As mentioned by Soko Glam, it’s not about having more products than you can count, but rather about having the right products that do the right things, and using them in the right order. As we have promised, this week’s topic will be about the famous 10-Step Skincare Routine practiced by the Korean for a healthy and glowing skin. Do you need to use all steps? While we showcase all 10 steps of the Korean Skincare Routine, we recommend you select the steps that align with your personal skin goals.
Korean beauty or K-Beauty focused on skin health, hydration and preferred lack of pigment which they called ‘glass skin’ look. It is all about nourishing your skin rather than investing in make-up to cover it all. Most Korean skincare products are formulated with natural ingredients not only to moisturize and nourish the skin but also to solves different skin issues such as acne, aging, hyper-pigmentation etc.
The 10-step Korean skincare routine may sound intimidating but it is hailed as the reason most Korean women boast their flawless glass skin. The 10-step routine is not rigid cause’ once you know the steps and understand how your skin behaves, you can tailor it to fit your needs and lifestyle.
It has the purpose to remove oil-based make-up, excess sebum and other impurities. You should massage it over a dry face, add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify and massage again. Lastly rinse off.
2. WATER-BASED CLEANSER
It thoroughly removes any remaining make-up and impurities left after cleansing with oil-based cleanser. Water-based cleanser doesn’t irritate your skin unless you are allergic to some of the ingredients within the cleanser. Otherwise, your water-based cleanser should be gentle to the skin.
Exfoliate 1 – 2 times a week, NOT everyday. Exfoliating slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores and most importantly it allows the next products in your skincare to be absorbed efficiently. If you have sensitive skin you may opt for exfoliating twice a month. Over exfoliating can cause severe damage to the skin including breakouts and irritation. There are two types of exfoliator: physical and chemical, which comes in many ways such as peeling gels, scrubs, exfoliating pad, exfoliating toner etc. Use the one that works best for your skin.
Toner helps to balance the pH level of the skin and add a bit of hydration. It also preps the skin for the next products in your skincare. There are two common ways to apply toners: using hands and tap the skin OR cotton pad to swipe it all around the face.
Essence purpose is to hydrate the skin. It is packed with concentrated blend of hydrating, anti-aging and complexion-enhancing ingredients. Essence are applied directly to the skin using the hands.
6. TREATMENT (SERUM/AMPULE)
Serums and ampules are concentrated products rich with active ingredients that target specific skin problems such as acne, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation etc. They usually come in small bottles with a dropper. Use the dropper to dispense 3-4 drops of serum/ampule to your finger and pat your face and neck so the serum can be absorb efficiently.
7. SHEET MASK
Sheet mask usually used 1-2 times a week. However it is up to you and your skin condition. They are formulated with the same active ingredients as serums. The skin fully absorb the nutrients and moisture from the sheet.
8. EYE CREAM
Eye cream is formulated and concentrated with beneficial ingredients to decrease wrinkles, eye bags, dark circles and to plump the skin. Use the tip of your finger and tap the cream down your eyes.
Moisturizer purpose is to seal all the ingredients you just applied from your skincare (essence, serum etc.) and prevent them from evaporating out of your skin to plump up your skin and smooth fine lines. It comes in many forms such as emulsion, lotion, gel, cream and sleeping mask (night time).
SPF or sunscreen shield your skin from damaging UV rays. It’s the easiest and effective way to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Use them at the last step of your skincare routine.