If your New Year’s resolution was to take better care of yourself, don’t forget about your skin! Everyone should have a skincare routine to improve their skin’s health and appearance, but if you’ve never had one before it can be hard to know where to start. Let Peach & Lily help!
The 10 step Korean skincare routine is a great foundational starting point. Why a Korean beauty routine specifically? K-beauty products are packed with innovative, effective, and natural ingredients, and Koreans take skincare seriously. It might seem like a lot of work to follow all 10 steps every day, but the amazing results will keep you motivated. Also, keep in mind that you can tweak or change a few things based on your skin type and unique needs.
Here’s how to create a great Korean skincare routine that will transform your skin to look and feel better than ever in 2023:
Step 1: Cleanse
First thing’s first, you need to get all the makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and other gunk that might be on your face off. Go for an oil-based cleanser and massage it into your skin gently.
Step 2: Cleanse again
Cleansing twice isn’t something unique to a 10 step Korean skincare routine – many dermatologists and estheticians recommend it, too. This time, use a water-based cleanser to remove things like dirt and sweat that oil-based cleansers struggle to remove.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Exfoliating cleans up your pores and removes dead skin cells so your skin can better absorb the beneficial ingredients in other ingredients and create new skin cells more effectively. Since it can be harsh on your skin, only do this step - two or three times a week.
Step 4: Toner
After exfoliating, repair your skin barrier with a toner so it can better absorb the products that are next up in your new skincare routine. Toner also preps your skin for all the nourishment it is about to receive in steps five through eight.
Step 5: Essence
Essences are lightweight products packed with a blend of ingredients that’ll hydrate and brighten your skin, enhance your complexion, and reduce signs of aging. Essences also promote cell turnover, and they’re considered the heart of any Korean beauty routine. Gently pat your essence into your face.
Step 6: Treatments
Treatments include products like boosters, serums, and ampoules – the ultimate skin protectors. These products directly treat problem areas on your skin and are packed with ingredients that can address acne, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and other specific concerns. Gently tap these products onto the areas of concern.
Step 7: Eye cream
The skin under and around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin anywhere else on your body, and this step in your new Korean skincare routine will keep it protected. Eye creams can also help prevent dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness at bay. Using your pinky, tap (don’t rub) the cream in around your orbital bone.
Step 8: Moisturize
You can find a variety of moisturizers to make a part of your new Korean skincare routine, including lotions, gels, creams, emulsions, and masks. These products will all moisturize your skin so it can look bright, plump, and smooth.
Step 9: Sheet masks
This is the part of a 10 step Korean skincare routine where you can take some time to relax. After putting a sheet mask on your face and smoothing it onto your skin, lie back, meditate, and relax for 15-20 minutes. The prolonged contact with your skin gives it more time to absorb all the beneficial ingredients in the mask.
Step 10: Sun protection
Sun protection is a must year-round and even if you don’t plan on being outside much during the day. Applying sunscreen daily is the easiest and most effective way to stave off signs of aging and prevent a variety of conditions that could result from exposure to harmful UV rays. Gently pat it into your skin and remember to re-apply throughout the day every two to three hours!
Now that you know all the parts of a 10 step Korean skincare routine, you need to get all the essential products so you can start transforming your skin. Browse our collections of the best K-beauty products to get what you need today! Need some help picking? Check out our more extensive guide with product recommendations here.
At Peach & Lily caring for your skin is our greatest privilege. Thank you for trusting us with your skin care needs. Our mantra from day one has been 100% Worry Free™ – and that will never change.
Cheers to radiance, Peaches!