How to buy Korean skincare products in India

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Korean skin care has been popular for while now and the Korean skincare products has a huge consumer base in India. Korean 7 skin method, double cleansing, sheet masks, layering of products, fermented ingredients, glass skin and honey skin have all been and remain in trend.

For those of you who are already familiar with the Kbeauty products, the major concern is where to buy these products from. There are many re-sellers in India, who stock up these products and sell them at a higher price in India, especially via Instagram.

This blog post is about how I bought products directly from websites without paying any extra charge on price or customs.

Jolse | Korean Cosmetics Online Shop

Jolse is an Online cosmetics platform, where you can purchase Korean skincare products at a cheaper price. They run offers for most of the popular brands like Cox Rx, Etude House, Skin Miso, Missha, Innisfree, Neogen to name a few. In addition to this you get a discount when you first sign up.

It has been almost an year since I purchased from Jolse, and I have not used up wither of these products yet. These days they have better offers. Currently there is a free worldwide shipping + free gifts offer with every purchase.

How I purchased products without paying Shipping charge or Customs charge:

If you keep your purchase to within 35$, you can skip the

You can find the billing info below:

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In total for a 41.82 order I payed 30.96 USD including shipping charges.

To give you context, Indian sellers like Beautybarn sells the CosRX product for 1450Rs, where as here I paid around just 1060Rs for it.

I got the products within 2-3 weeks and I faced no issues with the order.

So if you want to get hold of the products fast, you can go for trusted resellers in India. But if cost is your concern, you can go for sites like Jolse.

Some other sites you can check are TesterKorea, Koreadepart and Sweetcorea. You can add to cart all the products you wish to buy and see which of these sites provides the cheapest option.

Soko Glam

Soko glam and Charlotte are the most familiar names in Korean skincare. I have watched almost all her Youtube videos on Korean skincare and products.

If you are a beginner in Korean skincare, you can get curated skincare products for your skin type or concern from Sokoglam. Also most of the high performing products available here are exclusive to Sokoglam. You will not find them in other sites.

Charlotte is also involved in creating highly effective skincare products by teaming up with popular skincare brands. Two of such products are the Neogen real ferment micro essence which ahs 93% fermented ingredients and CosRx Triple C lightening liquid, which has 20.5% pure vit C.

I have been eyeing these products for a while, but Soko glam is a site where there is rarely any shipping offers for international shipping. And then came Black Friday sale last October and I purchased these two products. So it is best to wish list the products you like and wait for such special days, if you are not in a hurry. You can save up a lot this way.

But it took around a month for the products to reach me. Actually the first batch of products got stuck in Delhi and didn’t reach me. Sokoglam offered to refund the amount or send the products again. I opted for the products and they reached me within a month. I did not pay any custom for these either.

Their customer support is incredible and there is nothing to worry about incase your product is taking longer to reach you.

That’s it for this small post. Do comment your queries below incase any and also follow us in Insta for more on wellness. Let me know if you would love a detailed post on Korean skincare or review of products mentioned in this post.

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Millet in diet : Ragi Idli and Foxtail millet recipes

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Millet is not a staple diet in Kerala as much it is in Karnataka. The only millet I was familiar with before moving to Karnataka, was Ragi. Because Ragi is a popular baby food. So after moving here, I was quite surprised to know the different ways millet varieties can be added to diet.

Ayurveda

Millet is a grass variety with small seeds. Millet is resilient to infertile soil, droughts and needs minimum care in cultivation. According to Ayurveda millet is light, sweet and dry grain. It balances Kapha but can increase Vata and Pitta in excess. So it is advised to soak the millet in water and cook with cumin and coriander to make it suitable for all Doshas.

Millet is particularly high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Ragi, or finger millet is the richest in calcium, with about 10 times that of rice or wheat. In general, millets are fairly high on the Glycemic Index (GI) so it is best prepared with a little high quality oil, like pure desi ghee, or with additional high fiber foods, to slow the GI of the whole dish.

NOTE :
If you have Thyroid problems it is better to restrict the Millet intake. Millet is a great alternative to rice for diabetes patients. But incase you have no such condition, millet being a dry crop can increase the Vata and dry out your body. So it is advisable to use it in moderation in diet and also to include it as millet flour, as it is easier to digest by the body.

According to Ayurveda your food should be seasonal and local. So if you are used to eating rice, don’t switch to millet immediately. Especially if it is not locally grown.

Foxtail Millet:

My first attempt in cooking with Millet was with Foxtail variety. It is similar to quinoa in that, it gets fluffy one it absorbs hot water.

