Skincare by the numbers: Part 1
It’s fairly common knowledge that women in Korea put their skin through a 10-step beauty regime daily, incorporating essence and sheet masks alongside more conventional steps like cleansing and moisturising. While we’d all love the luxury of primping and prepping our face every evening, in reality, there just isn’t enough time! But how often should you be applying your different lotions and potions to your skin? We break it down into skincare by the numbers over the course of a week.
1 – Exfoliate
Exfoliating is one of the easiest ways to buff away dead skin, but over exfoliating will leave you with a sensitive and red face. It’s an important step to include as exfoliation keeps skin from looking dull and lifeless, but be mindful of your skins’ sensitivity levels. Once, or possibly twice, a week is widely regarded as the perfect amount by skin professionals. Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator is the perfect choice.
2 - Sheet masks
One of the biggest trends to sweep the beauty market is Korean favoured sheet masks. The masks, reminiscent of something you’d wear on Halloween, give your face a concentrated boost of skin loving products, that are left to absorb for 10 to 15 minutes. The masks can help with anything from dry skin to fine lines and wrinkles. Pop one on twice a week as you catch up on your favourite TV shows. Dr. Wu Ultimate Hydrating Mask With Hyaluronic Acid offers a burst of wrinkle busting ingredients.
3 - Cleansing brush.
An electronic cleansing brush has become a bathroom staple for women all around the world, with the gentle vibrations clearing way more dirt and grime than any micellar water could alone. While a cleansing brush produces some pretty impressive results, it’s not something you have to use every night especially if you're also applying ingredients like retinoids or acids. Like with over exfoliation, too much brushing can cause inflammation. Clarisonic’s MIA Fit is a compact brush that will leave skin glowing.