Skincare Secrets: The Best K-Beauty Tips by Glow Recipe’s Sarah Lee and Christine Chang


Skincare Secrets: The Best K-Beauty Tips by Glow Recipe’s Sarah Lee and Christine Chang

By Andrea Saadan

By Andrea Saadan

July 14, 2021

Inquisitive about Korean magnificence and its skincare advantages? The founders of Glow Recipe share extra under together with their greatest recommendation on methods to obtain and preserve good pores and skin

They’re well-known for having enviable pores and skin and by no means appear to expire of concepts on new merchandise to deal with their loyal followers and prospects. 

Meet the founders of Glow Recipe, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang. By now, if you have not already heard of or tried the model’s best-selling Watermelon Glow vary—you (and your pores and skin) are significantly lacking out. 

The sweetness entrepreneurs began their journey in skincare from a really younger age and impressed them as adults to begin an e-commerce website curating cult Korean magnificence merchandise. Following their success, the duo launched their very personal skincare line which has grown into an empire that gives fruit-based merchandise that attraction to each skincare fanatics and people who are solely starting their journey.

On the coronary heart of their model lies Lee and Chang’s dedication to embracing all facets of Korean magnificence. From inspiring others to have ‘chok chok’ pores and skin or glass pores and skin to emphasising the significance of double cleansing, we ask the sweetness entrepreneurs to present us a lowdown on how they care for their pores and skin and to share their greatest recommendations on attaining enviable pores and skin. 

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How lengthy do you usually spend in your skincare routine?

Sarah Lee (SL) My skincare routines are what I stay up for essentially the most in a day—each for morning and evening. I’ve mixture, delicate pores and skin and I tailor my routine primarily based on how my pores and skin feels every day, as a result of no someday is similar. I at all times be certain to deal with hydration for all steps, and pat in skincare vs rub or tug pores and skin for a mild strategy and to keep away from sensitisation. I imagine that the strategy to skincare is simply as essential because the merchandise used and taking the time to softly apply every product but additionally giving my pores and skin what it wants and not what it wants is essential to wholesome pores and skin. There are days the place I spend 5 to 10 minutes, and different days half-hour after I incorporate facial massages. Lately I’ve been coping with ‘maskne’ as a consequence of carrying a masks every single day, so I’ve been targeted on double cleaning, mild exfoliation, and including pores and skin barrier supporting substances similar to ceramides.

Christine Chang (CC) My routine actually varies every day relying on how my pores and skin feels, however the ordinary constructing blocks are a radical cleanse, a toner to soak the pores and skin in important substances, a watch cream, a serum (or two) after which sealing in the whole lot with a moisturiser. It normally takes me 5 to 10 minutes and I like to softly pat in each step for optimum absorption. I take advantage of totally different merchandise relying on my key pores and skin concern—for instance, if my pores and skin feels a little bit delicate, I’ll combine within the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum with Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum, after which seal in the whole lot with a soothing moisturiser like Banana Souffle Moisture Cream.

What’s your skincare routine like for the day?

SL I take my skincare day-to-day—which is a holistic Okay-beauty strategy to skincare—so relying on what my pores and skin appears like or wants that day, I’ll alter and customise my routine. On a typical day to get Zoom-ready shortly, I cleanse with Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, apply a beneficiant quantity of our best-selling Watermelon Glow BHA & PHA Pore-Tight Toner to maintain my pores wholesome and pores and skin clean, then observe it up with my every day go-to, the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum to intensely hydrate my pores and skin, after which lock in moisture with the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser which is ideal as a morning moisturiser as a result of it’s light-weight and nice for shiny pores and skin, after which I high my glow off with our Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops for an prompt camera-ready dewy glow.

CC Within the morning, I wish to hold it easy and do a fast cleanse with the Blueberry Bounce Light Cleanser. I adopted with the Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight Toner which has a steadiness of hydrating and pore-refining substances, which I press into the pores and skin gently with my fingertips. I at all times embrace the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum in my every day routine as I discover a distinction in my pores and skin’s bounciness after I skip it after which observe with the Banana Souffle Moisture Cream. I love to do an additional spritz of our Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist on the finish of the routine earlier than sealing it in with an SPF.

Avocado Ceramide Restoration Serum and Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum

What’s your skincare routine for the evening?

SL If I’ve worn make-up that day and want a mild double cleanse, I’ll begin with our Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm that harnesses papaya to softly resurface the pores and skin and take away all make-up, dust and oil, providing you with a contemporary clear canvas, after which observe it up with our Blueberry Bounce Light Cleanser.

