THE PERFECT KOREAN SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR THE AUSSIE SUMMER
Summer in Australia.
It’s all about brunches, barbies, beers and beaches.There’s no better time of the year to get together with friends and family for days great outdoors and cheeky weekends away. If only our skin was as glad as we are to welcome the days of endless summer!
Caring for Aussie skin throughout summer requires a slightly different approach to other seasons (and countries), so we’ve put together a list of our favourite products, as well as the perfect Korean skincare routine for Aussie summer.
STEP 1 – OIL CLEANSE
After a day of fun in the sun, you’ll want to make sure you remove all traces of your sunscreen (and makeup if you were wearing any).
The Korean two-step cleanse is perfect for this, starting with a quick oil cleanse. We love B-LAB I’m Sorry Just Cleansing Oil to break down even the most stubborn of sunscreens.
If you’re looking to add anti-aging benefits to your skincare routine, opt for d’Alba Piedmont’s Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser, which is infused with peptides and amino acids.
If you prefer a solid balm (or need something to pack in your bag), we can’t go past Beauty of Joseon’s Radiance Cleansing Balm. It contains no silicones, parabens, sulphates or alcohol and effortlessly cleanses even the most stubborn makeup.
STEP 2 – FOAM CLEANSE
After you’re done removing your sunscreen and makeup, follow up with a foam cleanse. This helps to remove any other traces of dirt or debris.
If you’re heading on the road, pack JJ Young by Caolion’s Black Cleansing Stick. It comes in a handy, hygienic stick form that’s quick and easy to use.
If you prefer a cleanser that’s gentle with a side of soft foam, try APLB Sensitive Micro Cleansing Foam.
STEP 3 – TONE
Toning is essential to help reset skin after washing up. It also helps your skin to properly absorb the next products you apply.
If the humidity has bought out any breakouts, blackheads or congestion, use your toner to help get it under control. We love iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Toner for oily and acne prone skin.
If you’re after an anti-aging formula that will also care for summer oiliness, d’Alba Piedmont’s Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner is the perfect choice. It blends white truffles with peptides and amino acids.
STEP 4 – ESSENCE
Essence will go to work on your skin at the cellular level. With the additional stress from the sun, humidity and air-conditioning, your skin will need a little extra TLC.
For a light, nourishing layer that soothes red, irritated and sensitive skin, we love Tosowoong’s Green Tea Eco Brightening Essence.
For skin that has seen a little too much sun and heat, Benton’s cult-favourite High Content Snail Bee Essence will help.
If you’re short on time (or space in your luggage!) and want to condense your steps, try Soroci Repair Skin Softener. This beautifully gentle formula tones, repairs and hydrates, making your skin instantly softer.
STEP 5 – SERUM
Summer is not the time to be lathering on heavy serums, so opt for light layers. Choose ones that are jam-packed with active ingredients and nourishing extracts.
To tackle any new pigmentation or sun spots that have cropped up, APLB Vitamin C Serum will give you visible skin brightening results.
If you’ll be spending any time in-flight or in air-conditioning, we’d go with d’Alba Piedmont’s First Spray Serum. This is a cult Korean product that went viral after it was revealed to be the secret behind Korean airline hostesses’ hydrated complexions in flight.
If the humidity has you looking like an oil slick, Benton’s Snail Bee Ultimate Serum is the perfect fix. It treats damaged, acne-prone and rough skin perfectly without overdoing it on the hydration.
STEP 6 – MOISTURISER
Moisturisers should be kept to a light layer unless you suffer from really dry skin.
If you’ve totally cooked it at the beach, Benton’s gentle Aloe Soothing Propolis Gel will help coax skin back to life.
If you’re experiencing extra breakouts or blotchiness, iUNIK’s light gel textured Centella Calming Gel Cream is your match. Packed with 70% Centella Asiatica and 10% tea tree leaf water it takes care of skin in a fast-acting formula.
Now who’s ready for the beach?!
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