10 Steps Korean Skincare Routine
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When it comes to beauty trends, South Korea always comes one step ahead. Beauty-conscious Korean women are known for their soft, well-groomed and baby skin. Let’s discuss over here the 10 Steps Korean Skincare Routine.
1. Oil-Based Cleanser
Korean skincare routines are famous for their double cleanse treatment. The oil cleanser efficiently removes oil-based impurities and residues such as sebum, makeup, and suncream. After this first step, your skin feels deeply nourished and smooth.
2. Water-Based Cleanser
The water-based cleanser (usually foaming wash) can penetrate deeper into your skin to remove any accumulation of impurities in your pores. It helps to get rid of water-based soluble particles such as dirt, sweat, and dead cells.
Physical or chemical exfoliation helps to effectively unclogging pores from impurities and dead cells that might remain on your skin after cleansing. You can even use exfoliator on a daily basis if you choose a gentle one. Exfoliation leaves your skin brighter and deeply purified. As a result, any further skincare treatments are able to penetrate deeper into your dermis allowing maximum benefits.
4. Facial Toner
The facial toner removes any left-over residues of dirt on your skin and helps to minimize the appearance of pores, giving you a tighter and firming texture. The toner has the properties of a liquid solution that delivers a quick boost of hydration to your skin and helps to restores pH balance, preparing the skin for optimal absorption of serums and moisturizers.
Packed with powerful nutrients and vitamins, an essence delivers active ingredients to the skin before you moisturize and serve as an additional layer of hydration. The essence is applied by gently pressing onto your skin for quick absorption. Less concentrated than a serum, some people may want to only use an essence depending on how the skin reacts to different formulas.
More concentrated and potent than an essence, a serum sinks deep into the skin. There are many different types of serums, each with an unique purpose and formula targeting specific skin concerns. Some serums help to brighten your skin or reduce blemishes, while others focus on boosting hydration or fighting the signs of aging.
7. Sheet Mask
Soaked with a serum-based formula, a sheet mask is placed on top of your face to deliver active ingredients. The sheet mask doesn't aim to clean or exfoliate your skin of any kind, but add an additional layer of nourishment. They can help to balance, moisturize, calm, and brighten your skin.
8. Eye Cream
Eye creams have become an essential part of the Korean skincare daily routine. They are specifically formulated for the delicate and sensitive eye skin, helping to reduce signs of aging, getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles, fighting appearance of puffiness, and diminishing dark under-eye circles.
In the traditional Korean skincare beauty routine, the moisturizing step simply allows to seal all the layers before it. Moisturizers can come in many different forms, textures - gel, cream, lotion, or emulsion. Make sure to use one with a formulation that suits your skin type.
Finally, the last step is to add an SPF suncream to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and reduce risk of developing a skin cancer. Regardless of your skin complexion and tone, everyone needs to apply an suncream in their daytime skincare routine.