If you haven’t already been bitten by the K-Pop and K-Drama bug, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll soon be. However, the next thing you’ll notice, once you’re hooked, is the flawless, shiny and clear skin of the K-Pop and K-Drama artists. Clear-as-glass and dewy skin has become a distinguishing Korean feature in the beauty industry and just about everyone is going gaga over it. But achieving that kind of glow is no easy task. Getting that gorgeous K-beauty finish requires following a rigorous beauty routine with 8 to 10 steps of skincare which can help give you a complete makeover.
This might seem like a pretty habitual step but is of crucial importance in a K-beauty routine. Wash your face with only warm water and no cleanser. While washing your face with a cleanser is the last step of the routine, just splashing some water onto your face will help remove most of the impurities that might have settled overnight. This also helps in restoring lost moisture and in keeping your face well hydrated.
There is a shift in your skin's pH levels that occurs on account of the release of toxins from your body overnight. To balance the pH levels of your skin, use a gentle toner that will help revive and hydrate your skin tissues.
Since the toner increases the absorption potential of your skin tissues, this is the best time to give your skin a boost with the help of some essence. It helps your skin in regaining its strength, balances your complexion and reduces signs of ageing. The essence also prepares your skin to be able to better absorb the serums and moisturizers to be applied at later stages. Once your skin has been pumped up with essence, it will be able to better benefit from all the other products that you will subsequently be using.
This is perhaps the most crucial step in the K-beauty routine. Serums are easily absorbed by your skin tissues and hence are better equipped to target specific skin concerns. You can always choose a serum that specifically targets acne, ageing or dryness.
After you’ve hydrated your skin well, use a face mask or a mist that will gently moisturize your skin’s pores. These masks help remove any impurities that might have been trapped in the pores and also regulate the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands present in your skin.
In order to lock in all the nutrients, apply a non-greasy moisturizer that will help keep your skin hydrated for a considerable period of time. The moisturizer also helps in soothing the skin tissues and aids your skin in repairing itself.
Your entire K-beauty routine turns futile if you don’t apply sunscreen at the end of it. The sunscreen helps protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and also locks up all the nourishment in your skin’s pores. It can even help prevent early signs of ageing and protect you from skin cancer.