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What are the essential steps in a K-beauty skincare routine?

by Aliya Turarbek
What are the essential steps in a K-beauty skincare routine?

K-beauty routines typically consist of multiple steps, focusing on hydration, gentle exfoliation, and nourishment for the skin. Here are the essential steps:

  1. Oil-based Cleanser: Start by removing makeup and sunscreen with an oil-based cleanser. This helps dissolve oil-based impurities without stripping the skin.

  2. Water-based Cleanser: Follow up with a water-based cleanser to remove water-based impurities like sweat and dirt, ensuring a clean canvas for the next steps.

  3. Exfoliation (1-2 times a week): Exfoliate gently to remove dead skin cells. This step helps in enhancing skin texture and promoting cell turnover.

  4. Toner: Apply a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels and prepare it to absorb the following products more effectively.

  5. Essence: Essences are lightweight, hydrating products packed with active ingredients. They help hydrate and prep the skin for subsequent treatments.

  6. Serum/Ampoule: These are concentrated treatments targeting specific skin concerns like brightening, anti-aging, or acne. Choose one based on your skin needs.

  7. Sheet Mask (1-2 times a week): Sheet masks are soaked in serums and are excellent for providing an extra boost of hydration or treatment for specific concerns.

  8. Eye Cream: Apply an eye cream to hydrate and treat the delicate skin around the eyes, targeting concerns like puffiness or dark circles.

  9. Moisturizer: Lock in all the previous layers with a moisturizer suited for your skin type. It helps maintain hydration and strengthens the skin barrier.

  10. Sunscreen (Daytime): Finish off your morning routine with sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, even on cloudy days.

These steps can be adjusted based on individual skin concerns and preferences. The emphasis on hydration, layering products from thinnest to thickest consistency, and addressing specific skin needs are the core principles of K-beauty routines.

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