10 Step Korean Skincare Routine
From beauty balms to face masks, Korean beauty and skincare has always been setting trends and making its way to the US. The latest craze is the 10 step Korean skincare routine, which many beauty gurus and sites have been raving about. A skincare routine consisting of 10 steps sounds ridiculously tedious but still, I was curious. I'm also looking to step up my skincare routine for 2017 so I decided to do some research. Not to mention, you don't do all 10 steps every day... that's just insane and time consuming! Keep reading to learn what the 10 step Korean skincare routine consists of.
10 Step Korean Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover and Oil Cleanser
The very first step to improving your skincare routine is by properly removing your makeup at the end of the day. Oil cleansers are another current craze in the makeup world and they work very well! According to Soko Glam, you massage the oil cleanser onto your face as you would with any other cleanser.
2. Water-based Cleanser
Follow the oil cleanser with a water-based cleanser to make sure you get rid of all the leftover residue and makeup! This "double-cleansing" step sounds a bit repetitive but it'll ensure you with squeaky clean skin.
After cleansing your skin, exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin. This will bring newer, clearer skin to the surface. Make sure to exfoliate up to two times a week. Exfoliating more often than that could worsen your skin, making it dry, flaky, and sensitive. Trust me, I made the mistake before and my skin broke out.
Spraying toner or applying it with a cotton swab helps balance the pH levels of your skin. It also helps your skin lock in hydration more effectively. Who knew there was so much science to skincare and beauty?!
According to Soko Glam, essence is "the heart of a Korean skincare routine." Essence helps to hydrate and repair your skin, as well as promoting skin cell turnover for newer, fresher skin!
6. Serums, Boosters, and Ampoules
Soko Glam says this is the "skin-perfecting step" to your routine. Serums, boosters, and ampoules can target a range of skin concerns from brightening to pore refining and many more! Pick a product to target any skin concern you want to fight. For me, it would be acne. The most important part is how you apply it -- it's all about tapping the product into your skin!
7. Sheet Masks
Just like exfoliating, you use sheet masks once or twice a week. Sheet masks also target a variety of skin concerns. You apply it onto your face for 10-15 minutes and you can chill out while doing so! I like to lay down and meditate with a sheet mask on. It's one of the ultimate self-care, spa day routines for me.
8. Eye Cream
Applying eye cream helps to hydrate and reduce wrinkles around the eye area. You can apply it at night or under your makeup. Just like serums and boosters, it's all about tapping the product into your skin!
Moisturizing is the key step to any skincare routine. It doesn't matter if you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin. You want to make sure your skin stays hydrated.
10. Sun Protection
Applying sunscreen is just as important as moisturizing! It helps to protect your skin and slow down the process of aging skin. To kill two birds with one stone, you can find a moisturizer with SPF in it!