Korean Skincare 101: What happened when I tried a 10-step skincare routine

Hello Reautifuls!

I will be introducing a new subject/theme on my blog. I have been into Korean cosmetics and skincare products lately, since I received a few samples from TesterKorea.com a while ago. I have been doing a little research on cosmetics and skincare products since and I have found out that most Korean brands use natural ingredients in their products, even in their compact powders for example. One thing I can share with you straight away is that I’ve put most of my old skincare products on the side for a few these great Korean brands!

A very well known thing is the 10 step Korean skincare routine. To a lot of people that seems a little bit too extreme, but I can tell you, I have been trying it and it has worked wonders for my skin!

The rule of thumb is, if you’re spending 30 minutes on putting makeup on your face, you should spend the same time getting it off. Don’t forget that your skincare routine is even more important than finding the perfect foundation or bb cream. If you want that healthy and glowing skin you have to start from the base, your skincare. I’m one of the worst persons saying this because I used to be very lousy with my skincare regime. I wanted to get my makeup off of my face as soon as possible and as quick as possible, resulting in bad skin and breakouts.

Step 1: Oil cleanser (only at night)

Oil cleansers are essential for all skin types.  I thought using an oil cleanser would make my skin greasy and yuk. That was so stupid of me to think! Oil cleansers melt the makeup off of your face when you take the time to massage the oil around your face. They are also great for removing waterproof makeup!

Step 2: Foam cleanser

This is the second part of the double cleanse. You might think, double cleanse? Yes. Double cleanse. This is also a great step for removing the oil residue from the first cleansing step. It’s also a great way to cleanse out your pores.

Step 3: Exfoliating (weekly/twice a month)

Exfoliating can be very harsh on the skin, especially with a physical scrub (for example sugar scrubs). I have rosacea and very sensitive skin. My face flushes very quickly, even just by rubbing it! I’ve found out that peeling gels are very gentle for my skin and I love the Tony Moly Floria peeling gel. Sometimes I switch up to the Missha Super Aqua D-Tox peeling gel because I love both equally. Once or twice a month I use a slightly harder scrub because it makes my skin feel even smoother and it’s a little bit more effective than peeling gels in my opinion.

Step 4: Refresh/toner

Somehow I don’t believe in regular toners to restore the PH balance of your skin. They are mostly harsh on my face and only break me out. Now the Korean way of using a toner sounds much more better to me! A toner softens, moisturizes and preps your skin to better absorb all of the good stuff you put on your face after this step. A very good product I have used a lot of samples of is The Watery Berry toner by Skinfood and the Saem’s Urban Eco toner.

Step 5: Essence

This is considered the most important step in Korean skincare. An essence is mostly a very thin consistency, comparable with a serum. An essence usually is full of great ingredients. You could compare the consistency of an essence with a regular toner.

Step 6: Serum/Ampoule

Ampoules usually are super-concentrated versions of essences and sometimes get referred as boosters for your skin. Serums/ampoules usually are thicker in consistency than essences. Korean woman often layer different serums at the same time, how smart!

Step 7: A sheet mask

I use sheet masks very often and have build up a stash so I can pick a different one out each time I want or need one to soothe my skin. Sheet masks are sometimes used instead of an essence or serum because technically a sheet mask is a boost of good stuff. They are usually made very wet papery masks that has soaked up all of the ingredients. The mask forces your skin to soak up all of the goodness. For me, a sheet mask is great for when my skin feels dry and needs a double boost!

Step 8: Eye cream

I have noticed so much difference now I’m using an eye cream every night before going to bed and when waking up as a prep for my makeup! A lot of wrinkles have disappeared and my undereye area looks a lot smoother and hydrated. My dark circles are nearly gone!

Step 9: Moisturizer

Yes. Another layer of goodness. I really feel a difference since I have been using so many steps. My skin feels loved and so much more moisturized. My foundation goes on smoothly and my pores are almost invisible. After all of the previous steps I like to add another form of moisturizer. Some nights I stop after the eye cream, but sometimes I feel that my skin needs more. I usually add a thick night cream or a little bit of castor oil on my face (mostly jaw area that is the driest).

Step 10: A sleeping pack, mask or cream

I have tried multiple sleeping packs, masks and creams before going to bed and I notice waking up with plump and gorgeous looking skin. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to purchase a full size but I’m really thinking of it since it really boosts my skin at night, especially when it’s winter! I usually use the snail recovery gel from Mizon either as a moisturizer or sleeping pack.

These are a few of my favourite products I’m using at the moment:

final thoughts

I’m really happy that I decided to give the 10 step skincare routine and Korean cosmetics a chance! My skin has improved in many ways and I will continue this routine. My rosacea is less bad and less visible and my skin feels more moisturized than ever! It is quite expensive because you ‘need’ so much products but if you compare the prices of most products versus the ‘Western’ prices they are cheaper and better quality.

What do you think of the Korean 10 step skincare routine?

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