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.

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Korean Skin – 10 Minutes A Day To Your Best Skin!

Korean Skin – 10 Minutes A Day To Your Best Skin!

Korean skincare, also known as K Beauty, has become a major player in the worldwide beauty industry.  

There is no doubting that Korean skin is among the best in the world.

Let’s forget about celebrities and famous Koreans for a moment; even the everyday, average Korean has skin that is flawless, almost perfect.

If you have researched K Beauty, you will know that the beauty routine is more involved than the beauty routine of the West or Europe.

It does use multiple products and has many steps, sometimes up to 10.

If you feel overwhelmed by how much work is involved in the Korean skin care 10 step routine, please let us tell you, every step is worth it

The 10 step skin care routine is:

  1. Oil Cleanse
  2. Water Cleanse
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Tone
  5. Essence
  6. Serum
  7. Sheet Mask or Face Mask
  8. Eye Cream
  9. Moisturise
  10. Sunscreen

Most of these steps take very little time to complete.  The step that takes the longest time is the sheet mask (face mask).

We advise that you do that in the evening or at a time when you can sit down for 20 minutes and let the sheet mask go to work.

All the other steps can all be completed in the morning (even if you have a tight schedule) and would take you around 10 minutes to complete.

If you really want to improve your skin and treat any problems you may have like; acne, sagging or wrinkles, you should try the K beauty routine to help you get that flawless Korean skin.

Following are some common errors that women make and misconceptions that women have about the Korean skin care routine:

Double Cleanse – why you should do it

Cleansing is really important as you need to have clean skin to apply the next products or your makeup.

A quick splash of water or a once-over with a face wipe doesn’t get your face clean.

The first cleanse in an oil cleanse. Oil-based cleanser removes  all types of product; mascara, oil-based foundations, SPF sunscreens, and the oil and bacteria that is accumulated on your skin throughout the day.

The second cleanse is a water-based cleanser, this removes all traces of the oil-based cleanser and leaves your skin totally clean and refreshed.

Rubbing Your Face – wrong!

The skin on the face is sensitive and you should not rub, tug or pull at your skin.

If you are rubbing any type of product into your skin, please STOP!   The correct method to apply any cream is to pat and press.

It’s very easy to do; simply press the cream onto your face using your fingers and gently roll your fingers outwards.

It’s not a big movement, very subtle, but it is what is done in a beauty salon.  The pat and press application is much gentler on the skin than rubbing and pulling.

Apply Product The Right Way

When you apply product start from the center of your face and then move outward and upward. Eg. start applying cream onto your nose and then pat and press outwards towards your ears.

Apply cream to the center of your forehead and then pat and press outwards and downwards towards to temples.

Again, apply the cream to your chin and pat and press outwards along your jawline. And finally, apply to your neck/décolletage area and pat press towards your shoulders.

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Whitening Your Skin

K beauty products will not whiten your skin.

Products that are labeled whitening or brightening work to reduce pigmentation, discoloration, and dull skin.

They will definitely even out skin tone and color and help to brighten the skin.

They cannot bleach your skin to a lighter shade, only skin bleaching can achieve that.

K Beauty products are very affordable.

A great sheet mask costs around $1.50 USD.

Our recommended K Beauty store often has deals where you can get great products at 50% – 90% off.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment as the products are so affordable and the cost of your new skin care routine won’t break the bank.

To find Western products similar to the Stay Young box would cost hundreds from a department store in the US or any major Western country.

Following The Skin Care Routine Steps

It’s very important to complete the skin care routine steps in the right order.

If you decide to skip a step, like exfoliating, that’s ok, just complete the rest of the steps in the right order.

It makes no sense to apply a toner after you have applied a sheet mask.

If you stick to the steps you will avoid putting a lighter product on top of a heavier product.

Heavier products are always applied on top of a lighter product.

Work On Prevention And Treatment

Korean skin is beautiful, in general, because Koreans work on preventing skin care problems.

Prevention of acne, premature aging and dehydrated-looking skin is big in Korea.

Of course, Koreans will treat any skin issue that may arise.  But they then work to maintain the health of their skin and to prevent any more issues from arising.

 

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Be Consistent

We advise you to stick to the routine for 30 days.

Thirty days of the Korean skin care routine will change your skin for the better.

You may choose to do the exfoliation 2 – 3 times per week on days that suit you, so that will save you time.

You may also choose to apply your sheet mask in the evenings when you can relax and don’t have to go anywhere.

And obviously, you don’t have to wear SPF cream at night!

