Are you often confused about choosing your face creams? Clueless looking at the list of medically-termed ingredients at the back of your cleanser, toner, moisturizer, or sunscreen bottles? Well, it is pretty obvious, as we are not all skincare experts nor do we usually have the time to read through the ingredients found in products and their effects.
There goes a lot of study in mixing the right skincare formulation. The skincare industry, especially Korean skincare has a wide range of skincare products for their elaborate glass skin regimen.
Skincare has always been an essential part of our routine. It is gaining attention in this era where K-beauty has started winning over the skincare industry with its amazing skincare routines and attractive products.
Amidst all these studies and solutions, are you confused on which ones would suit you and the ones to avoid?
Choosing skincare products
There’s a sea of skincare products out there. But in this plethora of choices, have you found the products that suit your skin? Well, if not, then the following is to guide you on these lines to ensure you make good choices for your Korean glass skin routine.
Many face creams can add wonders to your skin and make it glow like never before. On the other hand, some others can have slight or adverse effects as well.
We tend to resort to blind recommendations of popular brands produce, celebs, influencers, or just follow the present social media trend. The best way is to pay attention to your face creams by understanding your skin condition and needs.
Where to start?
Well, let us begin with the basics. First and foremost, you have to identify your skin type. Is it one of the traditionally bifurcated – either oily or dry? Or is there some more to it? Do you have frequent acne and suffer breakouts? Do products usually feel harsh on your sensitive skin?
These are the answers that you should begin with. It is recommended to seek a dermatologist’s advice to know about your skin in detail.
Once you have your skin type figured out, your Korean skincare routine can be simpler from here.
What do you need for a Korean glass skin facial?
The Korean glass skin routine is a long process with almost 10 steps and a variety of products. Let us have a look at all the products that you need:
- Oil-based cleanser
- Water or foam-based cleanser
- Natural exfoliators
- Serums and ampoules
- Sheet masks
- Eye cream
- Moisturizing creams
- Sun protection creams
Now you know about all the types of products you must have to go on with your Korean glass skin routine. But do you know what to look for in these products to make them suit your skin?
Well, let us find out.
How to choose the best Glass skin products for your skin type?
We have solutions that skincare experts have figured for all skin types, conditions, and needs. Don’t worry, we won’t confuse you with all the undecipherable dermatological terms. Instead, we have simplified solutions that you can easily put to use.
Let us first focus on Skin Types:
If you have oily skin
Oily skin is one of the common skin types especially in regions with humid climates and during pubertal stages. Here, the focus of skincare is on finding products that target your skin sebum management.
Your natural skin oils are important because they retain moisture and prevent dryness. However, excess sebum can keep accumulating in pores and stretch them. The pore linings eventually thicken and clog not letting oils out on the skin. This results in oils trapped as blackheads, white bumps, acne, etc.
Look for these in products:
- Hyaluronic acid: encourages proper hydration. Using products that remove oil and leave the skin feeling dry is harsh and not a solution for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid is lightweight and thus, balances hydration keeping skin supple, neither too oily nor too dry.
- Glyceryl laurate: this is found in most face-cleansers and works by helping in the mixing of oil and water, ensuring washing away of excess oils from the skin in the cleansing steps.
Some ingredients like – benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids help manage sebum production and keep away acne. But on the other hand, these must be used with caution as they are not meant for sensitive skin. It may cause redness and peeling. Thus, it’s better to use in low concentrations and is advisable to carry out a patch test on the skin for the first-time user.
These are only some of the commonly chosen ingredients from the many.
It is also advisable to switch to soap-free products as they are gentle and do not lead to any harsh effects on acne-prone oily skin.
If you have dry skin
Choose products containing hydrates like Shea butter, oatmeal, honey, etc. These ingredients act as mild cleansers and nourishing agents that do not strip of natural oils. They constitute products that are gentle and do not leave your skin feeling tight and dry.
Keep away from perfumed products and harsh soap bars. They can aggravate dryness, resulting in flaky skin devoid of moisture.
Look for products with glycerin, which is a suitable hydrator for almost all skin types.
Hyaluronic acid is also suitable for most skin types.
- non-comedogenic products to keep pores unclogged
- non-alkaline products to maintain necessary acidity keeping bacteria and flakiness away
If you have sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is vulnerable to acne and irritation. It is essential to keep your products mild and lightweight to prevent discomfort.
Choose gentle products containing – Shea butter, oatmeal, green tea, and aloe Vera. Natural ingredients are soothing and rich in antioxidants that safeguard the skin.
Perfumed products can trigger sensitivity. Hence, go fragrance-free on sensitive skin to avoid any negative consequences like irritation, acne, or dryness.
On top of that, formulation with plentiful ingredients may increase the chances of uncomfortable skin reactions. That is why ‘Less is More’” when it comes to dealing with sensitive skin.
Choosing ingredients and products
Look for natural mild ingredients like bamboo water, birch tree water, and deep ocean water soothes and keeps the skin hydrated. Retaining the natural moisture while removing all impurities during cleansing.
For exfoliation, we recommend using peeling gels. They are very effective in getting rid of dead skin and dirt without having harsh microbeads that cause skin irritation. Peeling gels are milder than traditional exfoliators and do not make the skin feel scratchy.
AHA and BHA exfoliants are also commonly used but are usually carried out in clinics under a doctor’s prescription. It is necessary to look for expert supervision because high concentrations of these exfoliants may irritate the skin.
AHA exfoliants work to smoothen and resurface the skin. They reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and repair roughness by shedding dull and dead skin cells. AHA exfoliants can be commonly used on normal to dry skin.
On the other hand, BHA exfoliants generally suit sensitive and oily skin types. As oily skin exfoliators, they help to tackle clogged and enlarged pores, bumps, and blackheads. BHA formulas are naturally soothing and usually safe on sensitive skin.
Focus on getting alcohol-free toners. You can choose nutritional ingredients such as – rose water, aloe, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and C to moisturize, stabilize pH levels, and promote cell turnover.
Essences and serums
These are active ingredients with high-concentrated nourishments that must be chosen based on your specific skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, aging, wrinkles, etc.
Growth-factor induced products may help with anti-aging. On the other hand, ingredients like – Ginkgo Biloba leaf extracts help in managing the melanin content of the skin improving issues of pigmentation.
There is a variety of nourishing agents that you can choose according to your skin needs and sensitivity.
Extracts of lily, honey, and ginseng can be naturally effective in nourishing the delicate skin under the eyes to cure puffiness, dryness, and darkening of the skin.
Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides are the commonly chosen ingredients as help to seal moisture into the skin making it feel and look glowing and glassy.
Choosing masks depend on your skin condition. You can use enriching essences of:
- Rose – soften and improve skin elasticity
- Cucumber – to reduce skin puffiness and moisturize
- Aloe Vera – to soothe inflammation and reduce acne
- Green tea – to tackle redness, premature aging, and acne
- Honey – to achieve glowing skin
Why choose Dr. Dream?
With Dr. Dream, elaborate Korean skincare are nothing to scratch your head about. We’ve got you! Korean skincare focuses on various skin issues and bases its principles with proper research into skin types, conditions, sensitivity, coverage needs, etc.
With 100% Korean principles and medically backed solutions, we have everything for your skin type. At our store, you can shop based on your skin type and easily find a cream that matches.
Explore a variety of products while we help you with your at-home Korean glass skincare journey.