Last week, I had the opportunity to truly learn about Korean Beauty with skincare expert, Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam. I have been curious about korean beauty products and how to use it not to mention I have had some skepticism about the effectiveness of the products (I have always thought Asian genes just produced amazing skin for a lifetime) and if I wanted to “brighten” my skin.
Here is what I learned:
- Lines are do to hydration issues. It is not just about drinking water, your skin has to be hydrated from the outside as well.
- Alkaline water is more hydrating for your body
- Bad cleansing of the skin leads to premature aging because you are leaving pollution on the skin and then locking it in with your nighttime cream/oil
- There is major misconception about parabens. Parabens help stabilize the product. If a product is not using parabens, it is likely using another chemical that we are not educated on to help make the product more shelf stable
- K-beauty products that “brighten” the skin are not actually bleaching/brightening…that is just a bad translation. These products help make your skin more vibrant and dewey
Here is the skincare regime I received (I have dry/normal skin):
- Cleansing oil to really get a clean base for your skin so that the products you apply really work
- Skin prep to bring back natural oils with toner
- Hydrating and brightening with essence
- Fill in the lines with ceramides. Ceramides are natural building blocks that help fill the cracks that create fine lines. Try this prior to Botox
- Lock in the moisture with a good oil for the night
***TIP*** Use calming cream before step 5 if you have skin irritation
***TIP***Use light weight products so that they do not sit on the skin. Heavy weight products tend to sit on the skin and never go deep and actually hydrate the skin. Continue to hydrate on the inside and outside all day because the moisture on skin continues to evaporate all day