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10-Steps Korean skincare routine done right for the impending warm, sunny months! Hold on a second, 10 STEPS?! What do we put in there? And isn’t layering skincare products only for winter? Hmm, not exactly. With more steps than your typical cleanser-toner-moisturiser routine, 10-steps may seem quite daunting especially for beginners, we are here to break down the steps and explain the importance of each step to get your skin ready for the new season! You’ll also find that the 10-Step routine is pretty flexible, allowing you to add or omit some steps depending on your skin’s needs.
The first step of any skincare routine is cleansing, double cleansing in fact! Why? This clears out all traces of impurities from your pores and skin surface, allowing other skincare products to penetrate better into your skin. While those with oily skin types may be questioning the use of oil-based cleansers, oil-based cleansers are actually more effective in removing impurities like sunscreen, sebum and other pollutants.
BANILA CO Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm Original is a refreshing and hydrating cleansing balm that effectively removes all traces of makeup and impurities from your skin. It has a balm-to-oil texture that melts upon contact with your skin without tugging or stripping away moisture. It leaves a subtle fruity scent and your skin will feel supple, soft to the touch.
After double cleansing, follow with a foaming cleanser like SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam which contains gentle exfoliants to eliminate excess sebum, impurities while keeping the skin clarified and hydrated. This cleanser can also be used on its own (if you’re not double cleansing) to effectively remove impurities from your skin’ surface and pores. The refreshing, soft formula leaves your skin feeling clear, hydrated and lively!
Who else feels that their skin constantly craves hydration and anything soothing? If this sounds like you, I’M FROM Mugwort Mask is a must-have to let your skin satisfy that craving! A soothing mask pack high in antioxidants from ground Mugwort to instantly give your skin cooling effects the moment it is applied, and it also helps alleviate redness, inflammation and sensitivity. Perfect way to end the day with a treat for your skin especially after going outdoors, there’s nothing more satisfying than calm, soothed skin!
Mask packs are convenient to apply and can be done as frequently as you like to quickly give your skin a boost of antioxidants, hydration, moisture or whatever it craves.
The bread and butter of any skincare routine – toners! Regardless of your skin type, a great tip to make the most of your skincare products is by investing in a good toner, as this will help remove any residual impurities and increase absorption of remaining skincare products. ISNTREE’s hydrating toner comes in 2 variants, ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner and ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus. These toners are made with different molecular sizes of hyaluronic acids that penetrate and hydrate different layers of your skin, for maximum hydration and plumping effects. Both these toners quickly relieve dryness, replenish the skin’s moisture and at the same time leave it feeling fresh, bouncy and supple to the touch.
If your skin is on the oilier side or have combination skin, opt for Hyaluronic Acid Toner; while those with dry skin should go for Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus which has a more viscous, moisturizing texture.
Essences and serums are also considered the heart of the 10 Step routine, because despite being watery, light in texture, they pack a powerful dose of antioxidants and nutrients to nourish your skin and their smaller molecular sizes mean that they are able to penetrate deeper into your skin to target your skin concerns like dark spots, wrinkles, oiliness and so on.
In case you are already missing the elegant, fresh fragrance of spring flowers, AROMATICA Reviving Rose Infusion Serum is a serum that you need to try! Made with organic rose water and essential oils, this moisturising serum nourishes, calms and illuminates your skin while protecting it from external environmental stress. It also revitalizes tired-looking complexion by firming and lifting it from within.
A few magical drops to ‘upgrade’ your serum, moisturizer, or both! MAKE P:REM Safe Me. Relief Moisture Green Ampoule is formulated with green propolis which has been proven to stimulate skin cell regeneration, strengthen skin barrier and leave your skin with a glowing finish. Sun exposure and environmental stress are common factors that contribute to skin barrier damage which causes dehydration, redness and discomfort. The ampoule can be added to supplement other skincare products and boost their moisturizing power. Alternatively, it can also be used on its own, directly on your skin after toning!
If eye care is your jam, you’ll want to try these eye gel patches from MIZON! These convenient, quick eye gel patches deliver instant cooling effects to your skin while boosting its elasticity and plumpness for livelier complexion. You can also put them on other parts of your face such as along your smile lines, forehead and chin. We recommend placing them inside the fridge just before application for added cooling and soothing effects. Mmm… sounds like the best after-sun care for your skin doesn’t it?
MIZON Eye Gel Patches come in 5 different variants, each targeting different skin concerns. Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and refresh tired-looking skin; Collagen to fill fine lines and dehydrated skin with moisture; Snail Repair Intensive to repair aging signs and lift sagging skin; Pure Pearl to eliminate dark circles and brighten the eye area; Black Pearl for intensive anti-aging, firming and lifting effects to fade eye bags and wrinkles.
Easily the most familiar step out of the entire routine, moisturizer! Well, some of you may be raising your eyebrows in astonishment and asking ‘still need more moisture?’ Moisturisers work by sealing in all the hydration, nutrients and vitamins that you have applied on your skin, after all, you don’t want these precious nutrients to just evaporate from your skin right? They allow your serums and treatments to mix together, absorb and effectively target your skin concerns.
All you need is a thin layer of moisturizer like LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream, to lock everything in while delivering long lasting moisture to keep your skin youthful-looking, supple and silky-smooth! If you have oily skin and struggle with clogged pores or excess ‘shine’, we recommend going for LANEIGE Water Bank Hydro Cream which has a lighter, water-based texture that your skin can drink up easily.
Oh we know you crave anything related to outdoor activities! But your skin may not be too happy about it, and besides, sun protection is a must regardless of the weather to preserve your skin’s youthful-looking bounce and suppleness! A major concern for a lot of people (including us too!) out there is the sticky texture of sunscreen that leaves a noticeable white cast, especially when applied underneath makeup.
Meet our all-time best selling sunscreen that has won the hearts of many beauty lovers, KLAIRS Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++! This lightweight, sunscreen with soft, creamy texture delivers refreshing hydration while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. It has a water-based formula that is suitable to use for all skin types without clumping or caking, perfect underneath makeup or on its own! It has also been approved by the Vegan Society earlier this year, giving it its very own vegan logo!
The skincare products you apply on your skin won’t last all day all night unless of course, they are reapplied. Don’t let dry, lifeless, dull skin get in your way of enjoying your day, keep it hydrated and moisturized amidst your busy and fun day with a facial mist!
SIORIS Time Is Running Out Mist, the perfect 3-in-1 mist that works as a toner, hydrating serum and facial mist to quickly refresh your skin and provide long-lasting moisture. It contains fresh Yuzu, organic green plum water and a blend of plant oils to lock in hydration and give your skin a dewy, glowing finish. Just a few sprays over your face, and a quick pat to energize your skin anytime, anywhere!
Moisturiser? Mask pack? Hair care? Body care? It is all of the above! A staple in your summer skincare routine – THE FACE SHOP Jeju Aloe Vera Fresh Soothing Gel! This multi-functional gel can be used as an after-sun care to instantly hydrate, cool and soothe your skin. Made with real aloe vera extract, you can use it all over your body from top to toe, and its non-irritating formula makes it ideal to use for all skin types! A quick tip to beat the heat, place it in the fridge before application and enjoy the refreshing, cooling sensation!
Alright, we can all agree that it is not the shortest or quickest skincare routine, BUT it does work wonders in allowing your skin to properly absorb nutrients from every step of this routine, leaving it glowing, healthy, supple and youthful which we all want, right? Also, it is worth mentioning that lightly patting your skin in between each step can allow for better penetration of your skincare products before the next is layered on top.