Do you ever notice how Korean women have the most beautiful, porcelain skin? If you assume this is all because of genes then you are totally wrong. They actually work quite diligently to achieve that perfect skin. They also take a different approach to makeup than the others do.
Korean women start being proactive from a very young age and treat their skin and complexion like the ultimate investment. It is not just financial investment but a time investment. So although you might be following a strict cleansing and moisturizing regime every night before going to bed, but you are still not even coming close to some important steps that Korean women use to help them achieve that spotless, beautiful skin.
Korean beauty routine actually made up of about 10 steps. While this might seem like a process that would take up your whole morning and evening, it actually only takes about 15 minutes, and leaves your skin glowing.
This is how the Koreans do it, so read and learn.
1. Pre-Cleanse: Step one is part of the ever-popular “double cleansing”. First, use a good eye makeup remover or towelette to rid your skin of any liner, mascara, lipstick and even that tinted moisturizer around your hairline. Next, loosen the face makeup and buildup from the day with an oil-based cleanser.
2. Cleanse: Next clean the pre-cleansed skin with a water based cleanser.
3. Exfoliate: Use a soft exfoliating cleanser and focus on the areas that really need special attention like the t-zone or around the nose. Make sure to only exfoliate a few times a week, so think of this step as optional.
4. Tone: Toner is the step that gets your skin squeaky clean. Make sure to avoid alcohol-based toners. Look for something mild like Aromatic’s Lavender Relaxing Toner which smells like the real thing.
5. Essence: The main difference between an essence and a serum is that while the toner cleans and preps the skin, the essence improves the skin. Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.
6. Serum: These brighten, lighten and plump skin, improve texture, reverse the signs of UV damage and more with cutting-edge technology and powerful vitamins, minerals and botanicals.
7. The Sheet Mask: These masks are basically super-charged sheet laced serums. I suggest using them as often as needed. The cool thing about these masks is that there are hundred of different kinds that target a variety of concerns, and even sensitive areas like the lips, eyes, chin and neck.
8. Eye Cream: A thick eye cream, like Amore Pacific Time Renewal Eye Cream (that my facialist Dangene swears by), should be applied twice a day, morning and night.
9. Face Moisturizer: During the day, try to use something lightweight, like SPF 30 Cream, that blends into skin really fast without leaving it greasy. Also don’t forget about neck when you are blending into your face. At night, use a cream that lets your skin breathe yet at the same time, locks moisture in the skin throughout the night, so you wake up looking fresh and beautiful.
10. SPF (AM only): Now you have finally arrived at your last and final step! Make sure that the SPF is all natural and Zinc based.
Remember, the most important Korean beauty makeup secret is less makeup, more skincare. You don’t need to exfoliate and mask every day, but whenever you can give your skin an extra boost.