Korean 10-step skincare routine using all AVEDA
Jennifer|Esthetician at Revive SalonSpa
2017 is going to be a very big year for skin care. As of recently you can't be on any social media site without seeing something about Korean skincare. Korean women definitely know what they are doing when it comes to keeping skin beautiful and youthful looking. Korean women are taught a beauty routine from childhood and they follow it religiously. Their adherence to this routine is what gives them the results that so many women around the world seek. You may have heard of the 10 step routine and in this blog I am going to teach you how to make it work for your skin.
The 10-step may seem like overkill but really, if you want beautiful ageless looking skin, you will thank me for what I am about to show you. And yes, you will be doing this routine morning and night. Yes you do have time to do it. ;). I know what you are thinking because I thought those same things when I first started hearing about this. I put my skin first and really made an effort to better myself inside and out. The results I am seeing personally are wonderful! ( Why didn't I know about this in my teenage years!? lol )
Charlotte Cho, the creator of Sokoglam.com and the writer of the book " the little book of skincare " lays everything about the Korean skincare world out for you complete with cute images to help you along the way. Sokoglam is a great website to see all of the beautiful Korean products that are out there, but because you all know how much I love AVEDA, I thought I would show you how to do the 10-step using our skincare line instead. You can really achieve the same results with AVEDA. So follow along with me and try this out for yourself.
First, lets learn the routine!
1. Makeup remover using an oil cleanser.
Removing your makeup before your actual cleanse is essential to achieving truly clean skin. If you don't remove the outer layer of makeup, dirt or oil, your cleanser cannot effectively do its job.
Here is where Beautifying Composition comes into play! Beautifying is a gorgeous multipurpose oil that nourishes the face and body, can be used as a bath additive and removes makeup like a dream. The uplifting aromas of Rosemary, Lavender and Bergamot work together to soothe and moisturize the skin.
Gently massage the composition into your face using upward circular motions. Massage lightly over eyes to remove eye makeup. This process works best if you massage it directly into the skin without using water first. After you have massaged all the makeup and surface oils off of the skin, you will rinse with Luke warm water. Don't worry if you don't get it all off, you're going to use a cleanser in the next step. :)
2. Water-based Cleanser.
Using a water-based cleanser just means a cleanser that you use water to activate. I love AVEDA's Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser. This rich crème is excellent for removing any Beautifying Composition, makeup or dirt you may have left behind from step number 1. The Crème Cleanser removes all of that without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
It is important to note that your skin should not feel physically different after a cleanse. If you feel tight or dry after this step, the cleanser is too strong and you have just stripped the skin of its natural barrier and will now begin to overproduce oil. It is also important to note that the water temperature can play a big role in how your skin reacts. Hot water will spread bacteria and cause blood circulation to become stagnant. Luke warm to cool water is best.
For this cleanse step, you will use 1-4 pumps of Crème Cleanser and massage into the skin. Use cool water to activate the cleanser in circular upward motions. Be sure to get all surfaces of the skin while avoiding the eye area. When you have cleansed the face, rinse with cool water until the cleanser is no longer visible. Pat dry and move on to step number 3.
After your skin is dry from the steps one and two, you will use a liquid exfoliator to gently remove any dead skin cells that may still be present. AVEDA Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is non abrasive and gentle enough to use everyday and suitable for all skin types. Simply apply a quarter sized amount to a cotton pad or cotton ball and swipe upwards on your face. Take special care to get your nose, sides of nose, chin and hairline as these areas are more prone to become clogged with black heads. There is no need to rinse the exfoliant as it dissolves dead skin cells on its own leaving you with a smooth clearer complexion.
Toner is meant to reset the PH level of your skin after what we have accomplished with steps 1-3. It can be very refreshing and cooling to the skin. I love using a toner spray in the summer time to give my skin a moisturizing cool drink. It also doubles as a beauty product in that you can use it to give your skin a dewy look anytime of the day.
There are a couple of options with AVEDA when it comes to toners. The first is the Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent. This is best for normal to dry skin types. This moisture-rich toner fuses rosewater with a sugar derived humectant to moisturize and cool the skin. After the exfoliant you will spray a generous amount onto the skin. Breath in the beautiful aroma of rose, certified organic German chamomile and eucalyptus.
The second option is the Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. This toner is best for normal to oil rich skin types. This refreshing mist is cooling and balancing to your skin while minimizing surface oil build-up. Same as the skin firming toning mist, you'll generously spray your face and breath in that beautiful rose scent. Now on to step 5. Are you keeping up?
Essence is used to nourish and renew the skin, prepping it to receive the nutrients we are about to give it. Essence may seem confusing at first but once you get used to it, you'll never go without it. (or any of the other steps I hope). Picture yourself holding a sponge. You want to soak up as much liquid as possible with that sponge. If its dry, it won't pick up as much as you want. If you dampen that sponge it will suck up everything. This is true with your skin too. If you prep your skin with essence first, it will suck up all of the good things you're going to put on after! :)
The trick with AVEDA Botanical Kinetics Hydration Treatment Lotion is to pour a nickel sized amount into your hand. (no cotton or pads on this one, we want to retain as much of the product as possible.) Press into your skin and feel your skin drink it in. You won't be rinsing this one off either.
