As the Korean skincare routine takes the West by storm – with Hollywood A-listers swearing by its 10-step regime – Team Y brings you a simplified version that will have you glowing both inside and out.
Cleopatra may have bathed in milk, and Marie Antoinette had her powders of white, but it’s the seemingly-porcelain agelessness of Asian skincare routines that have stood the test of time. Now the rest of us are finally catching on to what women in countries such as Japan and Korea do every day.
One such practice – the Korean skincare routine – also known as ‘K-beauty’, is gaining traction with fans and fashionistas from Hollywood to Bollywood. If you don’t have time to follow its intense 10-step programme (for both day and night!) here’s how to get the same results in half the steps.
There’s nothing better than H20 to purify your skin and wash away excess build-up from makeup or natural skin oils. It also keeps your pores hydrated, which helps give skin that coveted ‘dewy’ appearance.
So, you’ve just splashed your face with a good dose of water. Keep your skin hydrated and avoid dryness by using a gentle toner to even out your skin’s pH balance. It also helps stave off build-up throughout the day from the other facial products in your daily routine.
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If there’s a skin-fix you’re looking for, there’s probably a serum designed to address it. From dark circles, to redness, to wrinkles; these concentrated solutions offer a power-punch of ingredients to tackle even the toughest problem areas.
We love: Botanics Hydration Burst with Clary Sage Light Serum
The skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest and most sensitive on our face. It’s also most prone to wrinkles and crow’s feet, undereye swelling, and dark circles. Regular daily use of an eye cream helps keep skin hydrated and supple.
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Sun damage can be insidious – and our faces bear the burden of UV damage most dearly. By using a moisturiser containing SPF not only will it keep your skin hydrated, but you’re also protected from those damaging rays.
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