We Tried the 10 Step Korean Beauty Routine

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Recently, Korean skin care is all the rage. They’ve been responsible for the popularity of sheet masks, BB creams, cushion cosmetics, and more. The country is home to many skin care giants like Etude House, Winky Lux, and TonyMoly to name a few. The products that have gained some speed in the states are only the starting to the many wonders of the Korean skin care market. They’re also known for their thorough 10 step skin care routine. Being someone who loves to pamper their skin, I was curious to try it out. Only a few steps had to be added and here’s what I did every day and night.

Step 1: Oil Cleanse

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $26.51

A product I’ve been using for just over a year. It’s a pro at taking makeup off. I also use it to massage my face, jaw and neck muscles. This step was only done at night.


Step 2: Gel Cleanse

Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser $4.99

The only cleanser that keeps my acne at bay during the warmer months. I’ve been using this for years and it’s still effective.


Step 3: Exfoliate

Clarisonic Mia $129

A splurge but it’s 100% worth it if you have troubled skin. This helps with clearing your skin and helps your products to be more effective. I normally do this at the same time as the oil cleanser.


Step 4: Tone

Son and Park Beauty Water $30

This step is to prep your skin for creams and serums that come next. This really helped my skin’s moisture barrier and will take off that last little bit that dirt you didn’t know was there.


Step 5: Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence $21

Yes, Snails. It even feels slimy, but not in a bad way. A little goes a long way. This step is full of nutrition and helps you bounce back from breakouts.


Step 6: Treat

Vichy Idéalia Serum $39

At first, I didn’t think this step made a difference until I stopped it for a week. This specific serum helps my skin heal faster but this also made my skin texture much smoother.


Step 7: Masks

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque $51

Normally this step is for sheet masks, which are great but they’re too much for my skin in the summer. Those will be used in winter time. Until then I’ve been using my favorite vitamin mask. This step is only needed 1-2 times a week.



Step 8: Eye Cream

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Eye Cream $17.99

This step remedied my dry, puffy eyelids. Haven’t noticed any anti-aging benefits but it’s still too early to tell.


Step 9: Moisturizer

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $14.50

Same old step as before, but now that my skin is prepped beforehand it glides on, goes farther and is more effective now.


Step 10: Sun Protection

Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk $14.50

I had read that his specific block doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, but I still got a film on my skin after using this. I mix it into my moisturizer and then do a light dusting of powder before starting my make up. This product is very effective and Koreans say this is one of the best ways to prevent premature aging. This step is only done in the morning.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who’s willing to put the money and time in. This routine has made my skin heal faster and balanced for the first time in years. If you’re curious about what products will work for your skin type and just the routine in general, Sokoglam is a wonderful starting point. That’s where I started and continue to go for more research about future products. Good Luck Ladies!

Picture credits:

DHC Skincare

Clean and Clear


Classy Angelic

Holy Grail Heaven

Vichy USA


Tony Moly US


Missha Official



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