Normal & Combination Skin

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.

You get 15% discount on any product from this routine by applying coupon code MYROUTINE during checkout. Remember to select your skin type from the main menu to find the most relevant recommendations for you.

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

nc-step1.jpgTo remove makeup, sunscreen, and impurities, Korean women typically start their evening skin care routine with an oil-based cleanser. We have selected Natural Deep Cleansing Oil from SKIN WATCHERS as the first step of our normal or combination skincare routine. With its mild, water-soluble formula, this product erases makeup without leaving an oily feeling.

Note: Oil-based cleanser can be omitted in the morning routine.

Step 2     Foam Cleanser

nc-step2.jpgA foam cleanser removes any remaining residue and impurities from the oil-based cleansing step. For this job, we have picked Lucid White Foam Cleanser from SKIN WATCHERS. This foam cleanser creates dense bubbles for an efficient removal of impurities and skin waste. In addition, this product makes a great combination with the oil-based cleanser in step 1.

Step 3     Peeling

nc-step3.jpgA 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 Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel from SECRET KEY, which creates small crumbles when massaged for sloughing 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

nc-step4.jpgUsing 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 Rose Water Toner from MAMONDE for this step. Formulated with more than 90% of Damask Rose water, this product soothes and hydrates your skin and leaves a lovely scent. As it is free from synthetic pigments, animal oils and mineral oils, it is also suitable for sensitive skin types.

Step 5     Booster

nc-step5.jpgUnlike serum and ampoule that targets specific skin concerns, a booster is made for improving the overall condition of your skin surface. We have included the Snow White Booster from SECRET KEY for our normal or combination skin type routine because it helps strengthening your skin barrier. This product also works in perfect harmony with other products in this routine.

Step 6     Eye Serum

nc-step6.jpgThe 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 Urban Eco Harakeke Eye Serum from THE SAEM for this purpose. Formulated with 70% Harakeke extract, this product provides moisture while cooling and calming your stressed under-eye skin. 

Step 7     Serum

nc-step7.jpgEssence, serum and ampoule are products with high concentrations of active ingredients targeting specific skin concerns such as dull skin, large pores, wrinkles and acne. We recommend Witch Piggy Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid 97% from ELIZAVECCA for this step. Formulated with 97% hyaluronic acid and other hydrating ingredients, this product will provide an ultimate boost to the moisture level in your skin.

Step 8     Cream

nc-step8.jpgThis step is for protecting all the beneficial ingredients you have applied throughout your routine. We have selected Moistfull Collagen Cream from ETUDE HOUSE as the best match for normal or combination skin type. With its collagen ingredient, this product will improve skin elasticity and contribute to the overall health of your skin.

Step 9     Sleeping Mask

nc-step9.jpgSleeping masks are a great way to treat your skin with extra hydration over night. We find  Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask from COSRX to be the most suitable sleeping mask for this routine. This product does not just moisturize, it will also improve the strength and resilience of your skin over time thanks to 65% rice and other botanical ingredients.

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     Sheet Mask (additional care)

nc-step10.jpgSheet masks are face-shaped fibers soaked in serum or ampoule and provide ultimate hydration and nourishment. Invest 15-20 minutes of your time and see the difference immediately. We have chosen Starting Treatment Essential Mask from SECRET KEY as the best option for this step due to its great hydrating and nourishing effect.

Note: You can customize your routine depending on how your skin feels after applying the mask. For instance, serum (Step 7) and sleeping mask (Step 9) can be omitted each day you apply the sheet mask step.