Most women know that they should have a set skincare routine for mornings and evenings, but often it’s difficult to know where to start. Here is our expert guide to your daily skincare regime to help you to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
The Korean 10 Step Beauty Regime
One skincare regime which has earned a lot of attention in recent years is the Korean 10 step programme. This has been recommended by many beauty retailers as well as influencers and has been shown to be very effective in improving complexions. The ten steps are as follows:
- Oil cleansing
- Cream or foam cleansing
- Sheet mask
- Eye cream
Obviously, this is a lot to fit into your morning routine! So which are the most important elements?
Arguably, the most important step in the Korean 10 step programme is the double cleansing routine. First, you should wash your face with oil and then a second time with a cream or foam cleanser. This ensures that all the impurities and grime are removed from your skin. Oil cleansers remove oil-based dirt like sebum, pollutants and sunscreen, while the cream or foam cleanser removes everyday dirt and sweat.
Toning means regulating your skin’s pH balance and softening the skin under the Korean 10 step routine. You should use products that contain natural ingredients and press them into your skin with your hands rather than using pads.
The Korean regime involves using a range of treatments on your skin to care for it to the max. While many of us think that a single thick cream will be sufficient to keep our skin looking good, in fact layering products is a much better approach, allowing the skin to breathe without clogging pores.
Application of essence, emulsion and serum adds three separate layers to protect and nourish the facial skin. If you only have time for one of these three, serums could be the best choice for you. Highly concentrated, they add a huge moisture injection into your face. Although sheet masks are the next step, you could skip this stage if you’ve used a serum since, usually, they are soaked with serum anyway.
Eye cream is an essential preventative product for anyone under 40 and a vital protective product for anyone over that age. Designed for moisturizing the fragile eye area, this product reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and makes you look more youthful.
Add to this a layer of high-quality moisturising cream for the rest of your face. This will seal in all the earlier layers and nourish your skin to the max. Choose moisturisers that are packed with antioxidant ingredients to minimise the signs of aging and to give you the young and fresh glow that you desire.
We should all be wearing sunscreen every day with a minimum SPF of 30. This will protect you from the UVA and UVB rays from the sun which cause premature aging, sunburn and skin cancer. Choose either a physical or chemical sunscreen that suits your skin type and make sure to reapply it regularly during the day.
The Night Mask
Obviously, you don’t need sunscreen at night, but you could benefit from a sleeping mask. This is a special treatment which adds even more moisture while you’re resting and recuperating from the activities of the day.
Choosing Products For Your Skin Type
Of course, we all have different skin types, but it’s still possible to follow the 10-step regime whether you have oily, dry or combination skin. The key is to seek out products that are right for your skin type and which won’t clog your pores, increase dry patches or cause more breakouts. Follow these 10 steps daily and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of beautiful skin.