Your cami tops and mini shorts aren't the only thing you should be leaving behind. As winter approaches, those lightweight gel moisturisers and mattifying primers just wouldn't cut it anymore! One of the biggest skin issues many people experience during winter is dryness. Not really a surprise here, as the weather transitions and the heater comes to play, you'll find your skin easily dehydrated, dull or dry.
To make sure you keep that glow you've been sporting all summer long, here are some tips on how to transition and change your routine for winter:
1. Layer, layer, layer
During the cold months, your skin is typically much thirstier. This is why you should be switching to heavier moisturisers, face oils, or pack on the hydrating serums. We love mixing our moisturiser with the Aromatica Organic Rose Hip Oil. This 100% cold-pressed rose hip oil does not only deeply hydrate, but also fight free radicals for more even-toned and radiant skin.
Winter calls for more frequent masking sessions! Instead of the soothing or hydrating masks you've been using all summer, we recommend something more moisturising like the Innisfree Jeju Orchid Enriched Cream Mask. For best results (and maximum glow!), try masking at least twice a week.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you; your skin can actually become duller-looking during winter. To combat this, exfoliate about once or twice a week with a gentle acid exfoliator. We recommend the By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser, which will decongest, exfoliate and clear out any impurities for clearer skin.
4. Skip the acne medication
The typical acne medications with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide treat pimples by drying them out, which inevitably can lead to uncomfortable peeling, flaking or itching. Not necessarily what we need for the drier winter months! We recommend using something less harsh on the skin, but still effective, like the Some By Mi 30 Days Miracle Tea Tree Clear Spot Oil.
Other than layering on your lip balm, we also recommend exfoliating your lips at least once a week. We are currently loving the Klavuu Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Mask, which deeply hydrates your lips with avocado and sweet almond oils, while also smoothing out any gross dead skin cells.
What are your best winter skin care tips? Share them below!
Today, let’s take a closer look at one of the most well-known K-beauty techniques that have been raved by beauty gurus all over the world: The 7-Skin Method!
What is the 7-Skin Method?
To put it simply, this is a multi-application toner technique, which means that you will apply 7 layers of hydrating toner or essence on to your face after cleansing and before your moisturising steps. The aim of this method is to help multiply the hydrating effects of your skin care products, and provide your skin with enough hydration without feeling heavy.
What’s great about this technique is that unlike other skin treatments, it is very skin-friendly and can be done on a daily basis, with the result of more radiant, glowy and plump skin!
What should I look out for when doing the 7-Skin technique?
One thing you should keep in mind: you do not have to pack on exactly 7 layers. This is a very flexible technique – you can add more or reduce the number of layers according to the current state of your skin. 7 layers, normally, is the sufficient amount for even very dry skin.
This K-beauty secret is suitable for all skin types, even oily or sensitive skin. But the desired effect only comes with using the right products! Since the “7-Skin Method” requires layering a particular toner or essence, you should always choose fragrance-free and alcohol-free products to avoid any breakouts or irritation. You should also steer clear of toners with cleansing or exfoliating properties, as they can irritate and strip away your skin’s moisture.
What are the best products for the 7-Skin Method?
There are many toners you can use for the “7-Skin Method”, and here we will list out some of our favourite recommendations:
This gel-type toner is popular in Korea due to its intensely hydrating and nourishing formula, packed with skin-loving ingredients such as milk vetch root extract, which is rich in vitamins and minerals. The ability to deliver nutrient-filled moisture to skin while still being quickly absorbable makes Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner the perfect product for the “7-Skin Method”.
For ease of application, this toner is also available in mist version!
True to its name, the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is a great product to prep your skin for the next steps in your skin care regimen. What stands out about this product is its amino acid-rich formula that can reduce irritation, provide deep hydration and remove excess dirt and sebum on the skin. And similar to many other Dear Klairs products, it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive!
Having a thicker texture, almost serum-like as compared to the previous toners we've mentioned, this product will definitely require more time to absorb into your skin. However, the result is to die for! Your skin will be deeply nourished and strengthened with hydrating, soothing and nutrient-boosting ingredients from Aloe Maculata Leaf, fermented Dandelion and Argan Oil.
We highly recommend giving this toner technique a go, and let us know your experience in the comments below!
So you've just reached home after a long day of looking cute. After dawdling around for a few minutes, you finally took your makeup off and double cleansed. Then, almost instinctively... you reach out for a towel to rub your skin dry. Sounds like a familiar scenario?
