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
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
A cleansing oil with a pleasant floral scent 99% natural and vegan.
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- Fine and light texture
- 99% ingredients of natural origin
- 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
250ml cleansing foam, paraben free
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- Without parabens
- It also helps to keep the appearance of pimples under control
- 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
It is a non-aggressive exfoliant that provides an excellent make-up base, leaving the skin smooth.
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- 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
A light, Italian, organic and vegan rose water.
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- Provides instant hydration to the face and neck, rejuvenating tired skin
- Vegan and natural
- 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 in 300 ml bottle.
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- A historic name in skin care
- Practical pack of 300 ml
- 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
Made entirely in Italy from organic farming, vegan and not tested on animals.
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- 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
A practical pack with 5 face masks, 5 lip masks and 5 eye masks
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- Practical pack with five masks
- Stimulates cell regeneration and repair
- 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
An eye cream that reduces dark circles, can be applied before makeup and is 100% natural.
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- 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
A cream suitable for oily or combination skin, not suitable for those with drier skin.
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- 96% of products of natural origin
- With green tea
- 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
Sunscreen with protection factor 50, not tested on animals and with powerful antioxidants.
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- It is a natural defense against all UVA and UVB rays.
- It is not tested on animals and is environmentally friendly
- 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
Night face mask with hyaluronic acid that visibly reduces the signs of fatigue.
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- Visibly reduces the signs of fatigue
- It absorbs quickly without leaving any residue
- It should be alternated with night cream and not always used
Original article published on April 19, 2020