A Guide To The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

guide to the 10 step korean skincare routine

A 10-product routine can sound a little overwhelming, but after years of fine-tuning, the 10-Step Skincare Routine has become a Korean beauty hallmark. From deeply but gently cleansing to replenishing your skin with the essential minerals and vitamins it needs, the 10-step routine is more than just a self-care ritual, it’s a lifestyle.

First of all though, it’s important to note that all 10 steps aren’t completely necessary to do every day, twice a day. For example, you won’t need to apply your SPF at night, and exfoliation should be kept between one to two times per week to avoid irritating your skin.

In today’s post, we’ll be introducing you to the routine and discussing the benefits.

What are the benefits of a 10 step Korean skincare routine?

Following the 10-step routine helps you to thoroughly cleanse your skin and remove any impurities that might be lingering. It also allows you to deeply hydrate and nourish your skin with the essential ingredients it needs to keep it looking and feeling its best. Not to mention, the 10-step routine is a great part of your daily self-care regime. Taking a little time out each morning and evening to properly care for your skin will have you seeing a huge difference in not only the health of your skin, but your wellbeing, too.

How to do the 10 step Korean skincare routine

In today’s post, we’ll be introducing you to some of the Korean products that you could use as a part of your 10-step routine. Remember: you should always introduce new skincare products slowly to ensure that your skin isn’t irritated by sudden changes. It also helps you to single out any product that might be causing your skin to react.

Step 1: Oil Cleanse - Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

To start your routine, it’s time to oil cleanse! Formulated with vegetable oils, the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil gently dissolves dirt and makeup to leave you with a clean and refreshed complexion.

Blended with natural oils extracted from black bean, the oil helps to control sebum production and soothe your skin. The addition of black sesame oil provides antioxidant protection, and black currant seed oil provides minerals and vitamins.


Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil



Step 2: Water Based Cleanse - Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser

For step two, it’s time for a water-based cleanse. The Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser is ideal if you have sensitive skin thanks to its gentle but clarifying formula. Working to deeply cleanse your pores and hydrate your skin, your skin will be left feeling clean and comfortable instead of dry and tight.


Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser


Step 3: Exfoliate - Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish

Use this step one to two times per week to avoid irritating your skin. 

This gentle scrub helps you to achieve a smooth and refined base for the application of your skincare products or your makeup. Helping to remove dead cells are removed, control blackheads, and softly buff dry patches away, your skin will be left with a glossy, smooth finish.

Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish


Step 4: Toner - Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner

This unscented toner has been specially formulated for sensitive skin. When used after cleansing, this facial toner helps to balance your skin's pH.

Formulated without any essential oils, this skin-nourishing, deeply hydrating toner helps to prepare your skin for the application of products in the rest of your skincare routine.

Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner


Step 5: Essence - VENN Skincare Synbiotic  Defense Mist

Clinically tested to keep your skin hydrated for 24 hours, this refreshing, microbiome-friendly essence helps to improve your skin’s barrier function and restore compromised skin with its combination of probiotics and prebiotics.

Tone and refine the appearance of pores, whilst soothing and brightening your skin, and reducing the appearance of imperfections.


VENN Skincare Synbiotic  Defense Mist



Step 6: Serums/Ampoules - VENN Skincare Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster

This innovative Probiotic Cica Complex Biome Booster uses VENN’s proprietary combination of probiotics and prebiotics to help balance your skin’s micro biome.

With 21,500ppm of key Cica actives, your skin will be soothed, and your skin barrier function supported.


VENN Skincare Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster


Step 7: Sheet Masks - Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask

A firm favourite in the K-Beauty community, this rich, soothing Tencel Sheet Mask helps to combat dryness, irritation, and redness.

Containing an abundance of ingredients to sooth, moisturise and help strengthen your skin’s barrier, this double layered Tencel gauze mask fits any face shape with ease for a comfortable, effective treatment.

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask


Step 8: Eye Cream - Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter

This smooth, butter-textured eye cream helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Containing 4 different peptides, and sunflower seed oil that’s rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, the formula helps to protect the delicate skin around your eyes from oxidising agents in the air.

Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter

Step 9: Moisturiser - COSRX Hydrium Moisture Power Enriched Cream

Infused with vitamin B5 and ceramides, this intensely hydrating cream provides long-lasting moisturisation whilst helping to strengthen your skin’s barrier.

The addition of propolis helps your skin to maintain adequate levels of oil and moisture balance, whilst ceramides protect and strengthen your skin’s barrier.

COSRX Hydrium Moisture Power Enriched Cream



Step 10: Sunscreen - La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVmune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50

The only non-Korean beauty product in our guide today, this ultra-waterproof SPF helps to protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

This invisible fluid has been designed especially for sensitive skin types and the comfortable, non-stick formula blends in with ease without leaving white marks.

Lasting up to 80 minutes underwater, this high, broad-spectrum SPF is ideal whether you’re away on a beach holiday or protecting your skin at home.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVmune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50


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