Everyone is just obsessed with how natural and radiant Korean skin looks. The Korean skincare and beauty standards are taking the world by storm.
Everyone’s skin type is different, and a facial wash that works for you, for example, might not work on others. It’ll take some trial and error to find the “one” for your face. The initial process might seem tedious but it’ll all be worth it as you eventually get the hang of your skincare routine. Oh yeah!
8 simple and essential Korean skincare tips for flawless skin
Korean skincare and beauty standards are taking the world by storm – everyone is just obsessed with how natural and radiant their skin looks. The (not-so-secret) secret is that they value skincare over makeup.
The good news – there’re no set rules to skincare. Tailor a routine to suit your lifestyle and approach what we’re going to share as recommended steps. You don’t have to incorporate all of them but layering on the products definitely does help so your face gets the cleanse or nutrients it needs in effective successions.
The better news – the routine can be quick, depending on how fast your skin absorbs the products. This matters because your skin and the products used would respond differently in the type of weather you’re in. This rapid application technique has been covered in Korean beauty tips many times over and will be appreciated by those who have busy lives yet want to achieve the look (admit it, that’s you).
Remember, everyone’s skin type is different, and a facial wash that works for you, for example, might not work on others. It’ll take some trial and error to find the “one” for your face. The initial process might seem tedious but it’ll all be worth it as you eventually get the hang of your skincare routine.
1. Pre-cleanse – Fight oil with oil
Your face is a work of art and the best art deserves the best canvas. With many pollutants in the air and just about everywhere we go, double cleansing makes a whole lot of sense. Start by removing traces of makeup and dirt build-up from the day by tapping lightly with a tissue then wipe using an organic oil-based cleanser from the face and down to the neck.
2. Cleanse – 2 is better than 1
Clean with an organic aloe-based cleanser to “flush” away the oil residue from pre-cleanse. Start by cleansing the T-zone (forehead and nose area), followed by the U-zone (cheeks). This is because our T-zone is more of an oil magnet than our U-zone, which tends to be drier and by cleansing the latter last, you’re making sure that the drier area is not exposed to the cleanser for more than it needs to.
3. Exfoliate – 3 times per week
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil on the skin so concentrate (with gentle pressure) on the T-zone, followed by your cheeks. If you have non-sensitive skin, use it 3x a week and if your skin is sensitive skin, 2x a week is fine.
After multiple cleanses, your skin naturally will be in a fragile state. Toners help neutralize your skin and prep it to absorb the subsequent products well. This includes balancing the pH and moisture levels of your skin, as well as remove any remote impurities that the steps before might have missed.
5. Eye cream – A must
The area around your eyes lives up to its name by being the thinnest, most delicate part of your face. It has no sebaceous glands to produce natural oils, so we must keep this area moisturized around the clock. Smooth the eye cream across both the brow and socket bone moving from the inner to the outer corner of the eye in a continuous gentle motion. Apply using the pad of your ring finger, as it provides just the right amount of pressure to be effective yet gentle.
6. Age Prevention and Antioxidant
Use a good organic peptides anti-aging serum and an organic antioxidant vitamin c serum each day. You can alternate them or use one at night and one in the morning before your moisturizer to prevent premature aging and to keep your skin plump.
7. Moisturiser – Adapt to the time of day
Use a (day) moisturizer and there is (night) moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for being fed the right thing at the right time. During the day, apply a lightweight moisturizer that blends easily into your skin without leaving it feeling greasy – and remember your neck when blending into your face.