What is The 12 Step Korean Skincare Routine?

Just imagine applying twelve different products on your skin every morning and evening – sounds a little excessive, doesn’t it?

This basically describes the 12 Step Korean Skincare Routine which brightens skin and creates a soft, supple visage that hardly ever breaks out.

We will take you step-by-step into this misunderstood skincare treatment, which can take up to one hour!

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Step 1: Cleanse I

Remove your makeup with a mild cleansing solution (usually a gel), or a micellar cleansing water. Take care around your eyes, and don’t forget the neck!

Step 2: Cleanse II

Double-cleansing is also popular in the western world, so use an overall facial cleanser to remove any residue left by your moisturiser and makeup.

Step 3: Exfoliate

To allow your skin to take in the products better, use a gentle exfoliator. This will also help to eliminate dry and flaky skin from your face.

Step 4: Tone

Apply just a few drops of your favourite toner onto a cotton pad, and press over your nose, cheeks and forehead. This helps to remove dirt from the skin, and minimise pores.

Step 5: Essence

Usually a toner with added emulsion, this helps to keep skin looking soft and moist. Apply a few drops onto your hands, and press over the skin.

Step 6: Eye cream

Apply an eye cream around your eyes, and press lightly with your ring finger. Avoid tugging at the skin, since this will only tear the delicate area.

Step 7: Treatment I

Use a brightening treatment under your eyes to improve the texture of your skin, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Step 8: Treatment II

Follow with a regenerating night serum which locks in moisture, and keeps skin looking hydrated and healthy.

Step 9: Moisturiser

Seal your previous skincare treatments by applying a light moisturiser all over your face and neck. Choose one with a hyaluronic ingredient to keep your skin super-soft.

Step 10: Mask

A sheet mask is a great way to give your entire face a deep-conditioning treatment. Relax, and leave the sheet on for 10-15 minutes. Once your time is up, apply any excess product onto your neck.

Step 11: Night moisturiser

Apply a night moisturiser all over your skin and wait for it to completely settle. This may take a few minutes.

Step 12: Sleeping pack

A sleeping pack is essentially a light cream which sets all the previous treatments, and keeps them from evaporating while you sleep.

You’re done!

Would you try the 12 Step Korean Skincare Treatment?

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9 Tips Your Naturopath Knows About Flawless Skin

Leading Australian naturopath and iridologist, Will Shannon, has shared his insights into how to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and get flawless skin at any age.

“We seem to be on an endless search for skin perfection. What few Australian women realise is that flawless, wrinkle free skin is achievable without the need to blast your face with chemicals,” Will says.

1. Use jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is golden with little odour as it comes from the jojoba seed which makes up about 50 per cent of the content. It can be used as a makeup remover, a lip balm and occasionally as a hair treatment. Massage in jojoba oil into any dry spots for some extra hydration.

 2. Take magnesium

Magnesium is a muscle relaxant, sometimes used to relive constipation and also in cases of people suffering depression.  It will help release the muscles holding chronic states of tension, which in the face, will reduce the signs of wrinkles.

3. Drink water

Although an easy one, you must drink at least 2 litres of water a day. We breathe out half a litre of moisture a day, and our bowels need 1.5L of water just to function properly each day.

4. Take circulatory supplements

Cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic are all good for the skin as they drive circulation around the body help to prevent cold hands and feet. Use such supplements to boost your memory, as it is difficult for the heart to drive blood (against gravity) to the brain, and are very good for the skin. Nervous states shut down peripheral circulation which will ultimately have an effect on your skin.

5. Avoid Botox

My advice would be to avoid Botox as it is the most deadliest poison for the skin. Your body needs to eliminate the poisons via the blood stream which can potentially cause more health challenges. Botulinum toxin is from a bacteria that used to grow in rancid meat. It inhibits nerve function, and hence the nerves that control that muscle can’t fire. Botox dampens the muscles that fire in the face to produce emotion, hence you feel, and look, less emotional.

6. Get rest/stress less

Meditate, enjoy your time with friends and family and get proper amounts of rest. Resting and stressing less relax the nervous system which in turn allows the body to get into deeper states of relaxation to heal itself – letting your skin bounce back quicker each day.

7. Take horsetail

Forget inorganic silica, take horsetail herb which is full of copious amounts of horsetail making the skin, hair and nails very bright. Horsetail has traditionally been used by herbalists and it’s great for the kidneys and for flushing excess oedema (fluid retention) away safely and naturally.  Even if you don’t have fluid retention take it for a safe, and naturally healthy glow.

8. Use a dry skin brush

The skin is sometimes called the third kidney and has to eliminate 1 billion skin cells a day.  Brush the dead skin away to reveal a cleaner layer underneath. Brush towards the heart every day in the bath or shower to give your skin a helping hand.

