Recently, there's been a buzz in the beauty world over the Korean 10-step skincare routine – and when we spend time in Seoul, we can see why. Women in the country of Missha, Tony Moly and Aritaum have skin that just glows.
But not everyone's got the time to dedicate a chunk of their morning and evening to looking after their face. So, with that in mind, here are three simple skincare routines to help you take the complication out of cleansing – depending on your skin type.
If you have an oily T-zone and either 'normal' or dry areas on cheeks, you have combination skin. A delicate face wash that cleanses while not ridding your skin of natural oils is for you. We would follow up with a light, oil-free moisturiser – make sure it includes SPF, as the sun does the worst damage to our skin in terms of ageing. At night, add in a treatment depending on what your usual skin problems are (for example, a retinol-based essence for fine lines or a pore minimiser for large pores). Combination skin also benefits from a clay facial mask once or twice a week to soak up oil from the T-zone.
Oily skin – yep, you guessed it – is prone to suffering from excess oil all over. The trick here is to remove excess oil but not to dry out your face as this can encourage sebum production. ReFa CLEAR and CREAM WASH not only uses Ion Technology to expel dirt and sebum but also with its thin and defined bristles, it penetrates into each pore to cleanse deeply allowing skin to restore its natural balance. In the evening, switch for a retinol-based night cream to dry up any remaining oiliness.
It's all about moisturisation for dry or super-dry skin. Look out for a cleanser that's thick and rich. You could experiment with an oil or gel type to relieve your skin's dryness with a sumptuously soft feel. Next comes the key ingredient: moisturiser. Opt for one with ceramides as this will help your skin keep its moisture. If your skin is dry and ageing, collagen will plump it up. A platinum roller like the ReFa Carat Face enhances skin's natural collagen and elastin. Knead it over your face with the accompanying ReFa Face-Up Cream, which makes your skin more receptive to the treatment and gives it a springy texture. Lie back with a mask featuring nourishing fruit complexes several times a week for a natural moisture booster.