Get Honey Like Skin With the 10 Step Korean Skincare


At this age, where everyone is running behind facials, Spa treatments, plastic surgery, miracle creams and makeup etc. Korean skincare comes to the rescue with its extensive 10 step routine to change your skin game.

Over recent years the 10 steps Korean skincare regime has become a global phenomenon that is deeply rooted in the Korean culture’s obsession with healthy skin.

With the use of the right products catered to your skin needs, this regime promises healthy skin to anyone. But to achieve this healthy honey-like glow that this routine promises, it is essential that you understand the steps that make up this skincare regime.


1. Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is the first and second step in the Korean skincare regime. The basic idea behind double cleansing is that you wash your face twice to get rid of all grime and dirt. First, with an oil-based cleanser which is then followed by the use of a water-based cleanser.

An oil-based cleanser is used to get rid of makeup, SPF, pollution, oil-based dirt and sebum without stripping you off your natural oils. Oil-based cleansers can be mi-cellar water, oil cleansers or balm cleansers.

Water-based cleansers are used to get rid of all water-based impurities such as sweat and dirt that your oil cleanser didn’t pick up. Water-based cleansers are essentially face washes. But still, there are different types of water-based cleansers.

Some examples are foaming, gel and water cleansers. This second step thoroughly cleanses your skin. Double cleansing is effective for unclogging our pores and keeping them clean. Cleanse every day and night for best results.


2. Exfoliation

Exfoliators help clean pores and get rid of dead skin cells for brighter and smoother skin. Gently exfoliate one to two times a week focusing on your nose and visible pores on your cheeks. There are two types of exfoliators available in the market today.

They are physical and chemical exfoliators. Physical exfoliators are scrubs, they contain small particles or any sort of textured surface like a washcloth. Chemical exfoliators use enzymes or acids to dissolve and loosen cells.



A toner is used to restore the pH of the skin after cleansing. They remove any leftover residue from your cleansers. It also preps the skin for further hydration and miniaturization that might follow. It also gradually reduces the appearance of dark marks, acne scars etc.


4. Essence

This is the heart of Korean skincare. It’s a mix between a serum and a toner. It’s a lightweight mixture filled with active ingredients that help with hydrating, anti-ageing and pigmentation. It also aids in cell turnover.


5. Treatments

Treatments are boosters, serums and ampules that are used to treat specific skin conditions like hydration, hyper-pigmentation, anti-ageing etc. They directly treat problem areas. They should be used by gently tapping into the skin, focusing on problem areas.


6. Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are face-shaped sheet made of a variety of materials like paper, fiber or gel. They are individually packed sheets infused with concentrated essence.

Wear the sheet mask on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After which remove the sheet mask and tap the leftover essence into your skin. Do not wash off the essence.


7. Eye Cream

The skin around your eye is the thinnest and the most delicate part of your face. It is prone to dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles etc. Eye creams are concentrated with ingredients that are formulated to be extra gentle, non-irritating and hydrating to help with the skin under the eye.


8. Moisturizers

Moisturizers are available in many forms such as emulsions, lotions, gels, creams and sleeping masks. They seal in the moisture to keep the skin plump, smooth and hydrated. Moisturizers are usually lightweight but they vary depending on the skin type.


9. Sun Protection

This is the tenth and final step of the Korean skincare regime. This step is only required during the day when the sun is out. Regardless of whether you are inside or outside, you must wear sunscreen at all times of the day as long as the sun hits your skin. 

It protects the skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. It is the easiest way to protect the skin from premature ageing and skin cancer. There are both physical and chemical sunscreens available in the market. Sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours.


Written by: Christeena George

Edited by: Adrija Saha

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