Korean Skincare Tips
Chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about the hype surrounding Korean skincare. Ten-step routines promise youthful, soft, radiant skin, but are time-consuming, and let’s face it—pretty confusing. Thankfully, current Korean skincare trends are moving towards using less products that multi-task. With all the interest in Korean skincare, there are several tips you can use to get supple, smooth skin—without using a dozen products. Here are our favorite tips to jump-start your love affair with Korean skincare.
1. Use Double Cleansing
Korean skincare often includes double cleansing your face to get every trace of makeup off your skin. Typically, double cleansing involves washing off makeup with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a foaming cleanser to remove any remaining makeup and remove excess oil. Or, you can skip one step by looking for cleansers that combine oil with a micellar formula to get the job done quick.
2. Layer Products In the Right Order
There is a method to the madness of Korean skincare and each one serves its own purpose and primes the skin for the next product leading to better product absorption. If you’re unsure where to start, the best rule of thumb is to go from the lightest product to the heaviest product. Waters and toners, for example, are much lighter and are used first, whereas emulsions are heavier and thicker and used after lighter layers. Eye creams, face creams, and sleeping masks are applied last to seal in moisture and hydrate your skin.
3. Take Supplements
Another popular Korean skincare tip is to incorporate supplements as part of your daily beauty routine. After all, true beauty starts with good nutrition and a healthy gut. Finding a good multivitamin or skincare vitamin can help supplement your healthy diet to make sure you’re not missing any necessary micronutrients.
4. Use Gentle Exfoliation
We all get dead, dry skin and need to exfoliate, but harsh exfoliators can tear skin and damage the healthy tissue under the dry skin you’re trying to remove. Korean skincare often focuses on using water-activated enzyme exfoliators to remove dry skin and gently exfoliate—without harming healthy tissue.
5. Give Your Face a Massage
Ditch the botox and give yourself a facial massage instead. Facial massages stimulate facial muscles, strengthen skin capillaries for better blood flow, and improve lymphatic circulation. This leads to benefits like anti-aging and improved skin elasticity.
6. Use a Sleeping Mask
Have your beauty sleep do double duty by using an overnight sleeping mask to help cell recovery and moisturize your skin while you sleep. Simply smooth on, head to bead, and rinse off in the morning for radiant skin.