The 10-step Korean Skincare – the hallmark of Korean beauty and the way to achieve healthy, glowy and ‘glass skin’. So what exactly is the 10 Step Korean skincare routine?
Let us go through with you here and we’re sure that this will totally change your view on how you do your skincare routine!
STEP ONE: OIL-BASED CLEANSER
First, we need to learn about Double Cleansing.The first step of Korean skincare routine starts with removing your makeup and dirts with the method of ‘Double Cleansing’. It includes two steps of cleansing with both oil-based and water-based cleansers, as to make sure all impurities and dirts are removed from your skin.
Oil-based cleansers are usually used in the first step of double cleansing to remove all trace of makeup, even waterproof and the heaviest makeup. It also works its way to break down impurities such as sebum, sunscreen and dirts and oil-based makeup products that are stuck inside pores. It prevents breakouts and the formation of white and blackheads.
Take 2- 3 scoops of AROMATICA Orange Cleansing Sherbet or HEIMISH All Clean Balm and apply it onto your dry skin. Gently massage in circular motions and hola – it effortlessly melts all your makeup and residues. Is it just me or does it feel satisfying to see all the makeup coming off in just a few seconds? After removing all the makeup, don’t forget to rinse it off with lukewarm water where the silky oil cleanser turns into a milky fluid.
STEP TWO: FACE WASH
Moving onto our second step of our double cleansing, a water-based or foam cleanser is commonly used. This step is important as it helps remove any impurities and residues that your oil-based cleanser did not pick up. It helps prevents breakouts and the formation of white and blackheads.
Apply MAKEP:REM Safe.Me Relief Moisture Cleansing Foam to wet skin. Its low-irritant formula helps balance the pH level while effectively remove impurities with hydrating effects. Its low-irritant and gentle formula with EWG green-grade ingredients keeps all skin types, especially sensitive skin, moisturized and cleaned.
Troubling from excessive oil or acne? Try using cleansers that helps control oil production like AROMATICA Tea Tree Balancing Foaming Cleanser or acne-prone skin targeted cleansers like PYUNKANG YUL Acne Facial Cleanser that deep cleanses pore with antibacterial effects and soothes inflamed skin.
STEP 3: EXFOLIATING
Why and how should I start exfoliating? Regular exfoliation is a MUST for achieving healthy and glowy complexion as it helps remove all your impurities, dead skin cells, white and blackheads from the top layer of your skin. Not only does it brightens and smooths your complexion, but most importantly - it allows your other skin care products to absorb and work more effectively!
There are many ways for exfoliation like facial scrubs, peeling gel and exfoliating pads to keep your skin clean and healthy. With all these great options out there, you need to carefully choose the right product as some exfoliators might be too harsh that could strips away your natural oil, or cause redness, irritation and skin damage.
One of our top choice for exfoliators are definitely NEOGEN Dermalogy Bio-peel Gauze Peeling Pads. Instead of using harsh scrubbing beads or acids, this mild exfoliator is formulated with gentle yet effective ingredients to remove dead skin cells with moisturizing and soothing effects that leaves your skin bright and radiant-looking.
How often should I exfoliating? We recommend exfoliating once or twice a week, depending on your skin type and condition. Over-exfoliation can cause loss of moisture, redness and skin irritations and damage – so make sure you don’t overdo that!
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STEP 4: TONER
What exactly does toner do? Toner is the ultimate step for prepping your skin to restore skin’s pH level and tighten pores after cleansing. It helps balance moisture, allowing your skin to better absorb the skin care products that follow.
A lot of toners now include additional functions to help hydrate, brighten and soften the skin, like LANEIGE Cream Skin Refiner. This toner with a milky and creamy texture, combines benefits of both cream and toner to strengthen skin barrier and restore moisture at the first step of your skincare routine, leaving your skin with a healthier and brighter complexion.
Toner that comes in a mist form? YES please! COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner not only balances your skin, but also exfoliates and controls oil and sebum production with natural AHA and BHA! Just spray the toner all over your face for a smooth and soft skin texture with a refreshing finish!
