If you are obsessed with Korean culture, you will know about their 10-step Korean skincare routine. If not, let me just tell you that this routine is the reason why most Koreans have such radiant and flawless skin. So if you want Korean-style glass skin, you will have to make this routine a lifestyle. I know it’s extensive, time-consuming, and honestly, a lazy person’s nightmare. But glass skin comes at a cost.
Here are the steps in a typical Korean skincare routine.
Step 1: Oil-based cleanser
The first step is to remove any makeup or dirt on your face with an oil-based cleanser. The oil will help in removing your waterproof makeup effectively. You can use the oil-infused cleansing water from Garnier. Pour a little on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face with it.
Step 2: Water-based cleanser
Double cleansing is one of the most important parts of this routine. So make sure you don’t skip any of the cleansing steps. After an oil-based cleanser, use a water-based cleanser. It will help you to get rid of the accumulated sweat and dirt.
Step 3: Exfoliate
The next step is to exfoliate your skin. This will help in removing dead skin cells from your face. Make sure you use a very gentle scrub so that it doesn’t harm your skin. You can also make your own scrub at home if you have sensitive skin.
Step 4: Toner
To balance out your skin’s pH level, use a toner. You can use any toner but make sure it’s not alcohol-based. You can DIY one by using fermented rice water. This is also an essential ingredient in the Korean skincare routine. Learn how to make your own toner here.
Step 5: Essence
An essence is a lightweight product that hydrates and re-balances the skin. To apply it, take a few drops and lightly pat it into your skin. One of the essences that you can try is Power Essence by Cosrx. Buy it here.
Step 6: Serum
I know you’re tired already but hang in there. We’re almost done. For the next step in a Korean skincare routine, you need a good serum. A serum is a slightly concentrated and heavier version of an essence. It can help with pigmentation and dark spots. When you apply it, don’t rub it into your skin, just dab gently to make sure it gets absorbed well.
Step 7: Sheet mask
The next step is to put on a sheet mask. Honestly, these masks are the best inventions. Whenever you are lazy or just don’t want to make a traditional face pack, sheet masks always come in handy. Apart from being convenient, sheet masks are vital in a Korean skincare routine. They are extremely hydrating and soaked in serum. It will help you in getting much softer and more radiant skin.
Step 8: Eye cream
The next step is to use an eye cream. Good eye creams help in preventing wrinkles and dark circles. They also keep the undereye area hydrated. A lot of people don’t use an eye cream but not using it can increase visible signs of ageing. Plus, well-moisturised skin around your eyes feels great.
Step 9: Moisturise
Don’t forget to moisturise your face as it helps to lock in the hydration from all the previous steps. People with oily skin think they don’t need to moisturise but they couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone needs to moisturise their skin. If you have oily skin, just use a gel-based moisturiser.
Step 10: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is really important for any routine. It shields your skin and protects it against harmful UV rays. Even if you are not planning to step out in the sun, you still need to apply it to protect your skin from the sunlight in your house and the rays from your laptop screen. So basically, never skip sunscreen, okay?
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