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How to do the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

How to do the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine is all about following a series of skincare steps to achieve clear and glowing complexion. First, you need to acquire the basic skin knowledge like understanding your skin type. This will help address your skin concerns and ultimately guide you to use all the products in the right order. However, the most important thing is that you enjoy the process of taking care of your skin and turn it into a consistent routine! If you’re a beginner, read on to get started!

A simplified guide to the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

Icon girl doing the 10-step Korean skincare routine

Oil- Based Cleansers

Using an oil-based cleanser (liquid or balm form) helps remove oil-based impurities easily like makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum. This is the first step of the Double Cleanse process. Koreans prefer oil-based cleansers to makeup removers because an oil-based cleanser won’t strip your skin dry and helps to keep your skin healthy and sebum production balanced. Apply gently on dry face and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Products we recommend:

BanilaCo. Clean It Zero

Klairs Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil

Water- Based Cleansers

Follow with the second step of the Double Cleanse – with foam/cream cleanser. Use gentle circular motions to remove any residual sweat and dirt from the skin. Choose a gentle, hydrating and low pH water-based cleanser to remove any residue left from the oil-based cleanser. The two steps combined thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Products we recommend:

Heimish pH 5.5 All Clean Green Foam

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser


If you want healthy, glowing skin, incorporate an exfoliation step (Physical or Chemical Exfoliators) to your skincare regimen. Exfoliating once or twice a week can help slough off dead skin cells, promote skin cell turnover and repair sun damaged, ageing or skin discoloration. Always make sure to follow up with sun protection after exfoliating.

Products we recommend:

Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence

Dear Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Scrub


After cleansing and exfoliation, treat your skin to a toner. This will restore pH level, hydrates and allow other products to be more easily absorbed into the skin. Pat in with fingers or cotton pad. You could also try the 7-Skin method for plump, dewy glowy skin.

Products we recommend:

I’m From Rice Toner

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner


Considered the heart of Korean skincare, Essences are watery liquids flooded with incredible ingredients which instantly absorbs into your skin. Choose an essence to suit your skin type. Apply it by pouring it into your palms and patting gently on your face and neck.

Products we recommend:

I’m From Mugwort Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Essence


Whatever your skin problem is, there is a serum, ampule or booster with an active ingredient to address your concern. These are highly-concentrated formulas packed with active ingredients to address acne, wrinkles, redness, large pores, pigmentation.

Products we recommend:

SomeByMi Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum

Isntree C- Niacin Toning Ampoule

Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are essences/serum soaked and packed with great ingredients. They are also easy to use, affordable and super relaxing.

Products we recommend:

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask

Eye Cream

A key product for age prevention, eye cream is designed specifically to moisturize the delicate eye area, where fine lines might appear. Make sure you apply gently, using the ring finger.

Products we recommend:

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Intensive Eye Cream

I’m From Ginseng Eye Cream


Also referred to as the occlusive layer which seals in all the previous layers of skincare products. Apply it by patting it gently in the face and neck to seal in all the wonderful ingredients.

Products we recommend:

Dear Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream

I’m From Mugwort Cream



Sunscreen is vital for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays and slowing down the skin ageing process. Ensure that SPF skin protection is a daily addition to your routine.

Products we recommend:

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+PA++

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel SPF 50 PA++++ 


Have you tested the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine? Share your thoughts on K-Beauty!

Not sure about the difference between skin type and skin concern? Go here to read all about it.

Written By

Beauty Editorial Team




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