1. Korean skincare products for men
Don’t quote us for it, but from what we learned from the experts at multiple boutiques of popular skin care brands in Korea; skin care products are generally UNISEX. Then we wonder why there are special “homme” products, and the difference is simply “laziness”. Apparently men are assumed to prefer less hassle, and following the 10-20 steps skincare regime (we’re being exaggerating); is probably more difficult than getting them to pick you girls up while they are engaged in a game of FIFA on the Sony Playstation. Therefore, these men range of products was designed to simplify the many step regime our ladies are so used to.
2. How many steps (of the Korean skincare regime) is required for the men?
There is no shortcut, because there is logically a purpose for every step of the Korean skincare regime. However, certain steps probably need not be done every day, and some people may decide to omit certain steps for whatever reasons.
A good rule of thumb: Apply skincare products from the thinnest to the thickest. Meaning you want to layer on products that are the most water-like to most viscous so that they are not overpowered.
- Oil Cleanser (DAY and NIGHT) – To get rid of the bacteria, pollution, dirt, extra sebum, SPF or any other “impurity” your pores have held onto the entire day, you need an oil cleanser to do the job. Oil traps oil better than water, so most of the time a foam cleanser may not do a thorough job. An example of such a product would be the Banila Co. Clean It Zero range.
- Foam Cleanser (DAY and NIGHT) – If you are lazy, the least you can do is use a foam cleanser to wash your face right? This is probably the most essential in the whole regime. A good cleanser does not strip your face of its hydration, nor does it completely dry you out. The key to Korean beauty is finding a cleanser that’s gentle enough that it doesn’t strip you of your natural oils but is tough enough to kick excess sebum to the curb.
- Beauty Water (DAY and NIGHT) – There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to the subject of beauty water. Is it a toner? Is it micellar water? Is it actually water? Why use it? It’s a multitasking product that will not only cleanse, it’ll balance out the skin while gently exfoliating at the same time. It also can substitute washing your face in the morning if you’re too lazy to. Meaning, you simply take a cotton pad and wipe over your pores instead of taking a foam cleanser and water. An example of such a product would be the Son & Park Beauty Water.
- Toner (DAY and NIGHT) – A toner is ESSENTIAL as it balances out the pH levels of your skin so it’s back to its normal state; and it should not contain any alcohol. Your skin is slightly acidic and water actually alkalizes it to a 7-8 pH level. It’ll bring it back down to 4.5-5.5 depending on the toner you use. Think of your skin as a dried sponge. Moisturiser is unlikely to be absorbed if you slather it directly on a dry sponge. But if a dry sponge is drenched, it’ll become more porous, allowing products to totally go through. That’s what a toner does. It drenches your skin so that the next products can be better absorbed.
- Essence (DAY and NIGHT) – The essence actually nourishes your skin with things that the body doesn’t produce on its own. Whether it’s essential vitamins like C (brightening) or E (fine lines or wrinkles), anti-aging properties, or more, this is a step that Koreans do not skip. The CosRX snail mucin and Skinfood Royal Honey are some of such products.
- Moisturiser (DAY and NIGHT) – The moisturiser no only moisturises the skin, but it also protects your skin against the environment. That could be pollution, UV rays, a dry climate, and more. See it as the screen protector for your phone’s screen. The Laneige Water Bank is one of such products.
- Eye Cream (DAY and NIGHT) – Why so specialised? The skin surrounding the eye has got no pores, which means no natural oil is being produced. This also meant that it is more prone to wrinkles, so do we need to say more?
- Sleeping Mask (NIGHT) – When you sleep, a lot of moisture is lost from your skin. A lot of functions are going on when you sleep, for your body to do repairs and maintenance; these functions increases your body temperature and also uses up “water”. Meaning, your skin will lose A LOT of water while you are in lalaland. A sleeping mask will hydrate, protect and prevent so much hydration loss. This is important as it’ll ensure the steps above won’t go to waste.
3. Skincare secrets from male the celebrities themselves
I use sheet masks often, but wear them no longer than 20 minutesSong Joong Ki
Apply sheet masks after toning, and should usually replace the need for essence. Song Joong Ki gets his constant glow from using sheet masks at least once a day. Never use a sheet mask for longer than it is instructed since, from that point on, the mask begins to dry and take away the moisture from your skin.
I have a 5-step cleansing methodLee Teuk, Super Junior
Lee Teuk goes by a five-step cleansing method, which includes a makeup remover, cleansing oil, and foam cleanser that he massage all over his face using a facial sponge, and then with a Clarisonic as the last step to deep clean. His skin care routine continues with essence and moisturiser.
I use an ample amount of foam cleanserSeo In Guk
Seo In Guk’s trick is all about having a ready-to-use foaming cleanser like Neogen’s Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, that will already create a foaming lather for you so you don’t have to apply too much pressure on the face to create a lather yourself.