Korean Skincare Made Simple

Korean skincare is everywhere; its literally the latest and greatest skincare craze and seemingly hard to escape. There is just so much out there, its easy to get confused and become a bit intimidated. I wanted to condense the 10 step Korean skincare to make it a bit more simpler and less daunting. I, personally really enjoy quite a few of the products I’ll be mentioning below and can vouch for them on my skin.


What is it?

Basically Korean skin care consists of 10 steps that are followed in a specific order and includes such things as double cleansing which separates it from your regular skincare routine, where you cleanse just once in the beginning of your routine. I mean the fact that there are 10 steps itself separates it quite a bit from my regular 4 step skincare routine, I must say. It is also all about hydration, hydration and more hydration.

I love learning about skincare and am always updating my knowledge on it. Great skin is invaluable in my opinion, your skin (face) being the part of your body that is the most exposed to outside forces, over any other organ. And who doesn’t want to put their best face forward? I mean all the Korean ladies look like their skin is glass-like and made of porcelain and would feel like a baby’s bottom upon touch. I kinda wanted to know the secret.

Step 1

Oil Cleanser — Pre-cleansing with an oil-based cleanser that removes all your makeup and prepares the skin for cleansing. You are supposed to apply this to dry skin, massage to loosen makeup and dirt, then rinse off with water.

Some of my favourites in this category are Love Your Bare Face: Hydrating Cleansing Oil and BANILA CO – Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

Step 2

Deep Cleansing — Now that you have all the dirt and makeup off your skin, next step is to do a more deeper cleanse. The double cleansing step just ensures you have removed all impurities off of your skin that may have developed over the day preparing a clean canvas for the rest of the skincare to effectively do its job.

Some of my favourites are Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick and Etude House – Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser

Step 3

Exfoliation — gets rid of all the dead skin cells and allows for better cell turnover. This step is usually recommended once or twice a week. Massage in a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells, then rinse off.

I love the Charcoal Konjac Sponge . Its an effective way to exfoliate and very travel friendly as it is a sponge and won’t interfere with fluid content.

3-piece Korean skincare set

Step 4

Toner — refreshes, hydrates and rebalances the skin’s pH levels.
Some of my favourites are Etude House – Wonder Pore Freshner

Step 5

Essence — an essence allows the skin to boost up all the goodness of the previous products. Nothing beats the following product I’ve linked, its been highly reviewed and the verdict is amazing each time. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Try it for yourself.

Step 6

Serums — this is one of my favourite steps and an important skincare step for everyone. Different serums target a specific skin issue or problem and therefore they can be layered (thinnest to thickest). Some may target hyper pigmentation, hydration, brightening and others might give you that boost of anti-oxidants you skin so desires for a youthful glow.

Some of my favourites are Boost your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil,  COSRX – Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power EssenceMISSHA – Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule

Step 7

Masks — who doesn’t love a good mask? This is more of a weekly step and can be replaced by the essence and serum step because a lot of the times the masks are meant for a specific problem, such as hydration, brightening, plumping and firming the skin, etc. Masks are however, a great and easy way to get the benefits of a serum/essence and gives your skin that extra boost it needs weekly.

My favourite masks are the Amore Pacific Moisture bound Intensive Serum Masque, Innisfree Pomegranate Sheet Mask, Etude House MasksLaneige – Water Sleeping Mask


Step 8

Eye Cream — prevents under eye dark circles and wrinkles. Some of my favourites in this category are the AmorePacific Eye Treatment Gel. There are a few listed below in the shopping widget as well.

Step 9

Moisturizer — Seals everything up and hydrates which is the key to a more youthful looking skin, so definitely don’t ever skip this important step whether Korean skincare and your regular routine. Shop the post to find some of my favourites.

Step 10

SPF — The importance of sun protection is dire, you need to protect your skin from that U.V. The difference between someone with aging skin vs someone with youthful skin almost always comes down to sunscreen and who used it more diligently.

One of the more common ingredients I found during my research are hydrating ingredients found in almost all the popular Korean skincare products. Hydration is considered key in this type of skincare routine, even for a oily skin. Being of a combination skin type myself (leaning towards oily), I tend to find myself reaching for my Korean skincare products during the drier winter months when my skin gets visibly dehydrated. Another key theme within the products is anti-aging ingredients (e.g. collagen, snail mucin which is considered anti-aging and skin firming).

Just a disclaimer, not everyone’s skin works the same or responds the same to different products. These were some that worked on my skin and I was able to achieve desirable results with but it might not be the case for you. So always try them out for yourself in sample sizes first, if available.

Stay glowing and gorgeous darlings!

xx Shay

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