By Catherine Park | January 2, 2015 | Style & Beauty
Koreans have recently perfected a beauty routine that leaves skin unblemished, radiant, and healthy. Here, we break it down step-by-step.
Step 1: Cleanse Thoroughly
Even if you don’t wear too much makeup, it’s important to cleanse before applying any products. Use an oil cleanser like the Shu Uemura high performance balancing cleansing oil ($67) and apply it directly to your skin for optimal results.
Step 2: Use a Foam Cleanser
Use a soft foam cleanser that will dig even deeper into your pores and clean up what you missed during the first step. We suggest The Organic Pharmacy's rose facial cleansing gel ($85).
Step 3: Exfoliation Time
Though many think that exfoliating every day may be more irritating than beneficial, it’s certainly a necessary step. If you’re worried about redness and acne, use a scrub with smaller beads and salicylic acid, like Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant ($52).
Step 4: Apply a Toner
The toner will help remove any residue on your skin and restore its pH balance. Try Guerlain’s ‘orchidee imperiale’ option ($135), which targets wrinkles while hydrating.
Step 5: Use Essence
The product will treat your skin on a cellular level for a smoother and more radiant-looking surface. For fast results, use SK-II's facial treatment essence ($205).
Step 6: Apply the Serum
Next comes the serum, a concentrated dose of active ingredients used to brighten skin and smooth out wrinkles. Consider Amorepacific's all-day balancing serum ($200), which works to make skin look plump and youthful.
Step 7: Time for a Mask
Crucial for locking in moisture and collagen are sheet masks, a great way to relax and help your skin absorb all the ingredients you just applied. Watch out for immediate effects (especially after using Dr. Jart+'s all that lift and firm hydrogel expansion stretch mask, $35).
Step 8: Think of the Eyes
Eye cream helps reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. Use it. Try Sisley's eyes and lip cream ($210), both incredibly powerful and rich with plant extracts, for day and night. Don’t forget to apply the cream to your smile lines as well.
Step 9: Moisturizing
Just as important as drinking water every day, moisturizing will help your skin stay hydrated. Our pick? 111Skin's celestial black diamond cream ($1,095).
Step 10: Apply a Cream With SPF
The last step in the routine is to use a cream, which helps your skin regenerate and heal overnight, especially during the colder months. If you’re doing this during daytime, use a product with SPF, like Rènove's royal BB cream ($48), which will give you an airbrushed, matte look.
Bonus Step: Face Mists
Because skin can lose moisture quickly throughout the day, face mists are lifesavers when feeling dry. Carry a small bottle of the Tata Harper hydrating floral essence ($85) and you’ll achieve the dewy look instantly.
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