10 Step Korean Skincare Routine

From essences to sheet masks, Korean beauty products and trends are taking over South East Asia beauty market. Everyone is talking about the 10-step routine that is popular among the skin-centric women of Seoul.

Koreans are known for their glowing skin, which is achieved through a unique regimen. It’s more about the different variety of products that can be used, depending on your skin concerns and skin type. But we’re here to break it down for you, helping you understand the steps so you can customize them to fit your needs. It’s all about achieving healthy radiance from within, and while it may take a little longer, the results are worth it in the long run.




Step 1 : Oil Cleanser –  Applied to dry skin, an oil cleanser removes makeup and any other oil-based product debris like sunscreen and pollution particles.

Step 2 : Foam Cleanser – This water-based cleanser is applied to wet skin and removes impurities like sweat and dirt. After double cleansing (first with oil then with foam), not a hint of grime will be left to hinder your skin’s health.

Step 3 : Exfoliator – Exfoliation not only cleans out clogged pores, but it also sloughs off dead skin cells. When you remove this dull layer of cells, brighter skin is revealed. This step is not recommended for daily use. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll only want to exfoliate once a week. If you have a tougher complexion, you can do it more regularly (about three times a week).

Step 4 : Toner – After you cleanse so many times, your skin is in a fragile state so you want to really hydrate it. Toner acts as a way to prep the skin, so it’ll absorb the following treatments better.

Step 5 : Essence – The essence is really the heart of Korean skin care, a step that is credited to their culture. It’s a treatment product similar to serums, boosters, or ampoules; but it’s more watery in consistency then the rest of those products, so it comes out like a toner. Think of your skin as a sponge: once it’s plumped up with water, everything else absorbs more easily.

Step 6 : Serum, Booster or Ampoule Treatment – This is not a necessary step for everyone. “If you don’t have brown spots or pigmentation, you don’t really need to use one. These products are formulated with active ingredients that target specific needs by skin type, such as fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation and dehydration.

Step 7 : Mask – The purpose of your mask depends on what your skin needs. This is not an every-night step, you really only need to do it twice a week. Single-use sheet masks are formulated with the same active ingredients as serums, but are more of an “a la carte” version that you can use as necessary

Step 8 : Eye Cream – The skin around your eyes is thinner and more easily dehydrated, so it should be treated with a cream specifically formulated to protect, nourish, brighten or de-puff. Depending on the eye cream you choose, this could focus on everything from fine lines to dark circles.

Step 9 : Moisturizer (Face Cream/Emulsion/Sleep Mask)-A moisturizer designed for your skin type creates a barrier that will lock in all the beneficial ingredients you’ve just applied, instead of letting them evaporate out of your skin. And I’m telling you, next to daily SPF, skin hydration is key for supple, younger-looking skin at all ages.

Step 10 : SPF – It seems self-explanatory, but we can never stress enough how important sun protection is on a daily basis. Every morning, finish off your skincare regimen with either a dedicated sunscreen or a BB cream or cushion compact that includes SPF.

Homework: Create your own 10 step Korean Skincare Routine. Choose 1-2 product for each step

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