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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

There really are bargains on this site!

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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Korean Beauty Regime

Korean Beauty Regime

The Korean beauty regime is truly unique and has given the Koreans the most beautiful clear skin in the world. 

It does involve many steps but it is well worth the effort.  Who does not want more healthy, radiant skin?

In this article, the Korean beauty regime will be broken down for better understanding for those women who have never heard of it before.

The Korean beauty regime involves many steps, it also uses multiple products.  It is a routine that is done morning and night and for best results, you need to stick to it.

The beauty regime steps are:

  • Double Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Essence
  • Serum
  • Sheet Mask or face mask
  • Moisturise
  • Sunscreen

CLEANSE

Korean women do a double cleanse using two types of cleaners to get the best results.

They use both an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser.

If you can remember some science from school, water and oil do not mix. Korean women seem to understand that quite well as they normally start cleansing with an oil-based cleanser to remove impurities such as SPF and other oil-based makeup.

They then use water-based makeup to remove any residue that might be left behind by the oil-based cleanser.

The secret here is to find a gentle cleanser that will not dry out your skin.

 

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliators are used to remove dead cells and unclog skin pores to ensure better absorption of other skin care products.

Koreans mostly use peels with a mix of fruits and other botanical extracts for exfoliating.

Find an exfoliator that targets your skin concern and that is gentle and does not irritate your skin. Do not exfoliate more than twice a week.

 

TONERS 

This is the step that most western women ignore but not Koreans as they understand the importance of keeping your skin hydrated.

After the intense cleansing, you do not want your skin to dry out or get dehydrated.

Toning helps to balance your skin and is essential in your Korean beauty regime as they balance the PH levels of the skin.

Also, toners help the skin absorb the moisturizers or any other skin products that you will apply after.

 

ESSENCES

So, this is the most important part of the routine which is highly credited to the Korean culture.

Most people are familiar with essences. Essences are a hybrid of serum and toners.

However, they are more like toners than serums due to their very watery nature.

Essences moisturize the skin giving it a youthful look. They also help the skin absorb serums better.

They are wonderful and a simple step to add to your beauty regime.

SERUMS AND AMPOULES 

Ever wondered why most Koreans have blemish-free skin? Well, the secret is serums and ampoules.

Serums and ampoules comprise a high number of concentrated ingredients that help to fight skin problems such as wrinkles, pigmentation, dehydration, loss of skin firmness, and fine lines.

Depending on your skin condition, you can customize your beauty regime by adding a serum or ampoule in either the night or morning routine that best fits your needs. These two products are what you need when your skin desperately needs help.

 

SHEET MASK 

This is one of the most fun Korean beauty products on the market.

A sheet mask is made of a cloth that is saturated with various ingredients to treat a specific skin concern.

Sheet masks are perfect for any skin type as there are literally hundreds and hundreds to choose from.

Regardless of the skin type, age, skin issues you want to fix, there will be a sheet mask for you.

Sheet masks are cheap and great for skin care since they hydrate the skin deeply and also treat specific skin concerns.

 

MOISTURIZERS 

The eye area is the most dehydrated part of the body since the skin around there is thin and thus no sebaceous glands to produce natural skin oil.

Ensure the skin around your eyes is hydrated by applying an eye cream that will help nourish, protect, de-puff, and also brighten.

Look for a good moisturizer that fits your skin type.

A perfect moisturizer for your skin will ensure that all the ingredients you apply to your skin are absorbed rather than just evaporating away.

Moisturizers also lock in the skin’s moisture which ensures that your skin is hydrated all day long. Hydrated skin is the key to a young-looking face.

 

SUNSCREENS  

Koreans are very enthusiastic about sunscreens. Sunscreen should not be used during the summer seasons only.

You need to apply sunscreen at the end of your daily skincare routine to protect you from the UV rays that might cause your skin to age prematurely and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.

The Korean beauty regime also advises using a sleeping mask.

This is a slightly heavier cream that you apply to your face before you go to bed and it works while you sleep.

Korean sleeping masks are more than just a night cream.

They are intensely hydrating and contain concentrated active ingredients formulated to boost the rejuvenation process.

The Korean beauty regime should be carried out morning and night for the best results to be seen.

BUT if your skin care routine was non-existent or just involved cleansing and putting on a face cream you will still greatly benefit from adding just 1, 2, or 3 steps into your routine.

Even by adding in a twice-weekly exfoliation and nightly sleeping mask, your skin will greatly improve.

A little bit of effort at any age can make a very visible improvement to your skin.

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