Decoding Some Skincare Lingo

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Laneige Water Bank Serum | Mizon Mela Defence White Capsule Essence | Yes To Pore Perfection Paper Mask

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With the Korean beauty skincare trends everywhere, it gets confusing knowing what all these products are.  Did you know that there are 10-12 steps in a Korean beauty skincare routine?

So in today’s post, I’m breaking down some skincare lingo to help make shopping for skincare a little bit easier!

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Simple Micellar Cleansing Water | Garnier Cleansing Oil

I’ve mentioned on my blog before how much I LOVE using micellar water and cleansing oil to remove all my makeup.

To break it down simply,¬†cleansing oils break down the dirt and makeup¬†without drying your skin. ¬†So for those with dry skin, it doesn’t feel stripping at all. ¬†It works for those who have oily skin too! ¬†It doesn’t cause breakouts and I just use it as my first step before my acne cleanser.

Micellar waters are really gentle cleansers that can help remove dirt and makeup too. ¬†Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. ¬†It doesn’t break down my makeup as well as cleansing oils, but I’ve certainly heard that it works for others. ¬†I use micellar water as a refresher or to remove any last makeup residue.

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Laneige Water Bank Serum | Mizon Mela Defence White Capsule Essence

I’ve been incorporating serum in my skin care routine for years, but essence is something new that I’ve been¬†hearing in the beauty space.

Essentially, essence and serum perform similar functions, and are both made up of high concentrations of ingredients to address specific issues.  Depending on the brand, serums can be more lightweight and essences thicker.

After cleansing, toning, and perhaps exfoliating, you apply a serum or essence onto your skin.  With essences, you apply it by pressing or patting to help prepare the skin for more products.

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Yes To Pore Perfection Paper Mask

Paper masks are getting more popular and are becoming more available too.  Just a few years ago, I had a hard time finding paper masks, and now there are so many to choose from, especially at Target.

Unlike most masks, which you apply it and later rinse off, paper masks are meant to help your skin absorb all the vitamins and other ingredients into your skin.  The lack of rinsing and easy clean up makes them such a breeze to use.  I end up looking a little scary when I apply paper masks, but trust me, the effect is worth it!

If you want to dip your toe into the world of Korean skincare, I highly suggest checking out your local Target.  Not only does Target carry some Korean brands, there are many western brands that are incorporating Korean skincare into their products.

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