Korean Skincare Routine is renowned for its extensive and detailed steps and can be as numerous as a 10-step process. For many of us, this can be daunting and too time consuming. Franki and Seoul has simplified the daily skincare routine to a basic 5 step guide. Here are a few tips and insights to help your skin nourish and glow below
STEP 1 CLEANSE
Do you ever feel like your cleanser is not treating your skin right, either it leaves traces of makeup and stubborn sunscreen or your skin is too squeaky clean? Enter oil-based formulas like cleansing oil or balm or a hybrid (oil and water). Oil cleansers are very gentle and effective at removing makeup and sunscreen and it’s suitable for all skin types - even for oily, sensitive and dry skin. It also lies at the heart of the K-Beauty skincare routine and the first step of the “Double Cleanse”. First, dissolve and remove oil-based impurities such as makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum with an oil cleanser. Next, follow with a gentle water-based cleanser to remove sweat and dirt. The result? A clean, spotless complexion that’s perfectly prepped for the rest of your skincare steps!
For those with finicky skin, we love Lagom’s Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser and Sioris’ Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser. And if you’re looking for makeup removers that keeps your skin supple and soft, LGH’s Life Pure Cleansing Oil and Heimish’s All Clean Balm are great options. Head over to our cleanser collection here.
The second step of the Double Cleanse – water-based or foam cleanser. Water-based cleansers help remove water-based impurities like sweat and dirt and any leftover grime the oil cleanser failed to take out. Like for Like! It’s basic chemistry. Dermatologists and skin specialists recommend the Double Cleanse as it thoroughly dissolves and removes all traces of oil and water-based grime and to help prevent breakouts.
If you are battling with acne, breakouts or oily skin, LGH’s Tea Tree 30 Cleansing Foam and and CosRx Good Morning Cleanser are gentle yet effective. Normal and combo skin types will love Lagom’s Cellup Micro Foam Cleanser. For those with dry, sensitive skin and always feel tight and dry after cleansing, Real Barrier’s Cream Cleansing Foam is the go-to cleanser. Click the link to explore more cleansers.
STEP 2 TONE
TONERS AND MISTS
Life’s too short to use products that burn or sting. Fortunately, our curated toners and mists are alcohol-free and does just the opposite, gently soothing and balancing skin without the ouch factor. Did you know that the skin’s barrier needs restoration with light hydration before it can soak up the rest of your products? Use a toner to soothe and to restore pH balance after cleansing.
Convenient and easy to use mist toners is the biggest skincare trend lately and rightly so! Lagom’s Cellus Mist Toner is packed with green tea to deeply hydrate, and Sioris’s Time Is Running Out Oil Mist is formulated with organic green plum and essential oils to nourish. If dryness and rough texture is your skin concern, Real Barrier’s Extreme Essence Toner helps to restore moisture loss after cleansing and softens the skin. If whiteheads and stubborn blackheads are an issue, we can’t stop raving about LGH’s BHA 70 Tea Tree Toner that gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells. Tap here to see our curated collection.
STEP 3 TREAT
This is the game-changer of your skincare routine! Treatments like Essences, Serums and Ampoules help to solve your most concerning skincare needs like dryness, dullness, brightening, fine lines, brown spots, acne and inflammation. They’re also the most powerful products in all of skincare, formulated to boost hydration and essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and moisture back into your skin.
Glow getter heroes like LGH’s Vita Propolis Ampoule and Real Barrier’s Aqua Soothing Ampoule work hard to bring you the lit-from-within healthy glow. Acropass’ innovative and high tech melting micro-needle –and most importantly it’s pain free – patches targets three most common skincare concerns- cystic acne (green), hyperpigmentation and PIH, Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (yellow) and fine lines (purple). If you’re a love the benefits of snail in your skincare, CosRx’s cult product – Snail Mucin Power Essence – is the one for you! Tap here to see all our curated treatments.
STEP 4 HYDRATE
MOISTURISERS AND CREAMS
Korean companies use different names to describe basically the same thing - a moisturiser (you’ve probably seen lotion, emulsion, gel, sleeping mask and said huh??). Regardless of the name and your skin type, moisturisers all help to lock and seal in nutrients and all the good stuff from the treatments into your skin, keeping your skin hydrated for a youthful glow.
We love how Real Barrier’s Extreme Cream plumps and strengthens dry, dull and tired-looking skin and Lagom’s Deep Cream melts into the skin so effortlessly for smooth skin. If you hate sticky and greasy cream, then Pestlo’s lightly-whipped cream sinks into the skin like no other. Huxley’s Anti-Gravity Cream is made with sub-Saharan prickly pear extract to deeply nourish. Click here to see our full hydration range.
STEP 5 SUNSCREEN
The skin on our face is the thinnest and the most sensitive part of our body and ageing signs like wrinkles, dullness, lack of firmness of skin tissue, brown spots, and unevenness is the most visible on our face, neck and hands. Pigmentation disorders and wrinkles and lack lustre texture are the most strongly linked to ultraviolet (UV) exposure and it is regardless of the weather. Rain, hail or shine, protect your skin. If you’re still not convinced, read more on our blog on the link here!
How can a sunscreen be so loved as much as Lagom’s Sun Gel! We sell out every two months and our regular customers just can’t get enough of this feather-weight sun gel. Pestlo has cleverly formulated a mineral sunscreen that is not greasy and sticky, and CosRx’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is nourishing and lightweight.
* EXTRA BOOSTERS - MASKING 2~3 a week
Masking is often called the soul of K-Beauty. No more expensive and time-consuming facials at the spa. You can relax and pamper yourself right at the comfy of your own home. Korean face masks have revolutionized self-pampering with affordable yet effective skin treatments in just 20 minutes. Your skin will love you for the self-care and a bit of me-time and you will love how your skin calmed, soothed and deeply hydrated!
We love how our skin is baby soft and calm after masking. Real Barrier’s Soothing Ampoule Mask and LGH’s Tea Tree Soothing Mask will leave your skin with the famous Korean “chok chok” skin - supple and soft- under 20 minutes. JayJun’s Rose Blossom Mask is packed with luxurious rose extracts to brighten and soften the skin, and CosRx’s yummy Honey Overnight Mask nourishes while you sleep.
It doesn’t matter what skin type you have—keeping it hydrated is the key to a youthful glow and preventing skin problems before they start. With the products in this step, you lock moisture and nutrients from treatments into your skin, helping you turn back the clock and ensuring you get the most out of your routine. Click the link here to explore our famous MASK BAR~
To be honest, it's not about having more products than you can count, but rather about having the right products that do the right things, and using them in the right order.
Whether you are a time-poor mum, working or studying full time or just a bit busy to do the whole 10 step routine, you can follow our easy-to follow simplified 5 steps to take care of your skin. Korean skincare doesn't have to difficult. It's do-able and effective.
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Jayme and Jenny