I’ve been getting tons of messages from readers telling me that they want to try Korean skin care, and that they go on the Memebox website but get totally overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.
I hear you!
That’s how it was for me too. For me the foray into KBeauty didn’t begin with a box of freebies from any company, it started with me stumbling upon the Memebox website by chance, and then trying to figure out what to buy and where to start.
I didn’t start with a 10 step regimen either – I just added in bits and pieces along the way.
I’m not an easy sell with skin care, because if I don’t see a near immediate difference to my skin then I don’t want your product. And that’s where Korean skin care got me. The difference to my skin has been amazing. My skin has never, ever looked better!
I sometimes take a side-step over to Tatcha for some high end luxury Japanese skin care, but for the most part it’s a little too pricey for me to use on a consistent basis. My everyday skin care game is K Beauty.
So for those of you who are as confused as I was in the beginning, here is a mini guide to where to start on the Memebox website, or in trying Korean skin care for the first time.
|My most recent order from Memebox|
Start by identifying your skin care concern. Is your skin oily or dry? Do you have breakouts and blackheads? Are you worried about aging?
When you click the skincare tab on the Memebox site it will offer you those options, so you can dive into products specifically to meet your skincare needs.
Korean skin care technology is vastly superior to the skin care technology here, so the products get very very specific.
Try An Essence
One place to start is by adding in an Essence. Essence is comparable to a serum, targeting specific skin care concerns, but it is much more concentrated and is delivered in a lighter, non greasy formula.
They have an Essence for every skin concern under the sun.
I start my day by rinsing or cleansing my skin, (normally just rinsing, if we are going to be completely honest). I follow that with a skin mist, which softens the skin and has some essence in it.
I have been trying out a different mist each time, and have loved them all. My latest order has the Scinic Aqua EX Jelly Essence Water. I use it after cleaning at night and after rinsing in the morning. Sometimes if my skin is feeling tired I will spritz it on during the day (it’s a great product to keep in your desk drawer!) to revive you and make you look fresh again.
I layer my Essences. I normally follow the mist with another formula, in the mornings I use a Vitamin C based Essence so that I can maximize on the antioxidant, skin protecting benefits of Vitamin C, or maybe I go for something lightening and brightening. In the evening I use an Essence that is more about anti aging and extra hydration.
These products are not at all expensive. The It’s Skin Essences that I have been using (pictured here) cost between $10 and $13 each. I have yet to see a $100 product here that gives the same kind of result!
Pictured above are It’s Skin YE Effector Essence, It’s Skin VC Effector Essence and Scinic Aqua Jelly Essence Water.
If any of them are out of stock I just get another one that deals with my specific skin concerns.
Add An Ampoule
In the Korean layering system an Ampoule is used after an essence. Ampoules are even more concentrated powerhouses that get the ingredients penetrating even deeper into the skin. Again you can get really specific to your own skin concerns, and layer things. For example if you feel like your skin is dehydrated and dull you can use an essence for lightening and brightening and an Ampoule for extra moisture.
Or maybe your concerns are blackheads and extra oil and dark spots. All you need to do is layer your concerns one over the next. I get my biggest concern in Ampoule form and the others in Essence.
I try a new Ampoule each time, and each time they have been fabulous. With this order I chose the Scinic Propolis Ampoule, because it’s full of antioxidants and nutrients. And because I liked the bottle.
Add A Sleeping Pack
This one took me a while to get on board with, largely because the crazy names they use don’t translate so well (Snail Slime and Donkey Milk Yogurt for starters!) and in the description it sounded like a pillow case ruining step.
But I’m so glad I did add in sleeping packs. What it is is a final step in the night time skin routine. After you have layered on your mist, your essence, your Ampoule and your emulsion (a lightweight but power packed moisturizer) you seal everything in with a sleeping pack.
The ones I have tried have a slightly gel like texture, but disappear into the skin, creating a fabulous barrier. None of it winds up on your pillowcase!
Try A Peel
I am not a fan of exfoliating scrubs. I always think they scratch up the baby skin underneath and keep you in a perpetual state of rough skin. I prefer to do enzyme peels that gently lift away the dead skin. I dont like peels that feel like fire ants are crawling over your face and I don’t want to look like I’m shedding skin either.
They have peels for every possible skin concern, from oily skin to blackheads, to dry skin, to dull skin – you name it!
I’ve been using this SNP Peel every other week. It makes my skin look amazing (and feel super fresh), but there is no stinging involved and no flaking. It takes about 10 minutes, and I follow it with a sheet mask.
Add A Sheet Mask
I’m pretty obsessed with these! They are just so very convenient and your skin loves you for it. And they are perfect for travel! After a long flight a sheet mask restores your skin and makes you feel lovely.
My Sunday night routine when I’m not working is to use the peel if it’s the right week, and follow it with a sheet mask. I buy several different ones with each order I place, because they only cost a couple of dollars each. Sometimes I want brightening, or tightening, or collagen or anti aging – I often buy them just because I like the look of the package! Regardless, I always see a big difference to my skin.
Check out all the different sheet masks they offer here
If you want to try K Beauty, but are unsure of where to start, or if you don’t want to do a 10 step skin care routine, but still want to find out what all the hype is about, try adding in any one of these items, or more, to you daily skin regimen. You will be blown away by the results!
I haven’t looked at the K Beauty items available at Sephora, so don’t know their pricing, but one of the great things about Korean skin care is that it is so ridiculously affordable! My last entire order from Memebox, pictured at the beginning of this post, only cost $100, came with free shipping, and because it ships out of California it arrived in 3 days!