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Vegan Skincare Products That You Need In Your Life

Hey Lovelies!

Vegan skincare products are becoming ever-more popular, transforming the beauty industry and our faces for the better. Should you want to diminish any evidence of skin concerns, you need the following products in your life. Life goals, people. Life goals.

1.For Acne-Prone Or Blemished Skin Try: Odacite Oily Acne Prone Skin Concentrate, £32, www.naturismo.com

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Searching for that one product that means you can kiss goodbye to the nightmare of acne and blemishes for good? Vegan brand Odacite blesses us with the holy grail of elixirs and effectively deals with such skin concerns. Their concentrate is specifically formulated to clear away existing blemishes and spots, balance the skin and prohibit a return attack by the acne monster..

Combined in this fast-absorbing serum is linoleic acid and potent anti-inflammatory OPCs to clear and maintain your beautiful complexion. Additionally, this formula contains antimicrobial and disinfectant benefits to ensure your skin stays clear, healthy, smooth and radiant!

This product is 100% vegan.

2.For Anti-Aging Choose: Evolve Hyaluronic Acid Serum 200, £30, www.evolvebeauty.co.uk

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You have to check out this vegan multi-award-winning serum by Evolve Organic Beauty. Suitable for normal to dry skin, each bottle includes 200mg of organic hyaluronic acid. Soaking deep into the layers of skin, this scientifically proven component works on those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, helping to replace them with a more plump and youthful complexion.

Furthermore, organic pomegranate extract is combined for added softness and optimal protection. YAASSS!

100% vegan

3.For Dull And Tired Skin Try: Elemis Superfood Facial Oil, £45, www.elemis.com

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Behold, one of my all-time favourite vegan products (and winner of Vogue Beauty Awards, 2018). Should you suffer from dull and tired looking skin, this facial oil ought to be at the top of your must-buy list.

Combining highly concentrated plant-based superfoods, the formula provides an intense boost of hydration and nourishment for the skin; thus, it achieves such radiant luminosity you will be impressed. Elemis has included broccoli (for its antioxidant support), flax seed and daikon radish for their rich nutrient, restorative and radiance-evoking properties).

What to expect: compliments!

100% vegan

4.For Pigmentation Choose: Agent Nateur Holi C Refining Face Vitamins, £113, www.naturismo.com

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Pigmentation is about as unavoidable as pot holes in the road. Still, there are some vegan products out there that truly have our back. One such brand is Agent Nateur and although it is quite pricey, it is totally worth it. Not only does it aid in the reduction of pigmentation marks, but this little wonder product waves its wand over an array of other issues, too. Whether you want to reduce fine lines, firm, smooth or tighten, this little gem does it all. Better yet, this product comes in powder form – so all you need to do is add it to your moisturiser, et voila! Perfect.

However, for the reduction of pigmentation – do not expect overnight miracles. For good results, it is important to use this regularly and over time.

100% vegan

Have you tried any of these vegan products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

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The Best K-Beauty Anti-Aging Essences And Night Serums

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K-beauty is certainly having its moment – and for good reason. Korean skincare is both innovative and way ahead of the rest of the world. When looking to improve our beauty routine or skincare concerns, K-beauty essences and night serums have it all.

Essences form a key part of the Korean beauty routine and can be used to effectively deal with signs of aging, provide optimal hydration, whilst truly enhancing and illuminating your complexion. Follow this step with a night-time serum and in the morning your reflection is guaranteed to be beaming back at you! Today I am sharing my review of the best K-beauty’s anti-aging essences and night-time serums for seriously rejuvenating results. Read on:

1.NEOGEN Real Ferment Micro Essence (pH level-5), $38, www.sokoglam.com

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One of the main causes of premature aging is dehydrated skin. Combining more than 93% natural fermented ingredients, NEOGEN offers an immensely hydrating and nourishing formula that successfully brightens, hydrates and plumps the skin – creating the ‘honey skin’ trend of which we all crave. Included in this fragrance-free product is 17% birch juice (for added hydration), 9% rice extracts (for inner radiance), antioxidants and cell supporting components to provide optimal skincare benefits. You will love the difference this essence makes to your complexion.

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For best results use in conjunction with NEOGEN’s Real Ferment Micro Serum, $38, www.sokoglam.com

2.Missha Time Revolution the first treatment Essence (150ml) + Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (50ml) £32.98, www.amazon.co.uk

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This essence ought to be given star status. Combining 90% fermented yeast, sourced from Himalayan purple barley, the Missha Time Revolution Essence naturally achieves diminished pigmentation, as well as a clearer, more youthful and supple effect. Follow this by applying their night-time ampoule.

