10 Steps of Korean Skin Care Routine

1️⃣ step - Balm or oil cleanser

Oil-cleanser or balm are meant to be applied to dry skin first. They are formulated to help remove makeup, sunscreen, and other oil-based impurities that may be taking up residence on your face.  

2️⃣ step - Water-based cleanser (foam, gel, cream)

This process is called Double Cleansing. It penetrates deep down the layers of skin thereby washing off all the dirt and sweat from your pores. Plus, it also prevents clogging of pores that result in acne and leaves your skin squeaky clean.

After double cleansing, your skin is perfectly clean and is ready to absorb the goodness of products you apply in the following steps.

3️⃣ step -Exfoliator

It helps clean pores, peel off dead skin cells to make skin brighter and smoother and more efficiently absorb other skin treatment components into the skin. 

In addition to that, it improves your skin texture by making it smooth and radiant.

However, do this step for just one to twice a week. 

4️⃣ step - Toner

After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin will be fragile and dehydrated. Toner refreshes, hydrates and balances your skin’s pH level. It prepares your skin to absorb the nutrients of the products you apply in the forthcoming steps to full potential.

Apart from hydrating your skin, Toners also get rid of any impurities missed by cleansers.

5️⃣ step - Essence

Essence is a lightweight water-based product similar to toner or serum. It is basically highly watery in nature and hence, works as a hydrating booster.

It is formulated with active ingredients that hydrates, protects and repairs the damaged skin.

Essence works great in treating various skin issues like ageing, acne, pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles etc.

6️⃣ step - Serum, ampoule, booster

Delivers much-needed treatment to your specific skin problems such as acne, fine lines, hyper pigmentation, dull skin etc.

You can combat your skin issues in this step by adding the products that target your problem areas.

7️⃣ step - Sheet mask

Sheet Masks are super-hydrating skin care products. They nourish and pamper your skin with hydrating nutrients.

They are packed with vitamins, minerals and plumping ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid which gives you a calming and soothing experience. 

Find the mask that possess ingredients that suit your skin concerns and skin type (hydrating, brightening, anti-aging, vitamin-c and etc.)

Using just once or twice a week is enough. 

8️⃣ step - Eye Cream

The area around the eyes has the most delicate and thinnest skin compared to the rest of your face.

This also means that they get damaged and dehydrated easily which further leads to wrinkles and fine lines.

Eye cream protects and hydrate the gentle skin under your eye area.

9️⃣ step - Moisturizer (cream, lotions, gel, and emulsions)

"Seals" and enhances the effect of serum and emulsion, nourishes and moisturizes the skin, protecting it from negative environmental factors.

Moisturizers are key for healthy and glowing skin.

🔟 step - Sunscreen

The last and the most important step of Korean skin care routine is Sun protection.

Sun damage plays a prominent role in premature aging and more serious issues like skin cancer.

Sunscreen prevents the appearance of age spots, dark spots, skin ageing, uneven skin tone by protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation.

Always make sure to choose a sunscreen that has SPF factor 30 ++.

You can also replace sunscreen with BB cream as they have high SPF as well.

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