One fairly humiliating thing I learned only on in the kbeauty game was that not only was I washing my face completely wrong, but I was regularly using products that were damaging it. And there I was, lollygagging along, wondering why no matter how much moisturizer I slapped on my face I had dry patches everywhere.
The thing is (and I’ll go into this in detail in a later post), we have NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE PUTTING ON OUR FACES. We have no time for that. We read a sign that says “Eternal Youth” and we buy the product based on that slogan and a picture of a heavily Photoshopped model promoting it that we’ll never look like. Same with food: If it looks good to us, we eat it.
So it could be as simple as “Read the ingredients,” but you won’t know a lot of the words and not all of you may want to start training to become non-licensed estheticians just because you’re really enjoying learning about the science of skincare. Some of ya’ll just want your skin to look good right NOW, and I get that, so we’re going to keep it simple. Listen well, because this is the key to how to (easily) enter the oh-so-coveted world of Asian skincare.
1. LEARN HOW TO WASH YOUR FACE
So what does that mean? Well, it begins with two products that you can get just about anywhere, even a drugstore: A cleansing oil and a foam or gel cleanser.
Yes, there are two, because neither method completely cleanses your face of dirt and residue alone. Sokoglam’s Charlotte Cho taught it to me, so I’ll let you read the full routine from her, but here’s my short version in case you’re in a hurry: There is a CRAPTON of shit all over your face at night you do not want there. To get it off, cleanse twice – once with oil and then again with your gel, cream, or foam cleanser. If you have heavy makeup on, hit it with a cleansing wipe before you do all that too, just to get all the mascara off your lashes.
2. DO IT EVERY SINGLE MORNING AND NIGHT
You want gorgeous, poreless, pimple-free skin? Take care of it like it’s the best trophy boyfriend ever. Make your date with the mirror as important as a date with Chris Hemsworth (or in my case, G-Dragon). Do all that stuff to it because you love yourself so much that you want to take the best care of you that you can. The heart of the Korean beauty routine is actually that – a fastidious, indulgent level of self-care that drenches you in self-love. But we’ll get to that later too.
3. BUT THIS IS A KOREAN BEAUTY BLOG AND THE STUFF IN THE PICTURE ISN’T KOREAN WAH
You’re right, it isn’t. My double-cleanse routine of choice is DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, and I use a konjac sponge for the 2nd step there. Koreans also didn’t start double-cleansing – it’s been around for centuries in Japan. But thanks to Korean beauty it’s become popular far beyond the East, and best of all, people are learning why both steps make for a cleaner, happier face and skin that stays younger for much longer.
#skincaregoals = to look as good as G-Dragon
4. SO WHAT DO I USE?
The combo I use is excellent for dry, sensitive skin. If you have combination, you may want to vary what you use, although it’ll always be an oil and a cleanser. Choosing the cleanser step is an important process because most foaming cleansers dry out your face because of high pH, but we’ll save that for another lesson. For now, just try CeraVe – it’s cheap as can be and incredibly efficient. If you want to venture out later after we talk about pH and why soap is drying the everliving hell out of your face, happy trails!
TO SUM UP
Try it for a week. Tell me what happens. If it doesn’t make your skin feel 2000% better, I’ll eat my hat. And it’s a really cool wide-brimmed winter one, so I don’t intend on doing that.