THE SILK ROSE The premier destination for Korean skincare Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:15:04 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Introducing…the M-Line by Mizon! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:04:07 +0000 Please welcome the newest member of The Silk Rose family…M-Line by Mizon! Created by our favourite skincare savants over at Mizon, the M-Line has been designed to focus specifically on hydration, which is especially important in these dry, Winter months (bleugh).

As skin-savvy readers such as yourselves will obviously know, hydration is the first step to healthy skin. Bold statement, I know, but I’m sticking with it. Not only does hydration unsurprisingly help to alleviate symptoms of dry skin but it also does the same for oily skin – yes, oily – as it targets the root cause of the symptoms you would often associate with these skin conditions. Moreover, hydrated skin is better equipped to absorb and accept any treatments that you apply to your skin, be it through essences, serums or masks. #needIsaymore

To help us on our journey to healthy skin, Mizon have kindly created these hydrating heroes that are an absolute must-have for your Winter skincare routine:

Designed to follow the prep-steps of your skincare routine (cleanse-exfoliate-tone), the Water Volume Ex First Essence has been specially formulated with snow algae extract, hydrasalinol, ceramide and moringa to deeply hydrate and soothe the skin, while creating a barrier that helps lock in moisture.

The Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Cream Pack has been created to help retain maximum moisture around the sensitive eye area – formulated with hyaluronic acid and ceramide, this eye cream deeply hydrates the skin and strengthens the skin barrier to retain the added moisture. The Water Volume Ex Cream does the same for the rest of the face; the deeply-hydrating gel cream has been specially formulated with Mizon M-Line’s Hydra ToX™, an original Mizon formula developed for the Water Volume EX Line, to improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier and enhance moisture retention.

The Enjoy Vital-Up sheet masks have been created to firm, nourish and deeply hydrate your skin in 20 minutes, while the Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Gel Mask has been designed to comfortably fit over the eyes and deliver its specially formulated hydrating serum to the delicate eye area.


And when your skin is in need of some serious TLC, you have the Enjoy Fresh On Time – Sweet Honey Mask, an indulgent wash-off mask that is generously formulated with honey to deeply hydrate the skin and add an extra layer of moisture to help combat the drying effects of the weather and environment.

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All About Pores Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:23:10 +0000 Nobody likes having pore problems. Nobody. But, they are alas a fact of life for many oily-skinned folk and can sometimes even affect the more sebaceously blessed amongst us. But, what causes enlarged pores in the first place, and what can we do to battle this skin-demon?

Why do pores become enlarged?

As we know, oil production in the skin is largely determined by hormones i.e. they help to regulate how much sebum is produced. If for example, your oil glands produce a “normal” amount of sebum, it should easily pass through your pores and spread over the surface of your skin. If however, they produce excess sebum, then the oil can mix with other substances in the pore (like dead skin cells), causing it to clog, preventing oil from flowing freely and ultimately resulting in the pore becoming enlarged (#sadtimes). Although the pore has enlarged to accommodate the extra oil, the oil can still become trapped by dead skin cells – and if this mixture becomes exposed to the air, it can oxidise and become a blackhead aka the bane of my existence.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom. We know that pores can be a pain in the proverbial backside, and by far the most common skin-concern for our customers. Which is why we have compiled a quick cheat sheet on how best to manage your pore problems (its ok, you can thank us later).


