I’ve been fascinated lately with the 10-step Korean skincare routine for some time now. Korean women have beautiful skin. I mean, how many Korean women have you seen with acne? Maybe there are, but I haven’t seen any. They take amazing care of their skin and are very diligent in doing so. I have been double cleansing for a while now, but as I researched, I may have been doing it wrong.
I first cleansed with an oil cleanser and followed that up with micellar water. As it turns out, I should’ve been using the micellar water first then use the oil cleanser. However, even that may be in dispute. The proper way to double cleanse is using an oil cleanser first followed up by a foam or water-based cleanser. The thought behind this is to remove your makeup first, then you’ll actually be cleansing your skin with the second cleanse.
I watched a tutorial about ELEMIS products and their way of double cleansing is to use a micellar water first and then an oil cleanser. The whole thing is very confusing. So, last night I tried the 10-step routine, and I followed the instructions on the Peach & Lily and SELF websites.
OIL-BASED CLEANSER – Korean women typically use two cleansers, starting with an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based makeup, SPF and other impurities (since water repels oil). This allows for effortless cleansing rather than tugging at your skin to remove that last bit of mascara.
WATER-BASED CLEANSER – Following with a water-based cleanser removes any remaining residue and leaves skin supple. The key is to find a gentle formula that won’t strip or dry out your skin.
Instead of starting with the oil cleanser, I used Ulta micellar water to remove most of my makeup. I then followed up with Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser.
EXFOLIATOR – Exfoliation not only cleans out clogged pores, but it also sloughs off dead skin cells. When you remove this dull layer of cells, brighter skin is revealed. This step is not recommended for daily use. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll only want to exfoliate once a week. If you have a tougher complexion, you can do it more regularly (about three times a week).
I used Josie Maran Argan Exfoliator which uses the fruit enzymes, not the shells.
TONERS – Korean beauty heritage is steeped in natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth instead.
For this step, I used Fruida pomegranate toner that I picked up at CVS.
ESSENCES – Though formulated with varying viscosities, essences tend to be a bit more fluid and less concentrated than serums. Their main purpose is to moisturize the skin and make the most of the serums that follow. Think of your skin as a sponge: once it’s plumped up with water, everything else absorbs more easily.
Since I don’t have an essence yet, I used Josie Maran Argan Milk for this step. It’s not very concentrated, so I figured it would work.
SERUMS, BOOSTERS, & AMPOULES – These products are formulated with active ingredients that target specific needs by skin types, such as fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration. You can customize your regimen here, adding or removing products as you see fit. You can use them in any order, but generally thicker, more viscous products go on later.