Why Does Korean Beauty Involve 10 Steps?

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Korean beauty is all about traditional beauty secrets combined with technology. But why does it involve 10 steps?

Korean women are dedicated to their skincare routine

One thing to note, that many Korean women hold their age really well and remain beautiful well after many European gals start to show signs of aging. Women with Irish, Scottish and English heritage are especially prone to sun damage and pigmentation. Living in Australia is hard on delicate, fair skin. Those with natural blonde, red or mousy brown hair lose elasticity and gain age spots around about forty and onwards.

The Complete 10 Step Korean Beauty Routine: The Fundamentals

Step 1 Oil Cleanser

I discovered this through Doris at Ella Bache, DJ’s Warringah Mall. Doris is in her eighties and looks 60, and her secret was to use Ella Bache’s Floral Oil (originally it was the body oil I used but they have now made a face version) as a cleanser and wash off with a warm washer. She’s been doing it for years and it shows. I have also used Palmer’s Body Oil as a face cleanser. The way I see it is that it is on the face for so little time, we don’t need to spend a fortune. We just need an emollient product that we can use to emulsify the layer of makeup or excess sebum/oil from the night before. I swear by this form of cleanser.

Ella Bache Paris Huile aux fleurs floral oil 500ml $72
Ella Bache Paris Huile aux fleurs floral oil 500ml $72
SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil $95
SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil $95

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Step 2 – Foam Cleanser

The Korean routine uses this step at the end of the day to wash off all dirt, oil, makeup, and impurities. I like a few cleansers. The one I am using at the moment is a Laura Mercier Foaming Cleanser, and I use it in the shower. I also love the Jurlique Cleanser below and Doll Face Foaming Cleanser, also below.

Jurlique Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser $60
Jurlique Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser $60
Doll Face Invigorate Triple Action Facial Cleanser 240ml
Doll Face Invigorate Triple Action Facial Cleanser 240ml

Step 3 – Exfoliate

I see this as an essential step but some people prefer to skip it. I prefer exfoliators with very fine granules, to micro-exfoliate. Gone are the days of scratching away with ground up apricot seeds. Exfoliators can be chemical or physical. I use a combination of both. It keeps my pores clean and smoothes the surface.

Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Exfoliating Glowcolic
Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Exfoliating Glowcolic

show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=390406Step 4 – Toner

As above in the 8 tep program, toner prepares the skin for additional products. It also prevents dehydration and restores the skin pH balance. I love the L’Occitane Peony Toner and Aesop Toner.

L'Occitane Sublime Pivoine Perfecting Toner
L’Occitane Sublime Pivoine Perfecting Toner
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner 200ml
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner 200ml

show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=390406Step 5 – Essence

This is a targeted treatment that is really light and contains an active ingredient to target specific skin concerns.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 230ml - Sakura Edition $265
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 230ml – Sakura Edition $265

Step 6 – Serum

More concentrated than an essence, with a gel-like texture. These are designed to be part of a layered skincare routine.show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=390406show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=390406

Clarins Double Serum Extra-Firming Set $95
Clarins Double Serum Extra-Firming Set $95
Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Serum
Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Serum

Step 7 – Sheet Maskshow?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=390406

Sometimes a sheet mask will also replace the essence step. This is a product soaked paper or cellulose mask that is applied to the face a sheet and has eye, nose and lip holes.

Face Inc Cat Nap Sheet Mask - Brightening
Face Inc Cat Nap Sheet Mask – Brightening $10
Charlotte Tilbury Revolutionary Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Single Mask $22
Charlotte Tilbury Revolutionary Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Single Mask $22

Step 8 – Eye cream

show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=506853The first place to show ageing is the eyes, so applying the best eye cream you can afford is a necessity in my opinion. Cleansers I can scrimp on but eye cream is all about attive ingredients to feed and protect the delicate skin. 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue - Eye Cream - 15ml $65
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue – Eye Cream – 15ml $65

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Guerlain Replenishing Eye Cream $115
Guerlain Replenishing Eye Cream $115

Step 9 – Sleeping Mask

Make the most out of your beauty sleep with overnight masks.

bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask
bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

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Payot My Payot Sleeping Pack Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Mask 50ml $54.00
Payot My Payot Sleeping Pack Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Mask 50ml $54

show?id=0lsp0F9Hnlw&bids=400112Step 10 – Wear sunscreen

As above, protect your skin to stay youthful for longer. Tans are a sign of damaged skin so so fall into the trap of tanning. I cannot recommend Ella Bache sun products more highly. They are formulated here in Australia and made in Austral for the Australian conditions and lifestyle.

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 50ml $62
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 50ml $62
Ella Baché Great 50+ Sportsbloc 250mL
Ella Baché Great 50+ Sportsbloc 250mL $63.34
Ella Baché Great 50+ Facesaver
Ella Baché Great 50+ Facesaver

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