Every 5th woman in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has undergone some form of plastic surgery. That means that 60% of women in their 20s have decided to alter something about their appearance. It’s no wonder South Korea is called the plastic-surgery capital of the world. Korean women feel a need to be beautiful and live up to high beauty standards. But while surgery is one thing, profound home care is another, helping women to look younger and maintain porcelain-like skin.
At Bright Side, we love learning about the latest and greatest in skincare and want to help you master their anti-aging and color-perfecting effects. We want to introduce you to these complicated yet excellent regimens for pampering your skin. Feel free to choose some or all 10 of the following steps.
1. Oil cleanser
Removing makeup before going to bed is the golden rule of any beauty addict. And if your mom hasn’t taught you that yet, we’ll do it for her! Your skin needs to breathe and get some rest during sleep, and the only way to do this is to get rid of all the makeup, dust, and dirt that your face has collected throughout the day. Oil cleansers are the best helpers here because oil dissolves makeup like no other. Take a fair amount, massage it over your dry face and let the oil do its job. Then add some warm water to help the oil absorb into the skin and finish the task. When finished, rinse well until you feel all clean. Experiment with different oils and find the one that you’ll love both the effect and smell of.
2. Water-based cleanser
Now that we’ve removed the dirt and makeup from the day, it’s time to wash your face again. If you wonder why you need a double cleansing, here’s why: we need to wash off everything that might be left of the oil cleanser. This is because the oil residue can prohibit the next steps from going smoothly. The procedure here is pretty simple. Just take some cleanser and massage it all over your face again. Make sure you pay attention to your neck too. If you choose a tomato cleanser like the one featured in the illustration, you’ll be happy to know that it has a light whitening effect. It’s great for hyper-pigmentated skin.
This is a tricky product and its frequency of use definitely depends on your skin type. However, the typical routine consists of an exfoliation twice a week. Did you know that our skin loses 40,000 scales every hour which makes up 2/3 of the dust in our homes? That’s why getting rid of old dead skin cells is essential for achieving a glowing, healthy-looking face. Make sure to choose an exfoliator with small particles (like peach, apricot or grape seeds) for a gentle and mild exfoliation. We need this to have a smoothing effect, not a damaging one.
Applying toner is sort of a half step in this beauty routine. The skin that is already a bit damp is much easier to care for as it’s more inclined to absorb the following products. Toners bring some moisture into the face and balance the pH levels. Read more about them here. There are 2 ways of applying toner and it mostly depends on your preference and their specific texture. Usually, a cotton pad is used but we have a tip for you: buy the cotton pads that can be separated in half and use just one half per application. That way less product will be left on the pad and more will get on your skin.
Now we’re getting closer to the holy grail of Korean skincare. Essence is a magical potion that Hermione Granger would be wise to learn the recipe of. It’s a combination of toner and serum that hydrates your skin to better enhance your complexion and aids the skin in the process of regenerating cells and repairing itself. Apply the essence right after the toner which has prepared it in advance. Enjoy the clean feeling.
The mere word, “treat” should give you an idea of how important this step is. Treatment is what we all need, living in huge cities with bad environments and constant stress. Treatment is like having little warriors that target specific problems and places on your skin. The problems can be different: large pores, an oily T-zone, dull skin, acne, break-outs, excessive pigmentation, wrinkles — you name it! So target one of these problems with a treatment that is specially designed to fight your battles and use it regularly.
7. Sheet masks
The sheet mask has recently become a trend in skincare. They now come in the shapes and forms of various animals, and taking a selfie while wearing one has become a must! They also give you a well-deserved 15-30 minutes of rest, so make use of it and lie down instead of washing the dishes. Another good thing about these masks is that you can’t have too many of them — there’s no such thing. Apply daily, if you wish. Here’s one experience you can get inspired by.
8. Eye cream
What does wonders here is no wonder — it’s a habit! Make a habit of applying some eye product (not an oily one) whenever you can unless you have some heavy undereye concealer coverage. They provide extra hydration and protection to the delicate skin under your eyes. But remember that the skin under the eyes is very thin and fragile, so don’t rub it in too hard. During colder seasons, go for creams that are more nourishing. In the warmer seasons, think about changing to a gel. Some of these eye creams also have a slight cooling effect.
We can’t urge you enough to take moisturizing seriously. Our bodies and our skin desperately rely on water to perform well and to look healthy. Hydration is the key to having good health and an amazing complexion. Moisturizers come in different forms and you can choose one according to your needs and preferences. Lotions, gels, creams, balms, emulsions — they all serve the purpose of delivering moisture as deeply as possible inside the epidermis and locking it in there for your benefit. However, remember to take it easy on lightweight moisturizers in cold climates. Water tends to freeze in low temperatures and you don’t want that happening on your face. Go for a nourishing day cream in winter and use a moisturizer before bed only if needed.
10. Sun protection
The level of concern about UVA/UVF skin damage cannot be understated. Korean women would die for porcelain-like skin with no sunspots, wrinkles or dry areas. And though many of you would rather have a nice tan, never forget to use sunscreen whenever you can and re-apply it as often as possible. Especially when in direct sunlight. You may think that spending your day in an office behind a glass window protects you from aging, but you are wrong. UV rays penetrate even thick windows. That’s why you should pay close attention when purchasing an effective sunscreen — and be sure your foundation has it too. Double the protection saves you double the trouble!
That’s it for the ultimate guide to Korean beauty products and their tips and tricks! Whether you choose to keep a full house of skincare products during the week or just use a couple of products every day, it will inevitably bring you healthy, happy skin. Please share this article if you’ve already tried any of these techniques and have seen results!
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