So maybe you’ve finally gotten started with a full skincare routine or are considering taking a leap into the marvelous world of Korean skincare. Either way, we’re super excited for you and your journey. We perfectly understand that Korean skincare can seem daunting sometimes, especially with all the steps involved and the sheer number of products available. After all, everybody starts from the beginning (ourselves included). This is exactly why we’ve put together a list of common mistakes that take place when it comes to skincare. In fact, these mistakes are so simple and common that many of us don’t even realize we’re doing something wrong. However, it’s important to understand that the simplest of habits could potentially make or break(out) our skin in the long run. Read on to find out how many of these skincare mistakes you’re making. All the products mentioned in the article can be found on Maccaron.
Not Cleansing Properly
Many of us tend to think we can get away with just lathering up our face with the nearest soap we find or worse, using a wet wipe without following it up with another cleanser. If healthy, clear skin is what you’re aiming for, you absolutely have to pay attention to how well you cleanse your face.
Our busy lifestyles sometimes compel us to take the lazy way out by simply using a cleansing wipe to remove our makeup and then immediately heading to bed. A cleansing wipe merely breaks down your makeup and doesn’t actually clean it off your face completely, leaving it on your skin to attract germs and as a consequence, cause a score of problems such as breakouts.
We encourage you to follow the Korean double cleansing method, especially if you use makeup. The oil-based and water-based cleansers will respectively break down and effectively clean impurities that belong to their type, leaving your skin truly clean and ready to absorb the next steps in your regime.
For a travel-friendly cleansing option, we highly recommend that you keep a cleansing balm with you at all times. The balm will melt away makeup and impurities after which you can simply remove it with a quick rinse. You can try the popular Heimish All Clean Balm 120ml. Its lightweight texture will gently get rid of your makeup and dirt, leaving you with soft, fresh skin.
Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, usually abbreviated as CTM, is known by all as the absolute minimum that our skincare routines should consist of. In spite of this, many of us tend to skip out on toner simply because we don’t know what it actually does for our skin.
Apart from completing your cleansing process, a toner helps balance your skin’s pH levels, preparing it for the next steps in your routine. It also refreshes and hydrates your skin and could even target specific concerns. If you use a good toner in your routine, you’ll definitely notice the difference it makes. Make sure to use one that doesn’t contain alcohol, as that could dry out your skin and potentially damage it.
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 180ml is a perfect pick for all skin types as it is non-irritating and will help calm your skin.
Rubbing Products onto your Face
When you apply a product such as a serum or cream on your skin, do you rub it in to get it absorbed? If yes, this habit has simply got to go! The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body and needs to be treated gently. Rubbing your skin can cause a bunch of problems such as early wrinkles, and skin damage. What’s more, rubbing your product in does not help it get absorbed better at all!
The best way to apply your products is by gently tapping it in. By pressing it into your skin with a light touch, your product will absorb a lot better while the tapping motion will help improve your blood circulation, leading to healthier, glowing skin.
For example, when you use a serum like the Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum 35ml, gentle tap it into your skin to allow your skin to absorb it instead of using rubbing motions. We promise this method is so much kinder on your skin.
Applying Products in the Wrong Order
Regardless of how simple or complicated your skincare routine is, the order in which you apply your products really matters. If you get your order wrong, some products won’t be able to reach your skin. This way, you will not only be wasting product, but you won’t benefit from it either.
Luckily, layering skincare is not a difficult process. In general, you apply the lightest products first, followed by the thicker ones, before finally sealing it all in with a moisturizing cream which will act as a barrier between your skin and the environment, ensuring all the goodness stays inside and does not evaporate. For example, you should be using the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Cleansing Foam VC 120ml followed by the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector Serum 30ml and finally the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet VC 25g.
If you have oily skin and/or acne-prone skin, you might be under the impression that moisturizers are not for your skin type. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Skipping moisturizer could prompt your skin to overcompensate and produce even more sebum, which is definitely not something you want.
If you have oily skin, you can opt for a light-weight moisturizer which is non-comedogenic (a fancy way to say it won’t clog your pores). We highly recommend the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream 60ml.
Not Using SPF
Regardless of whether you’re using the best skin care products and following a strict regimen, your skin will not benefit if you don’t protect it from the sun. In fact, using a sunscreen is crucial even on cloudy days. The sun’s rays can cause immense harm to the skin, leading to spots, accelerated aging, and other conditions. Make sure to protect yourself with a layer of SPF. We recommend the Suntique I’m Tone Up Multibase. It’s SPF value of 50+ and broad-spectrum protection will help keep you safe from the sun.
Making sure to avoid these little mistakes could be just what your skin needs to be its best self. And of course, all the products mentioned above can be found on Maccaron.
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