Korean Skincare & Makeup blog

My Korean Skincare Routine 2018

I’ve been working on my skin care routine for years, I love trying out new products and introducing new ingredients to my skin. I have combination, acne prone skin with very oily T-zone and I’m 33 so I’ve become interested in anti-aging too. My biggest concern is hormonal acne and PIE (Post Inflammatory Erythema). I’m not taking any medication nor birth control pills so all I can rely on is my skin care routine based on (mostly) Korean cosmetics. Here’s what I enjoy using lately in my morning and evening routine!

My favourite products: 
Alcohol and fragrance free products: 

MORNING ROUTINE

1. Face Wash
I tried to wash my face with only water in the morning but I failed making it a habbit. Luckily there are a lot of gentle, pH balanced, non-drying cleansers now in the market!
Mamonde Pure Sensitive Cleansing Liquid LINK  
The Saem Natural Condition Cleansing Foam LINK
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser LINK
PURITO Defence Barrier PH Cleanser LINK

2. Toner
I used to think toners were useless but I was so wrong! Toners are meant to pH balance and prepare your skin for the next step, making it easier for the rest of the products to absorb. They can remove impurities, dead skin cells, residue left from your cleanser etc. I prefer hydratating, alcohol and fragrance free toners the most. Korean toners are the best, period! 🙂
Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner LINK 
Klairs The Supple Preparation Unscented Toner LINK
Benton Cacao Mild and Moist Toner LINK  
SKINMISO Pore Purifying Toner LINK 
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water LINK 

COTTON PADS:
Klairs Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad LINK 
COSRX Naturally Embo Cotton Puff LINK

3. Face Mist
You can use it after or instead of toner. I don’t think it is an important step but ceramides are so important for your skin and the Holike Good Cera toner and mist are amazing! 🙂
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Mist LINK 

4. Exfoliant
In the morning I avoid using active ingredients, the only exception is BHA. BHAs help keeping your pores clean, prevent pimples and sooth skin.
 COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid LINK ● 

5. Ampoule/Essence
Korean ampoules and essences are superior in my opinion. If you can have only one Korean product, choose a good essence! Endless of choices, fantastic ingredient lists, affordable price and some serious skin care benefit, these are the real selling points in my eyes. Ampoules are usually focusing on one ingredient, these are concentrated liquids, perfect for certain skin issues. Essences are usually all about fermented ingredients and impressive INCIs, they are great for anti-aging too!
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule LINK ● 
Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule LINK 
Blithe Vital Treatment Essence 5 Energy Roots LINK
Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence LINK
Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence LINK 
Elizavecca Galactomyces 100% LINK 

6. Lotion/Emulsion
These are perfect for combination, oily skin, you can use them instead of facial creams but these are great for dry skin too if you are into layering products!
TonyMoly The White Tea Brightening Lotion LINK
Etude House Soon Jung 10-Free Moist Emulsion  LINK ● 
Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion Sensitive  EBAY LINK 

7. Facial Cream
There are SO MANY good, Korean cream, it is really hard to choose only one! That’s why I always have several on my desk… 😀 But I don’t mind it at all! The Chok Chok Grean Tea cream is perfect for most skin types, I totally get it why it is so popular. My tip for people with oily and acne prone skin: try out the COSRX Centella Blemish cream! The texture is strange but it makes the pores and spots less visible and it can mattify the skin too.
TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream  LINK
Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream  LINK
PURITO Deep Sea Pure Water Cream LINK
Missha NearSKIN Madecanol Cream EBAY LINK 
COSRX Centella Blemish Cream EBAY LINK

8. Sunscreen
I use sunscreen every single day for the last few years. It is the best anti-aging product when it comes to preventing wrinkles and dark spots. Japanese or Korean, I don’t really care as long as they don’t make my skin too oily. My favourite sunscreens usually have organic and non-organic sunscreen ingredients at the same time, and I don’t mind getting a white cast either because I wear makeup every day too. In the summer I skip the cream and jump right into the last step of my routine because most sunscreens are moisturizing enough for my combination skin.
A’PIEU Pure Block Tone-Up Sun Base SPF50+ PA+++ LINK
Missha Near Skin Dustless Defense Sun Block SPF 50+ PA+++  LINK 
Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++  LINK 
Too Cool for School Jean George Llong Sun Block SPF50+ PA+++ LINK 
Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF38 PA+++  LINK
Missha Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Sun Protector SPF50+ PA+++  EBAY LINK 
Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ EBAY LINK 

 

EVENING ROUTINE

1. Eye Makeup Remover
I prefer removing mascara with a dedicated eye makeup remover and a cotton pad. It is easy and fast but I am picky when it comes to products. The only good one I have found in my local drug store is the one from Garnier… I do like Korean eye makeup removers though: Clio, the Seam, it’s Skin and Etude House make some really nice ones!
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover
It’s Skin Green Tea Calming Fresh Lip & Eye Remover LINK

2. Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oils (and balms) are the best makeup remover, I would never use anything else anymore! I have tried so many products and I just love them all! They are cheap, gentle to the skin and can remove makeup, sunscreen, impurities, anything! If you are looking for a cleansing oil without fragrance I recommend the Japanese Softymo Speedy Oil but otherwise Korean cleansing oils are great too!
Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil EBAY LINK  
Missha Yei Hyun Cleansing Oil  LINK
The Face Shop Oil Specialist Deep Firming Cleansing Oil LINK

3. Face Wash
A water based face wash is always nice after removing oil and makeup with a cleansing oil. You can skip this step if you have dry skin.
Mamonde Pure Sensitive Cleansing Liquid LINK  
The Saem Natural Condition Cleansing Foam LINK 
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser LINK 
PURITO Defence Barrier PH Cleanser  LINK

4. Cleansing Pads
I’m a bit obsessed with cleansing pads… I can remove makeup, sunscreen around my hair line with them, they are great toners, gentle exfoliants too and they moisturize the skin too!
Missha Super Aqua Smooth Skin Peeling Pad LINK 
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad LINK 
COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad LINK
ETUDE HOUSE All Caring Eraser Pad LINK 
A’pieu Vitamin AC Pad LINK

5. Toner/Mist
As I said, I love using toners! 😉
Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner  LINK 
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep WaterLINK 
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner  EBAY LINK 
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Mist | LINK 

6. Hámlasztás
6/A: AHA exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells. It is a must have step for everyone! Glycolic acid is great but if you have sensitive skin you should use PHA!
OR
6/B: BHA to clean my pores and prevent acne and black heads.
I never really use two actives at the same time.
 COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid LINK ● 
COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream  EBAY LINK ● 
NAKEUP FACE 10% AHA Scaling Cream  EBAY LINK ● 

7. Essence/Ampoule/Lotion
If I don’t use AHA or PHA then this step becomes more important. I use a few of these, depending on my mood and the condition of my skin. Obviously I use the lightest products first, layering is my favourite thing! 🙂 If I used BHA then I usually skip everything besides the loiton/emulsion.
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule LINK ● 
Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule  LINK 
Blithe Vital Treatment Essence 5 Energy Roots  LINK
Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence  LINK
Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence LINK 
Etude House Soon Jung 10-Free Moist Emulsion  LINK ● 
Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion Sensitive  EBAY LINK 

8. Serum
I LOVE my serums too! As long as it has some antioxidants, vitamin A, C etc., I am interested! 🙂 Missha Borabit is my all time favourite.
Dr.Jart+ V7 Radiance Serum  LINK 
Ciracle Vitamin ACE Sparkling Serum| LINK
SkinFood Yuja Water C Serum LINK
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule EBAY LINK 

9. Facial Cream
Usually I skip this step because my skin can’t really handle more but in the winter or for people with dry skin, it is a very important step.
TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream  LINK
Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream LINK
PURITO Deep Sea Pure Water Cream  LINK
Missha NearSKIN Madecanol Cream EBAY LINK 
COSRX Centella Blemish Cream EBAY LINK

10. Eye Cream
I never really cared about eye creams, because I use almost all my products around my eye area too but after I turned 30 I became interested. Soon I realized it is not too much trouble in the evening, and I like the thought that I did something for my skin, so why not?
SKINFOOD Gold Caviar Lifting Eye Serum TESZT | EBAY LINK
ZYMOGEN Fermented Soybean Firming Eye Cream TESZT | EBAY LINK

11. Oil
Especially in the winter! Oils help keeping your skin moisturized, prevent it from drying out. I recommend squalane, it is such a lovely ingredient for all skin types!
Olivarrier Fluid Oil LINK 

12. Sheet Mask/Overnight Mask
Yes, I LOVE sheet masks, I have a nice collection because I know these masks can save my skin in 20 minutes! Overnight packs are nice too but I have yet to find the one that could replace my beloved sheet masks! 🙂
Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask LINK 
ILLIYOON Mask LINK 
E-nature Éjszakai Pakolás Nyírfanedvvel  LINK 
Cosrx Low PH BHA Overnight Mask  LINK
Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask  LINK
Mediheal Masks LINK
PACKage Masks  LINK
Goodal Nature Ampoule Mask Firming  EBAY LINK 
TOSOWOONG Pure Mask Pack EBAY LINK 
TOSOWOONG Mermaid Princess Aqua Refresh Black Mask EBAY LINK
The Face Shop Red Ginseng Real Nature Mask EBAY LINK 
C20 Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask  LINK ● 
BENTON Snail Bee High Content Mask EBAY LINK ●