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Korean beauty has been making waves in the US for a while now- and not just in terms of exports. You might be surprised to know that it’s actually had quite a presence this side of the globe for some time as well. Before we dive into the specifics, we thought it would be helpful to review the basics of Korean beauty . The Korean beauty market grew by 300% in the US between 2016 and 2018.I The modern beauty industry is valued at $10.2 billion and a simple Google search for Korean skincare yields over 15 million results. What this says is the modern beauty industry is pretty popular.
In general, the basic Korean skincare steps are cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and protecting your skin with an ample amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sheet masks, essences, and overnight skincare treatments are treated in the same way as regular Korean skincare. After all, every skin routine is different and it's important to find products that match your unique needs..
Discover our 10-step routine to having softer, smoother, clearer skin. Easily tweak it according to your skin type and personal preferences.
Oil Cleanse To Remove Surface Dirt and Oil
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
Double cleansing is a bit of an oddity as far as cleaning goes - but it's a staple in Korean skincare regimes and arguably the most important step. Begin with an oil-based cleanser that removes any remaining sebum, makeup or other dirt before moving onto your second fruit-based cleanser to remove any impurities.. Add a few drops to your dry hands and gently massage over your face. The luxurious and lavender-scented oil creates light foam and emulsifies in contact with water, cleansing away dirt, excess oil, and makeup.. It’s non-comedogenic and can be used to remove both facial makeup and tough waterproof eye makeup.
Complete Your Double Cleanse Routine
After washing your moisturizing cleansing oil off, it's important to rinse your skin of any excess residue. You can do that with a light, foaming cleanser such as Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. It contains hydrating glycerin and soothing calendula extract. Even though natural products tend to have only mild formulas, they still give you a fresh feeling without the damaging effects that more harsh formulas have on your skin’s natural moisture barrier. For healthy-looking skin, use 'lukewarm' or 'cool' water when washing your face. Rinse thoroughly afterwards to make sure there is no residue left behind.
Apply Your Go-To Toner
After cleansing, toners are next in line for attention. They help moisturize your skin and provide a softer base for other products to work on. For the best results, look for a mild non-drying one, such as Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. This milky toner is full of skin-loving ingredients like Amazonian white clay and allantoin that restore natural moisture to balance your skin. If you’re looking for a product that can combat oily, shiny areas like the T-zone, then I recommend you give this a try. With consistent use, this product can help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. Not only will your skin look healthier & smoother but it will also feel silky-smooth to the touch.
An Antioxidant-Rich Essence
Skincare essences are the backbone of many Korean beauty routines . We recommend reaching for an essence formulated with skin-friendly antioxidants, such as Ferulic Brew Rejuvenating Facial Essence. This fast-absorbing formula with ferulic acid and olive-derived squalane helps remove dull surface skin and boosts radiance. It also helps prevent aging! Free radicals that are found in some skincare products can cause early signs of aging. You do not need cotton pads or cloths to apply antioxidants; just dispense a little of the liquid onto your hands and spread it evenly over your skin. Antioxidants can protect you against these free radicals. The research is convincing: Reducing oxidative stress appears to slow down the aging process.
Mask the areas where you want your skin to look better.
At this point in your routine, you might go on to apply your serum without considering the benefits of masking. The best Korean skin care routines typically include another step between toner and serum that most people don’t consider: masking—specifically, a sheet mask is an excellent way to hydrate and replenish the skin. .If you don't have time for a sheet mask every night, Target-treating your problem zones with Line-Minimizing Targeted Triangle Patch Masks just three times per week is a great option..
These triangle-shaped patches that adheres to the skin effectively, gives aging skin visible improvements.. They’re clinically-proven to help tackle a wide range of wrinkles, including crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and stubborn forehead wrinkles.* After toning, apply the miniature masks to problem areas and leave them on for about half an hour. Once you take them off, pat any remaining serum into your skin and continue with the rest of your routine.
Smooth On Your Favorite Serum
In your Korean skin care routine, the order is important. Generally, you’ll want to put on lighter products first and heavier products later. Your serum will usually fall somewhere in the middle of your routine.
Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum
Apply a hydrating serum, like Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum. With this potent formula for all skin types, your skin will absorb it quickly as it defends against aging environmental stressors. It's been specifically designed to help you combat the effects of air pollution and sun exposure, which can cause havoc on your body. Wrinkles, fine lines and pores will start to disappear after using this product for a short period of time. When you notice an improvement in the texture and firmness of your skin, you will realise just how remarkable this product is.
Hydrate Your Under-Eye Area
Keep your skin looking so bright and youthful by applying eye cream on a daily basis. There are countless completely different formulas you will use, to solve your problems. For daytime, though, we recommend sticking to a hydrating eye cream that can be layered under your makeup, like our cult-classic Avocado Eye Cream. This rich, creamy treatment with avocado oil absorbs easily and provides lasting, all-day hydration. This is dermatologist and ophthalmologist-approved; You can use it every day to see an improvement in the skin that surrounds your eyes.
Moisturize Your Face and Neck
To make sure your moisturizer has enough time to penetrate deep into the skin, apply a layer of Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream over it. The calendula-infused formula provides a burst of refreshing hydration that leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized for up to 24 hours. Gentle and lightweight moisturizer helps reduce skin redness, lighten the appearance of skin tone, and even out skin tone in order to give you a more radiant-looking appearing complexion. Put some on your face and neck and let it work its magic.
A Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+
Sunscreen is a MUST whether you're simply commuting to work or as part of skin routine. In asian beauty circles its more revered than ever, probably because research finds that sun exposure is responsible for 80% of all facial skin ageing). During the daytime, keep your skin protected from damaging rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, like Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+. The non-greasy formula protects from both UVA and UVB rays and offers antioxidant defense from damaging environmental stressors, like pollution. It’s suitable for all skin types, but for those who prefer mineral sunscreen, we also have Super Fluid Daily UV Mineral Defense that has long been a favorite
Be sure to apply SPF at least 15 minutes before going outside for long-lasting UV protection. (Follow other precautions, like avoiding direct sunlight at midday, too.)
Treat Your Skin To an Overnight Hydrating Mask
Bolster your nighttime skincare routine with a hydrating sleep mask, like Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask. This high-quality, skin-nourishing face mask can help replenish your skin's natural water reserves for long lasting hydration. It's suitable for all types of skin and can be applied once to twice weekly to reveal supple and rejuvenated.
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