The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine for Pristine Skin
Long live the 10-step Korean Skincare Routine – you won’t need anything else. South Korean skincare products still dominate the market, with Korean brands sitting right beside the Western cosmetic behemoths in beauty retailers like Watsons and Guardian. Tropika Club explores the famed skincare routine to show you why you won’t need anything else.
1. The First Cleanse
You start by washing your face with an oil-based cleanser. If you have oily skin, you might be wondering if the oil-based cleanser is a good idea. Well, the oil-based cleanser is actually effective clearing oil-based impurities, such as sebum, some pollutants, and SPF.
2. The Second Cleanse
The second cleanse clears the rest of the sweat and dirt on your face. Try and use products with lower pH levels. Your face pH level is probably at 5.5. Which means that you have to use products that aren’t too acidic or alkaline. Otherwise, you may get acne, irritation, and blotches on your face.
To make sure you don’t damage your sensitive skin when you’re done, splash your cleansers off with lukewarm water rather instead of drying it with a towel.
3. The Toner
Toners prepare for the preceding steps by providing a thin layer of moisture to maintain the pH balance on your face, softening your skin in the meantime as well. The moisture helps your skin absorb the products in the next few steps as well. For this step, you can use toners that contain AHAs and/or BHAs as well. Most Korean skincare toners have bonus botanical ingredients to freshen your skin too. You can apply the toner directly on your skin with your hands, a cotton ball, or a pad.
4. The Essence
Essences are typically a blend of a toner and a serum. This also keeps the moisture on your face, allowing the better absorption of the other products. This is how you get your glow. By layering a variety of products, some Korean beauty experts think that it doesn’t clog your pores and allows your skin to breathe.
5. The Emulsion
Customary to the modern Korean skincare routine, this packs another dose of moisture for your skin, so you can achieve the ‘glass skin’ look that so many covet. The emulsion is especially effective for oily skin, allowing the skin to get hydrated without using heavier products.
6. The Serum
In the halfway mark, you’re supposed to apply more concentrated products. But you have the space to make your own decision on what’s best your skin needs. You can try on other products like ampoules or essences in this step as well.
7. The Sheet Mask
It’s so ubiquitous even BTS has its own line of it with Mediheal. You can use most brands, but if you can afford it, it’s best to use sheet masks with better ingredients. After all, you have to put it on your face for around 15 to 20 minutes.
8. The Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes are especially thin and delicate, so a little extra care will go a long way. Though you need to apply just the right amount; try to apply the eye cream with your ring finger so you get just the right amount of pressure.
9. The Moisturiser
The skin around your eyes is especially thin and delicate, so a little extra care will go a long way. Though you need to apply just the right amount. Try to apply the eye cream with your ring finger, so you get just the right amount of pressure.
10. The Sunscreen/The Sleeping Mask
If you’re doing this routine in the morning; you can’t miss putting on sunscreen. You’ve probably heard the drill before – you have to wear sunscreen every day, even you if are indoors for most of the time. If you’re doing this routine before you sleep, just end the routine off with a sleeping mask.
The 10-step Korean skincare routine sounds like a lot, especially if you’re leading a busy life. You can always be flexible about the steps, and even take some of them out if you feel like you don’t need it.