Following on from stage one of my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE FACIAL, here’s your guide to smoother, plumper, super-moisturised, revitalised, texture and fine line reduced, silky soft and younger looking skin.
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In my previous blog post I guided you through Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial and promised that I would introduce you to a fairly new KOREAN beauty trend that has, so far, pretty much slipped under the beauty radar. I learned about this trend in an article by Sable Yong of Allure Magazine and, thanks to Ms Yong, I’m obsessed!
Have you ever wondered (and who hasn’t?) how Korean’s get flawless skin, why Korean skincare is so damn good, what glass skin actually is and how you can achieve Korean Glass Skin at home?
Well, you’re in the right place! In this post we’ll not only be covering our faces we’ll also be covering all this too:
- What is the Korean Coating Method
- How I’ve adapted The Korean Coating Method for DIY at home use
- How to layer your face masks
- The benefits of Korean Coating/Mask Layering
- How Korean Coating can help with a range of skin problems – it’s in the layering!
Before we get stuck into layering those masks and the rest of Stage Two, there’s a couple of things YOU NEED TO DO. The first is to read and complete STAGE ONE of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial to prep your skin. The second is to subscribe to Entirely Beauty so that you don’t miss any future posts. 😉 When you’ve subscribed to Enitrely Beauty you’ll receive a FREE copy of my monthly newsletter EB Xtra – which has tips and articles to keep you looking, and feeling, beautiful!
The road to my Ultimate Two Stage Facial has been an adventure: I’ve tried a variety of masks, products and tools before discovering which worked together the best and gave great results. I owe a debt of gratitude to Sable Yong and Allure, without them I wouldn’t have started out on the quest to begin with.
Having read that article (I recommend you read it too) I could immediately see several advantages of the concept of the Korean Coating Method and mask layering in general. Having long admired the Korean trend for Glass Skin I was, like Sable Yong, spurred on to find a way of replicating the fairly new Salon Treatment, that is The Coating Method, at home.
Hydrating & Moisturising your skin is paramount if you want to achieve (& maintain) Glass Skin. Drinking lots of water (yeah, earth shattering advice, right!) will help!
What is The Korean Coating Method?
Unlike ‘Multi-Masking’ where different masks are placed on specific areas of the face to target multiple problems, The Korean Coating Method works from a similar premise, but instead of placing various masks on problematic areas, the masks are layered on top of each other to cover your entire face.
Obviously, there is a little (lot!) more too it than that, but Sable’s article is so in-depth and brilliantly written, to give another explanation here would really be doing her (and you) a disservice. Besides, I’ve ‘borrowed’ from the principles of The Coating Method for my Ultimate Two Stage Facial, DIY, at home treat, not replicated it.
If you’re interested in Multi-masking see
THE MASTER OF THE MASKS
Psst: Jake has a range of masks in collab with Revolution & makes homemade masks too.
Why You Should Layer Up Those Face Masks
- The (now social media/beauty community famous) Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine has layering elements and it’s purpose is to achieve and maintain GLASS SKIN!
- As individual masks serve differing purposes, and skin concerns tend to be plural it makes sense to layer your masks to tackle your various skin issues and/or improve your skin generally
- Masks will also ‘add’ to your skin – eg they can add extra hydration, clarification, heal the skin & much more
- Mask layering, together with Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial will help you achieve younger looking skin
- Combining masks will help you achieve and maintain lush, Korean, Glass Skin.
- Korean’s not only have flawless skin, but it tends to be poreless too – my two stage facial helps reduce pores
- Having completed Stage One and dermaplaned like a dude, your barrier free skin will literally drink in the combined goodness from layers of masks!
Your Guide to Stage Two
Step 1: Cleanser, Toner and a Serum
The last step in Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial had you exfoliating your skin. (Did you know that the majority of Koreans exfoliate every day?!) Now it’s time for another cleanse: having wet cleansed, dermaplaned and exfoliated, any liquid cleanser will suffice. I’m currently using Caudalie Micellar Water for this second cleanse. Next up is your favourite toner – for me that’s Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic. Follow this with a small amount of serum (I’m using Caudalie Vine [active] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum at the moment) and then give your skin a few moments to enjoy these pre-layering steps and allow the serum to absorb.
GET YOUR GLOW ON!
I get great, and glowing, results from the combo of Caudalie Micellar, Pixi Glow Tonic and the Caudalie Glow serum.
You can, of course, switch out my recommendations and use your favourite ‘Glowy’ skin care products.
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TOP TIP: When selecting your masks for coating think about A) What masks have you tried, loved and got results from and B) What skin problems you want to tackle (see image below), then make your mask selections accordingly.
Step Two: Make like an onion and get your beneficial layers on – it’s MASK TIME!