How to care for your pores

  • I know it sounds obvious, but please avoid products that stimulate excess sebum production. This means, if you have naturally oily skin, then do not use moisturisers that are too emollient i.e. heavy, greasy creams. Instead, opt for lighter, gel-based formulations such as the Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream.
  • Also avoid products that dry out your skin or contain skin irritants as they have the unfortunate consequence of stimulating excess oil production
  • Exfoliate regularly with a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator. Avoid those with microbeads, as they can sometimes cause pores to tear, thereby enlarging them further (basically the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve). We recommend Konjac sponges, made of natural Konjac and packed with mineral-rich extracts, they will deeply cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify your skin.
  • Apply a clay mask to your problem areas once a week, to help to absorb excess oil. The Goodal Deep Clean Pore Glacial Clay Wash-Off Mask is the perfect wash-off masks for pore-prone skin. It contains Canadian Glacier Milk, Glacial Clay and Green Tea extract, which all work together to purify, deeply cleanse, and minimize pores. What more could you ask for?
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Deep Dive: Sheet Masks Tue, 17 May 2016 08:30:16 +0000 As any KBeauty aficionada will tell you, sheet masks are the – not so secret – reason behind their dewy, flawless skin. But, now that sheet masks have become popular the world over, and are readily available, it’s often hard to distinguish between those that do the work and those that just look the part.

We at The Silk Rose have searched high and low, tried and tested many different shapes, styles, materials and brands in order to find the masks that really work well. We have learnt A LOT about what makes a good mask along the way and have decided to share some of our newfound wisdom with you, so you too can discover the perfect mask for your skin and more importantly, know what to do with it once you find it

 1. Not All Masks Are Made Equal

As we mentioned earlier, with the ever-increasing popularity of sheet masks, more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon, trying to get in on the mask action. While this can be a positive, given that supply has increased and there is a plethora of options available to you. It also means that there are now poorer-quality products on the market, often marketed just as well as the superior product, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. So, the first lesson we learned was not to take the masks at face value i.e. don’t assume that a mask is good just because the packaging is pretty and its created by a popular brand. You need to look a little deeper into the formulation and composition to determine whether it’s worth your money. Granted, sheet masks are relatively cheaper than other skincare products, so you won’t feel as cheated if it doesn’t work well – but when it comes to your skin, quality really does matter. The pennies you may save on an inferior product won’t compensate for the aggro of an adverse skin reaction.

2. What’s It Made Of?

Sheet masks come in a wide range of materials from the traditional paper, fabric and cotton options to the fancier hydro-gel and bio-cellulose varieties. They will vary in terms of price, comfort and quality, so it’s important to find the right option for you based on your budget and requirements. For a more accessibly priced mask, try a high-quality cotton mask, which is breathable and not bleached. We recommend the Goodal cotton sheet masks, which are drenched in a concentrated goodness of 7 fermented super seed oils and free from parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dye and SLS. If you’re looking for a more comfortable, natural fit, we would suggest you try the LJH Vital Firming Hydrogel Mask. It has a patented transparent gel-like texture that has a remarkable ability to retain moisture, offer the highest level of absorption and almost act as a “second-skin” when placed on your face.

3. When To Mask

Customers often ask us about the what, where, how and whens of masking? It’s totally upto you where and what time of day you choose to mask (I tend to mask in the evening while watching GoT – but that’s a personal preference), but what’s important is what you do before and after. In order to get the most out of your sheet mask, we recommend cleansing-toning-exfoliating beforehand to create the optimal environment for the nutrients to be absorbed into your skin. Then place the sheet mask on your face and relax for 20 minutes or so. You can then remove the mask, pat any excess serum into your skin and once its been absorbed, apply a moisturiser of your choice. This last step is quite important as it locks in the nutrients from the mask serum and makes the well-hydrated feeling last longer.


We hope that was helpful, and would love to hear about your top sheet mask tips!

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Know Thy Skin: Combination Skin Tue, 10 May 2016 08:23:27 +0000 Have you ever been to a cosmetics store, eyeing-up the latest skincare must-haves when the sales assistant asks if you need some help, promptly followed by “what skin type are you?”. I used to reeeallly hate being asked that question. Depending on the time of year (and even the time of the month), my skin could be anywhere from dry as the Sahara to chipshop greasy. So I used to say the same thing – unconvincingly – everytime…“err, I think I have combination skin”. What a copout. But that little catch-all term made me feel like I’d covered all my bases. I wanted the sales assistant to direct me to that one magical potion that would solve all my skincare woes, no matter what condition my skin was in at the time.

