Are you confused about how and where to start your Korean skincare journey? Are the hundreds of thousands of K-beauty skincare tips and hacks on the internet adding to that confusion? I totally get it! Every day we are bombarded with new products and new brands each claiming to provide amazing results. We are living in a world where we expect instant gratification, want products that work instantly or overnight.
The reality is, nothing is instant when it comes to our health and skin. Just like the way you need to feed your body with a variety of healthy food to maintain a healthy body, so does our skin!
The reason why Korean women look young even up to their 40’s and 50’s is because of their mindset -that skincare is a selfcare game. It is a ritual, a time where you take time to care for your skin regularly, religiously and consistently. If you practice the same mindset, you are sure to have youthful, healthy skin up to your 50’s.
These days, skincare tips and hacks are literally everywhere you turn. Don’t fall for these trends, but instead choose to knowing your skin and understanding what best works for you! This will save you a lot of time and money. That is why at Beauty Barn, we always strive to guide you every step of your skin care journey to make sure you are well-armed on the best and most effective skincare knowledge.
Here are my top 5 K-Beauty skincare tips
1. pH of our skin
It is important to maintain a neutral and balanced pH level to prevent disrupting the skin’s barrier. pH 4.5-5.5 is the safe zone, it protects moisture barrier, prevents skin from drying out, irritation, inflammation and bacteria growth.
Check out some of the best pH balanced K-beauty Products:
Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser
Heimish pH 5.5 All Green Foam
Acwell Licorice pH balancing Essence Mist
2. Hydration and why it’s the cornerstone to good skin
In K-beauty, hydration is one of the most important things in skincare. When our skin is well hydrated on all layers of the skin, it balances oil-water levels that prevent excess sebum production, boost effectiveness of treatment products and prevent transepidermal water loss or in short, skin dehydration. A hydrated skin also is the best solution to prevent premature signs of ageing.
These K-beauty essentials are known for being uber-hydrating!
Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
Cosrx Hydrium Watery Toner
I’m from Fig Boosting Essence
3. Feed your skin antioxidants
Antioxidants work wondrous to keep your skin safe from premature signs of ageing, it fights off free radicals that damage the skin’s barrier causing fine lines, sun spots and drying the skin. Antioxidants are also a great help in boosting skin regeneration and wound healing to keep your skin glowing and youthful looking. Check out these effective K-beauty products with Antioxidants:
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream
I’m from Rice Serum
4. Moisturizer for every skin type
Moisturizers seal in all the goodness from your previous steps and protect your skin barrier to prevent skin troubles whether you have dry skin or oily skin, there is a moisturizer for every skin type. If you have oily skin, opt for gel based, lotion like, emulsion or milky texture products that hydrates and moisturize without clogging your pores.
For normal skin, it is best to choose according to the needs of your skin that changes with season. Combination skin types can go for gel-cream and light creamy moisturizers to balance out all sides, and there are special 2in1 moisturizers with both gel and cream base. For dry skin, opt for a creamier and balm like texture that has more occlusives. Check out these must-have K-beauty Moisturizers
Cosrx Oil Free Moisturizing Lotion
I’m from Rice Cream
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream
5. SPF every day
Sunscreen, sunscreen and sunscreen. They protect the overall skin from harmful UV rays that cause premature ageing, increase melanin production which is the main cause of hyperpigmentation and melasma, it prevents sunburn and drying the skin that causes flakiness, and sunscreens are great help in minimizing the appearance of enlarged/open pores. If you use retinol, vitamin c or exfoliates the night before, sunscreens will protect and prevent irritating the fresh layer of skin. These K-beauty sunscreens are totally it!
Axis-Y Complete No-Stress Physical Sunscreen
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun gel
Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
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