K-Beauty has traveled overseas creating a buzz wherever it goes. Their use of all-natural products has thrived in today’s vegan and cruelty-free markets. Most impressive of all, is their extensive skincare regimens that will have your skin clearing up, your GPA skyrocketing and your stocks going up! (kidding) If you’re looking to achieve the coveted “glass skin” appearance of K-pop idols and entertainers alike, keep reading!
1. Oil Cleanser
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This is the perfect first step since an oil cleanser is great at removing oil-based products like old sunscreen and makeup from your pores!
(A favorite of mine is coconut oil!)
2. Foam Cleanser
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This routine is known for its double-cleanse ideology. Washing your face twice not only ensures there won’t be any dirt left to cause any breakouts, but the difference in types of cleansers is what creates the magic. A water-based cleanser will get rid of any water-based impurities in your skin like sweat.
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Exfoliation can be pivotal for making sure your products absorb deep into your skin. If you don’t bother scrubbing off those dead skin cells that sit at the top of your skin, then your products won’t penetrate deep enough to make an impact! Not to mention, it helps to brighten the appearance of your skin altogether. This step is recommended 1-2 times a week.
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This is one step that is vastly overlooked in the beauty community. Many opt out of toning since its watery texture seems ineffective compared to other products. However, the truth is that toning is important to do when your skin is sensitive after cleaning and exfoliation and could use a prep for the rehydration that comes afterward.
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This step is the nitty-gritty of Korean skincare. Essences are packed with anti-aging and complexion boosters that will really give you that movie-star look ready for a close-up!
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This is an optional step for those of us cursed with skin problems such as acne and hyperpigmentation. Serums will help improve the look of the skin by evening out its appearance!
7. Sheet Mask
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Sheet masks have become a staple for skincare, not to mention, they’re fun to do! Like exfoliation, this step should only be done 1-2 times a week. Different masks will give your skin what it needs, so check out your local drug store and pick up a few of those pop colored packets!
(Because I tend to suffer from dryness and redness, my favorite masks are ones packed with oatmeal and avocado oil for soothing and hydration!)
8. Eye Cream
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Essences aren’t the only product essential for anti-aging. Eye creams are super beneficial for fighting the look of fine lines, dark circles, and crows feet! This is absolutely a must-have for dedicated beauty enthusiasts looking to preserve their looks well into old age.
9. Face Cream
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Ah, the step people tend to skip to after cleansing! Applying a facial cream should already be second nature for anyone getting into skincare, and should be used as one of the final steps of the regimen to seal in the skin’s hydration for younger-looking skin.
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If you’re like me, then sunscreen has become one of those things you hear about in the beauty community over and over again like a mantra. Using sunscreen daily is another staple to this K-beauty routine. Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun will not only help you fight skin cancer, but it will also keep your skin youthful as well!
Good things come to those who double cleanse, ladies! How likely are you to try this extensive skincare process for the sake of beautiful skin?