Now that we’ve done a couple of Korean Skincare posts, we thought we’d delve into the k-beauty world even more and talk about the essentials of applying Korean Skincare. One of the most important parts of Korean Skincare is the application of the product, not just what the product contains. By applying the products and following some of the tips below, you get the best bang for your buck, as well as the best help for your skin!
Cleanse x2 (Double Cleanse)
Probably one of the biggest, and most important steps of K-Beauty is double cleansing. It sounds intimidating, I know, but it makes a lot of sense. Double cleansing basically means that you cleanse once by removing your makeup, and then a second time to remove all the actual impurities in your skin below the makeup (and any possible residue). For this, use your regular makeup remover (we recommend oil based cleansers), and then follow up with your favourite cleanser, whether it be foaming, gel, or cleansing water. If you use a cleansing brush of any sort, this would be the time to use it (the second cleanse).
Go from the wateriest product to the densest product
By going from the wateriest products (i.e. toners), to the densest (i.e. moisturizer), it allows for the products to sink in your skin properly and efficiently. They also work better this way, as moisturizer and facial creams go last to lock in all the good nutrients that were layered on your skin before, such as essences and serums. If you were to put on a cream before a toner, it would essentially wipe it off and be a waste of product. Moreover, if you were to put a sheet mask over moisturizer, then there is already a barrier on your skin, preventing the serum on the sheet mask from doing its job.
Patting > Rubbing
One of the biggest contributors to wrinkles is rubbing. When you put on a product, avoid harshly rubbing your skin as it stretches it and can lead to premature wrinkles. Korean beauty experts suggest a patting motion as it avoids the creation of premature wrinkles, and aids the absorption of the nutrients into your skin. In addition, it acts as a small massage which improves the blood circulation in your face. If you aren’t used to patting, using two fingers in light circular motions also works, or applying a product on a cotton pad and lightly wiping it across your face.
Salvage Your Sheet Masks
This tip isn’t exactly “essential,” but it definitely lets you get everything out of a sheet mask. When you use sheet masks, some of them come with extra serum in the package (not all). Do not waste that extra serum!! It is the goodness that is packed into the sheet mask, just not absorbed by it. You can either use the serum on other parts of your body like your neck, shoulders, knees, elbows, etc. (any dry patches, really), or you can insert a cotton pad into the packaging. I do this all the time, because then the cotton pad soaks up the extra serum and it’s like a second mini sheet mask that I can use the next morning as a pick-me-up. Just make sure to close the packaging, otherwise everything will dry out! For more use, split the cotton pad in half after it has soaked up everything for more application.
Get Your Beauty Sleep (Literally)
Lots of Korean Skincare comes in the form of sleeping masks. Sleeping masks are a great way to lock in moisture overnight (especially in the Winter)! These sleeping masks are easy as you put it on in place of moisturizer before you go to bed, and it does all the work for you. I suggest putting the mask around 10 minutes before you actually get in bed otherwise it becomes really uncomfortable to rest on your pillow.
The Three Second Rule
Now I admit, this tip sounds pretty difficult and I have yet to master it, but one of the best things you can do is follow the “three second rule”. This rule essentially means to apply toner no more than three seconds after washing your face. Lots of celebrities swear by it, and the science behind it is that it restores your skin’s normal pH level right away after cleansing, avoiding any possible dryness. If you want to follow this rule, keep your toner right by your cleanser!
Of course, these rules are not a MUST, but are highly recommended to get the best utility out of your skincare products. For some of these rules, you don’t even need Korean beauty products, any would work (i.e. double cleansing), so be sure to give them a try!
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