Is a Korean skincare routine right for your skin?
If you don’t have the time (or the budget) to go through the eight or 10 steps needed to look like your favorite K-pop star, Vicky Lee says you can always trim the number of steps — and products — to four essentials: a toner, serum, eye cream, and a moisturizer that protects you from sun damage. Don’t forget to begin your abbreviated K-beauty routine by washing your face with water. Just make sure you’re buying quality products that are the real deal — fake Korean beauty products are out there, and they can wreck your skin.
But there are things you can do to keep your skin looking fresh and young, and the same rules apply no matter what beauty routine you decide to undertake. Vicky Lee tells Cosmpolitan that it is important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, to exfoliate properly (which means opening your skin’s pores by using hot towels or steam before using any exfoliating product, and applying a cold towel or cool water after) and do it on a regular basis.
She stresses the importance of using SPF products, because protection against sun damage is the best way to keep your skin healthy. Lastly, Lee encourages the practice of holistic skincare by eating and sleeping properly — which is a step which we could all definitely buy into.