Korean foods, products, stars and entertainment have taken the world by storm. This Asian country has been extending its influence all over the world more than just through its line of gadgets and gizmos. Besides the ubiquitous kimchi, K-pop groups and “Koreanovelas,” people have also fallen in love with Korean skin care and beauty products.

Male and female celebrities in Korea are known for their flawless complexion, which makes them look decades younger than their real age. Korean women are said to follow a 10-step skin care routine in the evening and eight separate steps during the day.

It may sound extreme for some, but this system has proven effective for them. And because they’re all natural and don’t require any cosmetic treatments, women all over the world are willing to give it a try.

Starting Your Skin Care Routine

If you’re starting a skin care regimen from scratch, a 10-step routine will sound intimidating. Don’t jump head first; instead, start slowly with a cleanse, tone, moisturize ritual until you get used to the habit.

One of the pillars of Korean skin care is cleansing. They double cleanse to get all the dirt and makeup out of their faces at night. This prepares the skin to fully absorb the rest of the products that they will layer on.

The first cleansing product they use is a cleansing oil, which doubles as a makeup remover, too. They follow this with a foam wash, which is normally infused with natural fruit and vegetable extracts. Foam cleansers are gentle on the skin but are sometimes alternated with exfoliating scrubs a couple of times a week. This step is necessary to remove whiteheads and blackheads, as well as rid the skin of impurities.

The Full Routine

beautiful woman massaging her faceKorean women pride themselves in their youthful, healthy and glowing skin. Nowadays, the benchmark for beauty is having “glass skin,” which simply means smooth, glowing and almost transparent skin. Apart from the basic steps mentioned earlier, here is the complete regimen:

  1. Oil-based cleanser
  2. Foam cleanser
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Ampoule
  7. Serum
  8. Sheet Mask
  9. Eye Cream
  10. Moisturizer

Toners, such as those from Korean skin care brand COSRX, are an essential part of the whole regimen. It balances the pH levels of the skin and also prepares the face to receive other important ingredients. It also works on blackheads, smaller pores and other skin problems.

Essences, ampoules and serums are chosen based on your skin type or issues like acne, fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin, or dark spots.

The sheet mask is one of the most enjoyable parts of the routine. This is a cloth infused with natural ingredients like honey, aloe vera, olive oil, blueberries and even charcoal. The mask hydrates the face and putting it on for 15 to 20 minutes ensures that your face absorbs all the goodness.

The eye cream is meant to minimize lines and remove dark circles in the delicate eye region. Finally, the moisturizers seal in all the ingredients from the previous steps and deliver a final boost of hydration and nourishment to the skin.

If you’re unsure of which products to use for these steps, you can buy mini sizes of everything so you can try them out first. There are also plenty of samples being given out by skin care brands and stores. Test the products first and see which ones work best for you. The 10-step skin care regimen has worked for so many women, and it may do the same for you.