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I Used Only Korean Skincare Products For 3 Years

~ I recently had to wish for a pimple, just so I'd be able to test the CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. What I'm saying is, I haven't had any serious, hi-fi pimples for the past 3 years
(Just 1 time: I was at a Watson's in Bangkok in May 2018, and I saw this Garnier Sakura White Serum. It was pink & pretty, so I bought a sample-sized tube. I applied it on my face that night, and next morning I woke up with a big cystic pimple on my forehead.)

~ I was gonna get fillers on 2 deep frown lines on my forehead. Now they look ironed out. Though I started making a conscious effort not to frown so much & wear sunglasses whenever I'm out, I know it's hugely due to the extra products I was using.

~ Pitted scars are smaller & those tiny white bumps under eyes (milia seeds) are gone.

~ Skin texture is smoother & more polished than when it was in my early 20's.

~ As for dark spots, lighter sun spots are gone. But deeply-embedded pigmentation patches have not changed much. However, I must say that I haven't used many heavy-duty Korean"Whitening" products yet.


Those are some of the results I got from using only Korean Skincare products consistently for the past 3, or so, years.

I came across a quote, which says: "Don't sell a product, sell an experience."
My mind instantly traveled to all my Korean Skincare Products, because each and every product I've used have been an experience.

I started in 2015, and then it slowly became my BIGGEST OBSESSION. If I'm not using a K-Beauty product yet, I'm reading about it & researching the benefits of its ingredients.

Products I've used. *Derma Roller is another story.*

*Earlier products*

The K-Beauty 10 Step Routine (My Way):

STEP 1: DOUBLE CLEANSING. Using a cleansing oil/balm & then a foam/gel cleanser.

(Only 1-2 times a week)



(Only 1-3 times a month)


(I never skip this step.)


(Only during day time)


*You skip STEP 10 during the day & STEP 9 at night.

To simplify it, here are the products I'm currently using most of the time.....

1. Double Cleansing: Banila Co Zero Cleansing Balm to remove makeup. Foam cleansers I've been using are: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright, Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleanser & It's Skin Mangowhite Cleansing Foam.

2. Peeling Gel: It's Skin Mangowhite Peeling Gel (My favorite so far)

3. Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water.

4. Eye Cream: Etude House Pink Vital Water Eye Serum

5. Sheet Mask (not shown): Not a necessity for me, really. Though I've used most of the Innisfree ones.

6. Essence (not shown): I was using Innisfree Soybean Essence.

7.  Serum/Ampoule: It's Skin Caviar Serum (which I LOVE & will repurchase) or Klaire's Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop.

8. Moisturizer: Etude House Pink Vital Water Cream. I need a moisturizer when I'm using a whitening serum, which is usually watery. But if I'm using a Snail serum/ampoule, which is slimy in texture, I skip moisturizer. This all also depends on the weather.

9. Sunblock: Innisfree Daily UV Essence Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++. This is not my favorite. I like Missha one. I prefer sunblocks in essence form

10. Sleeping Mask: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. 
My absolute favorite skincare product of all time.

Do I do this full 9-10 step routine everyday? Yes, only at night. Then, in the morning, I use only foam cleanser---till Step 9. But, of course, I sleep with my makeup on quite often too. So the routine is done in the morning.

I had gotten bored of using the same products, coz they really do last a while! So I recently got some of the popular Korean skincare products right now:

Yes Style Haul:

Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel

Dear Klaires Freshly Juiced Serum Vitamin C & Centella Asiatica Extracts

Etude House Lash Serum

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule

Koelf Ruby Bulgarian Rose Hydro Gel Eye Patch

Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

Son & Park Beauty Water

Skin & Lab Pink Clay Facial Mask

CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (Mentioned at the start of this post)

Klaire's Gentle Black Cleansing Puff (FREE with purchase, with a sheet mask)

*Yes Style shipped my package from Singapore & I did not have to pay Customs charges, coz they*


Myntra Haul:

The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Facial Toner

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion

*Myntra was selling The Face Shop products at discounted prices - upto 30% off.*


This is a topic that shall continue. This post has been sitting in my drafts for over a year, and I will click publish NOW, whether it's good/informative enough or not.

In the next posts, I'll list down The BEST MUST-TRY Korean Skincare Products I've tried so far, and in another, I'll share my weekly/monthly routines and how I rotate between ALL the products - because I'm about to buy more ;p

This is where I'll try everything, if I could. 
This is where I'm going ALL IN.


  1. Love this post <3 I have tried and loved most products from the Face Shop and Innisfree, also loved the Missha time ampoule. I tried one of the its skins serum and it gace me pimples the next day and I have not returned to the brand again.

    1. Aww too bad! Out of those serums, I love the Vitamin C & WR Anti aging one.


  2. Waiting for the post on hair fall care.

  3. You must do a post for extremely dry and dull skin for pregnant women.
    Also what were the dogs and donts during your pregnancy

  4. Do you like Etude House Lash Serum?

    1. Did you notice any difference in your lashes? Please tell me more :)

  5. Hi Cyn... Please tell me the products helpful for the frown lines... I need to iron out mine too :D

    1. I was using the It's Skin Power 10 Serum WR with Adenosine when I first saw improvement. Other than that, I guess it's everything else together. Also, massaging them also helps!


  6. I love Korean skincare! Wanted to ask if you liked the Klaire's Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop? I'm thinking for purchasing that. Glad to see you blogging again ^_^

    1. Love from the first time I used it. It's an amazing foundation primer too!


  7. Is the laneige water sleeping mask really worth the hype?

    1. Worth the hype & every penny, fo me personally :)


  8. Even I love Korean skincare products,..

  9. Please please do a review on dermaroller

  10. So nice to see your posts again... can u also share how and from which websites do you order your products from

    1. Yes Style & Ebay only till date. There are Indian websites that sell some too, just google them.


  11. This is my Holy Grail post. Have it bookmarked and refer to it again and again. Look forward to similar reviews in future! THANK YOU, dear CZ!

  12. Any particular products you'd recommend for acne prone oily skin (especially from The Face Shop)? Been wanting to jump on the Korean skincare bandwagon for so long!

    1. Hi Nupur, for acne/oily skin, I'd recommend the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic products. TFS had the Dr.Belmeur aimed at acne prone skin, I think, but I've not tried any.


  13. Folloeing this post, got most of these products 😁 Do you use the sleeping mask every night? Also, since the peeling gel doesn't mention anything about the frequency of usage, is it fine if I use it every day? I'm 28 and don't have any fine lines or such but still got the caviar serum, do you think the freshly juiced vitamin drops would be better for me? I have textured and dull combination skin.
    Also got the Laneige Lip sleeping mask and oh my God! my lips are so friggin soft!!

    1. Goody! :D... I'd use the sleeping mask every night, but I find myself using it only 1-2 times a week. I wouldn't recommend using a peel every day, 1-2 times a week is enough. Caviar Serum & Freshly Juiced are very different from one another, and I like them both for different reasons. If textured skin is the issue, then I think Caviar is a better choice.


  14. Hi Cynthia ,
    I always revisit this Korean skincare post of yours . I really liked It's Skin Caviar Serum and Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule for my postpartum skin in combination with face yoga .Thank you . I am curious if you have heard about face yoga ? 😊


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