Men’s skin and facial routine (Learned from Koreans)

The skin is one the most important parts of everyone’s appearance, but we are used to seeing only women taking care of it. In this day and age, there are no differences men’s skin care is as important as women. No men should be shamed for taking a little more time on their skin care routine.

Over the years’ men became more conscious about their skin care and started having their own relaxing time in the evenings and even in the morning, before work. The market is encouraging them to do so by making more and more men’s products in anti-aging, exfoliating, cleansing, relaxing formulas.

Now if you really want to take care of your skin you will have to give it some time and regularity. No matter if you have a bad skin or you just want to keep it fresh or you don’t want to age early, there are millions of products and routines out there for you to choose from. But if you are having a problem with it we will break down a reliable Korean beauty routine and great products that will help you get an amazing skin.

If you ever witnessed Korean drama actors or musicians, you most definitely saw how clear and gorgeous their skin looks. Well, that is because they are the best at skin care. Koreans know how to make their skin shiny, even and fresh with affordable products so no one will ever be disappointed after following their footsteps in the beauty field.

Step 1. Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansers are the thing that Korean men’s beauty is famous for and most of the Korean men start their skin care routine with it. Oil cleansers are very relaxing to use and have an instant effect. You should apply it by gently massaging it into your skin and waiting for it to soak. It will melt anything oil based that you had on your face all day starting from SPF and finishing with your own natural skin oil.

Here are examples of amazing oil cleansers.

  • BANILA CO Clean It Zero Nourishing

This one is for the fellow guys who have quite dry skin and struggle when the weather is cold as well as too hot. This nourishing version of the classic Zero cleanser is very much loved by Korean men. It has the highest percentage of oil out of all the cleansers in the collection and it uses ginseng extract to revitalize and royal jelly extract to impart deep moisture to the skin. This 100 ml cleanser appears as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. It’s free from artificial coloring, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil. The texture is smooth and soft with a high melting point, which is perfect for hot summer days.

You don’t need much of it; just take a small amount and massage it on your skin then just add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify into a milky texture. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. You can easily share it with your girlfriend since it is equally effective for everyone.

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  • LEADERS Daily Wonders What Happened Last Night?

This is a type of cleanser that will help you freshen up in the mornings. By starting your morning skin care routine with applying it and leaving the tiered look and feeling behind. This cleanser contains a collection of ingredients that target multiple skin concerns at once. With a mild consistency, it easily cleans you face pores and the oil keeps your skin moisturized and supple through the entire day. A blend of grapefruit extract, and malic acid lightly exfoliate to control sebum production and brighten skin while tea tree oil acts as an antibacterial, helping keep acne at bay.

Make sure, to begin with dry hands and a dry face. Add 1-2 pumps into the palm of your hand and massage onto your face, including around the eyes then rinse it off with warm water and massage to help dissolve surface impurities.

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Step 2. Foam Cleansing
The next important step of Korean skin care is foam cleansing which will entirely wash away bacteria and deep cleanse your pores from dirt.

This one works for any types of skin. This 160 ml foam cleanser does double duty as both cleanser and shaving foam. It also contains rich minerals which help remove sebum and dirt effectively for clearer and healthier skin. It works perfectly at night after a long day outside as well as in the morning for a fresh and clean start of the day.  After wetting the face with warm water, pump the right amount on the hand and create a bubble with the warm water. After applying to the face, wash it off with the warm water and lightly finish with the cold water.

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  • SKINFOOD Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Foam

This Korean made cleanser is also perfect for all types of skin. It is very gentle and nourishing foam cleanser which preps your skin for the roughness of shaving. The 150ml dual action cleanser will keep your skin soft, fresh and clean during the first and most important half of your day.

Start by dispensing an ample amount onto wet palms and lather, rub your face thoroughly in gentle massaging motions and after, if you are not shaving, just wash it off with warm water.

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Step 3. Exfoliating

Exfoliating is a step what you should never skip even if you are too tired because it helps to clean your pores deeply and removes dead skin cells which makes your skin look smooth, fresh and bright. Regular exfoliation will help your skin care products absorb and work better.

  • NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea

This product is the easiest to use because it comes with 30 single-use exfoliating pads which you should simply rub on your face with gentle movements. It is quite simple but also very effective for dead skin cells and impurities removal.

Its most important ingredient is, of course, green tea which is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging and helps soothe irritated skin. It leaves the skin feeling much cleaner and smoother during the whole day and the whole night in case if you are using it at night. Dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface of the skin using the unique 3-layer pad technology.

