After seen the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine all over the Instagram and YouTube I decided to put it for trial myself and I will be committing to the routine for 4 full weeks. My skin is generally in good condition, but I am still trying to get rid some old pigmentation and few small scars. I am also starting to develop fine lines around my eyes and my skin tone has been quite dull lately, so I am hoping to brighten up a bit in the course.
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Step1 - Remove Makeup - First Cleanse and Second Cleanse
First step is to remove the makeup, if you wear a heavy eye makeup as I do, remove it with an makeup remover first, otherwise you will be dragging the dirt around your face. Generally in the Koreans Skin Care Routine, the first step is to remove the makeup with an oil based cleanser. I am using my homemade cleansing balm containing coconut, rosehip and castor oil - this will remove the rest of my makeup. You should also check out video how to make your own balm if you haven’t already.
For the second cleanse I am using a foam Cleanser to remove the residues of the makeup and brighten the skin. In the past I’ve always cleansed my skin with the same oil cleanser. So I bought this Eliza Vecca 24k Gold Snail Foam Cleansing, which contains Snail Mucin and I have to say I love it so much - my skin feel hydrated after and not stripped at all so will definitely buy this one again. During my research on the Korean Skincare Routine I’ve also learned that is better to dry you hands and the tap the water off with your skin instead of rubbing your skin with the towel. This is a great tip that I shall follow for the rest of my life as my skin feel more hydrated instantly.
Step 2 - Exfoliator
If you are going to use exfoliator this will the step after cleansing and it should be done only 2-3 times a week. You can choose between manual exfoliation which contains exfoliating micro-beads or other abrasive elements to scrub the dead cells off the skin.
Or chemical exfoliation that contain AHAs, BHAs or Enzymes to remove the dead skin usually by swiping a cotton pad across the skin. If you have normal/dry/ mature skin Choose AHAs Exfoliants . If you have combination or acne prone skin choose BHAs Exfoliants Enzyme Exfoliants can be used on all skin types.
Step 3 -Toner
Toner will remove the rest of you cleanser, sebum and will close the pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing. Toner will also restore the skin ph Balance which should be always between five and six
Step 4 - Essence
Essence is an essential step in the Korean Skincare Routine and delivers active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and other natural extracts deep into the layers of the skin and gives you instantly hydrated feel. The best way to apply the essence is tap it into your skin until it's absorbed fully. Believe it or not, this is my first time trying essence, I always thought they were glorified toners just more expensive. But now I am believer and I a hooked and this will step will stay forever in my skin care routine.
Step 5 Serum
I love serums and this is one skincare product that I would alway invest my money in. Serums deal with your skin concerns and in my case it's the hyper pigmentation, dehydration and fine lines.
If you want hydrated skin, go for anything with hyaluronic acid. This stuff basically helps your skin retain moisture by binding water molecules to it and your body naturally produces it to lubricate and cushion the joints.
If you have pigmentations problems like me, then try serums containing Vitamin A, C, AHAs - these will brighten and even out your skin tone. I use these only in the nighttime and only every second day in order not to dry out my skin.
If you have dry and mature skin , then try facial oils such as rosehip, chia seed, sea buckthorn, and camellia oils are excellent hydrators that won’t clog your pores.
If you have skin that is acne prone, then try serums containing Vitamin A or BHAs such as Salicylic acid - these will dry out your acne, as pimples tend to thrive in moisture.
Step 6 - Sheet Mask
Now is the time for the famous sheet mask - this my favorite step and I have been using almost every day a new sheet mask - I am really having fun trying out all the sheet masks on the market - it's like a whole new world to me. You can use the sheet mask every day if you wanted but to get good results you can use it 2-3 time a week. You can also skip the serum part if you are using the sheet mask.
Step 7 - Eye Cream
You should choose eye cream according your skin concern. If you have fine lines look for an eye cream with retinol.
Caffeine works wonders for brightening up dark circles as it encourages blood flow and constricts the vessels to reduce dark circles and it will also reduce the puffiness.
For general overall protection of the eye area choose ingredients such as vitamins C and E which defend against free radicals that can cause wrinkles.
Step 8 - Moisturizer
After you have added all the moisture to your skin, now you need to lock it in and a moisturizer will do that for you - Look for oils or lipids, such as ceramides, stearic, linoleic, and lauric, which are just some ingredients often used in moisturizers as occlusive agents. Occlusive agents form a film on the skin to prevent water loss and act as a barrier function. I am really loving the two Koreans face creams from Eliza Vecca that I have picked up in TK Maxx - I use the Sparkle Cream in my morning routine and and the Argan Steam Cream in my evening routine and I love them both so far.
Step 9 - Sleeping Mask
One additional step that you can use in your evening skin routine is the sleeping mask. I must admit this is my first time using one of these and I love them. You basically apply it on top of your moisturizer and leave it on overnight. Most of the sleeping mask contains hyaluronic acid or collagen to add moisture and volume to the skin, so you wake up with hydrated and plump skin. I am addicted to these and will try more going forward.
Step 10 - Sunscreen
Use the sunscreen only in the mornings. Korean women are religious about using the sunscreen and most of the products are formulated to keep the skin pale as this is the beauty standard in Korea. You should use the sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause damage to the DNA in your skin cells and leave your with hyper pigmentation or worse cause skin cancer.
I am very excited about the Korean Skincare Routine and I shall be following it for 4 weeks religiously. I will record a new video and show you results after the 4 weeks and you can then decide for yourself if it's worth your time and money investment.