Koreans have created a unique way of keeping their skin soft and supple. They have introduced cosmetics, pills, and even skincare must-haves. Aside from Korean beauty products, Koreans are also known for meticulously radiant skin.
According to most of K-celebrities and models, great skin is a daily commitment. One of the most popular routines is the 10-step Korean skincare routine that involves different products and processes during morning and night.
Here are the ten Korean skincare steps that you can do with Klairs products:
Step 1 & 2: Double cleanse
The first two steps involve a double cleanse. Double-cleansing is a sure method to wash away any makeup residues or dirt buildup during the day. This two-step process allows you to remove any impurities and prepare your skin for treatments.
First, you need to use an oil-based makeup remover; then, you finish the clean with a water-based or foaming cleanser. The oil-based cleanser will remove cosmetics, makeup, foundation, and others; while the water-based cleanse will eliminate other impurities the makeup remover may have missed.
Step 3: Toner
People consider the toner to be the unofficial third cleansing step. However, it has a more important function than just getting rid of the dirt that the first two cleanses missed. A toner balances the pH level on your face, preparing your skin for treatments and other products. Klairs has a variety of toners you can use for all skin types; you can check out their toners here.
Step 4: Exfoliation
You need to remove dead skin cells from your face so that your skin can produce new and fresh ones. It would help if you exfoliated as often as your skin type dictates. For dry, sensitive, and normal skin, you need to do it once a week; for combination, oily and acne-prone skin, you should exfoliate twice a week. You can use exfoliating products like masks, gels, and creams.
Step 5: Essence
The essence is a prelude to treatment. Korean consider the substance to be one of the most critical stages of the skincare routine. It’s a lightweight, transparent liquid that feels a bit thinner than a gel. Remember to use the essence before you proceed to treatments.
Step 6: Treatment
Treatments often come in the form of emulsions, serums, or ampoules. An emulsion is a light formula, mostly water-based, and has a dewy texture.
A serum gives you a glow and helps your skin absorb the nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin C better. Using a Klairs serum helps reduce pore size, gives a smooth texture, and firms your face.
Step 7: Sheet mask
Sheet masks hasten the effect on your skincare routine. A sheet mask helps push the nutrients from the serum to brighten your skin. Korean celebrities swear by the effectivity of sheet masks. Even Lady Gaga is said to be a big fan of different sheet masks for various uses.
Step 8: Eye cream
The eye cream is a low key yet very essential skincare step. It helps calm down the puffiness and darkness around the eye, and it also repairs the sensitive skin around the eyes to prevent wrinkles. If you are in your 30s, you need to use eye creams often.
Step 9: Moisturizer
A moisturizer is a must-have skincare item. It helps slow down any aging signs and protects your skin from breaking out. Using a moisturizer also makes it easier for you to apply your makeup products like cushion foundation.
Step 10: Sunscreen (AM step) / Sleeping mask (PM step)
The tenth step varies depending on what period you’re doing the routine. Within the day, it is essential to use sunscreen to protect your skin from any sudden unwanted aging. Sun protection can also help you from preventing sun damage and skin darkening.
The night equivalent to sunscreen is the sleeping cream or mask. Before you sleep, you should put on a sleeping mask to set in the nutrients from the facial serums and creams.
The ten-step Korean skincare routine may seem intimidating at first, but it’s highly rewarding. You will start to see visible results after consistent and religious treatment for over two weeks. Just make sure that you do the routine with clean hands and fingers. Avoid contaminating your skincare products by maintaining their cleanliness and using applicators.