Like South Koreans, we Singaporeans put our A-Game when it comes to our skincare. We are passionate about having a healthy and radiant skin. To achieve it, some people try a lot of beauty shortcuts. Some even follow the Korean skincare routine of their favourite KPop stars.
Now, your idols use a set of products which suit their needs. They also follow a routine that’s tailored for them. You can’t just copy that! You need a personalised skincare routine too!
Whether you are a beginner in KBeauty or you’re on the lookout for the most effective skincare regimen, this 10-step routine will work for you. We know how busy you are, so we crafted five easy steps you can do in the morning and five at night:
Your Early Morning Routine
STEP 1: Wash your face
Your skincare products won’t work their magic if you apply over a skin with bacteria buildup, sweat, and dirt. Washing your face also softens the skin, allowing it to absorb the products you’ll use later.
STEP 2: Use toner
Toners balance your skin’s pH and boost the skin’s ability to absorb products. As a result, you maximise the effects of all the skincare products you use.
STEP 3: Apply serum or essence
Both serums and essences have are concentrated with vitamins and active ingredients that target skin issues. Applied after the toner, your skin will absorb these easily and will deliver visible results faster than regular skin creams.
STEP 4: Spread a little eye cream
Most eye creams in the market have anti-ageing properties which prevent eye bags and slows down the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet.
STEP 5: Apply a moisturising sunblock
Do this to keep your skin hydrated and protected from the harmful rays of the sun. We recommend using moisturisers with SPF 15, 30, or 50.
Your Night-time Routine
After a long and tiring day, you need another skincare session to strip all the dirt and excess oil on your face. I know you’re tired so we made these steps a little chill. It’s so easy, it’s like you’re pampering yourself before you sleep.
STEP 1: Remove makeup
Oil cleansing helps remove all the waterproof makeup, excess oil, and dirt that accumulated on your face. It’s better than using harsh and ultra-drying facial cleansers.
STEP 2: Clean face with water-based cleanser
After oil cleansing, it is time to use a water-based cleanser.It will wash away the remaining dirt and oil residue from the cleansing oil.
Make it a habit to double cleanse at night. Double cleansing will make you feel fresh and clean, without feeling dry or super tight.
Tip: Exfoliate every two days, unless your dermatologist tells you otherwise. Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and will keep all possible acne breakouts at bay. Do it after you removed all your makeup.
STEP 3: Wear sheet mask
Using face masks hydrates and moisturises the skin. It also gives you a nightly dose of collagen. Wear it for at least 20 minutes and relax as your skin absorbs the nourishing ingredients of the mask.
STEP 4: Reapply your eye cream
Put on an eye cream to relax your eye area after you’ve wiped your eye area too hard because of the waterproof mascara and eyeliners. It will calm the skin around your eyes and will work its magic overnight.
STEP 5: Moisturize
Pat a little moisturiser on your face before you hit the sheets. If you keep your skin hydrated at night, you’ll wake up more relaxed and pampered.
Final #BeautyBFF advice
Everyone’s skin is different. Your skin will react differently to different products. The regular Korean skincare routine involves a whole lot of trial and error. For best results, consult your dermatologist. They can help you create a routine that’s good for your skin in general.