South Koreans are known for having clear and wrinkle-free skin, and it’s all thanks to their game-changing, multibillion-dollar beauty industry. In case you haven’t heard, Korean beauty (also known as K-Beauty) is one of the largest beauty markets in the world!
Korean women are extremely dedicated to looking after their skin, so much so that they have a daily 10-step routine that they follow. In Korean culture physical appearance is important and it is believed that caring for your skin is the ultimate investment.
The 10-Step Skin Care Routine
Step 1: Prep Skin and Pre-Cleanse
The first step of the routine starts with a little skin prepping. Essentially, this means that all makeup should be removed with a nutrient-rich facial wipe. Once makeup is removed it’s time to apply an oil-based cleanser to dry skin. Oil-based cleansers are used to draw out debris and sebum from the skin.
Step 2: Cleanse Again
It might sound strange to cleanse again, but Korean woman believe that one cleanse isn’t enough. Dirt particles and excess makeup can get stuck in the pores, causing acne breakouts and blackheads.
Use a foam cleanser on wet skin and rub gently in circular motions. Once this step is completed you will notice just how clean and fresh your skin looks and feels.
Step 3: Exfoliation
The purpose of exfoliating the skin is to remove dead skin cells and clean out clogged pores. Focus on problem areas, such as the nose and chin when exfoliating. Do not apply the exfoliator with too much of pressure; this could lead to skin irritation.
After exfoliating, you’re left with brighter and healthier looking skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, limit this step to once a week.
Step 4: Toner
With all the cleansing and exfoliating, your skin might feel pretty dehydrated. Toning the skin is the ideal way to keep it hydrated and ready for the next steps. Also, the toner is the perfect product to use to prep the skin and help it absorb all other treatments in the regime.
Step 5: Essence is everything
This is the most important part of the Korean 10-step skincare routine. Essence is known for being a part of Korean culture and hence it is described as the heart of Korean skincare. The product is very similar to western serums but has a more of a watery consistency.
What the essence does is basically increase cellular renewal, enhances the skin’s elasticity and brightens the complexion. Instead of rubbing the product into the skin rather gently tap it into the skin; this will help promote blood flow.
Step 6: Serums and boosters
This step is for addressing skin care problems such as pigmentation, aging, uneven skin tone and loss of collagen. To help fix these issues use a skin booster or serum that has the correct ingredients that can help target the problem.
Step 7: Mask or massage
K-beauty is recognized globally for their amazing sheet masks and this is where they come in handy! These masks are genius and they come in a large variety to cater to each individuals skin care needs. Sheet masks should only be used 2-3 times a week and a facial massage can be substituted in its place.
Step 8: Apply Eye Cream
The eyes can easily reveal your age, which is why it’s important to start using an eye cream from your early twenties. There are plenty of eye creams on the market that targets fine lines, dark circles, and even puffiness. Gently apply the eye cream with the ring finger
Step 9: Emulsion
By far the best part of the skincare routine is applying emulsion. This lightweight product keeps the skin soft and hydrated. It’s also great to use when massaging the skin because of its consistency. The emulsion should be applied to the face and neck.
Step 10: Night cream or SPF
Depending on when you do this regime you can either use a rich night cream or an SPF lotion. This final step always all the products to settle in the skin, while also protecting the skin.