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  • SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash-Off Face Mask

Never underestimate the power of face masks Koreans certainly don’t and they adore this one. Face masks are not only the perfect way of having a relaxation time but also exfoliate your skin perfectly. This 103ml face masks smells of brown sugar and leaves the skin smoother than ever. The fine black sugar grains in the mask work as a superb manual exfoliator and slowly dissolve as you massage them onto your face with warm water. Thanks to hydrating shea butter and lanolin, you won’t have to worry about that dry, tight feeling often associated with exfoliating scrubs. Instead, you’ll discover soft and supple skin that’s clearer than ever.

It is free of parabens, alcohol, mineral oils, this product has a pH level of 5-5.6.

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Step 4. Toning

This step helps your face to prep to better absorb the next steps of your routine by hydrating and sloughing off dead skin cells. Toners are not always dry and full of alcohol to clean the dirt, they can be very moisturizing and smoothing as well.

  • KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner

This paraben and alcohol-free toner is perfect for red, irritated, problematic skin. It contains lavender oil, beta-glucan and hyaluronic acid which hydrate and calm your skin. It perfectly balances the skin’s pH level and improves the effectiveness of the entire skin regime. 

Apply it to your skin after cleansing by patting with palms for complete absorption.

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Korean skin care is also famous for Fermented ingredients which this spray on toner contains. It has 10% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, which is known to even out skin tone and refine skin texture. This unique ingredient, combined with hyaluronic acid, provides intense moisture to awaken tired skin. It cleans deeply but doesn’t take away your natural skin oils

It balances the skin’s pH level and it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

After cleansing, spritz a good amount onto cotton pad and gently smooth over face and neck. It is suitable for morning and night use equally.

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Step 5. Essence-ing
This is a key step in Korean beauty because the essence is something that can help you look you and fresh longer. This is because essences contain high doses of active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin which deeply nourish your skin and prep it for oils or other products that you will use after.

  • Erborian Dong Baek Camellia Essence

The main ingredient of this essence is Camellia, the wildflower from Jeju Island in Korea. The formula, which consists of 73% Camellia oil, macadamia seed, argan, sunflower seed, and grape oils, nourishes your skin to prevent premature aging. It leaves your skin more elastic, smoother and makes it glow naturally. Apply a genuine number of drops into your palms and gently massage it on your skin with your hands. It is on more of an expensive side, but it’s worth its price

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  • Mizon Mela Defense White Capsule Essence

This ultra-brightening one is mainly for pigmentation issues such as dark spots, sun damage, discoloration from acne, etc. this 50ml essence is ideal for all types of skin mainly because it has jojoba oil in it. It contains Sakura and White flower which can brighten and revitalize your skin. It leaves you with a healthy and even skin tone. Apply it essence on your face after the toner by patting it into the skin with palms and fingertips

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Step 6. Sheet masking

Unless you have been living under a massive rock you will know that sheet masks are amazing, cheap and they are everywhere. Koreans love putting on a light sheet mask during their skin care routine or sometimes even after everything putting it on and prepping for bad.

  • Papa Recipe Rose Gold Honey Masks

The material of this adorable sheet mask is very flexible and thin. It is made with all natural ingredients and smells of honey as you probably already guessed. It slowly sinks in your skin and plumps fine lines. It gives your skin a soft feeling and a natural glow. This sheet mask contains the rose extract and 24K gold which bring moisture to the skin and help brighten the skin color.

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  • Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask

This is a well-known and loved sheet mask brand. This hydrogel mask is infused with whole green tea leaves to ensure that your skin is getting high quality ingredients straight from it. Green tea is a natural antioxidant that cools, de-puffs and soothes acne-prone skin. As all sheet masks, it is meant for single-use only.

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Step 7. Moisturizing

This is the key step for achieving a smooth and soft skin no matter if it’s the late night or the early morning. Moisturizing creams help your skin to absorb all the products that you have used and stay hydrated.

  • KLAVUU Blue Pearlsation Marine Aqua Enriched Cream

This gorgeous, nourishing moisturizer is the perfect finishing touch for your skin care routine. It has amazing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, cacao seed butter, and algae extract to deeply hydrate skin from within. Pearl extract also brightens dull skin while apple extract keeps skin smooth and soft. 

After using all of your treatment products, scoop out a dime-sized dollop and smooth all over face and neck, patting in for the best absorption. You should follow it with SPF during the day and use it as your last skincare step at night.

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  • ACWELL Aqua Clinity Cream (Double Moisture)

Every skin care routine has have an effective moisturizer as finishing step and this one might be the perfect cream for you since it even has a double moisture. Its base ingredients are macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and ceramides, this cream works double duty to strengthen the skin barrier while adding long-lasting hydration. It is a very light cream that absorbs instantly and reveals your lighter and plumper skin.

After using all your treatment products, apply a quarter-sized amount of this cream. Smooth or pat over the skin, until it is fully absorbed into it.

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In conclusion, even if you can’t stand straight on your feet from the jam-packed day or you are in the hurry to work, never skip your skin care routine.