Korean skin care

Get Glowing Skin with Korean Skincare Routine

I’m sure you’ve heard about the 10-step Korean skincare routine, right? A lot of websites tell you that it is essential to do all of these steps every day, but I am here to tell you that it is not the case. You can in fact tailor your choices of the day to match your skins needs. However, there are some things you will need if you wish to get skin that glows!

The Art of the Cleanse

The Korean skincare routine puts an emphasis on efficient cleansing, which is why a lot of people (yes, men too!) choose to double cleanse their skin. If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, you can skip this step, but if not – buy both an oil cleanser and a water based cleanser, using the oil one first.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is essential in any beauty regime, but the Korean skincare regime is quite different to the traditional regime which consists primarily of abrasive ingredients that physically scour off dead skin. The Korean regime focuses heavily on gel based exfoliation that utilize acids, sometimes fruit acids, to remove dead skin. The benefit of this is that you cannot over scrub, and you cannot accidentally scour fine lines into your skin.

Toner & Essence

Toners prepare your skin for the avalanche of products required in the Korean regimen. The toner balances your skin’s pH levels, and the toner leaves your skin feeling refreshed. The next step is the essence. An essence feels similar to a toner, but is applied after the toner. What an essence does is it helps with cell turnover, effectively brightening your skin.

Serums & Ampoules

Next comes your serums and ampoules, which are products designed to address specific skin problems, such as uneven skin tone. This step can be skipped if you have no skin issues to address. One tip here is if you use a serum, you can mix a drop in with your daily makeup application, a lot of girls do this to give their makeup that classic Korean dewy look; easy to achieve with any brand of foundation or BB cream and a simple drop of serum.

Eye cream, Moisturizer & Sleeping Mask Packs

Eye cream is an essential daily cream in the Korean skincare regime, which you can gently apply along with your choice of moisturizer. You can then add a sleeping mask pack on the top, which is basically a heavy mask designed to be worn while you sleep. The sleeping mask pack is my absolute favorite, and an essential for a glowing complexion as it will hydrate your skin all night long.

Face Masks

Face Masks can be done a few times a week depending on your needs and there are masks for every need imaginable! You can buy the one time use fabric sheet mask, a gel mask, a reusable fabric mask where you apply your own mask pack, or a brush-on mask from a tub or tube. You can also buy mask brushes to aid with the application of your mask and sometimes bigger companies give them away for free when you buy a mask, handy! A mask pack is a nice biweekly treat for your skin and a nice way to relieve stress during a busy week, but don’t do it every day – sometimes your pores just need a break!

Skin care moisturizing cream

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin

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By now we all know cleanse, tone, moisturize should be a part of our daily makeup routine.  Good makeup always starts with healthy skin. Choosing the right moisturizer, with such a variety of products available to us these days, can prove confusing.  There are few factors to consider and, believe it or not, price is not one of them. Quality moisturizers don’t have to be expensive – what matters is what’s in them.

How and when to moisturize?

Firstly, I will quickly skim through the rules of proper moisturizer application.  After you remove your makeup, cleanse and tone your face, you apply moisturizer. It’s important not to overdo it as the skin can react to excessive use of product; applying in the morning and before bedtime is enough. A moisturizer is applied gently to a damp face. Don’t forget to apply it over the neck as the exposed skin gets very dry during the day. Avoid the area under your eyes; the skin here is extremely thin and sensitive, I recommend using an eye cream which is designed especially for that area.

How moisturizers work is simple: they provide skin with hydration by either blocking water from escaping from the surface of the skin, or drawing it from the inner lawyers toward the top lawyers of the skin. They also replace the moisture that is lost with cleansing.

Read the label

When purchasing a moisturizer there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the package says “non-comedogenic” as this won’t clog your pores. Also, make sure it has SPF protection since the most damage to the skin is caused by direct sunlight (SPF 30 is ideal). Lastly, read the label: the right ingredients are crucial when choosing the right moisturizer. Look for the common active ingredients. The words you are looking for are lanorin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, retinoid. For anti-aging properties keep an eye out for vitamin E as well.

Keep your skin type in mind

So let’s talk about skin types. The most difficult skin to please is sensitive skin. Look for the moisturizers labeled “hypo-allergenic”.   Avoid using perfumed products, especially if you have sensitive skin, because they tend to irritate the skin.  A dry skin, on the other hand, might need a very hydrating moisturizer. Look for oil based products with glycerin butter and mineral oil. Oilier skin is the opposite: choose oil-free gel-based formulas. For normal or combinational skin I recommend non-greasy water-based products with silicone-derived ingredients.

