SKINCARE 101: KOREAN BEAUTY TIPS
Have you heard of the popular 10-step Korean skincare routine? This beauty regimen has been a craze for Millennials in recent years. When skincare gurus learned about this routine, they employed it without hesitation, and alas, they’ve learned why people make such a fuss about it.
Although the ten steps are quite a bit of work compared to our usual “cleanse-tone-moisturize” method, it has mind-boggling results as evidenced by, of course, Koreans and even beauty experts from the U.S. Now we can see why most Koreans defy aging and have glowing and enviable skin!
Korean beauty and lifestyle blogger Vicky Lee shared her tested and proven skincare regimen tips. So before you use your credit card to purchase beauty products, learn from her pointers below:
Step 1: Wash with cleanser
First things first. Wash your face using a water-based cleanser to remove impurities and oil residue from your skin. Water does not only remove dirt from your face, but it also keeps the skin hydrated. You can opt for an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based makeup easily.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is recommended twice a week to remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores. You can use a bead-based exfoliator or a gentle enzyme to remove surface cells that make your skin look dull. Proper exfoliation can, to a huge degree, uncover fresh new cells from below, leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Step 3: Toner
Toner removes traces of impurities, dirt, and grime that are stuck in your pores. When used regularly, it can help tighten your pores. Applying toner also helps balance the skin’s pH levels and absorb the next products you apply.
Step 4: Essence
An essence is applied to a cleansed face after using your toner. It preps the skin to absorb the next products you put on your face, like serum and moisturizer. Essence balances the skin and enables deeper penetration of active ingredients into our skin barrier. It also, to a huge degree, hydrates the skin, aiding in cellular turnover.
Step 5: Ampoule
Next is ampoules, which are similar to serums. Ampoules usually come in small-sized dark bottles with droppers and have high concentrations of active ingredients that target specific skin concerns. They’re used for boosting your skin, especially when you’re having a skin crisis of some sort. It is recommended to apply them before the serum.
Step 6: Serum
Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that have active ingredients. Like ampoules, they also target specific skin concerns like acne, dark spots, wrinkles, or dry skin. Serums penetrate deeper into the skin, and using them regularly can help you achieve smoother, firmer, moist skin. You can also check some online classes that teach you the different types of serum that work best for your skin type.
Step 7: Eye cream
To help remove eye puffiness and dark circles, applying eye creams is highly advisable. Eye creams also address fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes that come from both sun damage and squinting.
Step 8: Sheet mask
This is a beauty favorite, and we swear by its effectiveness too! The sheet mask is a cloth saturated with active ingredients that are perfect for all skin types. It contains various vitamins and minerals that can help brighten and hydrate your skin and reverse signs of aging when used regularly. Gas up your skincare routine using a sheet mask!
Step 9: Moisturizer
Of course, a skincare regimen won’t be complete without moisturizer. While moisturizers may not be recommended for everyone, especially for the oily skin type, they still have a lot of benefits, including keeping the skin from drying out. Moisturizers make your face softer, supple, and healthier.
Step 10: Sunscreen
We can list many reasons why applying sunscreen is so important. First, it protects the skin against damaging UV rays. Next, it prevents the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots or skin discoloration. It also keeps your skin smoother and helps you have a more even skin tone. Trust us, sunscreen is worth your skincare investment.