A K-Beauty Lover's Guide to Hydrated Skin - M Review 62
A K-Beauty Lover's Guide to Hydrated Skin - M Review 62
Winter is upon us, and that means our skin is getting drier as it is getting colder. Whether you have dry or oily skin, this is the time of the year when hydrating your skin is the most important! From cleansers to lip balms, moisturizing is an essential part of any skincare routine. It keeps your skin looking healthy, vibrant, and resilient while improving dry flakiness and balancing out oil production. Hydrated skin has been a crucial part of K-Beauty in achieving that 촉촉한/chokchok-han (“moist”) or 물광피부/mul-gwang pibu (“watery/dewy skin”). So, here’s your guide to quench your parched skin!
Cleansing is the first step in keeping your skin hydrated. Although it may sound contradictory since cleansers usually strip your skin of moisture, it is still crucial to cleanse the skin to have a clean canvas to hydrate your skin later. Finding the right cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry is essential for these drier months. You will want to avoid cleansers that contain surfactants or too many acids; opt for a mild formula with more natural ingredients.
The huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser -The perfect cleanser to keep your skin feeling clean yet moisturized. Formulated with 99.5% natural ingredients, this cleanser is ideal for those with sensitive skin. With ingredients such as wheat seed extract and oatmeal, this cleanser strengthens and adds to the skin’s moisture barrier to deeply nourish the skin. With ceramide and yeast extract, this cleanser will help further hydrate and soften the skin for dewy and supple skin.
Toners get this reputation of being drying and astringent. They don’t have to be! Nowadays, there are toners that primarily focus on hydrating the skin. Toners prep the skin in not only balancing your skin’s pH levels but also adding that initial layer of moisture after cleansing. It also helps your other products like moisturizers absorb into the skin more effectively.
COSRX’s One Step Moisture Up Pads are an innovative and easy way to tone your skin. For those of you who are lazy, these toner pads replace the need for cotton pads. By simply swiping the pads across the face, it will exfoliate the skin and help improve the skin’s texture for a smoother canvas. Most importantly, it will also replenish moisture to the skin with ingredients such as propolis extract and hyaluronic acid. This type of soothing hydration will leave your skin moist and glowing.
Mask sheets have been the trendy way of adding a boost to your skin. Throw on a mask for an instant surge of hydration to your skin. Most masks on the market will have a hydrating factor about them, but it is important to read the ingredients to know if it will be suitable for your skin. Sheet masks have been many Koreans' secret weapon in achieving their popular dewy-skin look. Masks are a great pick-me-up, especially during these drier months, for relaxation and adding even more moisture to the skin.
The Jayjun Real Water Brightening Black Mask has been a favorite for those who have tried this K-Beauty brand before. The mask itself is made of black rayon which provides long lasting hydration with such an absorbent fabric. With ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate, betaine, ceramide, and jeju lava seawater this mask keeps your skin deeply nourished and well-balanced. There are also brightening agents such as a . I really love using this mask the night before a big event. It makes my skin feel super hydrated while also giving me a brightened complexion. The next day, my skin takes the makeup in well, with no issues of dry patches or flaking.
Now, where would we be at achieving “chok-chok” skin without mentioning moisturizers. Creams, emulsions, lotions, etc. are all essential in providing deep nourishment and hydration while locking in all the moisture to plump and smooth the skin. As a final step, it also prevents all the products that you applied before it from evaporating and helps them permeate the skin more effectively. Your skin wouldn’t be moist without moisturizer now would it?
Papa Recipe’s Honey Moist Cream is an ideal moisturizer that any skin type can use. Infused with honey, propolis, and royal jelly, this cream provides soothing moisture and leaves your skin with a honey-glazed complexion. It has a watery gel consistency that provides a burst of hydration with its water drop-type system, which also makes it ideal for any skin type. This cream has become a versatile product for me, where I can use it in my night routine or in the daytime as a lightweight moisturizer. Using it before makeup application, I noticed how smooth the makeup glided on without my foundation slipping and sliding everywhere.
As a final step, you can’t forget about hydrating those lips! Especially when it is extremely dry outside, your lips tend to get chapped and crack more frequently. In order to keep your lips looking hydrated and plumped, it is important to use a lip balm or mask!
Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask has been a popular pick in terms of lip products. It is a super hydrating formula that uses a berry mix complex enriched with vitamins. It makes dry, flaky lips feel smooth and plumped. It can be used as an overnight lip mask, but I also like applying the mask right before leaving the house to keep my lips hydrated for the whole day. What’s even better is that it comes in 4 different flavors, so you can pick your favorite. Mine’s the berry flavor!
Hopefully, this has been a helpful guide for you readers that are struggling with the drier months recently. I’ve been following these steps to avoid that tight feeling I experience every winter. Hydrating the skin is the key in surviving the dry season, so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize from head to toe! With products like these, you’ll be able to achieve that famous dewy skin look that put Korean skincare in the spotlight for the world to admire. Your skin will love it, and it’ll look like you’ve been drinking gallons of water a day for that healthy and lively appearance. If you liked this blog or tried out any of these items, comment down below on your thoughts!
Until the next one,