Make sure you’re not making these K-beauty routine mistakes so you can get the most out of your 10 steps!
If you’ve created the perfect routine, but your skin is still not improving, you might be making a few mistakes that prevent you from achieving the Korean glow. Read on to find out the skin care tips you can start adopting today to improve your skin.
Mistake 1: You remove eye makeup with an oil cleanser
Sure, an oil cleanser is effective in melting makeup off from your face, including your eye makeup. Seeing your eyeliner and mascara melt into a dark, slippery mess might give you the impression that everything is being washed away. But that’s not the case.
The next time you finish your double cleanse, take a clean Q-tip and run it along your upper and lower lashline. You’ll be surprised by how much gunk gets left behind, leaving your eyes exposed to the threat of infection and causing premature aging. When you rely on an oil cleanser to remove your eye makeup, you’re also likely to rub at the eye area trying to get everything off, which irritates the eyes and creates wrinkles.
The real first step of your evening cleansing routine should be soaking a natural, undyed cotton pad with an eye and lip makeup remover and laying half of it over one eye for 2 minutes. Fold the cotton pad in half and use the other side on your other eye. Wipe away with a gentle hand, following up with a couple Q-tips soaked in makeup remover to run along your lashline.
If you wear waterproof mascara, try using a mascara cleaner to save yourself some time and effort.
Mistake 2: You don’t use the right movements to wash your face
You might be using the right cleansers for your skin type, but if you use your palms to aggressively rub your face up and down, you’re not giving your skin the gentle cleanse it deserves. Instead, release any pressure from your wrists and use only the fingertips to draw small circles on your face. Make sure not to press too hard, and don’t forget to reverse direction.
For the sides of your nose, take your ring fingers and make even smaller circles. For the front of your neck, use only the upper half of your palms (so, just your fingers) and move upward, never pulling the skin down.
Mistake 3: You think eye cream is only for your eyes
Just like you can use lipstick as cream blush, skin care can be versatile, too—in some cases. To get the most out of your eye cream, apply it underneath the eyes and the areas where your skin is thin and prone to wrinkles. This includes your smile lines, the top of your forehead, and your neck. You can apply eye cream there at the end of your routine right before moisturizer. Or you can apply it towards the beginning of your routine right after toner, waiting a minute or two before moving onto your essence.
Doing this morning and night might seem wasteful, but it’s worth trying it out if you’re committed to fighting signs of aging. I’d recommend investing in a large tub of eye cream that lasts for months like the Hanskin Bio Origin The Eye Cream or go for a more affordable (yet effective) option like the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream.
When it comes to the eyes, don’t forget to learn how to apply eye cream the right way!
Mistake 3: You hesitate to throw away products
Generally speaking, there are three cases when you should throw out a skin care product as soon as possible. First, a product has passed its expiration date. Second, your skin is irritated and you’ve determined that it’s not due to purging. Third, your skin has yet to react badly to the product but it turns out, the ingredients in it are harmful.
Once every two months, take a look at your skin care stash and decide which products need to go. If you already know a product is expired or has irritants (like microbeads), the answer is not to continue using it up to avoid wasting it. Chuck it before you damage your skin further—it’s always easier to prevent a problem than to try repairing it, especially if repairing it involves investing in a slew of new products.
Mistake 4: You think sheet masking every day is product overload
In Korea, sheet masking every day is completely normal behavior! Just make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients in the masks. You can use hydrating sheet masks every day, and if you’re dealing with large pores or excess sebum, sneak in a detoxifying mask once or twice a week.
If you like to shower at night, adding a sheet mask to your evening routine seems like delaying your bedtime for another half hour. Try sheet masking in the shower to save time, and don’t forget to use it on your neck afterwards for some extra neck treatment.
Mistake 5: You neglect your hands and feet
You might be spending hundreds of dollars on products for your face but neglecting the rest of your body, especially your hands and feet. Luckily, taking care of your hands and feet doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.
For daytime, take any moisturizer with SPF or facial sunscreen you don’t like and toss it into your purse. Apply it on the tops of your hands throughout the day and ideally, also on the tops of your feet, if you’re wearing sandals. Once you get in the habit of it, you’ll be applying SPF on your hands and feet as often as you would with a lip balm, preventing sun spots and wrinkles down the line.
For nighttime, take a thick moisturizer and apply it on your hands and feet as the very last step of your skin care routine. I like to use a beeswax cream, like Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic, and apply it all over, focusing on the nails and cuticles. You can do this with an oil, a body lotion, or even a moisturizer you have sitting around that you don’t particularly like.
When it comes to your feet, don’t forget to exfoliate your heels with the rest of your body.