Quality skin care is a must. But honestly, it can straight up overwhelming? The sheer number of creams, lotions, serums and tonics is mind-boggling. And if those products don’t work, there’s always makeup. But what if there’s a different way?
K-Beauty, or Korean skin care, has a different approach to achieving healthy, glowing skin. Instead of using products that promise quick results, use products with more natural ingredients on a daily basis that continue to nourish your skin. And probably one of the biggest tenants of the K-Beauty philosophy is the 10-Step Routine. That may sound like a lot, but you don’t have to do every step. You can choose what works best for you while making sure your skin gets the nourishment it needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic ways you can love your skin, embrace K-Beauty and use your favorite essential oils along the way.
Double Cleanse Method
One of the biggest parts of the 10-Step Routine is the double cleanse method. At first, it might seem counter-intuitive. After all, you’re rubbing oil onto your face to cleanse it. But actually, an oil cleanser breaks down leftover makeup and removes excess sebum, all without stripping your face of natural oils. Even if you have oily skin, an oil cleanser still helps clean out your pores and balance your skin. Plus, Plant Therapy offers two different oil cleansers, an Oily Skin Blend and a Dry Skin Blend. After you’ve used an oily cleanser on dry skin and rinsed it off, follow it up with a water-based cleanser to remove any leftover oils. And don’t forget to exfoliate once or twice a week!
Tone it Up
After you’ve cleansed your face and scrubbed away the dead skin, it’s time for toner. Toner helps remove any last bits of your cleanser and helps prep your skin for moisturizer. And hydrosols make an ideal toner as they provide extra moisture and the gentle benefits of essential oils. For dry skin, try using Rose or Lavender. Or if you have oily skin, use Tea Tree or Melissa. Just spray onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face.
Time to Moisturize
Now that your face is clean and prepped, it’s time for the moisturizer. By doing the double cleanse and using toner, you’re ensuring that your skin can absorb as much of the moisturizer as possible. If you’re following the 10-Step Method, the next few steps fall under this category. But don’t feel obligated to load up on new products. Instead, this is a perfect opportunity to use your carrier oils and essential oils. We have several amazing DIYs to choose from based on your skin concerns.
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Don’t Skip the SPF!
Lastly, one of the keys to embracing K-Beauty is protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It will help prevent premature aging, wrinkles and even skin cancer. What could be more important!
If you like discovering skin care DIYs, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!