STEP 5: ESSENCE
Essence is a mixture of toner and serum. It has a lightweight and watery texture designed to prepare skin for moisturizer while enhancing hydration for a supple and youthful appearance.
Beloved by numerous of beauty lovers, MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx delivers intense anti-aging and whitening treatment in promoting a firmer and healthier skin appearance with 95% cica yeast ferment. Use it as your first step in your skin care regime to refine skin texture and improve aging spots for a clearer, brighter and youthful complexion.
STEP 6: OIL & AMPOULE TREATMENT
Skin care booster? A step-up for an essence would be a facial oil or ampoule treatment. They are used as a booster of your serum to better enhance the functions of other skin care products.
We love applying 2-3 drop of facial oil like AROMATICA Rose Hip Oil to boost moisture before our serum step. This vegan friendly facial oil uses ECOCERT certified 100% organic rosehip oil to boost moisture and vitality of skin with vitamins and minerals.
Not a fan of facial oil because of the heaviness and greasiness? Try out KLAIRS Fundamental Watery Oil – this will be a whole new skincare game-changer for you! This water-based drop not only provides antioxidant care but improves skin regeneration and acts as an anti-aging solution.
For a brighter, more radiant-looking and youthful complexion, we recommend adding a Vitamin drop in between your essence and serum steps. Vitamin-based ampoules and treatments like BY WISHTREND Pure Vitamin 21.5% Advanced Serum or KLAIRS Freshly Juiced Drop help transform your dull and rough skin into a bright and healthy complexion with excellent anti-oxidants, moisturizing and brightening effects.
STEP 7: SERUM
Serum is a highly concentrated treatment with active ingredients that penetrate deep within the inner layer of skin to target special skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentations, dark and age spots and hydration.
If you’re looking for serums that deep moisturizes and brightens your skin, try KLAVUU Blue Pearlsation Marine Drop Serum. Packed with 2,000 Marine Hyaluronic acid capsules, Korean Pearl Extract and Marine Complex, this serum gives intense hydration with the ideal mineral balance and nourishment that skin needs.
The best part of a serum is that it helps firm up your skin and restores vitality to skin. Inspired by the beautiful cherry blossom, this SULWHASOO Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum combines the antioxidant properties of plum blossom and five germinated fruits and seeds, this premium nourishing and moisturizing serum rejuvenates skin while combating aging signs, and brings out a healthy, youthful and translucent glow.
STEP 8: MASK
Whether you love throwing on a mask sheet or apply a good layer of mask pack on your face, ‘masking’ is definitely an extra step that you can do for additional care for your skin. We recommend applying mask once or twice a week, depending on your skin type and condition.
Made with 38.7% of Natural Mt. Jiri Honey inside, I’M FROM Honey Mask delivers the power of herbal honey, propolis and various nuts & seed oil for skin nourishing, hydrating. So why not apply a good layer of mask tonight, enjoy your favourite TV show with a cup of hot tea and just relax!
STEP 9: EYE CREAM
Do you know that the skin around your eyes is the most thinnest and delicate? That's why we will need to invest in a good and effective eye cream to combat all the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes!
Formulated with 42% of marine collagen, this MIZON Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream provides intense anti-aging care by firming and lifting skin around the eyes with deep nourishment and moisture.
STEP 10: MOISTURIZER
Lock them all in! Last but not least, complete your 10 step skin care regime with a moisturizer. Moisturizer has the thickest and richest texture and formula that helps keep all the good essence and ingredients locked in, allowing you to wake up to a supple, healthy and clear complexion.
Feed your skin with some vitamins and minerals! Apply a good layer of BY WISHTREND Vitamin 75 Maximzing Cream at the last step of your regime. Consists of 75% vitamin tree water and Vitamin E, this mineral-rich cream rejuvenates skin with hydration while preventing aging signs and loss of elasticity. Use it along with BY WISHTREND Vitamin Serum to maximize and boost the brightening and anti-aging functions!
While we’re showing all 10 steps of the Korean Skincare routine, the number of steps is flexible depending on your skin types.