Chapter 10: Korean Skin Care Routine on a Budget

Beauty Book

Did you end 2018 maxing out your credit card on holiday gifts, parties or travel plans? Or do you just have frugal habits? If your New Year’s resolution includes investing in skin care, but you don’t have sufficient funds, then you’re in luck. You can follow this quick and easy Korean skin care routine packed with products that won’t take a toll on your bank account.

When following a Korean skin care routine on a budget, try to downsize to a few essential steps like cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting skin. This way, you can get the most out of your regimen without hurting your wallet.

Here’s to looking good in 2019 while saving money along the way!

(Note: I‘ve included each product’s YesStyle list price but those might change if there’s a sale)

Step 1: Cleanser

Healthy skin begins with cleansing – skip it and you’re asking for irritations and breakouts! The good thing about cleansers is that they don’t need to stay on your skin longer than a minute, so splurging on a pricey one isn’t necessary. Look for a cleanser that thoroughly but gently washes off all the dirt and excess oil on your face, like MIZON’s Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser. In addition to keeping your skin bacteria-free, it packs added benefits like mild exfoliation and extra hydration thanks to its papaya and green tea extracts.

If you wear a lot of makeup daily, you can also start with an oil cleanser like iUNIK’s Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil (as long as you’ve got room in your budget) to make sure that your makeup is fully dissolved.

MIZON – Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser (US$9.9)

Etude House – Soon Jung pH6.5 Whip Cleanser (US$10.9)

InnisfreeJeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam (US$13.9)

Step 2: Toner

The pH balance of your skin can get thrown off if you use harsh cleansers. In order to restore your skin’s balance, a toner comes in handy. For some, using a toner may seem optional but it’s extremely beneficial for skin. Apply a toner post-cleansing to keep skin hydrated and prepare it for the next steps of your routine.

Loved by so many YesStyle customers, Secret Key’s Fresh Nature Toner is a great, inexpensive choice. Not only does it provide moisture but it also helps keep skin firm, smooth and bright, thanks to its milk protein, glycerin, green tea, soybean and berry extracts. The toner also doesn’t contain any chemicals that are harmful to skin such as parabens, alcohol and mineral oil – it’s perfect if you have sensitive skin.

Secret Key – Fresh Nature Toner (US$7.51)

THE FACE SHOPNew: Rice & Ceramide Moisturizing Toner (US$12.9)

Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 90% Toner by Nature Republic (US$12.9)

Bonus Step: Sheet Mask

This doesn’t necessarily fit into a budget-friendly plan but if you’d like to treat yourself, even for just a week, you can add a sheet mask to your routine. Sheet masks are easy to incorporate, especially into an already simple regimen.

Each mask is infused with a high concentration of essence or serum that gives skin a boost of hydration, leaving you with a radiant glow. You’ll also find added benefits in different types of sheet masks, such as brightening, firming, enhancing elasticity, soothing irritated skin or revitalizing fatigued skin.

Holika Holika – Pure Essence Mask Sheet (US$3.9/each)

A’PIEU – Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask (US$2.9/each)

PUREDERM – Circle Mask (US$5.9/each)

Step 4: Moisturizer

What happens if you skip moisturizer? Your skin is left dry, tight and prone to external damage. The main purpose of a moisturizer is to seal moisture and nutrients in. You can reserve a larger chunk of your budget for a day or night cream as they do more than just moisturize; they can simultaneously provide brightening, anti-aging, soothing and calming benefits.

Dear, Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Cream is a foolproof product as it restores skin’s hydration balance, reduces visible signs of irritation or redness, and diminishes the appearance of pores. Even though it sits on the pricier end, it’s definitely worth trying!

SOME BY MI – H7 Hydro Max Cream (US$15.9)

Etude House – Moistfull Collagen Cream (US$19.9)

Dear, Klairs – Rich Moist Soothing Cream (US$24.5)

Step 5: Sunscreen

The last product that’s an absolute must-buy is sunscreen. Don’t wait until you start seeing skin damage to use sunscreen because in the long run, you’ll end up spending more on recovery or treatments!

Prevention is key. While it’s still early, protect your skin against all the harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen daily. Whether it’s winter or a cloudy day out, don’t leave the house without applying your daily dose of sunscreen. The sun may not be shining as bright as it did in the summer but that doesn’t stop it from causing havoc!

There’s no need to go for a pricey sunscreen, as long as it does the job of shielding your skin. You can easily find ones that fit your budget and are lightweight enough for everyday wear.

A’PIEU – Madecassoside Sun Cream SPF39 PA++ (US$10.9)

MISSHA – All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45 PA+++ (US$10.9)

Etude House – Sunprise Must Daily Lotion SPF50+ PA+++ (US$19.9)

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