Skincare Over 40 | Korean Morning Skincare Ritual

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March 19, 2021

Skincare Over 40 | Korean Morning Skincare Ritual

In our 40s following a Korean morning skincare routine benefits the healthy aging process by protecting skin from the damage caused by free radicals and maximizing hydration to avoid wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging.

It doesn’t have to be complicated – Korean beauty (or KBeauty) isn’t about spending money on expensive products, but about skin-preserving methods and techniques. It can be simple and realistic for your lifestyle. Making it a part of your health routine only takes 10 minutes in the morning. See how your skin will transform!

My 7 step morning beauty rituals

Start with the morning ritual – no need to buy any new products, just use the ones you already have and I will show you what I am currently using.

  1. Start with warm barley tea. This was like my water or milk growing up. Barley is known to detox and cleanse the system. Especially first thing in the morning, I would always start with a warm glass. Cold water was believed to be too harsh and a shock to the system.
  2. Start with washing your face with water only. No soap or cleanser because my face tends to be dry. Sometimes if my face feels and looks a bit dull, I would use a gentle foaming wash with some scrubs so that the face is primed for better skincare absorption (Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam). Or if your face feels grimy and oily when waking up then use a low Ph balanced cleanser. Finish with a cold splash to tighten pores.
  3. Next HYDRATION toner – double layer. First layer is applied using a thin cotton pad. Then splash on using palms. This helps lock in the layers of moisture. Any toner is fine. I prefer ones that are high in moisture and NO ALCOHOL content.
  4. ESSENCE: this and sun protection is considered the most important skincare step. Use your fingertips – uses less product, controls application than your palms. Always apply this as the second step because essence molecules are smaller so if you apply a thicker moisturizer, then it risks the essence not being able to penetrate into the skin.I use 2 at the moment because during the winter, my skin needs something richer and I love essences. (Vitamin C serum and Nature Republic Silk) CIRCULAR MOTIONS Koreans love circles -when applying products, always move your fingertips in circular motions. This promotes blood circulation and results in an overall glow. This is the best way to remove makeup rather than wiping and tugging. NEVER TUG THE SKIN
  5. SUN PROTECTION: I tend to overdo this step and apply 2 layers of sunscreen.
  6. MOISTURIZER – to combat the winter dryness, I finish off with a moisturizer. Not too fixated on a brand. Having this final barrier helps protect from the elements.
  7. MIST – carry a mist in your purse, the heater from cars and offices can really break down the skin’s outer layer resulting in wrinkles. Also keep a humidifier at the desk during the day and at night.

Not meant to be intimidating. 7 steps may seem a lot, but Once it becomes a part of your routine, it can be done in less than 10 minutes. The skin transformation will be worth it!

It is a part of embracing aging and caring for yourself – just the same as eating organics and exercising.


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