The Korean Skin Care Routine
Korean women traditionally follow a 10 step routine, which is far too involved for us, very busy North American ladies.
We adopted the condensed version explained to us by Korean beauty and lifestyle blogger of Sorabelle.com, Vicky Lee.
Step 1. Wash with water
Step 2. Toner
Step 3. Serum/Ampoule
Step 4. Eye Cream
Step 5. Moisturiser with SPF
Vicky says, "Korean skincare is all about layering. Toner, essence, serum, ampoule, moisturiser… 10 steps sound like a lot, but each one has its own important job to do to keep skin young, healthy, and glowing." This is her full routine for night:
Step 1: Oil-based cleanser
Step 2: Double-cleansing (water-based foam cleanser to gently remove the oil residue and water-based impurities from the day)
Step 3: Exfoliate - Twice weekly
Step 4: Toner
Step 5: Essence
Apply your essence to hydrate the complexion…
Step 6: Ampoule
By applying this super charged serum at night, your skin will be able to absorb all the hydration it needs following a long day's work.…
Step 7: Serum
Following which the serum should then be worked into the specific areas of concern.
Step 8: Sheet mask
The sheet mask is a Korean beauty favourite – a cloth saturated with skin loving ingredients! Perfect for all skin types, everyone can benefit from these masks which deliver a deeply hydrating and anti-ageing treatment.
Step 9: Eye cream
Once the skin has absorbed the ingredients from the sheet mask, apply an eye cream to protect and hydrate the delicate eye area.
Step 10: Moisturiser - Night Cream
Lastly, select a night time moisturiser to keep those skin loving ingredients locked in, allowing you to wake to a beautifully rejuvenated complexion.
Steps 5, 6 and 7 are not necessary for everyone. If you don't have a specific concern, then you don't need a serum.
Step 8 is not necessary every night, but can be applied on clean skin as many times as you wish during the week.
VICKY'S 4 GOLDEN RULES:
Whether you employ the full 18-steps a day or not, try and remember Vicky's skin rules: to hydrate, exfoliate, never skip suncare