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New Year New Skin Care

There's something about a New Year that makes you feel like you're starting over, things can be fresh and new again.  You feel adventurous, confident and full of the promise a clean slate brings.  I always make a list of intentions for my new year, things I hope to achieve.

One of my focuses this year is to improve my overall health and wellbeing, starting with my skin care.

With the impact of the winter climate, changes in my skin's sensitivity and changes in my lifestyle it's time to try something new.

Having stuck predominately to a traditional cleanse, tone and moisturise routine most of my life, I've decided it's time to try a new routine.

Sometimes it's good to break out of a cycle it challenges you to try new things and in that you can make interesting and productive discoveries.  

There's been a lot of talk and interest building over the last few years around Korean lifestyle, food, clothes, music, drama and of course skin care.  Korean women are said to spend at least twice as much as American women on their skin care, and their booming cosmetics industry is a testament to it and their dedication to always look their best.

While I haven't yet committed to the full ten step routine I have started to experiment building up the routine slowly on my skin to allow it to adjust as it can be sensitive and that's were Maree at Beauty and Seoul came in to help me.

Having tried a vast array of products over the years nothing has really improved my sensitive skin, so finding products that don't irritate or cause redness is a challenge.  Its also disheartening to buy a product and find out within a few uses your skin doesn't like it.

When I contacted Maree at Beauty and Seoul, she was amazingly helpful, advising me on the best brands for my skin type and sending me samples so I could try the recommendations before purchasing.

Based on Maree's advice I chose the Klaris range,

Klaris appealed to me as it contains no colourants, no parabans, no alcohol, no artificial fragrances/fragrance free.

The products I decided to start with are:

  • Supple Preparation Unscented Toner  - for soothing and hydrating my skin post cleansing 
  • Rich Moist Soothing Serum - proving cooling hydration 
  • Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter - to Protect the sensitive eye area
  • Rich Moist Soothing Cream  
  • Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask 

I've been using the products for around three weeks now, and I've noticed an improvement in my skin overall.  The eye butter has been especially effective in the colder winter months.  The Toner cools my skin when applied and helps create a great base for make up.

The sheet mask gave me a mini facial after the excess of the festive period and with my skin exposed to both cold temperatures and the drying effect of in door heating.  The mask cooled my skin, reduced irritation and helped reduce my pores.  It's definitely one I would use on a regular basis.

While I haven't yet fully embraced each step of the Korean skin care routine, I can see it being something over time I adapted and delve into further and I would highly recommend talking to advisors like Maree to work out the best products for your skin type.

All products were purchased from Beauty and Seoul,


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