How to Do the 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine

The 10-Step Korean Skin Care Beauty Routine, originating from South Korea, has become very popular worldwide due to interesting, although elaborate, skincare routine. The 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine consists of ten face care steps that must be followed diligently over a consistent period of time for effective results. People often use skin care products like those from Dr Jart.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to do the 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine:

1. Double Cleanse

The first step in this comprehensive beauty routine starts with a double cleanse. In a double cleanse, you’ll be washing impurities off your face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. The reason for this is that different types of impurities are cleansed off better by using the right cleansers.


Impurities like excess sebum, makeup, and greasy dirt particles are effectively removed using an oil-based cleanser. Water-based cleansers, on the other hand, remove impurities like sweat and dust that may remain after oil cleansing. Choose a water-based cleanser with a low pH to prevent excess skin drying.

You should do the double cleanse twice daily, upon waking up and before bedtime.

2. Toner

Toners are designed to remove excess impurities from within the pores that may have been left from just double cleansing. Toners also hydrate and balance your skin’s pH levels for better skin absorption, priming your face for the next steps in the routine. Simply squeeze enough amount of toner onto a cotton pad or ball and wipe on your face evenly.


3. Essence

 Koreans believe in applying product layers on your skin to achieve that ‘glassy skin look’ that is a result of a well-nourished and moisturized skin. The essence is the first ‘layer’ you’ll apply that hydrate the skin and help absorb nutrients and extra hydration from the other ‘layering’ products.

4. Serum or Ampoule

Serums and ampoules are lightweight but concentrated formulations that target specific skin care concerns like dark spots, fine lines, and help speed up skin renewal, lifting off dead skin cells faster which cause skin pigmentation and dull skin. Use serums and ampoules 1-2 weekly, or until the specific skin care issue has been resolved.


5. Emulsion

Emulsions are viscous formulations credited for giving that ‘glass skin’ look. Emulsions boost moisturization and very ideal for dry skin types.

6. Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is very delicate and sensitive, as it does not have oil glands and produce sebum. Thus, it is very susceptible to stress factors and prone to displaying the first signs of skin aging such as eye lines, dark circles, and sagging eye bags. Religiously applying eye cream every night is very important in keeping one’s eye areas bright and lifted and give an overall youthful look. Also, use your ring finger when applying eye cream, because it has the least amount of applied pressure, which is ideal for dabbing around the sensitive eye area.


7. Moisturizer

A moisturizer helps lock in all the nutrients and hydration given from the previous product layers and maintain the integrity of your skin’s natural barrier by sealing in moisture. Furthermore, moisturizers are also infused with ingredients and extracts that help maintain skin elasticity and keep it plump and firm, contributing to younger-looking skin.

8. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a very important part of any skin care routine but is highly stressed all the more in the Korean Beauty Routine. That’s because the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can cause significant skin damage that leads to premature skin aging signs such as dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin discoloration. Always apply sunscreen before going out, even on rainy or cloudy days, because UVB rays still penetrate through the atmosphere even if the sun isn’t visibly out.


Choose a sunscreen with at least 35 SPF (sun protection factor) and protects against both UVA and UVB rays (broad spectrum protection). Apply sunblock at least 30 minutes before going out, and re-apply sunscreen after excessive sweating or swimming.

9. Sleeping Mask

Our body repairs itself most during our sleep and is also the time where the skin renewal process speeds up, as dead skin cells are eliminated to reveal new, brighter skin cells from within. Sleeping masks help accelerate this process, as sleeping masks are soaked with active ingredients that are deeply absorbed into the skin as a sleeping mask is put on the face overnight. Apply the sleeping mask after moisturizing in the evening.


10. Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are a relaxing way of nourishing the skin to invigorate both your skin and your senses. Use sheet masks as a weekly treatment to help target specific skin care concerns, or when you just want to add extra care for your skin.

The 10-Step Korean Skin Care Beauty Routine can be daunting because it requires discipline and doing the right face care treatment in the right order. However, the rewards can be a huge payoff as many people have dramatically improved their skin’s complexion by applying the core principles in this routine.

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