Over the past year I’ve been looking into the whole 10 step Korean skincare routine. I want to share with you, (in the EASIEST terms) wtf it is, and how you can start. From there you can pick or choose what works for you & your routine. You’re welcome.
So basically this is where we First, take off our makeup (cleanse # 1) & then second, wash all the excess crap that didn’t come off on our first go round (cleanse #2). “Double cleanse” ; that simple.
Step 1. Makeup Removal: This is what I use to take my makeup off.
You can also use a natural oil (like jojoba oil), or just a makeup wipe. Whatever, just don’t go to sleep with your makeup on.
Step 2. Face Wash: This is the face wash I’m using as of now.
Toning is essentially used to wipe off more excess junk on your face & then to add ph balance back into your face. What’s ph balance you ask? Who knows. But when they tell you your vagina’s ph balance is off, you don’t ask questions. Just take that same approach with your face.
Step 3. Tone: I make this step quick & easy. I just spritz my toner on my face and call it a day. But if you are interested in using your toner as a final step to make sure your face is squeaky clean, just put some on a cotton pad and rub the product on your skin. Sometimes I skip this step, depends on my mood.
IMO the greatest gift Korean skincare has given to mankind (well at least Americankind) is the chemical exfoliant. Instead of using a physical exfoliant, like tiny rocks in your face wash, or an automatic scrubbing brush (*cough* Clarisonic *cough*), the Korean skincare routine consists of a chemical exfoliant. What this essentially does, is exfoliate your skin chemically (duh..). No need for you to literally scrub at your face to get rid of dead skin. This allows for an even layer of skin to come off slowly over time, and doesn’t create the abrasiveness you might get when you do it physically. I know the word chemical is intense, but just keep in mind “chemical” means science. This is nowhere near as strong as those crazy ass chemical peels you see the housewives getting so don’t worry. Just a good way to keep the freshest layer of your skin at the surface.
Step 4. Chemical Exfoliant: I do this about 2 to 3 times a week depending on how my face feels. I love the results. It lightens my dark spots, and brings to the surface things in my face that never would have seen the light of day. This is what I use.
I feel like right after the chemical exfoliant is the best time to treat any active acne I have on my face. IDK if this is actually part of the 10 steps, but it just felt right for me to put Benzol Peroxide or Salcylic acid & other intense acne fighting treatments on my face at the same time I was chemically peeling my skin off. This is just what I chose to do though just an FYI.
Step 5. Spot Treatment: I always like to use something strong to attack my blemishes. I don’t have time to wait a week for these things to dry up. I need it to happen in a day (2 days max!).
I still don’t quite understand what essence is, no matter how much it is explained to me. But I do understand what it DOES. And that is give you that hydration & elasticity your skin has been missing. Idk what the science behind it is, but ultimately patting this into my skin has changed the overall texture and appearance of it, so I won’t be stopping any time soon.
Step 6. Essence: I just pour it in my hands and then pat pat pat it in my face.
SERUMS & TAILORED PRODUCTS
Whatever those extra products you personally think you need for your skin. This could be vitamin c, eye creams, youth creams, etc. If you’re not sure when to put the product you want to put on your face, now is the time to do that.
Step 7-8 Serum: The only serum I am currently using on my skin is Rose Hip Oil. But I am open if anyone wants to give me some suggestions.
Self explanatory. No matter what the day or occasion, don’t skip this step (okay guys?). If you want to prevent oil, and sebum build up (which ultimately lead to more breakouts); moisturize.
Step 9 Moisturizer: I have been gravitating towards gel based moisturizers. This helps not make my face feel greasy when I’m putting a million (okay 10) different products on it. But any moisturizer you like will do. I would say save the thick juicy ones for night, & keep the lightweight ones for the day.
SUN BLOCK (During the day)
The suns rays are no good for your skin. Use SPF. Or at least wear a hat.
Step 10. SPF : I don’t use SPF. I am allergic, or I at least get hives. “Hypoallergenic” has yet to suffice for me. I see this as a downfall for myself, it doesn’t have to be one for you though. Find a good SPF & slap it on your face. It’s math.
FACE MASKS (During the night)
Korean face masks come in all shapes & sizes. They usually come in big variety packs & they’re fairly affordable. If you are serious about your skin’s health, go ahead and splurge for some. They are fun to do, & what I love about most of them is you don’t need to wash them off, you just rub the excess product into your skin once your 20 minutes are up. Yay productivity.
Also Step 10 Face Masks: These are the ones I’m using as of now. The most I feel is my skin being plumped and moisturized.
Obviously, this is just my take on the 10 step routine. I think some of the orders matter, and some are a toss up. This is a good routine to follow if you’re a little confused about how to approach the whole 10 steps. Don’t overthink it though, you really can’t mess this up. The fact that you’re even bothering to care about your skin this much means you’ve got to get some kind of positive result. Take what you think applies to you, and do what you’re comfortable with. That’s what I did at least.
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