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It’s no secret that Korean skin care has been picking up traction over the last few years, but it’s reaching new heights in 2018. With K-beauty trends like honey skin, glass skin, and cloudless skin, it’s plain to see that there are plenty of ways to approach a Korean skin care routine—all equally trendy. But, with so many unique takes on Korean skin care, how are you supposed to create a single routine that encapsulates all the K-beauty essentials? Well, that’s where we come in! We’ve sorted through the trends to provide you with the ultimate 10-step Korean skin care routine. First step, coming up.
First things first, you need to get clean. Use a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for All Skin Types, to remove your makeup. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid and wipe the pad across your face.
To truly have a fresh canvas, according to Korean skin care guidelines, double cleansing is a must. Try a clay cleanser as the second step in the cleansing portion of your routine. Any of the following three should do the trick:
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 also suitable for all skin types.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: What do you get when you pair cleansing with 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 build up on your skin’s surface and block pores. You don’t have to exfoliate every night but it’s a good idea to fit a little scrubbing action into your skin care routine two to three times a week. To get the job done, stock up on a sugar scrub that suits your skin type. Consider one from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line—each of which doubles as a lip scrub.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: Get your green on by using this face scrub formulated with kiwi and three types of sugar. The scrub gently yet effectively exfoliates the surface of skin. Immediately, skin looks smooth and glowing.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: In addition to a combo of three sugars, this face scrub is 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 has a visible glow.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: This face scrub provides gentle yet effective exfoliation for glowing, baby-soft skin. 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 glows. With continued use over time, skin looks rebalanced with a more refined texture.
Whichever you choose, smooth a small amount of the face scrub onto clean, dry skin, avoiding your eye area. Massage the face scrub over your skin with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
There’s always space for a little pampering in your skin care routine, so go ahead and add masking to your to-do list. Depending on your skin care concerns, choose a face mask from the list below. Even better, get the most out of your face mask session by using not just one, but multiple, face masks. Two to three times a week, apply an even layer of your 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, the mask helps exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface and lifts away dirt and oil from clogged pores. The end result is a polished, smooth-looking complexion. After you’re finished masking, your skin texture will appear refined and pores will look minimized.
Where to apply it: Use on any areas where 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 formulated 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: Use on any areas 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 of this mask, which contains 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. 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: Use on any areas 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. After using, skin is not only clean but refreshed and comfortable.
Where to apply it: Use on any areas that are stressed and uncomfortable.
If you’re concerned about rough texture and uneven tone…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. This face mask formula, which includes 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 that’s left with a clean glow.
Where to apply it: Use on any areas that are uneven.
Don’t assume all toners will dry out your skin. If you avoid formulas with alcohol, toner can actually hydrate and help restore skin’s pH balance. Simply soak a cotton pad with the formula and dab it onto your skin.
The lightweight, moisturizing formulas of essences are two-fold. On one hand, they refresh skin for a dewier, more hydrated visage, and on the other, they prep the skin and allow for better absorption of any hydrating products you apply afterward.
Concentrated, nutrient-rich serums provide another layer of moisture and create the perfect opportunity to target your skin concerns, whether those are skin brightening or anti-aging.
If you’re looking to boost radiance…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum Concentrate. This serum, which contains 10% pure vitamin C in its formula, restores radiance and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
How to use it: Apply a dime-sized amount to your face and neck every morning and evening.
If you’re looking to replenish moisture…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The formula of this serum is intensely hydrating and contains 1.5% hyaluronic acid. After using, you’ll have visibly plumped, more youthful-looking skin.
How to use it: Apply two to three drops to your face and neck every morning and evening, gently smoothing the serum onto your skin.
The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, so it needs to be cared for with an eye cream. Typically, eye creams are formulated with extra oils and have 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 one of the above to your face, neck, and chest both morning and night. Rub the extra moisturizer into your hands to give them a little extra TLC.
End your skin care routine each day by using one more layer of hydration. Overnight masks are essentially creamier, richer moisturizers that are formulated to give your skin an extra boost of hydration and anti-aging benefits while you sleep. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask to enhance your beauty sleep.
And there you have it—a 10-step skin care routine that incorporates aspects from the most popular (and trendy) 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. And if you’re a fan of this extra-long skin routine, consider reading up on how to show your skin some love with A High Maintenance Skin Care Routine next.