How to Brighten Skin

How to Brighten Skin

It is without a doubt that Korean women have the most flawless skin on the planet.

If you want to brighten your skin, you need to know what Korean women do that gives them such perfect skin. Koreans are very particular about their skin care routine and the products they use, and if you really want to have a bright skin tone, none of these tips can be missed.

HOW TO BRIGHTEN SKIN THE KOREAN WAY:

The Korean skincare routine is carried out morning and night and uses the principle of layering products.  Layering products is not a common part of a Western beauty routine. In the West we don’t put layer on layer of product; we virtually put on a face cream (and maybe an eye cream) and we are done.  But the Korean skin care routine does not do this. 

Every layer of product does something positive and beneficial to your skin.  Most women are amazed how easy it is to brighten your skin and get a much smoother complexion following the Korean beauty routine.

So lets take a look at the nine steps below.

Use an oil cleanser 

You need to first get rid of all makeup from your skin. Use the best-quality oil cleanser and apply it on your neck and face. Your eye and lip area needs to be covered. Massage the cleanser into your skin gently, and dab a little warm water on your face. Now, massage your wet skin and then rinse it off. This step will help get rid of all makeup, debris, and dust that may have collected on your face.

Use a water-based face cleanser  

After the oil-based cleaning step is complete you need to follow it up by water-based cleanser to remove any debris that may have been left behind. What you need to do is splash your face with water, apply your water-based cleanser, and massage your face gently in a circular motion. Wash off with cold water, and your skin is now completely clean.

Exfoliation is important  

To polish your skin and to brighten it, the next thing you need to do is exfoliation. The microbeads present in exfoliators help remove dead skin cells and makes your skin look and feel smooth. On your wet skin, just apply the exfoliant, and rub it gently in circular motions and wash it off with fresh water. You should not use an exfoliant every day – three times a week would be fine.

Use a Toner

Toners refresh your skin and help absorb the next products you will apply in a better way. Also, a toner helps to balance the pH levels of your skin. You can apply toner using a cotton swab and then tap your skin using your fingertips for better absorption.  In the West toners are usually used when someone has acne or oily skin. But in Korea there are toners for all skin types and they do wonders for your skin!  Give them a try.

Do not forget an essence  

Essence plays a very important role in Korean beauty culture. An essence is like a serum, but more watery.  It helps repair, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skin. After you have followed the 2-step cleaning process and you have applied the toner, you can apply an essence to brighten up your face almost instantly. You can use a cotton swab or dab the essence on your face using your fingertips and let it stay and work on your skin.

Sheet masks for extra pampering  

Yet another thing that Korean women just cannot do without are sheet masks. These masks are made using natural ingredients (just like other Korean skin care products are) and pamper your skin, while also giving you a calming experience. You simply need to place the mask on your face, let it stay on for about 15 – 20 minutes, and just relax. You can use a sheet mask one to two times a week.

Eye cream is also important  

You may brighten your entire face but if your eye looks dull and dehydrated, your efforts are in vain. The skin around your eye is more sensitive and delicate and needs a little extra care. Special eye creams have been formulated and you need to use one every single day to keep the area hydrated and make your eye look fresh, bright, and young.

Use the correct moisturizer in the correct way

Selecting the right moisturizer for your skin type is very important. Also important is to use the moisturizer in the correct way. Apply the moisturizer in an upward and outward, press and pat motion every night and morning after completing your cleansing, toning, and essence application.  

Using sunscreen is a must

A sunscreen with a proper SPF is an indispensable part of any Korean skincare routine. Sunscreen keeps your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun, and thus prevents pigmentation, sun burn, dark spots, and wrinkles. Make it a point to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you leave the house, every day.

Many women of all ages have brightened their skin following the Korean skin care routine.

If you follow the routine for at least 30 days you will see and feel results.  Your skin will soon become brighter, smoother and more hydrated.

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How To Get Smooth Skin On Your Face

How To Get Smooth Skin On Your Face

As we age our skin naturally loses its youthful glow.  The older we get our production of collagen declines, and this results in sagging, wrinkles and a lack of plumpness in the skin.  

As our hormones start to change we can find that our skin can look dull,  uneven and our cheeks become red and bumpy. 

Our hormones change during our monthly cycle, when we are pregnant and we go through menopause.

Drinking alcohol and smoking have a negative effect on your face and can make you easily look 10 years older.

