Korea is a country largely known for its huge success in their entertainment industry. However, more and more people are recognizing it for the effectiveness of Korean skincare. As a skincare addict myself, I was extremely interested in the Korean skincare routine, therefore I did some research on it.
The Korean skincare routine is made up of 10 steps guys, yes, 10 whole steps! The ten steps are listed below;
1. Double Cleanse
First of all, you need to double cleanse. Double cleansing is the act of cleansing your skin twice. Go figure right? first, cleanse with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and other impurities from the skin.
After that has been done, you are advised to cleanse your face a second time with a gentle cream-based cleanser to remove any impurities that may have been missed during the first cleanse.
Now, the best thing about Korean beauty toners is that they are packed full or botanical. Botanical are ingredients to look for when you are trying to prevent or control fine lines, acne and aging. Therefore, this step is very important not just to even out skin tone, but to improve the appearance of the skin.
What is essence you ask? Well, essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum. It works perfectly to hydrate the complexion, aiding cellular turnover for a youthful appearance. It not only prepares your skin for moisturizers, but it is also packed with a lot of moisturizing and brightening
You know that Korean glass skin trend that reigned heavily in 2018? well, apparently emulsion can help with that. This skincare step is the process of adding another layer of moisturizer to your skin to give you that soft glowy skin. However, this step is only recommended for people with extra dry skin, and is not a necessary step if you have naturally soft skin.
Finally we move on to number 4! The application of serums to the skin. If you have a specific skin concern you will like to target, we seriously recommend not skipping this step. This is because serums are used to target specific skin problems like; dehydration, wrinkles and dark spots. According to dermatologist and president of Amarte Skincare, Dr. Craig Kraffert, “serums deliver optimal levels of hydration directly into the skin…and when applied on just cleaned skin, the serum will penetrate more deeply.
6. Sheet Mask
Moving on to this Korean beauty trend that gained popularity through K-drama, we have sheet masks. Using a sheet mask shouldn’t be in your daily skincare routine. However, we recommend incorporating it into your routine twice every week for a radiant skin finish.
7. Eye Cream
On the sixth step, we take care of our eyes. The skin around the eye is often times neglected, when it should be protected. This area is thin and doesn’t produce natural oils so it can’t stay hydrated. Finding an eye cream that is light and can be used both day and night is highly recommended.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Help your skin stay hydrated by moisturizing daily. Use a moisturizer that works best for your skin type, this ensures that you don’t have to deal with dry or rough skin on your face. The moisturizer in the Korean beauty skincare helps seal in all the layers fo products that have been applied before it. Moisturizing should honestly be a ritual that you take very seriously.
Finally, we get down to the last step in this skincare routine, sunscreen. Honestly, if you have a moisturizer with SPF, then you can totally skip this step, but if not, then you need to protect yourself from the sun. It is most noteworthy, that a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 is usually the best in choice in any circumstance.
Now there you have it, the 9 step Korean beauty skincare routine.
Patricia Kihoro released a video on her experience with Korean skincare. In it, she reviews the skincare routine popularly known to this country, and she tells us how months of consistently practising the 10/9 steps Korean skincare routine improved her once heavily damaged skin.
Also, most of the products Patricia used in her Korean skincare journey were Garnier products, and she incorporated serums into her routine as well.
Finally, would you try this skincare routine?