Secret Steps to Korean Skin Revealed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Who’s a big Korean fan here raise your hand! Even if not all of us are into the music, boy or girl bands Korea has well established itself even in the beauty world. Admit it we all have been dying or even wondering how does the Korean girls look so beautiful with their glowing, fair, flawless and healthy skin? Well, I am here to share with you that “secret”. Last month a few Butterflies and I had the opportunity to learn more about the tips & tricks as well as the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Regime in achieving a healthy skin. That’s right, 10 Steps! Beauty does take a lot of effort! Even I can barely keep up with the basic 3 step regime haha.

The talk took place at MUSE by Watson with live demonstration and detailed explanations of the skin care regime. The featured products during this demonstration are CLIV (which is pronounced C L 4, I thought it was pronounce cliv!) and Cremorlab, two of the top skincare brands in Korea.

Photo courtesy of MUSE

Photo courtesy of MUSE
So, would you like to know the “secret” to a Korean skin? Let’s go ahead and dive right in shall we?

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Step 1: The Pre-Cleanse; Remove your makeup.

This is the first part of the famous “double cleansing” method that the Koreans love to do. First remove your makeup with a gentle makeup remover or the eyes and lips, followed by a cleansing oil for the face. It is recommended to use a nutrient-rich cotton wipe, which is gentle on the skin. Next, use a deep cleansing oil to draw out impurities within the pores.

Recommended products:

CLIV Mediskin Cleansing Lotion, 250 ml, rm 90
CLIV Cleansing Oil, 250 ml, RM 90

Step 2: The Cleanse.

The second part of the “double cleansing” method, use a mild cream or foaming cleanser depending on your skin type. This is to further remove any excess traces of makeup or dirt on the surface of the skin. Korean women will usually massage the face gently to increase circulation, which brings out a brighter complexion.

Recommended products:

Cremorelab Foaming Cleanser, 145 ml, RM 59
Ibling Sonic Pore Face Cleanser set, RM 199

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Step 3: The Exfoliator.

Exfoliate with a facial scrub once a week to remove dead skin cells. Gently focus on trouble areas like visible pores and blackheads on the nose.

Recommended products:

DHC Facial Scrub, 100 g, RM 69.90
Cremorelab O2 Bubble Energizing Mask, 100 ml, RM 99

Step 4: The Refresher.

Use a toner to balance and restore your skin’s pH to allow better penetration for the next step (Essence). Toning also helps in tightening your pores.

Recommended products:

Cremorlab Essence Tonic, 250 ml, RM 69

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Step 5: The Essence.

The essence is often regarded as the most important step of the Korean skincare regimen. Essence is a nourishing liquid concentrate that enhances the skin’s cellular renewal process, leading to an increase in elasticity and firmness, as well as a brighter complexion. Aplly to Acotton pad and tap product into the skin.

Recommended products:

Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence, 270 ml, RM 129

Step 6: The Ampoule.

Ampoules contain concentrated active ingredients with smaller molecules for a deeper penetration to target specific skin concerns. It works wonders like a treatment to combat skin problems such as signs of ageing, pigmentation, excessive oil production and many more with a faster and more effective results when used together with a complete regime.

Recommended products:

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule, 30 ml, RM 200
CLIV Revitalizing C 12PL Corrector Ampoule, 30 ml, RM 200

Step 7: The Sheet Mask.

Use a sheet mask twice a week on top of your skincare ritual, or more if your skin is very dry. The sheet masks are soaked in nutritious ingredients, which are then absorbed into your skin. The secret to sheet mask? They help your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture intensively before the product has a chance to evaporate.

Recommended products:

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule Mask, 35 g, RM 33
CLIV Seaweed Mediclear Ampoule Mask, 35 g, RM 33
CLIV Revitalizing C 12PL Ampoule Mask, 35 g, RM 33
CLIV Collegen Resurgene Ampoule Mask, 35 g, RM 33

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Step 8: The Eye Cream.

The skin around the eyes are very thin and fragile as compared to our facial skin, hence it requires extra gentle care. It is more prone to lines, wrinkles and dehydration. So, it is essential to pamper the area around the eyes. Gently tap the product around the entire eye to keep the area moisturized to shy away fine lines.

Recommended products:

Cremorelab Wrinkle Off Eye cream, 15 ml, RM 89

Step 9: The Moisturizer.

Replenish your skin’s hydration and lock it in with a lightweight emulsion. Use your fingertips to lightly massage the product into your face and neck to promote healthy blood circulation.

Recommended products:

Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel, 100 ml, RM 119
CLIV Mediclear Cream, 70 g, RM 180

Step 10: The Night Cream, Sleeping Mask or Sunblock.

For the final step, apply a night cream to help lock the goodness of the serums or ampoules while adding moisture and firming effect. Another option is to use a sleeping pack which is a jelly-like texture packed with a moisture and many nourishing benefits, leaving the skin velvety soft and well-hydrated from the inside out.

During the day, you can replace this step with a sunblock to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

Recommended products:

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture, 45 ml, RM 129
CLIV Active Resurgence Wine Capsule Gel, 50 ml, RM 100
AM+PM 10 Peptide Firming Night Gelly, 118 ml, RM 69

There you go! The 10 Step Korean Skincare Regime. The secret is out. The only question is, can we do it? Looking back at the steps, on a daily basis we will only use 7-8 steps day and night. Exfoliate and using sheet masks are done at least once a week and the pre-cleanse is only during nighttime. If you do want a Korean glowing skin these are the steps to take. Personally, apply skincare is like a daily therapy, it works best if you are taking your time and relaxed. MUSE gave a trial set of Cremorlab to try and my skin loves is so much that I came back and purchased the full sizes! Consider it as a birthday treat for myself :)

Photo courtesy of MUSE
Photo courtesy of MUSE
Photo courtesy of MUSE
Photo courtesy of MUSE
I hope these steps have helped you in understanding how to better take care of your skin. If 10 steps are too much for you, try 4 or 5 steps first and once you get the hang of it, you can start adding more steps if required. You can also go to MUSE by Watson for a free skin analysis to know your type and what it needs.

So, can you take on the challenge of the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Regime? What do you think of it? Let me know on the comments below!

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