Korean skincare. We've all become just a tad bit obsessed with it, to be honest. From sheet masks to concentrated ampoules and hydrating essences, Korean skincare has introduced products to us that we never knew existed, let alone needed.
Honestly, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see more than half of the skincare obsessed populace trying out the 10-step Korean skincare routine for flawless skin. And brides-to-be are no exception to this new #trend. Opting the Korean skincare trend for bridal skincare before your wedding is a great idea as it'll give you lasting glow with smooth skin texture. But the main question is that where do you begin if you want to include Korean products in your everyday skincare routine before you walk down the aisle? Don't worry! Here, is your ultimate guide on how to use the Korean skincare trend for bridal glow!
We'll get to the point quickly. The way you treat your skin during your 20s majorly sets the average condition of your skin for the rest of your life and that is why you need good and effective skincare products that will keep your skin alive and glowing. So, if you want to know more about this #skincare regime scroll down!
We know what you're thinking- 'Can I ever get a break?'
Unfortunately, there is no rest for the wicked. Especially the time before your wedding. From using DIY masks for glowing skin to trying out home remedies for longer lashes, brides have their hands full when it comes to skincare. However, starting a Korean skincare routine a few months before your wedding is ideal. And honestly, the longer you follow a skincare regimen, then better it is for your skin.
This is the OG Korean Skincare routine, with 10 steps, each of which targets a certain part of your skin. Before you dive into the details below, there's a fair warning. Korean skincare isn't just any routine. It's more of a ritual, which requires lifestyle changes. You will require to invest an hour or more into these ten steps every day, so ensure you have that kind of time on your hands before going in for this routine.
So brides-to-be here's your guide on how to use the Korean skincare trend for your bridal glow!
Before Korean skincare hit the market, most of us weren't even aware of the fact that oil-based cleansers exist. However, these cleansers are the base of Korea's infamous double cleanse step.
Step 1: You need to apply an oil-based cleanser on your dry skin to remove any form of dirt or makeup off.
Step 2: Gently massage the product onto your skin, then use lukewarm water to emulsify the product, before rinsing it off.
Step 3: Try going in for oil-based cleansers or balms that are enriched with Macadamia oil, Jojoba oil or Grapeseed oil because these oils will help you to break down any form of oil-based products like makeup and sunscreen.
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The second step to a double cleanse is a water-based cleanser. Double cleansing is a recommended action by many dermatologists and aestheticians as it helps remove any form of debris or remaining makeup and oil from your skin that may clog your pores. Water-based cleansers also help in dissolving water-based impurities like dirt and sweat. Look for ingredients like green tea, rice water or pearl extracts in your cleansers for better results.
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Physical and chemical exfoliators help clean our clogged pores. However, this is the only step we recommend you don't do daily. Do this step at least 2-3 times in a week. Korean skincare is big on chemical exfoliants for they are gentler but more effective in removing dead skin from your skin. Some peeling gels are so subtle that you may use them daily if you feel the need. Exfoliants or peel masks that are enriched with black sugar, lactic acid, and salicylic acid leave your skin so smooth after use that you'd want to keep touching it.
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Meet your ultimate prep product. Using a toner not only helps remove any leftovers from the cleansers and exfoliants but also helps create a hydrating barrier on your skin. This is the first step in refreshing all that hydration you lost during the first three steps of this routine. When you use a toner, your skin absorbs all the other ingredients better, since it's easier for the skin to absorb any kind of moisture when it's damp. And let's not forget how great toners are for your exposed pores!
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Essences are lightweight skincare liquids that are packed with concentrates of anti-aging, hydrating and complexion improving ingredients. They're not too sticky on the skin, and of water-like consistency.
Step 1: All you have to do is sprinkle some products on your fingertips and gently pat the product into your skin.
Step 2: When shopping for your ideal essence, look for active ingredients like rice water, birch juice, hyaluronic acid, and yeast.
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Treatments include products like skin boosters, ampoules, and serums. While there are treatments that brides can get at salons, consider these as facials in a bottle. These products focus on a certain problem your skin is facing. For example, if you're dealing with acne, you can go in for anti-blemish balms. Whereas if you're looking something for anti-aging, then you should go in for anti-aging ampoules or serums. Such treatments are enriched with powerhouse products like Vitamin C, soybeans and tea tree oil that help battle specific concerns.
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Let us introduce you to the soul of Korean skincare - Sheet Masks! These gimmicky skincare products are so light on the pocket and can be made a part of your regular skincare. While sheet masks are most effective when used daily, they can be used weekly for hydration purposes. The key feature of sheet masks is the fact that they're drenched in serums, which absorb better due to prolonged contact of the mask with your skin. Plus, applying a sheet mask is more of a relaxing meditative ritual than anything else.
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Using eye creams daily is great for the delicate skin around your eyes. Eye creams are specifically designed to work wonders on the skin around your eyes since it is the thinnest. Korean eye creams have a very light and watery texture with ingredients like honey, ginseng, and Lilly that are great for decreasing puffiness and help to lighten dark circles. All you need to do is take a dot sized amount and pat it on the skin around your eyes.
Tip: Do not rub, do not massage and just gently pat the product into your skin!
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The final step of hydration you need is a moisturiser. Creams, lotions, emulsions, gels or sleeping masks - moisturiser comes in a variety of forms. They're the final step in sealing away all that moisture into your skin. Ingredients of your moisturiser should depend on your skin's concern. However, the most common beneficial ingredients include cica cream, bamboo, green tea, hyaluronic acid, snail mucin, and chia seed.
Tip: When applying the moisturiser, don't forget to cover your neck as well.
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This is a step you need to do during the day time. After your entire routine is over, apply sunscreen to your skin. Korean sunscreens are generally water-based and don't leave a grey or purple cast over your skin like most of the others. Applying sunscreen is essential, even if you're going to stay inside for most of the day. Sunscreen is beneficial in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays and delay premature aging. We suggest you look for sunscreens that have a high SPF and ingredients like Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide.
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