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Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule works tirelessly to brighten, firm and nourish – all whilst you sleep! Seriously, what could be better? The highly concentrated formula boasts superior levels of vitamin C. The combined Lactobacillus Ferment, peptides and vitamin B12 work in unison to both restore and thoroughly rejuvenate the skin. Expect to look and feel that bit younger. Hooray!

3. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, £14.99, www.asianbeautyplus.com

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Yes, it may sound gross, but this little gem holds some serious super-powers. Offering hydrating, restorative and rejuvenating properties, the lightweight formula is a true anti-aging dream.

Have you tried any K-beauty essences and night-time serums? What do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a happy Thursday people xx

Check Out The Best BB Creams For Every Skin Type And Concern

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You may have read my recent articles covering the best K-beauty products to achieve the 10-step routine. But what about the days when you just can’t be bothered, but (obviously) still want all of those skincare benefits? A key A/W 2019 trend is skin that looks glowing and healthy with minimal effort and we do not want to disappoint. Don’t panic beauty lovers; we can claim back that valued time and still look and feel amazing. Check out the best BB creams to suit every skin type and concern. They are guaranteed to give you that super-boost of nourishment and enough coverage to see you through your lazy days looking and feeling simply fabulous.

1.For Anti-Aging Benefits Choose Estee Lauder Day Wear Multi-Protection Antioxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser, SPF15, £43 (50ml), www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Okay, when it comes to thwarting those dreaded signs of aging, this BB-like tinted moisturiser has it all. Brimming with essential anti-aging antioxidants, Estee Lauder’s formula effectively banishes free radicals before they get a chance to do any skin-aging damage. After applying your chosen serum, simply add this beautifully lightweight cream. Then, all you have to do is watch the tint gradually appear in a flawless and seamless fashion. The result is smooth and glowing skin. Yay!

2.For Blemish-Prone Skin Opt For No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin, £22.50, www.amazon.co.uk

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Fancy a BB cream that will: nourish the skin, enhance tone, hide blemishes and prevent future blemishes from rearing their ugly and unwanted heads? Look no further than No.7’s Beautiful Skin BB Cream. Their 3-in-1 formula combines specific nutrients to keep your complexion beautiful and blemish-free. #YAASS!

3.For Dry Skin Try: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF45, £31 (40ml), www.selfridges.com

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When looking for a BB cream that diminishes dry skin, always search for ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture and also components such as dimethicone and shea butter to maintain the moisture within the skin. For the purposes of hydration, coverage and protection, Dr. Jart’s is a true hero product. Loaded with glycerine and dimethicone to draw in and keep moisture, providing superior coverage that isn’t going to put your dry patches on stage and with an SPF45, I think we have a winner.

4.For Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin Choose: La Mav Organic BB Cream, $19, www.amazon.com

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This organic BB cream from Australia boasts an array of natural ingredients to hydrate and gently nourish even extremely sensitive skin, as well as those with acne and eczema. Better yet, their lightweight formula achieves good coverage that soaks into the skin with ease. Result. The only downside is that it seems to be available in only two shades – light and medium.

What are your favourite skin nourishing BB creams? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a happy Sunday people xx

 

Transform Your Skin With The K-Beauty 10-Step System: Part 3

Hey Lovelies!

Here is part 3 of the best K-beauty products and advice. This article features the best eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen and completes the Korean beauty 10-step system made oh-so-easy. If you missed the previous articles you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

1.Eye Cream: For Damaged/Dry/Mature Skin Choose Benton Fermentation Eye Cream (10z), £19.04, uk.iherb.com

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The eyes are the window to the soul and as such, we want them looking gorgeously appealing for a s long as possible. No one understands this more than Korean women and one of their favourite is Benton’s Fermentation Eye Cream. So, I took this advice and have been using the eye cream for 2 months and I love how smooth my eye area both looks and feels.

Combining ingredients such as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and Ceramides, the cruelty-free formula really makes a difference to those with dry or aging skin. Furthermore, this high-quality and much sought-after eye cream contains macadamia seed oil. This wondrous ingredient combines fatty acids (including Omega 9) to fully moisturise, regenerate and soften the skin. You will love the results!

2.Moisturiser: For Dry Skin Try LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream For Oily, Sensitive And Very Dry Skin (Anti-Aging), $15, www.amazon.com

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The rationale behind K-beauty’s 10-step system is that by layering up your products, your skin will truly reap the benefits. Moisturising is the one remaining step in a Korean night-time skincare routine and should you have dry skin, you need to look for a product that not only contains hydrating components, but successfully locks in that much-needed moisture also. Behold the LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream. This incredible barrier cream will literally transform your skin, eradicating those pesky dry patches and returning your complexion to one of gorgeous vitality. I LOVE THIS!

