Beauty trend tuesday: Korean skin care
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, most of you will know that Korean cosmetics and skincare companies have taken the beauty industry by storm. Ever since 2012 when BB creams first burst onto the Western market scene, Korea continue to revolutionise the beauty world! Korean women are known for their flawless and youthful skin and they say that this is is down to a strict 10 step skin care regimen (definitely has something to do with genetics too though!?). While this may seem a little excessive, and certainly indulgent, Korean women believe that carrying out this diligent regimen helps achieve perfect skin! Listed below is an example of the Korean 10 step skin care regimen. Included are examples of Western substitute products, available in our fair isle. Step 1: Pre-Cleanse/ Eye Makeup Removal Gently remove your eye makeup with a good oil based makeup remover like ‘Una Brennan’s Super Facialist Cleansing Oil‘ A normal cleanser will not remove all of your mascara so ensure you do this step first, without tugging the skin around your eyes. Also, remove any long-wear lipstick. Step 2: Re-Cleanse Cleanse skin with a gentle cream or foaming cleanser – ‘Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser‘. Step 3: Exfoliate Exfoliate only twice a month, concentrating on the t-zone, where blackheads frequent and around the nose. Use a natural scrub like ‘Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub’. Step 4: The Refresher The Refresher or “toning” as we in the Western world would familiarly know it, is an essential step. It helps remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while also restoring your skin’s pH balance. Ensure that you don’t use an alcohol-based toner, use something mild like ‘Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner‘. Available from Kiehl‘s 35 Wicklow Street; Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts Department Store Step 5: The Essence Probably considered the most vital step to Korean women, essence helps to improve the general appearance of your skin. Use ‘SK-II Facial Treatment Essence‘. Step 6: The Ampoule Ampoules are essentially concentrated versions of essences, and are often referred to as serums on our side of the world. ‘Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair‘ is a Western equivalent of the ampoule. Step 7: The Sheet Mask Use a sheet mask twice a week, or more depending on if your skin is dry or not. These masks are paper thin and wet and ‘Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks‘ are the Western equivalent Step 8: The Eye Cream Use a thick eye cream ‘Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream’ and gently tap around the eye area, using your ring finger. Do not rub, as this will tug and pull at the sensitive skin around the eye area Step 9: The Moisturizer Massage a light moisturiser like ‘Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser‘, on to your face and neck to aid circulation. Koreans believe that massaging increased circulation which equals brighter skin! Step 10: The Night Cream This is your second layer of moisturiser and this time it needs to be a rich night cream like ‘Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream‘. The purpose of the second layer of moisturiser is to keep the skin hydrated through the night. If you are interested in trying the real Korean products instead of Western substitutes, you can buy directly from Korean websites such as Memebox. Also, have a look at their boxes, where you can purchase full-sized Korean skin care products all in the one box.