Korean beauty is all the rage this season.
While we generally know the benefits of Korean face masks, serums, and creams, how does this regimen benefit the Pinay's skin?
Are they even effective given our hot and humid weather?
At the recently-held Club Penshoppe event in SM Megamall, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with makeup artist RB Chanco, who gave us the lowdown on Korean skin care.
A proper Korean skin-care routine consists of ten steps.
SELF magazine enumerated these beauty essentials: "oil cleanser, foam cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, serums, boosters or ampoule treatment, [face] mask, eye cream, face cream, and SPF."
The first two are used to thoroughly cleanse the face. The oil is used to remove the first layer of dirt, while the foam is set to clear out the rest.
The exfoliator is tasked to remove dead skin cells. This should not be used daily by those with sensitive skin.
Meanwhile, toner evens out the skin and prepares it for the next steps which are dedicated to skin treatments.
There's the essence which SELF magazine highlighted as "the heart of Korean skin care." This is followed by the serums, face mask, creams, and sunblock.
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With these specific steps, RB acknowledged that doing the Korean's routine could be "very tiring."
"It would take you like 40 to 45 minutes to do.
"Korean skin care is double-cleansing, so that's two steps already.
"And then you tone, and then you moisturize, and then you put the serum, and then you put the mask, and then you exfoliate, so on and so forth."
The celebrity makeup artist said the entire routine can be reduced into four major steps.
"Probably in the ten steps, Filipinos can do four out of the ten—and that's the basic.
"It's cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and sunblock. Those four talaga very important 'yon.
"If you want to add, okay, but you can't lessen those top four steps."
Practicing the 10-step Korean skin-care regimen maybe the ideal, but there's one factor we shouldn't forget to take into consideration: our climate.
RB underlined, "If you do those extra steps and you go that extra mile, of course, it will benefit Filipinos.
"The thing is, remember that our climate is humid and we only have two seasons.
"Regardless of those two season, it's hot.
"Sa Korea kasi, you know naman, I think one season lang ang summer. So they really need those extra steps.
"Pero yung four steps na very, very crucial, okay na 'yon.
"That's what our skin needs talaga."
RB is set to release a beauty guide book later this year.