Korean Beauty Routine Part 2: Daytime Skincare

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Hi everyone! Some of you may remember my sad little post about Korean Beauty inspired skincare, where you could read all about cleansing. Today, after a few long weeks, I’m back with the next part in which we’re going to talk a bit about daytime skincare. Ready? Here are the the steps to follow:

  1. Toning

As you may have already figured out, double cleansing, although definitely effective, can be a bit harsh on our skin. To bring back its natural Ph, we should use a toner after cleansing, it really is super important as it calms down our slightly irritated skin and prepares it for the next steps. The toner I am using currently is BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx which has been super popular all over the Internet. Worth the hype? I don’t think so. It is good but not necessarily better than any high street brand up there and if you think it’s your magic wand which makes all the blackheads disappear… well, one can dream! Before this one I was using the Pore Minimising Toner by Simple and it worked equally well for a quarter of the price so you know… it’s best to have a few different options and find out what works best for your skin! Generally, if you have acne/blackhead-prone skin, try and look for the products with BHA.

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  1. Serum/ Essence/ Ampoule

When your skin is still slightly damp after the toner, it’s time for using the essence, serum or ampule. The formulas are quite similar to one another and whichever you choose is a matter of personal preference. The idea is, you apply the thinnest product first so that it penetrates the skin deeply and prepares it for the thicker ones. What I also like to do is blending some vitamin C powder into my serum for an extra boost! The serum I am using now is by Innisfree and I really like it, the fresh scent of green tea makes it feel super ‘clean’ too! As for western brands, I’d definitely recommend French cosmetics, my favourite products are by Avene, but whichever you invest in, your skin will be thankful.

  1. Eye cream

When your serum gets completely absorbed, what you need to do is to tap in some eye cream. I keep mine in the fridge as it helps to reduce dark circles I usually master as well as puffiness so you may want to give it a go yourselves. As for Korean creams I find Snail Repair Eye Cream by Mizon being the best value for price although I don’t really have a favourite product. Any recommendations?

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  1. Face Cream

It’s good to take a note that Korean face creams are usually thicker and richer than the ones we’re used to so they are perfect for dry to normal skin, but if your skin is oily or even combination you may find them too heavy, especially in the summer. In that case, try using gels or water-based creams as they tend to be much lighter. Also, you may still want to try out Korean creams as a part of your nighttime routine, they are perfect for that. The cream I am currently using is Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Nutritive Cream With Snail Extract, which is nice, although my all time favourite product by Missha is their Geum Sul Vitalizing Day Cream. I have to say, I absolutely love the brand and how expensive it feels with all that pretty packaging (although it’s actually rather affordable to mid-range). All Missha creams also come with cute tiny spatulas which is just super duper convenient and hygienic.

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  1. Sun Protection

Last but perhaps most important of all skincare routine steps is the UV protection. It is absolutely essential to protect your skin from sun damage, premature ageing, darkening, let alone those nasty diseases. I religiously use SPF50 day in day out all year round, but I’m still yet to find my favourite product, do you have any suggestions? Most brands I’ve tried are good but not great so even if they are all decent as a makeup base, they make my skin a bit shiny sooner or later (and no, I don’t mean the “healthy glow” in case you wonder!).

In here you should probably expect a nice little picture of my suncream… Hell, no. The white plastic bottle of my good old Eucerin looks so damn cheap in comparison to all those Asian jars that I just can’t bring myself to putting it here lol… sorry!

Anyway, these are all the skincare steps to follow after (double) cleansing, I hope it was at least a bit interesting for you. If you’d like me to do another post on my weekly routine (sheet masks anyone??) let me know in the comments but if you reckon I should simply shut up and leave skincare to people who actually know something about it I’m happy to proceed, too! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! x

  • Great post on facial products! I have finally gotten into a routine of cleansing my face and these are all great suggestions!

  • Tiffany Bailey

    I’m with you on the simple toner I find it beats many more expensive! Does the Snail eye cream have snail stuff in it?!

    • Simple products are usually rather good, aren’t they! And yes, the eye cream does actually 80% snail mucin! Super gross, I know 😀

  • Dieter Hovorka

    Your Blog is well made, seems like the audience will be happy to read valuable content. Keep your great work up, cheers Dieter

  • Yiotou_La

    These are familiar brands, I started using korean products a while ago and I am really impressed with the results.


  • I am always up for learning about new skincare products/routines! I like to tweak the products I use every once in awhile. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about various Korean skincare lines – I really need to give some of the products a go one day. And thank you for your honest reviews on the products!

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment Lindsey! Korean and French cosmetics are my favourite ones, Asians are always a few steps ahead! Please let me know if you decide to try Korean products, I’d love to hear about your experience! x

  • Never heard that theory to be honest. If you’re happy without it- good for you!- I personaly find my skin a bit more sensitive after double cleansing so can’t imagine going without toner, everyone is different though. And I can understand ‘lazy’ 😉

  • Louise Curtis

    Wow these products look good, I have never used a toner and might try this one! X

  • Teaspoon of Nose

    I’m definitely going to have to check out that toner! I live in a dry place, but it’s so hot that I sweat constantly and need something to clean my face without further drying my skin out.

