It’s true, we all want to have an amazing and smooth looking skin. However, the only way we can achieve that is if we give our skin the care and attention it deserves. It’s important that we do not take it for granted. Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It regenerates itself, and in 4 weeks time, the living cells of our skin go from the bottom of the epidermis to the surface of the skin. According to research, the epidermis slows down the loss of moisture from the lower layer of the skin, meaning the dermis. The dermis is composed of collagen and elastin fibers. When this layer of skin gets hydrated, the skin looks younger, prettier, and more elastic.
In order to make sure that your skin is always looking and feeling its best, we should first consider our skincare routines as well as day-to-day habits, such as what kind of food we’re eating, what are we drinking, and our showering habits. But first and foremost, we should understand the different types of skins, and the routines they require. The different skin types vary from normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination, and sensitive skin. However, without the proper care, your skin might end up having deep lines and wrinkles, age spots, saggy or blemished skin, it might look dull, and you might even see dark circles.
But what is the proper care our skin needs? Well, as mentioned above, it’s essential to know your skin type and then proceed with any skincare routine that works for your skin. While some of the steps you should take daily to make your skin look flawless are cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen; what has been mentioned quite a lot lately is the famous Korean skincare routine.
What is the Korean skincare routine?
It’s widely known that Koreans achieve their flawless skin through a special skin care routine. This routine involves about 10 steps or more, which would probably make you shout, ‘wait do I have enough time for all of this?’. Well, on the bright side, it’s important to note that you can customize the steps according to your needs, and it’s fair to say, according to research, it has proven to be quite worthy. Although it may take a bit more of the usual time you spend on skincare, it’s important to give it a try and realize it was actually a time well spent.
The steps of the Korean skincare routine
The Korean beauty influencers recommend these 10 steps:
1. Oil Cleanser
2. Foam/Cream Cleanser
7. Sheet Mask
8. Eye Cream
Let’s begin looking at each step in detail.
1. Oil Cleanser
According to Coveteur, oil cleansers are a good solution for all skin types. Although people who have oily skin might be skeptical when it comes to using an oil cleanser, research has suggested that it’s actually effective since it works against oil-based impurities, like pollutants, SPF, and sebum. So the first step, when it comes to the Korean skincare routine is go for the oil cleanser.
2. Foam Cleanser
Foaming cleansers are good for removing water-based debris, such as sweat or dirt – meaning the things the oil cleanser can’t remove, the foam cleanser does. That’s why it’s a double cleanser routine, so you end up with a thoroughly cleansed face.
Exfoliator is optional and, according to Coveteur, not to be used daily. However, it is good since it renews the skin by scrubbing away the dead skin cells.
According to Peach and Lily, the culture of Korean beauty has been passed down through generations. The tradition is still present, with the formulations that draw from the Earth and, this way, they avoid harsh chemicals.
Essences are lightweight, they are a mix of ingredients containing hydrating, anti-aging, and complexion-enhancing properties. Research suggests that essence should be applied differently than toners. So, instead of soaking a cotton ball with the product and applying it to your skin, you massage the essence in the face using your bare hands. Essence brightens your skin, and it has active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
According to SokoGlam, boosters, serums, and ampoules are skin perfectors. They have powerhouse ingredients and they touch different skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
7. Face Mask
Face masks are important. They tend to reduce redness, fight acne, treat wrinkles, as well as boost hydration. When talking about the Korean skincare routine, sheet masks are full of vitamins and minerals. However, try to find the masks that you think prove the best results for your skin, and use them about once or twice per week.
8. Eye Cream
The skin area under the eyes is thinner, and therefore more sensitive and easily dehydrated. So make sure not to skip the eye cream.
Moisturizing can’t and shouldn’t be skipped in the Korean skincare routine. It’s important that you moisturize every morning and every evening, but also a few times during the day as SioBeauty suggests.
The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, so as the last part of your Korean skincare routine, make sure to apply sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. Do not skip this step, even when the weather is cold.
Remember: When it comes to the proper skin care routine, you should also keep in mind that a great part of the skin looking flawless is due to the factors that come from within. What you eat, drink also affects the way you look. Make sure to opt for healthy options.
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