We've all heard of the infamous 10-step skincare routine inspired by K-beauty practices. The results are undeniable, but the process?... so extra.
Now, we’re not gonna sit here and act like Korean women aren’t known for their flawless skin. Exhibit A: Peach and Lily founder, Alicia Yoon. Homegirl looks like she’s 25 when in reality she’s closer to 40.
How does she do it?
She follows a 10-step skincare routine that looks something like this:
Step 1: Oil cleanser
Step 2: Water-based foam cleanser
Step 3: Exfoliator at least once a week
Step 4: Toner
Step 5: Essence for skin regeneration
Step 6: Serum to target specific skin issues
Step 7: Sheet mask
Step 8: Eye cream
Step 9: Sleeping mask
Step 10: SPF
And no, this isn’t an occasional routine. Yoon claims to do this daily. Every. Single. Day. This has to be the key to perfect skin right? I mean, how can you argue with these results? Maybe it’s the fermented ingredients in k-beauty products, the double cleanse methods, or the sheet masks, but at the end of the day, it’s all or nothing for results these great. Right?
Hmm.. yeah, we’re not buying it. That’s right, glam fam, we’re calling bullshit and shutting down this craze for you right here, right now because no one should have to spend so much time on a complex routine when a few basics can pack just enough punch to get the same results.
Call us frugal, but we like to think of ourselves as minimalists, only going with what's necessary and trimming off the unnecessary.
Get Your Own
The average skin care routine in the West can be boiled down to a few main products: cleanser, SPF, moisturizer, retinoids (for you gracefully aging babes and studs), and exfoliator.
And although this may not seem as robust as the Korean routine, it can still be just as effective. So why do men and women in the West seem to be unable to control their skin issues while Korean men and women seem unphased by their intense skincare routines?
Simple, the 10-step routine is really just 3 steps that are drawn out into multiple smaller steps.
Clean: double cleanser
Treat: toner, sheet mask, exfoliator, and serum.
Protect: eye cream, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
With this in mind, you, yes you, can create your own routine that’s tailored to what your skin needs. But first, you have to find out what your skin needs. Is your skin oily? Do you have flaky patches on your cheeks but excess sheen on your forehead? Is redness your never-ending dilemma?
Figuring out what you need is the first step to getting the results you want. Once you have that, you’ll want to explore different products and brands, just remember our shit list to know which ingredients to avoid. Seriously, nothing derails a good skin care routine than shitty ingredients.
Now that you know which products and ingredients you need to manage your skin, you can start building your very own skincare routine.
Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we’ve got you.
We’ve tailored skincare routines for all skin types in our Ultimate Skin Care Guide.
You can use these routines to get a jump start your very own skincare routine and build on it as you go. Go ahead, we crafted them just for you!
What you need to remember is that Korean women don’t have beautiful skin because a 10-step routine exists, they have great skin because they’re committed to healthy looking skin.
So if you take away anything from the 10-step routine, it should be that diligence and conscious care can go a long way. Oh yeah, and that using products free of B.S. ingredients does more for your skin than any 10 or 20-step routine will ever do.
Another thing to keep in mind is that no skincare routine is 100% effective if you’re not taking note of what’s going in your body. That said, Korean women are traditionally conscious of their diet and exercise, which only boosts the results of their skincare routine. This includes chugging water and choosing organic options whenever possible, you know, like No B.S. skincare products. ;)
So what do you think? Are you ready to get your own skincare routine going? Let us know in the comments below and share your favorite skincare routine and tips.