Have you ever wondered what all the hub is about? Korean beauty is a unique regimen with very high beauty standards that are almost impossible to meet by even the most renowned dermatologists.. Talk about flawless porcelain skin, the perfect v-shaped jawline and a spotless complexion with a golden undertone! Those are the standards of Korean women who are known worldwide to spend more money on cosmetics than women in any other Asian country. In 2015, South Korea exported more than 2.64 billion dollars of cosmetic goods. That quiet explains the intense fascination with anything beauty!
Think of k-beauty as an umbrella that holds under it multiple rituals targeting to achieve health, hydration and a preferred lack of pigment..With unfamiliar ingredients such as snail slime, morphing masks, bee venom, moisturizing starfish extract, and pig collagen; Korean products are used within a frame of 10 famous steps that are much different than the standard American 3 step beauty regimen – cleansing, toning and hydrating.
Below is a more detailed display of how this routine works!
1 || MAKEUP REMOVER + OIL CLEANSER
Why does K-beauty incorporate oil cleansers?
In order for all make up tiny residues to be completely wiped out you need them to fuse with the oily nature of those types of cleansers, otherwise you will wake up with smudgy eyes and partially cleansed pores..Massage it over your dry face and neck to break up makeup and then add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleanser. Massage again and then rinse everything off!
2 || WATER-BASED CLEANSER
That step comes naturally after oil cleansing, and It’s called double cleansing for a reason. Wash your face with a water-based cleanser to whisk away any remaining residue and impurities from your oil cleanse.
3 || EXFOLIATOR
Okay, not so many complexions need exfoliation, especially because of its harsh nature, (especially if you have sensitive skin), but it is actually necessary at least once a week to get clear andpolished skin. Use gentle strokes to slough off dead skin cells and make way for your skin care products to mingle with your pores and do their magic.
4 || TONER
When we think toners, we think a balanced PH level.. Toners are the product that dampen your skin.. Use a cotton pad and wet your face with your chosen toner, we love toners that have micellar water in them.. As there is no need to rinse off after usage..
5 || ESSENCE
It’s the 5th out of 10 steps for a reason! Yes, this step is considered the heart of the Korean skin care routine! An essence is a kind of toner/serum hybrid made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover. Apply it to freshly toned skin and pat it in. We love La Prairie’s caviar essence in lotion, tried and tested and loved!
6 || TREATMENTS
This step should be customized to your skin type, consider boosters, serums, and ampoules as concentrated essences that directly treat the issues you’re most concerned about. Whether your case is dull skin, large pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, or acne, serums are the ideal skin-perfecting step.
7 || SHEET MASKS
This 7th step is the soul of Korean beauty..All you have to do is put one on and chill for 15-20 minutes. Sheet masks provide you with a quiet, meditative, and skin-nourishing ritual that imparts maximum treatment to your skin. Use one at least once or twice a week or every single day if you’d like!
8 || EYE CREAM
Again, use the eye cream that best suits your age and case.. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate and an eye cream provides the area with extra helpings of hydration and protection. Always use your ring finger to very gently tap eye cream around the entire orbital bone, avoiding the water line.
9 || MOISTURIZER
Can you believe that moisturizing comes in as the 9th step in K-beauty?? The reason behind this is that you have genuinely prepared your skin for maximum and effective absorption now.. Whether it’s an emulsion, lotion, gel, or cream—all of which work to seal in moisture to plump up skin and smooth away any fine lines. Pat a moisturizer into your face and neck morning and night every single day.
10 || SUN PROTECTION or Sleeping Packs
Lastly, and definitely depending on whether u r applying this routine day or night, you need to end it accordingly.. So if applied mornings, and even if you’re stepping outside for just a couple of minutes, you must wear sunscreen. It’s the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging. The reason why it is the last step is the fact that it can fully shield your skin from UV rays without being diluted by prior products.
As for the night version of the finale, you will need to smooth on a second layer of moisture with an ultra-rich night cream or a sleeping pack. think of it as a cream mask that locks in the emulsion and keeps your face hydrated throughout the night, meaning, that thickest most intensive night time cream you ave ever purchased.. Seal the deal and hit the sheets..
Enjoy your K-beauty routine, after all it is clearly not actually using Korean products, it is the regimen that makes it worldwide preferred!!!