Korean skincare is a popular trend in which many beauty bloggers recommend their followers to get glowing and smooth skin. So, what are the secrets of Korean skincare steps? This article will give you detailed instructions on how Koreans take care of their skin and how you can apply it to your daily skincare routine.
Get glowing skin with the best 10 Korean skincare steps
It sounds difficult and complex, but you need to follow the 10-step below to be able to own this glass skin.
Step 1: Makeup Removal and Deep Cleansing
Many people often think they can pass the makeup removal in their skincare routine if they do not wear makeup and just apply sunscreen. However, this is a misconception. According to experts, removing makeup will help remove dirt and sebum accumulated deep in the pores more effectively than cool water or facial cleanser. Currently, there are two popular types of makeup remover:
- Oil-based makeup remover
- Water-based makeup remover
Each product has advantages and disadvantages; please find your skin type to choose the right makeup remover.
Face cleansing with the 2-4-2 rule
From the Korean mindset, using a cleanser after the makeup step will thoroughly remove the remaining dirt and oil. The nutrients from the following care steps will be better absorbed.
You should choose facial cleansing products that are suitable for your skin type, and at the same time, apply the 2-4-2 rule when washing your face (2 minutes wash with warm water – 4 minutes use cleanser – 2 minutes wash with cool water).
Step 2. Eye Makeup Removers
Using a special eye makeup remover or cleanser is the must-have step in the skincare routine revealed in many Korean skincare tips blogs. Korean women often prefer cleaners with neutral pH to care for dry skin. A mild cleanser with a pH of 5.5 will not damage the skin barrier, helping to keep the natural moisturizing ability perfectly intact. In addition, choosing a neutral cleanser will minimize the risk of irritation and be safer for sensitive skin.
Step 3: Exfoliation
Our skin always produces new cells and pushes the old layer on the surface, which can lead to the accumulation of dead skin, causing the skin’s surface to become rough and hindering the absorption of nutrients by the skin.
To avoid wasting skin care products and help them absorb better, you need to maintain the frequency of exfoliating your face 1-2 times per week.
Step 4. Balancing Toner
After the facial cleansing step, our skin can be sensitive, and the pH’s imbalanced. That’s why we need to rebalance and create the best conditions for nutrients in the next steps. Then, toner will be the most suitable choice.
Absorb a cotton pad with toner and gently wipe your face, neck, and ears upward so as not to stretch your facial skin. Or you can use your hands to pat the toner on your face. This way, dry skin can be hydrated.
Step 5: Sheet Mask
A sheet mask is the fastest way to moisturize and bring the most relaxing feeling. There is no information confirming how many times a week or even a day to apply a paper mask. With the cold and dry climate, Korean girls sometimes wear paper masks daily to keep their skin shiny and moist. You can learn to follow this skincare routine, either just 2-3 times per week or whenever you feel your skin needs moisture.
Step 6: Essence Intensive Nourishing (essence/ serum/ ampoule)
Koreans believe that breaking down multiple steps will better balance the concentration between essences. Thereby ensuring the maximum absorption of nutrients and bringing the high effect in just a short time. Depending on your needs, you can choose for yourself one or a combination of many types of essences including Essence; Serums and Ampoule.
Step 7: Eye cream
Eye skin is very sensitive, and you must choose an age-appropriate eye cream and apply it with your ring finger.
- Apply a grain-sized amount of eye cream to the skin under the eyes
- Massage for about 2 minutes in the upward direction
- You should start using eye cream after twenty. Koreans will not skip this step because once wrinkles have formed, it is difficult to remove them completely.
Step 8: Night cream or Sleeping mask
You can choose a regular moisturizer to lock the moisture in the skin. In addition, the night cream also helps the skin become softer, avoiding the flaking phenomenon caused by winter weather. Or you can use a sleeping mask on a lazy day instead of the usual night cream.
Step 9: Lip balm
In winter or dry weather conditions, many people have to deal with dry lip skin that peels to the point of bleeding. To avoid that phenomenon, you should apply lip balm regularly, especially before sleeping. The trick that Korean girls spread to each other is, use lip balm before makeup steps so that the nutrients nourish the lips so that they are soft, then wipe them off and apply lipstick.
Step 10: Use sunscreen
It would be a waste if, at the last step of your daily skincare routine, you didn’t protect your skin with sunscreen. Sunlight is the leading cause of damage to the skin, and at the same time makes some active ingredients in skincare products lose their effectiveness. So, start using sunscreen everytime you go outside.
Sunscreen will only work 100% if you apply enough 1 coin amount of product. Take time to apply thin layers and rest between layers to allow the cream to be absorbed evenly.
You should apply enough to cover the entire face, equivalent to ¼ teaspoon of sunscreen evenly distributed on the face. Or, you can apply sunscreen twice with a thicker first to ensure that your skin is perfectly protected.