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The K-Beauty S.O.S. 10-Step Skincare Routine

Ana S

Posted on May 17 2017


The K-Beauty S.O.S. 10-Step Skincare Routine

By Ana Melissa Sanchez


        Koreans are known being obsessed with looking their best, so it’s no surprise that many have an intricate, (at least) 10-step skincare routine. Many women in the West only cleanse, tone, and moisturize -- and we’re missing out on a lot of skin nourishing and treating. This 10-step skincare routine may seem intimidating, but you’ll experience brighter, dewier, healthier skin!


  1. Makeup Remover - The first step is removing your makeup with a makeup remover. You always want to be gentle, and when it comes to stubborn makeup, hold a damp cotton pad to the eyes or lips for a few seconds and then wipe off.

  1. Oil Cleanser and Water-Based Cleanser - Cleanse the face with an oil cleanser and a water-based cleanser. Oil cleansers allow for any makeup and impurities to glide off the skin easily. Follow with a water-based cleanser to rid the skin of any residue.

  1. Exfoliator - Gently exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells and achieve a softer complexion.

  1. Toner - Now prep your skin with a toner. Toner balances your skin’s pH levels and gets it ready to absorb the upcoming skin treatments.

  1. Essence - Apply an essence. Essences are lightweight and add a layer of moisture before applying a serum or ampoule.

  1. Serum or Ampoule - Apply a serum or ampoule. We have a grasp on what a serum is, but an ampoule is a serum with a high concentration of active ingredients. An ampoule isn’t meant to be used every night, only in skin-emergency situations.

  1. Sheet Masks - Now is one of the most relaxing parts. Put on a sheet mask of your choice and sit back and unwind for 10 to 15 minutes.

  1. Eye Cream - The skin around your eyes is delicate and you want to prevent fine lines and puffiness. Gently apply an eye cream to the skin around your eyes with your ring finger.

  1. Moisturizer - Gently smooth a moisturizer over your skin, neck, and decolletage.

  1. Sun Protection - The sun is your skin’s biggest enemy, so be sure you apply a sun protector daily.


Our recommendations:


Rice Water Bright Lip and Eye Remover

This makeup remover is separated into 2 layers with a milky emulsion on top and clear water base on the bottom. This mild makeup remover eliminates even the most stubborn makeup without irritating the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Ready 2 White 2-in-1 Bubble Mousse Cleanser

This cute cleanser dissolves the toughest, waterproof makeup! Built-in gentle exfoliator cuts down on cleansing time. Grapefruit and white grape extracts contain antioxidants and vitamin C that nourish and brighten the skin.

Premium Tomato Whitening Toner

The Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Toner is the solution to making yourself look fairer and fresher in a natural and healthy way. This brightening toner does not contain parabens or alcohol, and it keeps the skin soft without drying it out. Contains 10% tomato extracts and vitamin C. Reduces redness and scars and helps reduce acne.

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