I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products, but I tend to do my fair share of research before making any purchases. Like most ladies, I’ve been burned in the past (figuratively and quite¬†literally) by “must-have” products that didn’t work the way they promised.
That being said, I’ve grown increasingly curious about the¬†Korean beauty trends¬†everyone’s been buzzing about¬†as of late, so¬†I decided to do my homework on¬†what makes these products special and if they’re really worth the hype.
Curious about Korean beauty¬†rituals like I am? Here’s an overview of the culture’s most popular skincare products and application techniques.
1. Cleanse your skin twice.
We all know that a good cleanser is one of the¬†keys to great skin, but Korean beauties take things one step further by practicing double cleansing.
Here’s how it works: You start by using an oil cleanser on your skin, which removes makeup, pollutants, and pore-clogging sebum. Then, you follow that up with a foaming cleanser to get rid of any residuals like dirt and sweat.
Just washing your face once oftentimes isn’t good enough to get your skin squeaky clean (and how effective can you really be on a Monday night at 11 pm, anyways?) Doubling up on your cleanser means¬†clearer, cleaner skin.
- Verdict: I’m blind as a bat, so the double-cleansing method could¬†probably help me out when it comes to missed spots. I’m game.
2. Bubble over.
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a few videos featuring¬†bubble masks (and do they look fun or what?!)
Carbonated treatments originated in Japan and quickly gained popularity in Korea, with the idea being that bubbles of carbon dioxide deep-clean pores and oxygenate skin tissue while exfoliating dead skin cells.
Many Korean gals wash their faces with carbonated water for these reasons, as well. Sparkling water is generally considered too harsh for sensitive skin, but this DIY formula is a gentler alternative:
- Blend a 1:1 ratio of regular water and 100% sparkling mineral water.
- Cleanse with the mixture. (If you have sensitive, irritable skin, make sure to mix in a little more regular water to reduce the bubbly effect.)
- Verdict: I’m such a sucker when it comes¬†to face masks, so count me in. (But I’m on the fence about the carbonated water… it seems like a bit of a stretch.)
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3. Hit the sheets.
Back in the old days, we used peel-off cucumber masks to get ready for a big day. Now, sheet masks are the go-to treatment.
These creepy-looking cloths with eye and mouth cutouts can offer all kinds of targeted solutions for common skincare issues.
Sure, you’ll look like Jason Voorhees for a hot minute and terrify your significant other, but you’ll emerge with a nice glow.
- Verdict: Heck yes.
4. Layer your toners.
When it comes to Korean skincare trends, the “7-skin method” may just top them all (pun intended.)
Korean beauty gurus love their toners (they even refer to¬†toner as “skin”), and they believe that layering these water-based products helps dehydrated skin restore and maintain optimal¬†moisture levels.
To try this method for yourself, soak a cotton pad with toner and apply the product all over your skin. Follow this by layering six different toners on top (applied individually in dime-sized amounts). Press¬†each additional toner¬†into the skin rather than using cotton pads.
- Verdict: Seven different toners? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
5. Try essences.
If you’re curious and/or confused about the ever-so-popular Korean essences that have taken the beauty industry by storm, you’re not alone.
In fact, they’re difficult to even define, which is why they’ve earned their own specific skincare category. These Korean beauty elixirs aren’t toners, and they’re not serums… but they’re somewhere in between the two.
Essences are applied by pressing the product into the skin after¬†cleansing and toning, and they deliver moisture-enhancing ingredients to help with hydration.
- Verdict: For a good price, why not?
6. Get your beauty sleep.
Korean “sleeping packs” are all the rage right now, and for good reason. These beauty treatments are basically overnight masks that deliver a steady surge of¬†hydration to your skin while your sleep.
If dry skin is a problem for you — or if you just need to look extra glow-y for a special event — sleeping packs are a great (and affordable) solution.
- Verdict: A beauty product that works while you sleep sounds easy enough, so I’m in.