The 10 Step Korean beauty routine, who’s not familiar with that? Koreans are known globally for their ageless, supple and flawless complexion that looks amazing even without the use of any makeup products. This can be attributable to a number of factors including the use of skin-friendly skincare products, as well as starting a proper skincare routine from early adulthood.
Did you know that layering your skincare products has been proven to help promote absorption and effectiveness of your beauty products? The famous 10-step Korean skincare routine involves the use of 10 different products applied layer by layer, and is gently tapped, massaged into the skin in between each step. With more steps than your typical cleanser-toner-moisturiser skincare routine, the thought of applying 10 different layers of skincare may seem rather complex especially for beginners. Don’t worry! We are here to break down the 10-step K beauty skincare routine and show you how to flexibly modify it to suit your skin’s needs! If you’re ready, let’s get into it!
Let Your Double Cleansing Efforts Pay Off!
How many times have you found yourself trying so hard to remove that stubborn foundation or waterproof eyeliner? And how many cotton pads did you have to go through? Probably quite a few. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of double cleansing, it basically means cleansing your face twice – once with an oil cleanser like makeup removers; and once more with a water-based face cleanser like your usual face wash. Oil-based cleansers work by attracting oil and drawing out impurities like makeup residue, sebum and dirt from your pores and surface of your skin. Therefore, if you are using makeup or sunscreen, it is best to double cleanse your face to prevent clogged pores.
KLAIRS Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil and KLAIRS Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil are two oil-based cleansers made with plant and nut seed oils that will keep your skin silky smooth and clarified. Their smooth texture gently melts away impurities when it contact with the skin without tugging or excessively stripping away moisture. If your skin is on the drier side, go for the deep cleansing oil with more emollients to deeply nourish and moisturise your skin. But if you are looking for something lighter, or if your skin is on the oilier side, you can opt for the fresh cleansing oil which is less dense but still provides your skin with the clarifying benefits of double cleansing!
Well now, we can’t just leave our skin looking oily can we? This is where our facial wash comes in! After rinsing or wiping away your oil-based facial cleanser or makeup remover, use your facial wash the same way as you normally would. SOME BY MI Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Low pH Gel Cleanser is a gentle face wash that eliminates dead skin cells, impurities and excess sebum. With a pH similar to our skin and enriched with snail mucin, it works by strengthening and rebuilding skin barrier, boost skin elasticity and repair damaged skin. You can even use this cleanser if you are not double cleansing.
Add this for Instantly Smooth Skin
If we were to list the top 5 things that will make our skin glowing and smooth, exfoliators are probably going to be at the top of the list. Exfoliators work by sloughing and peeling away dead skin cells, boost skin cell regeneration and help even out skin tone for a visibly smoother, brighter finish. Exfoliators come in two main types – physical exfoliators have granulated textures that will scrub away dead skin cells from the surface; chemical exfoliators work by penetrating into the skin and pores to dissolve dead skin and unclog pores. While exfoliators should only be used 2-3 times a week, doing so consistently will surely make a difference in the long run!
SULWHASOO White Ginseng Radiance Refining Mask designed for all skin types that will whiten, clarify and illuminate complexion. It has a soft, gel-like texture that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and impurities from the skin’s surface and pores when massaged, resulting in a luminous, rejuvenated finish. On top of that, its ability to boost cell regeneration can help soften the appearance of aging signs like fine lines and wrinkles, as well as enhance the skin’s natural radiance.
Smooth on a Dessert Mask for Your Skin
It is no doubt that masking has become a way for us to relax, relieve stress and have an enjoyable time to ourselves! This once-in-a-while treatment is not just beneficial for our overall well being, but it is something that our skin will be thankful for!
What’s delicious, silky-smooth and moisturising? You guessed it right, it’s I’M FROM Honey Mask! Made 38.7% with real honey from Jiri Mountain, this wash-off face mask is rich in nourishment, moisture and anti bacterial properties that can help maintain healthy and smooth skin. Its rich, creamy texture that is similar to a crème brule leaves a comfortable finish that wraps around and adheres to your skin well. Perfect for ‘me time’ moments, or when you need to unwind and reward yourself after a productive day!
Don’t Forget to Set the Tone Right
Before applying the rest of your skincare products, it is important to ensure that your skin is properly toned with a hydrating toner. Regardless of your skin type, investing in a good quality toner can make a huge difference as it helps remove any residual impurities and boost the absorption of your remaining skincare steps.
THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Artemisia Soothing Moisturizing Toner is enriched with Artemisia or mugwort extract that will help alleviate redness, inflammation and dehydration with a fresh finish! In addition, this lightweight toner is also boosted with Korean traditional herbs that can prevent early formation of wrinkles and premature aging signs, as it will work by restoring and maintaining your skin’s vitality.
There’s one for Every Possible Skin Concern
A day without a facial serum feels like… Err we can’t even imagine. Don’t let your skin concerns bother you because a facial serum is here to the rescue! Essences and serums are at the heart of any Korean beauty routine, especially the 10-step routine. Why is that? Well, this is because despite their lightweight, often watery or slightly viscous texture, they are packed with high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that will absorb deep into the skin’s layers to target your skin woes! No matter what your skin concern in – oiliness, acne, blackheads, dehydration, wrinkles or dark spots, essences and serums are your best friends!
