Next to Korean entertainment and electronics, Korean beauty is one of the nation’s biggest exports, and it isn’t hard to see why. Korean beauty products are world renowned for their amazing results. It’s not just the products that are taking the world by storm, but also the Korean beauty trends and routines that follow. One of the biggest among them being the ’10 step K-Beauty routine’ which promises and, with time, delivers great results. For the last few months, we have been breaking it down step by step to give you the inside knowledge on what each step, and the products used in each step, actually do.
This month we are covering steps 7 and 8 – Masks and eye creams. Before we delve into these two steps, let’s take a quick look at all ten steps written out in order.
- Oil Cleanse
- Foam Cleanse
- Serum or Ampoule
- Sheet Mask
- Eye Cream
If you missed the previous article in this series, covering steps 5 & 6 (Essence and Serum/Ampoule) you can read it here.
Masks are great for attacking particular skin concerns from oily or dry skin to acne or even just a small breakout, they are a bit more personal than other skincare products, think of them as your skincare best friend. Most masks will always give your skin moisture, even if it isn’t the main point of the mask.
Did you know that sheet masks are actually more hygienic than regular cream, mud, or gel masks? They effectively cut down your skin’s exposure to bacteria and dirt where normal masks don’t.
Here are a few recommendations that we’ve tried and tested.
Innisfree’s Skin Clinic Sheet Masks (7 Types) – Vitamin C, BHA, Catechins, Madecassoside, Collagen, Peptides, & Hyaluronic Acid are all 7 types of these amazing skin clinic masks. With a weekly rotation of these 7 masks, your skin will show major improvements, and you’ll start to notice your skin becoming brighter and more translucent, and your complexion clearer. These masks also restore moisture and much much more.
Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask + Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask – Klairs Midnight Blue Calming sheet mask contains many skin superpower ingredients like Centella Asiatica, tea tree oil, and a willow bark extract. It lowers the temperature of your skin while calming and relaxing irritated skin, plus the sheet is made of bamboo charcoal so it won’t irritate your skin either!
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel sheet mask is formulated with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid with 5 types of ceramide to help strengthen your skin barrier. The sheet itself is made of 100% doubled cotton and Tencel; basically a ‘healing gauze’ that is not going to irritate your skin.
Both of these masks are extremely important these days because of everyday things like poor food quality, air pollution and the environment, it is important that we take the necessary steps to heal our skin. We recommend you use both of these masks day by day switching between them both.
TOSOWOONG’s Pure Mask Pack Sheet Masks (5 Types) – These masks are perfect for those who are trying to tackle complexion and reduce fine lines. TOSOWOONG’s ‘Pure Mask Pack’ masks all target brightening, wrinkle improvement and one additional benefit that varies depending on which mask you choose. We suggest using all 5 of them in rotation. These masks have many high reviews, and something that many people mention is the great results and the quality – we have to agree, TOSOWOONG has nailed it with these mask packs. We’re officially hooked.
Having trouble picking a sheet mask? Why not try out our ‘7 Day Mask Set’ – seven different popular sheet masks in one set, one for every day of the week. You can find them in our online store here.
People often ask whether eye creams are really necessary, and with a great deal of conversation surrounding whether eye creams are a waste of money, we thought we’d clear a few things up.
The point of an eye cream is to improve the overall look of the skin around the eye. For some people, they need tightening, for others it’s moisture, or lightening/whitening. Generally with all skincare we can notice some, although potentially minimal, instant results. Because of this, we expect the same from eye creams, which is a mistake. The skin around the eyes take time – roughly a month for the skin cells to turn over, meaning that you probably won’t notice a thing changing until about the 29th-31st day of use. Ageing shows around the eyes and neck much quicker than in other places! It is imperative for us to take care of every part of our body inside and out, including our eyes. Now, as for which products work best, it’ always wise to follow the online reviews. Interestingly, most people who try out eye creams say they don’t work and stop using them, and it’s only once they’ve stopped using them that they realise how much of a difference it made.
So in conclusion, eye creams work. However, patience is a virtue and if you choose an eye cream to try, stick with it for around 6 months, then make your decision whether or not that particular eye cream is for you. As for whether they’re necessary, they are no less necessary than body lotions, lip gloss, hair lotions, and hand creams. If you use these things then why leave out your eyes? Eye creams are an important part of any skincare routine in order to take care of the skin around your eyes, just as we’re sure you take care of the rest of the skin on your body.
Here are some of our absolute favourite eye creams. (All of which have been tested and are safe to use.)
Innisfree’s Perfect 9 Repair Cream – Filled with 9 perfect ingredients from the beautiful Jeju Island to combat 9 signs of ageing, we definitely recommend this to people 20 years young and up.
Innisfree’s Jeju Orchid Eye Cream – This product acts as a protective anti-ageing barrier, helping to minimize further ageing. It brightens and helps to smooth out wrinkles. It is derived from the fresh orchids of Jeju-do.
Mamonde’s Age Control Power-Cream – This is a 3-in-1 anti-ageing warrior. It’s like a secret weapon that fights off dark circles and hydrates the skin. This product is enriched and infused with camellia oil and essence.
Belif’s Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream – Providing long-lasting moisture while deeply rejuvenating and firming your skin. If you struggle with dry saggy skin under your eyes then this product is for you.
MISSHA’a Misa Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream – Using ancient Korean herbal technology, MISSHA have created a product that provides rich moisture, plumps and firms, and rejuvenates the skin around the eye.
That covers steps seven and eight of the “Ten Step Korean Beauty Routine” look out for the final two steps next month! And remember, when using any Korean beauty products, try to follow the directions on the pack for best results.
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