We started our series with STYLE STORY’s R&D Consultant Sandy, who with sensitive / combination skin is looking for a skincare routine that hydrates and prevents blackheads and redness.
Our next Skin Story is from SS Founder Lauren.
Skin type: Dehydrated, Sensitive and Acne Prone (lucky me!)
Skin goals: To prevent breakouts, minimise the appearance of pores and blackheads, hydrate and moisturise my skin.
Fun fact about my skincare: I adore honey-based products and love a good sheet mask!
Having suffered from bad breakouts and acne scarring as a teenager, I looked to skincare products to help repair my skin.
One of the benefits of having bad skin at a young age was that I learnt early on how to take care of my skin, and which products work best with my skin type.
My key concerns remain to minimise acne, and prevent and reduce scarring. I also like to keep my skin looking soft and smooth.
Depending on how much time I have in the mornings, I customise my routine. Most days, it involves:
Cleansing: My favourite cleanser is Subi's Brightening Powder Wash because it is the ideal pH balanc for my skin. This is important for acne-prone skin, as it helps keep bacteria out and moisture in.
Toner: Jelly Ko Dewy Glaze Toner is great because it has a hydrating formula that doesn’t dry my skin out.
Moisturiser: Jelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream is great for dry skin and layers well under makeup.
Cleanse 1: My oil-based cleanser is Subi Bare Skin Balm. This does a great job of taking my makeup off, as well as any build-up from the day.
Cleanse 2: I use the same powder cleanser again at night.
Toning: Jelly Ko Dewy Glaze Toner is great because it has a hydrating formula that doesn’t dry my skin out.
Essence: LJH Tea Tree 90 Essenceprevents breakouts and calms my skin with its high tea tree content.
Moisturiser: I use the same moisturiser day and night.
Face Mask: My favourite mask is our Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask.
In my job, I’m lucky to get to try new Korean Beauty products all the time. However, not all products are built the same and some ‘Holy Grail’ products that work for others don’t necessarily work for me. What I look for in a top Korean beauty product are the ingredients and it’s compatibility with my skin type. I love products that contain honey and propolis extract, because they work wonders on my dry skin.
I discovered Korean Beauty products years ago when studying in Seoul. As a broke student, the staff at the K-Beauty stores in Korea used to load me up with samples – I got to try so many different products for free that way!
I found that the products worked so much better than the western products I was previously using but had the same ingredients as luxury western products literally five times the price. It wasn’t long before I swapped my whole skincare routine over to Korean Beauty products – and I’ve never looked back!
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