Asian brands have been developing skin care that provides solutions to almost any skin condition. These skin care products have been proven to have positive and effective results for many Asian women. Asian skin is more acne-prone, sensitive, and can develop scarring easily. These traits helped fuel researchers to develop certain types of skincare solutions that address these concerns that are decades ahead of its western competition.
Keep reading as we discuss below the 10 skincare steps that women and even men have been using to keep their skin healthy, smooth, and young-looking.
Step 1: Use an oil-based cleanser
The first step to double cleansing! Yes, double cleansing. Just like in middle school when we saw that water and oil don’t mix, that same applies to your skin. While most start with a water based cleanser or even just soap and water, an oil based cleanser is the quintessential first step in the popularized Korean 10 step routine. Why? Because many foundations and sunscreens contain oil that isn't so easily removed from your face with a water based cleanser. Using an oil-based cleanser can remove makeup and dirt easily. It acts like a magic eraser that quickly removes all impurities while hydrating and softens the skin.
Step 2: Round off your double cleanse to truly clean your skin
Now, we’re on to the step most are familiar with. We grew up knowing to wash our face and while some still wash with just soap and water, others may have graduated to a facial cleanser. This step, a water based cleanser, is what many purchase on their first trip to CVS for products to help with your skin. While this may be many firsts cleansers to buy, it’s actually the second product to use in your routine. A double cleanse can give a more thorough cleanse and can also revitalize dull skin. It also allows the other skin care products to penetrate more effectively.
In K-beauty makeup applications, all cosmetologists start with preparing the face for a clean canvas. Not just applying products directly on to your face. This final cleanse step will help wash away any dirt or residual product on your face so that your clean canvas stage is set to actually start prepping your skin for some skincare love.
Step 3: Exfoliate your skin
The importance of exfoliating your skin is it helps remove dead skin cells and other environmental debris from your pores. This will help improve the overall texture and tone for brighter and firmer skin.
While some exfoliators are gentle enough for daily use, we often recommend that you exfoliate only a couple of times per week and gently focus your attention on problematic areas like your nose or cheeks where your pores are most visible.
Step 4: Toner application
Toner provides the first layer of hydration and soothing effects while stripping any dirt left from cleansing your face.
If you suffer from dry skin, we recommend that you opt-in for toners that help hydrate while combination or normal skin individuals may use any type of toner as long as it's alcohol free. For those with sensitive skin, go for a milder, gentle formulated toner. We are currently crushing on the amazing natural benefits of rose water. It’s the gentle giant in the toner space. Even Cleopatra swore by it!
Recommended product for most skin types: G9SKIN’s White in Milk Toner
Recommended product for those with dry, sensitive, or acne prone skin: iUNIK’s rose toner
Step 5: Essence - Flood your skin with hydration
Applying essence is one of the important steps in your beauty routine. Essences provide hydration to the skin and at the same time maximize your skin's ability to absorb all the skincare products from the previous steps.
Step 6: Use Serum or Ampoule
Now that your skin is clear, it's time to apply the ampoule or serum to take care of specific skin problems. Remember that serums contain concentrated active ingredients while ampoules are considered to have a more concentrated version of a serum.
Step 7: Oh sheet! Don’t forget the importance of a sheet mask
Sheet masks are soaked in essence and are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals. The sheet mask can be used daily or a few times a week depending on the type of mask your skin needs. Hydrating masks are recommended to be used daily for a dose of moisture while clarifying masks should only be used once or twice a week as they can be drying if used regularly.
While many tend to use a sheet mask only once or twice a week, we say, ‘ain’t no part like a sheet mask party’ and love to mask and binge Kdramas with our besties. It’s like nourishing your face and your friendship together. Because those who sheet mask together stay together.
Recommended product: Esfolio’s Gold Essence Mask
Step 8: Nourish your most sensitive and thinnest layer of skin, around your eyes
Eye creams can help improve fine lines and dark circles in the eye area. It’s important to note that your under eye skin is very sensitive. We recommend patting the product on with your ring fingers (the weakest finger) so that you can apply the cream or gel as gently as you can.
Recommended product: Elizavecca Gold CF Nest White Bomb Eye Cream
Step 9: Moisturize! Moisturize!
Lock in all the previously applied products with moisturizer. There are different types of moisturizer for every skin type. Moisturizing everyday helps reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness.
Recommended product: Iunik’s Beta-Glucan Daily Moisture Cream
Step 10: Last but not the least, don't forget to apply sunscreen
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays that damage your skin. Choose among these three formulations: Mineral sunscreen, chemical sunscreens, and hybrid sunscreens. Mineral sunscreen is perfect for those with oily skin to avoid clogging the pores and is often reef safe!
Every person's skin has different reactions to using a lot of products, though the 10 step routine may offer great results, it may not be for everyone. There are a lot of factors to consider like skin type, budget, and time. If you are just starting to practice these steps, we recommend just covering the basics and slowly building from there.
Asian Beauty Essentials is a good place to start shopping for products that you need. The site carries a wide selection of Asian brands and has a blog section that you can explore for more tips and information on how you can take care of your skin - the Asian way!