Korean beauty is known for their innovative skin care and their lengthy 5-12 step skincare routine. This style of layer-able skincare has become recently popular in western states. K-beauty targets skin health, layering, customization, and hydration. K-beauty focuses on achieving vibrant, dewy, bouncy looking skin so minimal makeup is needed and natural beauty is embraced.
People often question why K-beauty is so affordable. K-Beauty uses innovative effective ingredients that are affordable due to competition with the western beauty industry. You can create a multiple-step routine under $100 with K-Beauty products because most products are affordable. The amount of steps you want to include depend on the amount of skin concerns you want to target. We tend to have more then one skin concern i.e hyper-pigmentation and acne or dryness and anti-aging. We could even have dry skin struggling with acne. The combinations are endless and that is why the K-beauty routine is so favorable to some.
Most layers are thin layering from lightest molecular structures to thickest. A good rule of thumb to follow is layer on your products from lightest to thickest in consistency. Also, always use acids before creamier hydrating products. Acids remove dead skin cells allowing hydrating products that follow to penetrate deeper into the skin.
This blog post is going to break down each step and steps are listed in the usual order. You can customize the amount of steps you want to include and not everything is necessary. I recommend the website and online store Glowrecipe.com to go shopping for your K-beauty items because they have vegan and natural K-Beauty options.
Step 1: Removing your makeup.
Before cleansing, it's important to remove your makeup or have some sort of double cleansing system; 1st step removes makeup, second focuses on cleansing the skin and the pores. I recommend using an oil cleanser or hydrating creamy cleanser as your first cleanser. These products are hydrating and will gently remove your makeup without over-drying your skin. In some cases, using a gel cleanser for both processes can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. An indication you have done so is getting that sensation of "squeaky clean" or tight feeling skin.
Personal favorite: Crave Skin Care Oil Cleanser
Step 2: Cleansing your skin.
Now that your makeup is removed, it is time to focus on cleaning your skin to prevent break outs, detox toxins and pollutants, and deep clean pores. If you use a cleansing device of some sort, this is when it comes into play.
Personal Favorite: Juice Beauty Brightening Cleanser
Step 3: Exfoliation & Clay Masks.
I recommended using a clay mask 1x a week to detox the skin from the constant pollutants we are exposed to. It is important to exfoliate the skin 1-3x a week to increase skin turnover rate, improve product penetration, and to rid the skin of dead skin cells. The amount of times you need to exfoliate differs from person to person and a clay mask takes place of one exfoliation treatment because clay's are often exfoliating as well. My suggestion is to start off by using a clay mask 1x week and exfoliate with a beaded exfoliant 2x a week. Then listen to your skin and pay attention to how it feels. If you notice any signs of dehydration or irritation, lessen the amount you use these products. If you have more oily skin you can increase the amount you exfoliate if needed.
Personal Favorite: Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub
Step 4: PH Adjusters and acids.
Western beauty toners differ from K-Beauty toners. Western beauty toners often have astringent properties that offers a second cleanse. K-Beauty toners are focused on balancing the pH of the skin and hydrating the skin. Balancing the pH of the skin and hydrating the skin allows products to work more efficiently and penetrate deeper into the skin. This step is a crucial step if you want to layer your skin care.
Personal Favorite: Derma E Hydrating Mist
Step 5: Essence.
Essences are a hybrid of a toner and a serum. Essences often have a watery texture with skin boosting ingredients to increase hydration and the overall health of the skin.
Personal Favorite: Tea Tree Essence
Step 6: Serum.
Serums are concentrated targeted treatments. Serums are often gel like and have a thin texture. The type of serums you use should be targeted towards your skin concerns i.e. hyper-pigmentation, acne, or anti-aging.
Personal Favorite: Eminence Organics Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum
Step 7: Sheet mask.
Sheet masks are best used when you want all your treatments to lock deeper into the skin and when you need more hydration. Sheet masks are often infused with some sort of serum or essence that target specific skin concerns. You can either skin your serums and essneces this night, or apply your sheet mask over them for even MORE benefits. This step is optional.
Personal Favorite: Organic Flowers Hydrogel Mask
Step 8: Ampoule/Spot treatments.
Extremely concentrated treatments for specific targeted concerns. Ampoules and serums are similar but ampoules tend to be stronger. Ampoules and spot treatments are often only in one area which treatment is needed.
Personal Favorite: Hyal B5 Ampoule
Step 9: Moisturizer.
Moisturizers tend to be have emollients or oils in them. This step locks in all the hydrating treatments we applied before so they don't evaporate. Make sure to use a moisturizer dedicated towards your skin type.
Personal Favorite: Majo Medicine Face Food
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Step 10: Eye cream.
Its important to apply an eye cream everyday, 2x a day to prevent wrinkles. Wrinkles around the eye form faster because the skin around our eyes don't create enough oil thus why we age here faster.
Personal Favorite: 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream
Step 11: Oil/overnight masks.
If you have severe dry skin or want to wake up with skin that glows, adding an oil or overnight mask to your bedtime routine will help you achieve that.
Personal Favorite: Odacite BI+L
Step 12: SPF and sun protection.
Protecting your skin from the sun is the #1 anti-aging thing you can do. Most of our wrinkles and uneven pigment formed from damage from UV rays. Sun protection is extremely important.
Personal Favorite: Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla SPF