3.Sunscreen: Try Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA ++++, £9.89, www.amazon.co.uk

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We want a sunscreen to fully protect and boy, does this do a good job. Providing optimal protection against UV rays and being sweat and water-proof, the lightweight watery formula doesn’t feel like the sticky mess that is sun cream; thus, it melts straight into the skin and stays put!

Additionally, this amazing formula contains skin-loving hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and citrus mix – making it an unbelievable skincare product to boot!

I have been using this sunscreen for some considerable time and I have no intention of EVER running out!

Have you tried any K-beauty products and which ones do you rate? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

K-Beauty Skincare Part 2: Essence, Ampoule And Sheet Masks

Here is part 2 of the best K-beauty products to achieve fabulous results by using the much-loved Korean 10-step beauty system. The first article focuses on the adored double-cleanse, exfoliator and toner. You can find the article here.

This piece features awesome essence, ampoule and sheet mask products.

1.Essence: Try Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (100ml), £14.99, www.asianbeautyplus.com

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If you can get past the truly icky image that snail secretion evokes, the benefits of this essence will prove to be outstanding. Anyone out there with dry or damaged skin should give this essence a go. You may be thinking that perhaps it is just called Snail 96 Mucin Power and has no real relevance to an actual snail – but, alas, you would be wrong. Included in Cosrx’s lightweight and super-hydrating formula is filtered snail mucin – and it truly delivers exceptional results for replenishing and repairing damaged/dry skin. Better yet, this little secret weapon even offers anti-aging properties to help combat those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Hooray (ish).

2.Ampoule: Try Leegeehaam – Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule (15ml), £13.46, www.yesstyle.com

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Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this is one ampoule that will be worth its weight in gold. Combining antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities found in propolis, the formula makes light work of diminishing nasty bacteria, as well as healing, regenerating and smoothing the skin. Also included is sea buckthorn (known for its cleansing, exfoliating, healing and regenerative abilities).

Furthermore, centella and witch-hazel are combined to provide a boost of skin-loving antioxidants, improve elasticity and reduce inflammation.

This product boasts a rich supply of antioxidants and vitamins that effectively nourish the skin, transforming it into a brighter and healthier complexion. I found the formula is quickly absorbed into the skin and noticed a significant improvement to my overall complexion within a week of use.

3.Sheet Mask For Dry Skin Try: Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturising (21ml), £5, www.beautybay.com

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Sheet masks are hugely popular amongst Korean women due to the fact that they WORK. However, there are so many different types available and it is worth doing a little research and sourcing one to suit your specific skin concern. I love Tony Moly’s I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturising.

Before I continue, I should state that you must keep the mask on for the correct amount of time and don’t be lulled into the idea that keeping it on for longer will be an added bonus. Keeping the mask on for longer is said to have a reverse effect!

For superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities look no further than this awesome Tony Moly sheet mask.

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What are your fave K-beauty skincare products? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

 

Discover The Best Sheet Masks For Dehydrated And Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

My skin often suffers from dry patches (probably because I do not drink quite as much water as I ought). Should this sound familiar do not fear – I have comprised a list of the best sheet masks that deliver intense hydration and nourishment; thus, effectively transforming your look into a complexion that resembles one of radiant goddess stature. #Happydays! Read on:

1.DR JART+ Dermask Soothing Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Solution Deep Hydration Korean Face Sheet Mask, £18 (Was £35) Pack of 5, www.oozz.com

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Korean skincare is in a league of its own and this sheet mask proves just that. Fabulously lightweight and transparent the mask made from fine cellulose fibre allows for optimal absorption of essential nutrients and superior moisturising components; thus, allowing for an instantaneous super-boost of much-needed hydration. The masks will effectively retain this hydration whilst effectively soothing the skin. Additionally, the incredible formula contains a complex sourced from botanical extracts such as aloe and phytonicides to further calm, nourish and soften. Hellooo radiance.

2.Tony Moly I’m Aloe Sheet Mask, £5, www.selfridges.com

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Prepare to be fully drenched in hydrating, moisturising perfection. Tony Moly does it again – this time the brand is working big fat miracles for all of those with dehydrated and dry skin. Simple yet highly effective, this single sheet mask combines natural qualities of aloe to achieve exemplary moisture and a happy face of luminosity. Yay!

