Korean Skincare Product Shopping Guide by Skin Type
Shopping for skincare can be pretty exciting! Actually, searching for a product can be more fun than using it!
Am I the only one?
I love to research, read reviews, dream and lust after my wishlist, but I realize the world of skincare products is big and all that research can be intimidating!
Finding a decent product is one hurdle, and then finding one for your skin type is a whole other story!
So grab a drink and a snack, settle in and let me tell you all my favorite K-Beauty products and which ones I recommend for your skin type!
The challenge with oily skin is controlling that excessive sebum production! Excessive sebum leads to impurities in the pores, blackheads, clogs and sometimes acne. Plus, you’re just trying to make sure your makeup doesn’t slip off your face by 2pm!
The funny thing about controlling excessive sebum is that it’s not about removing oil, it’s about *adding* hydration.
Yep, to combat oil you need to add lots of watery hydration to your skin. The thing about human skin is that when it realizes that the water/oil balance is off on the skin, it will kick into action to help solve the problem. The only thing is, skin can only produce oil, not water. So when your face is lacking water, your skin will kick in and produce oil, which is no bueno for already oily skin! So we need to add back the water with our products to signal our skin to shut the damn oil off already!
Moisturizers and Creams:
Cosrx Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
Mizon Snail All-in-One
The biggest challenge of dehydrated skin is layering on enough hydration to feed the thirsty beast that is your skin. Not only do you need to layer it on but then you have to try to seal it in to prevent transepidermal water loss from occurring. Oh yeah, and not overload your clog-prone skin.
Dehydrated skin suffers from a weakened moisture barrier. Sometimes that comes from over-use of chemical exfoliation, and sometimes you are just genetically prone to having less ceramides in your skin and therefore a weak barrier function. Whatever the cause, it’s important to remember to add in moisture barrier-loving ingredients to help fortify your barrier.
Besides hydration issues, dehydrated skin also suffers from dull skin, clogs, blackheads and occasional acne.
The special thing about combination skin is that it’s two different skin types. Which means you need to find products that suit dry areas AND oily areas! Many products that work in the T-zone won’t work in the U-zone, etc.
Combination skin is often treated best with hydration and a touch of moisture. Lighter weight serums will be ideal for dry areas and hydrating enough for oily skin, without any heaviness.
All these products will work well in both the dry and oily areas of combination skin!
I’m From Ginseng Mask
The trick to dry skin is to maintain the skin’s natural moisture (what little there may be) and add to it with skincare that adds moisture back into the skin. The biggest challenge is protecting dry skin from harsh and stripping skincare.
Using a gentle cleanser is a must and maintaining the natural pH level of skin will help. Consider cleansing to be a stripping step and choose products accordingly.
Making use of moisture rich products like serums, oils, rich creams and sleeping packs will further help to protect dry skin from moisture loss.
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream
Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
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