One of the hottest skin care routines now is the Korean Skin care routine. It is a 10-step system that allows women to have the same clear and beautiful skin Asian women are famous for having. With summer just around the corner, this is a chance for any woman to get the same flawless skin. Its secret lies in thorough and gentle cleansing and then properly treating and correcting skin problems. [Elle]
Although this type of routine may take a little time to get clear skin, consider it an investment as Korean women do. Getting started is simple and the first two steps include a three part cleansing process, starting with removing makeup.
Removing makeup requires using a makeup removing towelette based on skin type. Once every trace of makeup has been removed, then it’s time to use a gentle oil cleanser and lukewarm water to remove any impurities in the pores that might cause them to get clogged and cause skin issues.
Once the oil cleanser has been gently removed with warm water, the next part is to use a gentle foam or cream cleanser to finish washing the face. To prevent irritation, it is important to use gentle circular motions and not rub.
Although the third step is optional, and only needs to be done a few times a week, it is necessary to prevent clogged pores and dry flaky patches on the face. Exfoliation renews the skin by removing dead skin cells. For best results, only focus on areas that need exfoliation and use gentle products to prevent irritation.
When skin has been thoroughly cleansed and is smooth, step four is to use a toner to make sure any residual products are removed and skin is thoroughly clean. It also tightens pores. Clarifying products that are alcohol-free work best and prepare skin for the next steps.
Step five is using a product called an essence. This product is used to increase cell turnover and includes products like alpha hydroxy acids, retinols or serums.
In step six, follow up with a stronger version of the essence product to treat more stubborn problems and create evenly toned skin. These products only need to be used on problem areas while the essence product can be used all over the face.
Sheet masks are the seventh step and may used in place of the essence step. Choose partial masks that cover the area that needs to be treated and treats the specific problem the same way a serum would.
Since eyes are a delicate area and require special care, the eighth step is to add a gentle eye cream around the eyes. Follow with a lightweight emulsifying facial lotion in the ninth step help with hydrating skin. The last step is to add a sleep mask to improve firmness and hydrate.
Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach and Lily, said the focus of this skin care routine is less about rules and more about ingredients. [Style]
“These are not hard-and-fast rules, but commonly regarded as ingredients that should be used together with caution, if at all (not only Korean-beauty specific): Retinol and benzoyl peroxide can potentially cancel each other out and be too drying and irritating to be used together. Retinol and AHAs actually can be used together, as the ingredients will stay active, but can be a bit harsh on the skin. Retinol and vitamin C, if in super-low doses, can be fine in combination, but both are very potent and can be very, very drying and irritating when used together. AHAs and vitamin C are both very acidic ingredients and can cause, again, a lot of irritation and even peeling. Copper peptides and vitamin C typically cancel each other out. Also, they can increase photosensitivity and dryness, so it’s very important to use humectants (moisture-loving ingredients) and other hydrating ingredients to stay moisturized. Also, make sure to use sufficient SPF.”
A simple skin care routine is the best way to keep skin clear. Choose products based on skin’s needs for best results.
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