K-Beauty: Product vs. Method
What started with BB and CC Creams, the market has become completely saturated with Korean Beauty and Skincare Products. Cushion compacts, sheet masks, sleeping masks, finishers, serums, pre-serums, essence and booster essences the list goes on and on.
The truth is that there is no magical potion to having great skin and no one culture is all knowing when it comes to skincare.
With so many products on the market combined with the famous 10-step Korean Skincare Regime, most consumers are overwhelmed.
And why for a second would you believe that Koreans would only use Korean beauty products. That's like saying Italian people only eat Italian food.
Sounds crazy right? Well that's because it is. Just like in the U.S, Koreans buy beauty products from all brands. Just like we do.
While many Korean skincare products contain ingredients with added benefitssuch as green tea to snail mucus, many of the Korean beauty brands often contain skin irritants such as alcohol and fragrance. No matter where a product originates each brand has both good and bad products so focus on finding products that work for your skin.
My current skincare routine is focused around 6 key components:
- Double cleansing (pre-cleanse oil/cleanser)
- Exfoliation (chemical/physical)
- Toner (restore pH level to skin)
- Treatment (essence/serum/ampoule/facial mask/eye cream)
- Hydration (moisturizers/emulsion)
- Sun Protection (Daytime) OR
- Sleeping Mask (Evening)
Below you'll find products that I'm currently using for both my morning and evening skincare routines.
Here are a few of my favorite fragrance-free products I use to add and retain moisture.
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally-occurring polysaccharide found in our skin's tissue, keeping it soft, supple and plump. As we age, the production of this humectant (meaning it attracts water and can hold more than 1,0000x its weight in H2O) slows down and our skin becomes drier which leads to sagging and wrinkles. Well-hydrated skin helps prevent premature aging, breakouts and excess sebum production. It's definitely my secret weapon for healthy skin.
Two of my favorites fragrance-free moisturizers that leaves skin super hydrated and baby soft can be found at the drugstore which proves you don't have to break the bank for great skincare options.
Double cleansing - Oil (plain old coconut oil) and cream cleanser (Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser)
Exfoliation - Physical (Eclos Instant Radiance Facial Scrub) and Chemical (Olay PRO-X Nightly Purifying Micro Peel and Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Peel)
Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner, Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Power 10 Formula VC Effector, Belif Aqua Bomb, La-Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner, Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Power 10 Formula VC Effector, Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, Rose Waterfull Mask
Here are a few quick tips that I use as guidelines for my own personal skincare routine.
* Use sun protection every day, all year long. Even if your running to the store for a quick errand, wear it! Don't leave home without it!
* Take the time and get to know your skin. That way you can figure out what products actually work for you and on the flip side you'll rule out the products that cause irritation.
* Just because a product worked for someone is not a guarantee it will work for you.
*Commit to a skincare routine, whether that includes 3 products or a dozen products. Just like with any routine the longer you stick with it, the easier it will become and you'll see results over time.
Most importantly be kind to your skin because it's all you'll ever have. Good Luck!
What are some of your favorite skincare products? Have you struggled with finding products that worked for you?