  • livcurti

    I think I need to give my facial routine a bit of an upgrade, I’m far too lazy! Gutted you didn’t rate the BHA toner, I’ve read such rave reviews about it. Also, thanks for the tip about the eye cream, I hadn’t thought of doing that but it makes total sense!

    • It’s not a bad product at all, just not as ‘miraculous’ as the internet makes it sound so I don’t see the point of spending over 20 quid for something that works like the products I can get for 6 if that makes sense 🙂 I hope the eye cream tip works for you! Xx

  • Claire Lee

    I actually use the snail repair ice cream, not the same brand but those are excellent. I like innisfree green tea serum too, as it smells so good and fresh.

    • Oh, happy to hear you share my enthusiasm for Korean brands, they are always super innovative, aren’t they Xx

  • Great post! I like everything you mentioned. I love Korean skincare brands.

  • Great routine and the products look so nice, i have not tried any of these yet. Thumbs up for the weekly routine 🙂

  • Jeenu Pillai

    Wow! A great post. I would definitely recommend this to most of the female friends of mine. Great job!

  • Megan Ogden

    I need a good face routine besides washing it with face wash in the shower lol!

  • Alison Rost

    What wonderful tips about how to care for our skin. Between the pool and the garden, my skin is definitely in need of some extra TLC and a my daily regimen. I’ve never thought about keeping my eye cream in the fridge .. that one I’m excited to try! x

  • Kim Gammage

    These products look awesome, just curious to know what goes into them as I’ve got to be really carful what I put on my skin.

    • Nothing controversial as far as I know but if your skin has any special requirements I guess is best to google the ingredients and study them carefully so as not to cause yourself any harm x

  • Elegant Duchess

    Lovely post, I love exploring new products
    Thank you for sharing

  • Brittani Douglas

    I really enjoyed your post on skin care. I prefer toner by simple or really toner by any inexpensive brand, I’ve found they work better with my skin. i really liked your tip with the eye cream and storing it in the fridge to help reduce dark circles and puffiness.

  • ⓖene ⓡose

    Koreans are way too serious when it comes to beauty products. Like the one with snail stuff. 😛 I’ve only tried face masks from Korean, might as well try one of these!

    • Snail stuff sounds super gross doesn’t it! But I guess it’s such a big thing for a reason… they are always so much ahead of us, like with the BB cream, Koreans had been using it as a part of their daily routine before the rest of the world got crazy about it.. well, same with sheet masks actually 🙂 x

  • Catvills

    Thanks for sharing your reviews on the products. I don’t really have a set night time beauty routine but I guess it is never to late to start. I would like to try that Super Aqua face cream.

  • Shanika G-White

    Wow! These look like great products! I get so overwhelmed when looking for beauty products and I enjoy posts like these to help! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • What about Face Powder Foundations with Sun Protection(100% Pure, Lilylolo)?

    • Hi Maja, what about them, could you please specify what you mean? I did mention the sun protection in the post and as for foundation it is no longer skincare, just makeup so I’m not going to cover the subject (not soon anyway- my makeup is always very minimal so I have much more experience with skincare), hope this makes sense! x

      • 🙂 Face powder with SP can replace a SP cream… but yes you are right, this is makeup, not skincare (especially unuseful on no-makeup day :))

        • Oh I see what you mean now! 🙂 Tbh I don’t know much about makeup (enjoying my makeup free day now with a sheet mask slepped on my face instead haha) and I’m not even aware of foundations containing very high SPF. My foundation’s SPF is I think 30 but then my suncream is 50+ so i wouldn’t like to replace it with anything lower… but then, I’m a sun protection freak! Just out of curiousity, are there any powder foundations for very light skin with high SPF you could recommend (are there any at all?!)? I have to admit, skipping even one step of these sounds quite tempting! x

          • :)) I use Lilylolo but it is only 15 (I think), but… looking for something higher! 🙂

  • Sona Sethi

    I love korean products. They do a great job at cosmetics and facial products.

  • Ooo thanks for sharing your routine! Visiting South Korea for the first time ever! I am definitely going to have to pick up some of these goodies, especially that Missha sunscreen! 🙂

    xo, Chloe

    • Hi Chloe, how exciting! Not quite sure which cream you mean as I didn’t mention any sunscreen by Missha , however I’m sure whatever you go for it will be a lot of fun 😉

  • Chinedu Agwu

    Wow interesting post! It certainly makes me want to re-evaulate my skin care routine. I will look into these products. Thank you!

  • Great cleansing routine but I am intrigued with the snail cream, does it really have snails in it???

