Ask the Past: Korean skincare

For the last few years, I have been following a Korean skincare routine that made my skin look and feel amazing, but the company that made my favourite cleansers went out of business a few months ago. I have tried several replacements, but nothing is as good, and the last one I tried made my face break out. What should I do?

One of the most important parts of Korean skincare is the double cleanse. Instead of just using one cleanser, you cleanse first with an oil-based product and then with a water based one. For the oil based cleanser, try this suggestion from the Australian Enquiry Book.

Save your poultry fat and make a face oil from it. Goose fat is the best, but failing that, other poultry, and to make the oil render the fat in the oven (in a jar), beat it with a fork and put in a few drops of any scented oil or essence preferred and bottle for use.

If you don't have access to goose oil and are reluctant to use lesser poultry, you could try this recipe for lemon face cleanser from the New Zealand Women's Institutes Cookery Book instead.

One tablespoon of pure lard without salt (from fresh meat if possible). One tablespoon of cream base. 2 teaspoons lemon juice. 1 teaspoon peroxide, a few drops of any perfume.

You have a lot of options for the water cleanser too, but probably the simplest is from the Australian Enquiry Book.

A few drops of ammonia in tepid water will soften and cleanse the skin.

If you're still having issues with your face breaking out, Hyleigh's Medical and Stock Book has the answer.

A preparation which enjoys a great reputation is as follows: Sulphur 1 oz, Glycerine 1 oz, Cold Cream 1 oz. Mix all together and apply freely every night.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a simpler regime altogether, you could consider ditching all of your products in favour of this routine from Hyleigh's.

If you look in the notebooks of your grandmother, you will find - ten chances to one - that her nightly lotion was a simple one, of fresh or sour cream. Follow her example, go to the kitchen for the rest of your beauty outfit, and you will give your complexion a refreshing change, says an authority. Smear the cream lightly with the tips of your fingers. Remove it with a lotion made from rain water collected in a small barrel from the eaves, warmed and enriched with a few drops of ordinary kitchen vinegar. Then bathe the face in warm water.

I'm sure that will help.

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