Korean women and men alike have clear, flawless skin, and they say you can lie about your age, but your skin doesn’t lie. Perhaps that’s why they came up with revolutionary skincare practices (k-beauty) that have invaded the Western beauty industry.
Read on to find out Korean secrets to a bright, smooth healthy-looking complexion.
Korean skincare system starts with a pretty complicated cleansing procedure that requires multiple steps. The first step is oil-based cleansing that cleans all oil-based impurities like makeup and sunscreen, and pulls out any excess oil from your pores.
The second step is water cleansing, which removes all water-based resides like sweat and dirt. Sometimes this procedure has a third step, exfoliating, to get rid of dead skin cells.
Daily facial massages
Koreans perform fundamental facial massage steps every single day to make their skin look smooth and fresh. For example, the tapping motions help them stimulate their lymph nodes, which act as anti-aging by promoting blood circulation and eliminating toxins.
These massages are frequently performed along the V line, in areas above in between the eyes and around the mouth to prevent smile wrinkles.
Koreans take advantage of the moisturizers right after their shower to allow any lotion or cream fully penetrate their skin.
Vitamin C serums
Vitamin C is a super nourishing vitamin removes dull, purify fatigued skin by its antioxidant properties, and brighten your complexion by improving the skin circulation.
Most importantly, vitamin C boosts the collagen production, which as a result, decline aging and wrinkling. Besides, it works wonders for ridding your pores of excess dirt and oil and removing dead skin cells.
Ginseng is an antioxidant and probably Korea’s top-secret for both overall health and skin as it prevents aging and keeps the skin’s elasticity and lengthens the lifespan of skin cells.
Like vitamin C, ginseng is also very effective at boosting collagen production.
As you age, your skin produces less and less sebum that as a result, the skin aging process is accelerated because of a decrease in moisture.
Hyaluronic acid is an excellent moisture-binding ingredient that hydrates sagging skin and makes wrinkles less visible.
Hyaluronic acid is excellent for all skin types, and it feels light on the skin. Even for blemish-prone and sensitive skin, its antioxidant properties calm it down and sooth it.
Korean skincare makes good use of the natural skin-enhancing benefits of snail mucin, which contains a bunch of nourishing elements like collagen, hyaluronic acid vitamins, and mineral salts. It’s the substance snails use to restore their shell. Snail mucin minimizes the damage done to your skin by free radicals and enhances the production of collagen and elastin.
With its anti-inflammatory property, it calms and removes irritation. On top of that, snail mucin hydrates the skin by covering it in a thin invisible film that holds moisture in while still allowing oxygen to pass through and let the skin breathe.
In the battle against aging, your number one enemy is the Sun. That’s because when your skin is exposed to UV rays for a long time, collagen production decreases. It results in thinner skin and the appearance of wrinkles. Sunscreen is a must-have in the k-beauty and hence, Korean sunscreens are much more effective than Western ones.
Also, Korean sunscreen has a relatively light texture gets absorbed well and doesn’t leave any sticky or greasy residue. Not to mention protecting your skin from the Sun is crucial in preventing melanoma or skin cancer.