Purpose: Massaged into dry skin, it removes makeup and any other oil-based debris like sunscreen and pollution particles, as well as boosts microcirculation. Add lukewarm water to emulsify and rinse off.
Try: Moonshot Perfect Cleansing Oil ($33, 250ml)
Purpose: The second part of the famous double cleanse, it lifts away impurities, like residual makeup, sweat and grime, when applied to and massaged into wet skin to maintain good skin health.
Try: Sephora Collection Radiance Cleansing Foam ($19, 150ml)
Purpose: It cleans out clogged pores and excess oil, sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin, and supports cell renewal. With normal skin, you can exfoliate gently up to three times a week; just once for sensitive skin, please. Focus on the blackheads on your nose and visible pores in the cheek area.
Try: IDS Facial Scrub ($62, 50ml)
Purpose: After double cleansing and exfoliation, you need to rehydrate your skin. An often overlooked step, toning or softening protects against dryness, rebalances pH levels after thorough cleansing, and preps skin to better absorb the rest of your skincare.
Try: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($69, 250ml)
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Purpose: Truly the heart of Korean skincare, and more watery in consistency than a serum, it enhances, strengthens and protects the skin's moisture barrier against dehydration.
Try: Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid ($66, 150ml)
Purpose: Not everyone needs this step. Commonly thicker than essences, such products are usually used as spot treatments for specific conditions, like tackling dehydration, reducing the appearance of dark spots, discolorations and acne scars, or smoothing out fine lines.
Try: Laneige White Dew Original Ampoule Essence ($80, 40ml)
Purpose: One of the quickest ways to help dull, tired skin appear more vibrant and youthful is to use sheet masks, which are made to remedy specific needs, including replenishing moisture, soothing irritated skin, making lines less obvious, brightening and increasing radiance, and firming skin.
Infused with an intense amount of fortifying serums or essences, they allow the ingredients to absorb into skin more effectively because they prevent evaporation. They should be placed over cleansed and toned skin twice or more times a week; some women use them daily - and different ones to tackle different issues. However, they shouldn't be left on for longer than stated on the pack. If the mask dries out, it will start sucking moisture out from the skin.
Try: For Beloved Girl Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask ($16 for three)
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Purpose: All of that rubbing of the skin around our eyes can lead to dark circles, crow's feet and puffiness. Depending on the product you choose, it could focus on everything from fine lines to dark circles. Gently tapped and patted around the entire orbital bone with the ring finger, an eye cream helps to fend off such issues while improving the appearance of what's already obvious.
Try: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate ($98, 15ml)
Purpose: This helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also soothes and improves texture and clarity while locking in moisture - the key to supple, youthful-looking skin. You'll need two: one for first thing in the morning and a richer cream or sleeping mask before bedtime.
Try: Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion ($24.90, 170ml) and Hydrating Milk ($24.90, 140ml)
Purpose: Don't wait until you see wrinkles or other problems! Smearing lots of sunscreen across your face and neck every morning, rain or shine, is the best thing you can do for your skin. It decreases the chances of sunburn and skin cancer, as well as helps prevent dark spots and other visible signs of ageing.
Use at least SPF30 and reapply when necessary. Makeup with built-in sunscreen adds another layer of protection. Note: SPF indicates the level of protection from UVB rays, while PA indicates the level of protection from UVA rays. PA+++ means high UVA protection; ++ is moderate and +, low.
Try: Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50 With Cellular Response Technology ($27, 71ml)
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