Soak the millet in water for an hour. Then add it to boiling water and let it sit for 15-20min. The millet will drink up the water and expand. Use a fork to fluff it and this can be used to prepare dishes like salads and upma. For dishes like Kichdi, Pongal and Payasam you can add the soaked millet with other ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook it.

Foxtail millet doesn’t have any specific taste. So the taste depends on the ingredients you use for the dish.

Ragi:

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Finger millet, ragi or panja pullu is my current favorite. The sprouted ragi glour powder with jaggery is my current go to beverage. I thought it would have the flour taste but surprisingly it has a nutty flavour and makes a great drink.

I wanted to try making dosa batter with ragi. So I soaked the whole grains overnight with urad dal and tried grinding it in grinder, like I normally do with rice dosa. Unfortunately, the ragi didn’t grind at all with the Urad dal. So I transferred it to the mixer jar and tried grinding it in mixie. That worked, eventhough it took a while to get it a smooth paste.

So I would advice you to grind urad dal and mix it with Ragi Powder before leaving it to ferment.

Anyway the dosa and idlis turned out great. Especially the idlis were soft and fluffy.

So that’s it on millet. I will add more recipes in the insta page as and when I try new dishes with it. Hope you liked the post.

 

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Korean Skincare Products : The textures in skincare

Korean skincare products are quite different from our Indian skincare products interms of the ingredients and texture. More and more skincare brands across the world, are trying to implement similar formulations in their product line owing to the popularity of Korean skincare.

Korean Skincare Products:

We are familiar with creams, oils, gels, balms and powders and all these have different textures and penetration capabilities on skin. Toners are the lightest of all as they are herbal waters and balms are at the other end of the spectrum.

But when it comes to Korean skincare product texture and its feel on skin is equally given importance. Serums (not just oil based ones), ampoules, essences and sheetmasks come into picture and even within these, the textures differ greatly from product to product. Also chemical exfoliation is preferred over physical exfolication and the AHAs, BHAs and PHAs are loved by most. Terms like glass skin and honey skin came about with the nourished, hydrated, smooth and supple skin which gives a dewy look, achieved with the right products and commited routine.

Textures in Korean Skincare:

Korean skincare gives immense importance to hydration. The layering of products is aimed at retaining the moisture for longer periods, which would eventually help in plumping up the skin and thereby delaying the signs of ageing. The lighter product texture makes it ideal for layering multiple times based on skin type and needs.

A little goes a long way with these products. A drop or two is enough for the face. Also I prefer emulsion and products with water instead of balms. Especially because balms even though concentrated, forms an occulsive layer on skin to prevent lose of moisture but it doesn’t provide any hydration. So if your skin is already dry, it will make it overly parched and oily.

Since this post is on textures, I am not going for a detailed review of these products. I am only including the products I have tried and liked.

Slimy : CosRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence

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This essence has a texture similar to aloe extract, semi liquid, viscous and is somewhat slimy on touch. Eventhough it has 96% snail mucin as the major ingredient, it is not sticky on skin but takes a little time to get absorbed completely. No color or fragrance.  Snail mucin is known to heal acne, pigmentation, scars and marks and moisturize the skin well.

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Watery : Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence

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Unlike CosRX snail mucin essence, this one is watery. No color or fragrance and is extremely light (just like water). If not for its efficacy, the texture would have been a let down for the price. What makes this product popular is the high percentage (93%)of naturally fermented ingredients. It is like a skin tonic.

Watery gel like Emulsion : Skin Food Yuja Water Serum

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I don’t even know the right words to explaing these textures. When I say gel, you might imagine something like aloe gel, which is not the case.

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This serum is not as watery as Neogen essence, not slimy as CosRX essence but not as thick as a lotion either. It is light emulsion with no oiliness and has organic Yuja (a citrus fruit) extract as the major ingredient.

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Light serum : CosRX Triple C Lightning Liquid

This antioxidant rich serum contains 20.5% pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and 72% black chokeberry. This serum is lighter than water, in the sense that it gets absorbed as soon as it is applied. The texture is so light that it just have to be pushed lightly to skin as it won’t remain in skin periphery to massage in. Also it has a faint ascorbic acid smell. This is a cult product as it has fresh Vit C from natural ingredients as well as pure vit c which helps with pigmentation and full skin.

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Apart from these, even the sheet masks comes in different textures. Some are gel like and wobbly, some are like fabrics drenched in essence, some have dispersed ingredient particles in it and so on.  Many of the Korean and Japanese sunscreens also have a light milky gel like texture unlike the common ones that leave oilines or white cast on the skin

So that’s it for this post. Hope you liked it.

Let me know what else you would like to know about Korean skincare regime.

 

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