So…what’s the deal with this ‘Korean Skin Care Routine’?
You’ve obviously heard of it, and its stellar reputation. But what makes it so popular?
The multiple (sometimes 10, sometimes 12) step Korean Skin Care Routine is famous because it’s so logical, as explained by Dr Zoe Draelos, MD, Consulting Professor at Duke University.
You start off with oil-based and water-soluble products to strip your skin of all makeup and other unwanted matter.
Then you proceed to to condition and replenish your skin.
Here we do that with a mixture of toners, masks, serums, moisturizers and so on.
So, without further ado, let’s just jump right into it.
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Step 1: Makeup Removal / Oil Cleansers
Get all the makeup, dirt and sebum off your skin. Use makeup remover on cotton pad to remove waterproof eye and lip makeup. Use oil cleanser to melt away sunscreen / BB Cream). Be gentle.
Step 2: Cleanser
Double cleansing is essential to keep your skin as clean as possible. Use a gentle cleanser to clear oil, dirt and other residue left on skin. Invest in a bore brush or cleansing device if your skin needs a little bit of tugging to get it cleaned.
Step 3: Exfoliator
We recommend you exfoliate two times a week for softer, smoother and vibrant skin. Use any good exfoliating agent, while you are at it – skin peeling gels to enzyme solutions or sugar scrubs.
Step 4: Toner
Toners aid in balancing your skin’s pH level and prepare it for absorption of the next skin care products that are to follow. Use Korean Toners. Apply by soaking on cotton pad or directly patting onto face with your hands.
Step 5: Essence
Essences help treat skin on a cellular level. They contain active ingredients that help in hydrating, anti-aging, brightening and evening skin tone. You can gently pat Essence into freshly toned and cleansed skin.
Step 6: Ampoules / Serums
After cleansing, toning and essence application, skin is ready to absorb the essential serums. Avoid rubbing the serum into your skin. Instead apply it on skin, and gently tap with your fingers for better absorption.
Step 7: Sheet Masks
These are a must in Korean Skin Care Routine. Apply a Sheet mask and simply chill out for 15 – 30 mins, while the masks do all the hard work on your skin. Depending on your requirement, you can use them 3-4 times a week.
Step 8: Eye Cream
Choose a good eye cream to address your eye concerns like dark circles, eye bags, wrinkles etc. Avoid rubbing product onto skin, gently tap for best absorption.
Step 9: Moisturizers
Seal all the goodness you have put onto your skin with a final, thicker layer of hydration by applying a moisturizer. Select from a variety of moisturizers – emulsions, lotions, gels, creams etc), that best suit your skin. Apply with gentle strokes and pat onto skin.
Step 10: Sun Protection
Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and prevent harmful effects like skin darkening, premature aging, wrinkle formation etc. Make sure to apply sunscreen before you step out into the warm rays, and reapply as needed.
Before You Go!
One thing you need to remember is this is a skincare regimen. Not a magic trick. And a skincare regimen that’s based on Korean culture and values.
Critically, you need to persist with this to see long-term results. You shouldn’t jump into it expecting the gang to exclaim how you’re glowing at tomorrow’s brunch.
You also need to realize this is a skincare routine. Not a dermatological treatment. So start on this to achieve a warmly glowing skin. For chronic skin conditions, consult your dermatologist.
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