Nobody does skincare like the Asians.

No wonder their skin looks so eternally youthful and always oh so glowing. Koreans especially have taken the beauty industry by a raging storm over the last few years and rightfully so. Their products are innovative and have somehow used almost every ingredient under the sun to make us more beautiful.

Their skincare routine is dauntingly long but so worth it in the long run. It’s a part of their culture and not just a way to fixing stuff only when it’s damaged like what we do it here in the West. That is one of the reasons why we are adapting the 11 step Korean Skincare routine from today and you should too. Here is what you need to apply and in what order to get on board the ever popular Korean skincare routine:


Cleansing isn’t just washing your face off with a cleanser. The Korean way to do it is in three steps: first, remove your eye makeup, especially if you are wearing waterproof makeup, with a gentle remover like Siia Cosmetics’ Remove the Evidence Makeup Remover.

Next, remove your makeup and/or SPF by massaging a greasy, oil-based balm or cleansing oil. Our favorite option is the SoloVegan You Make Me Melt Cleansing Balm. Remove the balm or oil with a dampened washcloth to remove all traces of makeup and impurities.

Follow this makeup removing cleanse with another cleanse. While the first two cleanses work to remove makeup and grime off your face, the last cleanse essentially provides nourishment to your skin directly. Choose a nourishing face wash like Energy Face Wash by BAD ACE for this step to offer your skin a lot more than just a basic cleanse.


Exfoliation helps slough off dead cells from the outermost layer of the skin to reveal fresh, new skin cells resulting in a gorgeous glow. So if your skin is feeling particularly dry, sallow and dull, remember your first step towards recovery should be exfoliation.

Do not use harsh scrubs to exfoliate your skin. It will create micro tears on your skin and do more damage than good in the long run. Use an exfoliant like Wheat-y Polish Enzyme Powder Wash with FerMi Meal, which contains Korean traditional wheat and Korean rice powderto help dissolve the excess surface cells.

Acid Tone

The once believed to be unnecessary toner stage has now been converted to the essential acid toning stage to lower the pH of the skin and chemically exfoliate the skin. You can use either AHAs like Glycolic acids and Lactic acids or BHAs like Salicylic acids or both.

Skin 1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner is enriched with PHA and an excellent option since it helps soothe, hydrate and energize skin at the same time.


The idea behind this step is to think of the skin like a sponge. To be able to better absorb the next steps products, the skin will need to be dampened and hydrated. Products that offer hydration are the best for this stage.

A product like Artemisia Balance Essence Mist by VELY VELY will do wonders to moisturize your skin instantly. Avoid products with alcohol in them at this step.


This step essentially begins the treatment part of the Korean skincare.

Any essence that will help the skin at cellular level like speeding up cell turnover is recommended at this step. T’else Kombucha Teatox Essence claims to help improve skin complexion within 60 days for a fresher, younger-looking appearance by enhancing skin’s natural cell renewal process.

Water Based Serums

The next step is to treat the skin for targeted concerns like aging, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and enlarged pores. The idea is to start with a fluid serum and follow up with serums thicker in consistency.

This means that the sixth step involves the use of water based serums like SoloVegan Glow & Dew You Brightening Serum, which help address specific skin issues from fine lines, wrinkles, to uneven pigmentation. Additionally, it helps smooth out the appearance of fine lines and a rough texture by attracting and retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the air.

Oil Based Serums

Follow up with oil based serums or a facial oil to further address your skin care issues. A couple of drops of a facial oil like RADIPAIR FM04 All-in-One Serum to help provide immediate and long lasting hydration and improved skin elasticity and you are good to go.

Sheet Masks

Finally, the Korean’s most favorite step of the skincare routine: sheet masks.

Sheet masks are super fun to use and deliver amazing skin care ingredients with minimal mess. A sheet mask like Amazonian Acai Revitalizing Mask 6 Hydeogel Sheet Mask by Leaders is perfect for the job since it does not need washing off.

For a glowing you, cleanse your face first. Pop open the mask pouch, peel off one side of the film, and gently lay it on your face, pressing it to fit. Relax for 20-25 minutes while the mask works its magic. After removal, massage any remaining serum into your face and neck for an extra dose of pampering – no rinsing required!

Eye Cream

Nearing the end of the skincare routine, you need to work around the sensitive areas around the eyes to help combat fine lines and wrinkles all the while treating dark circles and puffiness.

A cream like Vinosome Absolute Eye Serum with Phytotherasome Grape & Caffeine by When is perfect for this step since it does it all including repairing prematurely aging skin and smoothing dehydration lines, maintaining your skins elasticity and restoring suppleness and protecting skin against free radicals.


Acting as a seal for all that you have applied to your skin, moisturizer is the second last step of the routine. A moisturizer like CARONBIO C3 Moisture Calming Cream acts as a sealant for all the products that you have just so painstakingly applied while providing a gorgeous glow and continuing hydration too.

Night Cream OR Sleeping Mask OR Sunscreen

Depending on the time of the day, the last step varies from applying a night cream to applying sunscreen.

If you’re just starting your day, your skincare routine must include ingredients that provide protection against UVA & UVB rays and heal your skin through the process. One such product that we swear by is the Prickly-Pear Rescue Magic Solution with Botagen Opuntia by When.

If you are about to hit the pillow, end the routine with either a night time moisturizer – which is essentially more heavier than the previous step moisturizer or your day time moisturizer – or a sleeping mask. Wonder Family Premium Face Serum for Glowing Skin is a good option as a night moisturizer with its long list of beneficial ingredients like anti-aging peptides, vitamins and acids.

You can also swap the step 10 moisturizer with a night time cream and do a sleeping mask as a last step.

Phew! That was a long one but your skin will thank you when you hit 40 for all your hard work you are about to do today!

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I thought this article was going to be about Korean products they use.

  2. We are looking for adding Korean brands. Do you have an recommendation?

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