Obviously, I now know that there is no such panacea, no one size fits all product. You need to use the right products for your skin, based on its condition at the time. And yes, that may mean more than one product, if your skin is multitasking.

Which brings us back to that elusive term…” combination skin”. Contrary to what my younger self believed, it is in fact an actual thing and not just a get-out-clause from awkward exchanges with sales assistants. If you’ve been suffering from similar existential skin crises, and haven’t the foggiest if you actually have combination skin or are just winging it, then look no further, as we have our trusty guide below to help you get to know your skin.


What is combination skin and what causes it?

Combination skin is where you have more than one skin type or skin condition on different parts of your face. For example, that could mean suffering from wrinkles in some areas and rosacea in another. Or more commonly, an oily T-zone (centre of the face – nose, chin, and forehead) and drier patches on your cheeks.

In some cases, combination skin can simply be attributed to genetics. But, it can also be down to your product choices. As we know, areas around the nose, chin, and forehead have more active oil glands compared to other parts of the face. If we use the wrong products we can overstimulate oil production in these areas, and leave other areas feeling comparatively drier. Products with irritants or those which are highly emollient can have that effect. Picking the right products for your skin, is the first step to improving the symptoms of combi-skin.


We recommend:

First and foremost, we recommend identifying which products (if any) are causing excess oil production or drying out other parts of your face. Products containing irritants or fragrance are the likely culprits. Once these have been removed from your routine, we suggest replacing them with gentle alternatives from Klairs or Aromatica, both of which use all-natural ingredients and are free from skin-irritating nasties.

Secondly, we suggest exfoliating regularly. This will help remove excess build-up of skin cells and encourage cell renewal, thereby revealing the normal, healthy skin hiding underneath. Try the Goodal Natural Clear Mild Peeling Gel – formulated with saponin-rich soapberry, along with fermented birch sap, the rich cellulose particles in this gentle cleanser will instantly remove dead cells and impurities leaving you with softer, clearer skin.

goodal-natural-clear-mild-peeling-gel_thesilkroseLastly, we recommend using different moisturisers for the different skin types on your face. A gel-based moisturiser, like the Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream for the oiler areas and a richer moisturiser such as the Mizon Placenta Ampoule Cream for the drier parts. And ofcourse a broad-spectrum sunscreen over the top, for protection.

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The Beauty Benefits of Rose Oil Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:22:55 +0000 If you’ve also noticed the recent revival of rose oil in skincare products but don’t really know what the fuss is all about – well, you’ve come to the right place. Because we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE rose oil and are very happy to enlighten you about its many benefits. For example, did you know that rose oil has been used for medicinal purposes in places like China, India, Assyria, Egypt, Greece and Rome for centuries, and has been shown to have a positive effect in treating depression (particularly in post-partem women)? But, rose oil isn’t just good for your mental and physical health – it works wonders on your skin too.

Rose oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and has therapeutic benefits for the skin. It has incredible emollient properties, helping dry/mature skin maintain its moisture levels. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat redness and reduce inflammation, while its antiseptic properties help to alleviate acneic symptoms. It also has an astringent effect on the capillaries which helps to calm, soothe and reduces redness in sensitive skin. And if that wasn’t enough – a recent study showed that the use of rose oil can also help to heal wounds, as it can inhibit water loss in the skin, thereby lowering the concentration of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body.

If your interest has been piqued, and you’d like to experience some of these many skin benefits yourself then we have just the products for you.  Our very own 100% organic, natural ECOCERT-certified rose oil range by Aromatica is made with Bulgarian Rosa Damascena, one of the highest-quality forms of rose oil. It is especially potent because the flowers are harvested at just the right time, then processed and cultivated in such a way that the beneficial properties are transferred to the oil in the highest concentration possible. If you want to reap the rewards of a rose-oil routine then look no further…


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Deep Dive: Moisturisers & Sleeping Packs Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:33:03 +0000 Everyone – and I mean everyone – understands the importance of moisturising one’s skin. No matter how much of a skincare newbie you may be, I’m sure you apply some sort of cream to your skin on a daily basis. Even the least skin-savvy amongst us have nailed down the basics of cleanse-tone-moisturise. But, there is a big difference between just getting the basics right and perfecting a routine that works for you.

