Have you every noticed how a baby's skin is plump, line free, rosy and glows with moisture? That is because we are born with hyaluronic acid, and lots of it. This precious skin constituent decreases as we age, especially from 25 on. Other constituents like collagen also begin to deplete. This is where the best ingredients come into play to help slow the natural aging process.
Glass skin is a healthy, hydrated skin that is calm, plumped, and free of inflammation, skin that looks poreless, luminous, and translucent. If that sounds like impossible skin goals, not to worry. We put together this easy routine to help you achieve the glass skin of your dreams. You hydrate and nourish the inside, and we will hydrate and nourish the outside.
Our Modified Korean Skin Care Regimen
We believe using many oils and a skin water essence in various steps in a super gentle way is the best method for your skin.
Step 1. Cleanse/Exfoliate/Mask
Oil Cleanser - Korean women typically use two cleansers, starting with an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based makeup, SPF and other impurities (since water repels oil it takes an oil to melt an oil). This allows for effortless cleansing rather than tugging at your skin to remove that last bit of mascara.
Water Cleanser/Exfoliator/Mask - Following with a water-based exfoliant removes any remaining residue and leaves skin supple and polished. The key is to find a gentle formula that wonít strip or dry out your skin. Use a gentle, non-irritating exfoliator to promote cell turnover, unclog pores, allow for better product absorption and keep skin looking youthful. Your skin works to repair itself which is how this mask takes full advantage of this restorative period. Ingredients hydrate and nourish skin so that your skin will be more revitalized, clearer and brighter. Circulation is stimulated and deep waste by-products are purged.
Step 2. Tone/Hydrate
Toner - Toners soothe, hydrate and balance your skinís pH level after cleansing. This reflects Korean beauty heritage, which is steeped in natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and alcohols and draw from the Earth instead.
Hydrator - Though formulated with varying viscosities, essences tend to be a bit more fluid and less concentrated than serums. Their main purpose is to moisturize the skin and make the most of the serums that follow. Think of your skin as a sponge: once itís plumped up with skin water, everything else absorbs more easily and deeper.
Step 3 Treat/Moisturize
Treatment Serum - These products are formulated with active ingredients that target specific needs by skin type, such as fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation and dehydration. You can customize your regimen here, adding or removing products as you see fit. You can use them in any order, but generally thicker, more viscous products go on later.
Moisturizer - A moisturizer designed for your skin type creates a barrier that will lock in all the beneficial ingredients you have just applied, instead of letting them evaporate out of and off of your skin. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more easily dehydrated, so it should be treated with a light cream specifically formulated to protect, nourish, brighten or de-puff.
The traditional Korean skin care is usually up to a 10-step regimen with many different products. This is the European way of layering products in small and gentle layers. As you can see here, our regimen has combined products and steps to create a quicker yet just as effective regimen.
BUT, we all know beauty begins on the inside so you must include a healthy life style for optimum results!