Korean skin care routine

Hello, beauties! Well, I know in this exceptionally fast-driven and competitive world, what we usually tend to ignore/forget during bread-winning is to obtain an exfoliating and healthy lifestyle for our skins. Speaking of beauty or skincare and missing on to give Korean skincare even a try is like ignoring BTS while going gaga over the k-pop world and Korean animes for sure.. I know it is already exciting for you. And if you ever wondered how Koreans have such beautiful, radiant, well-toned, and never aging skin? So, ladies, their secret has already been revealed! It is the 10-step Korean skincare routine- a lifestyle that has become a global phenomenon, grounded in Korea’s cultural obsession with healthy skin and backed by decades of scientific advancement and one of the most effective and time-efficient ways that have taken the world by storm. 

For clarity, this does not involve using more products that you own but rather about using them in the right way and order. But before you start sweetheart, just know which products suit best your skin type – oily, sensitive, or dry.

Before we talk about each step in detail and you start using any of these products, conduct a patch test. If you have sensitive skin, apply the product at the back of your hand and wait for 24 hours. If you don’t see any reactions, you can start the Korean beauty regimen:

Step 1: Use Oil Cleansers

  • Base of the Korean skincare routine 
  • Less irritating than a normal cleanser
  • Gently massage to break down oil-based makeup impurities, sunscreen & other debris. 

Step 2: Water-based foam cleansing

  • using a foaming/water-based cleanser to dissolve accumulated sweat and dirt
  • Double-cleansing also removes oil-based leftovers

Step 3: Exfoliation

  • Clean pores and removes dead skin cells
  • Gives visibly brighter and firm skin

Step 4: Apply Toner

  • Remove any left-over residue
  • Balance out your skin’s pH levels
  • Avoid using alcohol-based toners

Step 5: Essences

  • One of the most vital parts of the Korean skincare routine
  • Soothes your skin while healing it at the same time
  • Packed with hydrating,anti-aging ingredients and also speeds-up cell turnover

Step 6: Use Serums/Ampoules/Booster

  • Ultimate skin perfectors
  • Contains active ingredients to address specific skin issues like acne, wrinkles, pigmentation & dark spots

Step 7: Put on Sheet Masks

  • Soul of Korean skincare routine
  • Soaked in serum and are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals
  • Extremely hydrating, leaving your skin soft and supple

Step 8: Use Eye Cream

  • Keeps the thinnest and delicate skin on your face, the skin around your eyes hydrated 
  • Address your under-eyes and prevent wrinkles, dark circles, and crow’s feet

Step 9: Moisturize

  • Vital to lock-in the previous layers, as per the Koreans
  • comes in many forms(emulsion, lotion, gel, cream, and sleeping mask)
  • Use a light, lotion-based moisturizer for oily skin and a heavy cream-based moisturizer for dry skin 

Step 10: Never forget the Sunscreen

  • An easiest and effective way to prevent premature aging(and skin cancer!)
  • No matter, you’re inside or outside, always apply SPF

Lakshika Thakur is a freelance content writer with femsay.com. She can be found on Instagram.