The 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine
Are you new to Korean skincare and K-beauty, or are you just looking for inspiration? To help you out, we have carefully selected our very best products and designed a complete Korean skincare routine for you.
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Please note that your skin may not require all steps. Pick freely from our amazing products and customize the skincare routine to match your specific needs.
Step 1 Oil-Based Cleanser
To remove makeup, sunscreen, and impurities, Korean women typically start their evening skin care routine with an oil-based cleanser. We have selected Natural Condition Pore Deep Cleansing Oil from THE SAEM as the first step of our oily skin care routine. With bamboo charcoal and mud ingredients including vitamin complex, this product cares for blackheads and pores, which are the most common concerns for oily skin.
Note: Oil-based cleanser can be omitted in the morning routine.
Step 2 Foam Cleanser
A foam cleanser removes any remaining residue and impurities from the oil-based cleansing step. For this job, we have picked the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser from COSRX. This product is formulated with BHA and tea tree oil, creating a magical mix of ingredients for removing dead skin cells, dissolving impurities deep within your pores and controlling sebum production. In other words, all requirements from a cleanser for oily skin are fulfilled in a perfect manner.
Step 3 Facial Scrub
A good exfoliating routine is key to obtain a smooth and glowing skin. By removing dead skin cells, you promote cell turnover, unclog pores and allow for better product absorption in the subsequent steps of your routine. This process is even more critical for oily skin types. For this purpose, we recommend Black Sugar Mask Wash Off from SKINFOOD, which is one of the best scrubs in the world of Korean cosmetics. This product will exfoliate and nourish your skin for a smooth and clean complexion.
Note: Use 1-2 times a week for a clear and polished complexion, and remember to apply sunscreen after your morning routine when using exfoliating products.
Step 4 Clay Mask
Face masks are designed to treat particular skin conditions. Therefore, it is important to choose the right product for your skin type. Clay masks will extract oil and dirt to the surface of your skin, which makes them perfect for oily skin types. We suggest using the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask from INNISFREE for this step. With its Jeju volcanic clusters, it effectively absorbs sebum and impurities while providing deep pore cleansing.
Note: Use 1-2 times a week for optimal results.
Step 5 Toner
Using the right toner can transform the way your skin looks and feels after cleansing. It will replenish and nourish your skin as well as contribute to a restored pH balance. We have selected Pore Control Toner from SKIN WATCHERS, which removes dead skin cells, soothes and tightens your skin by taking advantage of its natural AHA, organic lavender and carbonated water.
Step 6 Eye Mask
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and thinnest part of your skin. Therefore, you should moisturize and protect this area before applying additional products. We recommend using Gold Racoony Eye & Spot Patch from SECRET KEY for this purpose. In addition to providing moisture to your under-eye skin, this product will calm and sooth troubled skin by utilizing its spot patches that works perfect for oily skin types.
Step 7 Ampoule
Essence, serum and ampoule are products with high concentrations of active ingredients targeting specific skin concerns such as dull skin, large pores, wrinkles and acne. Our recommended ampoule for this routine is Centella Blemish Ampoule from COSRX. This product is specifically designed to regulate sebum production and prevent acne breakouts, while at the same time providing moisture and a soothing effect to your skin.
Step 8 Cream
This step is for protecting all the beneficial ingredients you have applied throughout your routine. We have selected Aqua Most Brightening Water Drop from SKIN WATCHERS as the best match for oily skin types, because oil-free creams does not clog pores when providing hydration. In addition, this product consists of a light-weight gel that will leave a very comfortable result compared to heavier formulas.
Step 9 Sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are a great way to treat your skin with extra hydration over night. We find Jeju Bamboo Sleeping Pack from INNISFREE to be the most suitable sleeping mask for this routine. This product features excellent calming properties from bamboo extract and is free from oil and alcohol.
Note: Use sleeping masks 2-3 times a week, and wake up with a more youthful, healthy skin and get a great start to your day.
Step 10 Spot Treatment (additional care)
Acne and other skin troubles caused by excessive sebum production is a common problem for oily skin types. Therefore, we have included the Red Spot Cream from CIRACLE as an additional step for this routine, which reduces skin inflammation and bacteria. This enables your skin to recover more quickly from skin troubles as well as reducing acne scars.