Skin conditions like eczema can also make our skin take a turn for the worse due to dryer, less hydrated skin.

WHAT CAUSES UNEVEN TEXTURED SKIN?

Uneven skin texture is caused by the build-up of excess dead skin cells that sit on the surface of our skin.

Dead skin cells make our skin look dry and rough.

Other things that lead to uneven skin texture are not completely removing makeup or sunscreen, dirt, extremes in weather temperature; very hot or cold weather (switching between the two) and pollution.

As we age skin cells lose the ability to stay smooth, firm and moisturised.

A woman’s hormones start to change from her late 30’s and it is around that age that we notice the first signs of aging.

Once we hit mid 40’s we could possibly be peri-menopausal or be menopausal.

At this point in our hormonal cycle the changes in our skin become clearly visible and it is really important to take care of your skin.

How To Make Skin On Face Smooth

  1. Follow a skin care routine.

If you have never looked after your skin before, now is the time to start.  Check out the Korean skin care routine here. If you have followed a skincare routine, it’s time to use specific smoothing and moisturising products that nurture and smooth your skin.

  1. This is the most important part of your skincare routine.

Two to three times per week is more than enough to transform your skin. Check out this effective (and top rated) Korean exfoliant here. Allow 4 weeks of regular exfoliating to allow the skin to shed the dead cells and for the new cells to come to the surface.

  1. Use Korean moisturisers that smooth and hydrate the skin.

Korean women have great skin and they look young for their age.  Korean products use ingredients from nature and provide gentle rejuvenation with maximum hydration. This is a great anti aging serum to use under your day and night cream.

  1. Wear sunscreen, SPF 50 if possible.

A sunscreen that provides maximum protection without leaving a white film on the skin is desirable.

  1. Use Korean mask sheets (face mask) once a week to target skin smoothness and hydration.

Mask sheets are really effective in adding in loads of moisture into our skin. There are many different types of masks for different skin types.  We love the Pearl mask, which suits most skin types and ages and gives the skin a lovely pearl glow!

HOW TO IMPROVE SKIN TEXTURE AND COMPLEXION NATURALLY

Once you have your skincare routine and products in order what else can you do to get smooth skin on your face?

Taking care of yourself in regards to your diet and lifestyle will give you an avenue to take positive action that will lead to positive results.  Here are a few things that you can do daily, to get smoother, more even toned skin.

  • Drink more water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Cut back on sodas and candy
  • Wear sunscreen everyday
  • Use skincare that contain essential oils
  • Get a good night’s sleep, regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Reduce stress in your life; emotional, physical or mental
  • Don’t use an exfoliant with harsh, scratchy granules in it

Simply by implementing a few changes, using a few new products and by taking care of yourself you can revive your skin.

Whether it’s dry and bumpy, or red and rough, by following a regular skincare routine that addresses;

  1. Cleansing
  2. Exfoliating
  3. Toning
  4. Applying treatments and masks
  5. Moisturising
  6. And wearing sunscreen

You can turn your skin around within 30 – 60 days. Whatever is causing your uneven skin tone can be addressed either through a more thorough skincare routine, using better suited products (not more expensive products) or changing a few lifestyle habits.

You are not stuck with rough, dry skin.  You can get smooth, glowing skin and feel better about your skin.

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Could This Be The Best Skincare Routine?

Could This Be The Best Skincare Routine?

All women want to have great skin. Whether you are young and still get pimples or are older and starting to see sagging skin, we all want to have clear, firm, glowing skin.

Without a doubt great skin looks better; you can wear less makeup or no makeup and feel more confident.

There is so much advice about what are the best products and so many YouTube videos online that you could be overwhelmed by all the advice.

The Korean skin care routine is considered one of the best skin care routines to help improve your skin and maintain it in its better condition.

Maybe you have heard about it, maybe not.  In this blog post, we will break down the case for and against the Korean skin care routine.

KOREAN SKINCARE ROUTINE; WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The routine is a multi-step routine that involves 6 – 10 steps. 

The full routine is 10 or so steps (the products are layered on the skin) but if you are short on time you can reduce the number of steps and still get very good results.  The routine can be increased with more steps if you want to add more product to the skin.

Don’t panic if you think that it’s too much work.

Applying a toner only takes 10 seconds; my toner is in a handy spray bottle and I simply spray it on and then pat it in.

Applying a layer of serum or essence is also very quick.

To be honest, the routine is slightly more time-consuming than what I was doing before, but the condition of my skin is much better.