I apply the 1:1 technique, which is a Okay-beauty cleaning technique that I swear by, which is massaging the pores and skin for a full minute with every cleanser—oil-based and water-based, for an elevated self-care second in addition to a extremely efficient cleaning routine. I then ‘set the tone’ by utilizing our Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight Toner which helps to refine pores, hydrate and clean the pores and skin. Then I apply our Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask delicately round my eyes by tapping across the eye space in a round movement with my ring fingers. After which lastly, I slather on our Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, which is our OG and the primary product we created as a model – it’s stuffed with skin-loving and radiance-boosting substances similar to watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and AHA – in order that I get up with an attractive, wholesome, glowing pores and skin. I really like washing this sleeping masks off the following morning to disclose baby-soft pores and skin.

CC For the evening time, I’ll do a extra thorough cleanse, both a double cleanse or use the Blueberry Bounce Light Cleanser for a full minute on pores and skin. After firming, I gently dab on the Avocado Soften Retinol Eye Cream throughout my orbital bone. The formulation permits retinol to softly take in into the pores and skin over time which makes it a fantastic starter retinol for anybody. I like to combine serums relying on what my pores and skin wants, normally Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum and the Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum collectively. I take advantage of a thicker, but light-weight moisturiser like our Banana Souffle Moisture Cream to present my pores and skin a soothing reset for the day forward or generally I’ll use the Watermelon Sleeping Masks as an alternative of moisturiser to seal all of it in for the evening!

What was the final skincare product that you just purchased?

SL I not too long ago walked over to my nearest Sephora retailer and acquired the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops after I ran out of it. It’s turn into a staple for me particularly for that prompt and lasting zoom-ready glow and I can not reside a day with out it!

CC I simply purchased a jade gua sha disc and I’ve been loving utilizing this on high of a silky serum just like the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum to assist therapeutic massage and depuff the pores and skin.

Are there any new skincare developments that you just’re excited to attempt?

SL I’m excited to see customers demanding merchandise which can be mild with out compromising on the efficacy—for instance, as an alternative of the usually harsher or astringent remedies targeted on simply pore refining, prospects are appreciating a extra holistic strategy combining each hydration and pore remedies in a single product.  

CC Whereas I wouldn’t name it a ‘pattern’ because it’s a elementary shift in strategy, I’m actually excited to see how our prospects are actually taking their routine into their very own palms and cocktailing and mixing remedies relying on their very own pores and skin issues. Pores and skin is so multifaceted and ever-changing that it is sensible to make use of totally different remedies as wanted to handle these issues.  

When did you begin paying additional consideration to your pores and skin?

SL At an early age, I used to be taught by my mom {that a} skincare routine was a second of pampering, indulging, and delight, which has transferred over to our magnificence philosophy at Glow Recipe. Skincare is deeply ingrained in Korean tradition, the place hundreds of years of traditions are coupled with essentially the most superior skincare applied sciences on this planet. I grew up skincare obsessed, with recollections of my grandmother passing down centuries-old skincare rituals to my mom and to me. These rituals and childhood recollections of DIY masking with my mom, and going to public bathhouses with each my grandmother and mom nonetheless encourage me to give you concepts for product formulations in addition to instructional content material. I imagine this strategy units us aside within the magnificence area. My work doesn’t really feel like work more often than not, as a result of I’m enthusiastic about sharing this expertise and data with our neighborhood, and it energises me after I hear prospects displaying their pores and skin outcomes on-line and telling us the brand new strategy to the pores and skin we launched fully modified their pores and skin sport! It’s what retains me going and helps me keep targeted on our mission of creating skincare not simply efficacious however joyful and enjoyable, which is a core tenet of Korean skincare.

CC I moved again to Korea from the US in center faculty and that is after I began a correct skincare routine. Virtually each weekend I’d go to the bathhouse with my mom and aunts and realized to splash milk and tea-steeped water on my face. I liked seeing my household get pleasure from and pamper themselves by these rituals. It was solely later I realised that these substances (milk for its lactic acid and teas for antioxidants) had pores and skin advantages but it surely was additionally fascinating to see how pure substances have been integrated into on a regular basis routines—and it sparked a lifelong curiosity within the enjoyment of skincare and self-care.

What’s one skincare must-have you’ve “influenced” others to buy?

SL Every time I get requested what my secret to glowing pores and skin is, I like to recommend the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops because it provides an prompt dewy look whereas brightening the pores and skin tone over time. Our Watermelon Glow Dew Drops harnesses Niacinamide with soothing and hydrating Watermelon to assist pores and skin effortlessly glow over time, when used day and evening as your serum. What’s distinctive about this product is that it’s a first-of-its-kind skincare-makeup hybrid, and will also be used as a makeup-gripping and glow-prolonging primer, in addition to a highlighter that can be utilized on the excessive factors of your complexion.

Ever since I’ve began utilizing lab submissions of Dew Drops, I’ve been utilizing this formulation for each my morning and nighttime skincare routines each single day and as primer and highlighter earlier than my Zoom calls—and I’ve by no means gotten so many pores and skin compliments!

