Koreans are known for their extraordinarily glowy and perfect skin. But this is because they follow an entire 10-step routine applying several products and massaging their faces a lot. They do not apply a single thick layer of cream. They let their skin breathe and use lighter products. Yes, their peripera makeup products also help.
The complete Korean skincare routine in one sentence be – washing with water, toner, essence, then applying ampoule and serum, eye cream, a moisturizer, sunscreens and ending with a sheet mask, every day. So, if you are thinking to bring about a drastic change in your skin and skincare routine, make sure you have at least 30 minutes free each day.
Morning Skincare Routine
The entire routine involves 8 steps, however, you can skip some steps if you do not have so much of time or you feel your skin does not need so many steps.
Wash Your Face
Koreans avoid using face washes or soap to wash their faces, as doing so can dry the skin causing acne. They believe that water is sufficient as well as a good hydrating liquid. So, the first thing that they do after waking up is washing their faces with water.
Toner is a liquid solution that balances the skin’s PH level. Water is not enough to hydrate your skin deeply. Thus, using toner will not only make sure the skin’s PH level is maintained but also it is hydrated well.
It is a water-based combination or serum and toner. Essence is the reason behind Korean women’s youthful skin, as it hydrates the complexion of the skin, and facilitates cellular turnover.
Ampoules are hygienic, stable skincare treatments that encourage skin collagen with restoration properties. In addition, they are rich in active ingredients that target bad skin problems.
Rub in Serum
Serums are oil-based as well as water-based products with more concentration of active ingredients, which are glycerin, ceramides, vitamins E, K, C, and natural ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber, etc.
Use Eye Cream
The area around our eyes does not have sebaceous glands, which means natural oils do not produce on their own in this area. This makes the skin near your eyes delicate, thin, and prone to cracking. This is why using eye cream is important.
Put on a Moisturizer
Moisturizer is necessary for lubricating the skin. Also, it is the most important product even if you do not follow a skincare routine. However, you should only apply a thin layer of moisturizer on your skin.
The last step that finishes the entire routine is applying sunscreen. Koreans are well aware that the sun can cause irreversible damage to the skin and can cause pigmentation, dark circles, dryness, and dullness. This is why they never skip using sunscreen even on rainy and cloudy days.
Many of us skip putting on sunscreen on cloudy days as there is no direct exposure to the sunlight. However, the sun is always shining and even when you cannot directly see it, its rays can cause skin damage.