At The Silk Rose, we are big proponents of tailoring your skincare to your personal needs – be that based on your specific skin type, skin goals or concerns. By choosing the right products for you, you will have a better chance at skincare success. Given that moisturisers are clearly a fundamental part of a healthy skincare routine, we thought it may be helpful to take a closer look and understand what makes a good moisturiser and more importantly – how to pick the right one for you.


Contrary to popular belief, moisturisers don’t actually add any moisture to your skin. Instead, they attract and trap existing water in the skin. A good moisturiser contains the right ingredients to lock water in the outer layer of the skin, giving any damaged cells a chance to repair themselves.

Humectants for example, draw water to the skin cells to keep skin hydrated and act as a good first layer of moisture. They typically do not contain heavier oils, making them suitable for all skin types – from oily, acne-prone skin to dry, sensitive and combination skin. They usually contain ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and alphahydroxy acid (AHAs).

Our favourite hyaluronic acid-packed humectant moisturisers are the Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream and Mizon Placenta Ampoule Cream:

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Emollients fill in any spaces or gaps between skin cells that are missing moisturising lipids. They are typically oil-based, but can sometimes be water-based too. As an emollient fills the space, the skin becomes smoother and better hydrated. They are best suited for dry, dehydrated or mature skin that needs serious moisture.

Our favourite emollient moisturisers are the Mizon Night Repair Melting Rich Cream and Aromatica Rose Absolute Vital Cream:


Sleeping Packs

Developed by Kbeauty cosmetic creators, this skin saviour is designed to lock-in much needed moisture overnight. Apply at the end of your nighttime skincare routine and wake up to soft, supple skin. Highly recommended for those with dry, dehydrated skin but suitable for all skin types.

Our favourite sleeping packs are the LJH Probiotics Sleeping Cream and Goodal Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Cream Pack


Happy Moisturising! xxx

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Eating Well For Healthy Skin Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:31:21 +0000 We hope your Easter weekend was just as relaxing and chocolate-bunny filled as ours, and that Storm Katie didn’t ruin your plans for the long weekend!

If you’re anything like us, then I’m sure you’re also now regretting having one too many sweet treats this Easter and swearing off all indulgence (well, at least until Christmas). We know how hard it is to resist those delectable chocolatey eggs, but now that Easter is over, its time to eat clean and “make good choices” once again. You are what you eat after all, and over time over-indulgence will reflect in your health and the condition of your skin. So, to help you get back on track, we’ve put together a list of our top tips for how to eat well for healthy skin:

 1) Manage Your Blood Sugar Levels

Certain foods (including many of the yummy ones) can make your blood sugar spike quickly, which in turn triggers the production of the hormone insulin. And research suggests that insulin may in fact be linked to acne. In a 2007 study, involving 43 teenage boys and young men with acne, researchers found that those participants that ate a lower-GI diet had a greater improvement to their acne over a 3-month trial period compared to their counterparts that were on a carbohydrate-heavy (and high GI) diet. Therefore, we recommend adopting healthy practices to help keep your blood sugar steady, and fight the inflammation and oxidative damage that could trigger skin problems. A balanced diet, with plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables and small, regular meals are a good start.

2) Incorporate Healthy Fats Into Your Diet

Healthy fats – also known as omega-3 fatty acids – help maintain cell membranes, so that they can act as effective barriers by allowing water and nutrients in, and keeping toxins out. They’ve even been shown to protect the skin against sun damage. For example, in a study of skin cancer in Arizona, those who ate diets rich in fish oils and other omega-3 fats had a 29% lower risk of squamous cell skin cancer compared to those who got very little omega-3s from food. We recommend incorporating some wild salmon, herring, mackerel or sardines into your diet. If you’re not much of a fish-lover, try some chia seeds, ground flaxseed or walnuts.

