The vast, colorful world of Korean beauty doesn't pretend to be uncomplicated. Its hallmark is a 10-step skincare routine, after all, and elaborate nail art is just the norm. Even some of the makeup requires a certain commitment: Peel-off, semi-permanent lip and brow stains remain as popular as ever on the streets of Seoul (and they're finally starting to cross over to the U.S. too).
So while we weren't exactly shocked to learn that there's also a Korean lip care routine, it was admittedly a relief to find out that it only involves two steps—well, three if you'd like to add a swipe of color. The quick regimen promises plump, deeply moisturized lips, which is great news for those of us who are perpetually battling a chapped pout this time of year.
Keep reading to school yourself on the two-step Korean lip care routine.
Step 1: Exfoliate
The experts behind K-Beauty destination Aritaum tell us that part one of the lip care routine involves buffing away dead skin cells—doing so primes the lips to absorb as much moisture as possible. Skinfood's avocado, shea butter, and sugar lip scrub works to remove flaky skin, while simultaneously hydrating.
In order to avoid subjecting your pout to anything too abrasive, choose a product that boasts a gentle, natural exfoliant like sugar or sea salt.
Step 2: Hydrate
If moisturizing seems like the obvious next step, just remember that the K-beauty approach to hydration is next-level: Instead of settling for a balm, you'll want to try a lip mask or treatment in order to get maximum results. Laneige's Lip Sleeping Mask forms a protective barrier over lips, allowing for an eight-hour time release of antioxidants, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (all of which aid in keeping skin supple and well-hydrated).
Ready for more? Check out four other moisturizing lip masks.