The 10-Step Korean skincare routine is more than that — it’s a lifestyle that has become a global trend, rooted in Korea’s cultural fascination with healthy skin and backed by decades of scientific advancement. It’s not about buying more Korean beauty products than you can count, it’s about getting the right products and using them in the right order.
Try to mention all the reasons we search for skin-care inspiration in South Korea and stock up on favorite Korean brands such as Belif, Cosrx, and Dr. Jart+ for our skin-care routines and we’d probably be here until tomorrow. “Koreans take their skin care seriously,” says Soko Glam’s creator Charlotte Cho, an online retailer specializing in Korean beauty goods, and more recently her own brand, Then I Met You. “They also know what they want, such as creativity, convenient products, fun packaging and they certainly don’t want to pay a lot for it.”
In other words, Korean brands have officially upgraded the standards for the global skin care industry — and if we are honest, so have our personal standards. For starters, double cleansing has changed our skin forever.
1. Korean Skincare Routine Cleansers.
Korean women usually use two cleansers to remove oil-based skin, SPF, and other impurities, beginning with an oil-based cleanser (because water repels oil). It helps the last bit of mascara to be removed for effortless brushing rather than tugging to your face.
Following with a water-based cleanser, any residual odor is eliminated and skin leaves supple. The trick is to find a gentle solution that does not strip your skin or dry it out.
We used: Insta Natural ($19.97, Amazon)
2. Korean skincare beauty toners.Korean toners are different from other toners since after washing they are intended to hydrate, moisturize, and balance the pH level of your skin. This reflects Korean heritage of elegance, steeped in natural ingredients that are passed down from generation to generation. Today this practice continues with formulations which tend to avoid harsh chemicals and instead draw from Earth.
3. Korean Skincare Essences.While being formulated with different viscosities, Korean skincare routine essences appear to be a little more elastic and less concentrated than serums. Their main function is to moisturize the skin and to make the most of the following serums. Think of the skin like a sponge: Everything else absorbs better until it’s plumped with water.
4. Serums and Ampules.These products are formulated with active ingredients that target different skin type needs, such as fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration. Here you can customize your regimen, add or remove items as you find necessary. You may use them in any order but more viscous goods usually go on later.
5. Korean Skincare Moisturizers.A moisturizer formulated for your skin type produces a barrier that seals out all the beneficial ingredients you’ve just added, rather than allowing them to evaporate out of your skin.
6. Korean beauty products – Eye Creams and Treatments.The skin around the eyes is thinner and easier to dehydrate, so a cream specifically designed to cover, nourish, brighten, or de-puff should be used to treat it.