My 10-Step Skincare Routine: Part II
Like promised in Part I of this series, I have listed my 10-step Korean Beauty Routine below.
Oil Based Cleanser
An oil based cleanser is great for removing oil based products. Remember "like dissolves like?" Gently massage into skin to remove make-up and sebum. I skip this step in my morning routine. I found this cleanser to be my favorite.
Foam Based Cleanser
Part 2 of the double-cleansing method. Use soft, circular motions to remove remaining water based debris. This is the foam cleanser I use for my combination skin.
I exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Do not exfoliate daily, over-exfoliating can do more harm than good. There are many options but this is the perfect exfoliator whether you prefer chemical or manual exfoliation.
I remember toner being an important step in my mother's skincare routine, but I never really cared for it...until I tried it myself. Opt for an alcohol-free toner like this one. Toner prepares your skin for the remaining products and removes any remaining residue.
This is probably the step that confused me the most when I first started learning about Korean beauty, but it is a crucial step. Essence facilitates your cell turnover rate, meaning it rejuvenates the outer layer of your skin.
Also known as an ampoule, serums are concentrate formulas that treat and array of skin issues. They are meant to be layered and customized for your needs. I currently use this.
There are no shortages of masks and patches. Like serums, sheet masks contain a concentrated formula, tailored to whatever your needs are. The possibilities are endless with sheet masks, and they're pretty easy to find online. Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find them in store. If I'm running low and don't want to wait for a shipment, I run to Sephora and get these.
The skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate. Gently tap eye cream around your eye to relieve puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.
If I'm prepping my skin for make-up, I use a moisturizer that hydrates my combination skin. The key is to find one that moisturizes but doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky, like. I find that this works for me. If you need something more intensive, use a sleep mask before bed.
I obviously skip this step at night, but it is a MUST during the day. Sun exposure is the largest contributor to skin damage. As I (inevitably) age, I find this to be the most important step in my daily regimen. Try this one!