While the main skincare regimen of the West contains the steps of Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing and Exfoliating, the Koreans of the East follow ten steps. With that much procedures, it's no surprise therefore why their skin is as flawless as we see it. Here are these ten steps you could follow to have skin as smooth and bright as they do.
1. Removing Eye Makeup
Find a good makeup remover to gently take out your eye makeup. Do not rely on a regular cleanser to perform this job as this assumption is what will leave a previous week's mascara on your eyelashes. This makeup remover would also be really helpful if you need to take out a long wear lipstick.
The golden rule to remember is to spend the same amount of time taking off what's on your face to the time you were putting it on. So let's say it took you forty-five minutes putting on your makeup, spend the same time wiping it off. Find a really good oil cleanser to suit your skin type and use this to massage your face in circular movements gently. The face massage is important as Koreans believe that this is what makes circulation increase, which translates to a brighter skin.
A natural exfoliant scrub does wonders in restoring your skin's softness so remember this step as this is the reason why Koreans have very smooth skin. Doing so two times a month is already good enough. Focus on your T-zone areas or sites where blackheads usually appear. For exfoliating one's face, the Koreans follow the rule, "less is more."
This is the Korean's equivalent to Toning. It's basically done to aid in the removal of pollutants together with cleanser residues, while simultaneously recovering the pH balance of skin. More importantly, its main role is soothing and preparing skin for absorption of the essence, the procedure that follows. If you'll try their toners, you'll see that they're less drying and harsh to skin. Some also make use of natural ingredients like fermented bamboo extracts.
5. Applying the Essence
The essence application is considered the routine's most critical step. Soaking your face to their treatment essence penetrates skin cells; therey, speeding up rate of cell turnover which leaves skin brighter and smoother.
6. Applying the Ampoule
The Korean's equivalent to serums of the West, these ampoules are much like the essences but are more concentrated. Popular ampoules have them active component, bifida ferment lysate, which is great for fine line smoothing, sun brightening and sun spot fading.
7. Applying the Sheet Mask
The sheet mask step is done two times a week but should your face be really dry, this could go beyond that number of times. These tasks are wet and paper-like, abundant with collagen and penetrate your skin. There are a variety of sheet masks out there. Some contain Vitamin E which are good in anti-aging and avocado extracts, which are rich in antioxidants. What's the role of these sheet masks? They basically compel your skin to better absorb moisture and nutrients compared to applying a cream or serum alone. The instantaneous effects can be addictive. Just one use and you would feel your face a little plumper and definitely brighter thought about by your skin's absorption of all that moisture.
8. Tapping the Eye Cream
The main difference of the way Koreans apply eye cream is that they tap it on skin surrounding the eye area. Apart from getting rid of pulling and tugging episodes, the product is also absorbed better.
9. Applying the Moisturizer
Okay, by now, you're probably shaking at all the things you need to apply to your skin but in case you have not realized it yet, the Koreans method of beautification is all about layering. So even if you may already feel mummified at this point, still apply a generous amount of moisturizer and stroke it gently for deep skin penetration.
10. Applying the Night Cream
And we're down to the last step at last. Your face may feel funny but you have to admit that your skin now exhibits what the Koreans would say, a dewy "moist glow." The rule of the thumb to remember is your skin needs to be hydrated as you recharge for the night. The Korean trend is using ripened ingredients in their skin care; hernce, go for creams that have fermented bamboo sap, lotus extracts and fruit water.