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It’s no secret that Korean skin care has been picking up traction over the past couple years, but it’s reaching all new heights here in 2018. With trends like honey skin, glass skin, and cloudless skin, it’s simple to see that there are plenty of ways to approach a Korean skin care routine. But, with so many unique takes on Korean skin care, how are you supposed to narrow down your options? We’ve sorted through the trends to provide you with 10 steps you can’t go wrong with when trying to achieve the ultimate Korean skin care routine—not to mention the facial cleansers, moisturizers, face masks, and face scrubs you’ll want to make room for in your vanity.
Double cleansing is a two-step cleansing process that can completely transform the appearance of your complexion. First, remove your makeup with a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for All Skin Types. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
To truly have a fresh canvas, according to Korean skin care guidelines, double cleansing is an automatic no brainer. Try one of the following facial cleansers as the second step in your double cleanse.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser: Does your skin tend to look extra-shiny by midday? Then consider giving this facial cleanser a chance. Enhanced with eucalyptus, this clay facial cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish).
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser: It’s time to hop on the charcoal beauty trend! Immediately after using this clay facial cleanser, which is enhanced with charcoal, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and left with a clean, clear look. It’s suitable for all skin types.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: What do you get when you pair cleansing and exfoliation? That would be this facial cleanser! The formula, which is enhanced with red algae, goes beyond daily cleansing to help exfoliate the surface of your skin. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and is left with a clean, clear look. It’s suitable for oily to combination skin.
Take the time to slough away dead skin cells that can build up on your skin’s surface and block pores. You don’t have to exfoliate all over your face every night, but it’s a good idea to fit a little scrubbing action into your skin care routine 2-3 times a week. To get the job done, stock up on the best face scrub for your skin type—we have three choices for you below!
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub: Get your green on by using this green face scrub formulated with kiwi and three types of sugar to gently yet effectively exfoliate the surface of skin and purify the look of skin. Immediately, skin looks smooth and glowing.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub: In addition to the combo of three sugars, this face scrub is also formulated with finely crushed cocoa, luxurious coconut oil, and rich cocoa butter. Immediately after use, skin looks more refined and feels softer and smoother and skin feels comfortable. With continued use over time, skin looks smoother and glowing.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub: This face scrub provides gentle yet effective exfoliation for glowing, baby-soft skin on both face and lips. It’s formulated with finely ground acai and nutrient-rich grapeseed and monoi oils, along with three sugars. Immediately after use, skin feels smoother and looks glowing. With continued use over time, skin looks rebalanced and glowing with a more refined texture.
Whichever you choose, simply smooth a small amount of the face scrub onto clean, dry skin, avoiding your eye area. Massage the face scrub over your face with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Have dry lips? Our face scrubs can be used on your lips, too!
Korean skin care routines are all about achieving smooth, glowing skin. Alas, we have face masks to squeeze into the weekly round-up. Depending on your skin care concerns, choose from the list of face masks below. You can multi-mask by using a few of the following face masks on different areas of your face. 2-3 times a week, apply an even layer of face masks to clean, dry skin, leave them on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
If you’re concerned about rough skin and clogged pores…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. Formulated with three clays and red algae extract to help exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface, this face mask also lifts away dirt and oil from clogged pores. The end result is a polished, smooth-looking complexion. After you’re done, your skin texture will appear refined and pores will look minimized.
Where to apply it: any areas of skin that you experience a buildup of dead skin cells
If you’re concerned about dull, tired skin…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. This face mask formula with three clays and charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog pores, drawing out impurities like dirt, oil, and pollution from skin’s surface. The creamy, non-drying formula helps leave your skin looking noticeably brighter and feeling clean and velvety-smooth. Your complexion will also look more even.
Where to apply it: any areas of skin where you are bothered by clogged pores.
If you’re concerned about clogged pores…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. The formula with three clays and eucalyptus helps to remove dirt and oil and unclog pores. This face mask helps mattify the appearance of your skin, making it look less shiny, too. It also reduces excess oil on skin’s surface and makes pores look tightened and less visible—all without over-drying.
Where to apply it: any areas of skin where you experience excess oil and shine
If you’re concerned about congested pores and stressed skin…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask. Formulated with three clays and seaweed, this face mask helps draw out build-up of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce the appearance of imperfections, clear the look of congested pores, and gently cleanse skin. When you’re finished, skin is not only clean but refreshed and comfortable.
Where to apply it: any areas of the skin that are stressed
If you’re concerned about rough texture and uneven tone…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. The face mask formula with three clays and yuzu lemon extract helps shed rough, dead skin cells from skin’s surface, clarify tone, and improve skin texture. Rinse off to reveal skin left with a clean glow.
Where to apply it: any areas of the skin that are uneven with roughness and imperfections
Toners formulated high in alcohol can dry out your skin, instead look for a gentle, hydrating toner to help restore your skin’s pH balance. Simply soak a cotton pad with the formula and dab it onto your skin for an allover refreshing look and feel post-cleansing.
These lightweight, moisturizing formulas are two-fold. On one hand, they prep the skin for better absorption of the other hydrating products coming up next, and on the other, they refresh skin throughout the day for a dewier, more hydrated visage.
Concentrated, nutrient-rich serums provide another layer of moisture and create the perfect opportunity to target your skin concerns, like skin brightening or anti-aging. To see how they work, try using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum.
The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, so it needs to be cared for with an eye cream formulated for the area. Typically, eye creams are formulated with extra oils and thicker consistencies than moisturizers that you may use for your entire face. This thicker formulation will better address common concerns that affect the eye area, like dark circles, puffiness, and crow’s feet. To begin your eye care routine, try using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream, which targets fine lines and wrinkles, firms skin, and reduces the look of puffiness with continued use over time.
While you’ve already applied toner, serum, and eye cream to help achieve more hydrated skin, it’s still of the utmost importance to slather on moisturizer. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. Be sure to apply to your face, neck, and chest both morning and night. Rub the extra moisturizer into your hands for a little extra TLC there.
End your skin care routine each day by using one extra layer of hydration. Nighttime formulas are usually creamier and richer than other moisturizers and are formulated to give your skin an extra boost of hydration and anti-aging benefits while you sleep. Go for something hydrating and creamy like, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask.
And there you have it—a 10-step skin care routine that incorporates aspects from all of the most trending Korean skin care regimens. While this particular skin care routine may take longer than 10 minutes, as soon as you see how gorgeous your complexion looks, we have a feeling you’ll think the time you spent on your skin was worth it.
Are you a fan of the extra-long skin routine? Next time, try pampering with A High Maintenance Skin Care Routine.