If You Want A Shorter Routine, do this:

  1. Oil cleanse
  2. Water cleanse
  3. Tone
  4. Essence
  5. Serum
  6. Eye cream
  7. Moisturise
  8. SPF during the day

This simplified routine will take less than 10 minutes.

Remember being consistent, over time will imporve your skin.

Do this on a daily basis you will find that your skin will feel wonderful and look much brighter and clearer than it has before.

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How To Have Great Skin Without Lazer Resurfacing Or Surgery

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How To Have Great Skin

Have you ever wondered how to have great skin without paying a bomb for painful lazer or resurfacing procedures

Truthfully, the idea of walking into a surgery and getting a procedure done is very tempting but the price is a turn off and things can and do go wrong.

We all want naturally great skin.  Clear, flawless skin is ideal as when your skin is that good, you don’t need a lot of makeup. 

For those of us who do wear a lot of makeup (like me!) my life would be a heck of a lot easier if didn’t have to apply so much on a daily basis. 

Contouring and camouflaging takes time and if you are rushed in the morning it’s not very practical.  

As a mother I don’t have time to contour and camouflage in the morning…but I still want my skin and face to look good and I do apply foundation, concealer and eye makeup.  

Fortunately we can get smoother, clearer skin without surgery by using great Korean skin care products. 

But we also need to take note of our nutrition and the food we are eating. 

What we eat affects our skin, I don’t just mean junk food.  Yes sure living off fried foods and packed foods will make you fat and probably give you pimples, but a lack of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will eventually show on your face after a certain age. 

Mid life women know what I am talking about.  Once your headed towards tour 40’s and beyond, food and its nutritional supply becomes important.

So lets look at non surgical and non product strategies that can help us improve our skin.

5 Natural Ways To Have Great Skin

1. Eat lots of fruits and veggies

Remember the time when you hated your mom because she forced you to eat broccoli?

Turns out, she was right all along about green veggies all along.  Fruits and veggies like guava, kiwi fruits, strawberries, broccoli, greens etc. are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

More vitamins is better for your body and better for your skin.  You can easily incorporate more fruit and vegetables into your diet by juicing or by making a smoothie. 

 2. Drink lots of water

It is known that drinking at least eight glasses of water each day helps get rid our body and skin of harmful toxins.

Drinking adequate amount of water helps in blood circulation, digestion, and excretion, all of which contribute to better skin.

Water helps to hydrate us from the inside out.  Drinking an adequate amount of water helps to reduce wrinkling and skin sagging. Hydrated skin is plumper and fuller, so be sure to drink enough water every day.

3. Don’t forget to remove makeup at night

Double cleanse your skin at night to get rid of all the makeup, grime and impurities from the day.  You will be surprised how much is on your skin even if you wear no makeup.    

4. Sleep More – Stress Less

Everyone is better with an adequate amount of sleep.  Lack of sleep makes you grumpy, slows your reflexes and does not give your body enough time to regenerate and renew. 

Lack of sleep will release a higher level of cortisol in the body (the stress hormone).  Lack of sleep definitely shows on your face, especially at that time of the month.  Then as we get to middle-aged and hormonal changes start to happen, you will find that you need more sleep.  

Also, work on reducing or eliminating stress in your life. 

Have you ever had someone tell you that you always look upset or stressed? 

The reason why is that you always have a frown on your face because you are so stressed out! 

You can’t carry on like this for too long, otherwise, your face, your body or your mind will pay the price.  Get life under control as soon as you can.

5. Eat Less Sugar

As you get older sugar wreaks havoc on your body.  Sugar as been called the ‘Wrinkle Maker’ and it causes inflammation in the body that leads to more wrinkles.  Read more at  Total Dermatology.  

Getting youthful and the radiant skin does not have to be complicated or expensive, but you do have to be mindful of what you are putting in your mouth as well as what you use on your skin.

Korean beauty care can help you get your skin into top shape.  

If you have a skin care routine that you follow and use decent products but your skin is not glowing or hydrated then you need to assess your water intake and what you are eating. 

Obviously, smoking and drinking are not great for your skin, but not eating nutrient-rich foods will eventually show on your face.

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South Koreans are known to have beautiful skin, and today this post discusses how to get really clear skin using the Korean skin care routine, if you have acne.

K beauty is all about using multiple products and layering products to give maximum moisture to the skin.

Even though you have acne your skin still needs to be moisturized.  Oily skin can still be dry skin.  Dehydration can be caused by a lack of oil or water.  