We often find ourselves looking for the perfect essence and serum that can be used all year long. My beauty lovers, meet GOODAL Houttuynia Cordata Essence! Don’t let its lightweight texture trick you! This watery-type facial essence contains powerful skin soothing and calming benefits to quickly reduce redness, cools down angry, heated skin while delivering adequate moisture. Not only is it an excellent facial essence for all skin types, it can also be used at any time of the day, no matter the weather.
Here’s an Extra Shot for Extra Juiciness
Step up your Korean essence, serums or even moisturisers with a few magical drops of BELIF Super Drops Ampoule! You can think of these ampoules as a highly concentrated version of your essences and serums, designed to supplement your skincare regime or give your skin a much-needed boost when it is not cooperating. Simply mix in 2-3 drops with your usual facial essences, serums or moisturisers before applying it onto your skin. You can even apply it directly onto your skin after toning.
BELIF Super Drops Ampoule come in 3 different variants, each targeted to a specific skin concern.
- Super Drops Ampoule Niacin Hydra Duo is formulated with niacinamide to soften skin, tighten pores and give the skin a healthy, livelier complexion!
Super Drops Ampoule Vitamin C contains 8% pure vitamin C that works by whitening dark spots, improving skin texture and tone for visibly smoother and firmer skin in just weeks of consistent usage!
- Super Drops Ampoule PHA is made with 5% PHA from pomegranates that will gently exfoliate dead, dull and rough skin to reveal supple and hydrated complexion!
Don’t Forget Your Peepers!
We all have been told countless times about the importance of caring for our eyes. Our mothers are right, the skin around your eyes is the first to show visible signs of aging as it is the thinnest and most delicate, which is why using eye care products like eye creams and under eye patches is an important step that should not be skipped!
Let the skin around your eyes soak in COSRX Advanced Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch, made with snail mucin and niacinamide that will help improve the appearance of fine lines and dark under eye circles. Oh and did we mention these eye gel patches leave a cooling finish that also de-puffs skin? With a unique, honeycomb-like pattern that adheres to your skin well for increased absorption, it is hard to refuse a little bit of skin pampering with these eye gel patches.
Tip: Place it inside the fridge just before application for added cooling and soothing effects. You can even apply the patches on other parts of your face.
Perfect Your K Beauty Routine with a Moisturiser
Now that you have properly layered your skincare products, it’s time to finish your skincare routine by smoothing on the perfect facial moisturiser. How exciting does that sound? Not only should your skin feel supple and smooth to the touch, we are certain you are more than pleased with yourself for making it this far!
Finalise your Korean skincare routine with a brightening facial moisturiser like LANEIGE Radian-C Cream! This popular moisturiser boasts with antioxidants, brightening and whitening properties that effectively target and help diminish dark spots and uneven skin texture. Apart from that, it makes an excellent Vitamin C moisturiser to use during the day or at night, helping to combat the early formation of fine lines and wrinkles, while illuminating your complexion! Thanks to its non-comedogenic nature, LANEIGE Radian-C Cream is an excellent addition to any skin care routine!
It’s All Fun and Games Until…
Outdoor activities are fun, and of course a great way to socialize, de-stress and enjoy the sunshine. That is until your skin cries out loud and turns angry red, which is why sun protection is very important even when the weather is cloudy. Sun protection helps preserve your skin’s youthfulness, elasticity and health by blocking harmful UV rays that can cause damage to the skin layers. One of the major concerns for a lot of people (us included), is that a lot of face sunscreens in the market leave noticeable white cast on the skin, especially when applied underneath makeup!
Keep your skin safe with our skin-friendly sun protection designed for all skin types – MAKE P:REM UV Defense Me. Calming Sun Cream! Enriched with bamboo sap and madecasoside to keep the skin calm and cool without greasy or sticky residue. You can easily apply this sunscreen underneath your daily makeup thanks to its blendable finish without white cast. How good does that sound?
For a Quick Hydration Boost On the Go
Got somewhere to go but your skin is in need of hydration? Let your skin find solace in DR. JART Ceramidin Mist! This creamy, deeply moisturising yet lightweight facial mist is made with ceramides that will not only enhance and repair skin barrier, it leaves a glowing, dewy finish that will not disturb your makeup or make your skin feeling overly wet. DR. JART Ceramidin Mist is an excellent facial mist especially for those with dry, sensitive skin types.
We can all agree that the 10-step Korean skincare routine is not the quickest skincare routines out there, but we can tell you it is DEFINITELY worth the time and energy because we all want dewy, fresh complexion! The Korean 10-step skincare routine works wonders in allowing your skin to properly absorb nutrients from every single step, to give your skin its much-needed nourishment and supple, bouncy finish especially with all the tapping, patting and massaging involved at every step. So what are you waiting for? Join us on your K-beauty journey and see the visible changes on your skin for yourself!