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The Korean Beauty Cleansing Routine

You will hear about many beauty routine cleaning, and you will certainly have used some of them, but when used in combination, it's vital to know their individual importance within the beauty routine. Once you are armed with this information, you will know how to combine them to do the very best for your skin.

Cleansing Oil:

Cleansing, the first step in the Korean skincare routine, is fundamental. unfortunately, many people skip ie.
Using a cleansing oil is also the first step in the famous Korean double-cleansing technique, going together like shampoo and conditioner. This step prepares the skin for the Korean beauty ritual that we enjoy so much, so let us explain how this product will change your life.

  • Description:

The name says it all: cleansing oil is a cleanser formulated with ingredients based on oil. This doesn't mean that it's like washing your face with olive oil. Actually, the oils used are specially formulated for facial skin so that they emulsify better and are easier to remove.

Some of the most common ingredients used in these cleansers are jojoba seed, flax, onagri, argan, macadamia nut, coconut, and sunflower seed oil, but there are many others. Cleansing oils nourish the skin, and their texture is very pleasant: as they are vegetable oils; they slide onto the skin like silk.

The cleansing oil has a "magnetic effect", lifting out sebum, oily makeup and sun cream that have accumulated in the pores, something that no water-based cleanser can do, however good it may be. Thus, if your skin is too oily, you will be able to remove all the excess sebum and dirt.
The result? Clean, soft and silky skin. Those who suffer from acne have fallen in love with this step precisely because it allows them to prevent and control outbreaks.

  • Method of use:

We know what you're thinking: Why should I put oil on my face if I'm trying to decrease oiliness? It may come as a surprise, but oil-based cleansers are very effective on oily and combination skin.
These cleaners are available in a wide range of formulations, so you can easily find something that suits your needs.

How to apply a cleansing oil:
  1. Apply a few drops of oil onto dry skin, or a peasized amount of balm onto wet skin, and massage with circular movements so that the magnetic effect works all over your face. Enjoy this moment of relaxing massage.
  2. Splash the face with tepid water, taking care to remove the cleanser thoroughly, as some brands require more time than others.
  3. Dry with a clean towel.

  • Myth-Busting:

Cleansing oils are great for any skin type: they hydrate mature and dry skin, they reduce the sebum of oily skin, and their gentle formulations usually work well with sensitive skin. This is good news because they are the only way to ensure you have removed all your makeup before proceeding to the double-cleansing process.

A certain amount of confusion surrounds the best time to use cleansing oil. Many people think it should be used only at night to remove makeup and sun cream. Of course, it's really important to clean your face well at the end of the day, but cleansing it in the morning too will help to keep your skin radiant. That's because your skin continues to generate sebum while you sleep, and your face will accumulate different particles from contact with the pillow. Consequently, deep-cleansing your skin in the morning as the first step of your facial routine is the ideal way to begin the day. Have we convinced you yet?

Water-Based Cleanser:

Now that the cleansing oil has given you purer and clearer skin, the next step is to use a water-based cleanser.

Like the forth on a good cappuccino is essential to the coffee, the creamy foam of water-based cleanser is the essential second step of the double-cleansing routine. As with cleansing oil, a water-based cleanser removes oil, makeup and sun cream, but its main objective is to eliminate all water-based impurities, such as sweat or different types of contaminating particles. You have probably been doing this step for most of your life, but you will be surprised how combining it with the previous step(cleansing oil) increases its effectiveness. Your face will feel truly clean and ready for the remaining steps of the skincare routine.

  • Description:

Yes, you've guessed it, this is a cleanser made principally from water. There are water-based cleansers for every skin type, as well as some for specific skin issues, such as acne outbreaks, dilated pores, dryness, and hyperpigmentation.

Cleansing foams have a very liquid consistency, but when you press the manual pimp, they magically become a cushion of foam in your hand. We love the lightness of these cleansing foams and how the bubbles spread so easily over the face when they come into contact with the skin.
  • Method Of Use :
You might not think that there's much to learn about using one of these cleansers, but how do you know if you've been doing it right all these years?

