In India, we always have to wait for the world to fall in love with something before we become loyal followers. Whether it is the availability of the new iPhone, the launch of Sephora or the influx of Korean beauty brands like Innisfree and The Face Shop, India is always late to the party. However, in the short time that K beauty has become available to Indian women pining for glowing, dewy skin, these brands have taken over the beauty market with a va-va-voom factor. These brands are still available for online purchase only, making it a challenge for brown-skinned beauties to find the right shade of foundation or BB, considering that their deepest shades cater to fair/medium Indian skin tones.
That being said, it is almost impossible to go wrong with their gentle and effective skin care. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, acne/blemish prone skin or extremely sensitive skin, they have something for everyone. Unlike makeup, skin care is something that is absolutely essential for every girl, no matter what age or skin type. Taking care of your skin, means less makeup – means better skin. So, here’s a lowdown on my CTM routine including the following four products from K beauty (all available for online purchase at Nykaa).
The Face Shop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam (Aloe)
“Taking your bra off at the end of a super long day is quite possibly one of the best feelings ever!”
Washing your face, putting your hair up and laying in bed with a big old T-shirt is life goals at the end of the day right!
Foams are not great for sensitive skin types, I know. But, there is something oddly satisfying about using a lathery foam cleanser. So it’s a good thing that this cleanser does not contain the pesky sodium laurel sulphate (a surfactant that foams up and creates all those gratifying little bubbles but can irritate sensitive skin).
I use a cleansing oil (The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil) to remove my makeup before I go in with a foam cleanser to wash my face. This is the second cleansing step and helps remove any makeup residue.
This foam is gentle on the skin, doesn’t leave the skin feeling dehydrated, and a pea-sized amount is all you need for the entire face and neck. It doesn’t break out my sensitive skin and works really well to remove any grease, dirt or sweat. The aloe fragrance is refreshing with a clean, herby scent. All in all, a great daily use foam cleanser that does the job, is well priced, and works well for sensitive-dry skin types. For me, this is one to definitely repurchase.
The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Toner
“The best wrinkle is the one you never get”
There is one word for this miracle maker – indispensable. I don’t know what I was doing before this came into my life!
It does what it claims – it is super hydrating with a beautiful, lingering scent. Consistency-wise, it is slightly thicker than water, colourless and the best part – you don’t need a cotton swab to apply it to your face. I take two pumps on the palms of my hand and pat it onto my face and neck. Sometimes I do it twice, only because I’m in love. I count to 10 and like magic, my skin soaks it all up and I’m ready to move on to moisturizing (unlike all other toners I have used that take a good 5 minutes to sink in).
On days when my home is a chaotic mess, I sometimes forget to moisturize post-cleanse, but realize it only later because my skin already feels so hydrated and smooth. There is no tugging and itchy skin despite skipping the moisturizer. I cannot recommend this enough; if you have dry skin – get involved.
Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion
“I’ve been looking for a moisturizer that hides the fact that I have been tired since 2015”
Angry skin that flares up with sun exposure, pollution or makeup? This is your saviour. I have searched high and low for a good daily moisturizer that I can use at least 3 times a day without having to maintain a separate piggy bank for it every month!
As the name suggests, this is a lotion and not a cream. So it is lighter in consistency and absorbs easily into the skin. I have sensitive skin that is prone to redness, and I’m happy to report that this really helps with the redness. It is amazingly gentle, calming, cooling and hydrating. It doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue and absorbs in seconds. It smells of antiseptic liquid (like Dettol), but I don’t really mind that. The smell disappears in a few minutes.
It is budget friendly in that, you get a decent quantity for the amount you invest. It lasts me a month and a half with 3-4 daily applications (I wash my face often, especially if I have been out in the sun/pollution). It is perfect for day-time wear, however, I would prefer something more moisturizing for overnight skin hydration (on the hunt).
Side note: I used Toleriane Riche from La Roche Posay for a long time until I realized that I would run out of it twice a month and it wasn’t a sustainable product for my budget. I still keep a tube with me ready for days when I need intense moisturizing. I almost always use it as a primer when I’m going heavy on my makeup or want my makeup to last the day. Often, I mix it with my foundation or BB so they don’t cling on to my dry patches. It is still an all-time-fave; just as everything else from LRP is.
Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Eye Cream
“Be kind. You don’t know how many times a mom woke up last night”
I realized I needed an eye cream only after I had a baby and didn’t sleep for a whole year. Literally. I received a sample size of this eye cream when I bought other products from the brand. I actually received two of them that together lasted me two months with twice daily application (5 grams in each pot, but you need very little).
There is nothing that I can complain about, but nothing that I can rave about either. Yes, it is extremely hydrating. It helps with puffy eyes and keeps the skin around the eyes looking fresh. Whether it helps to tackle fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles will have to be seen in long-term usage. I use it religiously only because it prevents my concealer and colour corrector from sinking into the fine lines under my eyes.
P.S. I do not use a serum or add any more extra steps to my skin care because the more cumbersome and time intensive it becomes, the more likely I am to go to bed with waterproof mascara on. I also always do my skin care before dinner and before putting my toddler to bed because exhaustion at the end of the day makes me lazy and at 10pm, my skin is not my priority. Fun facts huh.
Finding good skin care is like finding love. It happens only once. So, work earnestly on your relationship with your skin. Until next time, take good care of your skin and your loved ones. XOXO
Disclaimer: All products mentioned are bought by me with my own money. My reviews are neither sponsored nor biased. I review only those products that I deem fit to recommend to others, staying mindful not to exaggerate or undermine their quality, value and usefulness. All skin care reviews are products that have been tried and tested for no less than a few weeks. This post does not contain any affiliate links.