Korean Skincare: What’s The Big Deal?

Korean skincare products at CVS

Recently I was in CVS looking for a facial mask and came across this huge display (pictured above) of Korean skincare products.

As an Asian woman I am aware of “ancient secrets” relating to skincare. I also knew that Korean skincare was making its rounds in the industry, but I didn’t know that it was full-blown mainstream and that CVS has dedicated a full aisle to marketing these Korean brands.

So what’s the big deal with Korean skincare?

According to TheKlog.co, the philosophy behind Korean beauty goes beyond beauty products:

Instead of trying to cover up flaws with makeup and spot solutions, Koreans tend to focus on skincare products that get at the root of conditions and treat problems before they start. Relying wholly on makeup not only looks unnatural, but it’s also a temporary fix to a long-lasting issue.

Korean women are known to use from six to ten products to take care of their skin, hence the Korean “10-step routine” that’s been constantly talked about in beauty magazines and blogs. Over at Self.com Emily Rekstis documents her experience with this beauty regimen.

Ten steps? Isn’t that overkill? My initial thought was that ten steps were about six steps too many for me. However, Soko Glam states that “it’s best to focus less on how many steps you have and more on which steps are right for your skin type.” Once I took a look at the actual routine, I realized that I do implement seven of the ten steps in my own skincare regimen – except that I don’t do them every single day.

Here are the 10 steps:
1. Makeup remover + oil cleanser
2. Water-based cleanser – Clean your face again? Yes, it’s supposed to wash away any of the residue from your oil cleanser.
3. Exfoliator
4. Toner
5. Essence – This is a serum that hydrates and aids skin repair.
6. Treatments – a.k.a. concentrated essences that focus on your particular skin needs.
7. Sheet masks
8. Eye cream
9. Moisturizer
10. Sun protection (I’m really bad at not doing this.)

This past year I’ve been obsessed with skin care masks. I recently purchased four packets of this Korean blueberry natural skin care mask from AliExpress.com, which I will be reviewing soon. Stay tuned!

What are your thoughts or experiences with the Korean skin care routine?

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