Nothing describes K-Beauty better than your grandma’s age-old advice. Prevention is better than cure. Thus, in the war between skincare and makeup, the latter always wins. But thanks to the cultural philosophy that beauty begins with healthy skin, the enlightened folks in Korea have always believed in getting to the root of the issue, making Korean beauty secrets the most sought after. Here are the top skin concerns tackled by the Korean skin care routine so that you skin always looks its best!
Fine lines and wrinkles
In Korea, it is believed that the key to flawless skin in your 30’s, is a good skincare routine in your 20’s. Hence, an anti-aging skincare routine starts young! Secret Tip – Load up on Collagen, to keep your face looking young, bouncy, and plump! Collagen-boosting BB creams, nutrition-infused sleep masks, moisturizing face mask and superior face mists are a few products you need to stock up on to feel forever young.
If you can, get your hands on Nature Republic Super Origin Collagen BB Cream SPF 25 PA++ or The Face Shop Essential Collagen Mask Sheet x 7pcs
Dull, dry skin
Hydration is the building block of fresh, air-brushed like, translucent, smooth skin. However, in Korea the focus is on moisture from water, as opposed to oils. It’s a well- known fact that well-moisturized skin functions better. In the long term, hydrated skin is more resistant to environmental factors that cause aging, while in the short term, moisturized skin appears dewy, luminous and firm.
Get your dose of hydration with Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask 5pcs (Aloe) or Dr.Jart+ Dermask Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask.
Cleansing is the first step to the final goal, a squeaky clean, glowing complexion. Thus, Koreans use not just one but two products in their daily cleansing routines. A squeaky-clean face is the result of a double cleanse, which means a first round with an oil-based cleanser, then a second with a water-based one (foam cleanser). No wonder pollution, dust and grime don’t stand a chance against deep-cleansing exfoliation.
Acne treatment and oily skin woes
In addition to an oil-free beauty regime, K-Beauty is all about using peels. The most popular ones are a type of glycolic acid peel, an Aqua Peel (using both AHA and BHA to clear away blackheads and residue), the FCR Peel (using a special coral extract formulation), and the Aladdin Peel (in which micro-needles are used to deposit seaweed extract and other natural ingredients deep inside the dermis) to banish bacteria and prevent new ones.
Get your peel fix with Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask or Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off.
Whitening and skin brightening
Korean Beauty whitening products are extremely popular globally. Despite their moniker, whitening products can more accurately be described as brightening products; they revitalize your skin for an overall healthy glow. K-Beauty boasts a host of cosmetically advanced products that are designed to even out skin tone and address hyperactive pigmentation due to the overproduction of melanin in damaged areas of the skin. Thus, most Korean “whitening” products are safe for people of all skin tones as they don’t have actual bleach on them. They target discolored areas either by exfoliation or by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosine, which controls melanin production.
Brighten and energize your complexion with Innisfree Whitening Pore Cream or Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence.
Unlike most parts of the world, suntans are an anathema to Koreans. Sun tans are viewed as skin damaging, upping the risk of premature aging. The best Korean skin care brands spend a great deal of time and effort producing highly effective, cosmetically elegant sunscreens in a broad selection of formulas including creams, mists, gels, and essences. Besides, sun protection is a sacrosanct step in the much-touted K-Beauty routine.
Get your daily sun protection with Lei Lani Sun Block SPF 50+ Pa+++ 50ml, Sun Screen, Light & Silky Finish, UVA, UVB or The Face Shop Super Perfect Sun Cream Spf50+/pa+++ Sunscreen 50ml.