Korean 10 Step Routine
A 10-step skincare routine may sound daunting and excessive at first however the process is really quite simple once it is broken down. You will probably find that you do most of the steps already without even realising it! A quick way of remembering the steps is that it starts off with a double cleanse, then products are applied from the thinnest to thickest consistency and then finished off with a SPF.
Oil Cleanse - This is the first part of the “double cleanse method”. An oil based cleanser will remove anything oil based such as make up, sunscreen as well as sebum. This step will get rid of most of the surface dirt on your skin so that you can penetrate further for a deeper cleanse with the second part of the “double cleanse method”.
Water/ Foam Cleanse – This is the second part of the “double cleanse method”. A water/foam cleanser will remove all water based impurities such as sweat and dirt. Whilst it may seem excessive to cleanse your face twice, the second cleanse really gives your skin a squeaky clean feel and your skin will thank you for it.
Exfoliator – Regular exfoliation will keep your pores clean which helps minimise the appearance of the pore size. It will also remove dead skin cells, revealing healthier and brighter skin complexion. This step only needs to be done 2 – 3 times a week depending on your skin type.
Toner – Now that the cleansing steps have been completed, it is time to prime and prep your skin. A toner will help balance your skin’s PH levels and allows your skin to act almost like a sponge (which is super important to ensure you get the most out of the following steps).
Essence – This product is a hybrid between a toner and a serum. It hydrates your skin and helps cellular turnover. It is best applied with your hands by gently patting it into your skin to allow ultimate absorption. This is considered by many Koreans to be the most important step of the routine.
Serums/ Treatments – We all have different skin concerns and this is the part of the routine to really focus yours. Serums and treatments contain concentrated formulas of active ingredients used to target specific skin concerns such as ageing, hyperpigmentation and acne.
Sheetmasks – These are soaked in essence and are a great for relaxing after a long day at work. There are so many different types of sheetmasks such as hydrating, brightening, firming etc. Don’t forget to use the extra essence left in the packaging and pat this into your skin afterwards.
Moisturiser – The most basic step which most people already do... and for good reason! A good moisturiser will help lock in moisture and will keep your skin hydrated all day. You can incorporate a heavier night time moisturiser for bed or even try a leave on sleeping mask if you want to get ultimate hydration whilst you snooze.
Eye Cream – The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive and requires a bit of extra TLC. An eye cream will reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Make sure you don’t rub the eye cream in... you have to be gentle and pat the eye cream in with your ring finger to avoid tugging the skin around your eyes which may cause fine lines in the long run.
SPF – Sunscreen is the most effective way of keeping your skin youthful as it protects your skin from harmful UV rays which can cause dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Many of us are guilty of skipping this step however it is so important that you wear SPF even if you are inside most of the day.