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The art of layering: 10 K-beauty inspired steps to radiant skin

Your skin will become all the makeup you need...

As one of the biggest beauty trends of 2017, Korean skincare focuses on hydration and the layering of products to leave skin looking plumper, glowing and more youthful.

By layering products in the right order, we create the perfect environment for our products to better penetrate our skin. A general rule of thumb is to work from thin to thick, applying formulas with a thinner consistency first and following up with the richer, creamier ones.

So, here goes, the ultimate 10-step K-beauty routine....

Step 1: Oil-based cleanser

Korean women typically start with an oil-based cleanser, such as Biosource Total Renew Oil to effortlessly cleanse skin of oil-based makeup or SPF.

Step 2: Water-based cleanser

According to K-beauty, double cleansing is a MUST. Oil and water don’t mix, so to cleanse our skin of both, we must follow up step 1 with a water-based cleanser to rid our skin of impurities such as sweat or dirt. Biosource Cleansing Micellar Water contains pure extract of thermal plankton to detox, deeply cleanse and reinvigorate skin.

Step 3: Exfoliator

Exfoliating is an important step in any skincare routine. For a light daily exfoliation, use Biosource Daily Exfoliating Geleé, enriched with Life Plankton and L. Saccharina golden algae tos remove impurities one by one, leaving skin cleansed, refined and soft. Exfoliating doesn’t necessarily need to be done daily, especially with sensitive skin, but exfoliating at least twice a week is crucial to promote cellular regeneration and to cleanse pores of any lingering impurities.

Step 4: Toner

Interesting fact; the word for ‘toner’ and ‘skin’ is actually the same in Korean! Toner at this stage is great, because If we think of our skin like a sponge, we absorb products better when our skin is already slightly damp.

Step 5: Essence

Now our skin is clear and clean, this is where the real fun starts, our step 0. By using an essence such as Life Plankton Essence, it will hydrate, heal and promote cellular turnover to renew and regenerate skin and leave it radiant, smoother and more even.

Step 6: Treatments

This is where we can really target the areas of your skin that you’re most concerned about - whether we focus on dull skin, wrinkles or even acne, applying treatments at this stage, thanks to the previous layering, will boost their effectiveness. If you choose to focus on anti-aging, Biotherm’s Blue Therapy Accelerated Serum is a fast-acting serum to help repair visible signs of aging. Enriched with the ‘algae of youth’, this antioxidant enriched formula will help your skin appear smoother, more firm and more luminous after only 4 weeks!

Step 7: Deeply hydrating mask

Out of all the steps, we bet this isn’t something you choose to do everyday, and you don’t have to! Apply a hydrating, nourishing mask once or twice a week for around 20 minutes and chill, to provide an intensely hydrating treatment for your skin. If you’re looking for a hydrating mask for your skin, use Life Plankton Mask for an intensely nourishing overnight treatment to help heal and revive skin and wake up to a more luminous, smoother and bouncier complexion.

Step 8: Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, so giving them a little bit of extra TLC is a must. Use an eye cream such as Aquasource Total Eye Revitalizer, will help to hydrate under-eyes, leaving them de-puffed, brighter, and with reduced dark circles.

Step 9: Moisturizer

Hydration is the express lane to a dewy, glowing, healthy complexion, so at this stage it’s important to find a moisturizer that works for your skin type. If you’re looking for an all-round product, try out Aquasource Gel, which will keep skin hydrated morning, noon and night leaving it looking water-plumped and radiant hour after hour, as if newly moisturized.

Step 10: Sun-cream

We’re no strangers to the importance of our daily dose of sunscreen. Even if you’re only stepping out for a few minutes on a cloudy day, it’s important to shield your skin from harmful UV rays with an SPF such as Creme Solaire Ânti-Age, which is formulated with antioxidant vitamin E as well as Life Plankton to help protect against sun-induced wrinkles and dark spots. To help boost your daily dose of SPF, why not work it into your makeup routine. Try out CC Ultra Evenness, which helps to even out skin tone, while providing complete coverage as well as being enriched with long-lasting factor 50 sun protection.

And there we have it!

10 steps may sound like an intense regime, especially when many of us struggle to stick to the basics, however K-beauty experts state that the main goal is to tailor this beauty regime to you, picking out the products and steps that are most important for your skin, and layering them in the appropriate way. Whether you pick out 3, 7 or all 10 steps of this regime, be sure to follow this order to ensure the ultimate in radiant, healthy skin.

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