How do Koreans have flawless skin

The Korean 10 Step Routine for Radiant, Flawless Skin

The 10 step routine is the top skin care tip from Korea for a healthy glow and even skin. Anyone who knows K-Beauty will certainly have heard of her too. Learn more about how the 10 Step Routine works and why it's worth trying out below.

What is the Korean 10 Step Routine?

As a fundamental part of the K-Beauty philosophy, the Ten-Step Korean Skin-Care Routine is a ritual in which the skin is first thoroughly cleaned in 10 steps and then richly nourished and moisturized.

What are the advantages of the Korean 10 Step Routine?

Whoever wants to be beautiful has to suffer! - you might think to yourself now. Because 10 steps sounds like a lot of effort and who would want to do that to themselves? To put your mind at ease, not every step is taken on a daily basis! Depending on your skin type and skin needs, you can only carry out some steps twice a week, once a week, every two weeks or just once a month. In terms of time, the routine is not a lot of extra effort, because the steps can be carried out in about 10 to 15 minutes (in the evening and in the morning).

For those of you who are dealing with (mild) skin problems, changing your skin care routine can show results in a very short time. And for those who already have beautiful skin, the routine is worthwhile to maintain the condition and preserve the youthfulness of the skin.

If you should shy away from expanding or changing your routine for financial reasons, I can calm you down a little. It's not about having as many or expensive products as possible. It's about finding the ‘right’ products for your skin and using them correctly at the right time. Expensive doesn't always mean 'good'. It may well be that a cheap product has more of an effect on your skin than an expensive product that does not suit your skin type at all.

Beginning to ‘understand’ your own body and skin is an important step in keeping our largest organ healthy. Things like pigment spots, wrinkles and clogged pores can be avoided in advance by taking time for our skin and caring for it. So treat your skin with the respect it deserves.

How does the Korean 10 step routine work?

The basis of the routine should be that you know your skin, know about your skin type and know what needs your skin has. You already learn a lot about your skin by watching it carefully. What does the skin look like? How does she feel Does it get dry or greasy throughout the day? How does the skin react to different seasons and environments? The condition and needs of the skin can change accordingly. It is therefore advisable to check again and again how the skin reacts, also with the use of certain products.

Many different versions of the 10-step routine can be found on the Internet (different sequences and steps, 7-step skincare routine, 5-step skincare routine, etc.). Because it makes sense to adapt the routine for yourself. Often, however, especially with European versions of the routine, one of the most important steps is left out: sun protection (SPF). But since it is almost indispensable in Asia, and also from a medical point of view, to use sun protection, we present the most widespread version of the Korean 10-step routine here. It is the version that Charlotte Cho from Sokoglam introduces in her book “The Little Book of Skincare”.

For some steps it is advisable to use Korean and Asian skin care products, as these are a little more specialized and therefore it is clearer when what should be used for what. But the 10 step routine can easily be carried out with products from other brands.

The order of the Korean 10 step routine

You can find details on the individual steps, tips and product recommendations for your skin type in the respective posts.

Step 1: (Eye) Make-up Remover & Oil Cleanser

In this step the make-up, including the eye make-up, is removed. A so-called oil-based cleaner is used for this, which binds dirt and oils on the skin and "melts" the make-up.

Step 2: water-based cleanser

In this step you wash your face again (hence the name Double Cleansing). A gentle cleansing cream or foam can be used to remove any remaining residue that can lead to acne and clogged pores.

More about oil cleansing and foam cleansing

Step 3: exfoliation

The peeling also helps to cleanse dead skin cells, dirt particles and clogged pores so that the skin can breathe again. The scrub can be used once or twice a week.

More about exfoliation

Step 4: toner

The toner, also known as facial toner, is used after cleansing to remove any cleaning residue and to rebalance the skin's pH value. So it prepares the skin for the upcoming care.

Tip: Use moisturizing ("hydrating") toners rather than those with alcohol, because these can also dry out the skin.

More about toner

Step 5: Essence

Probably the least known but most important step in the Korean routine - the essence! The essence provides moisture and helps with cell renewal. In addition, the Essence in Korea addresses specific skin problems. Since it is usually thin, it is well absorbed and other textures can be "layered" over it - this is then called "layering".

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Step 6: Treatments

A little thicker in their consistency, ampoules, boosters and serums nourish the skin intensively and are used specifically to treat certain skin problems (e.g. wrinkles, fine lines, pigment spots, loss of elasticity, acne scars, pigment spots, etc.).

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Step 7: sheet masks

Sheet masks are the soul of the Korean routine. They are another K-Beauty highlight and also provide the skin with intensive moisture. It is recommended to use it twice a week, and more often for dry skin.

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Step 8: eye cream

Dark circles under the eyes, puffy bags under the eyes and crow's feet don't have to be. For an alert and radiant look, the skin around the eyes should also be cared for with eye cream.

More on the subject of eye cream

Step 9: Moisturizer & Sleeping Packs

Moisturizing is probably the most important step in the evening. In order to use sleep to regenerate the skin, it is important to find suitable care that supplies and protects the skin with moisture. A sleeping pack can be used once or twice a week as a cure.

More about moisturizers and more about sleeping packs

Step 10: sunscreen

Sun protection is the most important step during the day to protect the skin from harmful UV rays and to prevent skin aging and skin cancer.

More about Sunscreen

What do you think of the Korean 10 Step Routine? Have you already integrated all 10 steps into your routine or are you just being inspired?