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*Last update on 19 Feb 2019
Forming a barrier, sealing in moisture and nutrients
Once you have put all the nutrients on and into your skin, you don't want it to vaporize. That is why you should seal it in with a heavier product, so that the layers of products can be absorbed and can do their job.
Moisturizers do not only seal in the previous products, they also moisturize your skin. In addition, they form a barrier against pollutants, giving them a harder time to go into your pores.
Moisturizers come in many texture types, select one depending on your skin type and needs for each season.
To seal the products that you have just put on your face you end with the thickest product. While light moisturizers can be the last step of the routine during summer periods and people with oily skins.
9. EMULSIE - light
[tap/press the products in the morning or evening after toner and/or essence / serum / ampoule] (oily, summer)
Light moisturizer, usually water-based, sometimes mistaken to be part of the essence/serum/ampoule family. People with combination skin or oily skin usually go with this type of products since it’s lighter of texture but still provide the moisture needed. - If you have a dehydrated skin you can first apply an emulsion to the skin and then top it with a lotion or cream.
9. GEL - light
[after eye cream, in the morning and evening to seal all the products] (oily, combi, summer)
Usually contain humectants like silicone or glycerin, for oily skin. Gel type is often lighter than cream but also some emulsions. Some like it for the fresh texture, it’s ideal for summer periods and oily and acne prone skin types. Due to its light weight it helps minimize clogged pores.
9. LOTION - light/medium
[tap/press the products in the morning or evening after toner and/or essence / serum / ampoule] (oily, combi, normal, summer)
It’s heavier than emulsion and lighter than creams. In Korea this is a also called hydrating toner. you can see it as a toner without the pH-balancing effect and more focus on hydration. Most lotions are suitable for all skin types.
9. CREAM - heavier
[after eye cream, pat/press in the morning and evening to seal all the products] (normal, dry, winter)
Creams are thicker since it contains more oil, hence it provides more oil for those with dry skin, or for seasonal purposes such as during the cold periods in autumn and winter. However, snail creams are usually very light and are absorbed faster by the skin.
There are many and many types of creams for example: whitening cream, anti-aging cream, hydrating creams and repairing creams.
Snail creams are absorbed quickly, while providing wonderful moisture and healing properties. Which makes them perfect for greasy and dry skin types. Snail mucin is also ingredients that you often see on Anti-aging products!
FACTS: WAYS OF MOISTURIZING
Humectants [attracts water]
To fill the cracks, smooth out the textures. Thinner/lighter consistency than occlusives, thus easier to spread.
To keep / lock the water, prevents water from leaving. Too many occlusives can cause acne by clogging your pores.
Skin improvement is being patient! It is important to give a new skin care routine/product a trial period of at least 1 month since your skin will renew its cells each 28 days. In case you notice (a small) dfference, please try another 2-3 months.
KOREAN 10 STEP ROUTINE
|1. Oil-based cleanser
2. Water based cleanser
|To remove make up, sunscreen, dirt, blackheads and dead skin cells.
|4. Toner||2. Preparing|
|Balances pH-level, triple cleanses leftover dirt + face wash, hydrates + prepares your skin for the steps to follow.
|5. Eye cream||3. Eye care|
|Thinner than regular face creams, to target gentle areas around your eyes, reduces dark circles and wrinkles.
7. Serum, Ampoule
8. Sheet mask
|4. Treatment / Boost|
|High concentration products to target & treat different concerns such as acne, dehydration, dull, pigmentation, fine lines, etc.
|9. Moisturizer||5. Moisturizing|
|To seal in all the good stuff that you have just put on your face.
|10. SPF, spot treatment, sleeping mask||6. Special care
|DAY - sun protection: Most effective step in the morning since it helps your skin to defense against all the harms from the sun
NIGHT - spot treatment + sleeping packs: The cells in your body repairs themselves at night during your sleep, hence makes this the best moment to see maximum benefit of your (hydrating) products.