Korean skin care focuses on ensuring that products used in your daily routine use natural ingredients and formulas that are suitable to every skin type. It prioritises gentle treatments to solve any skin condition and aim to achieve long term results to bring the best out of your skin.
In the early 40’s, many Koreans worked outdoors mainly in the agricultural industry. Their skin was constantly exposed to the outdoor elements and damaging sun rays. As a result, they started to develop interest in creating skincare products to protect their skin.
During these times, they applied home made products with ingredients such as rice water, flowers, plants and grains to soothe and protect their skin. The beauty of it is that these ingredients are still the ones used in Korean skin care products today.
10 step Korean skin care routine
Korean skin care is known globally for the 10 steps Korean skin care routine. The amount of steps you might need could be more or less depending on the goal you are trying to achieve.
The main principle behind the 10 step process, is that each individual layer is added one after the other. Creating a layered approach to skin care. For this reason, Korean skincare has adapted the product textures depending on which step it is and in which order it is applied. Essences and serums will have a lightweight and quick absorbing texture while night creams and face masks can have a thicker feel.
Why choose for Korean skin care products?
There are a number of factors which give Korean skin care an edge over its western competition. Firstly, it prioritises natural ingredients and formulas over artificial ingredients. Western cosmetics lean towards a quick fix which in the long term can be unsustainable for your skin. Korean skincare aims to keep your skin looking at its best in the long term. Ensuring its products are healthy and nourishing, while treating any skin condition you may have simultaneously. Lastly, they are very reasonably priced.
Is Korean skin care only suitable for Asian skin?
This is the biggest K-beauty myth. Everyone around the world is dealing with the same skin conditions, whether it’s acne, redness, pigmentation, dry, oily or sensitive skin. Korean men and women, however, attach a lot of importance in achieving the goal of an immaculate and healthy skin. As opposed to what people may think, all Korean skincare products don't have whitening properties but instead, focus on evening out skin tones for a radiant glow.