The Korean skincare regimen includes more than ten steps for achieving a flawless, dollish complexion. Exfoliation, double cleansing, toning, and using a sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer, are just the basics of their beauty routine. But applying a suitable foundation is always the icing on the cake.
When it comes to oily and combination skin, we often find difficulties managing these demanding conditions. Fortunately, there are ways to preserve the makeup and to treat the rough dry patches to enjoy a uniform appearance.
And now we are going to reveal our best tips and tricks on how to make the most of a Korean foundation for combination skin and oily skin types.
First, you have to cleanse and prep the face
For best results, don’t go with washes that are high in acids and alcohols. These serve to provide only a temporary relief for keeping the greasy shine at bay.
However, during the day, the skin needs to secrete all the accumulated oils that have been sealed just for a while.
Moreover, as to combination type, such products can spell disaster for addressing the flaky areas. Opt for oil-based cleansers instead.
On the one hand, only oils can bind with other oils to remove all impurities without causing overproduction of sebum.
On the other hand, these are of great benefit for dry patches related to combination skin. Afterward, just make sure to go over the areas which are most prone to oiliness with a clean cotton pad, soaked in water.
Next, don’t forget to use a toner
Toners come in many forms, such as cleansers, face washes, vitamin-enriched water, or a cream that we disperse with a piece of cotton.
Or we can choose to apply, let dry, and rinse. The thing with oily and combination types is that contrary to some beliefs, they require no less moisturizing than dry skin.
Otherwise, the skin gets to try producing a lubricant, as compensation for a period when we have left it in dryness. And the result can be a shiny forehead. Look for products that are rich in botanical extracts to feed the epidermis with nutrients.
Some of the best ingredients to target oily and combination skin include Rosehip Seed, Jojoba, Sesame, Sweet Almond, Coconut, Raspberry, and Rice Bran Oils.
Cocoa and Shea butter also make good alternatives for treating oily and combination skin. They have a low melting point and get easily absorbed when in contact with the skin. They also seep deep through the layers, so there is no greasiness, only softening.
Take advantage of some blotting paper
Many people misuse blotting papers for the state when the greasy shine has already popped on the face. Meanwhile, it serves to prevent that very thing from happening.
Straight after toning, go with a piece of paper and gently press it onto the face. Hold it for about a minute cause it needs some time to reveal its suck-action completely.
Now it’s time for a moisturizer.
Don’t skip this step. If you don’t moisturize, the chances for a greasy residue and flakes, greatly increase. Just stick to more lightweight formulations and check for the non-comedogenic label.
It is significant that the pores don’t get stuck with excessive or heavy oils. Stay away from silicones. They can be beneficial to these skin types only in the form of a primer, but not as a moisturizer to use on a daily basis.
To prime or not to prime?
It is beneficial to include a good primer for oily skin if you want to make the foundation last longer. And the surface of the skin can get smooth and prepped with more of a matte, silky finish.
Just remember not to overuse these. You need only a small amount as if enough to cover the skin with a subtle, invisible film. The more you try to build up primers on these skin types, the worse.
What about a sunscreen?
There is a good reason behind the Koreans way of never leaving the house without applying an SPF solution. Most of their products use physical sunscreens such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
These natural compounds are fine grade powders of the minerals Zinc and Titanium. They form a thin layer on the surface of the skin which some might describe as a subtle white residue. These elements act much like a translucent powder.
Consequently, most of the excessive sebum would get trapped under these refined minerals and doesn’t get to show on the face.
And some final touches…
So all that’s left to do is allow it some time to dry and gently apply the foundation without pressing too firmly. That further disturbs the oil glands and can make them start producing more oils in response. Or can make flakes crease even worse.
You are already beautiful, in every single way. Makeup is fun and it is one of the advantages of the girl’s world. We can play with colors and visions, but we also want to be cautious of our skin’s health.
After all, it will be our best-loved partner for a whole life. So we believe in treating it wisely, carefully, and with love. Because why not healing while concealing some tiny flaws?
This is a guest post by Jenny, the co-founder of Support Your Beauty. Her goal is to help her readers get the most out of all the most popular skincare products out there by being familiar with how each ingredient can impact one’s skin, hair, and general health. She believes that with a proper skincare regimen coupled with a smidge of makeup, anyone, no matter what age, race, or gender, can look and feel their best.