It suffices to say that women all over the world are jealous of Korean women because of the flawless skin they have. Koreans take really good care of their skin and that’s the reason why they have so beautiful skin. You might be wondering what’s so different about Korean skincare. Well, let’s just say that they don’t follow the normal CTM routine (Cleansing- Toning- Moisturizing). But instead, they follow a 10 step religious skincare routine which keeps their skin glowing and healthy. I bet you thought CTM is enough for your skin. But the thing is that we live in a polluted world where our skin is exposed to so much dirt and impurities. Along with it, we also use makeup which has a certain effect on our skin.
Koreans think of skincare as an investment and they not only invest their money but also time into it. Check out to know more about the Korean skincare routine:
Cleanse With An Oil Cleanser
The first step to start our skincare routine involves removal of the makeup and dirt on our skin. As soon as you get home the first thing you have to do is to get rid of the makeup and the other impurities. For this, the Koreans recommend using an oil cleanser. Oil cleanser is highly beneficial and it is something that is trending nowadays due to its benefits.
If you have oily skin, you might be wondering what’s the use of removing the makeup off of my oily skin using an oil cleanser? Well, you see the thing is cleansers leave your skin dry. Your skin needs nourishment. Oil cleansers are gentler than the normal cleansers. They help in removing bad oils using good oil. So it doesn’t matter whether you have oily, combination or sensitive skin, oil cleansing is something you should opt for.
Cleansing Again Using Water-Based Cleanser
Cleansing two times? Yes, Koreans use double cleansing method for their skin. While they suggest oil-based cleanser for the first round, they also suggest using a water-based cleanser for the second round. They say that only oil-based cleansing just doesn’t cut it and in order for you to have a acne-free flawless skin, you have to invest in a water-based cleanser. Water-based cleansing ensures that the deeper pores with impurities are cleansed. You can use a mild foaming cleanser and massage it lightly in circular motions does the trick. Don’t rub it.
Exfoliation is an important step in a Korean skincare routine. Exfoliation helps in removal of the dead skin cells on the skin. That’s the reason why exfoliator contains small microbeads in it. Exfoliation also helps in having smooth skin which further makes it easy for the application of makeup. But you shouldn’t exfoliate your face daily. Do it just 2 or 3 times a week. If you think your skin needs exfoliation daily then do it only in your problem areas like the nose to get rid of the blackheads or the cheeks where you can see visible pores. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate your pout as well.
Prepping With A Toner
As you have been following the CTM routine already then you must know that a toner is a must. But toners have had a bad rep in the beauty world due to the fact that they contain alcohol and tend to leave our skin itchy, dry and irritated. Koreans do not use the normal toners. Their toners are made with the goal to hydrate and soothe your skin for further skincare process. Apart from that toners help in minimizing the pores and moisturize the skin. For this, the Korean toners have hydraulic acid and essential oils. Koreans never skip this step in their skincare routine and they call toners as refreshers. If you have been skipping this step then you have to buck up now.
Using An Essence
The essential part that stands out in the Korean skincare regime is their use of ‘Essence’. Asian women swear by it. What exactly is an essence and what does it do? Essence is a concentrated nourishing liquid that gives your skin the needed nourishment after cleansing. Cleansing not only get rids of the impurities but also the oil from the skin. So as to add back the needed moisture into the skin essence is used. It is also known to increase the elasticity of skin and brighten your skin. However don’t rub it into your skin, just tap it into your skin lightly.
Facial serums are just like essence but are the thicker than the essence. So why do we need this step? Serums may be like the thicker and condensed version of essence but they are more powerful and effective. Serums cater to particular issues. You can buy it depending upon the issues you have, for example, there are different serums for acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, pores etc. It can help in restoring your skin to the best condition by directly addressing the issues. Even a single drop of serum a day does the magic to your skin. You might confuse it to be a moisturizer or facial oil but it is not. A few brands and companies have just blurred the lines between these products but each of them is different.
There is also a super serum called ampoule which is the new frenzy in the market. It is used when skin is facing some serious crisis. However, it is not recommended to be used on a daily basis like a normal serum. It has to be used for a short period only. It contains high active ingredients to issues problematic skin areas.
If there is one thing that women are going gaga over in the skincare these days is sheet masks. Sheet masks make you feel pampered. They soother your skin and provide it with nourishment. Korean sheet masks cater to every type of skin and have a huge variety of each type. Apply it and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. You can also use the leftover gel to massage it into your skin later on. It will help in blood circulation. Korean sheet masks also come in different sizes and patterns. You can find different sheet masks made just for lips or undereyes or nose etc. You can opt for any of them whichever suits your needs.
Yes, Korean skincare routine has a separate step for eye care. The area around our eyes is the most delicate area on our face and it needs extra care. Koreans keep this in mind and they take precaution beforehand because as we already know prevention is better than cure. Eye cream will reduce the chances of wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness etc. The trick to applying the eye cream is that you have to gently tap the cream onto your skin instead of massaging it into the skin.
Finally, we have reached the moisturizing stage. Moisturizers bring back the moisture to your skin and hydrate it. Even though you might think you don’t need the moisturizer after the whole ordeal, trust me, you do. You might have oily skin but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a moisturizer. You can buy a light moisturizer which easily blends into your skin without leaving any oiliness on your face. So, girls, you need to invest in a good moisturizer because it is necessary.
SPF Or Night Cream
The last step to the Korean skincare routine is either a sunscreen or the night cream depending on the time you are doing the routine. Sunscreen is a must in the daytime, even if it is winter season. Sun rays can cause aging and you have to avoid it. If you are doing this at night then pat on another layer of moisturizer or the night cream or you can even opt for the sleeping pack. It will keep your skin hydrated all through the night.
So guys, here we come to the end of Korean skincare routine. One thing you have to remember if you do this routine is that you have to maintain consistency. You can’t just do it once and expect results. If you want glowing and healthy skin then you have to put efforts and maintain the routine for a long time.