3) Don’t Forget Vital Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins and minerals aren’t just essential to your overall health and well-being – they also play a major role in the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin C for example helps us make collagen, a pivotal protein for your skin’s structure and in conjunction with vitamin E, it also helps protect your skin cells from sun damage. Similarly, Vitamin D also helps maintain healthy skin, by controlling the growth and development of cells in the deep layers of your skin and protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Healthy Zinc levels help support skin cell turnover, while a deficiency can cause abnormal skin pigmentation, lead to skin lesions and put you at risk of dermatitis. As well as adopting a balanced diet, rich in skin-friendly vitamins and minerals we also recommend applying topical treatments for optimal results. Daily application of the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop for example, can help improve uneven skintone and pigmentation as well as brightening overall complexion

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Brand Spotlight: Aromatica Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:31:20 +0000 We are so very excited to introduce you to the newest member of The Silk Rose family! Aromatica was established with a quest to be 100% pure, natural and safe, both for consumers and the environment. The founder’s passionate belief that beauty should be honest and natural, not synthetic, has been his inspiration since the beginning, over a decade ago. Aromatica’s dedicated sourcing of the best ingredients directly from local suppliers all over the world, and finest essential oils native to the source location, shows in the exceptional quality of their products. Aromatica’s products are manufactured in their ECOCERT certified facility and is the only Korean beauty brand to earn EWG’s Skin-deep Champion Status, an accolade awarded to toxin-free beauty brands.

Aromatica’s founder, Jerry Kim, discovered the importance of natural ingredients when he lived in Australia in 1997. He spent years studying the evidence relating to the detrimental effects of synthetic chemicals, particularly synthetic fragrances which are more toxic than paraben preservatives or synthetic surfactants, and found that many everyday skin and body care products contained these toxic ingredients. He initially started off importing and distributing natural raw materials to wholesalers, cosmetic manufacturers and personal care companies, but found these companies had hardly used natural organic raw materials and decided to extend his reach by manufacturing his own range of products. Aromatica was born because of the founder’s commitment to, and passion for organic, natural and safe ingredients. This is reflected in each and every one of their products, which is why we are so excited to bring the best of Aromatica to you, our lovely customers. Have a look through our thoughtfully hand-picked selection and take your first steps to healthier skin…

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Know Thy Skin: Mature Skin Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:19:54 +0000 Nobody likes change. I certainly don’t. Especially when that change comes in the form of aging skin. But, unlike death and taxes, the youthfulness of your skin (or lack therefore) is not a foregone conclusion. Yes, we have to accept that the breakdown of collagen is just another part of the natural aging process, causing the skin to become crepey, dry and saggy, while fine lines and wrinkles may deepen. But, the extent of this is – atleast partly-  in our control. Of course, genetics play a role, and we are yet to defeat Mother Nature in this particular battle – but there are certain lifestyle and skincare choices we can make to keep our skin looking healthy and glowing no matter our age. Here are some of our top tips:


1. Wear sun protection every day

At risk of sounding like a broken record – this may just be the most important skincare advice you will ever read (bold statement I know, but I’m sticking with it). For healthy skin, the use of a good quality sunscreen everyday is imperative. Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, like the LJH UV True Sunscreen, SPF 47, PA+++ everyday can help prevent photo-aging as well as more serious conditions such as skin cancer. If you would like to learn more about the importance of sun protection as well as what all the acronyms and symbols on your sunscreen actually mean, have a read of our Suncreen 101 post.

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2. Exfoliate regularly

As we grow older, our skin’s cell renewal process slows down, which unfortunately means that our bodies take longer to shed dead skin cells and generate new ones. As these dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin, it can leave your complexion looking dull and aged. Worse still, the build-up can also trigger excess sebum production and clogged pores.

We recommend exfoliating no more than 2-3 times per week, with a gentle yet effective exfoliator such as the French Red Clay Konjac sponge, which is perfect for mature skin. It is high in iron oxide, it cleans out the skin from the layers of dead keratinized cells and accelerates the regeneration process.

