We all grew up following the three steps of skin care – which are cleansing, toning and moisturising. Basically 3-basic steps to achieve healthy and radiant skin. However, we have become so obsessed with Korean skincare routines and beauty secrets that produces “glass skin”, a look that is exceptionally smooth, poreless, even-toned and skin so flawless it has the appearance of glass, or what some call ‘baby-like bouncy skin’.
This first step is imperative but easy to follow. The first cleanser used is an oil-based cleanser which helps in removing all the oil-based makeup and dirty pores. These cleansers prove to be effective in the removal of water-proof sunscreens as well.
The first step of the routine clears out all oil-based impurities. The second part involves using a foaming/water-based cleanser to get rid of the accumulated sweat and dirt. Double-cleansing your face will help remove dirt, grime, sweat and to freshen up your pores.
Exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week, helps in removing dead skin cells and prevents clogging of the pores that make your skin look dull and tired. This step will make your skin appear brighter and firmer. Exfoliating can be done either with scrubs or peels that suits your skin type. For Malaysians, it’s important to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils, as the weather can be rather drying.
A toner comes after cleansing and exfoliation following a Korean skincare routine. A toner is meant to remove any left-over dirt from your face. Korean toners are mostly packed with hydro-boosting properties to moisturise the skin. Toning helps in prepping the face to absorb the other skincare products well. Double cleansing will open your pores, and toner will gently close the pores and balance the skin’s pH levels.
An essence is truly one of the most vital parts of the Korean skincare regimen. No, it’s not a serum. It is a much thinner, water-based product packed with hydrating ingredients that intensely soothe your skin and speeds-up cell turnover at the same time.
Your skin is now clear and ready to effectively absorb the more important ingredients. A face serum is a slightly concentrated and heavier version of an essence. It essentially contains active ingredients to address specific skin issues like wrinkles, pigmentation, and dark spots.
Sheet masks are soaked in serum and hydrating essence which nourishes the skin. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes, 2-3 times per week, it is extremely hydrating, leaving your skin soft and supple. Sheet masks are also a quick-fix that gives your skin an instant glow before a party or an event!
The most sensitive area on your face is the skin near your eyes. It is the first area to show signs of aging and wrinkles, so eye creams are specifically tailored to address your under-eye darkness, puffiness and fine lines.
Moisturising is very important in any skin care routine. The Koreans believe that this step is vital to ensure that all the contents of the previous skin care steps are locked and soaked into your skin. A daily moisturiser is necessary to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and to prevent dryness or environmental damage to your skin.
Without skin that’s protected from the harmful sun’s ray, consider your dream glass skin dashed. This is because no matter how many steps you have in your skin care regimen, skin that’s damaged from UV rays won’t shine and can cause premature aging. This is especially so in Malaysia where the sun can be quite harsh.
Even though the Korean skincare routine order comprises many skin-benefitting steps, it’s good enough if you stick to the basics. Even if you don’t have the time or energy for a 10-step Korean skincare routine, incorporating just 4-5 key steps (cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturise, don’t forget the SPF!) into your daily routine can still make a significant difference in the health and appearance of your skin.
So don’t stress yourself out trying to do it all – just focus on the basics. For greater results, consider Premier Clinic’s Pristine skin care products – where the formula is very smooth and easy on the skin.
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