The aim of Korean skincare for acne and pimples is to eliminate bacteria, reduce redness and treat excess oil in the skin, all in a gentle way. 

Acne skin is sensitive especially if you are squeezing pimples and constantly touching your face.  Its very easy to spread bacteria from 1 pimple to the rest of your face.

If have acne or pimples and you need to get clear, flawless looking skin for an event or occasion like your wedding day, then start this beauty routine asap! 

If you started this routine 6 weeks before your wedding day, your skin will be flawless and glowing on your special day.

So, keep on reading to know how you too can get flawless skin using the multistep K-Beauty process.

1. Oil cleanse

The first step to getting clear skin begins with removing all make up with an oil based cleanser to get out all gunk and grime.

Don’t worry about using an oil based cleanser as a first step in this routine.  It will not make your skin oilier.

Massage it all over your face and neck, and then emulsify (add water) to the cleanser using lukewarm water.

Gently massage again and  rinse off.  Then using cotton balls or a soft wash cloth wipe off the cleanser. 

2. Water based cleanse

Next is a second cleanse with a water based or foam cleanser. Look for a cleanser with Tea Tree, Lemon or Salicylic Acid.  Apply to face and gently massage. 

This will remove all traces of the oil based cleanser.  Then again wipe off with cotton balls, tissue or soft wash cloth. 

This is a double cleanse and will leave your skin very clean and free from any makeup, dirt, bacteria or grime. 

3. Exfoliate

This step should be done 2 or 3 times a week, but don’t exfoliate every day. 

If your skin is highly irritated, red, has weeping acne or pimples or is sensitive, then just exfoliate once per week until it becomes under control. 

You need to remove the dead skin cells from your face, they only make your skin look dull and dry. 

Look for an exfoliant that does not have harsh, scratchy grains in it.  You do not want to micro cut sore, irritated skin.  Many acne exfoliants contain beads or very fine grains that don’t cut or scrape the skin. 

Look for products with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid or Tea Tree in them.

4. Toner

The purpose of the toner is to dampen your skin, bring a balance to the pH levels, and remove dead skin cells.  The creams you apply after your toner will perform better on skin that has been toned. Just pour an amount onto your hands and pat it onto your skin.

5. Essence

Essence is at the very heart of the Korean skin care routine as it helps in cell turnover and skin repair.

It is watery in texture and is quickly absorbed.  Apply the essence to your face and gently pat it in.

There are many essences that help to treat acne.  

6. Sheet Mask or Face Mask

Sheet masks are the soul of Korean skincare. They are a genius idea that are super easy to apply and really help to get clear, glowing skin.

All you have to do is put one on your face and relax for 20-30 minutes. For acne prone skin choose a mask that contains Tea Tree, Lemon, Volcanic Ash and if you have acne scars…snail jelly.

7. Serum

The next step is to add a serum that treats acne. This an extra layer to your routine that will pay off.

Again anything that contains Tea Tree, lemon, Salicylic acid will help.  At night you could use a serum that contains aloe to help the skin heal and repair. 

You do not have to use the same one day and night.  Serums allow you to layer your skin care products and treat multiple issues at once.

8. Eye cream

You must use eye cream to hydrate and protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

Gently apply the cream around the orbital bone. Be sure to avoid the water line unless you want to spend some time with watery eyes!

You don’t get acne around your eyes, so find use a very moisturizing eye cream.

9. Moisturize

Yes after all that we do apply a moisturizer over all the layered products. Don’t worry it’s not too much product to have on your skin.  This steps locks in the moisture.  

10. Sun protection

We recommend using a sun cream on top of your moisturizer. 

Why?  The molecules in a sunscreen are designed to sit on the surface of the skin as they are larger in size compared to a moisturizer, serum or essence. 

The molecules in a moisturizer, serum and essence are small enough to be absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, a sunscreen is not designed for this.  Gently pat an SPF cream over your face and neck. 

Don’t forget to use sun protection every time you step out of home as you are helping to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays.

You may look at all the steps and be thinking ‘that’s just too much work”!  But we dare you to try it for 2 weeks and then simplify the routine down to a few steps.

A disciplined routine that clears the bacteria, heals the sore skin and controls oil is the best way to treat acne for most people.  If you want more info on the best acne treatment read this post

If you do need to go on acne medication make sure to ask your Doctor what skin care ingredients you need to avoid. 

Some ingredients are a contraindication to acne medications, meaning they have to be avoided.  Its better to be safe than sorry.

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