Aging gracefully is a goal most women aspire to achieve. With Korean skincare routines tooted left, right, and center, the aim isn’t to look younger so much as it is to have healthy and nourished skin. According to dermatologists, the key to a radiant glow is daily care with “smart prevention.”
With the plethora of skincare products available in the market claiming to treat crow’s feet, fine lines, dark under eyes, and dull skin, it can get a bit overwhelming. Deciding which product is worth investing in which will suit your skin type and not give you acne or clogged pores feels like a gamble. Also, most people don’t know when to start investing in anti-aging skincare. Read on ahead to find the right age, the right products, and the routine which will work best for you.
Invest In Anti-Aging Skincare in Your 20s
Yes, you read that right! Dermatologists agree that the right age to invest in anti-aging skin care products is your mid-20s. At that time, our skin starts to lose collagen. Using anti-aging products before the first signs of wrinkles and fine lines can delay the aging process. Taking prevention steps early, possibly in your mid-20s, can benefit you in the long run.
What’s Premature Ageing?
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Although it can vary among individuals, signs of aging start to appear on your skin in your mid to late 20s- Laugh lines, fine lines on the nose, and forehead. Some might even have age spots, uneven skin tone, or texture. Premature aging is also accompanied by increased sensitivity, dullness, and loss of elasticity.
What Is Korean Skincare?
Korean skincare focuses on healthy, nourished skin with an emphasis on prevention and protection. Prevention is always a better way as once damage is done, it’s a little hard to recover skin to its original healthy self. Korean beauty products have been all the buzz due to their innovative and exotic ingredients. Likewise, the Korean skincare routine has changed how people view a typical skincare routine.
The Korean Skincare routine isn’t all talk. The steps involved in it nourish the skin and show effective results. A Korean skincare routine may have 12, 10, or even just five steps. But the number of steps should not deter you as it’s tailored according to your skin’s needs. Everyone’s routine is different and is focused on improving skin quality and health.
Nonetheless, what makes the Korean skincare routine stand out is the “Traditional Double Cleanse.” A general routine consists of 10 steps but, you can adjust these according to your skin’s requirements.
A traditional 10-step Korean skincare routine has the following:
An Oil-Based Cleanser
Oil-based cleansers are best for removing makeup and impurities at the end of a long day. These cleansers are gentle as they don’t remove the body’s natural healthy oils from the skin.
A Water-Based Cleanser
The generic cleanser most people know about is the water-based cleanser. It is either a bar or a foaming liquid that helps remove the remaining impurities from the skin such as, sweat and grime.
Exfoliation is crucial in any skincare routine. It includes products like scrubs, pads, and peels. These products aid in the removal of dead skin cells and buildup. It should be done once or twice a week but can be adjusted according to preference.
Toners restore and balance the skin’s pH. They also help to bring moisture back into the skin. Toners shouldn’t be taken for granted; most people tend to skip them. A toner sets the tone (pun intended) for your aging skin, and daily use leads to tightness of the skin. Dr. Dream® Advanced Facial Treatment Toner is perfect for restoring the balance of your skin. It makes your skin soft, smooth and adds moisture to it. It’s potent the ‘Dream Nanogen Wrinkle Grinding Complex’ exclusive to Dr. Dream Inc. primes skins, improves its permeability, and aids in the absorption of active ingredients. It also gives you a radiant, fresh, and healthy glow.
This step is solely unique to Korean skincare routines – essences are formulated with “fermented” ingredients that protect and hydrate the skin. It is somewhat of a cross between a toner and a serum.
Serums are added, according to what ails your skin the most. In other words, they are focused on relieving a specific problem. Serums contain highly potent ingredients and battle skin issues like acne and wrinkles. Dr. Dream® Advanced Facial Treatment Serum is a gel-like serum that will give you radiant, luscious, and youthful skin. Its patent ingredient (Dream Nanogen Wrinkle Grinding Complex) effectively promotes the production of collagen, restores skin elasticity, suppleness, and softness. The Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant enzyme found in our skin, restores the skin’s protective barrier fights harmful free radicals.
Sheet masks are a Korean skincare routine staple. A sheet mask contains a sheet of serum-soaked paper that is placed on your face for 15-20 minutes. It isn’t a necessary everyday step – make it a once every week ritual.
Moisturizing is an essential step in all skincare regimens, Korean or otherwise. A moisturizer helps seal in moisture and ensures that everything else soaks into the skin. Moisturizer should be a staple whether you have dry, dehydrated skin, or oily. Want to know the best Korean moisturizer for dry skin? You won’t be disappointed by Dr. Dream® Cold Plazma Whitening Cream. The two powerhouse ingredients Plazma and Multi Growth Factor (MGF) not only fight signs of aging they also brighten and illuminate the skin, giving it a youthful and healthy glow. Plazma is a base ingredient derived from a 2-step “ferment filtering technology.” It restores the pH balance, improves skin elasticity, and eliminates dull skin, and might we add, give you that much-coveted “glass skin.”
The MCF, on the other hand, stimulates the production of collagen, softens the skin, and restores moisture. It also stimulates peroxide Dismutase (SOD) production, which helps restore the skin’s protective functions and combat the skin aging process.
Eye creams, gels, and oils are all made to target the delicate and sensitive skin around our eyes. It helps reduce and eliminate puffiness, dark under-eye circles, and fine lines like crow’s feet.
For a morning skincare routine, this is a must. Never forget your SPF! If you don’t like the whiteness that some SPFs bring, you can use a moisturizer or foundation with SPF technology.
All these potent creams and serums help fight signs of aging from an early age while also nourishing your skin. Another thing you should bear in mind is how you layer these skincare products. That plays an essential role in producing an effective result. To summarize, after cleansing, your layering should be an exfoliator, toner, serum (or any treatment product), and then sunscreen/eye creams.