Deep skincare routine is a big part of Korean culture—it is largely rooted in their life since early childhood when they are dragged along to share bathhouses by their mother to have their dead skin peeled off with bright green viscose cloths. Korean skincare regimen may sound a bit too extreme. No doubt using toners, essences, creams, make-up, cleansing, and exfoliating well every day could seem intimidating.
A great misconception is that you do not necessarily have to use every step every day, it also depends on the condition of the skin or the body in general. The Korean skincare routine is about creating layers, and within this philosophy each layer is important. However, gradually integrating products into your routine for a week or two and you’ll begin to see results: your skin will become more even, hydrated and radiant. Here we explain the routine step by step guide of which Korean women are indeed recognised.
Each skin is different and it is better to use products designed for each type of skin. Also, one advantage of the beauty products in Korea is that they are specially made keeping these types of routines or ”layering” in focus and are made with natural ingredients.
What’s does the Korean Skincare Routine Involve?
Step 1: The Eye Makeup Removal
In order to start nourishing your skin, it’s necessary first to clean all the makeup with an oil-based make-up remover. A good makeup remover will be perfect for cleaning the mascara in the eyes. Apply the remover and give a light massage on the face and then clean with water.
Step 2: The Cleansing
Wash the face with a foam or water-based cleaner so that no trace of make-up or bacteria remains intact. The soap can be applied with your fingers or with a brush to clean the skin better. A good choice for daily use is a cleansing foam with egg in it.
Step 3: The Exfoliator
Exfoliation is crucial to get rid of impurities and to get rid of clogged pores. A light peeling using products like a mask should be done 2 to 3 times per week.
Step 4: The Refresher
Apply a skin toner, which would remove any residue of makeup, moisturise and protect the skin. It also helps in hiding the skin imperfections. A toner can help restore the natural balance of the skin. It does not matter if your skin is dry or oily. It can be applied using fingertips to blend evenly on the face. We recommend a natural toner with organic ingredients in it.
Step 5: The Essence
The essence is less heavy than a serum, and the skin rapidly absorbs it. This liquid of enormous popularity in Korea, is enriched with numerous assets, increases the elasticity and firmness of the skin. It is the product that is responsible for enhancing and assisting in the cell renewal process. The essence is ideal for sensitive skin or the skin with acne problems.
Step 6: The Ampoule
The serum can hydrate and rejuvenate the skin in depth with its vitamins and nutrients, adding elasticity and collagen to the skin. A serum is perfect for many skin types, and the ones with snail drool add multiple skin benefits to it. Ampoules are similar to serum, but they have more powerful skin hydrating capabilities. Ampoules are much more concentrated than the serum and are known to cure skin imperfection better than the former.
Step 7: The Sheet Mask
Sheet masks can be used twice a week, or more if your face gets very dry. The wet paper masks are soaked in ingredients such as collagen, which absorbs into your skin. The best thing about these masks is the variety; most masks includes avocado extracts (full of antioxidants) or Vitamin E (i.e. anti-aging). The best part about sheet masks is that they force the skin to absorb all the moisture and nutrients better than a serum or cream—before the product evaporates. The instant effects can be addicting, after using for once, your face will become slightly plumper and much brighter due to the moisture that your skin absorbs.
Step 8: The Eye Cream
The Korean Eye creams also play a huge role in their skincare regimen. They come in the form of a ‘sleeping pack’ or a moisturising mask that gives you something extra when you sleep by providing a comfy feel to your eyes. The whole night application of these eye creams helps you fight the fatigue and wrinkles. These eye repairing cream also help your skin look smooth and moisturised.
Step 9: The Night Cream
At this point, your face may feel like a cream cake, and your skin might have a shiny texture—or as most Korean women like to name it, a dewy, “moist glow.” The main thing is, your skin stays hydrated as you recharge yourself overnight.
Step 10: Day Creams
It is quite essential before the makeup, to apply sun protection each morning to avoid damages that could cause your skin damage by the sun every day. CC cream and BB cream contain sun protection and can be vital for keeping your skin and face fresh and glowy.
Having a proper skincare routine is the key to maintaining the health of the skin. Getting our face to look young and beautiful is a day-to-day job, and for this, we must establish adequate guidelines for our skin type and follow the plan with consistency to achieve the best results. Whatever the skin type, a daily facial cleansing always has the same three steps: cleansing, tonic and moisturising. The products we use will vary depending on whether we have oily, dry, mixed or sensitive skin.