Are you a fan of Korean beauty care? Well… can’t blame you. I myself is super envious of Korean girls’ smooth and porcelain-like complexion. If you want to stop being jealous and start having great skin K-style, now is the perfect time to take some real action.
For sure you’ve been wanting to have that fresh, dewy, moist look that Korean celebs always flaunt on screen and in photos. How do they get that?
Warning: This isn’t for the ‘busy’ (ehem lazy) ladies…
Koreans take skincare very seriously. They literally can go quite complex (and redundant?) when it comes to caring for their skin. But obviously, hard work pays off!
Do you know that Korean women have - well not one as most of us may have now - but at least five different types of masks in their beauty kit? Usually they use clarifying masks, moisturizing masks, brightening masks, anti-aging masks, as well as exfoliating masks. Now each of these masks have their own special purpose of course.
Clarifying masks - as the name suggests it ‘clarifies’ your skin by removing impurities and dirt that are hiding inside your skin pores. Unseen stuff can really get inside your pores, which may not be totally pulled out by just washing your face with soap and water. This is the task of the clarifying mask.
Moisturizing masks - now after unclogging your pores, you need to replenish the lost moisture from your skin. This is the role of the hydrating or moisturizing mask.
Brightening masks - Koreans, though they are already fair, would want to maintain the whiteness and brightness of their complexion. They preserve and enhance this with a skin brightening mask. These masks also help get rid of skin discoloration, dark spots, and even acne scars or blemish marks.
Anti-aging masks - if you’re 25 and above, this mask is a must. Many women have the mistake of not taking this step until they hit forty. No. As early as 20, you need to help boost your skin’s natural ability to preserve it suppleness and elasticity - and Koreans know this well. Hence the use of anti-aging masks. They contain anti-aging ingredients including retinol and antioxidants that boost collagen production.
Overnight masks - these masks are great for pampering your skin. They also vary from whitening, to hydrating, to anti aging overnight masks - depending on your needs. Usually it is best to use a hydrating mask especially in winter to keep your skin hydrated during the cold, dry months.
This step is crucial prior to cleansing your face as it helps open up your pores. You can do this prior to cleansing and mask application so that the masks can do their job more efficiently in sucking out the dirt from deep inside your pores. After that you can rinse with cold water to close the pores back. Now if you don’t have a steamer you can simply use lukewarm water in washing our face. Then use cold water for your final rinse.
Facial oil massageKorean women are into facials. But if you don’t have tons of cash to splurge in an expensive spa facial, you can simply buy an essential oil and have some at-home facial. There are many massage organic oils to choose from such as argan, VCO, geranium, chamomile, tea tree, and a whole lot more. Facial massages help to boost circulation. That’s why it helps give you a natural glow on your face after. Plus, the nutrients in the oil can help heal and nourish you skin cells, giving you healthier, smoother, and firm skin.
Apart from these things, it’s no secret that ultraviolet rays are extremely damaging to our skin. Therefore, do not forget to protect your skin every time you go out. Always use sunscreen outdoors no matter the weather; whether or not the sun shows up.
There you have it ladies… if you want dewy,fresh looking skin ala Korean drama princesses, add the above things to your daily beauty ritual.