Korean stars have always caught the world's attention with their beautiful, radiant, youthful and glowy skin. Over the years more and more people got invested into Korean skincare and among them, myself. I began to research Korean skin care steps and Korean skincare products. Even though the steps are pretty long, they have shown that with the right products for you, a huge difference can be seen in the skin. 

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Korean Skincare Routine Steps

Korean skincare steps for the morning:

1. Wash the skin with water only!

When you wake up, just give your face a cleanse using only water, which will wash off extra accumulated oils from your sleep time.  Make sure you're drinking a lot of water to maintain your skin's moisture as much as possible.

2. Toner is essential


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Toner is an essential skincare step in a Korean beauty routine, which helps you restore the skin's acidity. After you've washed your face with water and gently patted it dry, use a toner with natural ingredients to help keep your skin balanced and hydrated. This is a good product and it is the Leegeeham Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner, which is extracted from tea tree and so it also helps with acne. 

3. An Essence


Essences are the secret behind the beauty of Korean skin and a lot of people aren't familiar with this type of product. It helps with moisturizing the skin and rejuvenating the cells. It is almost like  somewhere in between a toner and serum.  You can try this essence by Atoclassic, the Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence. It has a lot of natural herbs that can help with purifying the skin. 

4. Ampoules and vitamins


This is one of the most important steps, especially if you suffer from dry skin. This helps moisturize the skin more deeply than usual because of the strong hydrating ingredients and vitamins, it is like a concentrated or stronger form of a serum. You can try the COSRX Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule, which contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.

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5. Serum


Another extremely important step in a Korean skincare routine, as it is an ideal solution for dry skin problems, dark spots or fine lines. Sometimes using a moisturizing cream isn't enough. There are certain types of Korean serums that are really great and effective when it comes to hydration. This the Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B Serum Shot which contains aloe vera gel and vitamin B.

6. Eye cream


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Using an eye cream is really important, and a lot of women tend to skip this step, because the eye area, under above or the corners, doesn't have the glands that secrete a percentage of fat to moisture the area. That's why you should be moisturizing it. This is the Secret Key Starting Treatment Eye Cream.

7. Moisturizer


Using a moisturizer is still important, even if you've done the steps above. Applying a thin layer of moisturizer will help you get smooth skin all day. You can try the Mizon Black All In One Snail Repair Cream. It is meant to be suitable for all skin types, as it is lightweight and easy to apply. 

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8. Sunscreen


What's special about Korean products is that they contain a lot of natural ingredients, so it is always best to try using a sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to help protect the skin against the harmful sun rays and prevent and minimize the appearance of dark spots. A'pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream contains a percentage of Water to help keep skin hydrated.

Korean skincare steps for nighttime:

When it comes to the evening, when your day has come to an end, you skincare routine can be somewhat different from your morning routine, to make sure that you've removed all your makeup, your skin is properly cleansed, hydrated and given products that will work with rejuvenation overnight. 

1. Makeup removal


Double cleansing is extremely important to make sure the skin is fully cleansed and clean from any dirt accumulation, effects of pollution and makeup. It is good to start with an oil cleanser, which are brilliant for makeup removal. This method is a good gentle way to remove makeup without irritating or drying the skin. This is the Missha Super Off Cleansing Oil that contains almond and argan oil.

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2. Cleanse again with a water-based cleanser!


Now it's time for the second cleansing step and here you can use a stronger cleanser to rinse of any remnants of the oil, but still without drying out the skin. For this, using a water-based cleanser will help restore the skin's acidity and not strip it from moisture. You can try the Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam because it really helps clean the skin and get rid of the accumulated oils without stripping it too much.

3. Exfoliant


One of the important steps that must be taken into account, at least once for twice a week, is  exfoliation with the use of a gentle exfoliant that helps you not only remove the dead skin cells, but also clean the pores that get clogged from accumulated oils. That's why you can try Dr.G Brightening Peeling Gel, which helps exfoliate the skin, reduce dark spots and keep the skin soft.

4. Toner


After exfoliating, a toner will be used to ensure the pores are closed by using a type of toner that helps balance the pH level to maintain the skin's hydration. This is the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist.

5. Essence


For the morning routine we talked about the benefits of using an Essence in a Korean skincare routine. So it should be applied after it the toner. You can try the Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence: Brightly Ever After.

6. Ampoules and vitamins


Similarly to the benefits we discussed in the morning routine, using ampoules and vitamins will help nourish the skin and protect it from dehydration and other common skin problems. You can try the Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Moisture Green Ampoule as it is great for moisturizing the skin, protecting it from dryness.

7. Serum


Pick a serum that has a lot of great vitamins like this Liz K First C Pure Vitamin C Total Care Serum which contains vitamin C and helps with keeping the skin hydrated. It is also free of chemicals.

8. Sheet mask


Sheet masks are a great product to give the skin hydration and a radiant glow. The Saem Natural Olive Sheet Mask also helps reduce the appearance of signs of aging.

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9. Eye cream


Eye cream should be applied twice a day to keep the eye area hydrated and healthy. The Saturday Skin Wide Awake Eye Cream is a really good one and it is one of the most popular ones.

10. Moisturizer


Moisturizing is your easy cheat sheet for keeping your skin smooth, soft and youthful. It's all about finding the right moisturizer for you. This is a good one by MISSHA as well. It is the Super Aqua Ice Tear Cream

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