Korean women are known to be obsessed with their appearance and leave nothing to chance. They take care of their skin like no other woman in the world, and they do so from a very young age.
What is considered over-care for other women, Koreans see as a natural routine? According to experts, consistency in skin care pays off, and if women care about their appearance, they should take inspiration from Koreans.
If you want beautiful, healthy, glowing skin, make the following ten steps a regular ritual.
In this respect, it doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, what your problems are or how old you are. Only consider these things when choosing specific products.
For example, if you have dry skin, you should prefer moisturizing cleansers, and conversely, if you are prone to pigment spots, ideally choose products designed for that.
1. Double cleansing
Cleansing your skin thoroughly in the morning and evening is the best thing you can do for your skin. So-called double-cleansing makes sense. Even while you sleep, your skin gets dirty, and dead skin cells and sebum remain, which is good to remove in the morning.
At the same time, the blood circulation is activated during cleansing, and more oxygen and nutrients reach the skin, which has a significant effect on the skin’s brightness.
In the first phase, it is a good idea to choose a particular oil or balm to remove all the products you have used at night and make-up, daycare, sunscreen or sebum from your skin in the evening.
Many women are afraid to use oil-based cleansers, whether because of their oily, problematic, or very sensitive skin. However, as the experience of experts shows, these products reduce sebum in oily skin and, thanks to their gentle formula, are very beneficial for sensitive skin.
2. Peeling and chemical peeling
To remove dead skin cells and brighten the complexion, it’s a good idea to add an exfoliation or peel to your cleansing ritual once or twice a week (morning or evening).
You can choose a gentle peel containing abrasive particles or a peel based on AHAs (lactic or glycolic acids) or BHAs (e.g. salicylic acid or vitamin C).
On the other hand, it is an excellent idea to avoid altogether scrubs containing seeds or fruit peels, as such scrubs tend to be too coarse and could damage the outer layer of the skin, especially in women with sensitive skin.
Some dermatologists and aesthetic doctors recommend using a chemical peel once in a while. However, keep in mind that these treatments can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so more care should be taken afterwards to ensure that subsequent treatments include high UV filters.
3. Cleansing masks
Ideally, cleansing masks should be applied in the evening when you have more time and are not in a hurry. It should not be a daily ritual, and it is good to use masks once every seven to ten days.
Clay masks absorb impurities from the skin, help remove blackheads and minimize the appearance of pores. You don’t have to worry about this mask drying out your skin. Today, moisturizing and hydrating ingredients are added to these masks as well.
However, always look at the manufacturer’s recommendations when purchasing to design the mask for your skin type.
4. Skin toning
A step that many women forget about and often see as unnecessary. Experts say it’s a shame. Toning products should be used daily right after cleansing the skin both in the morning and evening.
Firstly, they hydrate the skin after cleansing, balance the pH so that you won’t feel skin tightness, and prepare the skin to absorb all the essential nutrients in the aftercare.
5. Facial mask
Facial masks are booming worldwide, and there’s certainly a reason why. Many of them contain very effective serums full of various active ingredients that will do wonders for your skin after 5-30 minutes of action.
Korean women indulge in them at least three times a week, some even daily, usually in the evening when they’re not in a hurry.
Never wash the face masks off your skin with water. Instead, try to massage the maximum amount of liquid into the skin and remove the residue with a tissue or cosmetic pad.
6. Facial essence
You may be hearing this term for the first time and know that you’re not the only one. Koreans discovered the magic of skin essences. Its water is similar to a toner but with a slightly different function.
Facial essence mainly takes care of moisturizing the skin and prepares the skin for the use of cream. It’s a primer full of unique moisturizing particles with the proper dose of vitamins and active ingredients, which is the ideal preparation for further care.
If you incorporate it into your daily ritual, you will surely soon appreciate its effects. When used in the morning, it will help the active ingredients of the subsequent care to penetrate the skin better, and when used in the evening, it will hydrate the skin and give it a youthful appearance.
Serums are high concentrations of active ingredients to help address a specific skin problem, whether it is pigmentation, wrinkles, or excessive dryness of the skin, etc.
It is good to use antioxidant serums in the morning to help protect the skin from external pollution and sun damage. In the evening, it’s a good idea to reach for a serum that contains ingredients like vitamin C, which helps with pigmentation, or vitamin A, which fights wrinkles.
Serums are often significantly more expensive than creams, but they last longer as you only need a tiny amount to get the perfect treatment.
8. Eye cream
Many people claim that conventional day creams are sufficient for the eye area, but this is not the case. The skin around the eyes is much thinner and requires much more gentle care.
When used in the morning, special creams help reduce bags under the eyes and brighten sleepy eyes, while in the evening, they help with black circles and fine lines.
9. Lotion or face cream
A lotion is essentially a lighter version of a moisturizer that gives the skin essential hydration and is preferred by many women, especially in the morning.
But if you have dehydrated skin, it’s always better to use a cream. Similarly, it is always better to use the cream as a night treatment as well, as it is thicker and more nourishing.
10. Sun protection and special nighttime nourishing care
If you want to have flawless, youthful skin, you can’t do without sun protection 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy, raining or freezing outside; UV rays are ubiquitous.
It’s not the threat of sunburn, but the ageing of the skin that UV rays significantly accelerate, so why take the chance.