweden after months and months of darkness and cold, I can’t wait. My friend turned 40 a while ago and today I’m sharing these lovely Korean products I got for her. A basic mini skin care routine that is suitable for most skin types, and is not targeted towards any particular skin concerns. In other words, a good starting point for trying Korean skin care!
I often get the question from those curious about K-beauty:
-What should I buy? Where do I start? What do I need?
My answer is always to start slowly and then add products gradually. Otherwise if you go from no skin care routine to a full 10-step Korean skin care routine, there’s a risk of unwanted skin reactions. Moreover, it’s very difficult to know which skin care product work and which doesn’t if you try 10 new products at once. I often recommend to start with a cleanser, a serum and a face cream. Add more products as you go along if your skin is happy. Once you get started you may notice that your skin needs thicker, richer and deeply nourishing products, or lighter hydrating products with fast absorption. At that point you can further customize your skin care routine. In addition, the skin’s needs can vary with seasons, hormones and other reasons.
Celebrating my friend’s birthday, I gave her this K-beauty box filled with lovely Korean skin care. Because she doesn’t really have any skin care preferences or skin concerns, I chose nice “medium” type products suitable for most skin types. The perfect mini start routine for those who want to try out K-beauty for the first time. More information about all these products below.
Basic Korean skin care routine
x 4 products
Step 1 Cleansing
Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
A water-based foam cleanser is always a good start to any skin care routine I feel. Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam is gentle but still effective and very refreshing. Suitable for most skin types including sensitive skin. The price is about 9€ / 150ml. Gradually add an oil-based cleanser for so-called double cleansing.
Step 2 Serum
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Serum
I mean everyone needs a hyaluronic acid serum in their skin care routine, at least that’s my philosophy. Hyaluronic acid holds large amounts of moisture without the skin ever becoming oily or greasy. And it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Non irritating, good absorption and no perfume. One of the most affordable hyaluronic acid serums I’ve tested so far is the Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Serum. A true Korean classic with a full 50% hyaluronic acid (the original and shown to the right in the image). Costs about 15€ / 30ml.
Step 3 Sheet Mask (1-3 times/week)
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet Avocado
Korean brands like Holika Holika, Innisfree and Tonymoly offer cheap and good quality sheet masks for like 1€ / pc. Buy multi-pack / bulk to save money. One can never have too many sheet masks I feel, and it’s great fun to try out new ones. You can use sheet masks as often as you like. Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, some extra moisture is always a bonus. The Holika Holika Pure Essence line is one example with a whole range of colorful sheet masks. Thin material and refreshing essence. They cost about 10€ for a pack of 10 sheet masks in different kinds.
Step 4 Face cream
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream
A really nice “medium” type face cream that is also a dupe for the Clinique Moisture Surge (even better though). Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream is packed with hydrolyzed collagen and hydrates the skin without ever feeling greasy or heavy. An airy glossy gel cream with a mild green scent. Suitable for most skin types. An incredibly affordable face cream for just 12€ / 75ml.
The History of Whoo Samples
In Korean skin care, samples are very common. You often get free samples when ordering and it’s a great way to test out products or buy expensive high-end brands at a cheap price. I got 2 different kinds of samples for my friend. A thick super rich night balm: Jinyul Cream, and a lighter moist face cream: Soo Yeon Cream. Both from the Korean high-end brand The History of Whoo. 50 x samples (50ml) costs about 10-17€ .
A complete Korean skin care routine
Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam | Search best price ➥
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Serum | Search best price ➥
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet | Search best price ➥
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream | Search best price ➥
Samples The History of Whoo Jinyul Cream | Search best price ➥
Samples The History of Whoo Soo Yeon Cream | Search best price ➥
I’ve bought all these Korean products on Ebay directly from Korea. I always choose trusted sellers with free shipping. Don’t forget to check your country’s customs fees before ordering from Korea. It might be smart to order all products from one single seller. 1 package = 1 customs fee. If you are unsure of which sellers are OK, then read more about how to shop safely and securely from Korea here.
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