Get That Glam Glass Skin With the Korean Skincare Routine
Different ethnicities have varying skincare rituals depending on their environment and cultures. These rituals sway in and out of fashion, over periods of time. However any skincare junkie could tell you, currently the Korean skin care routine is all the rage. So what is so special about the Korean skincare routine?
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- The foundation for their relationship with their skin is to protect and prevent, rather than salvage, after the damage is done.
- It is a more thorough routine that focuses on the more is more philosophy and can incorporate upto 10 steps and even more.
- Also currently trending step is to focus on double cleansing.
- Korean skincare is usually formulated using innovative global skincare standards, often times at lower prices, with gentler ingredients, and pleasing packaging for the critical and discerning Korean customer.
All the products used within this ritual are typically Korean or formulated backed by Korean philosophies in mind. By being dedicated and consistent the aim of this routine is to nourish, hydrate, respect and protect the skin, so it may flourish. Here at The Soorat we stock various K-Beauty brands like, Dr Jart+,Glow Recipe, Laneige, Ponds, Skin Republic and SK 11.
Read on to see how to incorporate the right products to experience the benefits and achieve that Glam Glass Skin by following this rigorous, yet highly effective routine comprised of not all Korean products.
Oil Based Cleanser - Clarins Comfort Scrub Nourishing Oil Scrub
An oil based cleanser on oily skin may seem counter intuitive, but it's the first step of the routine. The oil based cleanser removes all the oil based impurities within your skin, instead of sliding off like a water based cleanser would. If you can’t find a korean oil based cleanser, Clarins comfort scrub nourishing oil scrub is your next best option. It is in Infused with oil and gently cleans your skin. The Natural plant based exfoliator with a blend of wild mango butter, soft natural sugar microcrystals obtained from beetroot, hydrates the skin.
Exfoliant - Guerlain Gommage Exfoliant
This step is tricky. You don’t exfoliate every night, you begin with twice a week because you don’t want your skin to get damaged. Exfoliants remove the dead skin cells that accumulate everyday. We suggest using a gentle product like Guerlain Gommage Exfoliant, made for extra sensitive skin. It does not contain granules therefore the skin is renewed, retaining its natural glow. This non abrasive formula works well on all skin types.
Essence - Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
Toner - Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
After the last three steps your skin’s pH levels are probably unstable. Toner helps to restore moisture and bring balance back to the skin. A non-invasive product is Elemis’s Soothing Apricot Toner Which Calms your skin, and helps it maintain natural pH levels without the use of alcohol or harsh substances. The combination of apricot extracts, sweet betty flower, and saponins from Quillaja Wood work to renew your skin naturally.
Particular to Korean skin care routines, essences are a combination of fermented ingredients, which are supposed to protect and hydrate the skin. They are in between toners and serums, and work to alleviate minor skin irritations. LANEIGE Water Bank Hydro Essence is an ideal choice. The combination of Kale, Beetroot and Watercress ensure smooth, supple skin. The water based treatment leaves you feeling fresh and hydrated. The slight gel like texture works to clear your skin, and soothe irritations.
Treatment / Serum - Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Vitamin C Serum
‘Treatments’ outside Korea are commonly referred to as ‘serums’. Serums contain a high concentration of ingredients that are meant to target particular issues like acne or fine lines. They are more intense than Essence, and each person’s choice varies according to their skin type. A commonly used serum is Kiehl’s Powerful strength vitamin C serum. This Paraben free, alcohol free, product helps to minimize the appearance of pores, and rejuvenates the skin. The vitamin C penetrates deeper into the skin then other serums, and actively reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Sheet Mask - Dr. Jart+ Dermask Ultra Jet Porecting Solution Bubbling Charcoal Sheet Mask
Another popular item in Korea is the sheet mask. These are sheets of paper soaked in serum, that you leave on your face for 20 minutes or so, almost like a mask. Like exfoliants these masks don’t need to be applied everyday. A great Korean sheet mask to use is Dr. Jart+ Dermask Ultra Jet Porecting Solution Bubbling Charcoal Sheet Mask. Inspired by asian beauty rituals, these sheets detoxify and purify the skin, by penetrating deep into the skin and preventing buildup.
Eye Cream - Glow Recipe, Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
After the serum, or sheet mask, depending on the day, you apply your eye cream. Eye Creams are used to reduce lines, puffiness and dark circles. We suggest using the K-Beauty inspired, GLOW RECIPE, Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask. Get ready for brighter, lighter under eyes.
Moisturizer - Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
Moisturizing is something most people do whether they follow this skincare regime or not. Hydrating is the key ingredient to great skin. You can use a Korean moisturizer or any other, preferably organic substitute. We’ve got just the one. Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer is a K-Beauty inspired product that combines botanical juices with a powerful cocktail of hyaluronic acid, watermelon & apple cider vinegar, for optimum hydrating results. This moisturizer is effective for dark spots, discoloration, uneven skin tones and textures. It is a vegan product with high quality, organic content.
Sunblock - Capital Soleil Velvety Face Sun Cream SPF 50+
Lastly something we should all be doing everyday when we wake up, SUN BLOCKING. We cannot stress how vital sunblock is to your skin, no matter how old you are. Use any strong sunblock. We know Capital Soleil Velvety Face Sun Cream SPF 50+ defends against pollution, protects against the sun, and rehydrates your skin! It’s also a good base for makeup, and locks in moisture.