Who still remembers ‘Gee’ my first love story, Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby? Or ‘Holiday Night’ Ho-Ho-Holiday, I’m feeling good? One of my favorite K-Pop sensations, Jessica Jung (@jessica.syj) is a skin care guru. Once part of the Girls’ Generation group that’s sometimes credited with bringing K-Pop to the West, Jessica Jung is a force to be reckoned with. Today gracing the stage with emotional ballads like ‘Summer Storm’ Jessica continues to wow fans and touch our hearts.
Recently featured with KRYSTAL (@vousmevoyez) on the May cover of W Korea magazine (@wkorea), Jessica is beautiful, and her skin tone and texture is remarkable. Korean skincare is a hot trend around the world, and products are popping up in seemingly every store. But the secrets in this Asian skin care regimen extend far beyond any one single product. If you were looking for a Korean skin care set or routine, I wanted to share this amazing video where Jessica Jung shares her Korean skin care routine step by step.
Lung reenacts her morning routine in that video, while YouTuber Safiya Nygaard showcases a nightly Korean Skincare routine in a video of her own. Former BuzzFeed producer and now famous YouTuber, Safiya is known for her engaging style in series like BuzzFeed’s Ladylike. While breaching embarrassing real topics like growing up with acne to trying period swimsuits, Safiya takes us through how she tried a 10-Step Korean skincare routine for a month and what happened. The key difference is whether you’re removing or applying cosmetics after.
The best Korean moisturizers and cleansers are applied in a specific order to fully exfoliate and brighten the skin. The trick is sequence. This Korean skin care set has seen results. Some have described it as life changing. Integrating this 7-step Korean skin care routine into your life may leave your face looking cleaner, younger, and refreshed, even if you’re substituting the best Korean skin care products for some of your favorites from other parts of the world. So, what are the steps?
1. Oil-based Cleanser – Face oils are a major trend for washing your face these days. Dermatologists and beauty experts agree oil cleansers remove bad oils using good oils that interact better with natural skin oil than water.
Oil-based facial cleansers are especially great for dry, sensitive skin. They’re used as the first step of Korean skincare for combination skin, dry skin, or oily skin to remove makeup and prep your skin for the rest of the process.
2. Water-based Cleanser – An important ingredient in Korean skincare is the double cleanse. After the oil-based cleanse, a water-based cleanser is used to achieve that Soko Glam look. Laneige cleansers are popular water-based cleansers that use natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.
Any dirt or oil not cleaned in the first round will be taken care of here. Also using warm to hot water during the process liquifies gunk in your pores to prepare them for the next step.
3. Exfoliating Scrub – Once your face is clean, the next step is exfoliation, which removes dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Artificial exfoliators contain microbeads, which are bad for the environment, but there are plenty of ways to create natural exfoliating scrubs.
Be aware that exfoliating can leave your skin dry, so it’s important to follow through with the next steps to moisturize and reinvigorate the skin. Depending on your skin sensitivity, it is sometimes recommended to exfoliate less often, e.g., every other day or once a week.
4. Toner –Korean skincare for sensitive skin changed the toner game over the past decade. Not too long ago, toners were alcohol-based and could severely dry skin. Alcohol is unnecessary with the double-cleanse method, so toner is used as the first leave-on step of the Korean moisturizer routine.
After two cleanses and exfoliation, toner gives your skin a shot of hydration (and sometimes anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories) to start the rebuilding process. Vitamin C is a great ingredient for this step.
5. Essence – Essences are the best Korean anti-aging skincare products to hit the global market. While a toner starts the moisturization process, essence balances your skin’s pH to bring out its natural glow. What is Korean Essence? It’s not a toner or a serum, but rather it’s a hydration product with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. While perhaps not the best for oily or acne-prone skin, essence may be helpful for dry skin. It’s lightly patted onto your face to deliver a concentration of essential oil directly into your prepped pores.
Essence isn’t necessary in oily parts of your face, but has an anti-aging effect on dry skin. Check out Belif skincare for great moisturizers and essences.
6. Lotion and Eye Cream – Now that the base layer is down, it’s time to massage lotion on your face. Shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter are all great ingredients for a moisturizing facial lotion. In fact, you can even buy these raw ingredients and add them to your favorite lotion to amp up the benefits.
Apply lotion lightly on your entire face, minus your lips and eyes to lock in the toner and essence. Because the skin around your eyes is more sensitive than other parts of your face and neck, eye cream delivers the same active ingredients and benefits at lower levels.
7. Moisturizer and Hydrating Mist – The last step in your new Korean skin care routine is moisturizer, which is the basis of looking smooth and young. It also helps prevent acne and facial itching. Look for natural moisturizers without synthetic ingredients like preservatives, silicone, and petroleum.
Also, hydrating mists are specially formulated to moisturize both skin and hair and can be applied to add that finishing touch. BB cream and CC cream, a kind of skin care makeup hybrid, is a popular supplement that can be applied for daytime wear for moisturizer and sun protection with foundation and color correction.
This Korean skincare routine can be done twice daily in the morning and night. It can also be supplemented with face masks two-three times a week to rejuvenate your skin. Over time, you’ll notice you have a softer, brighter, more elastic complexion.
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