CC I incessantly speak about how a lot I really like the Avocado Soften Retinol Eye Cream. I’ve at all times wished to make use of retinol but it surely was an ingredient that additionally usually got here with unwanted side effects like redness, peeling and irritation. It additionally has a myriad of advantages for the attention space similar to brightening darkish circles, smoothing and even doubtlessly serving to w milia. By encapsulating it for mild timed launch and in addition pairing it with nourishing, antioxidant-rich avocado extract, we created a formulation the place everybody might simply strategy incorporating retinol into their routine. I really like utilizing this above and under my eye space and gently pat in for a soothing mini eye therapeutic massage – and know I’ve turned lots of family and friends into followers of this formulation.

What’s a very powerful skincare step to you?

SL I’ve realized from a younger age that cleaning is a very powerful step of the skincare routine as a clear canvas allows the remainder of your skincare steps to work extra effectively and successfully and retains the pores and skin wholesome. Double cleansing each evening is a particularly efficient strategy to totally cleanse pores and skin. Begin off with an oil-based cleanser like our Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleaning Balm to soften away make-up, oils, and SPF from the day. Therapeutic massage into pores and skin for a full minute earlier than rinsing off and getting into with a water-based cleanser. Air pollution is an actual hazard to your pores and skin, however with the best anti-pollution skincare, you possibly can hold your complexion clear, protected, and protected from all that ageing and skin-barrier depleting injury.

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CC I imagine a very powerful step after cleaning and SPF is to make use of a liquid remedy to soak the pores and skin in important substances, like our Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight Toner, post-cleansing. The bouncy, stretchy texture of this formulation is so distinctive as a consequence of a mix of pore refining and hydrating substances similar to BHAs, watermelon extract and cactus extract. It makes an enormous distinction to use the following skincare steps on pores and skin that’s plumped, smoothed and prepped and I can really feel the distinction after I skip this step. There’s a Tiktok pattern referred to as ‘moisture sandwiching’ the place you apply skincare to damp pores and skin and layer hydration to assist seal the whole lot in, and it’s enjoyable to see this gaining consciousness because it’s at all times been a Korean magnificence tenet to strategy hydration and your total routine on this means.

10. The place and what’s your go-to facial?

CC I haven’t been to a facialist in a while as I haven’t been capable of journey again to Korea, however in NYC, I generally go to Masa Kanai spa to assist deal with my scalp (scalp care is skincare!)

11. Is skincare the brand new self-care? What are your ideas on this?

SL I’ve at all times loved and appeared ahead to my skincare routines as my ‘me time’, and through the pandemic, I’ve enhanced my skincare ritual virtually as a morning facial, giving a little bit extra care and time—in substitute of my commute time. When our lives are busy, we neglect to stay to a routine every single day. And we are likely to take shortcuts or skip some essential steps. Whereas we’re staying house, and we not commuting or travelling wherever—we are able to use commute time to get a little bit extra thorough and diligent about skincare. And to me, nighttime skincare is like hitting the ‘undo button on the injury completed to the pores and skin through the day. Throughout the evening, your pores and skin truly absorbs the vitamins in your merchandise higher than through the daytime. There’s a purpose why we name it “magnificence relaxation” or “magnificence sleep”. So after I’m taking the time to feed my pores and skin the mandatory substances it wants and craves, I do know I’m taking good care of myself as I’m resetting and constructing a very wholesome basis for my pores and skin.

CC I grew up watching my mom actually get pleasure from her every day, pampering skincare routine and it was inspiring to see her carve out this time for herself. I’ve made an effort to create my very own self-care routine and skincare is an enormous a part of this. I discover the ritual of patting in every skincare step therapeutic and stay up for this time. Different methods I create moments of self-care embrace studying with my daughter, cooking every evening with my husband and taking lengthy baths the place I at all times wish to squeeze in a face masks and hair masks.

What’s one piece of skincare recommendation that you just reside by?

SL Hydration is king. I’ve heard this and mentioned this time and again and it’s nonetheless a very powerful skincare recommendation that I reside by, for each step of the routine, each single day. Hydration is essentially the most important means to make sure pores and skin is protected against environmental stressors and toxins, stop pores and skin from untimely indicators of ageing, zits, or breakouts, and essentially keep wholesome.

CC My recommendation could be to strategy skincare holistically and to be mild with the pores and skin. I really like seeing the exploding curiosity in substances and skincare remedies however skincare formulation is advanced and a formulation is greater than the sum of its elements or a single ingredient focus. Larger doesn’t essentially imply higher. Skincare can be greater than an inventory of substances that aren’t within the formulation and I believe manufacturers ought to be as open as potential with prospects round why sure formulation decisions are made and what that might imply for pores and skin. Everybody’s pores and skin can be totally different and what may fit for one particular person could not work for an additional. My hope is that our prospects proceed to strategy skincare in a means the place substances are a part of the essential decision-making course of however additionally they select and take a look at routines and approaches that spark pleasure—your skincare routine ought to be among the finest elements of your day.


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