Drying your face with a towel has always seemed like the natural thing to do. However, the thing about towels is that they’re an absolute magnet for bacteria. We often keep them in damp bathrooms, where they’ve collected dead skin cells and oils from our bodies, making them the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Skin care products are also known to better penetrate the skin when it’s damp, so a towel-dried face doesn't make the best canvas for the next steps of your skin care routine!
Avoiding the towel is actually a common practice among many Korean women. Instead of reaching for your trusty towel, here are some options you can consider that might be better for your skin:
We don’t mean leaving your face wet and dripping as you sit around, waiting for your face to dry! Just use your hands to swipe across your cheeks and neck and remove the excess water. You can also gently pat your skin with your hands to dry your face a little before applying your toner, face mist, Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx or any other first treatment products.
2. Use towels
Another way to get around sharing the same bacteria-laden towel you use on your body is to use a fresh facial towel each time you cleanse your face. Instead of rubbing, pulling or tugging, just blot the excess water away by gently patting the towel against your skin. Stop when your skin is still slightly damp to help it better absorb the next products in your routine. Though, keep in mind that this method can really add to your laundry load!
3. Use paper towels
Paper towels can be another option to dry your face after cleansing (We highly recommend recycled paper towels for this!). You should still use the same technique of gently blotting away the excess water, and leaving your skin damp, not completely dry.
If you have left your skin dry way too long before applying the first skin care product after cleansing, you can also always re-hydrate your skin with a face mist like the Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner.
Ultimately, it is, of course, much more important to use the right cleanser, and to pick the right products to follow up the rest of your skin care routine. However, if you have dry skin, or skin that’s prone to breakouts or irritation, ditching the towel might still be something worth thinking about!
Do you know any other alternative to drying your face with towels? Share with us below!
Exfoliation can do amazing things for your skin, but too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing. Redness, irritation, acne and shininess are just some signs and symptoms of a compromised skin barrier due to over-exfoliation.
If you start noticing any of the above indicators, stop using any exfoliating products immediately, and let your skin recover. After a week or so, you can ease back into it, but remember to do it less than you were before. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help your skin recover faster:
1. Switch to a low-pH cleanser
Although essential, cleansing is actually one of the most damaging steps in your skin care routine! The last thing you want to do is use a harsh cleanser that can further sensitise your already red and inflamed skin. Instead, switch to a low pH cleanser like the COSRX Low-pH First Cleansing Milk Gel that won’t strip away your skin’s natural barrier.
2. Layer hydrating toners
When it comes to repairing skin damage, remember this: Moisture is king. Other than a moisturiser, one of the most effective ways to keep your skin hydrated is to layer your hydrating toners three or even up to seven times. This will help your skin to better absorb the next products, and maximise their moisturising benefits.
Not only are they K-Beauty staples, sheet masks are also an easy and instant way to boost hydration levels. You can do this a few times a week, or even everyday if you're feeling extra. While any hydrating sheet mask will do, look out for formulas that contain healing ingredients such as ceramide, centella asiatica, aloe and hyaluronic acid.
At the end of your nighttime skin care routine, seal everything in with a sleeping mask. Different from a moisturiser, sleeping masks like the I'm From Magnolia Sleep Mask do not only moisturise, they also work their restorative magic as you sleep, so you can wake up to soothed, more hydrated and overall just better-er skin!
When your skin barrier is compromised, it becomes more sensitive to sun damage, so it's even more important than usual to apply sunscreen. The Neogen Day Light Protection Sunscreen is formulated with rose, honey and raspberry extracts that can help your skin's recovery process by nourishing and protecting it from any environmental stressors.
Have you ever over-exfoliated? What are some of your favourite products to help your skin recover? Share in the comments!
Acne sucks!!! But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to make them disappear. If you’ve been on the internet long enough, you would have seen about a gazillion tips and tricks on how to get rid of acne, so let’s get this straight once and for all: The toothpaste trick doesn’t work.
Here at Nudie Glow HQ, we are all proponents of the idea that being consistent with the right skin care routine is key to saving your skin. While there is no single, right answer to the question of “How to best treat acne?”, here are some tips and product recommendations that can help you get started on building a great acne skin care routine:
1. Pop that pimple patch on
Looking for a quick overnight fix before a big event? We love the COSRX AC Collection Acne Patch, which sticks onto any acne to absorb all the nasty gunk, or flatten large, painful cystic acne. These patches are also thinner, stickier, comes in a bigger size than the previous COSRX patches, and contains centella asiatica to calm inflammation.
