Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share a full k-beauty skincare routine for $50. K-beauty, short for Korean beauty, is famous for having moisturizing, soothing, and hydrating ingredients while also being much cheaper than its global competitors. It's also famous for the many steps in the k-beauty skincare routine, but not all those steps are necessary when you are starting out! There are k-beauty skincare products for all different skin types - combination, sensitive, oily, and dry skin - and target a broad range of skin problems.
This routine is targeted for maximum hydration, which is one of the most effective ways to improve the quality of your skin. If you have different and more specific skin concerns (redness, hyperpigmentation, breakouts, etc) you might want to supplement this routine, or switch out certain products for a product that targets your specific problem. But, if your skin is dull, lifeless, super dry OR super oily, I recommend this routine to getting your skin to a point where it is healthy and retaining lots of moisture.
This routine includes a cleanser, a toner, a cream, and a sunscreen for only $50! This routine will likely work better than one $50 product at Sephora. As with all skincare products, make sure you test each product on a small area of skin to test if you have any reaction to it before using it all over your skin!
This is the Cleansing Story Natural Foam Cleanser from the brand Kwailnara. This brand isn't super well-known in the west yet but they are a staple in Korea. Since a cleanser is only on your skin for a few minutes, you want something that will effectively remove any dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, without being too stripping and without breaking you out. This cruelty-free cleanser checks all the boxes.
You only need a small amount to lather up and leaves your skin feeling very fresh and smooth. The way you want to use this is to use a small amount of water, rub your hands together to lather up the foam, and gently rub the cleanser into your face, making small circles. Then rinse off thoroughly and you'll be ready for the next step! This is such a great staple foam cleanser that gets the job done without anything fancy and unnecessary in it that might cause trouble or breakouts for your skin. The price is great too, and this cleanser will last you a long time!
A must-have in the k-beauty skincare lineup is a moisturizing toner. This step makes a huge difference in adding back moisture to your skin. It seems annoying to have another step here, but a great toner makes a huge difference to repairing your moisture barrier. There are different types of toners, but I prefer to use a toner that is focused on adding hydration. Toners are usually thinner than a lotion or cream and absorbs quickly, so for me it's important that the toner I use is great at providing and locking in moisture since it's typically the first step after your cleanser.
The Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Active Toner does a great job at keeping your skin hydrated for the whole day and is very affordable! It has a slightly gel-like texture, but still absorbs quickly. If your skin needs more hydration, I like to layer this toner on itself - apply two to three drops to your skin, pat it in and let dry, then repeat with a few more layers until your skin has absorbed a lot of this toner! This toner will help even out any super dry or super oily parts of your skin. If it gets hot during the summer where you live and your skin has been getting more hydrated, you could even just skip the next step (adding a cream)!
The Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack is a favorite among the k-beauty community and for good reason. It is intended as a last step in your skincare routine, locking in all the moisture and treatment you've added and providing a barrier with the outside world to keep all the hydration in. What this results in is moist, hydrated, and soft skin in the morning. The great thing about this product is that it isn't greasy or shiny like other sleeping packs, so you can use it in the daytime as well! All you have to do is to decrease the amount you'd use in the daytime compared to your nighttime routine.
The Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack is the perfect product for its effectiveness and versatility and will help your skin's moisture barrier repair itself quickly! The product also lasts a long time and works as great as its high-end competitors.
Last but certainly not least, you absolutely need a sunscreen in your skincare routine! Sunscreen may seem like one of those things that you only throw on when you go to the beach, but it's important that you wear sunscreen daily. Sun exposure is one of the biggest factors in ruining your skin. It not only causes dry skin, redness, and sunburns, it will eventually damage your structural collagen, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. A lot of people don't like to wear sunscreen because it is often greasy, doesn't absorb well, and has a strong scent. It also makes wearing makeup difficult because of the greasy texture. But, Korean sunscreens are much more user friendly and make it a joy to put on sunscreen!
The Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreen is one of the best and affordable k-beauty sunscreens. It is unscented, absorbs well, and works well under makeup. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which retains over 1,000 times its weight in water which is perfect for keeping moisture in your skin. On top of everything, it has a great SPF rating to protect against UV rays. It almost feels like a light cream and is so much nicer to use than conventional sunscreens. Never forget adding a sunscreen to your morning skincare routine to prevent further damage to your skin!