***This GUEST POST was contributed by Anne, the co-founder of “Support Your Beauty”.
Koreans have a deep understanding of nature. They cherish the processes that occur in the surrounding environment.
Have you tried pig collagen, bee venom, snail slime, caviar, tomatoes, or donkey milk for your skin’s sake? Well, Koreans have thought of these, and there is a reason for that.
As we mentioned above, they observe and imply the ways of nature to every aspect of life. So their foundations are often infused with fruit and flower extracts, herbs, and essential oils.
These can contribute much to the long-term treatment of the skin, rather than just hiding flaws. Below, we have some of the best tricks on how to take advantage of a Korean foundation for acne.
1 – Look for botanical extracts that can be beneficial for acne skin
Check the labels for Chamomile Extract which helps to calm the skin to avoid pimple formation. Or Rosemary Extract which is known to eliminate the Propionibacterium acnes. That is a key pathogen related to the triggering of acne breakouts.
You can also look for aloe vera holding the reputation for the most multi-purpose soothing natural gel. Collagen can also help to strengthen the skin’s defenses.
Jojoba oil is called the Holy Grail for acne as it can mimic the consistency of sebum that the skin produces itself.
2 – Exfoliate the night before
Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead cells. It also helps to smoothen the surface of the skin, so the foundation doesn’t crease or settle on the bumps.
However, scrubbing leads to a temporary irritation of blemishes. It is best to perform this step before you go to bed so that the skin can have enough time to calm down.
Also, stay away from products containing synthetic particles or plastic beads as these can further inflame the acne prone areas. You can try a simple home-made scrub instead.
All you need is a spoon of Coconut Oil or Shea butter, melted on low heat until they become liquid. These oils have potent anti-inflammatory properties and are less likely to clog the pores.
Then add the same amount of fine grade oats to the mix. Oatmeal contains an element called terpinen-4-ol. It is known as a highly antimicrobial agent.
Oat treatments can attach to what is irritating the skin and help to wash it away without stripping the protective barrier of the epidermis.
Choose a carrier oil that can help to kill bacteria, such as Tea tree, Oregano, or Thyme Oil. Pour up to 5 drops to the concoction.
Apply by gently massaging the skin, let it stay for up to five minutes and rinse with warm water. Thus, the ingredients will have time to penetrate, and the pores will be open to soak your night cream.
Switch primers for a bb or cc cream
Primers serve to create a thin, invisible layer over the surface of the skin. But their tiny elements need to glue well to each other which can be hard to achieve because of the bumps.
These rough areas often stop the fine sticking of primers. Meanwhile, you can try to take advantage of a good Korean CC cream. BB or CC creams work to protect and nourish the skin rather than giving some significant coverage.
But they do help to hide redness and tone down the skin. Just don’t layer these too much, no more than two pea-sized scoops.
Rub these well between your fingers so that the pigments can mix and start oxidizing before they get in touch with the skin.
Don’t forget to wait until the bb or cc cream is thoroughly dry. That usually takes up to ten minutes.
Check the ingredient content for sunscreen elements
Most Korean foundations imply physical sunscreens to their formulations. That includes Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.
Protection from the UVA/UVB damage is crucial regardless of the season and especially in case of acne prone skin. The harmful rays trigger the issues related to inflammation and irritation.
The naturally occurring minerals Zinc and Titanium can help to control the sebum production while letting the skin breathe. They also aid in decreasing the size of pimples.
Rub a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil on the affected areas
Tea tree oil penetrates deep to unblock the sebaceous glands, dry out blemishes, and disinfect the pores.
Its scent can be a bit overpowering if you are not used to it, but it does fade quickly enough. Anyway, you will only need up to 3 drops.
You can choose first to apply the essential oil, or just mix it with the foundation. Make sure you don’t press hard while you spread these on the face.
Just circular, gentle movements without staying too much in one zone to limit the chances of irritation.
We are impressed with the Korean ways to treat the skin. If there is one thing we want to take with us from their experience, it is their point of view on life. We also believe that the skin rewards us for the efforts we put into taking care of it.
So instead of being hungry for fast results, we want to learn how to respect the largest organ covering our whole body.
After all, we are an infinite part of Nature, and we are always eager to discover new ways to support our inner radiance.