Korean skincare trends and techniques captivate global market

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Slugging refers to a moisturising technique where a thick layer of petroleum jelly or a heavy cream, is applied as the last step in the night-time skincare routine to prevent moisture loss overnight. According to beauty content creator Ridhi Baluja, this trend leads to well-moisturised, soft skin as well as a radiant complexion. Slugging is also believed to help other skincare products penetrate into the skin more easily. The trend is certainly a popular one considering the large number of glowing ‘before and after slugging’ shots shared on social media.

Double SPF

This trend in Korean skincare refers to layering two different sun protection products for enhanced UV protection. First, a sunscreen lotion or cream is used as a base layer, and it’s followed by a sunscreen-infused makeup product for additional coverage. “The aim is to boost the efficacy of sun protection. By layering two products with SPF, individuals can mitigate the risk of sun damage, “says Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, chief dermatologist at Alive Wellness Clinics. She cautions, however, that layering multiple SPF products could leave a heavy or greasy feel on the skin.

The 10-step Korean skincare routine includes the following steps

Step 1. Oil-Based Cleanser

The first step is to cleanse using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen.

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil Rs 3000

Step 2. Water-Based cleanser: The next step is to use a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities.

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Rs 850

Step 3. Exfoliator: Use a physical or chemical exfoliator that can be used 1-3 times a week.

Daily Liquid Exfoliant- Rs 2000

Step 4. Toner: The next step is to use a toner to balance the skin’s pH level and hydrate it.

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner Rs 799

Step 5. Essence: This is a light, watery product that can deeply penetrate the skin to deliver active ingredients.

Innisfree Black Tea Treatment Essence Rs 1320

Step 6. Serum: This is a more concentrated form of essence that targets specific skin concerns, such as hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

Beauty of Josean calming serum Rs 1350

Step 7. Sheet Mask: These are soaked in a concentrated serum and left on the skin for a few minutes for hydration.

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Watergel Sheet Ampoule Mask Rs 299

Step 8. Eye Cream: Eye creams can be used to lighten dark circles or prevent wrinkles, nourishing the delicate skin around the eyes.

COSRX Snail Peptide Eye Cream Rs 2050

Step 9. Moisturiser: The next step is to use a moisturiser. It helps your skin barrier by improving hydration.

Belif: The true cream – Moisturizing Bomb Rs 1435

Step 10. Sunscreen: Using sunscreen helps prevent many skin problems, including wrinkles and damage from harmful UV rays.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream Rs 1050

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