How to – The Korean Ten Step Cleanse

10 step Korean beauty regime(1)

Have you noticed that Korean people have the most translucent looking skin, or that their makeup is always on point? It’s generally very natural and simple looking with a youthful glow. “How do they do it?”, you ask. It all starts with the skincare.

The acclaimed Korean skincare routine can average around ten steps. It’s all about layering thin amounts of product to build and hydrate the skin.


  • Prep – removing your makeup with makeup wipes or removers.
  • Oil cleanser – oil cleansers are an essential step in the routine, removing any residue of makeup and lifting any oils/dirt trapped in pores.
  • Foam cleanser – the double cleansing method is a must in this routine. The foam cleanser removes any traces of sweat and dirt that the oil cleanser may have left behind.
  • Exfoliate – soft and supple skin are devoid of any dead skin cells, exfoliating once or twice a week removes any buildup.
  • Toner – toners rebalance the skins PH level and preps the skin for what’s to come.
  • Essence – essences are lighter/watery versions of a serum and are generally packed with ingredients to nourish the skin—think of the popular SK-II face essence.
  • Ampoule or serum – serums are used to target specific skin concerns such as anti-aging or skin dullness, and are richer and thicker in texture.
  • Sheet masks – are used two to four times a week and are used to boost your skins hydration levels. You can find different sheet masks that target specific skin issues.
  • Eye cream – the skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face so it can be the first place to show signs of aging. Eye cream is used to plump up the area and to combat dull looking eyes.
  • Moisturiser/sleeping pack – this step in to seal in all the goodness you’ve layered on and keep the skin hydrated throughout the night.


Once you have finished all these steps, it’s time for your beauty sleep.


For more information on Korean Beauty products and trends click here.


Illustration: Surbi Chetty

Bec Huynh

Bec Huynh

Bec's interest in beauty started with watching how to do your make up YouTube tutorials and has grown into a love affair with all things beauty related. Other interests include food, puppies and chocolate.

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