Slap Your Face
From plumper looking skin, smaller pores and reduced appearance of wrinkles, to and better blood circulation—face-slapping can help you in many ways. By activating the muscles in the region and boosting blood flow, this k-beauty therapy gives you supple skin as it stimulates the production of collagen.
Additionally, it helps improve your skin’s quality and makes it more radiant. Moreover, this additional step after cleansing helps your skin absorb creams, serums and face oils much more effectively. A good face pummelling is highly endorsed by the K-beauty world.
It may create a little more work during your daily skincare routine, but remember: Proper application is just as much part of the K-beauty routine as products—and while tedious, the K-beauty way is nothing if not instantly gratifying.
Read more about the slap / tap technique here!
Pimple Patch Up
When a pimple inevitably arises, instead of blasting the damaged area with a harsh acid, k-beauty focuses on prevention and protection.
Small, round hydrocolloid pimple patches help heal acne without drying it out while protecting your skin that needs a little downtime. The stickers also keep you from picking at or popping your pimples (super important for those wandering fingers during your fave series…).
Pimple patches also work because they pull out pus, gunk, and debris that could cause further infection, and because they create a moist environment that is ideal for the healing process.
They may not always completely eliminate the zit overnight, but they help speed up the acne healing process by eliminating bacteria and soothing redness, leaving the pimple flatter and less inflamed.
Read more on this secret k-beauty weapon here!
The Ten Second Rule K-Beauty Rule
Have you heard of this k-beauty rule? It might make you think of dropping a chip on the floor! But no, this rule is about how quickly you apply your products.
After you take a hot shower, apply your toner within 10 seconds. This sweet spot is when your pores are most receptive and can absorb the products best.
The longer you wait, the more dehydrated your skin becomes. So the faster you can lock in that moisture and keep your skin protected, the better. Maybe you recognise that tight feeling when you leave too much time between the warm shower and applying moisturiser? That’s what we’re trying to avoid.
You can keep a toner in the shower with you or within hand’s reach. It’s especially useful to have a spray toner.
Cleansing seems pretty straightforward, but the truth is that your cleanser alone might not be enough to remove all the gunk sitting on your face, especially if you wear any makeup.
The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth or exfoliate and treat acne.
A telling sign (which we’ve all experienced, let’s be honest) is if you notice foundation or leftover make-up on a toner pad or your towel you use to wipe / pat your face afterwards. To ensure your face is truly clean, practice a double cleanse—which involves an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, followed by a standard water-based cleanser to deeply cleanse the skin.
Read in-depth details here!
Warm Up K-Beauty Products First
n order to do a more effective job of cleansing, it’s really best to activate the cleanser with your hands by rubbing the gel cleanser with your palms. This way, the foam is created and you’ll find that your cleanser does a better job of getting rid of the dirt and impurities, without adding wear and tear, tugging and pulling to your delicate facial skin.
Maybe you, like me, were used to activating cleansers directly on your face. Doing it this way you may find that you often need to use more than is required.
And if you’re using an oil cleanser or cream cleanser, you can also do the same but in this case, you’re using your palms to fully emulsify the oil and spread out the cream so that it makes cleansing easier.
Same goes for face serums and creams. Scoop a pea size amount onto my palm and then using the fingers of the other hand to pat the cream – the action is similar to clapping if you need a visual. I find that doing this is more effective then using the dotting method because I end up using lesser of the face cream plus when I warm up the cream, the consistency thins out and makes spreading on the face much easier and definitely aids penetration too.
Spritz K-Beauty Serums On The Go
Most of us have been taught to moisturize our skin twice—once in the A.M. and again before bed—and call it a day. But what if our skin needs more than that? That’s the school of thought in Korea, where practicing good skin care is practically a national sport.
Instead of relegating moisturizer to morning and night, Korean women are all about 24/7 hydration. Sounds intense, right? This is where face mists come in.
Have you ever tried one? If you have and it feels like water on your face, you’re obviously not using a K-Beauty one!
K-beauty face mists are packed with hydrating, soothing and calming ingredients. They’re designed to be spritzed on your face at the first stage of your skincare routine after cleansing or after you’ve set your makeup. You can even use them as a pick-me-up throughout the day.
Incorporate one into your daily routine / work commute and see the difference it can have on your end-of-the-face-day.
Wear Sunscreen All The Time
A few minutes in the sun provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, but our skin is often exposed to several hours of UV rays. Sunscreen helps protect against photoageing, cellular DNA damage and hyperpigmentation, so you should wear sunscreen every day as part of your skincare routine.
Years of sun damage can result in you looking much older then you really are, but if you wear sunscreen every day you can prevent signs of visible damage appearing later on in life for every skin type.
In the absence of daylight, there aren’t many UV rays being hurled your way, which is why you can skip the sunscreen when you go out at night. But even in winter, when the days are short and the sun often hides behind the clouds, UV rays are still beaming down ready to hit your skin.
Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. If you work indoors and sit away from windows, you may not need a second application. Be mindful of how often you step outside, though. Keep a spare bottle of sunscreen at your desk just to be safe.
Try some of these sun-no-no formulations for the best, 0-white cast and hydrating results!