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Beginners Guide To Korean Skin Care

Why Korean Skincare Products are Popular Worldwide

Skincare. Depending on where you are, people often follow the trends they see others do. In countries like the United States, there is a wide range of different skincare products, and techniques to use. Yet, Korean skincare has been increasingly popular over the years including in the U.S.  In this post, we’ll show you how the benefits of Korean skincare products outweigh the skincare products in the U.S.

 

Korean Skincare Routines Vs. USA Routines

10-step korean skincare routine

Regimes are very important when it comes to one’s skincare routine. For instance,  using the right products and layering the products in the right order, but most of all consistency. It is vital to be consistent with your skincare routine, it helps keep your skin in good condition. 

Since we are shedding skin cells throughout the day, we should have a solid routine that will keep our skin in check and glowing. Especially since a good routine will help prevent acne, treat wrinkles, and achieve clear healthy skin.   

 

Skincare routines are one of the fundamental practices many of us do daily. Whether it be simple or extensive, we all do some form of it. At a young age in the United States, we’re taught to remember to wash our faces and put SPF on during the summer. 

Whereas in Korea, they teach skincare techniques at a young age, such as exfoliating, moisturizing, and using SPF.  This routine becomes second nature to them when they grow up. Though both countries offer a variety of different skincare products and routines to follow, Korean skincare continues to be increasingly spreading all over the world, by creating and popularizing the ten step routine.  

10 Step Korean Skincare Routine

 

The ten step routine consists of layering the products on the skin. Each of the products has a different benefit to the skin, with many people finding their acne fine lines, and dark circles fading away following this method. 

The great thing about this routine is that is flexible. Not all products are necessary everyday. You can substitute which you want to use on certain days of the week. For example exfoliating does not need to be done daily. So you do gently exfoliate once ot twice a week depending on your skin senstivity. With the different skincare products, you can use a chemical exfoliate or a physical one.   

This routine is also known to be very relaxing and fun after a long day, giving yourself and your skin the love and pampering it deserves. To learn more about this routine, read our post about The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

 

 Korean Skincare Products 

korean skincare products

The products we use on our skin are very important. Our skin soaks in the products and the ingredients in them, meaning our skin will have some type of reaction. It can be good or depending on the sensitivity of your skin, there can be an allergic reaction. This is why it is crucial to look at the ingredients in our skincare products and see if they are beneficial or possibly harmful to your skin.  

With Korean skin care, many of the products are for different skin types. Certain cleansers are for dry skin, and others can be used for oily skin. From double cleansing to sheet masks, and eye creams, the number and types of products are countless. A majority are used alongside the 10 step routine, and have helped healed and strengthen many people’s skin barrier.  

With Korean skincare products, they use much gentler formulas. Korean consumers are very knowledgeable about different cosmetic types and ingredients, and they are picky. That is because many Korean skincare brands use natural, unique, and harsh-free ingredients, to adhere to sensitive skin and still provide great results. 

Korean Skincare Ingredients

There is a wide range of different amazing ingredients used in Korean skincare products. For instance, ground mung beans are used in many facial washes in baths due to its exfoliant properties and contain a high amount of Vitamin E. Another commonly used ingredient is rice. Rice can be used as a gentle cleanser with its exfoliating qualities or as a gentle toner making the skin more supple and firm. 

One of the most popular ingredients found is ginseng because it is full of antioxidants and anti-aging properties which help make the skin healthier. Now, a well known ingredient used by people all over the world is green tea. With its medicinal and detoxifying properties, it helps calm and treat the skin with any redness or irritation along with the rest of the body.    

But there are even more ingredients used in Korean skincare products that are not as well known but have incredible benefits. For instance, snail mucus is an ingredient used in many creams and face masks. The benefits are huge with this product. Mucus is known for healing hyperpigmentation and acne scars, leaving moisturized and smooth skin. 

Another interesting and common ingredient is hyaluronic acid. It is actually produced by our own skin and is connective tissues and our eyes. It is meant to retain the water in our skin to keep our tissues moist and hydrated. But as we age the concentration of this molecure decreases. But with hyaluronic acid serums, they regain moisture in the skin, helping people attain the dewy glass skin look. 

 

Benefits of Korean Beauty 

 

The routines, products, and ingredient lists are amazing aspects of Korean skincare. But those are not the only benefits it offers. In Korea, skincare is not considered a luxury. People know what they want for the skin and are not going to pay a large amount for it. This is why many Korean companies use effective and affordable formulas and sell the best products at a reasonable price! 

Now since many people tend to have sensitive skin, Korean companies make sure there is research going into using and offering the best ingredients. They conduct their research by listening and to their customers feedback and opinions.  

 

With the competition among other brands, Korean brands pay close attention to the design of their packaging and use aesthetically pleasing designs to give the users a more enjoyable experience. Lastly, the idea of brand loyalty is incredibly important to these companies. It is why companies are constantly creating and formulating new products to meet the new trends and their customers needs. Korean beauty brands are always creating innovative products that will give people what they want and more.   

 

Final Thoughts 

woman exfoliating face

Overall, Korean skincare products are very innovative in the products they create. With their incredible ingredient list at a reasonable price, it explains why Korean skincare is booming with success. These products give us the nutrients and hydration our skin craves and helps you maintain a skincare routine that you will enjoy. 

Korean beauty has already made its way to the United States and is continuing to expand all over the world. Korean products are a great way to step into the world of skincare. It is a fun and relaxing way to end or start your day, while also taking care of yourself and your skin! 

To learn more about K-beauty and the latest skincare products, make sure to read our latest post.

 

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