Korean Skin Care Basics

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You’ve probably heard about the beauty craze everyone’s talking about: K-beauty. Korean skin care—or K-beauty for short—the once-niche beauty trend featuring long routines and wonderful results, took over the beauty world in 2017. If you’re curious to learn more about this skin care philosophy, read on.

The Basics

Koreans take their skin care seriously. That much can be seen just by learning about their skin care routine. Those who practice K-beauty skin care commit themselves to a 10-step beauty routine twice a day. Each step corresponds to a skin care category. However, not all 10 steps are done every single time. The 10 categories and steps include cleansing, exfoliating, treatment, toning, sheet masks, eye cream and moisturizing.

Getting Started

To determine which products you need to buy, you need to first determine your skin type. Many skin products have different formulas based on whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin. If you go into a spa for a skin treatment or go to a specialty beauty store, a staff member will be able to help you determine what your skin type is.

Once you know what products to buy for your skin type, you can get started with your Korean skin care beauty routine. With Korean skin care, the brand of skin care products you use doesn’t matter nearly as much as sticking to your routine does. Experts recommend starting slow and simple. They recommend starting with the traditional double cleansing method (cleansing with and oil-based cleanser and then again with a water-based cleanser) and then moisturizing. As you get more comfortable with the routine, incorporate the other elements.

Seeing Results

The Korean skin care routine is lengthy, especially in comparison to traditional American methods that promise quick fixes and results. While you may see fast results with following a Korean skin care routine, you will see even more results if you stick with your routine longer. Many describe Korean skin care as a lifestyle, and it’s easy to see why. But, like seeing weight-loss progress or muscle gain, good things take time. If you stick to your program, you will continue to see results as you implement serums, treatments and sheet masks.

Many of your local drugstores and supermarkets carry Korean beauty skin care products. Head there to check out the newest products and trends in beauty and watch your skin reap the rewards.

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