The 10 step Korean skincare routine is all the rage right now, so I’ve decided to try it every day for a month and document the progress and the changes in my skin. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype!
I know what you are thinking, 10 steps every day?! And I have to say I agreed with you, but after a couple of days I have got this down to a fine art. Well maybe not so fine as a sheet mask still takes 15-20 minutes on it’s own! Honestly tho? 10 steps isn’t as daunting as you think.
I’m going to talk you through the 10 step korean skincare routine step by step and I’ll be listing all of the cruelty free products I plan to use over the next month and why I picked each product.
Step 1 – Oil Based Cleanser
This step is mainly for removing your make up. Put the cleanser onto dry skin to dissolve make up, add a little water, massage all over and then remove with a muslin cloth, rinse and dry! The products I’ll be using are; the VOYA totally balmy cleansing balm as it’s really nourishing and it takes off all make up. The Pure spa Cleansing Oil is great for heavy make up and waterproof mascara, massage it in and it’ll melt it all away.
Step 2 – Water Based Cleanser
I’ve never been one for double cleansing but after trying it I’m definitely hooked! I’ll be using the Instant Radiance Micellar Water from Marks and Spencer and the cleansing rosewater from Inika. Both products are really gentle and soothing, great for sensitive skin.
Step 3 – Exfoliator
Exfoliating sensitive skin on a daily basis isn’t a good idea, but I will be exfoliating twice a week. I’ll be switching between the refining exfoliator from Herb Farmacy, which is really gentle, the love a scrub from VOYA and the Omorovicza facial polisher as it’s more of an intense exfoliation
Step 4 – Toner
Using a toner is essential on a day to day basis, I find they give your skin a boost every morning & night! I tend to go with redness reducing toners as my skin gets aggravated quite easily so these help to restore balance. My two favourite products are the rose deep hydration toner from Fresh & the redness relief toner from Paula’s Choice.
Step 5 – Essence
When I started this I had no idea how many cruelty free brands in the UK produced their own essence! I’m glad I bought it from Korean Brand NEOGEN though as it is the pinnacle product in the 10 step korean skincare routine (their words not mine). I’ll be using the RE:P Nutrinature All-In-One essence all month.
Step 6 – Treatments
This step is for oils, serums and treatments that directly combat the issues you’re most concerned about. Whether they target dull skin, large pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, or acne, serums are the ideal skin-perfecting step. I will be using a varied range depending on how my skin is feeling and what I want to achieve. When I want firmer more youthful I’ll be using the hyaluronic acid serum from Evolve Beauty, even though it’s quite potent i’ve never had a reaction to it. When I want to reduce my pores and get brighter skin I’ll be using the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant from Paula’s Choice. And for when my skin needs a moisture boost I’ll be going between the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil from Pai skincare and the palmarosa balm from VOYA.
Step 7 – Sheet Mask
Sheet Masks are another routine staple, and a first for me! I’ve never used a sheet mask before (if you want a laugh then watch my reaction to my first sheet mask in the video below!), but I have to say I am becoming fairly addicted to them. They are the most time consuming but probably the most fun! Stick one on and watch some youtube videos. I’m going to use the Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask, the Masker Aide sheet masks and the Super Drug Loves hydrating sheet mask. Depending on how my skin is feeling/what I have on that day I’ll choose the most appropriate mask to use.
Step 8 – Eye Cream
Your eye cream gives extra helpings of hydration and protection. Use your ring finger to very gently tap (never rub!) the eye cream/serum/oil around the entire orbital bone but don’t go any higher, the area is very delicate and you don’t want to go in too heavy with product. I’m going to be alternating between the regenerating eye cream from VOYA, the subq eyes serum from DECIM and the Magic eye cream from Charlotte Tilbury.
Step 9 – Moisturiser
It’s really important to find a moisturiser that works for your skin type. I never just use the same moisturiser everyday, I’ll always make sure I use one suited to the way my skin is feeling at that particular moment. On a day to day basis I tend to go between Charlotte Tilburys Magic Cream and the Amie morning dew matte finish moisturiser. At night I usually pick between the Pure super hydrate night cream and the Pure hydrate night oil.
Step 10 – SPF
SPF is essential for everyday (not night time, now that would be pointless) and I always use the same factor 50 from Superdrug. It provides great protection, it’s lightweight and it helps keep make up on, perfect all rounder!
If you want to see me talk you through the application of each product then watch the video below!