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The 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine

June 22, 2016

Want to get in on the secret behind Koreans’ youthful and glowing skin?


By now, you’ve probably heard that South Korea is the heart of the most recent skincare trends. The K-Beauty phenomenon is spreading like wildfire, as Korean women have been recognized for youthful skin that appears to be glowing from within. How do they achieve such amazing skin??

Well, as you can tell by the title, it does require some effort. Luckily, we’re here to break the 10 steps down for you.



Oil Cleanser is the first product you use in your skincare regimen to remove makeup. An oil-based cleanser will dissolve all your makeup, including your stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner. We recommend the M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil, which nourishes the skin with vitamins and antioxidants to control and treat skin as you remove your makeup.



Once you’ve removed your makeup with an oil cleanser, it’s important that you cleanse your face with a water-based cleanser. While the purpose of an oil cleanser is to remove makeup and other oil-based products, foam cleansers clear oil, sweat, and dirt. Double-cleansing ensures that your face is free from impurities and residue. The Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam contains extracts from Sweet Flag and Willow Bark to clean, soothe, soften, and protect the skin as you cleanse.



This step cleans clogged pores and dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin. It is recommended only 2-3 times a week, since the skin is quite sensitive to exfoliation. The Super Aqua Moist Peeling Lotion is a lotion-type product that is much less abrasive than a typical exfoliant. Apply it over the face like a mask and wait until it is completely dry. Then, wet your finger and massage your face until dead skin cells and impurities begin to surface. Thoroughly rinse your face with lukewarm water.



After cleansing, toner provides hydration to the skin while balancing its pH levels. As it soothes and purifies the skin, the toner prepares it to absorb the products in the following steps. Our Time Revolution Clear Toner contains fermented yeast extract that hydrates and brightens the skin. Toner can be applied with a cotton pad or directly with your hands.



Many people mistakenly believe that toners and essences serve the same purpose. Essences have a watery consistency like toners, but treat the skin as serums or ampoules would. Missha’s best-selling Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence improves fine lines and skin tone while hydrating, restoring, and rejuvenating your skin. It contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate. which has similar components to the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor to help improve the skin’s foundation. Other key ingredients help enhance the skin barrier function, revive skin tone and texture, provide vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays.

Learn more about The First Treatment Essence here



Ampoules, boosters, and serums are more concentrated than essences and provide treatment to issues such as uneven pigmentation, redness, and wrinkles. Another best-seller of ours, Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule helps create flawless skin by improving skin damages, supplying energy to the skin, and strengthening its elasticity. The fermented lactic acid ingredients promote the skin’s natural power to improve its condition.



Sheet masks have assorted benefits and are inexpensive, portable, and an easy way to give your skin a treat. They offer a wide range of benefits and treatments such as brightening your skin tone, controlling acne, and tightening your pores. The mask traps the moisture to give your skin plenty of time to drink up the nutrients during the 15-20 minutes that your wear it for. Our Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask contains snail slime extract and baobab tree extract to moisturize the skin while preventing further skin damage.

Read about our snail products here



The most delicate and sensitive area of the face is the skin around the eyes. Because it is the most delicate, it’s the most susceptible to aging. Thus, a separate cream is needed for this area to hydrate and protect it. The MISA Revitalizing Eye Cream helps treat signs of aging around the eyes, including fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Key ingredients such as Ginseng Water, Wild Ginseng Extract, Deer Antler Extract, and Reishi Mushroom Extract help the skin achieve a brighter and more youthful appearance.



Keeping the skin hydrated is key to achieving that glowing-from-within dewy Korean skin. Lotions and creams provide the skin the moisture it needs to look and feel revitalized. Remember to apply moisturizer at night before you sleep, as well as in the morning before putting on makeup. We recommend the Super Ultra Waterfull Cream, inspired by the ability for desert plants to preserve their moisture. The cream activates the skin’s moisture-preserving ability in order to keep it hydrated throughout the day and night.



This is an additional step that obviously, isn’t to be taken before you sleep at night! Sunlight consists of UVA rays that penetrate deep into the skin’s surface, causing premature aging and even skin cancer. It’s important that you apply sunscreen frequently to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Our All-Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk is perfect to wear under makeup because it has a light, milky texture rather than a thick and creamy consistency. It’s a dual sunscreen and essence that nourishes the skin while providing UV protection.

Read Jenn Im’s review here


Hopefully, the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine isn’t as daunting as it may have seemed before you read this blog post! You may have realized that you already include many of these steps in your current skincare regimen.

What’s most important is that you routinely take the steps needed to properly cleanse your skin and to treat it at the end of every day. While you may not see results instantaneously within a day or a week, we’re sure your skin will thank you in the long run!


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