This post is all about Korean beauty secrets.
Korean women are famous for their glass-like smooth and flawless skin.
What are the Korean skincare secrets that help them to have and maintain such perfect and youthful skin, and how the Korean skincare routine looks like?
In this post, I will share the best Korean skincare tips and only cruelty-free Korean beauty products!
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Korean Beauty Secrets
1. Koreans cleanse their skin twice
Proper cleansing is the key to beautiful and clear skin.
It not only removes impurities and dirt from the skin but also allows the upcoming skincare products to penetrate deeper and to work thoroughly.
Koreans first use an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based dirt such as makeup, sebum, SPF and then follow up with a water-based cleanser to remove the oil and dirt residue.
2. They use essences and ampoules in addition to serums
The essence is a vital part of Korean skincare.
Traditional essences are more lightweight, water-based, and not as concentrated as serums.
The role of essence is to add another layer of hydration and to prepare the skin for serum.
An ampoule is a serum with higher concentrations of active ingredients.
Ampoules can be used not necessarily every day, but for a finite amount of time as a hydration booster when you’re having skin issues like acne and dehydration.
COSRX – Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
COSRX Propolis Ampoule
3. They always wear sunscreen no matter what the season is
As you probably know, UV rays are one of the main aging factors, and protecting your skin from them helps to maintain its youth longer.
Sunscreen also helps to keep the skin fair and luminous which is considered an ideal and cherished skin condition in Korea.
4. Koreans use overnight (or sleeping) masks for intensive skin hydration and nourishment
An overnight mask is very comfortable to use because it provides a wonderful spa to your skin and you don’t need to wash it off before going to sleep!
Isntree – Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping Mask
5. They use sheet masks regularly
Sheet masks are face-shaped sheet fabrics soaked in nutrition-packed serum.
They provide extra hydration, nourishment, softness, and glow to the skin.
LAPCOS Aqua Sheet Mask
6. Snail secretion filtrate (snail mucin) is a popular ingredient in Korean skincare products
Snail secretion filtrate plays a big role in Korean skincare products due to its hydrating and anti-aging properties and its suitability for all skin types.
Don’t worry, no harm is done to snails to collect mucin.
Snails are placed over a mesh net in a dark and quiet room and left alone to freely roam the net for about half an hour, thus leaving mucin in their trails.
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7. Honey, propolis, and royal jelly are also popular ingredients in Korean skincare products
Honey, propolis, and royal jelly have anti-aging, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties.
They also have many fatty acids, amino acids, and provide hydration and glow to the skin.
I’m from – HONEY MASK
8. Koreans have skincare routines that consist of 10 steps or even more
This is called the art of layering.
The general rule is this: skincare products are applied to the skin in such order that the more lightweight products come first and the ones with richer texture come next.
Below you can find all the 10 Korean skincare steps and detailed instructions on how to perform morning and night skincare routines with only cruelty-free Korean beauty products.
KOREAN MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
Step 1: Oil-based cleanser (optional)
Step 2: Water-based cleanser
Step 3: Toner
Step 4: Essence
Step 5: Ampoule
Step 6: Serum
Step 7: Sheet mask (optional)
Step 8: Eye cream
Step 9: Moisturizer
Step 10: Sunscreen
KOREAN NIGHT SKINCARE ROUTINE
Step 1: Oil-based cleanser
Step 2: Water-based cleanser
Step 3: Exfoliator
Step 4: Toner
Step 5: Essence
Step 6: Ampoule
Step 7: Serum
Step 8: Sheet mask
Step 9: Eye cream
Step 10: Moisturizer
Step 11: Sleeping mask
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