Do you Love Kdrama Or KPop. If you reading this article defiantly you are… BTW, I am a BTS fan 🙂 So if you are BTS Army Say HI to the comment section. Anyway,  there are so many products out there and so many steps in the K-Beauty skincare routine that it can all feel very intimidating. Where should you start? What kinds of products should you start with? Do you need to be double cleansing? Should you start with all ten steps? How should you get started?

It’s okay! We’re here to help.


Step 1: Remove Makeup

This is a very important step! It is very important to completely remove any traces of makeup, as makeup ingredients can collect dirt and grease that can cause irritation or acne, or redness. You can use makeup remover, but don’t use it alone. Removing cosmetics is step 1 by wiping with a remover. Don’t forget step 2 to completely remove the makeup by washing and rinsing.

Step 2: Cleansing

Now that all traces of makeup have been removed, it is time to clean. I usually use a cleansing foam, but when I thicken my makeup, I do the Korean famous “double cleansing”. Double cleansing consists of first cleaning with cleansing oil and second with cleansing foam. Double cleansing cleanses pores more thoroughly and leaves no makeup residue behind compared to using a cleanser alone.

Step 3: Exfoliate

I don’t exfoliate every day, but 1-2 times a week. We recommend using a single exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and brighten and smooth your skin. Exfoliants come in the form of a brown sugar scrub or a glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acid wash. People with sensitive skin should be careful not to use too much as exfoliants can cause redness.

Step 4: Tone

I still don’t use toner. I don’t do this step until my skin deems it necessary. Toners were developed because in the past, most cleansers were alkaline and could raise the skin’s pH. The toner restores the skin to its natural pH, removes oil, and helps to shrink pores. Today, while most cleansers don’t change the skin’s pH, I use toner as an extra step to remove any makeup, dirt, or impurities left on my skin after cleansing. Many toners today are formulated with additional ingredients to help moisturize and soften the skin.

Step 5: Treatment

I added this step because, as a dermatologist, I believe that targeted treatment of skin problems is very important! The skin requires the use of topical medications. It doesn’t matter whether the drug is a powerful prescription drug for acne or rose acne, or has a strong ingredient like vitamin C. I use my treatment before applying a moisturizer so that the medicine gets the closest to my skin.

Steps 6-8: intense hydration

I’ve simplified several steps into this one step. For me, essence, serum, and ampoule are all products for strong hydration. The difference between these products is their texture and viscosity. Essence is the lightest and has the lowest viscosity (it’s easy to understand if you think of it as being the closest to toner among products), and the ampoules are the thickest and most viscous. The serum is somewhere in between. All three products function to provide additional moisture after toner and treatment, before applying moisturizer. Do you need all three? It depends on your skin type. If your skin is very dry and needs extra hydration, you can try a few of these products. If you have oily skin, use a product with low viscosity, such as an essence, and move on to the next step.

Step 9: Mask Sheet

I think it’s good to use the mask sheet 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type. The mask sheet adheres tightly to the skin, providing and strengthening an additional layer of moisture. Watching TV, listening to music, or just relaxing while wearing a mask sheet for 20 minutes is the perfect break!

Step 10: Moisturize

The final step is to lock in all the moisture with a night cream. At this stage, you will need a thick night cream for the face and an eye cream for the very thin, wrinkle-prone under the eyes. I use moisturizers with ceramides to help repair the skin barrier.

These were the 10 steps of simplified Korean beauty skincare! We hope that reading this article has cleared up your questions about the various steps and products.

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