What’s your skincare routine like? How many steps do you go through in your routine before it’s finished? Three? Four? Believe it or not, the Koreans and Japanese are famous for their 9-step skincare routine. . But before you think “geez, these people sure are high maintenance, they don’t actually go through all 9 steps in the skincare routine twice a day on even on a daily basis. While their skincare routine is longer than their Western counterparts, it doesn’t actually take that long.
There’s a reason Korean and Japanese women’s skin look so good – they take the time to look after their skin. They’ve made it a priority in their lives. If this means that they have to wake up earlier to get their skincare routine on just right, they would. They address particularly concerns on different parts of their face instead of just slapping one serum on in hopes that it will do the trick for all of the problems on the skin. For example, they could have one serum just for their T-zone to target oiliness, one serum just for their cheeks and chin to target dryness and so on.
The thing is, this famous 9-step skincare routine needn’t just be for the Koreans and Japanese. We can do it too as long as we make taking care of our skin a priority. We just have to want it badly enough. While my skincare routine doesn’t come up to all these 10 steps, it’s at least 7 steps and the entire routine doesn’t take more than 10 minutes (excluding facial sheet mask). It really doesn’t take long at all. They also protect their skin from the Sun. With the Jersey shore and beach occupying much of a Jersey girls summer it is even MORE important to take great care of your skin!
Cleansing of the skin doesn’t just involve water and we’re done with it. The Koreans and Japanese use proper makeup removers to remove all of the eye and lip makeup. After that, it’s time for a creamy cleanser to break down all of the oil-based debris on the skin, e.g. makeup, sunscreen, pollution from the air and so on.
Double-cleansing is not only popular amongst the Koreans and Japanese but it's highly recommended by estheticians as well as this helps to remove all the dirt and impurities from the skin.
You can use a physical or chemical exfoliator during this step to get rid of the dead skin cells that have been accumulating on your skin. This improves the skin’s texture and brightens the complexion. This is not carried out on a daily basis but just 1-2 times a week should be enough.
Many Westerners tend to skip this step because they don't understand it. The use of hydrating toners and astringent are used to remove all residue left after cleansing and prepares the skin to easily absorb the serums and moisturisers to follow. It actually makes your other products work better.
Serums are used to target specific skin concerns. They can help to brighten skin, smooth fine lines, control hyper-pigmentation and more.
This is typically done 1-2 times a week In one of my other blog posts I give a great homemade recipe for an all skin type mask.
Your pores under your eye are much smaller than those on the rest of our face. An eye-cream is designed to be more readily absorbed than your facial moisturizer in this delicate area. Facial moisturizer used under the eyes also can cause puffiness, Having an eye cream is essential to your skin care regimen.
If this is your night-time routine, then the skincare steps end here. The moisturizer will be the thickest portion of the skincare routine to not only lock in your essences and serums, but to also keep your skin hydrated.
The best anti-aging skincare product of ’em all – the almighty sunscreen. This goes over the moisturizer and is worn during the day, regardless of cloudy days or staying indoors but sitting near a window.
I offer several different foundations and tinted moisturizers with SPF - if you have very fair skin you should put a separate sunscreen on before your makeup. Nothing ages and damages the skin faster than the sun.
Even though it sounds like a lot when you say 9 step skin care routine, when you break it down, it’s actually not excessive. Most of us probably already do at least 6-7 of these anyway. If not, try adding 1-2 more steps to your skincare routine and whatever you do, do not skimp on the sunscreen. It’s the most important step of all and the one that will have you looking younger longer!
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