The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine Explained

The secret to the K-pop star glow 

It’s been a while since the world has been obsessed with Korean beauty rituals. Sheet masks and essences…we have tried it all. And the 10-step beauty ritual that K-pop stars rely on for the glow has caught a lot of interest. However, the routine has been reinvented many a times, so if you are still clueless about it, we don’t blame ya! We know 10 steps sounds a little too much for a nightly routine, but when there’s glass-like, flawless skin to be gained it’s worth a try. Mansi Moolchandani, co-founder, Wonderskin, an E-Beauty store launched in 2019 to help Indian audiences discover Korean skincare and beauty trends, tells decodes the elaborate routine step-by-step.

Oil-based Cleanser

Applied on dry face, these cleansers break down oil-based debris from sebum, makeup and SPF. This is what Accoje’s Reviving Dust Cleansing Gel to Foam Cleanser is capable of doing. Enriched with Pine Densiflora Leaf extract, Portulaca oleracea extract and Lavandula oil, it’s effective in removing daily foundation, mascara and overall makeup.

Foaming Cleanser

Korean beauty highlights double cleansing because oil-based cleansers do not pick up all impurities such as dirt and sweat. Accoje’s Vital in Jeju Purifying & Peeling Cleansing Foam will remove all makeup debris. This is recommended for people with acne or break out prone skin or people with oily skin, blackheads and large pores.

Exfoliant

Exfoliation is a step that’s not recommended for daily practise but is needed to clear out clogged pores and dead skin cells. People with sensitive skin should keep it to only once a week while others can do this about thrice a week. The Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence contains glycolic and lactic acids and can be used for all skin types.  Lactic acid has hydrating properties in addition to exfoliating powers, plus the essence includes centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid to further soothe and nourish the skin. 

Toner

There are two major reasons to toning. Firstly, after cleansing your skin needs to replenish itself with lost moisture and secondly toning prepares your skin for better absorption of the next treatment. Accoje’s Hydrating Aqua Toner contains hyaluronic acid which can draw and lock in water molecules up to 1000 times its weight. It’s perfect for people with dehydrated and oily skin. It’s also recommended for people with break outs as the toner will balance the skin’s moisture and reduce or diminish the breakouts.

Essence

Essences are like toners that further hydrate your skin. You may choose to skip this step if you are hard pressed for time. Try the Accoje’s Whitening Capsule Essence it has botanical extracts and is free from paraben, harmful chemicals and artificial fragrance.

Ampoule or Serum

These are for target specific skin concerns such as melasma, freckles and hyper pigmentation. Try the capsule ampoule from Accoje’s Whitening Series which has Niacinamide for clarifying the complexion and VC-IP microcapsules which are rich in antioxidants and help repair skin damage and treat pigmentation.

Sheet Mask

You only need to use them 2-3 times a week and can swap them with the serum or essence. Aroma Yong’s Aromatheraphy Face Sheet Masks contain a milky serum formulated with essential oils extracted from flowers, leaves, stems, fruits, roots and seeds of medicinal plants.

Eye Cream

The area around the eyes is the most ignored, but it's the thinnest and the most sensitive. Accoje’s Anti-Aging Wrinkle Corrector is a smart dense cream which smoothens wrinkles on the forehead, eye area, mouth, neck and banishes laugh lines.

Moisturiser

To lock in all the goodness of the previous treatments, the moisturising step is a must. If you are looking for a non-greasy, non-sticky gel-based cream which you can mix with your makeup base, then go for Accoje’s Reviving Gel cream.

Sunscreen

Finally, there’s nothing as vital as sun protection for the skin on a daily basis. There’s no alternative to a good sunscreen with the right amount of SPF. It doesn’t matter whether the sun is out or not, you need to apply it every morning. Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is an effective sunscreen for everyday use. Being a water-based sunscreen it is non-sticky, light, and has a weightless finish.