South Korean Beauty is the gift that keeps on giving. Ranging from sheet masks, BB cream to a full on 12 step skincare routine. With their dewy plump skin it’s no wonder that we keep chasing Korean trends. Now however, they’re cutting back on all the amazing products they’ve given us.
Introducing the Korean Skincare Diet, which consists of just 3 steps. Going down to the basics is not only a whole lot cheaper, but better for your skin too. And we can all agree that sleeping a tad bit longer trumps the 10 extra steps you needed to take before.
Get rid of those extra pounds(of product)
So why are we suddenly going from 12 to 3 steps? The reason actually partly lies with the extensive routine. People have been piling on so many different products that they’ve developed redness, sensitivity, and contact dermatitis. Using less products will eventually restore a more balanced skin.
Also, the downside of combining so many products while not being trained in skincare poses a problem as well. Neil Sadick, a New York City-based dermatologist, says “We do see a number of patients that build peculiar skin-care combinations and end up with flared, irritated skin.” He gives the example of layering a retinol moisturiser with products containing potent antioxidants, such as vitamin C and salicylic acid, is a “recipe for irritated, red skin.”
Most importantly with summer coming up, we don’t want to walk around with an oil slick where our face should be.
Step 1: Face Wash
Naturally, any good skincare routine should start of with some proper cleansing. To help out that irritated skin opt for something gentle with a low pH. If you wear a lot of makeup, combine your cleansing ritual with an oil cleaner in the beginning.
Step 2: Moisturiser
Seal up that skin with a good moisturiser. Proper hydration is key in Korean skincare, and especially crucial in the Skin-Care Diet. A hydrated skin is the basis of a dewy, radiant and poreless skin, as skin cells need water to properly regenerate. So, drink water and moisturise.
Look for something that’s rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and E, and contains hyaluronic acid. Especially the latter as it seals in moisture and protect the skin’s outer layer from external damage.
Step 3: Sunscreen
Lastly, but definitely not least is sunscreen. You’re probably tired of hearing this, but wearing sunscreen is a must. Preventing sun damage is much easier than combatting it with dozen serums and essences.
If a less irritated skin is not enough to convince you, try thinking about the extra sleep. Another HUGE plus in switching from 12 to 2 products? Expenses. Your wallet will thank you.
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