What are the steps?

  1. Cleanse; with an oil cleanser
  2. Cleanse; with a water/foam-based cleanser
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Tone
  5. Essence
  6. Serum
  7. Mask sheet
  8. Eye cream
  9. Face Cream
  10. SPF cream

When it comes to reducing the number of steps for convenience; this is what you can do:

  1. Cleanse – with a product that turns into a light oil/cream texture when applied to the skin and then apply a warm face washer to my face to get it off.  It’s brilliant.
  2. Exfoliate – 2 times per week only
  3. Tone – with a spray toner
  4. Essence – I use 2 essences and layer them. 1 is a snail essence and the other is a bee essence.
  5. Mask sheet – 2 times a month
  6. Face Cream – every day
  7. SPF cream – in my liquid foundation

So as you can see I have adjusted the full routine to something that is more convenient for me and I maintain my skin condition and look/feel.

So let’s go through the Pros and Cons of this routine;

Pro’s Of The Skin Care Routine

  1. It’s thorough and you see improvements in your skin. Most people don’t think cleansing is that important, but it really is. You have to get all traces of product off your skin.  Even though currently I am not doing a double cleanse the product I use is far better than what I was using before.  I use to work in a beauty salon and we always double cleansed; now I am at home and getting the same result with 1 product.
  2. The routine uses essences and serums every day.  Typically we only use a product to treat a skin concern when the issue gets out of control.  Koreans don’t wait until the issue arises they keep their skin in great condition so they don’t get the problem in the first place.  That philosophy is very different from the way we in the West or Europe think.
  3. Korean products are better.  The Korean skincare industry is also known as the K beauty industry makes some of the best products in the world.  Koreans like to have very good skin and if you do an internet search on K beauty you will find that Koreans have better-looking skin in general than the rest of the world.  They also look young for their age because their skin is so good.
  4. Korean products are affordable.  You may look at the list above and think “Wow, all those products are going to cost a lot”.  But Korean skincare is very affordable.  You can buy a mask sheet for $2.
  5. The toner I am using right now (Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner) cost $19.00USD, I’ve been using it since the 1st December 2019 and I haven’t even used 1/5th of the bottle.  I am happy that it is going to last many months.  Likewise, the bee and snail serums that I have only needed 1 ½ pump of product and that does my face, neck, upper chest, and the back of my hands.

CON’S OF THE SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Many products to use.  Yes, there are many products that you need.  If you are using just a makeup remover and face cream, then you will need to accept that you will need more products to get better skin. 

But the advantage of using more products on your skin is that the different products do different things.  There are many serums and essences that treat all different types of skin issues. 

I have found that layering 2 serums have improved the look and feel of my skin drastically.

  1. Korean skin care products are available online.  This K Beauty shop is extremely popular and affordable but sometimes the wording in the product descriptions is a bit off. This is because the conversion of Korean to English isn’t 100% all the time.  So when I buy from this online store I always read the customer reviews, product descriptions and look at the images too, because they usually have descriptions on the images to help as well.
  2. Product shipping costs. To me, this is the only thing that stops me from ordering every week! I live in Australia and in my last purchase I bought a lot of stuff…it was my birthday so I thought I deserved it!  My products came to $140AUD and the shipping cost another $40AUD.  So all up I spent $180AUD…but it was my birthday and I did get a lot of products!  Normally I would not spend that much, I try to spend just over $100 so I can get the cheaper shipping costs.  The site I listed above also does monthly free shipping, so I make sure to look out for that so I can save some money.  I have looked in stores in Australia and there are a few K Beauty items I could buy, but I want the real deal and chose to buy from Korea.  By the way, Korean products are so much better quality than Chinese products. There really is no comparison.

There are my pros and cons onI consider to be the best skin care routine. I want good skin. The older I get I realize that it is a gift to have good skin.  I have just hit middle age and I look at my school friends on Facebook and you can see which ones have not paid any attention to their skin.  I think the time, cost, and effort are all worth it!

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Why A Korean Facial Is Better Than A Western Facial

Why A Korean Facial Is Better Than A Western Facial

KOREAN FACIAL

For Westerners, facials are pretty much a luxury that we treat ourselves to every now and then.

In Korea, they are not seen as a treat but as an everyday essential.

A Korean facial is very different to a Western facial.  Koreans wear less makeup or makeup that is not as heavy as Westerners and Europeans.

