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.

Morning Routine 

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:

Night Routine

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.


Whether you employ the full 18-steps a day or not, try and remember Vicky's skin rules: to hydrate, exfoliate, never skip suncare

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