How I fell in love with K-Beauty

Monday, 28 August 2017

k beauty craze

Are you on a quest for healthy and hydrated skin? 

Call of the search ladies: Korea has you covered. 

So sit back, relax and pour yourself a matcha green tea whilst I give you the 411 on how I became obsessed with the Korean beauty craze. 

How I became hooked

After spending just 3 weeks travelling South East Asia and 4 ahead of me, my skin had become dry and dehydrated. I was interested in discovering how Asian ladies keep their skin looking so smooth and moisturised. Their secret? a huge influence from their friends across the pond...Korea!

As I was a complete novice to the whole regime, I opted for a sheet mask to begin with. From the first time after using the mask I was hooked! Not only did I see instant hydration but after 3/4 uses, my eyes looked brighter and skin clearer.

What is K-beauty?

It's been about a month now since I lost my Korean beauty virginity but theres still so much to learn.

First of all you can say farewell to your habitual trio of cleanse, tone and moisturise because K- beauty claims that a 10-step-routine is vital to achieve perfect blemish-free skin.

You’ll never find a Korean woman sleeping in her makeup, or complaining when she remembers she has to endure the 10-step process AGAIN. She will go to great lengths to protect and nurture her skin as a healthy, glowing complexion is a sign of true beauty. 

The ritual involves makeup removal, double cleansing, using sheet masks, exfoliators, essences, serums and moisturisers and not forgetting to end with a high factor SPF.  Each step has a specific purpose whether it’s to prepare, replenish, treat, hydrate or protect.

Double cleansing

The dual-cleanse stage is essential to ensure all oil and water based impurities are removed from the face using no harsh tools in the process. The trick is to cleanse gently and massage softly which helps to improve circulation and promote relaxation.

Essences AND serums

K-beauty advises to use both an essence and a serum in your routine. But what’s the difference? An essence will penetrate its active ingredients deep into your skin straight after cleansing and provide an immediate hydrated feel; whereas a serum, usually thicker in consistency, will address specific issues such as brightening, dark spots, wrinkles etc.

Sheet masks

Another important step is to use a sheet mask. The craze began in Korea and is taking the world by storm with big name brands now jumping in on the action too. Using a sheet mask, soaked in vital ingredients, a few times a week can brighten and intensely hydrate even the driest of skin types.

Pore packs

Raise your hand if you’re one of those gals who secretly loves to remove black and whiteheads from the nasal area. Don’t worry you’re not alone. I too can’t go a week without staring at a gunk-filled strip feeling quite disgustingly-satisfied and fresh. Pore packs are a big hit in K-beauty and a stable step in the routine.

Sleeping packs

Get your beauty sleep literally and add a sleeping pack to your routine. You apply them like a gel or cream and they soak into the face overnight. They’re gentle enough yet provide deep, instant hydration to the dry areas of the skin and nourish it from the inside while you sleep.

Cushion compacts

In Korea, skincare is the number one priority even when it comes to applying makeup.  Cushion compacts are like a BB cream in a compressed form that hydrates skin whilst encouraging a luminous glow. Koreans love this little compact as they’re usually formulated with sunscreen, so you can top up your makeup during the day and stay protected from the sun too. This Clinique cushion compact ticks all the boxes.

Snail mucus?!

Koreans love to slather their faces with snail mucus. Yes you heard that right… snail slime, from actual ‘hang around your garden’ snails! Stick with me on this one, because you’ll love the results. It’s packed with nutrients that have proven to be beneficial for the skin. It also encourages the formation of collagen and elastin in the skin which promotes anti-ageing too. Yes please!

The Korean skincare market is growing and with already thousands of beauty brands out there, you may feel a little overwhelmed. But as most Koreans aren’t brand loyal, the skincare companies are constantly releasing new products to try and win them over. A good place to start is to check out Cult Beauty’s edit of what’s hot right now!

Have you been hooked by the latest skincare craze, K-beauty?

Love Luce x

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