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 Apple Seed Cleansing Oil from INNISFREE as the first step of our dry skin care routine. This product allows effortless cleansing without leaving an oily feeling.
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 Soon Jung pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser from Etude House. With its effective bubbles, this foam cleanser provides an easy end gentle wash without dehydrating the skin, which makes a great combination with the oil-based cleanser in Step 1.
Step 3 Peeling
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. We recommend Cell Renew Bio Micro Peel Soft Gel from THE SAEM, which will gently slough off dead skin.
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 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 Iceland Hydrating Toner from THE SAEM, which provides additional hydration and nourishment. It is simply an excellent start for your skin after cleansing.
Step 5 Eye Cream
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 CF Nest White Bomb Eye Cream from ELIZAVECCA for this purpose. This product is packed with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients to prevent further dehydration. Also, the cream absorbs quickly to create a protective layer for the consecutive steps.
Step 6 Essence
A good anti-aging essence can make a significant difference for dehydrated and exhausted skin. If you are one of those who is always searching for a better cream, this product is likely to solve your problem. Therefore, we suggest implementing Green Snail Wrinkle & Brightening Peptide Essence from SKIN WATCHERS in your routine. Formulated with snail secretion and peptide, this product will vitalize your skin and improve skin resilience.
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 Propolis Light Ampoule from COSRX. This product provides ultimate nourishment and hydration while preventing wrinkles, which is the most common concern for people with dry skin.
Step 8 Cream
This step is for protecting all the beneficial ingredients you have applied throughout your routine. We have selected Iceland Water Volume Hydrating Cream from THE SAEM that is specifically designed for dry skin. This product both provides hydration and prevents moisture loss.
Step 9 Sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are a great way to treat your skin with extra hydration over night. We find Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack from ELIZAVECCA to be the most suitable sleeping mask for this routine. This product does not just moisturize, it will also leave your skin resilient and vibrant thanks to the 50% collagen ingredient.
Note: Use sleeping masks 2-3 times a week, and wake up with a more youthful skin and get a great start to your day.
Step 10 Sheet Mask (additional care)
Sheet masks are face-shaped fibers soaked in serum or ampoule which will provide ultimate hydration and nourishment. Invest 15-20 minutes of your time and see the difference immediately. We have chosen Moistfull Collagen Mask from ETUDE HOUSE as the best option for this step due to its great hydrating and revitalizing abilities.
Note: You can customize your routine depending on how your skin feels after applying the mask. For instance, ampoule (Step 7) and sleeping mask (Step 9) can be omitted each day you apply the sheet mask.