You will hardly see a full face of heavy makeup and contouring. It’s a very obvious difference that is easily identified.

But what is not so easy to see is the difference between a Korean facial and a Western facial.

Each has its own benefits but an at-home, DIY Korean facial will improve your skin faster than a once-a-month in-salon facial.

The Korean skin care routine is a DIY at-home facial that gets in-salon results.   Koreans believe in prevention and maintenance.

They do not wait for the wrinkles to show, they start preventing them at a young age, and their effort is paid off.

 

KOREAN FACIAL VS WESTERN FACIAL

A traditional Western facial is usually done in-salon and costs around $100.

It starts with a double cleanse, exfoliation, steam is applied to the face for 10 min or so, then a treatment mask and finally, cream is applied.

Korean facials can easily be done at home.

A Korean facial starts with a double cleanse, then exfoliation, then toner, then essence, then serum, then a sheet mask, then eye cream and moisturizers.

The big difference is that YOU have all the products at home, and they can be used over and over again. 

The initial purchase of all the products required for a Korean facial could be around $100 (probably less if you buy from this online store as it always has 20 – 70% off sales) but you could get up to 20 or more facials from the products. 

This is great news for women who want need to watch their money but still want to look after themselves.

 

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Based on value for money the DIY at home Korean facial wins, hands down.

Having all the products at home means that you can easily give yourself a Korean facial when you want and your skin will continuously be improving.

Treating yourself to a luxury facial to pamper you and to take a break from the daily grind is great too.

We all enjoy those moments, but often you have to make an appointment and set time and money aside for the experience.

A DIY Korean facial can be done wherever and whenever you like.

If you want to improve your skin and get it in great condition you need to look at the Korean facial, also called the Korean Skin Care Routine. Koreans layers products and each product treats a skin concern or issue.

Koreans take skincare and beauty seriously.  Most Korean women follow an 8 to 10 step skin care regime every day.  The routine helps to maintain flawless, radiant, healthy skin.

For more info on the Korean Skin Care Routine, visit this link.

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K Beauty Face Routine

K Beauty Face Routine

WHY YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE KOREAN FACE ROUTINE.

Life can take its toll on our face.

Maybe you are in your 20’s and still get acne and pimples that can make you feel down and less confident.

You would think that it would all be over when the teenage years ended, but for many women it does not.

Or perhaps you are starting to see wrinkles and the beginning of sagging skin.

For most women that day that your first notice that your skin has started to sag is a wake up call and a bit of a shock.

It doesn’t matter what type of life you lead any one can suffer with acne and many women start to see wrinkles earlier than they should.

To keep your skin in great condition you need to follow the Korean face routine.

Yes there are many steps in the face routine, BUT many take less than a minute to do and the results PAY OFF.

Beauty lovers, who have chosen to try the face routine, love it!  It just works.

The Korean face routine is not for someone who just wants to wash their face with water and slap a cream on.

If that’s you, it will be too much work for you.

But if you want to improve your skin and then maintain it, AND your willing to put in time in the morning and evening, then you need to seriously consider getting on board the K Beauty train.

At first the face routine will seem a little long.

Once you know what the steps are and you customize the products to your skin type and skin concern, it is quite fast to complete the steps.

The Korean face routine can be adjusted too.

Some nights you may only do 5 steps and another night you may do 10.

But if you stick to the basic face routine you will improve and maintain your skin.

Here’s each step, what it does and the products involved.

Step 1

Double Cleanse

First you cleanse with an oil based product. Next you cleanse with a foam or water based product.

An oil cleanse is loved by Korean women as they believe that oil attracts oil.

So an oil based cleanser will remove the oil from your skin, as well as makeup and sunscreen.

The foam/water based cleanser will provide a deeper clean.  It removes all traces of the oil cleanser and leaves your skin looking and feeling beauty salon clean.

Step 2

Exfoliation

Koreans are big on exfoliation.  Removing the top layer of dead skin helps to make skin look brighter, feels smoother and is a good anti-aging habit to get into.  Exfoliate 2 – 3 times per week.

Too much exfoliating can aggravate skin, make it sore and red.  Stay safe side and only exfoliate 2-3 times per week.

 Step 3

Toner

Korean toners are gentle on the skin.  Most Korean products contain plant extracts and natural ingredients.

Using a K beauty toner twice a day will not harm your skin.  Korean toners hydrate the skin and help it to absorb the next products.  They will not strip your skin.

