Beyond exotic ingredients and innovative formulas, Korean skin care is renowned for its extensive, multi-step regimens that focus on maintaining healthy skin. Although the many steps can seem daunting at first, the best routine need not include every step, but instead just the products that work for you. We’ve prepared the following guide to help you learn the steps and how best to combine them.
Healthy, Moisturized Skin
Korean skin care focuses on promoting healthy skin by emphasizing layers of hydration starting with products with the lightest consistency and building to products with the heaviest.
Throughout the day your face is bombarded with bacteria, pollutants, and dirt (not to mention your makeup and sunscreen). Proper cleansing removes this thick layer of dirt and grime, which helps keep your face acne-free and allows other products to deeply penetrate the skin.
Water based cleansers gently remove sweat, dirt, and other water-based debris, preparing your skin for the rest of your regimen.
Your skin is made up of many layers of cells, but only the deepest layer contains fresh, living cells. Exfoliants help speed up your skin’s natural renewal process, clearing away tired, dead cells, while leaving behind smooth, radiant skin. To avoid irritating sensitive skin, exfoliants should only be used once or twice a week at maximum.
Made of natural fibers and formulated with the same powerful ingredients as serums, sheet masks deliver immediate, visible results.
Treatments can come in many forms, but they all contain powerful ingredients that are targeted to address specific concerns. A good rule of thumb when applying is to go from lighter solutions like essences to thicker, more viscous treatments like serums and ampoules.
Featuring highly concentrated formulas designed to target specific concerns, ampoules and serums will deliver lasting results.
Ranging from lightweight, whipped cream like textures to highly occlusive sleeping packs, you will find the cream that’s right for you. As a crucial step to keeping skin moisturized and protected, creams also help seal in active ingredients from the previous steps.