A simple explanation : Korean skin care routine

April 10, 2020

If you're anything like The Beem  Box team (AKA The Beem Team) we love Korean skin care. Although the whole process can be overwhelming, and the idea of having to use multiple products on your face can seem daunting, the results are spectacular.We want to do all we can to help you, shine, radiate and BEEM, so we've broken it down for you. A simple explanation of the Korean Skin Care method.

The Korean Skin Care method, is skin care routine to improve the quality of your skin, by adhering to a daily regimen using 10 products, applied in order of your skins ability to absorb the products.

1. Oil cleanser

It all starts with an oil cleanser! After a long day out and about, your skin as accumulated a nice layer of dirt, makeup, sunscreen, dust,  and that pesky waterproof mascara. The oil cleanser loosens this layer, and helps break it down in order to prep for step 2. If you have acne prone skin, you may be freaked out at the idea of adding any more oils to your face. Fear not! Most oil based cleanser are non-greasy to the touch and contain light oil that are easily wiped away with a water based cleanser.

2. Water based cleanser

Cleansing again? Yup! A water based cleanser will remove anything the oil based cleanser missed, including the oil cleanser. How often do you wash your face at night, only to wake up the next morning to find makeup all over your pillow. With this two step cleanse method, you can keep your pillow makeup-stain- free. We suggest you opt for cleanser that wont strip your face dry.

3. Exfoliate (optional)

90's babies get it-we all remember the St. Ives apricot scrub, and scrubbing your face to oblivion.

This is the same step, just less abrasive and not as often; exfoliating removes a layer of old dead skin. Exfoliators come in creams, scrubs, lotions, soap and more! But products are not always necessary for the step, the Korean skin care method even offers soft bristle brushes you can use to exfoliate, for a light buff. We advise you incorporate exfoliating into your routine once or twice a week max, depending on your skin type.

4. Toner

After double cleansing, your face may be feeling dehydrated and parched. Toners help prep your skin for the slew of moisturizers coming up. It is important to note, that the toner used in this step should NOT contain alcohol. Many american toners contain astringents, alcohols and other harsh chemicals that can upset your skins natural pH balance.  Its best to opt for a Korean brand for your toner.  You will be more likely to find non-abrasive ingredients.

5. Essence

A few say toner is the same as essence, but we disagree-we see essence as a "booster". Someone once said "Your skin is dry sponge, and essence is make the 'sponge' slightly damp making it easier to absorb moisture", and we couldn't put it any better. Essence is the hydrating layer that properly primes the skin to best absorb your fancy serums and creams.

6. Serum/Ampoule

BA-DA-DA-DUM! We like to think of serum/ampoule as the superhero of the bunch. This is your chance to repair your skin issues, so hyper-pigmentation, dry skin, micro pimples, textured skin- you can select a serum to concentration on this issue, and zap them away.

An ampoule is a basically supercharged serum with higher concentrations of active ingredients that you're meant to use for a finite amount of time or when you're having a skin crisis of a sort

7. Face mask (optional)

Face masks are like the sidekick of serums, they aren't as concentrated, but they still pack punch.

We're pretty sure face masks are a staple at every sleep over, but they're even more potent in the Korean skin care routine. Because you've already taken multiple steps to prep your skin, your skin welcomes the results of a face mask; way more than it would during sleep over, shoving popcorn down your mouth watching the Notebook for the second time in a night.

8. Eye cream

No one likes carrying bags around (unless they're designer of course). Eye cream is the only step that is focused on one localized area. In order to treat under eye issues you typically have to reach for a specific product. This is where eye cream shines, dark circles, puffy under eyes, eye bags, whichever it may be, you can select an eye serum that will effectively rid your issue.

9. Moisturizer

All right, lower your shoulders and relax your fists- we've come to the end of  the routine!

Moisturizer, we refer to as the tall cold drink of water, after cleanser, prepping, and repairing your skin, this step hydrates and lock those products in. Regardless of skin type we always recommend a light weight, non-greasy, moisturizer.

10. SPF

SPF is the last step and also the only one that occurs in the morning. We're sure you can hear your moms voice now "did you put on sunscreen??"- we finally get it. The suns harmful rays damage your skin cells, not only that but some of the new products in your routine can cause you skin to be somewhat sun sensitive. So sunscreen is paramount. We recommend something with 50 spf or higher. And be sure to reapply every 2 hours!

Now that you have The Beem Box rundown on Korean skin care, comment below if you're tempted to try it out, or better if you already do

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