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The Multi-Step Korean Skin Care Routine

Asian's have the concept that the skin care is even more importnt than as any decorative cosmetics. They learn it from their parents at very early stages in childhood. Everybody knows that people from Asian cultures usually tend to look much younger, keeping fine pores and less wrinkles in comparison to Europeans. Based on that the decorative cosmetics is giving the final touch and many tms more about contouring and perfection than about colour

In summary - it's not all about the different genetics! Taking good care of your skin, feeding it with special treatments based on  individual skin type and skin age is an important part too.

 

Step 1: The Eye Makeup Removal
Remove your eye makeup gently with good makeup remover, because expecting a normal cleanser to do a detailed job is what leaves you with week-old mascara on your lashes. And the last thing you want to do is tug the skin around your eyes, because, like most things in life, it will hold up better if you treat it gingerly. Also, use it to remove any long-wear lipstick.

Step 2: The Cleanse - First oil, then water based cleaning
Rule of thumb is, if you’re going to spend 30 minutes putting on your face, you should spend the same amount of time are take the same amount of care when cleaning it off. Use an oil cleanser and use gentle, circular motions with your fingers to massage and clean off that foundation and BB cream. Koreans believe that massaging the face increases circulation, which equals brighter skin. After the oil based cleanser you shoud use a ater based, ideally foamin cleanser that takes all the rest and cleans especially your pores

Step 3: The Exfoliator
Exfoliating with a natural scrub really brings your skin back to its glory days when it was as soft as a baby’s butt. Twice a month is plenty, just concentrate on the t-zone or where blackheads frequent. When it comes to facial exfoliation, Korean women often believe less is more. Men - due to their thicker skin - should do it more frequently

Step 4: The Toner (Refresher)
What we in Europe think of as “toning' is an essential step. It's believed to help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while also restoring your skin’s pH balance. It soothes and preps your skin to absorb the next step—the essence. I’ve found Korean toners are less harsh and drying than other kinds that I've tried, which is maybe why they're called “refreshers.” And they're made from more interesting ingredients. Dispense the toner onto a cotton pad and wipe your face and neck—and don’t be surprised at the dirty streak left on the pad.

Step 5: The special treatments: Sheet masks, gels ampoules and syringes

Sheet masks are a twice-a-week ritual, or more if your face is very dry. The fun is in the variety; and it is worth t explore the differnt effects. The secret to sheet masks? They force your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture better than if you just applied a cream or serum—before the product has a chance to evaporate. The immediate effects are addicting, after one use your face is slightly more plump and much brighter due to all the moisture your skin just absorbed.

Gels ampoules and syringes are super-concentrated versions of essences, and are often referred to as serums and boosters in Europe. They help brighten skin, fading sunspots, smoothing fine lines, and other special skin type requirements. Gels may be used on a daily basis, whereas ampoules or syringes thend to be used within

Step 6: The Essence
Considered the most important step to Koreans, yet still a mystery to many. Soak your face in Essence. It affects skin on a cellular level, speeding your cell turnover rate which makes skin smoother and brighter. You should expect most noticeable results from adding this this to your regimen.

Step 7: The Eye Cream
This is a self-explanatory product, but take note of the technique. Gently tap the Eye Cream around the eye area. This leads to better absorption of the product, and of course eliminates any of that tugging and pulling.

Step 8: The Face Cream

Again a self-explanatory product supporting anti-aging, nourishment and hydration of your skin. Notice that you should allways apply it "down to top" of your face as this will enhane the lifting effects. 

Step 9: The Emulsion (Moisturizer)
Really, another layer? Yes, in Korea its all about layering, to the point you feel your skin has been mummified. Again, generously massage the Emulsion (the Korean translation for “moisturizer') with gentle strokes so that it really, truly, penetrates into your skin. The Emulsion helpsto protect your skin against external influences and is the ideal base layer for any additional decorative cosmetic you might like to apply.