Korean skincare: the 10 must-have products


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There skin care it is a good habit that each of us should have, to maintain tone, elasticity and softness. After all, a few, simple touches are enough to have a real “elixir of youth”, even if sometimes laziness takes over, to the detriment of the daily beauty routine.

But, if skincare is something important for western women, it is almost a real obsession for oriental ones, and it is no coincidence that among the most envied skins there are the porcelain ones of Korean women, diaphanous and very smooth.

In fact, with increasing vigor, the korean skincare, a real beauty ritual consisting of ten steps to be repeated twice a day, morning and evening. It is therefore clear that, to do it, we need to show all our patience, as well as have the necessary products available.

Korean skincare: what is it?

As mentioned, Korean skincare is a very structured process, which starts from a technique, layering, or the layering of different beauty products in ten steps.

The routine starts with lighter formulations and then, layer by layer, arrive at more full-bodied products, which make, with constant use, the compact, luminous and hydrated skin, at the same time reducing spots, imperfections and expression lines.

The Korean skincare routine: the right products

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The strong points of Korean skincare are cleansing, exfoliation, toning, hydration and sun protection, to be reached through these ten steps, starting in the morning:

1. The cleansing oil: removes make-up and purifies

It is obviously very important remove any kind of impurities from the face, whether we are talking about sebum or make-up. For this you need to use one makeup remover oily, which slightly turns into foam in contact with water.

Jowaé face make-up remover oil

Jowaé face make-up remover oil

A cleansing oil with a pleasant floral scent 99% natural and vegan.

€ 12 on Amazon

Pro

  • Fine and light texture
  • 99% ingredients of natural origin

Versus

  • Moisturizing effect not very visible on mixed and sensitive skin

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2. The foaming detergent

Korean women follow the rule of double cleansing, first performing a more superficial one, with oil, then a second, deeper one, with a classic foam cleanser, which must be chosen according to your skin type.

Himalaya Neem Facial Cleansing Foam

Himalaya Neem Facial Cleansing Foam

250ml cleansing foam, paraben free

€ 9 on Amazon

Pro

  • Without parabens
  • It also helps to keep the appearance of pimples under control

Versus

  • It can irritate sensitive skin

3. Facial exfoliator

Exfoliating your face regularly makes the skin brighter and frees it from impurities and dead cells. For this Korean skincare provides a double scrub, morning and evening, but with light formulations, so as not to attack the skin. It is important to focus on the fateful zone T (forehead, nose and chin), preferring enzymatic exfoliants, which have exfoliating active ingredients, to mechanical ones, which instead have a deeper scrub action, thanks to the full-bodied granules which, however, could cause irritation in the long run.

Sand & SKy face scrub

Sand & SKy face scrub

It is a non-aggressive exfoliant that provides an excellent make-up base, leaving the skin smooth.

€ 37 on Amazon

Pro

  • Makes the skin smooth and radiant
  • It can also be used in the shower

4. The tonic

The facial tonic it is essential in any beauty routine, and is a must in Korean skincare. To use it correctly it should be tapped on the face with a cotton pad; in this way the skin regains its hydrolipic balance and eliminates any residual impurities. Always choose alcohol-free solutions.

Rose Water Facial Toner

Rose Water Facial Toner

A light, Italian, organic and vegan rose water.

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Pro

  • Provides instant hydration to the face and neck, rejuvenating tired skin
  • Vegan and natural

Versus

  • It could create redness on dry skin

5. Essence or moisturizing water

There essence, or face essence, it is rather difficult to find in Italy to follow Korean skincare to the letter, as it is a liquid lotion that moisturizes the skin and prepares it for subsequent treatments. However, you can alternatively use a thermal water in spray, to be vaporized before the serum.

Avène Thermal Water Spray

Avène Thermal Water Spray

Avène thermal water spray in 300 ml bottle.

€ 12 on Amazon

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Pro

  • A historic name in skin care
  • Practical pack of 300 ml

Versus

  • It does not appear to have particular “against”

6. The face serum

The serum is of fundamental importance, given that its particularly concentrated formulation allows the active ingredients to penetrate deeply, preparing the skin for the face mask. There are serums for all skin types, from illuminating and anti-spot to purifying and mattifying.

Florence Face Serum

Florence Face Serum

Made entirely in Italy from organic farming, vegan and not tested on animals.

€ 14 on Amazon

19 € you save 5 €

Pro

  • Refreshes mature, dry and tired-looking skin.
  • Entirely made in Italy from organic farming

7. The face mask

After applying the serum, good is expected in Korean skincare face mask. Korean women’s favorites are in fabric, very soaked and practical to apply; but it is important to vary the type of mask every day, so as not to attack or sensitize the skin.

However, you can limit yourself to doing face masks once or twice a week.

Aliver 24k face mask

Aliver 24k face mask

A practical pack with 5 face masks, 5 lip masks and 5 eye masks

€ 19 on Amazon

Pro

  • Practical pack with five masks
  • Stimulates cell regeneration and repair

Versus

  • The mask slips off easily

8. The eye contour cream

As we all know, the eye contour area is among the first to be affected by the passage of time, aging prematurely, so it is important to spend a daily cream, to be applied throughout the eye area with the ring finger, with very gentle movements.

Pinpoxe eye contour cream

Pinpoxe eye contour cream

An eye cream that reduces dark circles, can be applied before makeup and is 100% natural.

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Pro

  • 100% natural, not tested on animals
  • Reduces swelling and crow’s feet

9. The face moisturizer

In the penultimate step of Korean skincare, the face moisturizer, also this to choose according to your skin type.

Those with combination or oily skin should in fact prefer it gel texture, light and easily absorbed, while those with dry or very dry skin should opt for richer formulations. To apply the cream, light movements must be performed all over the face, also descending on the neck and décolleté.

Garnier SkinActive moisturizing face cream

Garnier SkinActive moisturizing face cream

A cream suitable for oily or combination skin, not suitable for those with drier skin.

3 € on Amazon

4 € save 1 €

Pro

  • 96% of products of natural origin
  • With green tea

Versus

  • Suitable for combination or oily skin, not for dry skin

10. Sunscreen and face mask for the night

The last step of the Korean morning skincare involves applying the Sun protection, to be used all year round, even in winter. This, in fact, is the main beauty secret of Korean women, to protect themselves from UV rays, one of the first responsible for aging, always.

Sun Cream SPF 50 Eclat

Sun Cream SPF 50 Eclat

Sunscreen with protection factor 50, not tested on animals and with powerful antioxidants.

€ 9 on Amazon

Pro

  • It is a natural defense against all UVA and UVB rays.
  • It is not tested on animals and is environmentally friendly

Versus

  • Contains silicones and paraffin

In the evening skincare, however, conclude with one moisturizing and firming face mask, to keep in place before going to sleep or, if you use the sleeping mask, even all night.

Sleeping Mask Belle Azul

Sleeping Mask Belle Azul

Night face mask with hyaluronic acid that visibly reduces the signs of fatigue.

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Pro

  • Visibly reduces the signs of fatigue
  • It absorbs quickly without leaving any residue

Versus

  • It should be alternated with night cream and not always used

Original article published on April 19, 2020


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