There has been an increase in the past few years in interest in the Korean beauty or K-beauty scene. Social media has been flooded with skincare routines galore, many of which are super long and tedious. This simple 10-step K-beauty routine will go over the basics of what Korean women do to keep their skin looking fresh, supple, and young. 

K Beauty Routine


Cleansing is one of the easiest steps in taking care of your skin in typical K-beauty fashion. Choosing the right cleanser can make or break your skin, but once you have found the one that works for your skin type, it’s like magic. Oil based cleansers are great for removing makeup, even waterproof makeup. You should be cleansing your face twice a day at least: once in the morning and once before bed. It’s important to let your skin breathe and washing off your makeup before going to bed is one thing some women neglect to do. This can cause irritation and acne flare-ups. Avoid skin problems and don’t forget to wash your face. 


It’s important to cleanse twice as recommended by aestheticians and dermatologists. There are many different types of facial cleansers such as foaming cleansers, cleansing water, cleansing oils, gel cleansers, cream cleansers, and so much more! What works best for you will depend on your skin type, but they all have their benefits. Do your research and try out a few different products until you find one you’re satisfied with. Water-based cleansers dissolve the water-based impurities such as dirt and sweat that your oil cleanser didn’t pick up. 



Exfoliating is a step that can be done only once or twice a week to reduce irritation to skin. Exfoliation can be a bit harsh so it’s important to limit how much you’re exfoliating the skin on your face. Physical and chemical exfoliation help clean pores and slough off dead skin cells for visibly brighter, smoother skin. 



Much like cleansing, using a toner is important, especially if you have problem skin. There are a variety of toners on the market. A toner, sometimes referred to as an astringent, is a water-based liquid skin care product with a multitude of uses. Originally, the purpose of toners were to balance the skin’s pH level after cleansing. Since people used to wash their faces with extremely alkaline soap, using a slightly acidic toner was an important step in maintaining skin health. Nowadays, many good cleansers are pH balanced, but toners still hold benefits for your skin. A toner can help prepare your skin to absorb any products you put on after it. Toners are absorption enhancers, so anything applied after them penetrates the skin better. Toners also help to repair your skin’s barrier. 


An essence is a lightweight and concentrated blend of hydrating, anti-aging, and complexion-enhancing ingredients. An essence helps to hydrate and aids in cell turnover. 



Essence and emulsion may sound like the same thing, but they have a few striking differences. An emulsion is more closely related to moisturizers, except you’d use this before a moisturizer for best results. 


A serum much like an ampoule or essence is a treatment. These products help to target specific skin concerns such as acne, dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and more.  


The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on your face. Using an eye cream regularly is a great way to keep dark circles, puffiness, and crow’s feet at bay. Eye creams are concentrated with beneficial ingredients and formulated to be extra gentle and non-irritating. 


Moisturizers come in many forms such as a gel, cream, lotion, or emulsion. Moisturizers are used to seal in moisture and plump up skin to smooth fine lines. 

STEP 10 – SPF 

Sun protection is without a doubt one of the most crucial steps to the 10-step Korean skincare routine. You should always wear sunscreen, regardless of whether you will be in direct sunlight or not. Sunscreen is best used as the last step in your skincare routine so it can shield your skin without being diluted by other products. It is great to use a moisturizer with SPF or have SPF in the makeup you are using to skip this step! 0

We hope this guide has helped give you more insight into the Korean skincare and beauty routine. Cleansing with an oil based cleanser and then a foam or cream cleanser was something I only did after a day of wearing heavy full-face makeup. Now I realize how important this is to the health of my skin. I’ll be incorporating an eye cream into my regular skincare routine as well. How will you incorporate these k-beauty methods into your skincare routine?