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3. Nourish and Treat your skin

As we get older, our skin unfortunately tends to get drier. Which is why it becomes increasingly important to use the right products for your skin. We recommend heavier, oil-based moisturisers that will deeply nourish the skin, and prevent it from cracking. The Mizon Night Repair Seruming Ampoule and Mizon Night Repair Melting Rich Cream are the perfect duo for overnight skin rejuvenation. For daytime use, we recommend the Mizon Collagen 100 ampoule followed by either the Mizon S-Venom Wrinkle Tox Cream or Mizon Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream. Both of which have been specially formulated to combat the signs of aging.

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True or False: Debunking Skincare Myths Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:07:11 +0000 As skincare fanatics, we love to read and learn timeless techniques as well as modern methodologies for keeping our skin healthy, but there are times when we read advice that makes us do a mental double-take. With the masses of free information on the interweb, one can become a little perplexed/overwhelmed/put-off (delete as appropriate) with all of the confusing and contradictory advice available – especially when it comes to beauty. The prevalence of social media has made it possible for practically anyone to position themselves as “beauty gurus” these days. On one hand this is great because it levels the playing field, allowing smaller specialists in the industry to have a voice and reach, but it also means that readers and consumers now have to be more selective about who they listen to and trust.

Over time, you can learn to refine your BS-detectors and filter through the noise to find true skincare sage advice. But, in the meantime, we thought it would be useful to debunk some of the most common skincare myths, so you don’t get bamboozled (like us!) when you’re looking for skincare solutions:

1)High SPF sunscreens offer the best protection

 FALSE – The SPF rating on your sunscreen refers to the level of protection from UVB rays only – providing no guidance on UVA protection at all. Given that UVA accounts for 95% of all UV radiation reaching the Earth and is subsequently the main culprit behind photo aging – it is imperative that you use a broad spectrum sunscreen everyday, like the LJH UV True Sunscreen, SPF 47, PA+++, rather than a product with high SPF only.


2) Oily skin is less prone to wrinkles than dry skin

TRUE (maybe) – Finally some good news for oily skinned folk! Although the research on this isn’t definitive, it is intuitive that this would be the case given that oily skin tends to be thicker, providing better natural protection against sun damage. It has also been suggested that women with oily skin may have higher testosterone levels, which help protect against diminished collagen levels and subsequently wrinkles. That doesn’t mean that oily skin can’t look old. Lifestyle choices play a huge role in aging, so keeping the sun protection handy and ciggies at bay will certainly help.

3) Its best to use skincare products from the same brand in your daily routine

 FALSE – This is just a marketing gimmick. There is no valid reason to just use one brand or even one skincare line for your entire routine. The only exception being if the products in a specific line have been tailored for a certain skincare need (e.g. acne), and the products have ingredients that build upon eachother to achieve the best solution for that need. If not, go wild and feel free to mix and match your favourite brands.

4) Junk food causes acne

 FALSE – This one surprised us a little too. We always thought that junk food was the enemy of healthy skin, but apparently its not that simple. High GI foods – not all junk food – can trigger or worsen acne in acne-prone skin, because they raise blood sugar and insulin levels quickly, leading to inflammation. If you crave sweet things (don’t we all?), then dark chocolate is a better alternative to milk chocolate. Also, incorporating anti-inflammatory food into your diet such as oily fish and green tea can help ward off acne, so try swapping the BigMacs for some sushi.

5) The most expensive products are the most effective

FALSE – This may just be the most annoying myth of all. An unfounded rumour undoubtedly spread by marketers of overpriced beauty brands (rant over). You don’t need to pay extortionate prices to achieve healthy skin. Why is why we LOVE Korean skincare so darn much. All of our brands create well-research, well-formulated, effective skincare solutions that don’t break the bank. If you’re looking for affordable skincare that actually works, then you’ve come to the right place…

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