Korean skincare has become a trend not only in Asia, but also in Western and European countries. Although popular, many still cannot distinguish the difference between serum, essence, ampoule; Or they just think that every skincare routine is standard without regard to the actual situation of the skin – and there are many misunderstandings about the process of Korean skincare.
Mistake #1: Korean skincare method only works with Asian skin.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Korean beauty. Contrary to what you see on TV, Korean women also have problems like, acne, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, etc. The Korean skincare method works for everyone because it is not just for Korean skin or Asian skin, it is for all skin types in general.
If you are still skeptical, try double cleansing in the morning and evening for 2 weeks and see how it changes your skin. You will notice significant differences, regardless of your age, ethnicity, or skin type.
Mistake #2: No makeup products for darker skin.
Its quite a challenge to find a Korean makeup brand that offers shades for darker skin tones. However that is slowly changing. Korean brands are expanding their choice to serve consumers from all over the world. For example, Missha M Magic Cushion (one of my favorite cushion products) has tones from 21 (Light Beige) to 31 (Golden Beige), which proves that Korean companies have come to mind. Knowing the need of darker skin tones other than the familiar Korean tone.
As Korean beauty is increasingly globalized, you can find more colors, and not just with the foundation. Innovative products, such as Etude House’s eyebrow tint, suit everyone.
Mistake #3: You only need to use sunscreen when it is sunny.
You need to apply sunscreen every day. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, snow or rain. If you are exposed to the outside world, or if you are at home all day and your home has windows – you need sunscreen. Do not skip sunbathing even on weekends, as well as skipping the neck area.
In addition to the regular use of sunscreen, the use of sunscreen daily helps protect your skin from sun damage and prevents common skin problems such as, wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots, and in the long run – skin cancers. If you want to fight the signs of aging, use sunscreen every day and wear sunglasses and hats whenever you leave home.
Mistake #4: Men and women need different skin care products.
Men generally have larger pores and oiler skin than women. But in fact, each person’s skin needs are very different, and gender does not affect the skin’s needs. So most likely the skin care products for men and women are very similar, or even containing the same ingredients.
The only difference is the product name and the packaging. This is why you need to learn how to read the ingredients list. You do not have to restrict yourself to women’s or men’s products, and men’s skin care habits are not necessarily different from female.
Mistake #5: If you start to fight aging, it will make you grow old faster.
The idea of this mistake is: Anti-aging is only for the elderly because you only need anti-aging products when your skin shows signs of aging. However, many Korean women start anti-aging before their skin starts showing signs of aging, even as early as 20. Prevention is key. Anti-aging is simply a skin care routine, therefore it involves all ages, whether you have wrinkles or not.
If you are young and not interested in wrinkles or diminished skin tone, remember that anti-aging is not a problem too complicated or difficult. Start by simply double cleansing and apply eye cream every morning and evening as well as using sunscreen every day. If you have seen signs of aging, it is never too late to start a proper skin care routine.
Mistake# 6: You only need to double cleanse at night.
I used a foaming facial cleanser to wash my face every evening, yet throughout the day my skin still felt oily and greasy.
But it turned out, the greasy feeling was due to the combination of sweat and oil that the skin produced overnight and what remained of the skin care products I used the night before. Therefore, I switched to double cleansing both morning and evening, and I noticed a significant difference. If you want your skin to be more even and feel more balanced, try double cleansing in the morning.
Mistake #7: If you have oily skin, adding oil to your skin care routine will make your skin more oily.
This is one of the most common mistakes about Korean skincare. If you have oily skin, add oil to your skin care routine. You wont regret it! Invest in an oil-based cleanser, and a moisturizer to help balance the skin so it produces less excess oil. If you use products that are too harsh and drying, you are removing the natural moisture from your skin, which in return will produce more oil to offset. It’s a vicious cycle, using an oil-based cleanser will help break the cycle.
Mistake #8: The signs of aging only appear when you are old.
Sadly, the signs of aging may appear sooner than you think. This may be due to genetic factors or environmental damage. The best thing you can do is apply sunscreen daily and incorporate skin lightening products into your routine. If you live in an area with lots of sunshine or if you like outdoor activities, you need to pay special attention to your skin.
Mistake #9: You can only have one type of skin.
You already know what your skin type is and have developed a perfect skin care routine. But after a few months of sticking to it meticulously, you realize this habit is not working, and you are stuck with the same old problems, or worse, completely new problems. Why? Skin type may vary depending on season, age, and other random factors. You can have perfect skin and suddenly get acne in your 20s or develop dry skin like a plum tree when you reach the age of 30.
Ideally, you would study how your skin feels every day and adjust your habits accordingly. I like to have many choices in my skin care procedures, in case my skin feels particularly dry or oily. Just be aware that your skin type can change and you need to quickly meet its changing needs.
Mistake #10: Moisturizing cream replaces eye cream.
I’ve heard this before, and I thought so too. Using your regular moisturizer is definitely better than nothing, but when it comes to moisturizing and firming the eye area, nothing is more effective than an eye cream. Today there are so many choices available, from affordable to luxury and from water to dense. Of course, as well as anything in skin care, the choice is yours. But the eyes is where you notice the first signs of aging, so taking good care of the eye area with another step in your skincare routine wont hurt.
This guest post was written by Hana Nguyen. A beauty blogger at Win That Look.