Hair and Beauty

10-Step Korean Skincare Routine – Your way to clearer skin

This skincare routine is widely popular across the world. “Established through Korea’s cultural obsession with healthy skin and decades of scientific advancements, it is less a “routine” than it is a lifestyle that has turned into a global phenomenon” (sokoglam). Before you start fretting, it’s not about doing ten steps a day. That’s a misconception, it’s about listening to your skin and the way it responds and doing as much as is needed when it’s required. Some days I only have 5 steps, other days I have 12 due to some extra products that I will show you as we get to it.

Now, you may be questioning what is the point in this routine? Well, I have PCOS and major hormonal acne. Following this skincare routine my skin is so much clearer than it used to be and when I have breakouts it makes them last 2 days over several weeks. It’s my go-to routine and I’ve been doing it every day, twice a day for around 6 months now.

Let’s break down the steps

  1. Oil Based Cleanser
  2. Water Based Cleanser
  3. Exfoliator
  4. Toner
  5. Sheet Mask
  6. Essence
  7. Serum
  8. Eye Cream
  9. Moisturiser
  10. Sun Cream

I have shortened the products and routine to suit me better over the past six months which has broken it down into five steps for me using 7-8 products regularly depending on whether its day or night time. I do this routine twice a day. Then once a week I exfoliate and use a mask.

My usual Routine

  1. Double Cleansing
  2. Toner
  3. Essence, Serum and Eye Cream
  4. Night time – Night cream mixed with Silver Serum
  5. Day Time – Moisturiser with SPF

Let’s break down this even more. I will go through each step, what it does and what products specifically I use. I’ve also put the size of the product and the price at the end in case you want to buy the same ones I use. Links have also been added to help out.

The products I use and what they do

Double Cleansing

Double Cleansing is like a safety net to make sure you get rid of all the grime and dirt on your face. The oil-based cleansing is great at doing this and removing makeup whilst the water-based cleanser is gentle enough to remove any excess whilst being gentle enough to use alongside the oil cleanser. Personally, I love Micellar Water as my second cleanser but foaming cleaners also work well.

Oil Based CleanserThe Body Shop  – Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil  – 200ml £12

Water Based CleanserSuperdrug – B.Pure Micellar Water – 400ml £4.49


Exfoliation gets rid of all the dead skin cells allowing your skin to shine. Generally, this step isn’t adviced as a regularity if you have sensitive skin like I do. I exfoliate once a week and that’s it. Any more and my skin gets really oily, telling me that it doesn’t like it.

Feel Unique – Jason Apricot Scrub – 113g £6 


Toning dampens your skin and balances your PH Levels. After cleansing, toner preps your skin and revitalizes it.

Superdrug – Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner – 100ml £5.99


Sheet masks are a great way to boost your skin once or twice a week with exactly what it needs. I.E. Hydrating ones for dry skin, Toning ones for blemishes. I currently use Simple Water Boosting Sheet Masks but I’m searching for others to try.

Superdrug – Simple Water Boost Sheet Mask – 1 for £1.89

Essence and Serum

Essence is a Toner Serum Hybrid that hydrates and repairs skin. Serums are great for spot prone skin, dark circles and pigmentations. These steps aren’t necessary for everyone but I find they really help balance out my skin and help the acne. Also, please note, the Drops of Youth is expensive at £15 for only 160ml, however, you only use a very small amount, I’m still using the one I bought 6 months ago.

Essence – The Body Shop – Drops of Youth – 160ml £15

Serum – Superdrug – Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum – 50ml £3.99

Eye Cream

An essential part of any routine, just like sheet masks. You can buy eye creams specific for your needs. Everything from wrinkles and dark circles. This is another product I will soon be changing. As of yet I’m not sure what I will be changing it to.

Superdrug – Vitamin E Eye Cream – 15ml £2.99

Moisturiser and Sun Cream

By far the most important step in any skincare routine. Moisturiser locks in all the work you have just done, it hydrates your skin giving you that younger looking skin that everyone desires. Next, to that, SPF is super important. Sun rays and day to do environment, do exceptional damage to your skin so it’s important to protect it. It’s equally as important to note though that this should be used every day, even in winter. Just because the sun can’t be seen doesn’t mean the damage isn’t being done. Paula’s Choice, although expensive is worth every penny. Great for my sensitive spot prone skin and it’s very lightweight so lasts a long time. I always mix my night cream with Silver Serum to help with my acne and rejuvenate my skin overnight.

Day Cream – Paula’s Choice –  Ultra-Light Hydrating Fluid with SPF 30 – 60ml £33

Night Cream – The Body Shop – Tea Tree Night Lotion – 30ml £10 – mixed with Silver Serum 

Some of you may yet still be confused from what you read. If so then just post your questions below and I will do my best to answer them. Enjoy your journey to clearer skin! 

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