Skincare

Korean Skincare Picks | April 2015

Spring is here – brighten up your skin with these fabulous Korean skincare products!

  1. Cleanse: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic, $19

    Source: ibeautyshop.net

    Source: ibeautyshop.net

    Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleanser is award-winning, and with good reason! It goes on as a solid balm and turns into a silky oil on the skin. It easily dissolves makeup and clears up impurities without stripping the skin of essential oils. This cleanser will also naturally exfoliate and brighten your skin!

    Directions: Use the spatula to scoop out a small amount of the balm and massage over dry skin. Rinse skin with lukewarm water and pat dry.

    Tip: For sensitive skin, try Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity.

  2. Repair: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Activator Ampoule, $28

    Source: Missha

    Source: Missha

    This serum will give you that youthful, healthy glow. Bifida Ferment Lysate, a fermented yeast that visibly reduces signs of aging and improves skin elasticity and protects the skin, is the key ingredient. It will leave your skin looking smooth and firm.

    Directions: After applying toner and essence, apply evenly over face until fully absorbed. Follow with moisturizer.

  3. Revitalize: Missha Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream, $30

    Source: SokoGlam

    Source: SokoGlam

    Using proven ingredients from traditional Korean herbal medicine, this gentle eye treatment cream revitalizes and brightens the eye area. It is formulated with wild ginseng, deer antlers*, and reishi mushroom. It’s also free of colorants, parabens, triclosan, mineral oil and GMOs!

    *Don’t worry, all stags grow antlers annually – they are not harmed in the process of obtaining the deer antler extract.

    Directions: Apply every morning and night after moisturizing. Gently tap the cream around the eye area.

  4. Moisturize: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream, $18

    Source: Amazon

    Source: Amazon

    Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max facial cream was ranked #1 in a blind test by the popular Korean beauty program Get It Beauty! This gel-type cream is used over your face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine. It’s made from sea water and 30 different maritime extracts, and hydrates for 24 hours!

    Directions: Apply over face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine.

Comment with your reviews! Also – be on the lookout for a skincare product giveaway.

Skincare Picks | March 2015

Did winter get the best of your skin? Fear not! These Korean skincare products will get your skin fresh and revitalized just in time for spring.

  1. Cleanse: SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $40

    Source: amazon.com

    Source: amazon.com

    A natural cleanser for all skin types that will rid your skin of everyday impurities. The Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick contains fermented damask rose extract and almost entirely natural ingredients that leave your skin feeling clean, but not dried out. Since it isn’t a liquid, it’s easy to travel with!

    Directions: Turn the dial counter-clockwise until you see about 1 cm of the stick. Rinse your face with water and massage the cleansing stick onto your face in circular motions to create a lather. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

  2. Exfoliate: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, $12

    Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

    Source: ebay.com

    This face scrub is enriched with vitamins and minerals to slough away dead skin cells and revitalize your skin.

    Directions: After cleansing, apply to face, avoiding eyes. For sensitive skin, add water or toner. Massage into skin and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

    Tip: Don’t overdo it! You should exfoliate no more than 2-3 times per week.

  3. Renew: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, $49

    Source: ebay.com

    Source: ebay.com

    The Time Revolution First Treatment Essence is without a doubt Missha’s most popular product. It promotes skin renewal and provides nutrients, leading to better elasticity.

    Directions: Apply to face and neck after cleansing. Follow with any serums, moisturizers, or creams. Can use day and night.

  4. Moisturize: Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, $45

    Source: misshaus.com

    Source: misshaus.com

    This cream contains 70% snail extract, or snail mucin. Snail mucin is one of Asia’s best-kept beauty secrets – it aids natural cell regeneration and adds moisture, leading to the treatment of blemishes, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and uneven skin tone.

    Directions: After applying any toner, essences, and/or serums, apply to skin and pat lightly until fully absorbed. For dry skin, apply over a moisturizer.

What are your Korean skincare must-haves? Comment with your favorites below, and stay tuned for product giveaways!