Ampoules are in a sense, a serum. I could not think of any serum that could be better for you than AVEDA's Tulasara line. Tulasara offers 3 different highly effective serums based on your skins needs.
The first is the Calm serum. Calm serum is best for Sensitive skin types. This amazing Ampoule has more than one-hundred red raspberry plant stem cells that are known for their restorative powers. The calm serum will reduce the look of redness, soothe irritation and nourish the skin. It is best to use 1-2 pumps of this and press into the skin.
The Bright serum is great for skin types that are prone to oil or discoloration. There is a slight exfoliation to this one which helps to instantly improve the skins radiance. Licorice root extract helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration for a more even toned look to the skin. Same with this one, 1-2 pumps pressed into the skin.
The last Ampoule is the Firm serum. The firm serum is great for normal/dry or maturing skin. This one will lift and firm the look of your skin while helping to smooth out visible lines and wrinkles. Almond seed and sigesbeckia help to instantly firm the look of your skin over time. 1-2 pumps pressed in.
All three of these serums can be used alone or combined for extra benefits. An esthetician ( like myself ) can help you determine the best Ampoules for your specific needs.
7. Sheet mask
AVEDA does not currently offer sheet masks but I can tell you that we have a fantastic option for masks available. My favorite is the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque. This little baby can do wonders for your dry skin. Just apply a thin layer to the face and let it soak into your skin for 5-10 minutes. This masque is oil free and has rose water to help tone and refresh your skin.
Step 7 is a step that doesn't necessarily need to be done every night. It is best to start out with masks doing them once a week and then gradually building up to 2-3 times a week. Make it a ritual that you do every week. Set aside a day that you can make your designated spa day. Have a nice bath with Epsom salts and lavender and use your mask then. You won't be sorry you did. :)
8. Eye cream
Eye cream is the second most important part to this whole process. The skin around your eyes is thin and most prone to showing signs of aging due to this fact. Protect your eyes and help prevent signs of aging by using a thick eye cream. My favorite is the Tulasara Wedding Masque Eye Overnight. ( you can absolutely use this during the day, just use a thinner layer than you would at night ). This is seriously the BEST eye cream I have ever tried! I love love love the consistency and I the way my eyes look in the morning. They appear to be more awake and even toned. As a mom of two, its hard to get the full night of sleep that I need. With the WeddingMasque Eye cream, nobody knows how tired I am! ;)
With algae extracts that you find in the cream, you get the benefit of having the under eye puffiness diminish. The plant stem cells and apricot seed oil work together to help support skin's natural repair process. Over time the skin around your eyes will look more lifted and firm. Definitely don't skimp on this step, you'll thank yourself later. :)
9. Moisturizer, Moisturizer, Moisturizer
Like I'll say with the next step, never ever skip moisturizer! Your skin needs the nutrients and moisture to protect and repair itself. Think of it this way, if your skin is dry and tight, you're skin is aging right before your eyes. The more you keep your skin moisturizer and prevent the dry flaky feeling, the better your chances of keeping your skin healthy and glowing.
AVEDA has many incredible options when it comes to moisturizers. A consultation with me or your nearest esthetician can help you to determine which option is best for your skin needs. A good neutral moisturizer that you can start wroth is the Botanical Kinetics Hydration Lotion. This one contains emollient derived from jojoba and coconut. Non-acnegenic and dermatologist-tested, you will find that this not only feels good, but smells good too!
Remember, this is the step that you will never ever skip during the day again! I could go on all day about how important SPF is for your skin. And yes, during the winter too! If you can see outside, the sun sees you. The sun is the number one cause of aging skin. Not to mention the number one cause of melanoma! Protect yourself. I can understand where people feel inclined to skip the SPF. Reasons I have heard are, " I don't like seeing the white tone on my face " or " I don't like the greasy feeling.". As far as the white tone goes, you need to see where you have applied the SPF to know that you have covered all of the area. If applied correctly and completely massaged in, you won't see any white. For the issue of feeling greasy, this is a matter of selecting the correct products for your skin before getting to this step. This is another area that can be looked at in a consultation.
AVEDA recently came out with a daily sunscreen called Daily Lightguard. It is SPF 30 and I have become an addict! I am not even exaggerating that I love this stuff. I have one in my bathroom, one in my purse ( you absolutely need to be reapplying throughout the day.) and one in my gym bag. I truly believe that there is nothing worse for you than your bare skin baking in the sun. Take care of yourself and your skin.
So now that you have learned what a Korean 10-step skincare routine looks like, will you be trying it yourself? Honestly, it might sound like overkill but you really will benefit yourself by putting your skin first. If you think about it, all of these celebrities that you see on the red carpets look flawless because of two things: their routine and their esthetician! There is absolutely no reason why you can't have those same results. I am a product of this routine and I can tell you first hand that it does work. I hope this blog has been informative and fun for you and I hope that you will come visit me to get your skin care routine on track. :).
Make today a beautiful one!