How to apply a water-based cleanser:
  1. Wet the face with tepid water. The water temperature is important because if it's too cold, it will be more difficult to clean the pores deeply. On the other hand, if it's too hot, you could damage the skin's natural hydration barrier.
  2. Apply a little of the product to fingers and massage over the face, making upwards circular movements to create a foam.
  3. Remove by splashing gently the tepid water.
  4. Dry with a clean towel and your skin will look like new!

  • Myth-Busting:

    It's enough to wash your face with a single type of cleanser. We've already smashed this very common myth, haven't we? One more time: it's best, to begin with cleansing oil and then wash the face with a water-based cleanser.
      We have spoken about the importance of water temperature, but if we were to visit your bathroom, where would we find your cleanser? If it's in your shower, you're doing it wrong! Washing your face in the shower may be practical, but the water is too hot and the pressure is too strong, so use your sink instead.


      Exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells, is a vital part of the Korean skincare routine.
      Here's a secret: if you feel a little intimidated by all of the steps of the Korean skincare routine, don't worry. You don't have to do all of these steps every day. Exfoliation is one of those steps that is only done occasionally.
      The frequency of exfoliation depends on your skin type and the product you use. Exfoliating your face is like cleaning a diamond. There are many different methods of exfoliation. all of theme will leave your skin shining and with a perfect texture.

      • Description:

      An exfoliant is a product that removes dead skin cells from the skin and unifies its texture. As scientists tell us, the skin is constantly renewing itself: skin cells are produced in the inner layers of the epidemic and rise to the surface of the skin, the corneal layer. Over time, these cells die and fall off, but exfoliation accelerates the process of elimination, which prevents the skin from looking dull. There are two types of exfoliation, mechanical and chemical, both of which are described below:

           1.Mechanical Exfoliation:

      It is the more common process. It involves using a product with small particles to rub off dead cells. The result is fresh and radiant skin.

           2.Chemical Exfoliation:

      It uses an acid-based liquid to weaken the lipids that bond the top layers of skin together, thus eliminating dead skin cells. Korean chemical exfoliants tend to use either alpha-hydroxyl acid or beta-hydroxyl acid.
      The word acid might sound alarming, but the products are quite safe as long as you follow the directions for use. You've probably already used one without even knowing it!
      Some examples of alpha-hydroxyl acid are lactic acid, glycolic acid (made from sugar cane) and vegetable enzymes from fruit extracts, such as apple, papaya and pineapple. Alpha-hydroxyl acid works the surface more than Beta-hydroxyl acid and is a fantastic option to treat wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. If  you have oily skin or suffer sporadic outbreaks of acne, beta-hydroxyl acid will be your best friend. Anyone who suffered from acne as a teenager knows what makes b-hydroxyl acid so popular: salicylic acid. It penetrates the pores to dissolve sebum and dirt, leaving the skin radiant and the pores reduced in size. The result will surprise you!

      • Method Of Use:

      The two types of exfoliant require different methods of application, as explained below.

      How to apply a mechanical exfoliant:

      1After double-cleansing, massage a little of the exfoliant onto wet facial skin, avoiding the eyes.
      2Rinse off with tepid water.

      How to apply a chemical exfoliant:

      1After double-cleansing, use a cotton wool pad to apply the exfoliant to the face, avoiding the eye area.
      2Wait for the product t dry and proceed with the remaining steps of the facial routine.

      • Myth-Busting:

      Not all mechanical exfoliants are the same, so it's important to check the ingredients before making a purchase. Avoid those containing particles of seeds or fruit husks, as they are too coarse for delicate facial skin and can scratch the outer layer. For the same reason, never use body exfoliants on the face.
      If you know how to use them, exfoliants are not aggressive. A mechanical exfoliant can be used once a week on normal or dry skin, or up to twice a week on oily or combination skin.
      If you suffer from acne, do not use a mechanical exfoliant after an outbreak as it will only irritate the skin further. Alternating different types of the exfoliant will radically improve your appearance.


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