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Intro to the K-beauty skincare routine

By Simone Limbu

K-beauty may already sound familiar to many people, which is the umbrella
term for beauty products made in Korea. K-beauty has steadily gained
popularity in the UK and it is now available in high-street beauty stores such as
Boots and Superdrug, as well as on luxury websites such as Selfridges and
Cult Beauty.

Here’s a list of coveted products you need in your skincare routine that won’t
take forever to arrive at your door.

Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser, 100ml

This cleanser keeps your skin soft and hydrated without stripping it of its natural moisture. The built-in pump foams the cleanser into a luxurious lather, requiring less rubbing on the face to create bubbles, resulting in less irritation. It is ideal for all skin types.

£15.5 (Shop Now)

Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Toner, 180ml

This toner Is jam-packed with ceramides – the lipids which act as an barrier to lock moisture into the skin, preventing from dryness and irritation. The pH level is 5.5 resembles the human natural skin pH level which helps protect the skin barrier and keep it healthy.

£19.95 (Shop Now)

COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule, 30ml

Ampoules are the more concentrated version of serum. This ampoule contains 83% of  black bee propolis extract which is known for its anti-bacterial and moisturising properties. It helps to calm the inflammed skin and heals them, making it ideal for acne-prone skin as well as your bank account. £20 (Shop Now)

Jumiso All Day Vitamin Brightening and Balancing Facial Serum, 30ml

Jumiso vitamin serum is a non-water based and high concentration serum. The texture is super light and helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and acne scars. The serum also contains hyaluronic acid for hydration and centella asiatica for a soothing effect.

£22.50 (Shop Now)

AHC Aqualuronic Cream, 50ml

AHC is a new skincare line in UK. The Aqualuronic cream is designed to hydrate the skin while also plumping it by penetrating deep layers of skin. It is clinically proven to help even skin tone and improve elasticity. It has a light and non-sticky gel texture that is ideal for the upcoming summer days.  £31.99 (Shop Now)

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask EX, 25ml

Laneige, if I recall correctly, was one of the first Korean beauty brands to enter Western markets. This eye sleeping mask is essentially an eye gel/serum with a cooling ceramic applicator that helps to moisturise the delicate skin of the area and reduce puffiness. It can be applied on both day and night.

£28 (Shop Now)

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, 20g

This Laneige lip sleeping mask is one of my favourite lip care items – I’ve been using for years! It has four flavours: Berry, Apple Lime, Grapefruit and Mint Choco. This lip balm repairs and soothes the flaky bits that I get from wearing face masks. All I need to do in the morning is gently exfoliate my lips with cotton or a paper towel and my lips are soft and supple. It also comes with a cute spatula applicator that you can use instead of digging into it with your fingers, making it more hygienic.

£16.80 (Shop Now)