Committing to a 10-step skincare routine can seem daunting at first – but it’s really not that bad once you understand the value in each step. The entire K-beauty routine emphasizes the importance of cleansing, nutrition, hydration, and SPF.
The 10-step Korean skincare routine begins with a double cleanse. Begin your double cleanse by using an oil-based cleanser to remove all makeup and any other impurities from the surface of skin, such as sebum and SPF. Not removing your makeup properly can contribute to acne or breakouts, or even fine lines and wrinkles.
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The second step in the double cleanse is to use a water-based cleanser to thoroughly cleanse skin. This ensures that there isn’t any makeup left behind and it helps to dissolve any other impurities from the surface of skin, such as dirt and sweat.
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No matter your skin type, regular exfoliation is a key aspect in any skincare routine – but don’t overdo it! When it comes to exfoliation, you have the option between physical and chemical exfoliation. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, along with any dirt or debris inside the pores.
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Toner works great for clearing away any lingering residue on the surface of skin, whether it’s from your makeup or your cleanser. It also restores moisture to the skin’s barrier, which helps facilitate better absorption of other skincare products.
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Known for their thin and lightweight consistency, essences contain a highly concentrated blend of nourishing ingredients to provide ultra-hydrating or anti-aging benefits to skin.
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Also known as serum, booster, or ampoule, treatments are potent formulations that contain key ingredients to tackle specific skin concerns, such as blemishes, hyperpigmentation, or the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Sheet masks are beneficial for all skin types – giving skin an extra boost of hydration and essential nutrients. These masks are soaked in a highly concentrated serum, and the mask itself acts as a physical barrier to lock in the moisture and enhance absorption.
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Eye cream helps reduce or diminish the appearance of crow’s feet, dark circles, and any sort of puffiness around the eyes. Because the area around the eyes is extremely delicate, the best eye creams are formulated with non-irritating and gentle ingredients.
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The best skincare routines involve moisturizer – day and night. It comes in many different forms, from face cream and lotion to gel formulas (it all depends on what works best for your skin type). Keep in mind that dehydrated skin makes skin more susceptible to common skin problems, along with making fine lines and wrinkles appear more obvious. Moisturizer nourishes skin while acting as a barrier to seal in the rest of your products.
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Sunscreen is a complete non-negotiable – rain or shine. SPF is vital for protecting skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure, which includes visible signs of premature aging and skin cancer. Applying sunscreen in the morning is huge in Korean skincare, since the best sunscreen products are formulated with skin-supporting ingredients.
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