South Korean 10-Step Beauty Routine
The 10-step beauty routine started with South Koreans' cultural desire for healthy and beautiful skin. Now, it's backed by years of scientific research. The key to this routine is knowing which products do what for your skin and using them in the right order.
This 10-step approach became a hallmark of K-beauty in the west. While North American men and women still experience certain stigma related to plastic surgery, they embrace new beauty products readily.
Oil Cleanser — Koreans recommend cleansing the face twice. The first step is using an oil cleanser.
Water-based cleanser — This cleanser gets rid of everything the oil cleanser didn't, like dirt and sweat.
Exfoliator — This step removes dead skin cells. However, many cosmeticians don't recommend using exfoliator daily to avoid skin irritation.
Toner — Unlike American toners, Korean products create a thin layer of moisture to regulate the skin's pH balance and soften it for the next steps.
Essence — This product moisturizes the skin and makes the absorption of the following products easier.
Treatments (serum, boosters, ampoules) — Treatments moisturize and nourish your skin. They often come highly concentrated and may not be suitable for daily use.
Sheet mask — These masks are very diverse. Generally, they provide another layer of serum and/or moisturizer.
Eye cream — The product moisturizes the skin around your eyes and reduces fine lines.
Moisturizer — This product moisturizes the rest of the skin on your face.
Sunscreen — offers sun protection for your skin. Try to opt for at least 50 SPF
While the 10-step beauty routine is effective, Americans aren't always happy to follow the complicated regimen. Many people work out personal routines based on the same algorithm. Some simply stick to what they did before but switch to Korean products.
K-Beauty in the U.S.A
What started as a western influence on Asian countries turned into an Asian influence on western countries. However, in the U.S.A., K-beauty took on a different form.
Since the majority of Americans already have what South Koreans are striving for, they take advantage of the cosmetics and skincare products for improvement.
Simplicity in skincare is always trendy. Instead of following a lengthy beauty routine, it's always tempting to use an all-in-one product.
South Korean brands are catering to these wishes by producing cosmeceuticals. They also come up with such multi-purpose products as CC and BB creams with SPF or purifying and nourishing sheet masks.
K-beauty is often criticized for putting too much pressure on people to look a certain way. In the U.S.A., it doesn't have the same effect.
Both men and women look at K-beauty products as a way to improve their skin rather than change their appearance drastically.
Taking Full Advantage of K-Beauty Products
The fight for the perfect appearance led South Korean brands to create high-quality skincare and cosmetic products. Today, people all over the world are taking full advantage of their innovative and diverse approaches.
If you haven't tried K-beauty products before, you may be missing out on excellent skincare. If you decide to start with sheet masks, don't hesitate to contact us at any convenient time.