10 Step Korean Skincare Crash Course
If you have ever marvelled at the porcelain skins of TV stars while watching your favourite K-dramas, you're not alone! Yes, luminous skin can be achieved without layers of makeup or expensive treatments, and it can all be attributed to the infamous 10 step skincare routine that most Korean women swear by! Yup, that's 1,2,3...10 steps - an impressive upgrade from the regular cleanser, toner and moisturizer regime that most of us are familiar with and we can definitely see amazing results. Feel lost? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a breakdown of each step to make it easier for you to attain that gorgeous skin!
Step 1- Remove All Makeup
The first step of this extensive skincare routine is to, of course, wipe off all the makeup on your skin. Nothing clogs pores more than makeup residue on the face so never miss this important step! An oil-based balm or cleanser is ideal to break down all traces of makeup, including stubborn waterproof formulas.
Step 2 – Use
You may think double cleansing is unnecessary but we promise you, it is worth every effort! Cleansing with a water-based cleanser after removing your makeup further ensures that all irritants and residue are completely removed from your skin.
Step 3 – Exfoliate Dead Cells
Exfoliating is crucial for the removal of dead skin cells and other build-ups that can cause clogged pores. By removing the old layer of skin cells, a brighter and cleaner face is revealed. However, exfoliating should not be done every day (we think once a week is ideal) as overdoing it may irritate the skin and make it more sensitive.
Step 4 – Tone It Up
After cleansing and exfoliating, it's time to balance your skin and restore PH levels with toning. It also preps your skin to better absorb moisture from other products. For oilier and acne-prone skin, natural anti-bacterial toners that contain tea tree or witch hazel is great at targeting larger pores. If you have drier skin, a hydrating toner or lotion is great to restore the moisture level of your skin.
Step 5 – Apply Essence Layers
The bridging step between toning and treatment, an essence is applied in a form of a thinner texture to further improve the moisture of the skin. Considered as the most notable step in the entire regime, Korean women swear by this miracle step that allegedly aids in cell turnover rate, unveiling fresher and clearer skin.
Step 6 – Get Targeted Treatment
Everyone’s skin differs, and there are a million treatments in the market targeted towards specific skin concerns. Be it acne, enlarged pores, wrinkles, sun spots, targeted treatments such as serums or ampoules can be applied on the skin to address such issues.
Step 7- Slap On a Sheet Mask
Definitely the most fun and relaxing step in this regime, sheet masks are extra soothing and beneficial to the skin. Aside from the purifying attributes of sheet masks, putting on a soothing sheet over your face for 15-20 minutes to unwind after a long day of work sounds heavenly! Packed with concentrated serums that further hydrates and nourishes your skin, the thin material of the sheet mask allows for the most efficient method for product absorption.
Step 8- Care For Those Peepers
The eyes truly are the windows to your soul and also the part of your skin that is most delicate. Therefore, making sure that you properly hydrate and treat the area around your eyes is most important to minimize puffiness. With a suitable eye cream, it's time to bid puffy eyes and dark circles goodbye!
Step 9 - Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Phew! 8 steps down, 2 to go! Seal in all your hard work with a final moisturizing layer. In our hot climate, it's important to hydrate religiously in order to maintain that dewy glow. Those with oily skin tend to shy away from moisturizers for fear of even oilier results but the secret is to find the best moisturizer for your skin type. For normal or oily skin, water-based or gel formulas are a lightweight option. However, thicker and heavier creams should only be used for drier skin.
Step 10- Shield From The Sun
We cannot stress enough on the importance of sun protection during the day, even in gloomy weather! UV rays can really damage the skin, making it more sensitive and prone to darkening of scars and stubborn spots. And if you are worried about premature aging of your skin, make sure to apply sunscreen every time you head out the door!