Today, Korean skincare is often associated with the 10-step K Beauty routine which involves the use of 10 products from cleansers, toners, essences or serums to eye care, masks and moisturisers. Once you have found the best Korean beauty products for your skin type, you can follow the steps below on how to apply them.
A tip to make the most of your Korean skin care products is to start by cleaning away any impurities from your face. Start with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve makeup and impurities from your skin gently, then follow with a foaming cleanser of your choice to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities trapped within your pores.
Toning your skin is an essential step of your skincare routine as it helps rebalance your skin’s pH levels and replenish hydration after cleansing. Apart from that, toners also help remove any remaining dirt, traces of impurities and dead skin cells which your cleanser did not catch, to ensure that your skin is clean and clear. Toners work by shrinking enlarged pores, even out skin texture and they contain different active ingredients to cater to individual needs such as exfoliating, brightening and firming.
The heart of any Korean skin care routine is the essence/serum/ampoule step, and they can be regarded as the most important Korean skin care products. These products contain the highest concentrations of active ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to target various skin concerns such as pigmentation, dark spots, acne, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Finding the best Korean serum, essence or ampoule will depend on your skin’s individual needs. In general, essences are the lightest among the three, with water being the primary ingredient; serums usually have a slightly higher concentration of ingredients compared to essences and can be more viscous in texture, nonetheless, they penetrate quickly into the skin and a little goes a long way.
Finally, ampoules contain the highest concentration of active ingredients among the tree, and can therefore be used just a few times a week. Ampoules can also be mixed into essences, serums or even moisturisers to amplify their benefits to your skin.
Because the skin around your eyes is the most delicate and prone to developing premature aging signs, keeping it hydrated and moisturized is the key to delaying the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The solution to keeping your eyes looking fresh and youthful is to identify the right skin concern such as puffiness, dark circles or wrinkles and choosing the product with active ingredients that target those concerns.
As a final step of any skincare routine, moisturisers are essential in that they lock in all the nutrients and hydration that has been layered onto your skin, to ensure that they are fully absorbed into the skin. Moisturisers come in different formulations from an emulsion, gel to cream types. Generally, emulsion, lotion or gel-type moisturisers are suited for those with oily, combination or normal skin as they have a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly into the skin; while those with dry skin should opt for a cream-based formula that retains moisture for longer durations.
Masking has recently grown in popularity and is the perfect way to give your skin and yourself some pampering. Korean masks come in various forms from sheet masks, wash-off mask packs and overnight mask packs. This weekly skin saviour renews, revitalizes and provides your skin with more intensive treatment than your day to day Korean skin care products, as it is packed with numerous active ingredients for more targeted treatment. With different formulations to choose from, masks are recommended to be used once or twice a week depending on your skin’s needs.
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