By Caitlin Brinkley
Why The Hype?
There’s a lot of hype around k-beauty in media recently. What’s the deal? We tried converting to a predominately k-skincare based routine and we can confirm the hype is justified. Struggling with “problem skin” over the years, we have had to spend a pretty penny on visits to dermatologists, expense skincare ranges that irritate more than solve any problems. We discovered that, not only do Korean skincare companies create high quality, skin concern specific, products that work for a variety of skin types, they do so at affordable prices. Some companies are even creating amazing vegan products.
Our current routine is mostly sourced from the brands CosRX and dear, klairs. It is also important to change our routine for day and night time. The routine is based on the same products, simply adding and removing depending on current needs. Daytime starts out with a gel cleanser, we have been loving the CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. It smells amazing and is great for waking you up in the morning. We then used the CosRX One Step Original Clear Pads.
Moisture is key
These pre-soaked toner pads are great for mild exfoliation on a daily basis, helping to get rid of build-up on the skin and they come in a cute reusable tub. This means less blocked pores and smoother looking skin. Next we used the dear, klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner. This is a great start to a moisturizing routine. The secret to the success of k-skincare is providing our skin with a truckload of moisture, without being too rich and causing breakouts. By creating a protective barrier for our skin, these products help to minimize the irritations of daily life, like pollution, sun exposure, harsh winds, etc.
A critical step in the “moisturize till you can no longer moisturize” regiment, is using a treatment serum. We tried out the dear, klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum during the day. This product really cools down the skin, and it absorbs so quickly.
At night, we added a vitamin C serum before the soothing serum. The dear, klairs Freshly Juice Vitamin Drop helped reduce the post breakout redness and hyper-pigmentation. At night, the dear, klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, provides the perfect solution to any post-sun exposure irritation. It is another product that cools the skin, but one also provides an intense moisture treatment. The last step for both day- and night-time routines is the CosRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream. This is THE MOST thirst-quenching cream that we have found for our skin so far. We feel über luxurious waking up every day to baby-but soft, plump and smooth skin.
Going the extra mile
For those days that have just been the worst and extra self-care required, we loved the addition of a sheet mask after the moisturizing toner and before serum. A sleeping pack at the end of a long day can also bring us back from the edge. Because even though it may feel like we been beat, least we can indulge in luxurious self-care while promoting healthy, radiant skin, without breaking the bank.
Using these products, and ones that are catered for our specific skincare needs, our skin can look like we got 8 hours of sleep, even though we stayed up working on a project til 3am. Well that, or binge watched Netflix with a glass of wine til “let me squint at the clock to check if that’s really that time” o’clock. But no one needs to know the truth.
Shout out to Wishtrend for shipping to South Africa so quickly. Another spot to pick up any k-beauty items we might be coveting, check out glowthoery.
We want to know if you have any other products or skin care recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!