The Indian Version of the 12 step Korean Skin Care Regimen, and Why Indian women should get introduced to K Beauty
A few months ago my skin condition got noticed by a colleague, and I tried to recover it by applying night creams, serums, weekly scrubs, packs and other such things and it turned out that the damage was too severe to recover. And that’s when I got introduced to the 12 step Korean Skin Care Regimen. The very day I read the article (http://fashionista.com/2014/05/12-step-korean-skin-care-regimen ) I followed only 7 steps and I noticed the miracle the very next day. Since then I have been following the regimen and improvising it since all the products are not available in our country, and I must say that I am obsessed, I keep bragging about it to my friends and colleagues and have been considering Alicia Yoon and Charlotte Cho as my Guru 😀
So here’s everything about the Korean regimen and how I improvised it according to the products available in India. And before I continue with the regimen I should tell you that I always try to eliminate products containing paraben unless I have no other choice.
Korean women are all about layering products and how gentle you can be on your skin.
The cleansing process itself contains two step
1: Cleansing: First they massage their face gently with an oil based cleanser so that all the make up and dirt comes out easily, then the cotton pad gently takes it all out, rather than ruthlessly rubbing the skin with a cotton pad. You can skip this step at the morning since your skin is already clean from the night before.
2: Foam Cleanser: It removes whatever is left over. I personally love the Cetaphilprescribed by my dermatologist and am not flexible about it.
One thing you must keep in mind while scrubbing or exfoliating is that you have to be very very gentle during this step. Always keep in mind that the more harsh you are with your scrubber the more melanin secretion you are causing, which results as a darker skin. And of course, this step should be limited to twice a week, in fact Koreans use an Exfoliator only once a month.
4: Toner/Refresher: A toner balances the pH level of the skin and prepares your skin to accept the bounty you are about to heap on it. To avoid skin drying you must avoid the ones which contain alcohol. Yes, the most celebrated toner here in India is Rose Water, but Dabur Gulabari contains parabens, so again it is a no no for me. Two of the best toners I have used apart from Gulab Jal is Amway Artistry Toner and Oriflame Pure Nature Aloe Vera Toner.
5: Essence: Let’s be honest, this step is a mystery to me. It is a lighter version of a Serum but I am not aware of any Essence that is available in India. So let’s just skip this thing for now.
6: Serum: Here comes my favorite part of the Regimen. In Korea most of the serum treats single issues so they mix and match and make a cocktail serum, But we have ‘one can do all’ products.
The only serum I have used is Neutrogena Fine Fairness Serum. When I first used this product I didn’t notice much visible result, but after I added it to my Korean inspired regimen, the result was crazy ( Before following the regimen I was using it once a day, but later I started using it twice daily). Sometimes I think that it’s just the Serum which is doing the wonder.
7: Sheet Mask: It provides extra hydration and plumps up your skin. It is like a single serving serum and locks all the goodness in your skin and doesn’t let the serum evaporate. Yes, I have been skipping this step too, but I am considering trying aMaskerAide mask, and maybe I’ll fall in love with the mask concept and add this to my regimen, (it’s too expensive though).
8: Eye Cream: I’ll take it that you are already familiar with this step so I won’t tell much about this product except for giving a shout out to my favorite one.
It is the only eye cream which fought my stubborn dark circles I had since my boards.
9: Moisturizers/ Sleep Masks/ Night Creams: Some times the Korean Women take it to 2 steps, 1st Moisturizer, then Sleep Mask or a Night Cream. It’s up to you if you want to cover both steps but I talk only Night Cream. And the only paraben free night cream that I used and loved is Kama Ayurveda Rejuvenating and Brightening Night Cream.
I am not saying that I won’t try out a sleep mask, I totally love the concept since it locks in all the goodness but I searched in a lots of sights and phew I haven;t got one without parabens.
10: Sun Care: One of the most important steps which you are already aware of. While choosing a Sunscreen you must go for a physical one, mostly if you have sensitive skin, they never irritates your skin though they are a little tough to blend.