10 Korean skincare secrets for a peachy and glowy skin bring it on!
Peachy and glowy skin, bring it on!
Korea has conquered beauty land with its innovative skincare. The South Korean beauty life safers are flying around our heads, think of: BB cream, cushion foundation, and sheet makers. We can’t live without it! Do you suffer from pimples, dull skin, dehydration, premature skin aging, or -thanks monthly period – a combination of these inconveniences? In the South Korean style beauty routine they are all tackled
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The secret of the radiant skin of South Korean women lies in several factors. It starts with the products, followed by the dedication and regularity with which the skin is cared for (day in, day out). Diving into your bed with your make-up head is an absolute no go, even if you have sweated half the make-up in the club. Finally: the ‘layering’ of different products, or the Korean Skincare Routine. We will return to this in detail.
In addition to basic products, such as: cleaning products and moisturizing creams, the South Korean woman also uses all kinds of serums and essences (moisturizing ) to give the skin an extra boost.
10-piece beauty routine
The South Korean woman’s daily beauty routine consists of about 10 steps, includes a minimum of 10 products (unfortunately lasts more than 10 minutes), and looks like this:
Step 1: Oil Cleanser
In a ten-step Korean skincare routine, the first step is to double wash your face. You use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and pollutants.
This might sound scary to acne-prone or oily folks, but the good news is oil is incredible at removing oil-based products and impurities from your skin.
This is an excellent oil-based cleanser to try out if you are new to the double-cleansing game. The cult-favorite removes everything from waterproof mascara to excess sebum, which can cause breakouts. There are also different variations for different types of skin.
Step 2: Foam CleanserAfter you remove all the makeup and excess oil from your skin, it is time to move onto step two: foam cleansing. Foam cleansers help remove any leftover debris that the oil cleanser missed. Some are even pH balanced cleansers, which helps balance nearly every skin type. Some foam cleansers even start out as oil, so you can double cleanse in one step!
As the name suggests, this cleanser contains banana extract, which is super helpful for acne-prone skin. The honey soothes irritated skin. It doesn’t hurt that it smells absolutely delicious, too.
A cleaning product that foams, with which you open your pores – in addition to cleaning. Measure: Benton Honest cleansing foam, it contains surfactants based on palm oil and thus allows a particularly mild cleaning of the tired skin. Extraction!
Step 3: Exfoliator
Once your skin is nice and squeaky clean, you are going to exfoliate your face. Exfoliation gets rid of any remaining dead skin and helps promote cell turnover, AKA it keeps you glowy. This step is vital if you are going for the glass skin look. Some are physical exfoliants (as in scrubby), and others are chemical exfoliants.
If you have sensitive skin, this is something you may not want to do everyday. Even if you have tough skin, it is best to exfoliate three to five times a week.
If you are looking to exfoliate with a quick swipe, this is for you. This comes with 30 pads that have both a physical and chemical exfoliant. It’s got resveratrol, which is full of antioxidants, keeping your skin clear and young-looking.
This physical exfoliant is ideal for people with dry or flaky skin. Black sugar and refined rice wine gently remove dead skin. It also contains evening primrose oil, which keeps skin youthful — hello glass skin!
This chemical exfoliant has alpha hydroxy acids, or AHA. This chemical helps remove dead skin without being too abrasive — so it is great for everyday use. Count us in.
Step 4: Toner
The purpose of a toner is to help remove any excess cleanser or exfoliant (if there is any) and prep the skin for nutrient-rich products like essences, serums, ampoule treatments, and boosters.
Toners hydrate your skin and are full of vitamins and antioxidants, which is vital for glass skin.
If you have an uneven complexion, this toner is about to become your best friend. The fermented yeast extract, combined with the AHA and BHA, help brighten skin and fade pesky acne scars.
Step 5: Nourish the skin with an essence and a serum
Essences are vital when it comes to Korean skincare routines. The often lightweight serums are packed with tons of skin-repairing and protecting ingredients meant to help with a variety of skin issues. Some people even use a variety of essences on different days to get that perfect glass skin complexion.
