Updated: Apr 24
Today’s post is a little more on the vanity scale, because I’ll be talking about a skincare routine that I’ve been using for the last year and a half now. I thought it was about time I did, after all, since I do a bit of modelling, and my Facebook and Instagram pages have been inundated by the pictures I’ve taken.
So, what skincare routine have I been using?
The Ten-Step Korean Skincare Routine
It’s exactly as it says. There are 10 steps in this skincare routine. It’s mostly the evening routine, since in morning, you don’t need to cleanse as much as you do at night. So, what are the 10 steps?
1. Oil Cleanser
2. Foam/Cream Cleanser
6. Serums/Ampoules (Treatments)
7. Sheet Mask
8. Eye Cream
10. Sunscreen/Sleeping Mask
Ok, so this is sort of a disputed list, because I did some research, and some other lists, exclude the exfoliation part, and instead add an emulsion part between the essence and serum parts, but it mostly depended on what my skin needed. So, it’s not like it’s a set list. In fact, this list is like an overview.
There are a few steps that really should be done every day, but there are others you can do at least every other day, or every week. It’s very flexible, and fits around your lifestyle. So, if you can’t do all ten, you can do at least three.
What Do You Do For Each Step?
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I will go into more detail, in my diary section, and I'll be reviewing some products I've managed to get my hands on, so keep an eye on those pages. For now, I’ll just give you the crash course.
The first three (or two – if you’re using the emulsion list) steps are cleansing steps, so make sure you have water near you. The last seven (eight – again, if you have the emulsion list) are moisturising, and treatment steps. So, if you have a specific problem you want to deal with, like acne, pigmentation, dryness, etc. this is the part that takes care of that for you.
As for me, I tend to only do steps 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 every day, because it’s literally just me patting my face with the creams and serums, and I’m good to go. If I feel like my skin needs an extra boost, then I use steps 3 and 7, but not together. The reason why is because I don’t need to exfoliate every day, and applying a sheet mask takes time, so I normally do these steps once a week.
Now, it doesn’t take too long for me to carry out these steps, but it does take up bathroom time, sometimes, and I get the frustrated knocks on the door, when someone wants to use the bathroom. Whoops!
What's So Good About The Routine?
The key to it is the double cleansing. It ensures that everything that has come into contact with your skin, during the day, has actually come off, including those that are deep in your pores. It helps prevent acne and purifies the surface, so that your skin is a blank canvas for your moisturisers and serums.
Also, the what? Triple? Quadruple? Whatever…serums, creams and moisturisers, you use, provide a very strong barrier against the dirt that try to cling to your skin. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t completely protect it, but it will ensure your face doesn’t dry out or feel unprotected, especially when you apply them in the morning.
I’m really sorry I don’t have a “before” and “after” picture, of what my skin looks like, but from what I’ve experienced, this routine has helped me so much more than the Western version of skincare. Before trying the 10-step Korean skincare routine, all I simply did for my skin was use a face wash, toner and moisturiser. This really didn’t help my skin at all, especially in the morning. I felt like my face just went either dry or oily (depending on the weather and my hormone balance), halfway through the day.
Now, my main concern is dry skin. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get so dry that my skin starts to crack, but I can feel it, throughout the day, and I know if it’ll feel dry, especially when I wake up in the morning. If I run a finger along my cheek, I’ll know if I have a dry day. That’s why the treatments in the routine help so much. They’re targeted for each individual concern.
Of course, that’s not to say it’s all sunshine and roses. I sometimes mix up the steps, because I forget which step to do next. Sometimes, I skip the serum step and go straight to the eye cream, and I go back because it’s a rather necessary part of my routine. I also forget to do the exfoliation step, or the sheet mask step, during the week, because I just can’t be bothered to do them, especially when I’ve had a long, hard week at work.
Not only that, it takes up quite of time, and it doesn’t help when I’m in a hurry. For example, when I have a last-minute meeting with a producer, I’m nearly always late, because I can’t rely on just the cleansers, toners and moisturisers anymore. I am now reliant on all steps, because I feel like my skin is better protected that way. So, I’m always late, or at best I get to where I’m going at the exact time I’m meant to be (I like being a little earlier, so I don’t have to worry about being late). It’s frustrating sometimes, because I end up getting so anxious that I start running to the meeting point, and I’m all hot and sweaty, because I’ve been rushed badly.
If I have to recommend one or the other, I would say go for it. It will be expensive, since every product is about £20 or so, but they last for more than a month, so it doesn’t blow the budget, and they don’t run out at the same time, so you won’t feel like you’re paying for everything at once. However, it’ll be worth it, to see how clear your skin looks and feels, after doing the routine.
If you don’t have the time to do all ten steps, then just do five, or three. You can skip steps, if you really feel like it’s too much. Like I said before, the routine is a guide, it’s not set, and you can make it work around your schedule. You just have to be a bit creative about it.
Well, that’s it from me today. If you want some product recommendations, they’ll be coming up in a future post. Maybe not all at once, I’ve gotta give you guys some excitement! So, check back later, and I’ll tell you which ones you should go for, if you’re ready for it!