15 January, 2016
Beauty

Everything You Wanted to know about Korean Skincare

15 January, 2016

It was only a matter of time before we would find something new to go crazy about. This time, it’s Korean skincare. Truth is, the process is pretty exhaustive and it requires a dedicated hand, with its multi-step ways and finished with care but the results are amazing.

This routine has sparked a ton of intrigue in the beauty world as of late and we’re here to give it a closer look and see what it’s all about. Still, just like most (all?) beauty routines, this one too has both pros and cons and we’ll be exploring both, equally.

Whoever said less is more, they were obviously delusional… or at least in terms of Korean beauty regimens go. This one is a 10-step process that calls for commitment and dedication – no skipping and those “damn, I fell asleep with my makeup on again” moments.

Here’s what you are expected to do:

  1. Remove makeup – No matter how good we think we remove our eye makeup, truth is there often happens traces of mascara will stick to the lashes, making them fall off or be plain weak.
  2. Do your cleanse – The cleanse is need to remove oil residue and deeply cleanse the face; for this to work, you actually have to undergo a few treatments prior. Microdermabrasion is probably the best solution for that as it’s one of the best non-invasive (and non-chemical!) procedures that “uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin”.
  3. Exfoliate – Exfoliating is a must as it will help remove dead skin cells.
  4. Toner – This step will help balance the pH of the face and keep it healthy and glowing.
  5. Essence – Finding all the right nutritious for the face is something you need to do for your face to keep its elastic and health.
  6. Serum – Various serums are there to attack different problems, so depending on the overall health of your skin, you should find one that will deal with the problems you’ve got.
  7. Masks – You’ve been probably practicing them already, and now is not the time to stop. They will also play the role of nutritious for the face.
  8. Eye cream – This is needed to lighten areas around the eyes. Also, while removing makeup, make sure you are doing it gently because you don’t want to harm the area around the eyes.
  9. Moisturise – Obvious and necessary!
  10. Night mask – Night masks are there to cleanse the face overnight and help you have glowing skin in the morning.

A woman wears a face mask

When you take into consideration all the steps, you are probably thinking that you don’t have enough time to go through this drama every single day. And, you are probably right – but only while you get used to it. The “drama” is worth it, especially because the results are quick and effective in the long run. After only three days you’ll see changes and you’ll love them! You’ll probably need about an hour to go through all the steps while you get used to it, only to switch to thirty minutes later.

Overall, here are some pros and cons we’ve singled out:

Pros

The skincare routine is soothing to the skin, rejuvenating and highly effective (both immediately and in the long run). There is little or no pain experienced in the process and skin takes little time adjusting to the new routine you are treating it with. It is time-consuming (weirdly so, yes) as you can do it in your home and not spend hours at the salon.

Cons

Honestly, it’s not only laborious but may also be very expensive to maintain. It takes a lot of time to get used to and maintain and stay focused. It’s a routine that has to be done often which is kind of exhausting.

Asian women with glowing skin

To all of you girls who have a bit of extra time, and a desire to have a gorgeously glowing skin, we’d suggest trying this one out.  If you happen to find it too difficult, you can always drop it and go back to your regular beauty routine… right?

Lead image and image #1 sourced via Pinterest.

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