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With winter finally upon us, it is now more important than ever to pamper our skin and replenish the nutrients lost in these chilly months. While there are plenty of Western brands out there ready to scrub, cleanse, and moisturise, I’m here to offer a different perspective and introduce you (boys and girls alike!) to something you may not have considered before.
It’s not an exaggeration to say South Koreans are at the forefront when it comes to skincare, as the West owes to them many products like the familiar BB cream and cushion foundation. While we tend to layer foundation and powder until not a blemish remains, our Eastern skincare gurus instead focus on how to achieve that healthy glow from within, by taking care of the skin, rather than smothering it in layers chemical products. Achieving that natural glow is no easy task – often a full Korean skincare regime will include eight or ten steps, thus involving eight or ten products, an expensive and time-consuming process. But that’s not to say that Korean products don’t work well individually, and I’m here to introduce to you my top five picks for products which deliver great results even on their own, often requiring only two or three minutes of your time.
You can be assured I have tried and tested al of these products which can be purchased through Amazon or Yesstyle.com for affordable prices!
1) Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam by Innisfree
I’m a big fan of Innisfree products as they pride themselves on using active natural ingredients to revive and energise your skin, volcanic clusters from Jeju Island in this case. This cleansing foam claims to purify pores and cleanse dull-looking skin, and it certainly fulfils its promises. A little goes a long way and your skin is left squeaky clean with just one use; as with all cleansing products, I would recommend following with a light moisturiser.
2) Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser by COSRX (for oily skin!)
I’ve included this cleanser alongside the Innisfree Cleansing Foam because this a product particularly suited to oily skin. Intended to be used in the morning to lift off dead cells and excess oils without the ‘stripping feeling’, it’s a gentle cleanser which aims to maintain our skin’s optimal pH levels. Start your day by doing something good for your skin!
3) Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask by Innisfree
Another Innisfree product infused with volcanic ash, this clay mask is a little more time-consuming but delivers great results. A good alternative if you’re bored of sheet masks, this clay formula dries within fifteen minutes of application and washes off instantly to reveal soft skin free of deeply imbedded impurities. The bottle may appear small, but once again, a little goes a long way, and the clay can literally last for years.
4) Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack by Innisfree
My favourite Innisfree product. This sleeping pack (basically a jelly-like substance) is from the wine infused range, to be applied before sleep and washed off in the morning. This product is great for hydration and requires the least maintenance, as it works during the convenient night hours and need not interrupt your day- time schedule. The jelly dries in under a minute, and a pleasant red-wine aroma is another bonus. Skin pampering in a bottle!
5) Black Sugar Essential Scrub by Skinfood
If you’re looking for an intense power scrub, you’ve found the one. A best-seller in South Korea, this Skinfood scrub is infused with black sugar extract, smells heavenly, and offers fantastic value for money. Forget microbead scrubs which harm the environment, this sugary formula melts in your natural body heat and digs satisfyingly deep, removing impurities and lifting off dead layers of skin. Use once a week for a rejuvenating facial treat.
By Kseniya Shrimpton
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham