In Korea, being beautiful means having smooth, soft, flawless skin. This is what led women around the globe to focus their attention on the routine that Korean women observe every day which comprises from five to eight or ten steps. Follow these easy steps for perfect skin. You may not need to go through every step every single day, but here we will offer the full-fledged version of the routine for you to keep your 10-step Korean skincare set fully equipped and plan your routine tailoring it to your specific needs.
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Step 1: Remove your makeup
The first step of your routine takes place at night. You need to use a makeup remover that is appropriate for your skin type. For instance, avoid oily makeup removers if your skin is either oily or a combination of oily and dry, and steer clear of alcohol-based removers if your skin is either dry or sensitive. You may use an oil cleanser to remove makeup completely. The right way to do it is massage it gently into your skin and pour warm water to emulsify, then massage again and rinse.
Step 2: Splash fresh water on your face
This is how your morning starts. You need to wash your skin with only water—no soap, no cleanser. Here’s why: impurities settle on your face at night. Freshwater will both wash them off and hydrate the skin.
Step 3: Exfoliate
You don’t need to do this every day, but always remember that your exfoliator is the skin care product you can never run out of. You can do it twice or three times a week. As you may probably know, by exfoliating often you make sure you slough off dead cells, which in turn enhances the effects of your favorite skin-care products. Massage gently. Fresh skin feels great, right?
Step 4: Toner
Toner will help rehydrate and will balance the pH levels of your skin. In addition, your skin will absorb other products better after the toner. Do not confuse ‘toner’ with ‘astringent’. An astringent is to be used as a treatment for oily skins and may contain ingredients such as salicylic acid. Check for the ingredients and product details before buying and, if in doubt, ask your dermatologist. To apply, tap into your skin.
Step 5: Essence
An essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum. It will help hydration and cell turnover.
Step 6: Serum
Serums are skin treatments that have the added effect of getting into your epidermis faster. Does this mean you will see immediate effects? Actually, no—to decide whether your serum is working or not, you need to use it for about a month. A serum can target specific skin problems you may have such as brightness or wrinkles.
Step 7: Sheet mask
Sheet masks are pieces of cloth that contain active ingredients meant to boost your beauty routine. A word of warning here, though: ask your dermatologist which product is right for you and whether you should use it every day. Not all sheet masks are for daily use and different products respond to different needs that may or may not match your own. Apply it on your face and wait 15 or 20 minutes.
Step 8: Eye cream
Apply this around your eyes to hydrate and protect the skin. Do not rub it. Instead, tap it avoiding the water line.
Step 9: Moisturizer
This is perhaps already a part of your daily skincare routine, so keep it up! Do not forget to choose it carefully and wisely according to your skin type. You may do it more than once a day according to your needs—that will probably depend on your skin type and other factors such as the weather conditions of the place where you live.
Step 10: Sunscreen
If this is already part of your beauty routine, great for you! Just make sure you do it every day, as sunscreens are the best way to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Ask your dermatologist about your choice of the factor.
There you have it. Your perfect-skin beauty set and how to use it. Try it out! It will be worth the effort! We’ve got a whole country to attest to it.