Korean beauty tips you need to know

Living in NYC can be tough on your skin; the fast pace of life, pollution and constant stream of happy hours and events can leave a lackluster complexion. Recently the beauty industry has been dominated by Korean skincare – and for good reason. Korean women have taken their beauty routines seriously for centuries and have the youthful, dewy skin to show for it. From a young age the importance of taking care of your skin is instilled in Korean women, along with the belief that no amount of makeup can make up for genuinely flawless skin. The skincare routine can be up to 12 steps long, using hyper-targeted and highly effective products that are suited to your specific skin type. Such an involved regimen can seem a little daunting considering we usually feel pretty proud of ourselves if we remember to cleanse, tone and moisturize, so we decided to break it down and pick the top K-beauty tips that we can all adopt right now to get us started on the road to gorgeously glowing skin.

Double cleanse

We don’t know about you but we feel shocked at just how grimy our skin can become after a day in the city. A build up of makeup, toxins and pollution calls for more than a quick swipe of a cotton pad. This double cleansing method is a sure fire way to get squeaky-clean skin that is ready to benefit fully from the other products in your routine. Start with an oil based cleanser such as Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil or Goop By Juice Luminous Melting Cleanser. This will gently remove any oil-based makeup, impurities or SPF. Step 2 involves a water-based gel or foaming cleanser to remove any remaining impurities or residue. Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser is great for refining pores and keeping blackheads at bay.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation has changed; abrasive scrubs and harsh ingredients such as glycolic acid are a thing of the past. The Korean skincare regimen emphasizes the importance of a gentle exfoliator that leaves the skin feeling impossibly smooth and supple. Be The Skin Non-Stimulus Face Polisher is a Korean cult classic and uses fruit extracts and hyaluronic acid to leave skin nourished. Exfoliators can be used 1-3 times per week to unclog pores, prepare skin for maximum product absorption and remove dead skin cells allowing for cell regeneration. Hello youthful skin!

Wear SPF… every single day

This could be the single most important thing you can do for your skin and it is the simplest. Even if you do not live in a hot climate, the suns UV rays can still cause damage on the daily that you must protect your skin from. As self-professed beauty junkie Chriselle Lim wisely noted, “it’s definitely way harder to repair your skin than simply just to protect it”. Sun damage may not manifest itself immediately, so it is best to begin using and SPF of at least factor 30 in your early 20’s to avoid any nasty surprises later in life. Chanel UV Essentiel has been especially formulated for the face and its lightweight formula is easily absorbed. It also contains properties that filter pollution and free radicals for ultimate city protection.

So mama’s, why not buy out a little extra time to take care of you, when we are feeling good it is so much easier to have patience and care for others. Are there any Korean beauty products you have fallen in love with? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Weekend All!

Korean Skincare Tips