Day And Night 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

The famous 10-step routine is heralded by people with all different skin types as a way of comprehensively resetting and building your skin with rich nutrients and multi-step cleansing processes to ensure no pore is missed and no product is too harsh. Here’s your guide to this potent skincare regimen for both the morning and evening.

Morning

Step 1: Oil-Based Cleansers

Korean skin care is all about incremental, balanced steps that achieve essentially one benefit at a time without disturbing the skin’s natural balance and protective barrier.

The first step in a good K-Beauty skincare routine is with an oil-based cleanser. This is different than your normal morning cleanser, because it won’t strip all the oils your skin naturally produces away at this point. An oil-based cleanser focuses on heavy products or dirt while firmly protecting your skin from moisture-stealing compounds that can dry it out before it’s truly cleansed.

Step 2: Water-Based Cleansers

Once your oil-based cleansing has cleared your skin of the worst impurities, you move on to a water-based cleanser to flush out unwanted dirt and oils from deeper in your pores. While it’s helpful to start with an oil-based formula to protect your skin, the goal now turns to cleansing gently but deeply. This is where you should be wary of too-harsh cleansers that contain sulfates or high pH that can disrupt the skin barrier.

Step 3: Toners

A gentle toner has its place in a K-Beauty skincare routine. As well as helping seek out and dissipate the last traces of oil, this is also the beginning of the hydration process, as products like our Colostrum Hydrating Mist prepare the pores to accept the hydrating, nourishing compounds that are coming in the following steps.

Step 4: Essences

We love our pure Noni Fruit Noni Skin Elixir at this point in the morning routine to begin hydrating the skin with the purest, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. This extract feels soothing and lusciously thick and helps tighten skin to help it look firmer as we continue building on this foundation with additional serums.

Step 5: Serums & Ampoules

Dehydration is just one of the three major causes of the signs of aging, with damage to skin from free radicals and UV rays also causing long-term conditions such as wrinkles and volume loss. Help the skin and moisturize it further with our ORAC Age Protect Serum that lays a foundation of potent antioxidants that compound the benefits your sunscreen will have for your daily routine. Due to the high effectiveness of this product, it’s recommended to only use it every other day.

Step 6: Eye Creams

Fight the look of fatigue under and around your eyes with our rich Eye Cream for daily use as part of your Korean skincare routine. Formulated with our powerful Metadermabolic Protein Enzyme Complex, this moisturizing cream can be used before or after your moisturizer to brighten the look of your eyes and diminish fatigue for a lifted look to your eyes.

Step 7: Moisturizers / Oils

Our recommended daily moisturizer seals your skincare products into place for long-lasting benefits while drenching your skin in nourishing compounds. Hydro Plus Moisturizing ingredients allow this rich hydrating formula to sink in for a soft yet lightweight fullness.

Step 8: Exfoliators

Although the Korean 10-step skincare routine focuses on gentle, multi-step processes, there is always a need for regular exfoliation to prevent the most stubborn debris and dead skin cells from dulling your appearance and preventing your favorite products from absorbing into your skin. Our physical and chemical exfoliants are tailored to each skin type to ensure no matter your level of oil production or sensitivity to abrasive products, you can find an exfoliating solution to keep your skin looking bright and smooth.

Step 9: Sheet Masks

When you don’t have the minutes in the morning to apply a long-lasting moisture-drenching sheet mask, turn to our Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Acid Gel serum. This oil-free and lightweight gel absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to help your skin look even smoother and more deeply hydrated.

Step 10: SPF

As one of the most important steps in protecting your skin from the daily wear and tear of the environment, we recommend our hydrating X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen to provide SPF 45+ throughout your day.  Remember to reapply if you are in direct sunlight during the day. 

Night

Step 1: Oil-Based Cleansers

An oil-based cleaner is a perfect start after a long day, while effectively wiping away the heavy lipids and oils that your makeup is made of.

Step 2: Water-Based Cleansers

Follow your makeup removal and initial cleansing with your normal face wash for a 10-Step Korean skincare regimen. Our Apricot Cream Cleanser is a rich, non-foaming cleanser with a luxurious scent that will help you wind down without stripping away all your skin’s helpful oils.

Step 3: Toners

This comforting mist Soothe Dermal Repair Mist is great to prepare your skin for the hydrating experience of your overnight packing mask and other hydrating products.

 

Step 4: Essences

For a pure foundation of hydration and further calming aromas, use our Aloe Vera Calming Gel made from whole aloe vera leaves and gentle botanical ingredients. These ingredients help keep the skin feeling soft as we continue leaving room for the most nourishing formulas to come.

Step 5: Serums & Ampoules

Nighttime is a good time to experiment with various potent serums that can be tailored to address needs such as anti-aging or skin tone-evening. As long as you use each serum and ampoule as directed (and they are usually pretty potent), you can boost your Korean beauty skincare routine to new arenas.

Step 6: Eye Creams

A blend of potent serum and nourishing moisturizer, our Eye Alive Serum is a perfect complement day or night to our Eye Cream, providing brighter-looking skin whenever you use it, with active ingredients like Vitamin C.

Step 7: Moisturizers / Oils

Given its name, our Evening Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer is the perfect choice before settling down to bed in a sleep mask, as it’s enhanced with our Metadermabolic Protein Enzyme Complex. This nutrient-rich and lightweight formula sinks in quickly to lock in the serums and essences used in previous steps for a hydrating sleeping mask.

Step 8: Exfoliators

Some exfoliants can leave your skin thirsty for rich hydration, which is why it’s often a better idea to use your weekly or bi-weekly exfoliators at night, before nourishing your skin with a rich sleeping mask.

Step 9: Sleeping Masks

The best hydrating overnight mask we offer requires no sheets or removal in the morning, adding convenience to its potent active ingredients. Our Hydrating Mineral Mask has been used since its introduction as an overnight packing mask that nourishes skin throughout the night while giving it a rosy glow in the morning. See and feel the difference our professional-quality skincare products can bring to your K-Beauty routine.

Step 10: SPF

There’s usually no need to reapply sunscreen if you’re heading to bed after your nightly routine, but if you’re headed out for the night, we recommend continuing to use SPF until the sun is totally set.

High-Quality Products for Your Korean Skincare Routine

The 10-step method for Korean skincare is methodical and well thought-through. Focusing on hydration ensures your skin never loses the natural moisture that keeps it looking smooth, healthy, and radiant, even while making room for necessary cleansing and exfoliating on a regular basis. Try our recommended K-Beauty skincare products or browse our site to find other professional-grade skincare solutions. We also offer a convenient way to find products that are tailored to your skin type and goals with our Skin Quiz.

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