My name is Lani aka social media ninja at Memebox. I get a lot of questions from Korean skincare routine beginners who are overwhelmed by all the products. So I put together my actual everyday skincare routine for you 😉
I believe in two things: saving time and maximizing value. The products I use are efficient, easy to use, and lasts me long enough to be worth their cost.
Here’s a chart of the four steps for day and night:
First thing to keep in mind is that you must clean your face. “Double-cleansing” is an important part of Korean skincare. You clean once with oil to remove ANY makeup, then clean again to make sure those impurities are really gone.
My absolute favorite oil-based cleanser is this Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet. It’s in a balm formula aka I-don’t-drip-oil-everywhere formula. I like this because it’s not as oily as other balm cleansers I’ve tried, it’s gentle, and it gets rid of stubborn makeup. Remember to use it on DRY skin!
Next, use a gentle foam cleanser to make sure everything’s completely clean. In the morning, skip the oil cleanser and go straight to foam. This Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser doesn’t strip my skin of its natural moisture- I like 👌
If your skin’s pH isn’t balanced, it’s going to go crazy on you 😔 That’s where toners come in- they keep your skin’s pH at a happy level and softens the skin! I like this AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner because it has a spray NOZZLE ❤️ (Also because it’s gentle and keeps my skin refreshed and happy) Talk about easy application..
Don’t forget to moisturize! I like lightweight moisturizers that don’t sit on my skin for hours. I prefer not to have my hair stick all over my face, thanks 🙅 This Dynasty Cream is a best-seller for good reason. It absorbs almost instantly, smells like flowers, and is so smooth and light.
Now, if it’s daytime and you’re planning to head out, don’t ever skip the other most important part of K-beauty: SPF. Since I like my products to be efficient, I use this Beauty Shot Face Blur SPF 33 PA++ by Etude House. It’s got some sun protection, BLURRING capabilities (bye-bye pores), and gives me a subtle glow. Win-win!
Note: It’s technically a primer, but even if you don’t wear foundation, this will give your face a slightly “filtered” look, meaning it’s perfect for everyone. Also, you’d ideally want more sun protection than this, but I like my products to be multi-use and since I use an SPF foundation afterwards, it’s good enough for me!
BONUS: Once a week, kick back, relax, turn on Making a Murderer, and slap on a sheet mask for an extra boost of skincare heaven. My favorite is the BON VIVANT Botanical Mask Pack because it literally hugs my face so perfectly I forget it’s there. Seriously, can you even SEE the mask on my face??
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Oil Cleanser: BOTANIC FARM Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet
Foam Cleanser: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Cleansing Gel
Toner: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Moisturizer: BEAUTY OF JOSEON Dynasty Cream
SPF: ETUDE HOUSE Beauty Shot Face Blur SPF 33 PA++