2. Weekly detox
Clay masks are such a great addition to your weekly skin care routine. They remove dead skin cells, brighten and leave your skin feeling oh-so-soft! The award-winning Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a K-Beauty cult item made with volcanic rocks to absorb excess sebum and clear your pores, making sure that there are no unwanted eruptions on your skin ;)
3. Spot treat
But not with just any spot treatment! I personally love the Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream, which works as effectively as many other powerful OTC acne treatments, without hurting your skin or causing any flakiness, redness or irritation. This fast-acting treatment also contains copper tripeptide and licorice extract to cool your skin and target acne within 12 hours.
4. Properly remove makeup, sunscreen and other impurities
Double cleansing is such an important step in your skin care routine, but make sure you use the right oil cleanser that won’t clog up your pores and lead to even more breakouts. Acne-prone babes will love the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, which is a really lightweight oil cleanser that removes makeup and other impurities, without causing further inflammation on the skin.
5. Cleanse gently
Picking the right water-based cleanser is so important for acne-prone skin. You want a gentle cleanser that helps fight breakouts without stripping your skin barrier, and causing a vicious cycle of recurring acne. The Sioris Day By Day Cleansing Gel is one of our favourite low-pH cleanser made of natural ingredients like organic green plum water and macadamia seed oil to nourish and rejuvenate your skin during cleansing.
6. Hydrate and treat
By now you should know just how important moisturising is for your skin, regardless of your skin type. If you have oily skin and you're scared of heavy creams, try the COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion, which is a lightweight moisturiser that helps soothe and hydrate the skin while also fighting excess sebum and dead skin cells.
7. Don't forget to exfoliate!
Instead of using harsh scrubs that can cause microtears on your skin (the horror!), we would recommend opting for an exfoliating toner, or a gentle exfoliating pad like the Neogen Real Cica Pad, which helps get rid of acne-causing impurities and dead skin cells, while also soothing redness or sensitivity.
8. Sleep and treat
For those days when your skin just feels ugh, try applying an overnight mask like the COSRX Low-pH BHA Overnight Mask and make the best of your regenerative REM state. With 0.9% BHA, this lightweight mask will help tackle blemishes and brighten any dark spots while you sleep, so you can wake up to smoother and clearer skin!
9. Colour correct and protect
Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-Cover Cream is honestly a godsend for concealing and treating redness and inflammation. We know that many of you like using this as a makeup base, or as a replacement for your BB/ CC cream on lazy days. Other than making sure that your redness is not visible during the day, centella asiatica, calcium, magnesium and potassium are also present to help restore damaged skin for a healthier complexion.
10. Mask it all away
Sheet masking is such an iconic part of the Korean skin care routine that you just can't talk about K-Beauty without mentioning it at least once. However, it's a common misconception to think that sheet masks are only for babes with dry skin types! The Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Mask Pack is a good example of an acne-targeting mask that also helps soothe redness, calm and hydrate without triggering more breakouts.
What's your best acne-fighting products? Share them below!
Here's a sad truth we all don't want to hear: Alcohol CAN wreck havoc on your skin. That last glass of martini might seem like a good idea last night, but not so much after you've seen the resulting breakout or dehydrated skin the next day. However, this doesn't mean that you have to avoid drinking altogether and be a party pooper. By following these drinking skin care tips, you can still have a night of celebration without sacrificing your skin:
Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise! Alcohol is infamously known for dehydrating your skin, making it look scaly, dull and fraught with unwanted lines. Whether it's sheet masking or slathering your face with a richer winter moisturiser, make sure your skin is chock full of humectants and emollients like ceramides or hyaluronic acid before heading out the door.
Spritz your face with a mist every time you go on your toilet breaks. We recommend the COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist for this! Not only will this mist keep your skin glowing all night, it will also help prevent cakey makeup and cool you down from all that dancing.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the booze you choose can actually make a difference on your skin. For example, drinks laden with sugar, like sweet cocktails, can lead to breakouts and inflammation among other things. Drinks made with salt, on the other hand, contribute to puffiness and dehydration. The safest bet is then to stick to clear spirits such as vodka or rum that can lessen your chances of a brutal skin hangover the next day.
A quick face wipe while you're tipsy and rolling around in bed isn't going to cut it. No matter how tired you are, the least you can do (and we are talking about the really, really bare minimum here) is double cleanse, tone and moisturise. After double cleansing, I personally love using the COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pads, which are super soothing toner pads that can help calm any redness or irritation on the skin. Afterwards, I follow up with the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask for that much-needed skin recharge.
