by: Salma Arab
I am always on the hunt for nice makeup and skin care products – who isn’t, right? Even if I find something that suits my skin, after a few months of using the same product, I Google something new – sound familiar?
I had combination/oily skin a few years ago, but once I became a mom, my skin was more inclined towards combination/dry. I looked for products mainly for skin clearing, pore shrinking, healthy skin, fading blemishes and overall improving skin texture.
Previously, I tended to use U.S. or French beauty products. That was until I stumbled upon Korean beauty products. Let’s take a minute to think how beautiful Korean skin is. As we know, it’s mainly down to genes, but their beauty secrets are talked about every time you type the word beauty! Bloggers, vloggers, influencers, makeup gurus – they all rave about them.
So, I did my research on Korean beauty products and found that they have a 10 step skin care routine: 10 STEPS TO PERFECT SKIN. Are you interested to know what it is? Read on to get some vital information you never knew before.
Like any other dedication in your life, it has to turn into a lifestyle. If you commit fully to using a Korean skin care routine it will give you the results that you long for.
This is the first and most basic step. Oil cleanser removes even waterproof mascara like a dream. Just massage all over your dry face and then add a splash of lukewarm water.
2.WATER BASED CLEANSER
Have you ever heard the term double cleanser? Well, this is the Korean standard way of cleansing the face. They double cleanse, first with oil based cleanser and then with water-based cleanser. This way you are sure that you won’t have a single spot of makeup and your face is prepped for the next steps.
You don’t always have to exfoliate if you have sensitive skin, just be sure to at least exfoliate twice a week to remove all those dead skin cells from your face. Sloughing off dead skin cells makes it possible for the rest of your skin care products to merge with your pores.
Toners are basically the product that hydrates your skin and balances PH levels (how acidic or alkaline your skin is). On a scale of 1–14, with 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is a neutral reading. Our skin has a thin, protective layer referred to as acid mantle which ideally should be slightly acidic – at about 5.5.
A better way of applying the toner is not with a cotton pad but to sprinkle into your hands and tap it directly into your skin.
This is the heart of the K-beauty regime and you should not skip this. It’s a hybrid between the toner and serum which aids in skin repair and cell turnover.
Consider boosters, serums and ampoules as concentrated essences that directly treat the issues you are most concerned about. This targets dull skin, large pores and pigmentation. Just tap it into your skin.
If essences are the heart of K-beauty regime, sheet masks are the soul. Just pull one on and chill for 15–20 minutes (don’t forget to take a selfies!). You can use it from once or twice a week to every single day, just to give your skin that extra layer of hydration.
Treat the area around your eye like a fragile flower. Eye cream provides the area with extra hydration and protection. Gently tap the entire orbital bone like you are playing piano (avoid the water line).
This is something we all familiar with, just find the moisturizer that works for your skin type. Moisturizers come in many forms – gel, cream, lotion or emulsion. Apply your moisturizer every single day and night – do not skip a day!
This is one of the most important steps to better skin, even if you only step out of the house for a few minutes, apply the SPF. They say it’s better to re-apply every 2 hours. SPF can only be applied during the day, so please don’t include this into your night routine.
So now that you are familiar with the 10 step Korean skin care regime, please do try it and let me know how well your skin responds to it.
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