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My Korean Skin Care Haul

I finally updated my skin care! For anyone who’s interested in how I prep my skin.

First thing you need to know is my skin type, I’m prone to acne and I have mostly normal to oily skin. I get breakouts on my forehead, my nose, cheeks and my chin. All these breakouts, I hide with concealer, blemish creams and foundation.

To treat my skin and lessen breakouts, here are my favorite skin care products from different Korean brands.

1. Etude House AC Clinic White-Trouble Bubble Cleanser

First thing you need to do is wash your face. For oily skin, I recommend that you choose water based or gel based cleanser. Try to look for products that are mild and won’t irritate your sensitive skin so much.

What I’m loving these days are foam cleansers. They’re already in foam state which means, you no longer have to foam it on your face, hence, less stress on your skin.

Plus, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry and stretchy. It gives a feeling of fresh and dewy skin.


1.Wet your face with warm water to open up pores.

2.Wash your face with cleanser for 2 minutes. 

3.Rinse it with cold water for 4 minutes.

4. Pat dry with towel/cotton shirt or you can pat dry your face with fingers and let the water be absorbed by skin.

2. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

Wonder Pore Freshner is my holy grail for toners. This is because it is still one of the best selling toners among Koreans.

First time I used it, it reduced my breakouts and the appearance of blackheads. It is quite pricey but, I assure you it’s all worth it.


1. Apply small amount of toner to cotton.

2. Move cotton in circular motions paying special attention to chin, nose and cheeks (or where you are prone to whiteheads and pimples).

3. Spray it on your face when you need a refreshing.

3. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Aloe Vera Gel are new releases from your favorite Korean brand. I love this one from Nature Republic because it smells so good and it’s the cheapest among the brands.

I use this as a moisturizer and sort of a spot on gel to my pimples. It lessens the redness of my skin and calms it.

You can also use it for your hair and body!

4. Etude House Eye’s Cream

I use it mainly for my under eyes when I feel like my eyes are tired and before going to sleep. It’s a roll-on and its small so it’s very handy to bring.

5. Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Water and Pink Powder Spot

I swear by these two products to remove my pimples. I use the water during the day and the powder spot before I go to sleep.

It dries us your pimples and lightens the spots. Its non-comedogenic meaning, you won’t get breakouts from your other breakouts. Like have you ever experienced a pimple growing beside your existing pimple because you irritated it? That won’t happen because it does not only heals pimples, it prevents them from spreading.

Well I’m happy it works on me. :)

6. Nature Republic Charcoal Mask

I use this once or twice a week, when I feel like I have so much gunk on face even after washing. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean.

This is the perfect mask if you are prone to whiteheads and blackheads or if you want your pores to tighten.

7. Face masks, patches and strips

And last but not the least, you need weekly or even daily pampering by using face masks. You can also try patches for your specific problems. Like if you have puffy eyes, use eye patches. If you have blackheads, you can use pore strips.

And that’s it! That sums up my skin care routine. I hope you learned something from this! And if you could recommend more Korean skin care products, I would love to hear about it!

I will be posting my Korean Make Up haul next. Stay posted! :)

Decoding Skin Care Pt.2                                        ||Oily Skin||

If you’re not sure about your skin type, you can read Pt.1 to figure it out (it’s not super vague or complicated, dw.) 

                       ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED ARE BELOW $20

  1. Don’t wash your face with soap more than 2 times a day. This just leads to you stripping your face excessively, and your pores over-produce oil to make up for it.
  2. Use a low-pH cleaner. I know this sounds suuuper high maintenance and sciencey, but it can make a world of difference. Basically, facial skin has a pH of around 5, and most alkaline cleansers (ones that foam very well) have one close to 9.                                                                                 Try cleansers like this. 
  3. Always. Moisturize. One of the reasons skin overproduces said oil is because, again, you’re taking away that hydrating barrier. 
  4. Use a non-comodogenic moisturizer. Since your pores are bound to produce more oil anyway, blocking them will only cause sebum to accumulate and cause closed comodones.                                              Try moisturizers like this and this to prevent that. 
  5. EXFOLIATE. Oily skin is way more prone to buildup, so physically exfoliate around once a week, and chemically exfoliate (with AHA and BHA products) to keep those dead skin cells out of yo life.
  6. Use an oil-based cleanser first (to remove makeup/dirt/sunscreen) before your regular (low pH) cleanser. This is better than micellar water etc because the oil binds with the oil/sebum on your face and very gently deep cleanses. This one is a cult favourite.

Overall, this skin is most likely to retain its elasticity over time, so you’ll be thankful when you’re 30!