This multitasking essence was designed to protect skin from pollution and brighten your complexion. The cactus extract and prickly pear seed oil are packed with antioxidants, while the Glutathione improves skin tone. And according to the reviews, this essence works fast.
Beware large pores: this essence is here to wipe you out. It’s filled with vitamin C to help even out your skin tone, and it comes with textured pads so you can really work it into your skin.
Step 6: Apply moisturizing, nourishing cream, or serum
Serums, ampoule treatments, and boosters, oh my! This step of Korean skin care is often a little pricier than the rest of the Korean skin care routine because they are incredibly concentrated. They are meant to address certain issues and are super-powered to help get you glass skin ASAP.
Feel like you have several skin issues you want to address at once? This ampoule is meant for you. Lactobacillus ferment helps clarify the skin, while the bifida ferment keeps skin hydrated. Put this on at night or before a flight to avoid tired-looking skin.
This booster is excellent for oily-but-sensitive skin. The booster serum contains willow bark extract, which gently reduces excess oils and lessens the appearance of large pores. It’s gentle enough for daily use, too.
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Step 7: Mask
Who among us isn’t familiar with the Korean sheet mask? The beauty products are a staple of silly Instagram selfies, but they are far from the only type of face mask available — there are bubble masks, clay masks, and even sleeping masks. After applying a serum or booster, pop on one of these masks to really kick your Korean skin care routine into overdrive.
This mask requires two steps, but we swear it is worth it. You start with a pre-treatment ampoule, and then once that is soaked in, you apply the sheet mask. It is packed with hydrating ingredients, so this is a lifesaver for folks with dry or flaky skin.
Snail jelly is in a ton of Korean skin care products thanks to its ability to hydrate skin and keep it looking fresh and young. These masks from Skederm are gentle enough to keep on for a good amount of time, so you can binge your favorite show while wearing it.
Step 8: Eye Cream
Even if you are younger or don’t see any wrinkles or fine lines around your eyes now, you should still be applying eye cream. To prevent the skin of the eyelids from slackening and to prevent wrinkles, those well-known crow’s feet.
Admittedly, it was the adorable packaging that first caught our eyes with this luxe eye cream, but the ingredients are what actually hooked us. This eye cream has date seed extract, which has tons of anti-aging properties. It also helps lighten dark circles.
This isn’t a typo — this eye cream from A.H.C. is so beneficial and gentle that you can use it all over your entire face. The formula’s patented Aquatide helps keep skin resilient, and clinical tests have even shown multiple anti-aging effects.
Step 9: Face Cream
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, the idea of a face cream or moisturizer might be scary–but don’t skip this step! Even oily skin needs hydration, and there are various formulas, like gels, creams, and sleeping masks, for each skin type. Gently pat your moisturizer of choice into your face and neck after you apply your eye cream.
Thanks to its lightweight (but powerful!) formula, Laneige’s Water Bank Moisture Cream is an excellent Korean facial moisturizer for practically all skin types. Green Mineral Water, which is extracted from brussel sprouts, artichoke, and lima beans, hydrates skin without leaving it oily or sticky.
This intense moisturizer has a gel-cream consistency that easily absorbs into the skin. The Korean moisturizer has ceramides and plant-based oils to strengthen the skin barrier and lock moisture in.
Step 10: SPF
While you can skip or switch out steps in your Korean skin care routine every once in a while, this is a vital morning step you should never gloss over. You need SPF to protect your skin from premature aging, sun spots, and other pollutants, no matter your skin tone.
If you really want to step up your sun protection game, look for a sunscreen (also called a “sun cream” in Korean beauty) with PA+++, which shields against UVA and UVB rays.
Missha’s Sun Milk is designed to hold up to water and sweat, which makes this perfect for those hot, summer days. It also has Antozone-Rose and Thanaka extracts, which help soothe troubled skin.
Need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day over your makeup? This soft cushion sun protection has you covered. It doesn’t have a tint, so it is great on any skin tone. Instead, it just gives you a glowy, dewy finish.
10 Korean skincare secrets for a peachy and glowy skin