    • Haha, nooo, no snails 😉 Just the snail mucin =) Sounds gross but it’s such a big thing in Korea so I guess it’s for a reason 🙂 x

  • Raquel Sosnovich

    I absolutely love all of these products. Especially the green tea seed serum! I love everything about green tea so I’m sure this product is amazing!

  • Ellis Ellis

    I’m glad I read your post. I’m obsessed with skin care products and I love to try all kind of products from well known brands to the less expensive choices. I’m really ashamed that I haven’t try any Avene products so far but I will give it a go

  • A good tip to remember that Korean moisturisers are often heavier or richer!

  • Vladvaida.com

    Great post with advices! I started taking more care of my skin and I’m still looking for some products, thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  • RhonRhon

    I have some Innisfree and Tony Moly products. And I LOVE my Korean sheet masks. I found that the serum was a little too much for my face but in general I love Korean beauty products.

  • David E

    There are so many different creams for so many different things it’s hard to remember. Although I am enjoying getting to learn about them all because my daughter is getting to about that age where she is going to be wondering as well.

    • Awww, it’s so sweet of you to learn all those things for her, she’s super lucky to have you as her dad! x

  • Hal Yusuf

    ok so i do use different products i always have which suits my skin type – but i can see your post is very informative for people who don’t know anything about korean products

  • I absolutely love this post! I’ve heard such wonderful things about Korean skin care and beauty routines! I definitely want to try this eye cream too.

  • kathryn Maher

    I’m guilty of not using toner I’m afraid. I’ve never really figured out what advantage it is. Eye cream on the other hand is invaluable to me .Most importantly of all though is my SPF products. I love these products you’ve showcased here by Missha and the snail cream is intriguing.

    • Toner helps to bring back the natural ph to your skin which is essencial if you use double cleansing. If you don’t, I guess you are completely fine without it 😉 x

  • Malisa Phillips

    I absolutely loved this !! I have wanted to try Korean skincare for a while. Does the snail cream have a smell ??

    • Hi Malisa, thanks for your kind words! No, the cream doesn’t smell 🙂 x

  • These korean products seems so amazing and wonderful. I really like the beauty of korean girls. Hope can get that flawless skin like hers. Really like that day cream looks promising.

  • Madiha ~ MeVsTheOdds

    I’ve been looking for a new eyecream! This looks great

  • Sarah

    The cosrx BHA liquid is not a ph balancing toner-it is an active (BHA) that should be used after a ph balancing toner and left for a period of time before your next step in order to be most effective. In addition, since it is an active it should be considered in your routine as such and if you’re using it every day you should be sure not to use other actives or slowly introduce them. Granted it is a somewhat mild active for some people, but it’s not just a ‘toner’.

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment, that’s really interesting! I’ve read a lot about that toner and not a single person mentioned what you are talking about, could you provide some sources? Would love to read more on the subject! x

  • yukti agrawal

    Great ideas on Skin care. I would look for sun protection and Eye cream. Will try and forward among my friends.

  • Emily Dawn

    i have been hearing a ton about Korean beauty products and have been thinking a lot about adding some into my monthly subscription box, Emma & Prince. Are they really that much better than american department store brands? I have some friends that swear by them

    • Hi Emily, to be honest I don’t use American brands so can’t say much, I use mainly French cosmetics… I’d say, stick to the products you love, but if you’re looking for something new, it never hurt to give Korean brands a go. They are known for using innovative ingredients before they appear in the rest of the world, who knows, maybe you’ll find something you like? let me know if you do! x

  • Ma CharmaineNess H. Nioda

    Nice share especially for women like me who needs some beauty tips. Thanks

  • I absolutely love korean skin care and – eyecream i love the mario badescu olive eye cream its not korean but its good and inexpensive .

    x Maggie

  • Cait Taylor

    Loved this post! I have the COSRX Snail Serum (which has also had a lot of hype) and don’t think it lives up to the rave reviews so it’s interesting that you feel the same way about their blackhead product!

  • Leni Sonck

    Still figuring out my own ‘perfect’ skin care routine, so love to read this kind of posts! You got some great suggestions out there! Keep it up!

  • Mary O

    Lovely post on all theses facial products . These tips are very useful. Great content! Will be looking forward to more of your posts ☺☺

  • Jeet Sonu

    Great post liked the products.


    Amazing tips and product its nice to sharing …


    Really nice and good sheering everyone wants to be pretty look

  • Love finding new skincare brands – I literally LOVE how honest your writing is. This post is fab 😀 xx Imogen xx


  • Never heard of blackhead powder– would you say that you like this product better than others on the market?

    • Hi there, I haven’t heard of any blackhead powder either… you perhaps mean the toner?

  • Lisa Rivera

    Nice post, and I love Korean beauty products. Have you tried Erborium? I’m using it, and love nearly everything in their range. It also has good spf, not sure if it’s 50, but I love it 🙂

    • Thank you Lisa! Never tried Erborium but I’m always open to recommendations! Will definitely do a bit of googling to find out more about it! x