The Korean 10 Step skincare routine is a must-do for all skin lovers. Sometimes it is named the 8 step or 12 step, but regardless of the name, this routine is followed by many asian women around the world. In fact you are probably doing some of these steps already, but maybe not in a ordered and logical manner. I also was very confused as to what the steps were and it’s so hard to remember so I decided to create this detailed guide for you guys so you can understand it better!
I have created a detailed video explaining each step and why you would use these steps in your routine 🙂
TLDW (Too long didn’t watch 🙂 although I really highly recommend you watch it if you want to understand more! Below is just a written summary for your reference)
Step 1: Pre-cleanse – Remove makeup and oil Cleanser
The whole point of this step is to remove your makeup completely. Start off with a makeup wide and gently remove your eye make up and then finish off with an oil cleanser.
The oil cleanser will break down all make up really well including waterproof makeup. This is also a great opportunity to do a face massage using a face massage tool like the Unicorn Slim Face Massager which I am using at the moment.
You can skin this step in the morning.
Step 2: Gentle non drying foaming cleanser
The foaming cleanser is a normal step but this is now done as part of the “double cleanse” which was the oil cleanser we did during pre cleanse and we finish off with a gentle foaming cleanser here. This is to remove all the oil residue and to finally deep cleanse your face just in case all your makeup wasn’t removed during the first step. It also helps your face feel completely refreshed.
Step 3: Exfoliate your skin
This step is to remove all the dead skin cells so that they don’t build up on your far and make your makeup catch and look patchy.
It is also good to reveal new skin underneath. You can use a manual exfoliator, a gel exfoliator which is much more gentle like Cure which is a great product I use, or a chemical exfoliant which means you will be applying this later on before moisturiser.
Don’t do this too often or you may damage your skin, do it a few times or once a week.
Step 4: Tone your face
Toning your face is essential to PH balance your skin for the steps ahead. This ensures better product absorption. You can pat the toner onto your face or use a cotton pad. It’s quite popular to pat it into your face these days as it is seen as more gentle. Since you’ve double cleansed you should not have any more residue on the cotton pad and therefore patting it until it soaks in will be fine.
Step 5: Apply essence
Essence is quite a new addition to the skin care routine, but people that use the SK II facial essence should be used to putting this watery substance on their face. It’s like a shot of good things for your face which apparently is better delivered through this highly concentrated liquid formula. The Missha time revolution first treatment essence is also a popular alternative that is more affordable.
Step 6: Sheet Face masks
This is so fun!! I’m sure you’ve seen someone in a sheet mask before, it is a funny sight indeed but it’s great for your face. This is like a shot of product to your face, and also gives you an excuse to relax. (For peels and clay mask do this before you tone).
Step 7: Let serums soak in
Serums are light product that is designed to solve a specialised skin problem. It’s easily soaked to your skin and can be mixed together and applied. You should wait 1-2 minutes for the product to soak in before applying the next serum. It’s also a great time to do a light finger massage to help the product soak in. This is thicker then a essence but lighter then a moisturiser.
Step 8: Apple eye cream
Eye cream are also not that new to the routine. You can also bucket lip creams and other thicker special creams in here. Dab it lightly with your fourth finger. People choose to use a different cream for this area because some eye areas are more sensitive to thick creams and so eye creams are sometimes lighter then their facial counter parts.
Step 9: Apply Day and Night Moisturiser
Time for the moisturiser!! It’s a lot of steps in between but were are here. These are day and night moisturisers and are marked by a thicker formulation. You can have a day time one with SPF and a thicker night cream, or an all purpose. It really depends on your skin!
Step 10: Sleep Masks
Sleep masks are a great way to lock in all your hard work overnight. It is usually a thick layer that sits on your skin that protects it from drying over night. This is especially great for those that sleep in air conditioned or heated environments which can be quite drying.
You can skin your moisturiser in favour of just a sleeping mask if you feel like it, and it’s probably a good idea for the summertime when your skin prefers a light moisturiser.