10-Step Korean Skincare Routine
When it comes to skincare, Koreans have it down to a science. There’s a reason for their healthy, glowing skin that never seem to age (and we’re not talking about genes here). It’s their skin-first mentality in that taking care of skin is never to be rushed or skipped. So for years, they’ve been perfecting the skincare game. Starting with double-cleansing and following with the layering of multiple products, this regimen has been coined the term, “10-Step Korean Skincare Routine” in recent years. This multi-step (10-Step Korean Skin Care) process may seem a bit daunting but what’s great is that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of deal. Not all steps need to be taken every single day nor are all the steps necessary for everyone (depending on skin type and lifestyle). It may take some experimenting to see what works best for you and maybe an extra 5-10 minutes each AM and PM but Oh, will it be worth it (and less painful and expensive than botox and facelifts)!
Example 10-Step Routine:
Step 1: Oil Cleanser
First step in double-cleansing, oil cleansers are essential in removing oil-based grime such as makeup, sebum, and environmental impurities. At the same time, it minimizes the chances of essential oils being stripped from the skin from using water-based cleansers. Just massage over your entire face, rinse thoroughly, and follow with a water-based cleanser (Step 2). Use makeup remover to clear away any remaining stubborn/waterproof makeup as needed.
Step 2: Water-based Cleanser
Second step in double-cleansing, a water-based cleanser will remove any residue from the oil cleanser and remaining impurities. This step helps youthoroughlycleanse your skin especially at the end of the day and prevent impurities from settling into pores.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin helps slough away dead skin cells and keeps pores from becoming clogged. Use up to twice a week to keep your skin smooth and soft.
Step 4: Toner
Cleansing strips oils from your skin leaving it feeling tight and dry. It is Crucial to use a toner after cleansing to balance your skins pH levels and to soften and prep your skin to better absorb essences and serums.
Step 5: Essence
From fermented yeast extracts to snail mucin, essences typically contain an active ingredient that aids in skin repair and cell regeneration. It’s like a cross between a toner and serum and is best to pat directly into toned skin.
Step 6: Serum / Ampoule
Serums and ampoules are thicker and more concentrated versions of essences. They are packed with active ingredients that target specific skincare concerns such as wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, dullness, etc.
Step 7: Sheet Mask
Set aside 15-20 minutes and treat your skin to a much-needed dose of TLC. Put on a mask and sit back and relax. This is the perfect way to end a long day. Use once a week or every day – there’s no limit to the number of times you can sheet mask.
Step 8: Eye Cream
Eye cream is meant to hydrate and protect the most delicate area on your skin. Gently tap around the orbital bone day and night to prevent and minimize dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Step 9: Moisturizer
Moisturizing is a key step in keeping skin healthy and fresh. Use one that’s made for your specific skin type or targets specific skin concerns (dry, oily, acne-prone, anti-aging, etc.) to experience the best results.
Step 10: SPF
Include this step to your morning routine. UV rays are damaging to the skin even from just a little exposure during the day. Whether you’re driving to work or sitting in front of a computer screen, it’s important to protect your skin. Apply SPF daily all over your face and neck before your makeup routine.
Ready to ditch your usual skincare routine that’s not giving you the results you need? It’s time to start your Korean skincare experience. You can customize your own routine based on your needs and preferences. Consider the products suggested in our 10-Step Korean Skin Care blog above. Or you may be interested in our Korean Skincare Routine Set that includes all the products you need to begin your Korean skincare journey at a savings. The set is expertly designed to get you the results you want – healthy, glowing skin! So, what are you waiting for? Give your skin the attention it deserves.