I have been using the 10 step Korean skincare routine for about 6 months. When I first saw the routine, I thought, that just seems way too difficult and time consuming. But I slowly incorporated the techniques, lotions and potions. I built up one step every once in a while and I soon became a huge fan of the entire process.
These are all products that I use daily.
Start off with a nice oil based cleanser, you have to start off your skincare routine removing all of your eye-makeup, foundations, lipsticks etc. I like to put a dime size amount and rub between my hands to create a nice warm oil to put all over my face. With my hands I cover my eyes without pressing to add a little kick of oil to release any of the harder to remove items like waterproof mascara and eyeliner. I slowly massage my eyelashes around my temples and jawline. In circular motions lightly rub the cleanser all over your face for about a minute. Add a little water to create a creamy lotion and massage a little more. Rinse your face with warm water and lightly pat dry.
This is what is called a double cleanse. I love to use this foamy cleanser. It comes out almost like shaving cream and remember you don‘t need a lot of it. Just a tablespoon will give you more than enough bubbles to deeply cleanse off all the rest of your dirt and makeup away. I massage this on my face and leave it on for a couple of minutes. All the bubbles disappear and what is left is a silky cleanser. Rinse this off as well with some warm water. Let your face air dry.
Use some form of exfoliation. There are many that you can choose from. Chemical which include AHA’s and BHA’s are ones that I tend to use. Physical which are the gritty, sugary, more abrasive types that I do not prefer. But what I really love are the peeling gels that roll your dead skin cells away. This always leave my skin feeling super soft and smooth. These peels usually stimulate the skin into producing more collagen. The Peeling gel that I use smells just like grapefruits to me. I use a small amount and spread it on my entire face, excluding my eyes and in little circles massage my face until tiny white balls appear, it usually takes a couple of minutes. This, my friends, are your dead skin cells. Rinse this off with some warm water, making sure all the residue is completely gone. I do this 2 times a week as my skin is on the dry side and it can be quite dehydrating for me.
Tone your skin to its normal PH level. Some cleansers might be too alkaline or too acidic and I like to find a toner that balances my skin out to its normal level. The one I choose is loaded with Galactomyces and niacinamides. Perfect for my aging skin. I use this one by putting it in the palm of my hand and just tapping the toner into my skin. I do this until the liquid disappears. My skin feels very nice after this, I have no redness or irritations. Just very clean and toned skin.
Here comes your essence. These can be somewhat sticky on the skin and in time melt right in. My skin usually feels so moisturized and dewy after this step. You only need a couple of drops as this liquid is very concentrated. I pat it into my skin until there is nothing left on my hands. I usually wait about 20 minutes to let everything really sink in. The COSRX galactomyces 95 whitening power essence is perfect for brightening and has a wonderful anti-aging ingredient.
This would be your serums, ampoules. Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin. An ampoule is a supercharged liquid with higher concentrations of active ingredients that you’re meant to use for a finite amount of time as a booster or when your skin needs a little added moisture, acne treatment, or wrinkle care. 0nt as well as a whitening agent for age or acne spots, as well as hyper pigmentation which is the battle that I am in at the moment. I like to use these as one has hyaluronic acid which is a very small molecule that can completely absorb into the skin quite easily. It attracts moisture all the while making your skin feel plump and young. Too much sun as a kid, I never realized that having such a copper skin tan as a teenager would cause me so much grief in my late 40’s. That’s where the Vitamin C24 is perfect. It is loaded with Vitamin C, perfect for brightening. Sometimes I use 1 or all three. Depends on how much attention my skin needs at the time
My most favorite step is the face mask. There are dozens and dozens of face masks. There are ones that you have in a jar or tube and just apply with your fingers. Gel masks, serum based masks, clay and oatmeal, shea butter, rice and snail. Every ingredient is available for every skin ailment. My favorite is the brightening Vitamin C cotton face masks. I take them out of the package and unfold it. Some are harder to get apart then others. There are even different materials that they are made of. Rice paper, cotton, gel and even seaweed. I place it on my skin and try to get the eyes and nose and mouth holes even with my face. No two faces are alike so it won’t be a perfect fit but I do the best that I can. I wear the mask for sometimes close to an hour. But usually the mask calls for 10 to 20 minutes. I sit in the tub, soak and let all those delicious ingredients sink into my prepped skin. There is usually a bit of serum left in the package that I spread it onto my neck and arms, giving them a little spa treatment as well. I tend to put a mask on about every 3 days. Just when my skin needs a little boost.
Eye cream, just whatever favorite you might have. I use an anti aging one that is very light and gently moisturizes. This does or should not be irritating on your eye area. Some people just use their moisturizers for the eye area but I find that some of them irritate my eyes. An eye cream is meant to be a light cream. I just circle the orbital bone with my finger and gently pat on the area. I do not rub or pull the skin around the eye at all. In the end that would just leave more lines and wrinkles. I want to get rid of those. The one that I use is full of great ingredients like rosehip oil, collagen, hyaluronic acid, argan oil and aloe. It is very refreshing and my eyes feel very soothed. When I wake up in the morning I never have dark circles or bags. I’m pretty lucky.
Almost to the end of our 10 step process, I hope I didn’t overwhelm you. It can be quite cumbersome in the beginning but I find that I love the quiet time that I get to spend pampering myself, every day. It is not a chore at all. I enjoy the process very much, I love to try new products and incorporate them in with my routine. Some are great and that is why they are on list page. But some I have tried that were a bomb. I might do that in another post if that interests you at all. Just leave a comment below if you want to know what didn’t work for me. Here we have a moisturizer and that is what it is exactly. Its supposed to seal the deal with moisturization. I usually only put a small amount on my fingers and pat that into my high spots. My skin is usually really healthy at this point so I don’t need much.
Before I go to sleep I love to use a sleeping mask every night. This one leaves my skin feeling so hydrated, so plumped and well rested. The base is honey which in itself a fantastic hydrating emoliant. It literally draws moisture to it. I apply it like a face cream except I put it everywhere, except my eye area. It dries in about 10 minutes so there is no need to worry about pillow cases getting stained. It completely seals all your hard work into a nice mask. When you awake in the morning all you need to do is give it a good rinse with some warm water. I love the smell of this Mamonde Jasmine and Honey mask. Its subtle yet completely beautiful.
Good night beauty’s