Hey! I’m back with another post for my #BeautyPassport month-long series and today we are still exploring Korean beauty! Previously on #BeautyPassport, I shared with you some holy grail Korean skincare products that have really turned my skincare routine around and made it extra fun. So we know that the Koreans know a thing or two about formulating products that encourage young looking, dewy and radiant skin. But the products are not the main stars.
Enter the 10-step Korean skincare routine. Yes, 10 steps. I have been religiously following the 10-step Korean skincare routine for over a month now. And I’m sure some of you have heard about this routine before or at least stumbled upon it on Pinterest. But if you’re not familiar with it, the 10 step Korean skincare routine is basically a set of specific orders of products that you use in your skincare regime.
Here’s the order of products used in the 10 step Korean skincare routine:
Seems over-complicated, right? That’s how I felt! And then I had a breakout, and I was desperate, and I just purchased like a bunch of products too, so I tried it. And girl, my skin has never looked better!
Out of all the 10 steps, the only one I’m missing out right now is eye cream because I can’t seem to find the right one as my eyes get easily irritated. But other than that, I follow the rest of the routine almost every day. Even though it was tough to stick to the routine at the beginning, everything feels so natural now. Whenever I sit down to clean my face, my hands just naturally reach out to the cleansing balm and then to the water-based cleanser and then exfoliator and so on.
The biggest difference that I notice from my skin after following this routine for a month is how fast my skin recovers from my monthly hormonal break out and how smooth and bouncy my skin’s texture is now. I used to have dry patches on my t-zone and slight acne scarring around my mouth and now they’re almost invisible. I’m telling you, it’s magical…
Of course if you’re interested in following this routine you need to keep in mind that you will be using quite a range of products and you need to be very selective and careful with the products that you are using. I try to use very gentle products on my face and on days when I feel like my skin is sensitive, I cut back on the routine and only cleanse, tone and moisturise, to let my skin breathe for a while.
Products I use in my 10 step Korean skincare routine:
1. Oil based cleanser/makeup remover: Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
2. Water based cleanser/facial wash: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
3. Exfoliator (once a week): Neogen Bio-peel Gauze Peeling Wine
4. Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water
5. Essence: SK II Facial Treatment Essence
6. Serum/Ampoul: Kate Sommerville Retasphere (A reader recently pointed out that I have been making a huge mistake by using retinol and was very kind to explain to me why, so I am currently in the middle of switching this product up even though I really love it! *sad face*)
7. Mask: Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask
8. Eye Cream: None. Still looking for ‘the one’.
9. Moisturiser: Clean & Clear Oil Free Moisturiser OR Hazeline White Snow
10. SPF: L’Oreal City Mist SPF 50
And yes, this has changed the way I take care of my skin. I now understand why the Koreans love, double cleansing (step 1 & 2) and why it’s important to invest on a good toner. I now understand why masks are deeply loved by the Koreans and I get super paranoid of the sun now that I’m spraying SPF all the time.
The routine definitely encourages me to pay more attention to my skin and how it reacts to different products. It helps me to understand what kind of treatment my skin currently needs and what I love is that I can minimise these steps every now and again and still see the difference.
Here’s a couple of resources that helped me understand the 10 step Korean skincare routine better, in case you’d like to know more about it:
Intro To Korean Skincare Routine by Jenn Im & Sokoglam:
The Korean Skincare Routine using Korean Products by Rachel Nguyen:
Chriselle Lim’s American Drugstore Version of the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine:
And with that, we finally wrap up our first #BeautyPassport week. I hope you loved getting to know Korean beauty products and routine a little bit better and I hope you’re excited to go to the next country this week so I will see you again on Thursday for that! Xoxo