My K-Beauty Routine | Facial Friday #22
Facial Friday will be a little different this week. This will be a start to finish K-Beauty inspired routine. Asian beauty is on another level! They have the most innovative, interesting products, and methods. I am not sure how many of you have heard about the K-Beauty trend, also known as Asian Beauty or Korean Beauty. I have not tried very many asian products but, I hope to venture more into trying asian beauty products.
This facial contains ten steps! Yes, ten full face loving steps. Why are people all the sudden drawn to this trend? I have noticed an increase in the no makeup make up looks and healthy glowing skin. For now, it is a trend to have healthy skin. Having worked in skincare cosmetics retail I know a majority of you splash your face with water from the shower and then maybe moisturize. Some of you may just use a cleanser, then add a little moisturizer and spf. The appeal of doing a k beauty routine are all the steps you take to pamper your skin. It is trendy taking care of your skin and being into your health to achieve this dewy healthy skin glow.
1. OIL CLEANSER
You have to start with an oil cleanser! If you are not familiar with oil cleansing (before the responses I received most when asked were..”what a waste of product”, or my favorite, “eww! why would you put oil on your face!”) Lets go back to middle school science lab.
I am sure you have heard somewhere at some point like dissolves like. Oil will break down oil debris like makeup and sebum. Currently, I have been finishing up a cleansing balm but, usually I use a vegetable oil blend I have concocted. A cleansing balm is pretty much an oil blend that is solid until you touch it. Take some of this and apply it to a dry face and start to massage it in breaking up all the makeup caked on your face as you go. Then, to remove, use a wet warm towel or cloth of your liking.
This second cleanse is to remove the other stuff oil will not pick up and give your skin a squeaky clean feeling. The goal is to clean your skin so well that when you pass a cotton pad over it there is no residue left behind. Foam will remove water debris like sweat and dirt. Currently, I use a Castile soap with a facial brush.
This means scrubbing the dead skin cell layers away, revealing shiny and new skin. Using a brush with a foam cleanser does not achieve this, you are really just cleansing with a brush. After performing the first two cleanses, I occasionally will take a textured face scrub with either sugar or salt and lightly scrub my face. I would not recommend exfoliation everyday and if using a scrub with a brush be careful. Test what you can handle.
After all that cleaning and scrubbing, your face has essentially been stripped down. To bring it back to a moisture accepting level and to prepare it for absorbing the next steps you will use a toner. Depending on your skin type, and I guess for any skin type, I would not recommend one that has alcohol in it. If you are doing the all natural thing do not use a witch hazel with alcohol either. I would recommend a rose water toner. This can be any facial spray you have that can be used to moisten, soften, and prep your skin.
5.ESSENCE SHEET MASK
Essence is an active ingredient used to assist with skin’s natural cell turnover rate. These are typically used at night to achieve maximum skin regeneration. What is the number one product anyone in the world can say is an asian beauty product? Sheet masks have exploded on the scene and can be found anywhere. I am not sure if they are specific to k-beauty but that is how I learned about them. Sometimes instead of using an essence, I will do the sheet mask step before adding serum. It’s your preference on how you want to preform your K-Beauty routine. Sheet masks come in a variety of styles meant to target specific issues like hydration and brightening.
This will be like an essence but thicker and more concentrated. Serums are meant to target certain skin issues and can be layered when using. Currently, I have been using Glo Therapeutics Renew Serum, it contains some retinol, glycol, and salicylic acids. I follow with a beauty oil also meant to target specific needs.
7. EYE CREAM
We all know and hopefully do this step religiously no matter what! Right!? You must hydrate and protect this area around your eyeballs to try and prevent aging and gravity as best as we can.
After all of that work you put in and all those layers you want to seal it all in. Give it a big hug! It is like putting on a jacket before going outside after dressing for a rainy, smoggy, cold day. I like to use a thick creme moisture, especially for the winter season.
This is my favorite step of the whole regime. I suffered from extremely dry and dehydrated skin that made my skin over produce oil, that made me break out, and well you get the gist. It was what made my skin troubled. The opposite of what everyone use to tell me and all I needed was some moisture and hydration! Sleeping masks are the greatest skincare gift invented and given to woman. This is a thick gel like mask that you layer and wear to bed. When you wake, you have the most plump hydrated skin ever! I hate this word but it is supple!! I wake up and can’t help but to keep feeling myself 😉 If you did not know, well, now you know! I used to layer expensive moisturizers on my skin until I found sleeping masks.
Suns rays can be very damaging to skin. Look for these two acronyms of protection UVA=Aging rays and UVB=Burning rays. You want a minimum of 30 spf! Tip: Any higher in spf and it could be a product made up of fillers which can do more harm than good. If you do not know what fillers are, they can be harmful chemicals that your skin does not necessarily need. I have a visual of my poor niece who was continually sprayed with spf on a trip. It clogged her teeny tiny pores and made her break out in a heat rash. Protect your skin! But, do not over do it and end up with a heat rash like my niece. I use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 on my face and I just picked up this derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen. For my body, I use Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Body Moisturizer.
These steps are usually not all used at once. My morning routine is to literally splash water on my face, apply eye cream, moisture, and spf. I do my makeup in 5 minutes and get on with the day. This full nighttime k-beauty routine will be done at least once a week or every other week. My normal day-to-day nightly routine will always consist of a double cleanse, serum, and moisturizer. I use the sleep mask when my skin feels less hydrated.
From what I have seen and researched, this closely resembles a k-beauty routine. In the future, I may pop theses types of inspired facials in as a Facial Friday post instead of a homemade mask from time to time.