3. e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Water Sheet Mask, £4.50, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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This has to be one of my most treasured sheet masks. Boasting a rich supply of aloe, hyaluronic acid and purified water, the single use mask delivers necessary hydration and nourishment for a gorgeous glowing complexion you will love.

4.The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask, £5, www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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Included in their biodegradable sheet mask is an array of amazing ingredients to create a healthier, hydrated, firmer and smoother complexion. The Body Shop has charged this product with a concentrated dose of their Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate, edelweiss, crista marine and sea holly plant stem cells – as well as organic babassu oil from Brazil. With 99% of ingredients being sourced naturally and 100% vegan, you can enjoy almost immediate transformative results. Expect beautifully glowing and youthful skin.

What are your favourite sheet masks for tackling dry skin? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy International Women’s Day! xx

 

4 Of The Best Concealers That Actually Deliver

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I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of getting excited about trying new concealers only to discover they just don’t stand up to the job. We want concealers to do what they promise – conceal. We want concealers that make our skin look better – not cakey, older or patchy (even when we’ve spent more than long enough blending). I quite like some Rimmel products, but I found their “Hide The Blemish” concealer to be a huge fail.

Check out the best concealers around (and the best prices) that actually deliver true coverage and will improve your appearance!

1.Max Factor Pan Stik, £7.18, www.amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite concealers. It instantly provides superior, yet natural coverage for pretty much every skin concern. The lightweight formula blends easily and lasts as long as your foundation (unlike the useless twist pen stick concealers), it is excellent value for money. I always come back to this concealer (for good reason). #happydays.

2.Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £20.40 (Was £24), www.debenhams.com

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Nars is an awesome brand and their Soft Matte Concealer offers exceptional results. Achieving a natural yet full coverage, this product is lightweight and blends seamlessly. Whether you need to cover up dark circles (who doesn’t?), acne, blemishes, pigmentation or redness – the concealer will be like a complexion’s super hero. With its light-diffusing capabilities to blur and combining an array of proven skin-nourishing ingredients, this formula ensures your complexion will be nothing short of radiant. Furthermore, it is available in almost every shade you can think of.

3.Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, £9.75 (RRP £19.50), www.feelunique.com

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This is another concealer that ticks all the boxes. The Naked Skin Concealer provides coverage that is easily buildable, whilst guaranteeing a full and even coverage of which glides on seamlessly. Including incredible ingredients such as Japanese green tea (to diminish the appearance of lines), Matrixyl 3000 and Litchiderm (to enhance collagen production and protect), this concealer literally transforms the look of your skin. Yay!

4.MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18.50 (9ml), www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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You didn’t think I could discuss great makeup without mentioning MAC, did you? Of course not. I hate concealers that (even when you use a setting spray) seem to either disappear completely, or stubbornly remain in unattractive vague patches on your face. Behold MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. The lightweight product feels amazing, is lightweight whilst simultaneously achieving excellent coverage and has serious staying power. I love this!

4 Ways Geranium Oil Can Transform Your Skin

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Review: Geranium Oil

Recently, my skin has really struggled (I’m blaming the winter and central heating). It’s as if the universe hates me as somehow, I’ve managed to accomplish dry areas AND oily zones with the added bonus of spots. Great, huh? Cue the magical properties of geranium oil. I tried this remarkable overlooked oil on my skin for 2 weeks and I can now look in the mirror and refer to my face as not just a complexion, but a radiant one (instead of an insanely good impersonation of moon rock).

Geranium oil actually works little miracles for many conditions. Should you be struggling to get your complexion in check, on feel your hair has a higher resemblance to straw, read on. The best bit is that it only costs a few pounds! Now that’s my kind of skincare.

1.The Healer

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Geranium oil (sourced from the geranium flower) offers many healing benefits (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic) which can be used to treat cuts, scrapes and even old scars.

2.Anti-Aging

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Combining essential fatty-acids, this oil will go a long way to ensuring the skin is in optimal health, which in turn will keep your skin looking radiant and youthful. Furthermore, it’s incredible astringent qualities aid in firming and tightening of the skin. Take that, fine lines!

3.The Dreaded Spot

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Are breakouts getting the better of you? Fear not, because this little gem boasts a supercharge of antibacterial and antiseptic properties that thwart those nasty spot-forming bacteria from even getting a look-in.

4.It’s The Hormones, People

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An imbalance of hormones can cause all manner of problems. This oil is highly beneficial in restoring hormonal equilibrium and therefore, a brighter, clearer and more luminous complexion. Hooray!

Geranium Oil is priced at £4.70 and is available from Sanevera.co.uk

Have you tried geranium oil and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message I the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

Hey Lovelies!

There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

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