As a melanin rich, woman of color I have to admit that I initially stayed away from Korean skincare products. I would only buy makeup (e.g. eye shadows, mascara, lip glosses, etc.) because I had heard that whitening ingredients were in all of them prior to coming here. Yet, the hype about K-beauty products and regimens making waves back home peaked my interests in learning more about Korean skincare.
5 Things I Have Learned about Korean skincare products
- They are for everyone. You could be fair-skinned or dark-skinned and have dry, normal, combination, oily or mature skin. Korean skin care products are plenteous and work for all people, Asian, European, and African beauties.
- You can find natural and cruelty free products easily. Many of the skincare products from my favorite Korean beauty stores, such as Innisfree, Skin Food, and The Face Shop are made with natural ingredients from fruits, vegetables, and flowers. They aren’t all vegan, but you can find products that don’t contain animal products.
- The label “whitening” on K-beauty products often means “brightening” not bleaching. Brightening products are designed to even your skin tone. Uneven skin tones are commonly the result of acne scaring and a failure to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. When your skin is consistently exposed to ultraviolet rays, it elicits your body to produce more melanin to combat damage. More melanin results in darker or discolored skin (a.k.a. uneven skin tones). Skin brighteners work to combat this damage over time to restore your natural complexion.
- Never go outside without Korean sunscreen on your face. The single best thing you can do for your skin this very moment is to protect it from both UVB and UVA rays. K-beauty regimens aren’t complete without them and they are essential to having flawless skin. Recently, I learned that sunscreens in the U.S. provide little to no protection against UVA rays, which affects your skin on its deepest level, the dermis. And this exposure leads to your skin aging prematurely. Think wrinkles, dark spots, and hyper-pigmentation. U.S. based sunscreens provide protection against UVB, which helps to protect the surface of your skin and prevent sunburns. We need to protect our skin against both.
- Korean skin care regimens have a lot of steps, but they can be customized. K-beauty regimens are multi-step processes that builds upon each step and can have as many as 15 steps. These steps are repeated twice a day. Albeit that sounds time-consuming, you can adjust the regimens to meet your personal needs. For example, double cleansing involves oil cleansing to remove makeup (step 1) and foam cleansing (step 2). If you don’t wear make-up, then double cleaning isn’t necessary.
The biggest thing I have learned about Korean skin care is that preventive skin care is the best solution to aging youthfully. I adopted one because I don’t won’t to look my age as I age.
In a later post, “What is My K-Beauty Skin Care Regimen” I will share with you how my skin care regimen has evolved from a single step to three and now 7-steps. Please stay tuned by hitting the subscribe now button below to your left.