Known for their extensive skin care industry, South Korea has currently, (and for a long time), been killing the game when it comes to bright, clear skin. With products ranging from sheet masks to even lip masks, there are a variety of products out there for every skin type.
Many people swear by the Korean ten-step skincare routine, however I believe that the addition of any of these products into your own daily routine will show great results! As well, it doesn’t mean you need to do these every day or wear a face mask every day -do what works for you. Below is an outline of every step as well as some of the best products for each procedure:
1. Makeup Remover/Cleanser
Double cleansing is imperative to any skincare routine, especially for those that wear lots of face makeup. A popular and well rated product is the Banila Co. Clean it Zero Purity, but any favourite makeup wipe or remover will do!
2. Foam Cleanser
By first removing your makeup and doing a second cleanse with a foam cleanser, you are removing any leftover impurities that you may have missed the first round, and you get a deeper clean. Some well rated products are: the Missha Near Skin Extra Renew Cleansing Foam, the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Cleansing Foam and the Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser.
By exfoliating at least once every couple of days, you are removing dead skin cells as well as providing a cleaner canvas for the rest of your skincare to seep into. However, if you have sensitive skin be careful not to over exfoliate and cause irritation. Some of my favourite exfoliators are: the Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask and the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine.
By cleansing your skin to that extent, not only have you gotten rid of the impurities, but also of all the moisture! The rest of the skincare products add in moisture and other good things so you end up with bright and supple skin. The purpose of a toner is to catch any residual impurities that could have possibly been left, as well as moisturize and restore the pH balance of your skin and help tighten pores. Some great toners are: the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner, the Son & Park Beauty Water and the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner.
There are many different forms of essences but they are essentially (ha) supposed to prep your skin for the next steps of the skincare routine and for hydration. Some renowned essences are: the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence and the Tea Tree 90 Essence.
Basically an essence but thicker and more concentrated, there are also many different serums on the market. Ranging from anti-aging to preventing acne and fading scars, serums pack a ton of great properties in small amounts. Some of my favourite serums are: the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule, the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum and the Mizon Snail Repair Ampoule.
7. Face Mask
Korean skincare is notorious for numerous face and sheet masks. They range from water consistencies, to foam consistencies, clays, creams, gels and of course physical sheets. They also target different areas -acne, scars, brightening, tightening, moisturizing, etc. Some great masks are: Innisfree sheet masks, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, the Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask, the Paparecipe Bombee Honey sheet masks, the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Pore Mask, NMF MediHeal Ampoule Masks, and many, (many) more.
8. Eye Cream
Eye creams eradicate under eye wrinkles and moisturize the most sensitive parts of our skin, and they even come with ingredients that promote the reducing of puffiness. Some popular eye creams are: The Erborian Ginseng Infusion Total Eye Cream, the Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Cream and the Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream.
9. Face Cream
If you couldn’t tell by now, hydration for our skin is super important. The purpose for face cream is simply to lock in moisture and all the good stuff we just put into our skin! Some great face creams are: the Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Cream, the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream, the Mizon Snail All in One Cream and the Skinfood Gold Caviar Collagen Cream.
Protecting our skin from the sun is imperative to avoid hyper pigmentation as well as is just good practice. Any SPF will do in this case but some great Korean sun care products are: The Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen and the Innisfree Minimum Sun Cream. However, many makeup products these days also contain SPF.
Some other products that do not necessarily fit under a “step” but are also great include: the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch and the It’s Skin Prestige Gold Eye Patch.
Seeing as how Korean skincare has recently come to the forefront of the North American beauty market, a number of these products can be found on Amazon as well as at Sephora. Once again, do not feel the need to do this entire routine – adapt it slowly and explore whats best for you. Also, before you purchase any of these products, do some research as well and see if they work for your skin type!