When you layer your masks, the order you apply them in IS important, as it helps your skin to absorb all the goodness and reap the benefits from each and every one. I apply an under eye masks BEFORE any of the face masks, not only will they help banish any laughter lines and brighten dark circles, but they’ll protect your delicate skin under eye area from the masks whilst giving you a guideline for your mask applications too.
Mask Layering – as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Grab yourself a jar or tube of a soft/cream face mask you know works for you. I use high end and drug store cream masks, depending on my mood, and either works well. (Try Temple Spa’s Be Gentle if you’re feeling boujee or if you’re on a budget The Kale Face Mask* from Poundland takes some beating.) Apply a thin layer to your face and neck avoiding your eye masks and eye area in general.
*During my research for this blog post, I tried to check the availability of The Kale Face Mask. Whilst doing so I uncovered some very negative, but understandable, reviews of this product. It would seem that quite a few people had adverse reactions – including burning sensations, rashes and so on. I’ve used this mask lots of times and the coconut version too and haven’t had any problems. I decided to include the product as an example of how affordable masks work as well as higher end ones. Please do a patch test before using any products for the first time.
- Choose either a good Clay or Mud Mask. Apply a slightly thicker layer of your chosen mask over the top of your cream mask, taking care not to disturb that previous layer too much -you’re not mixing a cake, you’re icing it! Sukin Clay Mask removes impurities, is affordable and layers well too. (For info on the Sukin Mask, & other products in this range see my Look Fantastic Haul)
- Tuck it all in under a Sheet Mask! Choose a favourite Sheet Mask and carefully apply it over your layers of masks. I can’t recommend the Danielle Creations Peptide Sheet Masks enough, not only are they affordable but super boosting too. For a full review of these Peptide Sheet Masks go to my March Empties.
- Finally, add your last ‘layer’ a re-useable silicone mask! You can manage without a Silicone Mask BUT your carefully placed, multi-layered masks might start to slip off your face without one. A silicone mask holds your masks firmly against your skin, stops the masks drying out, aids absorption (seriously, you can feel everything sinking into your skin) plus it helps with the next step too
Once you have your masks in place you can enjoy a little time out; for the timing of ‘your time out’ take your lead from the ‘leave on’ directions on each masks’ packaging and use an average of the stated times as your guide.
Step 3 – Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!
I use a Jade Roller to help ‘press and roll’ the goodness from my selected, layered masks into my skin. A five minute session with a good roller will also help to reduce puffiness and fine lines too. You can skip this step, but for me, it does seem to make a difference, plus it’s sooooo relaxing.
Step Four: The unmasking and reveal
- Once your mask time is up, remove the silicone mask. Set it to one side as it’ll need washing: just rinse it in warm water, let it air dry and it’ll be good to go next time.
- Remove the sheet mask – don’t waste that precious serum though – fold the mask and massage over your neck and décolletage to give these areas a treat
- Massage whatever is left of your soft and clay or mud mask into your skin for a few moments. If necessary (and this will depend on the masks you selected) gently rinse your skin with warm water and pat dry.
Step 5 – Added Vitamins with a post-mask serum!
(If you’d rather not splash out on this serum, either replace it with the serum of your choice OR skip to the next step)
I was lucky enough to discover this fabulous vitamin serum through a subscription box & have been using it ever since.
This lush Mudmasky serum isn’t cheap, but you only need a little and I swear you can actually feel this stuff working magic on your skin! Simple to use – to give your skin a vit-boost – just massage into the skin and admire the results!
Step 6 -Let’s use a gadget!
(If you don’t have this gizmo and don’t want to buy it, either use another facial massager OR skip to the next step)
I received my reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle And Anti-aging Light device in my spring FabFitFun box and am still testing it out, but I do like the gentle warming sensation it gives and it does seem to help the MudMasky Serum sink into my skin.
What’s more my skin seems to glow when I use it in contrast to when I don’t. It’s also a lovely addition to my Ultimate Two Stage Facial.
This handy gadget claims to stimulate collagen and elastin through it’s light multi-waves and in so doing it supposedly rejuvnegates the skin.
Step 7 – You’re in skin heaven
Actually there isn’t a step seven as such, but I didn’t want to waste a rhyme! At this point you can apply your usual day cream, or, if like me you do my Ultimate Two Stage Facial in the evening apply your night cream. At night I would suggest adding one or two drops of face oil: you can mix this into your night cream or simply warm a couple of drops in your hands and press it lightly onto your skin. I would also advise letting everything soak into your skin before going to bed (you don’t want your pillows to ‘reap the benefits’ of your time and products). If you do this facial in the day, allow at least a couple of hours before applying your makeup.
And that, my lovelies, brings us to the end of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial and indeed this post. Hope you enjoyed it, that you’ll give it a try and love your skin (and the results) as much as I do. I’d also love it if you came back to Entirely Beauty to enjoy some more of my blog posts and hang out with me in the future.
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