The Day After
First up—your AM skin care routine. After cleansing, I like reaching out for the Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack, which is a quick 5-minute refreshing and de-puffing treatment that's perfect for hangover skin. While waiting to wash it off, fill your body with hydrators containing extra electrolytes, like coconut water, or take a probiotic like kombucha and Greek yoghurt to give your gut a little love.
Other than replenishing your body’s hydration levels, soothe any irritation your skin may experience with a sheet mask like the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask, which has erythritol, an ingredient known to lower the skin’s temperature, and bamboo charcoal to purify your pores. Psst... If you woke up looking like a puffy hangdog, a nice gentle massage with a face roller while you mask will also do the trick!
See? You don't necessarily need to go cold turkey to maintain your glow! Taking these precautions will really help you enjoy your cocktails without having to worry about your complexion. And hey, I think that's something we can all drink to! ;)
Got any other drinking skincare tips and tricks? Share them with us in the comments below!
You know what they say… two is always better than one!
Since we’ve covered the ingredients you should never mix together (for more on that, click here), now it’s time to focus on the product pairs that can be mixed and matched without causing negative reactions!
SKINCARE PAIRS: INGREDIENTS THAT WORK BETTER TOGETHER
When using powerful exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA), you’d definitely want to balance them with a gentle and restorative ingredient such as snail mucin. Not only is snail mucin extremely soothing, studies have also shown its ability to improve skin texture when used consistently!
Got acne troubles? This dynamic duo will save the day (and your skin)! Centella asiatica is a star ingredient when it comes to reducing inflammation and killing acne-causing bacteria. Combine this with aloe vera, known for its intensive healing and cooling properties, your skin will be calm and soothed in no time!
Retinol is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient that helps promote cell turnover, fade hyperpigmentation and fight wrinkles. Due to its strong exfoliating properties, it’s important to replenish hydration back into the skin. Hyaluronic acid is great for this, as it is light enough for retinol to still penetrate through, yet give your skin a much needed instant boost of moisture.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E are like the power couple in skin care. On its own, Vitamin C brightens up the skin, and fights dark spots and signs of premature ageing. When used together with the highly moisturising Vitamin E, it helps stabilise it, essentially making your vitamin C serum more effective!
It’s easy to identify hormonal acne: They are huge, painful, normally appear around the jawline, and make you feel like mini volcanoes are about to erupt inside of your face.
Whether you’re 17 or 37, facing puberty or adult acne, hormonal and cystic acne can occur in anyone. Unlike your good old typical acne that can disappear overnight with the right spot treatments, hormonal acne are more stubborn, as they are directly linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle, fluctuations of hormones that can come along with periods of high stress, or even when you eat certain foods.
How To Treat Hormonal Acne
Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently, so it might take some trial and error before you find what works best for you. Without professional help, there may be no way to completely prevent hormonal acne from happening, but here are some easy, “at-home” things you can do to keep them in control:
1. Use skin care acids: No thanks to hormones, oil production can go into overdrive and, mix it up with dead skin cells, it's the perfect recipe for acne. This is where skin care acids can come in! Products with salicylic acid, like the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, work by removing excess oil and helping to exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface, ultimately keeping your pores clear.
If your skin can’t tolerate strong acids or BHA, using a gentle exfoliating toner like the Son & Park Beauty Water can also help. Personally, when I feel like it’s almost that time of the month, I either clay mask more often, or amp up my exfoliating game to three times a week to make sure my skin is at its best condition to fight away any acne-causing bacteria and dead skin cells.
2. Patch it: Pimple patches can be absolute life-savers when it comes to hormonal acne. While they won’t make your cystic acne disappear overnight, they can really speed up the healing process, and keep your dirty hands and fingers from touching it and making it even more inflamed. I swear by these when it comes to treating any sort of acne, and hey, hundreds of 5-star reviews don’t lie.
3. Have a good, solid skin care routine: Always double cleanse, tone, moisturise and apply sunscreen! Just making sure you have your basic routine down to a pat will really make sure those hormonal acne will disappear faster than you can say Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner (we love this product, but gosh, what a mouthful!). Having a good Vitamin C serum like the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop on standby is also great to keep any post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation away!
4. Lifestyle changes: It doesn’t matter if you have the perfect 10-Step Korean skin care routine, when your body is under increased pressure, or if you’re constantly feeling exhausted and worried, those pesky hormonal acne will inevitably show up. Whether it’s substituting your Chinese takeaways to a healthier poke bowl, taking yoga classes, or just popping on a soothing sheet mask before you sleep, do whatever it takes to make sure your body and mind are always in good shape too!
