Korea has a unique approach to skincare which is starting to create a buzz. Korean beauty is known to be associated with the 10 step skincare routine. While 10 steps can seem a little much at first glance, the results are undeniable. For those concerned about the routine sounding a little too time consuming, not all 10 steps have to be repeated daily.
Let me explain what the 10 step Korean skincare routine is about and take you through each step in detail to get you looking at your best. Looking healthy inside out, isn't it what we are all looking for?
Thorough cleansing is the foundation of the Korean skincare routine. Before we can treat the skin, we need to clear off any dirt, sweat, make up and SPF.
We start off our routine with a good cleansing oil or cleansing balm. The soft texture of an oil based cleanser gently removes eye make up, as well as excess oil. Yes, oil on oily skin works like a charm! The nourishing oil is able to dissolve the bad oils and dirt from your skin. “Like dissolves like”.
Use: Oil based cleansers are applied on dry skin and washed off with lukewarm water.
A water based cleanser is absolutely necessary after using oil cleansers. It will finish the work by deeply cleaning pores and loosening up dead skin cells. If your skin isn't completely clean, step 3 to 10 won't give you the expected results.
Use: Water based cleansers such as gels and foams are applied on wet skin and rinsed with lukewarm water. Cleansing waters are applied with a cotton pad and don't need rinsing.
Exfoliating is one of the steps in your 10 step skincare routine that shouldn't be repeated more than twice a week. Peelings and scrubs are necessary to get rid of dead and dry skin cells. Choose a scrub if you are looking for a more robust type of exfoliation. A scrub uses small particles of salt and sugar to physically remove dead skin and smoothen out the surface of the skin.
If your skin is sensitive, we advise using a peeling instead. A peeling has the same result as a scrub but uses a chemical exfoliation. This is a little easier on the skin.
Use: Pat the lotion on your skin and let it air dry. If using a scrub, massage your skin with circular movements and rinse with lukewarm water.
Its name says it all, it tones and firms your skin. It is absorbed quickly into the skin. Toners shrink pores and rebalance the pH level of your skin. This is an important step after using cleansing and exfoliating products. By rebalancing your skin, you ensure your skin is relaxed and less prone to irritation. This step should be repeated twice a day.
Use: Apply toner on cotton pad or fingertips and gently pat on your face and neck. Do not rinse.
The use of an essence is common within the asian beauty industry. Slowly but surely the rest of the world is catching on. Essences are unique because they are highly concentrated hydrating products that are quickly absorbed into the skin. A face essence is ultra lightweight and prepares the first layer of your skin to receive a treatment (step 6).
Use: Apply a couple drops of your face essence in the palm of your hands and gently pat all over your face and neck. Do not rinse.
Treatments are the step in which you can tackle a specific skin concern that you may be having. There are serums, ampoules and patches for treating acne, redness, pigmentation or signs of aging. Skincare treatments are made of fine molecules which allow deeper penetration into the skin layers.
Use: Application depends on the type of treatment. Refer to our Treatments page for more details.
Sheet masks are probably the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Korean skincare. Koreans came up with the revolutionary sheet masks and we are so thankful for it! Just like treatments, there are sheet masks for all skin types and skin conditions. Sheet masks are your "at home SPA ritual", effortless and truly efficient. What else would anyone wish for?
Well, actually! there are more to Korean face masks than sheet masks and we love these too! check our wide range of face masks, and find out more about wash off masks and sleeping masks as well as how to apply each of them.
The importance of eye care is often overlooked in the 10 step Korean skincare routine. The skin underneath your eyes is the most fragile and yet one of the most active areas on your body. Constant eye movements lead to fatigue and appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams are specifically formulated to target and treat these issues.
Use: Apply your eye cream twice a day if you can, your eyes and skin will thank you in the long run!
Moisturising creams are by far the most well known step in any skincare routine. Hydration is the key to a healthy life, both for your body and your skin. We constantly need hydration to be at our best. Moisturising your skin will prevent aging signs, tightness and dull patches.
Use: Apply your moisturiser with your fingertips in circular movement until full absorption of the product. Moisturiser should be used daily, twice a day.
SPF application may be the biggest difference between the Korean skincare routine and other routines around the world. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is a vital step in achieving that flawless skin Koreans strive for. Sunscreen prevents pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles and protects you from all other negative health effects UV rays can cause. Be safe and look great no matter the weather!
Use: Apply in the morning before using make up. Re-apply during the day where possible.
A lot but totally worth it...
10 steps might seem impractical at first, but the results you can achieve will speak louder than words. Once you understand how each step is applied and you start to see unbeatable results, you will never go back. The 10 step Korean skincare routine is about tailoring each step to fit your skin and your own needs. It's made for you by you!