Step 4

Essence

Essences are not commonly used in a Western or European face routine, but they are in Korea.  They really are fantastic.

An essence is not a toner or a serum, but something in between.

It is applied in step 4 and helps cell to turn over and renew as well as brighten the skin.

If you want a essence for anti-aging or acne, there is sure to be one for you. There are many essences that available to treat your specific skin issue.

An essence is quite watery so be careful when applying it to your face as it could run through fingers.

 

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Step 5

Serum

Serums help to treat your skin concerns.  If you’re trying to clear your acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles or treat redness and dryness, a serum can help you.

Serums are full of active ingredients and are another layer that help get your skin into great shape.

Step 6

Sheet Mask

The Korean face routine includes weekly sheet masks.

Sheet masks contain highly moisturising ingredients.  Sheet masks are literally a cloth mask that is drenched in product.

They are shaped like a face and have eye and mouth holes so you can see and breathe.

They are applied and then left on for 15 – 20 minutes.

They are really wonderful for acne and other skin types and provide another layer of moisture and treatment.

Pat any excess product into your face, neck, and chest are and if you are over 40, the back of your hands.

Step 7

Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is delicate and fine.  Wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness all make us look older and tired.

Korean women start to use an eye cream at a young age.

Snail mucin (yes from snails) is a favourite eye cream ingredient as it is super hydrating and renewing.

When you apply your eye cream, use your ring finger, next to your little finger, and gently pat and press the cream onto your skin.  Do not rub and pull at your skin.

Step 8

Moisturiser

Korean moisturizers are available in a few types. They can be a cream, facial oil or gel.

The facial oils are non-comedogenic, this means they will not clog your pores.

If you are concerned about anti-aging and wrinkles and especially sagging skin, we suggest using a facial oil. When you apply face cream, oil or gel, use upward strokes  to stimulate the skin and help circulation.

Step 9

Sunscreen

If you live in the West getting out doors in the sun is common.  Whether it’s a day at the beach, playing sport or having friends over in the backyard, none of us can escape the sun.

We all need to spend some time in the sun as our bodies need Vitamin D, so it is necessary to make sure we protect our skin from premature aging.

Make sure you use sunscreen every day.

The beauty of the Korean face routine is that it helps to treat any skin conditions that you have, and then you maintain your new beautiful skin.

The K Beauty face routine will help you to keep your skin super moisturized.

Dehydrated skin is dry and looks old.

If you have really dry skin, we suggest that you also use a sleeping mask.

This is a cream that is very hydrating and works overnight.

Adding another layer of moisture into your night time routine will give your skin a serious dose of maximum hydration that it needs to look its best.

There are a many sleeping masks available.  They are great quality and not expensive.

Sleeping mask cream is thicker and heavier than a day cream and suitable for anyone concerned with aging.

Note:  Take Your Make Up Off At Night

It can be very tempting to go to bed without removing your makeup, especially if you are tired.

If you wear make up every day, you need to remove it at night.  If you leave it on you are blocking your pores and not helping your skin.

Double cleanse at night to get rid of all makeup, dirt and grime from the day.

The Korean face routine is the way to help your skin become picture perfect.  Follow it for at least 30 days and you will see and feel a big difference.

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Korean Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

Korean Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

Do you struggle with acne, excess oil, and pimples on a daily basis? 

Maybe your skin is prone to blackheads, enlarged pores, and has a constant oily glow. If so, you are not alone.

The Korean skin care routine for oily skin has helped many women to clear their acne and be blemish-free.

The reason why the Korean skin care routine for oily skin is so good is that the Korean acne routine is disciplined and the products treat your issues, in a gentle way.

To get the best results from the oily skin routine listed below, be consistent.

Try to avoid skipping steps and try to do it every day, morning and night.

The beauty of the Korean skin care routine is that it layers products one on top of another, and each product has a purpose.

The Korean beauty philosophy is different from that of the West or Europe, in that they look after their skin so that skin issues are avoided in the first place.

Step 1 Oil Cleanse

First, use an oil-based cleanser. An oil-based cleanser will not block your pores or make you break out even more.   Oil-based cleanser is very good at removing heavy makeup, mascara, and other products on the skin.

When we sleep our skin produces oil and it needs to be cleaned off before we apply any creams or makeup.  An oil cleanser effectively removes all impurities without blocking pores.

