Guide to the Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine
Korean skincare routine is famous around the globe. Beautiful, hydrated and glowy skin needs a bit of work to achieve but is totally worth it. At glance, 10 steps might seem hard work but once you get started, it becomes a lifestyle. You don’t have to follow all ten steps but you can choose the ones that your skin needs.
The general rule is that the products are applied from the thinnest consistency to the thickest. If you are uncertain in which order to apply the products, you can follow our guide below.
1. Oil Cleanser
An oil-based cleanser removes oil-based dirt, waterproof makeup and excess sebum from the pores. An oil-based cleanser is often either cleansing oil or a balm. Apply on the dry skin, massage with rotating motions and rinse away with lukewarm water. Check out the cleansing products here.
2. Water-Based Cleanser
After oil cleanser, a water-based cleanser deeply cleanses the pores and removes water-based dirt. A water-based cleanser makes sure that there is no cleansing oil or makeup residue left on the face. A water-based cleanser can be for example a foam cleanser. Check out the cleansing products here.
Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells and prevents them from accumulating in the pores. It also improves the absorption of skincare products and makeup application. Exfoliate the skin 1-3 times a week depending on the skin needs. Check out the exfoliating products here.
Toner returns the natural pH level of the skin after cleansing. It also moisturizes and improves the absorption of the following skincare products. Click here to check out the toners.
An essence boosts up the cellular metabolism, moisturizes and repairs the skin. Pat the essence to the skin with hands for the best possible absorption. Check out the essence products here.
6. Serum & Ampoule
Serums and ampoules focus on specific skin needs such as brightening, hydration or balancing the skin tone. They absorb quickly just like essence while moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Click here to check out the serums and ampoules.
7. Sheet Mask
Sheet masks offer a quick boost to the skincare routine. Use at least once a week to improve the skin condition and to prevent skin concerns. Can be used after toner, essence and serum. Check out the sheet masks here.
8. Eye Cream
The thin under-eye area needs special care and protection. It is good to use products developed specifically for under eye area. Eye creams moisturize and protect the delicate under-eye skin area. Check out the eye creams here.
9. Face Cream
A lighter emulsion or gel-cream during the summer and more nourishing, thicker cream during the winter. Face cream protects the skin, moisturizes and locks in all the previous products and super ingredients. Check out the face creams here.
Every day all year round! One of the key players in the Korean skincare routine in addition to cleansing and moisturizing sun protection. Sunscreen protects the skin from the harmful UV rays from the sun and prevents premature ageing of the skin. Make sure not to skip this step!
10. Sleeping Pack
At night, the last step of the routine is a night cream or a sleeping pack that helps the skin to utilize the active ingredients added. While you sleep, your skin starts to work and is most active. At the night, the skin renewal process is the most active. Thus, the night is a great time to boost up skincare. The consistency of a sleeping pack is similar to face cream and it effectively absorbs the nutrients to the skin during the night. Use a sleeping pack 1-2 times a week or every day if your skin needs it.