Hello gorgeous! I have been working as a head of communication & digital marketing for K-youty. K-youty is a Parisian e-commerce website for Korean beauty. I am learning a lot about how they apply their skincare to that amazing-looking skin. One of the questions we get often is how many Korean layering steps there are and how we can incorporate that into our routine.
I know many of you wonder how these actresses and other Korean celebrities manage to achieve that flawless porcelain complexion even after 40 years old, also called “Glass Skin”, devoid of any imperfections and almost unreal?
For several years now, the Korean layering technique, which consists in applying a dozen skincare products in a row daily, is still popular among Korean women who can spend up to an hour on average per day in their bathroom (compared to 15 to 30 minutes for French women).
If you want to learn how to master Korean layering, this article is for you!
STEPS 1 & 2 – DOUBLE CLEANSING:
The first 2 Korean Layering steps are cleansing your face completely is the most critical step of the Korean beauty routine. That you should incorporate into your routine if you haven’t already! Korean women never neglect this step, regardless of whether or not they are wearing makeup. For this reason, you need to clean the epidermis at the end of each day. To maintain its youthful appearance. By removing all traces of makeup and impurities accumulated during the day (pollution particles, dust, excess sebum). The skin can receive more oxygen and regenerate its cells, which are at their most active during sleep. Neglecting this stage will result in premature aging of the skin. Its condition deteriorating, and fine lines appearing on its surface. Do not go to sleep without removing your makeup before going to bed. Even if you’re tired after drinking all night.
Cleansing the skin at night is done in two steps (double cleansing), while in the morning it is done one time (single cleansing):
Applying an oil-based makeup remover to the face is the first step of double cleansing at night. If you use waterproof makeup, this step does a great job of removing makeup from your lips and eyes. Among the most popular oil-based cleansers my favorite is the APIEU Cleansing Oil. You will find solid forms (like balm or bar soap) or liquid forms.
STEP 3 – EXFOLIATING (1 to 2 times a week):
The 3rd Korean Layering step is the exfoliation. In the evening allows you to even out your complexion and promotes cell renewal. By removing dead skin cells with mechanical ( exfoliating bread) and/or enzymatic (Fruit acids or AHAs) methods. After this step, your skin will be clean and ready to receive other skincare. If you are using a mechanical exfoliant, always use small beads to avoid damaging the skin.
Apply this step once a week to dry and sensitive skin. Twice a week for oily skin avoid the eye contour area. If you are using a mechanical exfoliator. Gently massage your skin with circular motions and then rinse. If you are using enzymatic exfoliants with AHAs, leave on for 10 minutes then rinse.
STEP 4 – THE TONING LOTION (Twice a day):
The toning lotions we know often contain alcohol that acts as an astringent to tighten pores and purify them. When applied locally to blemishes, these lotions can help to dissolve pimples. A generous application on the whole face can dry the skin by removing the protective hydrolipidic film that protects it from harmful elements. As a result, the sebaceous glands produce more sebum to compensate for the lack of hydration.
The texture of Asian lotions and toner is either fluid or gel. Enveloping the skin delicately while moisturizing, softening, and retexturizing. Some formulations are enriched with AHA for gentle exfoliation and complexion reunification. Their primary function is to balance the PH of the skin to permit better absorption of skincare. Apply on a cotton pad, on dry and clean skin always avoiding the eye contour.
STEP 5 – ESSENCE (morning and evening):
Skincare products in this category are very popular in Korea. Essences are light, water-like products that are highly moisturizing. Essences have a watery texture, they are easily absorbed by the skin and penetrate deep into the epidermis. Opening up the pores to allow the serum to penetrate. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands, then gently pat the face with the flat of your palm until absorbed.
STEP 6 – THE SERUM OR AMPOULE (morning and/or night):
The main reason why serums are targeted treatments is that they are highly concentrated formulations with one or more properties: moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-spots, etc. For example, Musalis Serum has an anti-aging and detoxifying action, while Musalift Serum is anti-aging, anti-spot, and smoothing. The ampoule is an even more concentrated and effective version of the serum, but also more expensive.
Apply a few drops to the face and neck, massage with fingertips in upward movements.
STEP 7 – THE FABRIC MASK (night, 2 to 7 times a week):
Also known as cloth masks in Asia, single-use cloth masks are extremely popular in Europe. The masks come in a variety of colors, and prints and some are infused with ingredients like snail slime, gold, riz powder, etc. To ensure a beautiful complexion, and are available for all parts of the body (face, lips, feet, etc.). Masks contain a week’s worth of lotion or essence, acting as a real hydration booster. Korean women collect masks and use them as a replacement for their serum or after it, up to 7 times a week.
STEP 8 – THE MOISTURIZING CREAM OR THE SLEEPING MASK:
It is the final step in ensuring that all nutrients and treatments are assimilated into your skin. Choose a richer and more nourishing texture based on your skin type. Riche and more nourishing texture for dry skin: like Hydramuse Moisturizing Cream. Lighter gel-type texture for combination and oily skin like Hydramuse Moisturizing Jelly.
Korean women replace their night care two to three times a week with a sleeping mask. I love sleeping masks because they nourish your skin through the night and repair it giving you healthy-looking skin the next morning. Apply all over your face a hazelnut-sized amount of your moisturizer to your dry face and neck, massaging with your fingertips in upward strokes. if you are using a sleeping apply a thick layer on the dry face and neck, leave it on all night and rinse it off the next morning.
STEP 9 – EYE CONTOUR (morning and evening):
From the age of 25, it is recommended to use an anti-aging treatment, on the skin and around the eyes because it is the first area to develop fine lines. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest in the human body so it requires more care. Apply the equivalent of one drop per eye and pat in with fingertips until absorbed.
STEP 10 – SUNSCREEN (mornings only):
To maintain the skin’s youthfulness and radiance, wearing a high level of sun protection (SPF 50 or more) is essential due to the harmful effect of the UV rays: premature cell aging. It is customary for Korean women to never go out without sun protection and even in winter on cloudy days. The application is a bit tricky because I am probably sure you are wondering how much we should apply. You should apply 2 fingers of sunscreen, and re-apply it throughout the day.
I hope you enjoyed discovering this Korean beauty ritual Are you already an adept or do you feel like starting it too?
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