One of my friends happen to be the infamous Edward Avila, who knows way more about beauty products than I could ever learn in a lifetime. I asked him to help me come up with a new skincare regime, and he kindly took me on a shopping spree to get the products he personally recommends. Stupid me thought we’d be only shopping at one Korean beauty store, but we ended up going to four different Korean beauty stores. Eddy told me to bring about 100,000 won (about $85 USD), and he suggested the bare minimum for me because I’d told him I wanted something simple. We ended up buying four products.
For the cleanser, Eddy suggested the Innisfree Calming Gel Cleanser with Dandelion and Green Complex for 15,000 won ($13.50 USD). The store also gave me a free sample of their facial mask. I have never used a gel-based cleanser before, so this will be an interesting experience.
Next, Eddy recommended the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner for 15,000 won ($13.50 USD). This is a toner, and Eddy went on about how it will exfoliate my face. This toner also comes with a box of cotton pad.
Eddy also told me to buy a serum, and I purchased the Skin Food Black Sugar Perfect First Serum 2X Essential for 24,000 won ($22.50 USD). Honestly, I have no idea what this serum is for, and it’s the first time I’d even heard of such thing. Eddy’s the subject-matter expert, so I’m just listening to him, haha! Anyway, the store also threw in more serum that are in travel-sized bottles.
Finally, Eddy insisted on me purchasing a sunscreen. Only, I told him I wanted a sunscreen combined with a moisturiser, and so I bought the Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun 45SPF for 7,040 won ($5.80 USD).
The Whole Stash
All of this cost me 61,040 won ($55.00 USD). Eeeek at the price! I know this is probably not a lot for some people, but for me this is quite a bit. I do hope this new regime will help my skin in the long run. I’m really thankful to Eddy for helping me, and I have to grudgingly admit the convenience of living in one of the most beauty-conscious nation of the world. But I read that a standard Korean skincare regime takes up about ten steps . . . O_O; Four is enough for me!
Do you use any Korean beauty products? Which ones do you like? Do you do follow a ten-step regime?