we all know that koreans have some of the best skin in the world — i don’t mean that to sound as creepy as it does — and it’s so good that jealous westerners will criticize the men for “looking like girls”. and it’s also universally known that some of the people with the worst skin are teenagers. so how do they do it?
01. oil-based cleanser
这个步骤是用于去除化妆，油脂和其他基于油的杂质非常重要。在我的真实想法，药店洗面奶是这一步不够好。我用来避免过于干燥的清洁剂，但是这是在我开始保湿。清洗并不重要，重要的痤疮有些人可能会认为 - 只要你是清白的，你是干净的！
02. water-based cleanser
double-cleansing is one of the iconic characteristics of korean skincare, and it’s believed that water-based cleansers are supposed to remove sweat, dirt, and anything else your first cleanser might have missed. i’m sure there are great benefits, but i usually just splash water on my face instead of this step . . . i just haven’t felt like investing in a water-based cleanser and do not feel as though i’m majorly missing out!
exfoliating is always important in order to slough off dead skin cells or anything else that might be clogging your pores. i also believe for this step that it’s not totally important to have the most expensive product. i reeeeeeeeeallly want to try theneogen exfoliating pads，but like i said, i’m on a budget! IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND: only do this once or twice a week because over-doing it can really agitate your skin! i use the st. ives grean tea scrub pictured on the left.
OKOK这是很重要的。我的nternet says that toner balances out the pH levels on your face and prepares it to absorb your next products better. i figured this product would just make a slight and unnoticeable difference, until i actually tried it. like i said earlier, i have really dry skin and some days, my moisturizer will wear off and i can find peeling skin on some parts on my face. but with toner, the moisturizer lasts ALL DAY! so i highly recommend toner, especially if you have dry skin.
You’ll see more results from essence than any other product because it treats skin on a cellular level. Essence is a concentrated formula that specifically targets wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and uneven skin tones. Korean essences typically contain an active ingredient that optimizes your skin’s natural cell turnover rate (think skin regeneration) and with regular use you will notice that your skin is more smoother and brighter. — Charlotte Cho forSokoglam
06. ampoules + serums
this is probably everyone’s favorite step, including mine. kicking back in a bubble bath, with a sheet mask on and some food? best feeling in the world. but if you’re really trying to save up, i have to break it to you — sheet masks aren’t really necessary. i masked a lot during winter time, when my skin was especially dry, but most of the year, i don’t and haven’t noticed a difference. of course, it’s always a great stress-reliever but i don’t recommend that you make this a daily or even weekly habit if you wanna cut down on spending.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP. do you hear me? if you had to choose ONE thing on this list, moisturizer should be your choice. i don’t care if you wash your face with water or have dry/oily/combination skin — you need moisturizer. most people think that if they have acne, moisturizing would only further clog their pores or make them oilier. it actually works in the opposite way! if you have oily skin, moisturizing will tell your glands to produce less oil, leading to less clogged pores and pimples. you know those annoying forehead bumps that you can’t pop? mine went away after moisturizing, and so did my friends’ after i forced them to.
10. SPF +的防晒
and spf is of course important because the sun can cause major damage to your skin, especially as you age. it doesn’t matter if it’s not summer or you’re only going to be inside all day. uv rays can penetrate clouds or windows, and cause wrinkles and pre-mature aging. spf is definitely a must!
i have a lot more i’d love to say about this topic, but this post is already getting to be reaaallly long! this post was so much fun to write and i’d love to make a youtube video esp about what products i use if anyone’s interested! good luck and hope this helps!