5. Watch your diet: I know nobody wants to hear this, but caffeine, sugar, and dairy can cause hormonal imbalances. Boo, we know! But cutting out or minimising dairy intake was what worked the most for me when it comes to preventing those painful, cystic acne from staying longer than it needed to. It may not be the same for everyone, but try removing potential dietary triggers to find out the root cause of the issue.
There’s honestly plenty of ways to go about treating hormonal acne, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Some have even seen drastic changes on their skin after trying out birth control pills, being on roccutane, or by simply cutting out coffee from their lives. It’s all about getting to know your own skin and body, what it likes, what it doesn’t, and what will work best for you.
What are your best tips when it comes to handling hormonal acne? Share them with us!
It’s time to kick pigmentation and dullness to the curb!
Dullness or acne marks are some of the most common roadblocks on your journey towards even-toned and glowing skin. While they can be annoying, they’re also definitely combat-able (with the right products, of course!). With so many "brightening" or "whitening" products in the market, how do you know which product is right for you? Here, we’ve broken down some of the most popular brightening ingredients and products, so you can decide which will best fit into your routine:
Hailed for its multitasking ability, vitamin C is by far the most well-known brightening ingredient to fight dark spots and dullness. It’s also packed with antioxidants that help fight free radical damage and boost collagen production, making it a superstar ingredient for combating wrinkles. Try the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop if you’re new to the world of Vitamin C, or the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum if you’re looking for something much stronger.
Niacinamide works by interrupting the transfer of pigment at a cellular level, thus preventing current dark spots from worsening and new ones from forming. It doesn’t just stop there, though. Niacinamide is also great for keeping your skin clear by regulating sebum production and reducing oiliness without drying out the skin. It’s perfect for anyone who has acne-prone skin, but also looking to erase the scars of breakouts past! Watch out for this ingredient, which you can find in tons of serums like the iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Synergy Serum and the newly reformulated Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx (Pro Ferment).
3.) Alpha-Hydroxy Acid
Alpha hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliants that improves skin texture and overall clarity of the skin by speeding up cell turnover. They’re effective in fighting hyperpigmentation and melasma as it reduces melanin production by getting rid of old, dead skin cells and pushing the new ones to the top, revealing brighter and more even-toned skin. My personal favourite AHA product is the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon, which utilises both AHA and Vitamin C to double-kick dullness and hyperpigmentation away!
Age spots, acne scarring, sun damage and melasma has got nothing against licorice extract! This ingredient can protect and treat existing pigmentation, while also increasing skin renewal. Due to its anti-irritant abilities, licorice extract is also much gentler and has fewer side effects than your typical anti-pigmentation treatments. To get your daily dose of licorice extract, incorporate the calming Sioris You Look So Young Night Cream into your routine. It’s star-studded ingredients list, which also includes Tamanu Oil and Green Plum Water will hydrate, protect, revitalise and keep pesky spots away!
What’s your favorite brightening ingredient or product? Share them in the comments below!
Got your first wrinkle? Don’t freak out, Korean skin care is here!
Getting old is a blessing, but spotting the first crow’s feet or line on your forehead can be a bit of a shocker! While most people will start seeing wrinkles forming by their early 30s, it is also common for people who abused the sun in their teens and 20s to develop wrinkles even earlier. This is commonly referred to as “premature ageing”, and can be caused by excessive sun exposure, the over-use of facial muscles, or from generally being unkind to your skin!
While it’s true that you can’t stop wrinkles forever (unless it’s with surgery or professional treatments like Botox), that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to look after your skin and try and stave off premature ageing for as looong as possible. Here’s some stuff to get into your skin care routine asap if you wanna keep your skin healthy, dewy and wrinkle-free:
1. If you haven’t already, apply sunscreen: As we like to say over and over again here at Nudie Glow, prevention is the best way to fight signs of ageing, and the best form of prevention is to apply sunscreen religiously, and avoid excessive sun exposure! Not only do sunscreens prevent skin cancer, sun spots or sagging skin, they will also help slow down the process of a fine line turning into a deep-set wrinkle.
3. Incorporate anti-ageing skincare: Some of our favourites are products with retinol, AHAs, vitamin C and niacinamide. Products with retinol like Missha’s Time Revolution Borabit Ampoule helps to stimulate a quicker renewal of skin cells, while AHAs like lactic acid helps with collagen synthesis, improving skin texture and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
If you get your first wrinkle, remember that it’s not the end of the world. Just keep applying your sunscreen regularly, incorporate anti-ageing ingredients into your regimen, and remember — you’re gorgeous no matter what!
How did you treat your fine lines or wrinkles? Share your experience in the comments below!