Although summer isn’t officially over yet, here in London the temperatures have already started to drop, the first leaves have begun to fall and the days have gotten shorter: all signs that autumn is just behind the corner. The transition from the warmth of the summer months to the chilly air of the autumn season can be challenging for the skin: during this time of the year, in fact, skin tends to become drier, lose its glow and, in the worst cases, even flake. On top of it, the sun damage accumulated during the summer may begin to show up, making you look tired and older. This is when K-beauty comes to the rescue! Below are my top 5 favourite Korean skincare products for the autumn season to help you sport a beautiful, flawless complexion in the upcoming months:
INNISFREE IT’S A REAL SQUEEZE MASK POMEGRANATE
Autumn is the peak season for pomegranate, one of the oldest fruits known to man. Its jewels-like seeds and sweet-tart juice make it the perfect addition to salads and cocktails, but what you may not know is that pomegranate has plenty skincare benefits, too. Pomegranates have powerful antioxidants properties that can boost collagen production, fight free radicals, prevent UV-induced damage and regenerate the skin. I get my fix from Innisfree It’s A Real Squeeze Mask Pomegranate because it uses a triple layer technology that helps deliver the essence it is soaked in deeper into my skin. Not only it intensely hydrates my skin, it also speeds up the healing of dry patches, imparts a taunt feeling to my face and gives my complexion a radiant glow that lasts for four days!
Available at: http://www.innisfreeworld.com/
BELIF PRIME INFUSION REPAIR ESSENCE
Essences are the foundation of the Korean skincare routine. Not only do they accelerate cellular turnover, but they also infuse the skin with the additional burst of moisture it needs to withstand the colder autumn climate. I like to use Belif Prime Infusion Repair Essence at this time of the year because it is made with medicinal herbal extracts processed over a 7-hour period using only the energy of the sun. The result is a concentrated concoction of natural extracts that deeply nourishes skin, prevents wrinkles and restores firmness and elasticity. I put it on right after toner and before serum. Immediately, my skin looks smoother and a little bit brighter but what really impresses me are its long-term benefits: within a few weeks, I swear it made my skin that little bit firmer!
Where to buy: http://www.yesstyle.com/
ISA KNOX AGE FOCUS PHYTO PRO-RETINOL WRINKLE SERUM
With its hot weather, sporty outdoor activities and abundant holiday time, summer is by far the best season of the year. However, there is no doubt that frolicking too long under the sun’s hot kiss leads to premature wrinkles and dark spots. This is why I like to up my anti-aging game in the autumn by adding a retinol serum to my skincare routine. Retinol is an anti-aging powerhouse that targets wrinkles on three fronts: it fights the free radicals that cause them, boosts the production of skin-firming collagen and speeds up cellular turnover, which also has the added benefits of helping to fade dark spots faster. Isa Knox Age Focus Phyto Pro-Retinol Wrinkle Serum is a favourite of mine because it’s very gentle on my skin, sinks in quickly and improves the appearance of my skin in only a few days. Within a week, my skin looks more even-toned, my wrinkles are smoothed out and my whole complexion glows!
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
DR JART+ V7 TONING LIGHT
Dullness is one of the most common skincare products in the autumn months. As the temperatures slowly drop, the harsh winds and lack of moisture in the air contribute to stripping the skin of the natural oils it needs to stay soft and moisturized. This not only dries out the skin, but it also has the added effect of robbing it of its natural glow. Dr Jart+ V7 Toning Light is one of the best creams I’ve found to get my glow back. The cream features a complex of vitamins with skin brightening properties. For example, vitamin C is well known for its exfoliating abilities that impart a radiant glow to the complexion while niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, helps fade sallowness and dark spots. This cream works so well, I notice results just after a few applications. Before the week is over, my whole complexion has regained the luster it had lost! On top of it, my skin feels perfectly hydrated, looks more toned and is as soft as a baby’s.
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
CORSX ULTIMATE NOURISHING RICE OVERNIGHT SPA MASK
At the end of the day, the key to achieving a flawless and glowing complexion in the chillier autumn months is moisture, moisture and even more moisture. While adding an essence and a sheet mask to your daily skincare routine can help significantly, there are nights when your skin is still left wanting for more. It is on those nights that I turn to Corsx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask. Rice is an ingredient that’s been used in Korean skincare since the dawn of time for its moisturizing and anti-aging abilities. It is well-known, in fact, that rice can hydrate skin, brighten the complexion and prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles. I apply the mask, which has a rich consistency, right before I go to sleep and wash it off the next morning. When I wake up, my skin looks plumper and smoother than the night before – those are the effects of hydration. But what really surprised me is that, with regular use, this sleeping mask makes your skin firmer, too!
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com