A famous fashion designer and an icon of style Coco Chanel once said Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve. And it is hard not to agree with her. After all, we work for the state of our faces for years.
Alcohol, cigarettes, stress, lack of sleep and an extensive exposure to the sun leave visible marks on our faces. All of those little sins result in wrinkles, puffy eyes and spots. We can cover the skin imperfections with a thick layer of make-up but they will disappear only for a short period of time.
It is possible to look good without make-up and have clean and radiant skin. All it takes is a bit of TLC. If you don’t know how to start then you’ve come to the right place. This post is about skincare routine you can do at home.
I spent many years looking for a foolproof and effective way of taking care of my face. I have always admired Korean actresses and singers for their beautiful figures and faces and wanted to have healthy and spotless skin like them. I read many articles and tried out various cosmetics. Some worked for me, some turned out to be a waste of money. However, some months ago I got a book by Charlotte Cho The Little Book of Skin Care and it changed my life. Literally! I found all the information I needed in once place. I finally learned how, where, when and what I should put on my face to make it look divine.
Here are 10 steps to a glowing and beautiful skin:
1. CLEANSING WITH OIL CLEANSER:
It is the first and most important step in a daily skincare routine. Regular skin cleansing is essential to maintaining healthy looking skin. Dirt, oil, air pollutants, viruses and dead skin cells must be removed before we can proceed any further. After all, if your face is covered in a thick layer of dirt, other products will have a hell of a hard job to penetrate the skin properly. Cleansing unclogs pores and keeps skin properly hydrated.
Koreans clean their faces in two step. First, they use an oil based cleanser. In a layman’s language it is a cleanser that uses good oils to remove bad oils from your face without harming the skin’s barrier. Apply the cleanser to your dry skin, massage it all over your face and neck and rinse it off with warm water. Now your face is ready for the next step!
2. CLEANSING WITH WATER-BASED CLEANSER:
This cleanser’s job is to remove any remaining impurities.
Exfoliating is nothing more than taking the top layer of your skin off. We should do it at least twice a week. Why? To remove dead skin, reduce acne and blackheads and turn our skin from dull and dry to bright and smooth. Regular exfoliation can even reduce fine lines and wrinkles!
Toner is a water, alcohol or gel-based liquid that balances your skin’s pH level. Its purpose is to prepare your skin for better absorption of the ingredients in facial serums and creams.
It is hard to define what an essence is. It’s much easier to say what it is not. An essence is a cross between a toner and a serum. It’s more lightweight and less concentrated, though. Its main purpose is to soften and hydrate skin so it can effectively absorb all the products that follow.
At this point you concentrate your efforts on specific skin problems. It can be anything – wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, dry or dull skin. And that’s where serums and ampoules come in! They are perfect tools to meet and treat those matters straightaway. They are full of active ingredients and are more concentrated than face creams. Pat them on and the problem’s gone!
7. SHEET MASKS:
A sheet mask is a thin cotton or fiber sheet soaked in liquid-based formula. Its purpose is to provide hydration and nourishment and deliver all the necessary nutrients to the skin. When you apply a sheet mask to your face, it becomes your second skin. This way your skin absorbs the ingredients faster and more effectively, leaving your with radiant and glowing complexion. You can use sheet masks once or twice a week. However, there are some women who recommend using it daily. When you see the positive results of using sheet masks, you might be tempted to do the same.
8. EYE CREAM:
The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden. And what about the skin around them? It is so thin and delicate that any signs of age or fatigue are instantly visible. And no one looks good with puffy eyes and dark circles. Unless they are vampires. Or goths. That is why this gentle area on our face requires special treatment. Eye creams are rich in ingredients that moisturize, maintain skin’s elasticity and help prevent water loss. Just remember to choose eye creams with collagen, vitamin C, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
Hydration is the key to healthy and glowing skin because moisturizers hold water inside our skin and help maintain its fresh and young look. We should use moisturizing creams / gels / lotions twice a day – morning and evening.
10. SUN PROTECTION:
If you want to enjoy younger looking, radiant and healthy skin for years to come, then forget about sunbathing. There’s no such thing as healthy tan! If you don’t believe me, then leave your favourite pot plant in the scorching sun for several days and see what happens. It will be shrivelled and dried-up within hours. The same thing happens with our skin when it is not protected. Sunscreens block harmful rays from penetrating the skin and damaging it. They prevent skin cancer, wrinkles, brown spots, skin discoloration and premature aging. If you need more incentive to use sun protection write Bill McElligott or Patricia Krentcil in Google search and ask yourself a question – Do I want my face to look like theirs?
I put on my sunscreen even when I go out for a short period of time. What’s more, a pair of sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim are my MUST HAVE during spring and summer time.
At first I had some objections against this beauty routine. Questions like Do I really need to clean my face twice in one go? and Isn’t putting so many layers of cosmetics on my face a bit over-the-top? were going inside my head. But I decided to give it a try and after several months I can really see a difference with my skin. It is much cleaner and lighter and the pores are almost invisible. What’s more, the skin under my eyes is smoother and no longer dry.
I know that some of you may think that the 10 step Korean skincare daily routine is a bit extreme and there are other, much easier ways of taking care of your complexion. But I can safely say that once you try the Korean way, you will never go back to your old ways. It will take some time to learn all the moves and see the results. But Rome wasn’t built in one day and great things take time. Just be patient.