I’m an Asian-American born and raised in the U.S. and all these years I’ve been using American beauty products. I heard about K-beauty years ago, but I never really got into it until last month April 2020 after watching Youtube videos and reading beauty blogs.
I was at the point where I wanted to really take care of my skin since I’m already in my 30’s. It was always dry, dull and I started getting more sunspots on my face. The only way to get rid of them was going to the dermatologist because I tried many things like microdermabrasion, glycolic peel and creams in the past and I never really saw results. I paid $100+ for the appointment and another $100+ for these 2 prescription creams. That was back in January 2019 but I didn’t try the cream until December 2019. I was too hesitant to spend $100 on creams that I was skeptical about. After using it daily, I noticed it was working when the brown spots were fading. I noticed one of the creams was good for a month and I’d have to refill the other one. I didn’t really want to spend another $60 for it so I stopped using the prescriptions in mid January.
Before I get into the details of my routine. I wanted to share a brief history on K-beauty:
K-Beauty (Korean: 케이뷰티; RR: Keibyuti) is an umbrella term for skin-care products that are derived from South Korea. The fad gained popularity worldwide, especially in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the US and focuses on health, hydration and a preferred lack of pigment. K-Beauty is associated with the Korean Wave; for example, the South Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific sponsored My Love from the Star, a 2014 K-drama whose constant marketing of Amorepacific products resulted in an increase in skincare and lipstick products of 75 and 400 percent. The combination of increased international tourism in South Korea combined with K-Beauty products’ presence in duty-free shops has also worked to increase sales of cosmetics in Korea. – source: http://wikipedia
After researching online about the 10 step Korean skin care, I was a little hesitant of putting all these products on my face because I would only wash my face with just water. During my teen and 20’s I did use a cleanser called Eskinol and Neutrogena toner. I didn’t want to spend all this money on products that may make me breakout or may not even clear my skin, I wanted that glass skin that is trending. Anyway, I gave in and wanted to try it. I did a lot of research and I found a starter kit. It was tough choosing because there were several to choose from but I ended up buying from Sokoglam and I am glad I did.
I also noticed Ulta and Sephora are also selling K-beauty products, but I did more research and Yesstyle is one of the main places where I’m buying my k-beauty.
My 10 Step Korean Skin Care routine for 30 days.
The first week I tried it, I’ll be honest I really didn’t have all the products I needed such as exfoliator, ampoule and sleeping mask which meant I had to shop more.
Since I am working from home and not really going out putting makeup or being in the sun, I skipped some steps.
- Wash my face with only water(warm)
- Water based cleanser
- Vitamin C serum
- Moisturizer (depends how i feel)
- Foundation with SPF.
It normally takes me 5 minutes to do my AM routine and what I noticed is I feel more awake and ready to start my day.
- Oil cleansing pads
- Water based cleanser
- Exfoliator (1-2x week)
- Vitamin C Serum or Ampoule
- Sheet mask (1-2x week) – I love the MedihealxBTS
- Eye cream
- Moisturizer cream
- Sleeping mask (1-2x week)
I don’t do the full 10 step in one night because it will be 1 hr to complete.
Exfoliator, Ampoule, Sheet Mask and Sleeping Mask is 1-2x week so normally it’s really 7 step skin care routine.
How I use the products:
Oil Cleanser: I have these coconut oil cleansing pads and I love it but it only comes in 20 pads for $20 so may need to keep ordering or replace it with a bottle pump oil cleanser. Massage it all over my face and neck for 1 minute and rinse with warm water.
Water cleanser: I put a dime size and mix with warm water. Massage it all over my face and neck for at least 1 minute and rinse with warm water.
Toner: I have a pump bottle that 1 or 2 pumps will be good enough to cover all over your face. I started to use a cotton pad especially to tone out my forehead and nose area.
Exfoliater: It comes with a mini spoon so I would put 2 scoops on my face and mix with water. Massage it all over my face with some warm water. It is recommended to leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
Essence: It is recommended to shake the bottle first (7-8 times is what I do) I close my eyes and spray it on my forehead, left and right cheek and my chin. Pat gently all over.
Vitamin C Serum/Ampoule: Honestly I had to watch videos on how to apply this because apparently I was not doing it correct. You start a drip on middle of your forehead and drip on the left and right under neath your eyes. Then use your fingers to apply all over face and neck.
Sheet Mask: This is probably my favorite things to do even if it takes 20 minutes. I also was missing some information on how to use this product. After you’re 20 minutes is up and remove the sheet mask, you would just pat your face and not wash it off. I missed that memo. LOL!
Eye Cream: Your eyes are a sensitive area so I would apply under and on my lids with very little cream.
Moisturizer: I have dry skin plus live in the desert aka Las Vegas, NV. When I put this on my skin feels great.
Sleeping Mask: I only use this twice a week in replace of my regular moisturizer because its a very thick moisturizer.
If you’re wondering to start the Korean Skin Care routine, here are my thoughts:
Is it worth it? Definitely, yes.
Cost of products? Most of the product cost $20-30 each but it can last about 1-2months depending on how much you use it.
Process time? It can be time consuming for someone, but I think of it as my ME time(I have 3 kids) and self care.
I definitely recommend it because my skin feels better and brighter(lighter)-slowing even my skin.
I was able to see results in a couple weeks so I got my 12 year old daughter her first K-beauty starter kit and it’s also working for her.
Thank you for stopping by and if you have tried the 10 Step Korean Skin Care routine, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.