I remember my mum’s cousin from Hong Kong introduced me to Vichy hydrating serum several years ago, my skin was dry from pollution, visible broken capillaries, clusters of freckles and dark spots. I didn’t have a skincare routine (couldn’t care less at that time), I thought a 2-step skincare routine was all you need to have great looking skin; cleanse and moisturise, I was wrong. Mum’s cousin was in her 50s and had amazing flawless skin, super hydrated, radiant, youthful and she rarely wear makeup. So, I followed her advice, apply serum daily, day and night, and I haven’t look back since.
Having tried and tested different serum products with neh results, I started to explore into the world of Korean skincare products on my endless trips to Hong Kong, a shopping haven for discovering International skincare brands that aren’t available to buy in the UK. With so much research and reading reviews on various platforms, there are so many to choose from and I literally exhausted my search for ‘the one’. In the end I found something I really committed to, Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, it’s rated as one of the best selling skincare products in Korea, this wonderful serum has been my go-to skin-thirst for 2 years and on my third bottle, good thing is it’s organic. I managed to get my hands on more products from other brands to add into my 10-step skincare routine, a Korean-style skincare routine which I started following religiously 2 years ago.
Serums, acid, concentrate, essence. I can’t live without them. It made a huge difference on my skin; more radiant, plump, hydrated and healthier, perfect for creating flawless canvas for makeup. I’m no skincare expert, I can vouch for the fact they’re awesome for everyday skincare routine.
Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence – one of the key essential steps of skincare routine inspired by the Asian skincare routine, this lightweight, concentrated watery-essence helps to boost hydration, radiance and brighter complexion. The essence is packed with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, organic grape water, and white peony. I have a 150ml at home which I use it to refill my travel sized bottle. Best to use immediately after cleansing and toner, morning and evening.
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum – the serum says it all, frankly the best eco-friendly serum I’ve ever used. It’s a moisturising serum made from 100% organic green tea and green tea seeds in Jeju Island, South Korea. My skin feels supple, moisturised, healthier and hydrated like never before. Great for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin, dehydration, skin irritation, prone to redness and prickly heat, it also act as after sun. Best to use after toner or essence, morning and evening.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Complex II* and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Complex II* – a PR sent me a sample (the first generation one) to try a few years ago, I have to admit, I didn’t have a good experience with the face serum, the formula was too rich for my sensitive skin resulting to breakouts around the eyes, as it turned out I applied it wrongly…with a thick dollop of serum rather a couple drops. I was still a skincare novice back then. It wasn’t until this summer when the PR got in touch with me and offered to send me the second generation advance night repair serum and eye serum to try. I pitched my arm hard and decided to gave it a whirl for a few months, for my nightly skincare routine. Suffice to say my skin and around my eyes has improved a lot and amazingly youthful. My skin looks plumper, firmer, and brighter the next morning. Best to use after cleansing, toner or sheet mask, evening.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – the best affordable product that delivers great results. I use it to lock in the moisture after applying serum, on dry days, air-con environment, and on long haul flights. Best to use after serum or before creams.
Decleor Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate* – I hear great things about the concentrate serum both online and offline, it has featured on QVC (yes I watch it) numerous times. I love the smell of the concentrate serum, smells like luxurious spa, very calming and soothing. It’s packed with orange blossom essential oil, pea extract, hyaluronic acid, balanced with chamomile, and rose floral water. The concentrate serum is more like the essence and moisturising serum combined in one, in Asia they call it ampoule or booster serum. Sounds rich for the skin, I would use when my skin feels disgusting. Best to use after toner or essence, or before serum, morning or evening.
If you’re interested in knowing what products I use in my 10-step Korean-style skincare routine, leave a comment below or drop me a message on Instagram @styleslicker, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
*Thank you Estee Lauder and Decleor for sending me the products to try.