If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to start the daunting multi-step Korean skincare routine, then you must have been overwhelmed by both the steps and the amount of products available. It seems every day someone chooses to build your own cbd skincare brand, or use another active ingredient to help with improving the product, and K-beauty is no stranger to following the latest trends. It can all get very confusing. That’s why we narrowed down the list to the basics. Here are our top K-beauty picks for the month of January.
CosRX Aloe Vera Oil-free Moisture Cream (P850 at The Skin Care Curator)
Regardless of your skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination), and the climate you live in, everyone needs to moisturize. Due to humidity and heat, most Filipinos tend to neglect moisturizers because they can be to be too sticky. This one is a gel type that absorbs quickly, leaving virtually zero stickiness.
Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light SPF 50+ PA+++ (P498, P400 at Althea)
Sunscreen is an important aspect of Korean skincare, because of UV rays’ adverse effects (premature skin-aging and skin cancer, to name a few). Although most sunscreens leave a white-cast finish, this is one is light and non-greasy enough to be used under make-up. Apply sunscreen all over the face and neck, using tapping motions for better absorption. After this, proceed with your usual make-up routine.
Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil (P695, P610 at Althea)
NEVER go to sleep without removing your makeup. Leaving it on will lead to uneven skin tone, dryness, redness, acne, deepening of wrinkles, and other skin issues you do not want to deal with. Cleansing oil is a hassle-free way of getting rid of everything you put on your face, and can be rinsed off with tap water. To use, apply generously and rub gently. Rinse by splashing water on your skin, the oil emulsifying into a milky texture. Continue until the oil has been washed off completely.
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing pH Balance and Moisturizing 5.5 Cleanser (P370 at Althea)
After removing makeup, it’s important to continue with a balancing cleansing foam to make sure that the skin is clean and rebalanced, ready to be hydrated with a moisturizer. This is known as double cleansing. This cleanser in particular has a good pH balance of 5.5, which is in line with the ideal pH range for healthy adult skin, which ranges from 4.2 to 5.6. This is important because the higher the pH of the products you put on your skin, there are more chances of breakouts and other skin problems.
CosRX Holy Moly Snail Mask (P150 at The Skin Care Curator and BeautyMNL)
Sheets masks help maintain your skin’s good condition, especially when used more than once a week. Think of them as boosters to all the things you already applied on your face, as different masks address different skin concerns. This sheet mask in particular has snail extract and quality red ginseng, which provide better hydration for softer, bouncier, and brighter skin. Your skin will surely love all the goodness in each packet!
Written by Clara Palma and Elaine Lim / Featured photo design by Marvi Vitalis