It’s been a long journey down the road and long gone are the days when men used to have a soap and flannel routine. The Korean skincare or ‘K-beauty’ as it is called, having amused women for years, has now become a part of men’s skincare routine.
It comprises a meticulous 10-step routine that has to be incorporated slowly if you’re just starting out. Given the sheer number of steps, it certainly requires some dedication and effort.
But, it is definitely as worthwhile as it is claimed to be and produces unbelievable results in just days.
Here’s a list of the complete Korean skin care routine that you can follow along with recommended products:
Step 1: Oil Cleanse
Step 2: Water Cleanse
Step 3: Exfoliator
Step 4: Essence
Step 5: Serums
Step 6: Sheet Masks
Step 7: Eye Cream
Step 8: Emulsion
Step 9: Moisturiser
Step 10: SPF
So, Follow these easy steps and indulge into these products to get that perfect glowy, glass skin right away!
Let’s begin with the right products, in the right order.
Oil cleansing is the very first step of the full regimen which breaks down excess debris, sebum and sunscreen products. Oil cleansers aid in soothing your skin and get rid of dirt.
They can be feasibly used am and pm through deeply massaging the skin, followed by a water rinse. Apart from being relaxing and hydrating, oil cleansers nourish the skin and smooth it’s texture.
Korean skin care experts strongly urge on double cleansing. Once with oil, followed by a gentle water based cleanser that does not strip the skin of it’s natural oils.
Water cleansers are important for removing any water based debris and impurities. Oil will dissolve oil but according to basic skin care principles, only water cleansers work best for water based dirt.
You can use it simply by cleansing in gentle circular motions at morning and night.
Now, there are two types of basic exfoliators. Physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators.
Physical exfoliators work best for dry skin as they are abrasive. They contain ingredients like rice, sugar and salts and are slightly more rough.
If you want to opt for something soothing instead, choose chemical exfoliators. They contain mostly acids such as AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin from the surface and provide milder exfoliation.
These products must be used only twice weekly in the evening.
Essences are essential in Korean skin care because they hydrate at deeper levels i.e. uptil the dermis. These are basically thin gels and active lotions that strengthen and hydrate the skin.
Often containing compounds such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, they prep and prime the skin for the very next step. An essence can be used morning and evening in small amounts by simply patting on the face and neck.
Serums are the ‘ holy grail’ products of the Korean skin care regimen. They contain a wide selection of ingredients in the highest concentration.
You should be wise when choosing a serum as it’s the foundation of getting great skin. Use a serum according to your skin care needs.
For example, if you suffer from dehydrated skin, go for hyaluronic acid. If you want to deal with aging, retinoids are your best option.
Alternatively, you can use serums in target problem areas directly or on the whole face of am and pm. They do wonders even when used in small amounts.
Sheet Masks literally date back to ancient times in Korea. They have been in use for years.
The tissue from the sheet mask is infused in gels and compounds like cellulose that aid in keeping the skin hydrated at all times. By binding water to the skin, they allow the skin to fully absorb the active ingredients present in the mask.
Plus, you can use them to post a great selfie on instagram! Least to say, sheet masks are always trending.
You can use them twice weekly by leaving the mask on for 20 minutes and massaging the remaining essence afterwards towards the end.
To hydrate and brighten the eye area, follow the above step with an eye cream. Bid farewell to those dark circles, by using an eye cream infused with peptides.
You can use gel formulations for puffiness and creams to combat ageing problems.
They are used morning and evening.Dab it on with your ring finger around the orbital area.
Emulsions contain formulated small molecules that can easily penetrate through the skin’s surface to deeper levels and bind some moisture to the skin. They seal the deal by keeping in the goodness of the above seven steps.
Basically, these are lightweight moisturisers which are particularly suitable for the male skin.
Pat it on the face, am and pm to see the best results.
Now as we are closing in, we have come to the most important step which is moisturising the skin.
It does not matter what your skin type is, moisturiser is the most significant skin care step. Whether you suffer from skin conditions like acne or have oily skin, this step helps to keep the skin smooth and prevents aging.
Simply massage the form of moisturiser that you choose on your face and neck for a minute. This step should be followed in the morning and at night.
SPF prevents the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause conditions like melasma and skin cancers. Sun damage is an alarming concern and to address it, SPF should be used religiously.
Remember to use it at the end of your routine and reapply to exposed areas throughout the day.
Now that we have briefed you on the Korean Skin Care routine, start today and get that perfect skin that you have always wanted.
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