Korean Facial 10-Step Guide

So the idea is that you do this every day (!) to achieve that much desired bright, dewy skin. Realistically I just don’t have time for that, it’s all I can do to wipe off my make-up  before I fall into bed. But good skincare is also about good self care, and I’m all for that. And, with all these steps, you’re bound to feel pampered. So at the very least I do this once a week.

  1. Step one, cleanse. This is with your oil cleanser to remove the last of your make up and any other products left on your skin. (Oh  yeah so step 0.5 is take off your make-up). At the moment I’m using the Argan+ Argan Oil Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil (£10.99). I also take this opportunity to do a facial massage. This one from Anna Jaffrey is a great, easy to follow video.
  2. Step two, cleanse again. This time with a foam cleanser or basically a water based cleanser. This is to make sure your face really is squeaky clean with no products left over. Because I have so many beauty products lying around, I tend to cheat a bit and just use what other cleanser i’m using at the time. But the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam which you can pair with The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil for step one, are both highly recommended Korean skin care products and next on my list to try.
  3. Step three, exfoliate. As you know this is to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Because I have very sensitive skin, I don’t tend to use a facial exfoliator very often. Ones I can recommend for sensitive skin are Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub, Boots Simply Sensitive Jelly Ball Scrub and Simple Soothing Facial Scrub. I also see the Skin Food Black Sugar Mask often recommended in Korean skincare blogs.
    Not an official step but at this point I always do a nose strip. You can get the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Elizavecca Milky Piggy Black Head 3 Step Solution from TK Maxx or Amazon. This is a nose exfoliator, nose strip then some sort of finishing off serum, I’m not sure what it is and the full instructions aren’t translated on the back. The first two steps great and very effective at unclogging pores, the third I found started to sting, so beware of that if you have sensitive skin.
  4. Step four, tone. Why use toner? well for many reasons, it shrinks pores, provides ph balance to the skin, and moisturises. A very beneficial step for anyone with oily skin. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I’m currently using the Avene Clearance Mat Toner. If you wanted to try a Korean skincare brand you could try Etude House – Wonder Pore Freshner.
  5. Step five, essence. Ah the mysterious essence which is at the heart of Korean skincare. This is sort of a watery serum or thick toner, depending on how you want to look at it. This is your first key step for hydrating the skin. As you’re about to find out I cheat on this and merge with the skin pack, but you could try Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence.
  6. Step six, serum.  I am currently using Waitrose Pure Comforting Serum, which is basically a moisturiser but it’s £3! I bought it on a whim but actually really like it. It smells like cottony fresh and has a really nice thick texture. So basically nothing like a Korean serum. This is totally wrong, don’t use this one. Try Klairs instead.
  7. Step seven, sheet mask. I love these, there are just loads of them in TK Maxx, so I just keep picking up different brands and trying them. You can pick what you want depending on what your skin needs -brighting, toning, purifying or even more moisturising! You can also bulk buy the TonyMoly ones from Amazon. I get one with essence in already, so I can skip step five.
  8. Step eight, eye cream. As I’ve mentioned before I really love Benefit’s It’s Potent Eye Cream. It’s both moisturising and brightening. This is one step I do include every day, since turning 30 I can see the fine lines start to appear ;(
  9. Step nine, moisturiser. As if you haven’t put enough on already! But moisturising is very important to keep the skin hydrated and happy! I am currently using Camel Milk White Volume Moisturiser, but use whatever your usual day or night cream is depending on the time of day you do this.
  10. Step ten, sun protection. As I tend to do this once a week in evening, I don’t do this and I usually use foundation with SPF in it. But SPF is very important in Korean skin care, and it should be in any daily routine to protect your skin, so make sure you include this step as part of your daily routine.

Does anyone else follow the Korean 10 step skincare programme? What are your favourite products?

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