This is a sponsored post by Missha.
In 2019, the Korean skincare routine is considered to be the standard for beauty maintenance. You can find a lot of resources on how to maintain beautiful and glowing skin like the Koreans do, but the problem with following a generic routine is that it may or may not be compatible with your own skincare requirements. While you can get the best possible skin with skincare products such as Missha, you need to know how to use these products as well.
If you want to get started on your own Korean skincare routine with the use of Missha products, then you can do the following:
Set your skincare goals
Before starting anything, you have to know what kind of objectives you have for your skincare routine. For example, you might want to get rid of your acne problems and prevent further breakouts or you may want to have lighter skin. Make sure that you are concrete about your goals so that you can slowly work your way towards achieving them.
Like any goal-setting activity, you should follow the SMART goal-setting acronym that means your objectives should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Know your skin type
Your skin type is one of the most important considerations in creating your skincare routine. The common skin types are normal, dry, oily and combination. The skin type is based on the sebum or oil production of your skin.
If your face gets oily quickly, you need to invest in skincare products that are meant for oily skin. Certain ingredients in skin care products are good for dry skin, but bad for oily skin so it’s important that you know your skin type before buying any products. Your local cosmetician should be able to analyze your skin and tell you your skin type.
Determine the best type of products for your skin type
After determining your skin type, you have to customize skincare products based on your skin type.
Ingredients to avoid if you have oily skin
- alcohol, sodium lauryl, laureth sulphate – these strip skin of its natural oils
- oils with a high level of oleic acid including coconut oil, sunflower oil, hazelnut oil, camellia oil
- occlusive ingredients such as mineral oil, beeswax, lanolin, paraffin
Ingredients that are beneficial for oily skin
- Choose evening primrose oil, rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, or hemp seed oil instead.
Ingredients to avoid if you have dry skin
- isopropyl alcohol, sodium chloride, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, AHA acids, willow bark, salicylic acid
Ingredients that are beneficial for dry skin
- Choose hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba butter, coconut oil, argan oil, sunflower seed oil, cranberry seed oil or borage seed oil instead.
If you’re starting your skincare journey, then you need to begin with a few products like a cleanser, toner, sheet mask, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Missha is considered a classic in skincare and cosmetics. Here are the Missha products that are considered to be good for all skin types:
- Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam
- Time Revolution Nutritious Toner
- Airy Fit Sheet Mask
- All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Once you have mastered the basics, you can add more problem-specific serums, ampoules, essences, creams, and others. Missha has skincare sets so you can simply add as an upgrade to your essential products.
Create a skin care plan
After establishing your goals, knowing your skin type and researching the kinds of products that you should buy, you should create a plan for skincare. Make sure that you’re realistic about the kinds of products that are available, and that you have enough product to last for the entire duration of your skincare routine. For example, you might want to do an anti-acne skincare routine for a month. You need to make sure that you have enough products and that you have the right kind of products. Skincare items like sheet masks are easier to estimate since you use one mask a day. For starters, you can buy smaller weekly skin care products like exfoliators and mud masks.
If you’re going to be busy in the coming weeks, then you can start with just a few basic items. Check your progress on a weekly basis so that you can adjust your schedule.
Check your budget
Last but not least, make sure that you are buying skincare products within your budget. Most Missha products are very affordable and they also last longer than other products. If you’re just starting out, use the sample sizes, which are cheaper and better for testing. You can also request test products if they are available. Beauty and skin care products don’t have to be expensive.
The Korean skincare routine is structured in a way that you know which product should be applied first, and how often they should be used to achieve optimal effectiveness. With the aforementioned tips, you should be able to create your own routine using the best products that are currently available. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the products carefully to prevent possible problems or complications.