10 Step Korean Skin Care Regimen
The 10 step Korean skin care regimen is slowly but surely creeping up on Western culture. Inspired by beauty experts such as Elle and Into the Gloss, here at Beauteque, we’ve created a step by step guide on recommended techniques and products to create one of the most in depth, but beneficial skin care regimens.
The 10 step process is divided into two parts. The fist portion focuses on creating a fresh, clean face. This requires you to prepare, cleanse and tone the skin. It’s important to remove the day’s toxins so when you begin the second half pollutants do not get trapped in your pores. The second part requires you layer on hydrating products to your skin. By creating the layers, you’re ensuring the most youthful and supple face possible.
Think of the Korean skin care regimen like an addition to your already existing routine. You might already take your make up off at the end of the day, cleanse your face, use an eye cream and moisturizer and, maybe if you’re going for the gusto, apply a night cream. That’s already half of the 10 step process; you’re half way there to a brighter and more youthful complexion. Considering the fact that all 10 steps aren’t required every night anyway, adding the extra five steps is simple and the whole process won’t take up your whole evening.
We recommend starting the 10 step process soon as possible. Korean culture dictates that girls start the 10 step process well before hitting their 13th birthday. In Western culture, we often begin to treat our skin after the first signs of acne, wrinkles, dark spots, dark under eyes or other skin imperfections. The good news is that you can still start the 10 step process now to reap the benefits by following the steps and using our suggested products.
1) Remove make up: The first step is to prep your skin. It’s crucial to remove any of the day’s makeup by using the Liole Aroma Waterproof Lip and Eye Remover. Great for all skin types, this makeup remover won’t leave a greasy residue.
2) Cleansing: Clean off the day’s grime by using a thorough, deep-in-the-pores cleanser. The Lioele Vita Juicy Foam Cleanser cleans skin without stripping its moisture. Scents include blueberry and cranberry, so pick to your liking, lather it up in your hands and get scrubbing!
3) Exfoliation: Exfoliation allows for a dazzling layer of skin to shine through. The Korean skin care regimen recommends exfoliating your skin once or twice a month. That’s it; one or twice a month is all you need to do to help get a healthy glow. We recommend the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask- Wash Off. Once mixed with water, the sugar granulates dissolve creating a soft paste to brush on the skin. The amazing facial scrub won’t over dry nor negatively affect sensitive skin.
4) Toner: Now that we have a fresh canvas, the next step is toner. The idea behind toner is to restore your skin’s natural PH balance. Maintaining a positive PH balance is important for your skin’s lipids and moisture. It also acts as a shield blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. We suggest using the Etude House Shinee Malgen Fresher for it’s suitable for all skin types, won’t clog pores and prevents product buildup.
5) Essence: Essence is a product that seemingly doesn’t have a Western counterpart. However it is the first step in reversing dehydrated skin, so it is paramount to not skip this step. Put a few drops of Innisfree Soy Bean Energy Essence on a cotton pad to create a hydrated, smoothed out skin texture.
6) Ampoule: Ampoule is a concentrated version of essence. Western culture would compare it to a serum. The Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Ampoule does everything. It creates a brighter complexion, suits a wide range of skin types and is moisturizing.
7) Sheet Mask: Sheet Masks have been making some buzz in Western beauty. You might have seen a friend Instagram of picture of her donning a sheet mask or read about them on your favorite beauty blog. They are fun to apply and wear while providing a surge of moisture. Tony Moly is a great place to start as the masks come in a range of varieties to suit your skin type. Looking for some hydration, try the aloe. Looking to clam angry skin, try the tea tree. If you’re unsure which mask to use, we recommend testing out a few to find your favorite. Don’t think you have to wear a sheet mask every day, however. It’s suggested that you stick these on your face one or twice a week for 20-30 minutes at a time.
8) Eye Cream: Eye cream is great for perking up tired eyes. Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream has the power of Snail extract. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, but hear us out. Snail extract is has been tested and proved to increase elastin and collegen in cells making it perfect for firming fine lines and wrinkles around the eye and erasing dark under eyes.
9) Moisturizer: This step probably exists in your skin care regimen, so no surprises here. Buff Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream into your skin for lasing effects of elasticity and a radiant glow.
10) Night Pack: We did it; we are on the final step. The Baviphat Lemon Sleeping Pack acts as a barrier to seal the layers of moisture in, but also allows your skin to breathe while you slumber. If it’s morning, then skip the night pack and put on an SPF before heading outdoors.
Ten Steps. Yes, it may seem like too much, but the pay off is so rewarding that you’re you’ll wonder how you’ve ever managed to get by with your comparatively minimal routine before.
Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch on Twitter with @Beauteque!