Your moisturizer might change with the seasons

The type of moisturizer you use might vary with the change of seasons. During summer, when the air is warm and more humid, you might want to keep to a lighter moisturizer. Rich moisturizers might trigger skin problems and acne. On the other hand, during winter when the air turns dry and cold, it’s very likely the same formula won’t provide your skin with enough hydration. During winter, our skin requires more protection from the chilly weather. Keep the skin hydrated with a richer moisturizer to prevent the face from drying out. (Would you like to see other latest contents? YES – go to Home page, otherwise, Thank you for reading)

Skin glow

Summer Skin: How to Glow

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Given that it’s summer, which is one of the most difficult seasons for your skin, this article is going to help you combat the bad and the ugly by giving you some good tips on how to keep your skin clean and clear!

Tip #1: Clean it up

Cleaning your skin has to be the first step to any skincare regimen so as to cleanse out any impurities so that any other products you put on your skin would be able to get into your skin.

If you are prone to oily skin, summer most likely aggravates the skin to break out more. While it might seem tempting to pop into the shower for a douse of cold water, lukewarm water would actually help dissolve oil better than cold water. It also relaxes your face, while cold or hot water dries out your skin, which is something we don’t want.

For those with dry skin, cold showers would be your best bet. Hot or warm water would open up your pores and release the oil you want your skin to keep. If your skin releases too much oil, it’ll dry your skin out even more, which could lead to your skin flaking and red patches emerging.

Tip #2: Clear the way

Exfoliating is one of the most important things one has to do because this is the key to paving the way for clear, new skin. Be careful not to go overboard though, as exfoliating should only be done once to twice a week lest you irritate the new skin and excessive exfoliating in the summer can cause an increase in sun sensitivity for your skin.

Those who have oily skin have to make exfoliating a part of your weekly regimen, because this is the step that can help remove any dirt clogging your pores, such as sebum and bacteria. Make sure to use physical exfoliants that contain more of a scrub to it as this clears the pores more easily.

People with dry skin don’t have to worry about exfoliation in the summer as much, but it’s still a good idea to exfoliate every one or two weeks. Exfoliants which aid in removing dead and dry skin while providing some form of hydration would be the best bet for those with a dry skin type as it gives your skin its much needed hydration.

Tip #3: Protect your turf

This tip is universal to all skin types because prevention is better than cure, and protecting your skin is would help guard against future skin problems.

Using sunscreen in the summer is especially important due to the harmful UV rays in the sun. Find the right kind of sunscreen for your skin type, which should be somewhere on the levels of SPF 50. I’m currently using Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 50+ which is fantastic because it absorbs right into your skin and doesn’t leave any kind of filmy white substance behind. It’s also non-comedogenic, which would prevent the blocking of your pores and is water and sweat resistant, which means you can have your summer fun as well!

With all that’s been said, have fun and enjoy the summer heat and be sure to clean, clear and protect your skin!

 

Contour and Highlight makeup.

Contouring: Sharpen your makeup knowledge

Contouring is one of the most fashionable beauty trends there are right now, with celebrities swearing by it to give your face a sharper, more defined look. However, there are so many types of contouring products out there that it’s hard to pick one that’s best suited for you, so here’s the definitive guide that you’ll need to pick out what’s suitable for your skin type.

Oily Skin:

Those with oily skin should steer clear of cream products as they tend to shift more easily through the day, especially when you have oily skin. Cream products also tend to “cake” onto oily skin and that’s not the kind of makeup anyone wants. Powder contour products would be a much better choice, as they would also help mattify the skin on top of staying in place.

A good powder product would be the highly raved Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit if you’re looking for something more high end. However, a really effective dupe would be the Australis On Tour Powder Contouring and Highlighting Palette for a much smaller price and for almost the same effect.

Dry Skin:

For those with a dry skin type, cream foundations would be perfect for you! Since your skin is dry, it provides the greatest base surface for the cream foundations not to shift. It’ll also provide a form of moisture that your skin needs and it won’t accentuate patchy spots like powder contours will.

A good cream contour can come in two forms, either in a palette or in a stick form. Palettes offer a wider range than sticks so this would be a better choice for you if you haven’t decided what shades you prefer. A wonderful palette to invest in would be Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, but for those on a budget, the E.L.F. Cream Contour Palette would be a great swap for it’s extremely low price.

Stick contours can be so much faster and easier to bring around, so it’ll probably be good to invest in a handy one like Lancome’s “Le Duo” Contour and Highlight Stick which you can use to blend on the go with your favourite Beauty blender. This can prove to be a bit on the luxury or high-end side, so NYX’s Wonder Stick would work really well for you if you’re tight on a budget.

Hopefully, this article on contouring has managed to sharpen your makeup knowledge, and edged you a little closer to trying out your hand at the contouring trend.