An Affordable 5-Step Korean Skincare Routine For Gorgeous, Glowing Skin

By: Clara Siew / October 23, 2020

When it comes to Korean skincare, we usually think of elaborate 10-step routines and a treasure trove of K-beauty products in every category imaginable.

However, going through the whole nine (or should we say ten) yards of a typical Korean skincare routine is a time-consuming process. Sometimes, all we want to do at the end of a long day is to keep things simple and just call it a night.

We all want simple yet effective natural skincare products for a healthy complexion

Simple And Clean Korean Skincare Is In!

In addition to fuss-free routines, consumers are now becoming more mindful about what they consume and apply onto their skin. This has led to a surge in demand for clean and natural beauty products in recent years. Consumers are becoming more environmentally-responsible and discerning in their choices. As a result, many are steering clear of products that contain artificial chemicals and preservatives altogether.

Studies have shown that toxic cancer-causing chemicals normally found in regular skincare products can remain in our bodies for years. Yes, years! We can’t control the environmental conditions we’re exposed to, but we can certainly take control of what we put onto our skin.

By choosing clean skincare products, you will be nourishing your skin with the benefits of natural ingredients in their purest and most unadulterated form. Avoiding harsh artificial chemicals will also help to prevent skin irritations like allergic reactions and and atopic dermatitis in the long run.

Affordable Korean Skincare That Uses All Natural Ingredients

In our quest to find natural and affordable skincare, we came across Rootree, a naturalistic Korean skincare brand with a “made in forest” philosophy. The name Rootree comes from the words “root” and “tree”, which likens our skin to being nourished like a tree by the rich forest grounds of Jeju Island. With that in mind, Rootree’s goal is to create clean, affordable and effective forest-powered skincare for everyone.

Rootree’s products sources its natural ingredients from the pristine forest of Jeju Island

Rootree prides itself on being a cruelty-free brand, and is 100% against animal testing in their products. Ingredients are all ethically-sourced and organically farmed to ensure their utmost purity and efficacy.

Free Of 8 Toxic Chemicals

Additionally, all of Rootree’s products are completely free of 8 toxic artificial chemicals commonly found in everyday products, which include:

1. Parabens:

A preservative that disrupts hormone function by mimicking oestrogen, thereby causing reproductive issues and an overproduction of breast cancer cells.

2. Triethylamine (TEA):

A pH balancer in most skincare products. Prolonged exposure to TEA can potentially cause allergic reactions and severe skin dryness.

3. Talc:

Talc for commercial use is generally contaminated with asbestos, a lung cancer-causing substance.

4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES):

These foaming agents strip the skin of its natural moisture and trigger major flare-ups of eczema and contact dermatitis.

5. Benzophenone:

A carcinogen that causes endocrine disruption and potentially lead to the production of tumours.

6. Mineral Oil:

Derived from petroleum, mineral oil may cause breakouts and blackheads in acne-prone skin due to its heavy and occlusive nature.

7. Triclosan:

Although it acts as an antibacterial agent in cleansers, triclosan is carcinogenic and can remain in the bloodstream for years.

8. Artificial Pigments:

Research shows that exposure to harmful artificial dyes can lead to hyperactivity in children, cancer and allergic reactions.

A Closer Look At The Rootree Cryptherapy Range

What if you could cut down a 10-step skincare routine in half, without compromising on quality and efficacy? With Rootree’s Cryptherapy skincare range, you certainly can!

The complete 5-step Cryptherapy Range

The entire Cryptherapy line harnesses the healing powers of the pristine Jeju Island Forest. Its name is derived from its star ingredient – Cryptomeria Japonica leaf extract, also known as Jeju cedar. Certified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Jeju Island is home to some of the world’s most promising skincare ingredients.

That being said, let’s take a closer look at the collection’s 3 key ingredients:

1. Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract

Jeju cedar is a rare tree that emits high concentrations of phytoncide to restore the skin’s health and vitality. Phytoncides are antimicrobial organic compounds typically produced by plants and trees to protect themselves from rot, insects and harmful bacteria. As a skincare ingredient, phytoncides are excellent for combatting the effects of pollution and encouraging overall cell turnover. Upon application, tired and sensitive skin feels instantly soothed and revitalized.

2. Jeju Samdasoo Water

Most skincare products tend to have water or aqua listed as its main ingredient, but not Rootree Cryptherapy! Instead of regular ol’ purified water, the Cryptherapy range uses 100% pure Jeju Samdasoo in its formulations. Jeju Samdasoo is essentially natural volcanic bedrock water that is teeming with glow-giving minerals like collagen-boosting silica. As this mineral-rich water is taken directly from the source, it is completely pure and contaminant-free.    

3. Wheat Sprout Extract

This ingredient is rich in Vitamins A and C, bioflavanoids and minerals. All of which are excellent for delivering intense moisture and balance to the skin. Its high concentration of chlorophyll also helps to eradicate acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation for a clearer complexion.

The 5-Step Rootree Cryptherapy Routine

The ultimate time-saving evening skincare routine with double the benefits of a regular one!

Step 1: Cleanse

Ah, the all-important first step in any good skincare routine. The Rootree Cryptherapy Purifying Cleanser has a rich yet soft foam-like consistency that’s incredibly gentle on the skin. One generous pump is all you need for the entire face. The densely-packed bubbles help to lift dirt and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Like with all Cryptherapy products, this cleanser contains corn mint leaf extract to help soothe and energize the skin. To cleanse, massage it gently onto damp skin in small circular motions before rinsing off thoroughly with warm water.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

Wearing a face mask every day on top of your sunscreen and makeup in our hot and humid climate is a recipe for clogged pores, skin irritations and maskne (mask acne). That’s why exfoliating regularly is essential for maintaining a healthy skin texture and complexion. The Rootree Cryptherapy Facial Mild Scrub is extremely gentle and contains botanical antioxidants to calm irritations and resurface the skin for a radiant glow.

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Step 3: Tone

The Rootree Cryptherapy Revital Toner feels incredibly soothing on the skin and is great for calming any redness and inflammation. Besides Cryptherapy’s 3 key ingredients, this toner contains antioxidant-rich bamboo juice to prevent signs of premature ageing. You can apply the toner with a cotton pad or with your hands using gentle patting motions.

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Step 4: Recover

Hydration is key when it comes to protecting your skin from stress and environmental damage. Rootree’s Cryptherapy Recovery Essence contains power-packed hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture levels and fortify your skin’s moisture barrier. Together with anti-ageing beta carotene, rapeseed flower extract and bamboo juice, this essence is the ultimate all-day and overnight treatment for tired and dehydrated skin.

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Step 5: Renew

Finally, the last step to seal the deal and renew your skin overnight for an I-woke-up-like-this glow! The satin smooth texture of Rootree’s Cryptherapy Renewing Cream sinks easily into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Omega fatty acids, ceramides shea butter and macadamia seed oil add to the intense moisture power of this hydration magnet.

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Tried, Tested & Loved: Real Reviews From Real Singaporeans

Want to know what your fellow Singaporeans think about the Rootree Cryptherapy range? Here’s what these lovely ladies have to say about it!

Keen to know more about Rootree? Check out their website here!