Is that the crunchy fall leaves I hear or is it the sound of crispy dehydrated skin calling out for help? If it’s the latter, you might want to continue reading because you need some serious skin S.O.S. I am here to drop some basic K-beauty knowledge that will have your skin rejoicing throughout this fall and winter season.
If you’ve ever been to Korea or watched a K-drama, you will notice most of the women and even some men have glowing, dewy skin. I can tell you right now that water, soap, and lotion ain’t going to cut it. Here are some easy steps to get the dewy skin you’ve always wanted:
Clean and Exfoliate.
Your skin has a turnover rate of around a month. This turnover gets longer as you age. To speed up the last remaining days of your skin cycle proper cleansing and exfoliation is key to smooth and radiant skin. Popular cleansing products include cleansing oil, cleansing water, and enzyme washes. Exfoliants can either be physical (scrubbing products) or chemicals (skin acids).
Soak Insider Tip: Don’t go in too hard with physical exfoliants-the skin on your face is more fragile than your body. Be gentle and increase the amount you exfoliate per week with a dual sided cotton pad soaked with a chemical exfoliant (AHA, BHA, PHA), rather than sandpaper-ing your face in one go.
Tone and Treat.
After cleansing and exfoliating, it is really important to take care of the new baby skin that you have just exposed! Korean’s have got this locked down. They also make it a habit to tone right after the water on their skin has dried off. No dilly-dallying or stopping to smell the soap.
Next, it’s time to treat the skin with vitamins, minerals, and hydrating acids. Just like you would take supplements for your health, your skin needs the same type of conditioning. Serums and ampoules are a must to achieve dewy skin. They have concentrated amounts of different ingredients your skin will love.
Soak Insider Tip: Vitamin C and propolis are great antioxidants that work on all skin types. Hyaluronic acid is a super skin-drenching ingredient. Look for these ingredients when shopping for skincare.
Lock in the Moisture.
If you think you can skip this step because you have oily skin, think again. All of your hard work will be in vain if you don’t lock it in with a moisturizer. To achieve the glossy look finish with a hydrating cream. If you have oily skin go for a gel type hydrating cream.
Soak Insider Tip: Make sure that during the day you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays.
Make it Rain!
It would be awesome to get showered with crisp dollar bills, but the next best thing is to mist! Mists are great pick-me-ups throughout the day when your skin and makeup begins to look a little dull. Keep one on hand at all times. That is the ultimate secret weapon to Korean skin. With this, you will never look less than dewy and radiant when you’re out and about.
Soak Insider Tip: Make your own mist with rose water and a few drops of your favorite facial oil. Rose water will hydrate and the oil will give you that extra glow to get you through the day.
I can guarantee that if you incorporate these ‘dew’-able steps into your skincare routine, you will have the skin you’ve been dreaming about! Like and comment below which of these steps you want to start incorporating into your skincare routine.