The art of Korean skincare has captivated American women for years. There’s something about foreign beauty care that attracts American women’s interest. Korean skincare in particular holds us enthralled because of our idealized notion that there is a secret ingredient that creates their porcelain skin.
In reality, it’s a bit of work, but not much more than you are probably used to doing if you’re taking care of your skin. There are ten steps to follow in a traditional Korean skincare routine.
- Oil Pre-cleanse: This keeps your skin hydrated and slows down oil production.
- Foaming Face Cleanser: This is an extremely gentle cleanser.
- Sheet Masks: These are sheets shaped like your face with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The sheets are saturated in skincare product. You place them on your face from 20 to 30 minutes.
- Exfoliating Masks: Korean masks are gentler and are only to be used one to two times per week.
- Toner: American toner can be drying, but Korean toner is hydrating and soothing
- Essence and Serum (which are kind of the same things)
- Emulsion: It tightens your pores and reduces oil production.
- Eye Cream
- Daytime Moisturizer
- Nighttime Moisturizer
Fundamentally, Korean products are really very specific and completely different from their American counterparts. They are less abrasive, extra-hydrating, and frequently use sake and seaweed as a foundation. American toners tend to strip away things that the skin needs along with the dirt and grime. Korean ingredients are gentler and more nourishing than traditional American options.
There is a real science to Korean skincare, but it also has a sort of art to it as well. Consistent application, both morning and evening will transform your skin.
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The intricate science and art of Korean skincare