Senior Beauty Writer
Korean women are known the world over for their poreless, unblemished, porcelain skin. Have you ever wondered how they always maintain that gorgeous glow? The secret ladies is a 10-step skincare routine. It is the best investment of your time, and your skin's BFF, promise! Don’t let the lengthy sounding process intimidate you, all it needs is 15 minutes of your time. Korean women follow this meticulous routine from an early age; this is what gives them that youthful child-like appeal.
Fortunately for us, some *awesome* K-Beauty brands have launched in India giving us a chance at getting that glow! Here’s a quick lowdown on how to create your own custom Korean skincare routine.
The entire Korean skincare routine focuses on hydration. Apply each product in light layers to reap maximum benefits of each step.
The first step to your skincare routine is an oil cleanse. Oil cleansers penetrate deep into your skin removing any makeup, dust, pollution and impurities. Apply to dry skin and massage gently for a minute. Use warm water to emulsify the oil cleanser and rinse off.
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cleansing Oil (Rs 1,400)
A two step, double cleanse routine is essential to get your skin squeaky clean from the inside out. Much to your surprise this is one step you’re going to love. If you live in India, you know how much dust and pollution your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. Step two of your new K-beauty routine is going to be using a foam cleanser. On a wet face, massage the cleanser in circular motion and gently rinse off.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam (Rs 472)
Gentle exfoliation cleans out clogged pores, and sloughs off dead skin cells revealing brighter skin. It also helps your skin to renew and heal faster. However, if you have sensitive skin, exfoliate once a week and two to three times a week if you have normal to combination skin.
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener (Rs 900)
After the intense cleansing routine, your skin needs hydration. Quench and prep your skin with a lightweight (alcohol-free) toner. A toner is a great way to prep your skin to absorb the rest of the treatments better. Just pour some out onto your palms and dab that onto your skin. You could also soak a cotton-pad with some toner.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Toner (Rs 1,032)
An essence is the secret ingredient in the K-Beauty routine. For best results, choose an essence with ingredients that treat your skin’s concerns. An essence is similar to a serum or toner, only more watery.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Emulsion (Rs 1,032)
A serum is an additional step to pamper your skin and give it a boost of hydration. You can skip this step if you have extremely oily skin. A serum penetrates deep into your skin, so this would be the best time to use a serum to target any specific skin problems you may have.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum (Rs 1,592)
Sheet masks have quickly taken the skincare industry by storm! Sheet masks are a huge beauty craze in Korea. Masks that address various skin concerns like hydrating, exfoliating, and brightening your skin. They are super easy to use, just throw some into your bag and use them on a lazy Sunday, in the gym, on a flight or while you’re on vacay! Use them once or twice a week for an added boost.
Psst: throw on a sheet mask before an event and watch your makeup glide onto your skin like a dream!
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask - Vita C (Rs 150)
The skin under your eyes is the most delicate skin on your face. Keeping it hydrated and pampered is essential for younger looking, wrinkle-free undereyes. Take a small amount of eye cream on your ring finger and lightly pat your under-eye area.
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream (Rs 2,000)
Step nine is the final step (in your night-time) skincare routine. This step locks in all the moisture that you’ve just added to your skin. Choose a face cream based on your skin type, we recommend using a light quick absorbing cream to ensure your skin doesn't feel greasy.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Intense Hydrating Cream (Rs 1,592)
The last step (in your day-time skin care) is SPF. Korean women are obsessed with SPF and with good reason. It is very, very important to protect your skin from the sun ladies. Dark spots, sunburn, uneven skin and premature aging are just some of the problems caused due to sun exposure. A light SPF is essential even if you’re only stepping out for 10 minutes.
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Essence Water Base SPF50 (Rs 1,050)
Now that you’ve mastered the art of layering and seen your skin transform, we’d love to know which one of these products is your favourite!
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