Ah, Korean skincare. The mystical 10-step Korean skincare routine has just started gain exposure in the West, and for good reason. Skincare is taken seriously in Korea. A simple splash of water at the end of the day just won’t cut it.
Over the past six months, I’ve slowly started to incorporate a more meticulous skincare routine to both prevent and treat some of my current skin troubles, and I must say my skin is looking better today than ever before. If you’re curious about the Korean skincare regimen or are just interested in new ways to improve your skincare game, here are three important rules that I swear by.
1. Double Cleanse
Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – using two sources of cleansing to make sure your face is squaky clean. You want to go to bed with a clean face, especially if you spend all day wearing makeup.
I start my nighttime skincare routine with a handful of makeup wipes before moving in with some cleaning oil. I really, really like the 2 Seconds Magic Deep Cleaning Oil from On: The Body. I rub one pump of the oil into my skin and then wash it off with a face wash. This way I know for sure my face is clean before I start layering on my serums and moisturizers.
2. Rethink your Toner
Facial toners are products that you wipe on your face to remove any leftover dirt or oil that your cleanser may have missed. In the U.S., toners tend to be alcohol-based and therefore overly drying on your skin. If your face feels tight or you think “Oh my god I need some moisturizer” after using a toner, then it is way too drying for you.
Asian toners are much less harsh and are meant to moisturize your skin instead of stripping away your natural oils. Check out Son & Park Beauty Water, it’s a cult favorite in Korea.
3. Wear Sunscreen
The most important skincare advice I could give to ladies of any age is to wear sunscreen every single day. Sunscreen is a necessary step in Asian skincare, and we in the U.S. need to jump on that bandwagon. The damaging effects of the sun can cause wrinkles, sunspots, and worse of all possibly even cancer. Don’t neglect this one, folks – you’ll thank me later.
After moisturizing in the morning, end your skincare routine with a sunscreen. with an SPF of at least 50. I really like the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essense Sunscreen. It dries on clear, doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind, and has an SPF 50, which is the minimum that is recommended for facial sunscreen.
So tell me about your current skincare routine. What products would you recommend? And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!