I am so envious of Korean people's dewy poreless skin. I am not talking about Korean celebrities who look picture-perfect with makeup or fashion blogger who get free stuff from sponsors. I am talking about average Koreans I see on the streets and during work. Granted, most of these Koreans are in their mid-20s, they are at the sweet spot of finished puberty and not at the age where hormones start wrecking havoc in their bodies, but I think their 10-step skincare routine probably plays a part too.
In an effort to achieve the perfect skin, I tried samples of the full SK-II range - SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser + SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion + SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (read my review here) but I was not convinced that it is going to give me the glowing skin of the SK-II ambassadors and I am not willing to spend hundreds of dollars a month to find out.
I decided to see if I can replicate Korean's 10-step skincare routine without having to spend a few hundred a month. I went to my favorite store - DAISO! For those of you who do not know me yet, I am a fan of Daiso, a Japanese lifestyle store with around 2570 outlets in Japan and 550 outlets in 24 countries worldwide. I can find almost everything I need in Daiso and the best part is everything is S$2.
Le me show you how you can do your own 7-step skincare regime for just $14 in Daiso.
Step 1 - Oil Cleanser: The first step actually calls for oil cleanser but I can't find any in Daiso, so I decided to use these facial sheets instead. There are no fragrance added, so people with sensitive skin should be able to use them too. You may need to wipe a little harder and longer to get all your makeup off.
Step 2 - Water-Based Cleanser: The second step actually calls for water-based cleanser but the only cleanser I could find are cleansing foam wash. These should be fine for normal to oily skin and the charcoal in the Charcoal Face Wash will help to clean out impurities in your skin.
Step 3 - Exfoliator: I am absolutely in love with these Almond/Strawberry/Peach Peeling Gel. My favorite is the Peach Peel Gel, it really smells like I am putting sweet juicy peach on my skin. Apply an even layer on your whole face and massage it in circular motion until white balls appear (these are your dead skin cells).
Step 4 - Toner: Toner helps to reset the PH of your skin and hydrate it at the same time. I especially like this Aloe Toner which contains the hydrating and healing effects of aloe vera.
Step 5 - Lotion: Lotions help to nourish and renew your skin. You can find Aloe Lotion, Medicated Lotion and Sake Lotion in Daiso.
Step 6 - Serum: I was pleasantly surprised to find moisturizing serum in Daiso. The pink bottle is Collagen, dark blue bottle is Horse Placenta Protein, brown bottle is Royal Jelly, green bottle is Pearl Barley and light blue bottles are Hyaluronic Acid.
Step 7 - Sheet Mask: You can find many types of sheet mask in Daiso, such as Camellia Oil Face Mask and Coenzyme Q10 Face Mask. There are around 2-3 pieces in each pack.
Step 8 - Moisturizer: This Deep H Moisture Gel is pretty good for something that costs only $2 a bottle.
The last 2 steps are Eye Cream and Sunblock, which I can't find in Daiso. You would think that sunscreen are so common that Daiso should have it. Oh well, you can't have everything.
There you have it, my 8-step skincare regime that only costs $16. You probably won't find any of the top-notch ingredients in Daiso products, but they are good enough for a simple skincare routine.
Do drop me a comment to let me know what you think of these Daiso's skincare products.