K-Beauty 101: Learn the skincare basics of Korean beauty

We’re celebrating all things K-beauty right now! Instead of covering up all blemishes, Korean beauty stresses on keeping your skin healthy so that the glow that we all seek—and not through a highlighter! K-beauty stresses on looking beautiful from the inside out, meaning the natural glow that your skin can achieve by keeping it healthy and moisturized.

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to go at least once a month for a facial to thoroughly cleanse and give your skin the hydrating and nourishing boost it needs. You’ll find that there are many affordable facials around that won’t break the bank using Korean beauty techniques we know and love.

If you find yourself tight on time or the budget, the k-beauty skincare and makeup regime can seem daunting. But we’re here to show you what are the key points of k-beauty and how you can adapt it for a busy Singaporean’s beauty routine.

Korean Beauty: Skincare

The truth is the 10-step routine is not an everyday thing. Korean people aren’t counting ‘steps’ either to achieve their dewy, blemish-free ‘glass’ skin. It’s more of understanding and doing what works best for your skin and focusing on 3 main things: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

Cleansing: The first and most essential step of K-beauty. The double cleanse. First, take off your makeup with an oil-based cleanser. Then cleanse again with a water based cleanser. Removing and breaking down your makeup is just one part, the second cleanser is to really ensure that all impurities and pollutants on your face are stripped away.

Exfoliating: Clean and clear skin is the basic foundation of good skin. Exfoliating is therefore another important step as it sloughs away all dead skin sitting on your face to reveal fresh new skin underneath it. There are many types of exfoliants out there on the market. Manual exfoliants include wash-off masks, cocoon silk balls for the fingers to massage the skin, konjac sponges and chemical exfoliants include products that contain chemicals such as AHA and BHA. Find out what your skin needs and make sure you don’t over-exfoliate!

Moisturizing: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Who knew a line meant to be made fun of in Zoolander could be so true? Moisturize and hydrate from the inside out! Start by drinking lots of water to flush out your toxins and cleanse your system. Know your skin type and choose the right moisturizers. If you have oily skin, use water or gel based moisturizers to avoid product sitting on your skin and clogging your pores. Use a night cream or sleeping mask to boost your skin’s regeneration and moisture barrier while you’re sleeping.