The Korean Beauty Series: Part 1. Korean Skincare Routine

Ever wondered how to get perfect skin like the models in your magazine? No you don’t need photoshop you can get skin like that. But how? Let’s take a look at Korea. Korean’s are known globally for their near perfect skin and there’s a good reason why. They go to great lengths in caring for their skin as well as focus on an ‘all natural look’ when focusing on makeup.

Inspired by this I’ve created this 3 part series giving an in-depth look into Korean Beauty. I’ve decided to divide the posts up into 3 and make a mini-series since there is just so much to it! The series will go;
Part 1: Skincare Routine
Part 2: Face Masks
Part 3: Makeup

So let’s get to it. Korean’s are known for there extensive skincare regimes some with 8 to 10 steps morning AND night!!! Whilst these regimes do take effort their effort certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Everyone by now would have heard of this crazy regime. I have known about it for years and even based my own personal skincare regime off some of the steps so for me doing all the steps weren’t hard since its similar to what I do. (To read about my personal skincare regime check out ) I did this regime that I will explain below for about 2 weeks.

So to get the full feel of this regime I chose to follow the most popular one. The 10 step regime:

STEP 1: Oil cleanses: The Koreans use the “double-cleanse” method. This is where you cleanse your skin twice with two different cleansers! So I started off with the oil cleanser. Don’t let the oil cleanser scare you! Even if you have oily skin or acne like me it works pretty well. What the oil cleansers do is break down oil-based impurities such as makeup and really gets into your pores to give them a good clean out. I used the clinique take the day off cleansing oil.

STEP 2: Water cleanses: The second step in your double cleanse method is to use your 2nd cleanser. So I used Water-based cleansers as recommended. Water-based cleansers work to break down water-based debris such as dirt and sweat. These are the cleansers that we all typically use! I used the Ren ever-calm Cleansing Milk.

STEP 3: Exfoliate: So for this step, it was said that you can do it weekly. It suggested to Use a chemical-based exfoliator that uses an ingredient like alpha hydroxy acid to penetrate the skin and clean deep in your pores. I used Frank Body  Coffee scrub for this step.

STEP 4: Tone: Do this after you cleanse (or exfoliate, if you’ve chosen to do that step). I’m not a toner girl. I don’t see the need for them and in the past, i’ve had some bad experiences so I wasn’t looking forward to this step. Different from western toners which are created to balance the skins ph levels, Korean toners are created to hydrate the skin and better absorb the other products in the regime better. Knowing that my skin is sensitive I only really did this at night. Just in case. I used the Face Shop rice water toner.

STEP 5: Essence: After you tone, your skin is prepared for essence, which is typically a liquid formula that’s made with ingredients that help make your skin look less dull and brighten your complexion by encouraging skin cells to regenerate. In a way, this wasn’t really new for me and I was kind of already doing this. I assumed that Essence and Serum were the same thing but apparently not. I used the Ren skincare Anrin redness serum since it fits the description.

STEP 6: Serum: So apparently serum is a slicker version of essence that’s supercharged with ingredients that help address signs of skin damage and making sure skin is properly hydrated whilst reducing the appearance of pigmentation through skin renewal. I’m a strong believer of Serums so this step always makes me so happy. I used the silk of morocco pure argon oil.

STEP 7: Sheet Masks: Perhaps the most iconic (and easily recognisable) step in Asian skin regimens, you can do this once or twice a week. In my opinion, Korean face masks deserve there own post and I found some great ones so I won’t be explaining much about them here.

STEP 8: Eye cream: Eye cream is something I never really do but probably should. The skin around the eyes is especially delicate but is super prone to wrinkles! You want to use something richer here than you would the rest of your face to ensure that your eyes are getting the proper care they need. Use a gentle tapping motion to avoid stretching the skin and try not to get too close to your eyes. nor use too much product! It really hurts if you get cream in your eyes. I used the body shop vitamin e eye cream.

STEP 9: Emulsion: This is a lighter-weight moisturiser similar to a day cream. Something very thin that will provide your skin with moisture! I used the body shop aloe vera day cream.

STEP 10: Sleeping pack, or night cream: This is the creamiest product in your routine. This goes on last because it’s so thick it can prevent other products from absorbing into your skin. This helps you keep your skin nice and hydrated as you sleep. I used the body shop aloe vera night cream.

Still with me? Man is that a lot of steps!

I found that my skin was way softer and looked healthier. I do have a lot of pigmentation on my skin and this routine didn’t make it worse but it didn’t make it better.

Overall I think if I stuck to this routine but used a combination of western products and Korean products it would work better for my skin. I am happy with this routine.

Next Time I will talk about Sheet Face Masks. I’ll tell you about the ones I got, what they do and why they are great!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Until next time my lovely xxx
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  1. I truly love your detailed post, I’m a big big fan of skincare routines, I’ve been following almost all the steps you mentioned (except essence) for about 2 years now, and happy that my skin looks and feels great. For my double cleanse though I start with a cleansing milk instead of oil and then my regular face wash (currently using Clarins) ❤️

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  2. Can’t wait till your next post! Skincare blogs are so therapeutic to read. Personally, I use a mix between western and Asian (mostly Japanese) products. I’ve always wanted to try a Korean brand such as an essence or serum. Do you have any recommendations?

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  3. I do have so many skincare steps during the night, but in the morning I only have 2 or 3 steps as I’m usually rushing and don’t have that much time to let each product sink in. I do use a combo of western and korean skincare and it’s working out really well at the moment 🙂

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