Your Guide to Korean 10 Step Skincare
Go to any Korean skincare shop, and you will be made aware of the Korean 10 step skincare routine:
- Essence to boost hydration and cell turnover to aid skin repair and healing.
- Treatments to target the problem areas of your skin. Tailor your routine to suit your skincare concerns. (“Thinner to thicker” is a general rule to apply.)
- Cleansing oil to melt away makeup and sunscreen.
- Face wash to remove sweat, dirt and residue oil. Use a low pH formulation with tepid water and a cleansing tool.
- Exfoliator on a weekly or biweekly basis (physical or chemical) to clear away the dead skin cells.
- Toner to refresh, hydrate and rebalance your skin’s pH level.
- Ampoules contain high concentrations of ingredients targeted for a specific purpose. Their light texture helps them to penetrate the skin quickly, providing results in a short time. Ampoules are generally available in the form of vials to avoid the highly reactive ingredients from becoming oxidised.
- An essence is the least concentrated form of treatment for problematic skin. They are generally watery and light.
- Serums contain a higher concentration of ingredients than an essence does. Thicker in texture, they also target specific skin concerns ranging from anti-aging serums to pore tightening and brightening serums. Serums can be oil based and water based, or in the form of BHA or AHA actives.
- Masks (biweekly) to relax and hydrate by maximising the treatment. Massage leftover product into your skin and body before going to sleep.
- An eye cream to prevent dark circles and wrinkles. Apply gently using your ring finger.
- A moisturiser to lock in hydration.
- Sunscreen of at least SPF 30 during the day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, which cause ageing and skin cancer.