|From left: Ginseng face mask, Peeling Gel, Phyto Aqua Toner, Aqua Soothing Silky Essence, Sleeping Pack, Collagen Mask, Sunblock (Front)|
I got these from the The Face Shop from my Korea trip. My tour group had attended the beauty academy before that so I had a chance to try out the Obdo products there. The teacher at the academy went through the steps to skin care at a rapid rate and educated us on the thinking behind it. Apparently, the Koreans focus on skin condition instead of cosmetics. They feel that if the skin is good, you look good and applying cosmetics is just an accessory. I like this thinking because guys don't put on cosmetics anyway.
Skincare steps taught at the Korea Beauty Academy:
1. Apply the peeling gel (Once a week)
|Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract|
Selling on Qoo10 for SGD $65.
2. Apply the mask after peeling (Once a week)
|Ginseng Face Mask (20ml)|
When applying the mask on your face, ensure that you push out all air bubbles so that the mask is in full contact of your skin. Next, push the remaining moisture onto your neck. You can also pour the remaining essence (they give a lot) in the packet onto your palms and spread it on your neck. Don't let it go to waste. After 20 to 30 minutes, take the mask off and allow your skin to dry off. Do not wash it off.
3. Apply toner after washing your face (Day and Night)
|The level in the bottle after 1 month of use|
For those who are curious what the word phyto means, you will not find this in the dictionary. And I did look it up in an actual dictionary, between physique and pi, there is nothing. When trying to find the definition on Google, the closest explanation I got is that it is plant related. What I think, this is just a word the beauty industry use to make their product sound clever.
4. Apply the Silky Essence next (Day and Night)
|I love this!|
The bottle works in an interesting way. It has a compressed bottom that pushes up on the essence content. As you continue to use it, you can see the bottom rising up. The level in the photo is after about one month of use.
Silky Essence selling on Qoo10 for $43.90 for a limited time.
5. Sunblock (Day)
Available for SGD $50 on Qoo10.
6. Sleeping Pack (Night)
Available for SGD $52 on Qoo10.
Other productsWhat I was taught above are for both guys and ladies. For the ladies, there are additional products such as the BB cream (there is even CC cream now), eye cream, which I will not go into length here. However, I will talk about the Odbo O2 cleanser. It's just too amazing to leave this out. Notice that I did not talk about any cleanser, that's because we did not a chance to try this product out at the academy and I did not purchase it either so I cannot do a fair review. When you apply the cleanser, it appears clear at first. A few seconds, you notice a white dense foam forming. I was told it is due to oxidisation. When you wipe the foam away, the bottom begins foaming soon after. It looks like a really cool party trick. The cleanser removes make up too so ladies will find this handy.
The cost of skincare
Personally, I feel that my skin condition has improved a lot. The products has performed well. At this price, I think that it is a little pricey compared to the usual range of products. However, for the results on the skins, it is value for money.
From Google Map's street view, the picture of the shop front fits what I had in memory, including the surrounding areas. The shop is a long walk from the Mapo-gu Office station. Check out Missingray blog for more details on walking there as I got there in comfort of a tour bus. Good luck and may you have happy returns!
Getting to the Odbo ShopSome of you may be going to Korea on your own and you will like to visit the shop where it is selling the Odbo products. From what I know, the normal Face Shop do not have Odbo products because I have been to them while I was in Korea. The Odbo product is targetted at tourists and even the local Korean will not have heard of it. After some searching online, based on the directions on Missingray blog and my memory (which is mostly about BBQ grills), I believe this is the correct direction on Google Map.
|41-1, Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea|