When I first stumbled across the 10 K-beauty skincare regime, I thought – GIRL BYE. Ain’t nobody got time for that! But I kept reading and reviewing and researching and thought maybe it was worth just trying a few things. A FEW THINGS! Not the whole bit but a modified version. Then I blinked and suddenly I was in it to win it – 10 steps (probably more) and I wasn’t looking back
So, what exactly is the 10 Step Korean beauty process? I’m glad you asked!
- Oil Cleanser – If you are a lovely who has an affinity for make-up (like I do) this is a crucial first step. Oil Cleansers break down and gently remove makeup while hydrating the skin. We are soo used to jumping right into the cleansing step – stripping all that makeup or grime of the day off, without stopping to think about the good stuff we are pulling out of our skin as well.
- Water Based or Foam Cleanser – It is easy to get carried away with washing the face, but you must be kind to your skin! Gentle foaming cleansers will do just fine in completely clearing any leftover particles missed by the oil cleanser. This is known as the double cleanse. I personally like to wash once with an oil cleanser and twice with a foaming cleanser and go for that super squeaky clean feel. Lately, I’ve been using CeraVe – you can find it at any local target.
- Exfoliation – This is another important step, especially for those with oily skin. Exfoliating helps to remove the dead, dull, skin revealing new bright skin underneath. It also helps to keep the pores free and clean of dirty and grime plus it sets the skin up for all steps to follow. Some people only do this once a week or every other. I prefer once a day and my absolute favorite is St. Ives Apricot Scrub – another Target brand…. What? You said K Beauty, N! I get it, but I have a healthy love for KB products but if it ain’t broke why fix it!
- Toner – This is the final step in clearing the skin, this is also the stage for prepping the skin. What I love about toners is that not only do they catch the last of the soap or makeup or whatever might be hanging about…. it also provides instant hydration and I feel as though my skin is more apt to accept all the serums and what not. Simple witch hazel can do the job, you don’t’ need anything fancy. I personally like the Son & Park beauty water for this step.
- Essence – Now we are getting to the good stuff! Let me start by saying that technically, toners and essences are sometimes interchangeable. That being said, if you happen to find a particular essence you like – you may notice that it has just the slightest texture difference. That is because more often than not they include reminisce of vitamins or minerals, some even have fermented ingredients.
- .Serums and Ampoules – This is another category with a wide, WIDE range of products. That is because the term “serums and ampoules” may be used interchangeable. They both tend to be slightly thicker than water but lighter than a lotion. Serums, however, are packed full of vitamins and minerals designed to supercharge the skin. While, ampoules typically have one particular focus. These can address just about anything from hyperpigmentation to hydration to wrinkles and fine lines. Really, the list goes on and on. I really like these, I switch mine up daily just because – in my mind – I get a little extra kick to with whatever skin-uations I might be dealing with at the moment.
- Sheet Masks – Did I mention I love masks? LOVE LOVE LOVE!! And here’s why. I can throw on a mask for 10 to 20 minutes and see instant results. Instant. Results…. let it marinate. You put it on, let it sit, peel it off, and pat in the remaining essence. That’s right, these little sheets are dripping with all the essence-goodness you can imagine. And, there is literally a mask for every skin-uation (I like that word, I’m keeping it) you can think of. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost of serums, ampoules, and all that stuff. If you are balling on a budget, just get these! I could write a book on sheet masks, if you guys want to know more, let me know!!
- Eye Cream – Okay this is one of those items I hem haw about it. My under eyes do get dry and they do need the extra love but personally, I just don’t want to spend the extra time on this step. LOL! I do, but begrudgingly. This is more for the future, you want to keep your under eye skin hydrated and supple to delay or slow signs of aging. Just a few gentle taps and that’s it.
- Moisturizer – This step seals in all of the layers that you’ve just applied to your skin. You may notice that before applying the moisturizer, your skin is a little sticky. That should go away once the moisturizer absorbs and if it doesn’t – you may be putting on too much product.
- Sunscreen – At this point you’ve spent about 30 minutes making your skin happy…. don’t you dare walk out that door before putting on sun screen or all of your hard work will have been for not! Global warming is a real thing – and more sun means more sun damage. Protect yo’self. I prefer sun screens that are more gel like – nothing greasy, thank you – with no white cast (duh).
Couple of notes –
This can be just a guideline. The products used don’t have to be exclusively Korean or Asian beauty related. Through my searches, these are the items I’ve come to gravitate towards.
No, I don’t always do all the steps…. Some days I just don’t need it or I may need more of one item and less of another. Other days – I might slather on 15 items or so. It shouldn’t be set in stone, have fun with it – make it your own. Afterall, it’s your skin and yours alone to do with what you please.