Korean Skincare have been slowly but surely getting more and more popular in the Western Culture. I’m not at all surprise by this because after all, Korea is a #1 country in the Beauty Products and heavily dominate in the Skincare industry. I have personally switch to these routine (not everyday bc “aint nobody have time for all that”) for at least 3 nights a week and it works wonder. Don’t let the amount of products overwhelm you and prevent you to give this a try. Korean Skincare Routine is usually consist of 10 easy steps. It is similar to getting a facial once in a while but you can do this as home in the comfort of your own home. Like I mention earlier, you don’t have to commit to this routine everyday for this to work, even if you only do this 1 day out of the week, after a couple of weeks, you will see the difference significantly.
Step 1: Eye Makeup Remover
If you have any makeup on, you want to properly remove it with makeup remover wipe. Nobody love the panda look even though those panda bears are very cute. Most people would recommend a Korean brand but I do enjoy my drug store Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.
Step 2: Oil-based cleanser
If you love doing facial massage, this is a perfect chance for you to give yourself a quick facial massage using the oil cleanser. With oily skin, don’t be scare of a little oil, I found out that oily skin is most likely dehydrate skin, by using the oil cleanser, it will balance out your skin and reduce the amount of oil your body produce naturally. The oil-based cleanser will help you to clean up all the remained makeup. My personal favorite is Mizon King To THe Kong No.1 King’s Berry Cleansing Oil. This bottle will last you for at least half a year using regularly. I have it for little over 6 months and I haven’t use half of the bottle yet.
Step 3: Foaming cleanser
Water will not wash of the oil cleanser so you need something mild to get rid of all the oil. Nobody wants to sleep with their faces dripping oil and makeup now. There are ton of choices in the Skincare market, in my opinion, it doesn’t need to be a foam cleanser. In fact, any cleanser of your choice will do great.
Step 4: Exfoliator (optional)
I’m a big fan of exfoliator but it will damage your skin if you over exfoliate. It is a highly recommendation to exfoliate your skin about once a week and no more than twice a week. Exfoliation products with microbeads are recently banned because it do more harm than good for your skin. Sugar mask is a great contender and any gel-based exfoliator is the perfect contender. I love the gel-based exfoliator because you can actually feel your dead skin rubbing off of your skin. My favorite brand is actually from Japan, and it is Cure Natural Aqua Gel.
Step 5: Toner
Some people skip this step but this is probably the most important step on any Skincare routine. Why? Facial toners help to balance the ph (potential hydrogen) of your skin. The ph scale is measured from 0 -14 with 7 being the most neutral level. Having a balanced ph level means your skin is less prone to oiliness and infection, creating a more vibrant and smoother appearance. You can create your own toner like rose-water/lavender, or purchase the toner from any local retail store.
Step 6: Essence
This is the step that make the Korean Skincare routine stand out or I should say, Korea created this category. Essence is not the same as toner even though most people think that way. They are usually come in a large and very beautiful glass bottle. Essence has higher dose active ingredients, and is meant to penetrate deep into the skin surface after you’ve gone through the process of cleansing. It has hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and other natural extracts for an immediately hydrated and comforted feel. This is a product that make most people in the state very confuse and some companies have combined both toners and essences as “treatment toners, essences”. It is still advised using separate products for best result. MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence.
Step 7: Serums
This is a holy-grail for oily skin, serum. Why? Serums are different from a cream or lotion is inside the formula and what doesn’t include in it. Serums leave out occlusive, or airtight, moisturizing ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil that keep water from evaporating. They also contain fewer lubricating and thickening agents, like nut or seed oils. Most serums are water-based, eliminating oils altogether. It has a weightless feel and a non greasy finish. Serums are not recommended to people who have eczema and rosacea. There’s a lot of benefit to serums, from smoothing fine lines to reducing age spots. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule Serum.
Step 8: Sheet Mask
You see this everywhere, from Buzzfeed to Instagram, and every others social network. Sheet mask contains hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid are fantastic for anyone with dry skin or to use for added moisture because of cold, winter weather. You can pack this along with your carry-on for a long fly to combat the dry air. Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet or Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet
Step 9: Eye Cream
We all know what eye cream is and why we need it, but when do you start using it? I think it is most appropriate age is 25-28 and up. In order to find the right eye cream, you have to determine what benefit you want to get out of the product. There are different eye creams that aid in puffiness, dark circles, fine lines.
Step 10: Night Cream
Phew, this look like a lot of work, isn’t it? But I guarantee the reward will be a phenomenon. Night creams are tend to be a lot heavier than day creams, and doesn’t contain SPF. The purpose of night creams are deep moisturizing, deep nourishing, and restorative.
Wow, you make it to the end. Even though this routine sounds like it will take over 3 hrs, it will only take 15 mins maximum before bedtime. It is a very good way to pamper yourself and wind down after a long day of work. By doing this routine regularly, you will eliminate all the need for expensive facial treatment at the spa. If you find yourself stumble face first on to your bed, just forget all these step but never forget to remove your make up please.
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