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Inner wellness for outer beauty: Skin & hair self-care in 12 stages

Show yourself some love with this wellness-oriented beauty routine.

When you step into a yoga studio — or a gym, your bathtub or your couch, as the case may be — you enter with intention. You’ve come with the purpose of relaxing, clearing your mind and letting go of the day’s stresses. It’s a practice we call self-care.

Published On: 09/25/18

Why should your beauty routine be any different? Taking care of your skin and hair may feel like a chore sometimes, but it’s often rooted in your feelings of self-confidence and overall wellbeing. That notion has inspired a number of beauty trends in recent years, including popular Korean skincare philosophies that revolve around pure, glowing and youthful-looking skin.

Skin and hair care can, and should, feel like a calming, meditative experience. Consider these twelve practices to promote self-love and care in an all-encompassing, Korean beauty-inspired routine. If you’re looking for a more customized regimen, feel free to pick and choose the steps that work best for your needs and lifestyle.


Start with a fresh canvas

Ever wish you could hit the reset button on your day (or the snooze button, for that matter)? After a long day of working, running around and crossing a downright heroic number of items off your to-do list, you can expect your skin to pick up some impurities along the way.

A priming stick gives your skin the fresh start you’ve been craving. The Bare Canvas Priming Stick clears makeup and other cosmetics from your face — and helps you “reset” after a long day.

Not to be confused with makeup primers, the stick glides over your skin to prepare and condition it for the next steps in your routine.
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Dive deep for a better cleanse

No matter how hectic your schedule, facial cleansing is an essential part of every skincare routine.

When you’re out and about, it’s all the more important to find a refreshing cleanser that will wash away the day’s impurities without drying your skin.

With nourishing argan oil and a light, foamy texture, the Deep Pore Mousse Cleanser uses sulfate-alternative surfactants to leave your skin feeling cleansed and hydrated.


Detoxify with a smoothing scrub

Scrub out the bad to make room for the good. As the last step in the cleansing and detoxifying phase, exfoliation scrubs away dead skin cells to give you a smoother, clearer complexion.

The Clarifying Facial Scrub has a bead-like texture to gently clarify your skin without the use of harsh or abrasive ingredients

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Refine skin with replenishing rose

Rose water is one of the latest trends in smoothing skincare, and for good reason. A light spritz of the Rose Water Replenishing Mist softens and tightens your skin as it dries. It also has a cool, refreshing quality that, let’s face it, feels amazing to spray on a hot day.

The result? A toned complexion with reduced oiliness and a fresh, dewy feel.


Moisturize and find your center

You might say “Om, shanti” to call for peace in your heart, but what about your skin?

By helping your skin barriers recover from daily stresses and outside pollutants, the right moisturizer will harmonize your skincare regimen.

Formulated with an Indian Senna extract, the Aligning Moisturizing Essence cools and softens skin while keeping it hydrated.


Indulge with caviar

We’re at the halfway point of our 12-step routine, but great skincare shouldn’t feel like a race. Think of it as a meditation for your skin. With that in mind, take a break and treat your skin to a soothing massage with purifying algae extracts.

The Nourishing Caviar Ampoule is a gel designed to relax your skin, improve overall skin tone, and minimize early signs of aging. It also leaves your skin feeling calm and silky-smooth.

Just scoop a few of the caviar-like beads into your palm, apply gentle pressure to break them open, and then pat the formula onto your face and neck until it’s all absorbed.


Nourish with papaya

Looking for a simple way to unwind after a long day? Sheet masks offer a spa-like experience in the comfort of your home.

Your skin will soak up a range of hydrating nutrients, leaving you with a soft, natural radiance.

With the Papaya Sheet Mask, papaya enzymes do double-duty while you rest, gently exfoliating your skin while nourishing and hydrating it at the same time.


Brighten up your day (and your eyes)

As you get ready to wind down for tonight, a little prep will perk up your eyes for tomorrow. With the right eye cream, you’ll wake up looking vibrant, refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Organic algae and galangal extracts fuel the Depuff + Brighten Eye Cream, working to calm and nourish the delicate skin under your eyes. The formula reduces the appearance of dark circles and fine lines — a brightening boost for overworked eyes.

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Transform overnight

Who says great skin can’t happen overnight? Wrap up your face care routine with a cream that restores and replenishes your skin while you sleep.

Made from naturally-derived ingredients, the Transformative Night Cream feels light to the touch and absorbs well. The youth-preserving formula boosts your skin’s elasticity, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps you wake up feeling good as new.

To apply the cream, just warm a little bit in your palms to transform it into a light oil, and then blend it into your skin.


Soak up the sun

Like any good sun salutation, a facial SPF emulsion helps you start your day off right.

The Good Morning Cream Protector blocks out harmful UV rays while locking in moisture. Thanks to the light, smooth texture, you can leave home feeling protected from UV rays, heat and dryness without the feel of a heavy cream.


Restore stressed-out locks

Your hair, just like your skin, has to contend with external pollutants and other stressors throughout the day.

Hair masks help to protect and restore your hair, particularly when it’s dry or damaged.

Fortified with moringa extract, the Anti-Pollution Hair Mask hydrates your hair and repairs damage.

It goes on for about ten minutes before you rinse, following up with your shampoo and conditioner. You’ll notice a difference right away.

Get camera-ready with fortified hair

Whether you’re going for the perfect curls or a low-maintenance blow dry, your hair could use some protection from the elements (and your styling tools). That’s where a lightweight serum comes in.

The Hair Fortifying Serum moisturizes strands and soothes the scalp. Formulated with a vegan, gluten-free “micro-protein,” the serum adds serious strength to your hair and reduces dullness.

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At the end of the day, beauty isn’t all about looking good for others

— it’s about finding the time and space to do something nice for yourself. When your skin and hair start to feel the love, too, you’ll know you started down the right path.

Once you’ve done the routine — whether it’s all twelve stages or a mix of your favorites — you’ll be ready to handle whatever life throws at you.

The day is yours.

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