Step 2  Water/Foam Cleanse
Use a water or foam-based cleanser to remove all traces of the oil-based cleanser and leave the skin refreshed and clean.

Many Korean water-based cleansers will foam up or lather when water is added to them.  COSRX makes a very good water/foam cleanser, (Good Morning Cleanser) that has more than 600, 5-star reviews. This cleanser is gentle and suitable to use every day without drying out or stripping the skin of its natural oil.

Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser Review 5 stars

Step 1 and 2 are known as a ‘Double Cleanse’, this is a very good habit to get into to have clear, flawless skin.

Step 3  Exfoliate (1- 3 times per week)

The top layer of our skin is actually dead skin cells.

You need to exfoliate to remove the dead skin cells and to encourage cell turnover and renewal.

Smooth skin will absorb products better than skin that has a layer of built-up thickened skin.  Exfoliating is good for all skin types and women of any age.

Do not exfoliate every day as it is not necessary and may aggravate your oily/acne-prone skin.

Again COSRX makes a very good exfoliating pad, (COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad) that is gentle on the skin and won’t cause any aggravation to skin that is sensitive.  The pads moisturize and remove the dead skin cells at the same time.

 

Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pad Acne Skin Exfoliant Testimonial 2

Step 4  Tone

The purpose of a toner is to balance the skin’s PH level.

A toner will also help to minimize large pores and prep the skin for the next step which is the serum.

If you have sensitive skin we recommend avoiding harsh ingredients like alcohol as they may inflame your skin even more.

Look for a toner that is gentle to the skin and contains plant extracts, to soothe the skin. Applying a toner takes only a few seconds and can make a big difference to your skin.

Step 5 Essence

This step is what sets the Korean skin care routine apart from other routines.

An essence is a serum that helps your skin to absorb the next products more effectively and also treats your oily/acne skin.  They hydrate the skin and absorb quickly.

You can apply it with a cotton pad, or carefully place the essence into your hand and then pat it onto the skin.

We advise learning how to apply it into the hand and pat it on so that you do not waste product.

Many essences soothe the skin and help control oil production.

Step 6  Sheet Mask (morning or night, 1 – 3 times per week)

Sheet masks will help to treat your oily skin, calm aggressive pimple breakouts and reduce inflamed skin.

They can make a big difference to helping to get rid of your acne.

Not only will a sheet mask treat your oily skin it will also add an extra layer of hydration and brighten the skin.

A sheet mask should be left on for 15 – 30 minutes; any leftover product should be pat into the skin.

Step 7 Serum
There are many serums that can treat your pimples and acne.

Many contain Hyaluronic Acid as well as plant extracts to soothe and calm skin.

Apply your serum and wait 30 seconds for it to absorb before applying the next step.

You can find many serums for a wide range of skin issues such as; helping to provide moisture to oily/dry skin, controlling oil for skin that produces excessive oil, or hydrating skin that is starting to show the signs of wrinkles and sagging.  There are many to choose from.

Step 8  Eye Cream

Don’t overlook and eye cream!

We know in the West that many women use a regular face cream around their eyes but we advise that you use a separate cream for your eyes.

It only takes 30 seconds to apply and can greatly reduce fine lines caused by dehydration and dark circles or puffiness.

Step 9  Moisturizer

A final moisturizer will help to seal in the previous product and hydrate your skin.

This moisturizer does not need to be heavy or thick.  COSRX makes a great moisturizer that helps treat acne scars and blemishes, (COSRX Advanced Snail All In One Cream).

Don’t be put off by the fact that it is made from snails.  The snail mucin is very hydrating and healing, its helps skin to regenerate and repair.

 

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one cream testimonial

Step 10 Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen during the day and when you are in the sun.

Look for a lightweight sunscreen, formulated with 30-50+ sun protection.

Sunscreen will shield your skin from UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.

UVA and UVB rays can cause cancer and an SPF sunscreen will help to protect your skin against this.

You may think that the Korean skin care routine for oily skin is a lot of work or too much work.

But if you truly want to help treat your oily skin and reduce pimple breakouts and acne, then you should give it a try.

Try it for a month and we believe that you will be happy with the results.

While there may be 10 steps to the Korean skin care routine for oily skin many of them only take 15 – 30 seconds to do.

It is not really a major effort but your skin can improve greatly and you will get compliments on how good your skin looks.

Koreans have great skin and when it comes to skin care, they know what works!

If you want to read more about the Korean Skin Care Routine, visit this link.

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