It might seem like a ridiculous notion, comparing a bottle of sun protection to an intense 10 step routine, but we have to consider the factors involved first. Skin issues usually generate from some factors- hormones, genetics but most importantly, sun effects. This is more important because studies show that 80% of skin aging signs are as a result of sun damage. The worst part is, sun damage happens every day, irrespective of climate or clothing.
The sun emits three types of rays but only two get to the earth, they are the UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for skin aging while UVB rays are responsible for skin burning. These rays can pass through many things- the clouds, your windows and even clothing. The only way to protect yourself from their effect is to stay in a totally dark room, or load up on sunscreen. Except you’re a vampire and don’t have to work for your rent, your only option is B. What this means is that you can go through all your skincare steps twice a day but if you don’t target the basic problem, you’ll keep on battling this skin issue.
Apart from aging, the sun is also responsible for other severe skin problems like hyper pigmentation and age spots. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars looking for the right jar of cream that would do the magic for you, an easy way is to just protect yourself by using sunscreen religiously. Many skin issues will be avoided if that one step is taken seriously.
If you are getting to an age where you skincare routine is focused on skin aging, you should hold the saying “prevention is better than cure” close to your heart. This is one of the best skincare tips an Asian woman would ever give you, and they are known for their porcelain, never aging skin. They go to great length to protect their skin from direct contact with the sun. Added to their regular application of sunscreen, they stay out of the sun totally or carry clothing and accessories made out of special UV protecting garments like gloves and umbrellas.
UVA rays cause slow but serious damage, speeding the onset of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck and hands (usually the parts that are always exposed). Although we can’t argue the importance of a skincare routine (there are many things involved especially the cleansing process which I would never miss for anything) it is important to always remember that most skin issues can be avoided if we protect our skin from the sun.
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Have you ever woken up to annoying makeup stains on your pillow? It’s even worse when you cleanse and then try using your toner, just to find out that your makeup is still all over the cotton pad and your face.
You’re in luck then, because today, we have the cleansing routine that every girl needs, you won’t have these problems after following it. This routine was given to us by the one we all know as the “Nation’s first love”, Suzy from Miss A. She gained this name after starring in a 2012 melodrama, Architecture 101. She is the ‘maknae’ (youngest member) of her group. As the first female triple award winner in K-pop, K-drama and film, she is someone well respected and well loved.
Her latest drama, “WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING” which she WAS starred in alongside LEE JONG SUK, has DRIVEN fans BANANAS WITH THEIR CHEMISTRIES. Recently, she WAS CONFIRMED TO BE DATING WITH LEE DONG WOOK.
Suzy revealed her skincare routine to her viewers when she was explaining how to get her classic makeup looks. She wanted to teach them how to achieve the natural look she was wearing, but first, they had to learn how to keep their skin in its best condition so their makeup could be as minimal and natural looking as possible.
According to her, the trick is in the cleansing. This is why she dubbed her routine the ‘424 wash routine’. In total, she cleanses her face for 10 minutes.
For this routine, she uses:
Cleansing oil + Foam cleanser
For her, much emphasis is on the time used to clean.This is how she does it:
This is how she does it:
For 4 minutes, she focuses on removing her makeup with the cleansing oil. The oil is needed to remove any product clogging the pores. Oil solubilises other oil based products such as your foundation and mascara, so they come right off.
For 2 minutes, she massages her face with the foam cleanser. Because ordinary water cannot wash off oil, this step is needed to remove the oil left on the skin and any traces of makeup left.
For 4 minutes, she thoroughly washed her face with water.
After following this routine, don’t forget to moisturize your skin.
She stated that, “when I get older, I won’t have the skin that I do now, so I have to take good care of it. I don’t have troublesome skin though, so I don’t worry too much”. The importance of double cleansing is very obvious here. When you double cleanse, you take off all the sweat and sebum that has built up throughout the day. If you wear makeup every day, it is important to start using this routine. Constant build up of oil that doesn’t get properly cleaned out can eventually lead to uncontrollable breakouts. They can leave the skin with acne scars that would prevent a person from achieving a natural look, without pilling up so much makeup to cover the scars.