 9. Avoid soft drinks and alcohol

Although repeated to us often, it is best to avoid these drinks as they dehydrate the skin, clog up and strain the kidneys and hence put a toxic load on the skin.

For more information or to book an appointment with Will Shannon visit www.willshannon.com

5 Reasons You Need A Beauty Blender

Ever heard of a Beauty Blender before? These small, and often tear-shaped sponges are used to achieve a flawless foundation, and conceal problem areas without a hefty price-tag. Invented by Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, the Beauty Blender will cut your time in half and leave your skin looking flawless every single time.


Rather than using your fingers to apply makeup, a Beauty Blender is a clean and sanitary way to create a natural makeup look. Simply wash the sponge with soapy water every time you use it, then remove all of the water and put out to dry. This will ensure that the sponge doesn’t contain any dry product for the next time you choose to use it. There is also a specialised cleanser available if you want to achieve a deep clean.

Flawless application

Beauty Blender’s ensure that makeup is applied evenly and flawlessly along the face. The trick is to soak the sponge in water first, and then ring some of the water out before using it. The soft, dense sponge is also rounded at one end to ensure that there are no harsh lines left on the face, and will buff makeup into the skin without any noticeable lines. At this stage, the sponge will expand to twice it’s size,  then simply dab the Beauty Blender onto your face to achieve a high or medium coverage look. The sponge is designed to be used when it’s damp – otherwise application won’t look natural and the foundation will just cling to dry patches on the skin.


Perfect to bring along if you’re travelling or living out of a suit case, and don’t have enough space for a variety of makeup brushes, the Beauty Blender is easy to pack and doesn’t require any additional products. Simply dry properly before packing away to avoid a wet suitcase.

Conceals everything

If you have sensitive skin, scarring, or embarrassing breakouts that you want to conceal with makeup, the Beauty Blender will help to achieve a high coverage finish. Every time you dab the sponge onto the skin, this will allow the foundation to buff smoothly into problem areas with a natural finish. The pointy end of the sponge is used to conceal tricky areas of the face, including small spots, around the eyes, and on the surface of the nose.

Use on other products

Did you know the Beauty Blender can also be used to apply other makeup products? Cream blush, highlight and illuminator can all be applied using the Beauty Blender, and will really limit the amount of brushes you require in your makeup kit. Simply smile and dab a small amount of product on the sponge, before buffing into the skin. The Beauty Blender is designed to limit the amount of product you put on your face, so it won’t leave your skin feeling over-clogged with unnecessary makeup after every application.

We recommend: Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95

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5 Skincare Products For A Flawless Base

Flawless skin doesn’t have to be an unattainable goal, that is if you take care of your skin and use a reliable skincare routine each day. Great skin comes down to four main parts: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturising in the morning and at night. Keep reading to find our choice of products that will quickly be your new skincare saviour.

Milk And Co Face Cleanser with Goji Fruit Extract, Ylang Ylang Oil and Hibiscus Flower Extract, $16.95

This sweet smelling facial cleanser is light on the skin, but just what you need to remove oil, makeup and anything else that has accumulated onto your face during the day. The non-drying formula allows your skin to breathe, but is also an amazing product to cleanse the skin before applying a toner. Gentle enough to use everyday, without fear of breaking out even sensitive skin, or feeling too dry. For best results, follow with a moisturiser at night, or a toner/primer to start the day.

Puretopia Smooth and Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub, $9.95

Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Puretopia have created a 100% sulfate, paraben and soap free scrub, packed with silica and limestone to gently remove dead skin cells, and keep your skin feeling soft and fresh. Appropriate for all skin types, as the formula is not overly drying, and has a fragrant tangerine flower scent that is creamy and easy to apply.

La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner, $26

French pharmaceutical brand La Roche Posay have a variety of skincare products that will transform your skin, including the Physiological Soothing Toner. A toner is best to use after you have cleansed/exfoliated your face, and works to remove make-up easily, cleanse, and prep skin for makeup or moisturiser. The formula is perfect for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin as it is non-comedogenic, soap free, alcohol free, colorant free and paraben free.

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, $95

There is no exact age which dictates when you should start using an eye cream, or serum. The Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is a holy grail product, since it is proven to fight all visible signs of ageing, and promotes skin’s nightly renewal. Before you moisturise your face, apply a few drops and massage onto the face and neck. The serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid which locks in moisture, which helps the skin to repair itself throughout the night.

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron, $35

We’ve saved the best until last, with Indeed Laboratories and their miracle product, Hydraluron. This moisture booster is filled with the purest hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, which will dramatically change the look and feel of your skin. Best used after cleansing, apply all over your skin (we apply onto the neck as well) leave it to sink in for a few minutes, then apply moisturiser or makeup, since it works just as well as a primer.

What are some of your skincare must-haves?


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