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30 Korean Skincare Products You Need To Try Immediately

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Koreans mean business when it comes to skin care, and their 10-step skin care routine is no exception. While 10 steps may sound excessive, good skin habits are taught from a very early age. At its core, the routine consists of cleansing, exfoliating, treating, intensely moisturizing, and slathering on lots of SPF. Though a lot of products are gentle enough for all skin types, some products are packed with ingredients that are more beneficial for certain skin types.

So to make things easier, the first product in each row below is targeted towards dry skin, the second for sensitive skin and the third for oily skin. GO GO GO!

Step 1: Remove makeup with an oil cleanser.

Gently rub off the day's makeup and prep your skin for the rest of your routine. Apply to dry skin, add lukewarm water to emulsify and rinse off, easy-peasy. Give your face a nice, quick massage to boost blood circulation.

Buy DHC Deep Cleansing Oil here.

Buy Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity here.

Buy The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil here.

Step 2: Follow up with a water-based cleanser.

The second step of the coveted 'double cleanse.' Gets rid of residue makeup, sweat and grime. Lather, massage into skin, and rinse thoroughly!

Buy Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser here.

Buy SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick here.

Buy Goodal Phytowash Mate Cleansing Foam here.

Step 3: Use an exfoliator 1 to 2 times a week.

Scrub, scrub, scrub away those dead skin cells! Focus on your nose (grr, blackheads) and visible pores on your cheeks. Be patient with results - your skin might get *a little* worse before it gets better, so don't freak out!

Buy Skin Food Black Sugar Mask here.

Buy RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb here.

Buy CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid here.

Step 4: Use a toner with your hands or a cotton pad.

An often overlooked step, toning is crucial for rebalancing your skin pH levels after thorough cleansing. Oftentimes Korean toners are called “refreshers” because they’re usually less harsh and drying than their American counterparts.

Buy MISSHA Time Revolution Clear Toner here.

Buy Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner here.

Buy Be the Skin Botanical Pore Toner here.


Step 5: Pat some essence into your skin.

Korean women consider the essence to be the most important step of their skin care routine. Essence is essential, ya know? It gives a major boost of hydration to the skin and also optimizes skin cell turnover.

Buy MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence here.

Buy Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence here.

Buy LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence here.

Step 6: Apply a serum.

Serums, which are also called Ampoules or Boosters, are basically essences on steroids. They have a thicker consistency than essences and are usually used as spot treatments for very specific skin problems, like fading dark spots, acne scars and smoothing fine lines.

Buy RE:P Nutrinature Ultra Moist Gel here.

Buy MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule here.

Buy Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum here.

Step 7: Put on a sheet mask 2 to 3 times a week (depending on how dry your skin feels).

Kick back, relax and apply a sheet mask for 20 to 30 mins to deliver intense hydration to your skin. Catch up on New Girl or read that book you've been meaning to start...or you know, just browse Tumblr.

Buy Manefit Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask here.

Buy Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask here.

Buy Tony Moly Clear Skin Rice Face Mask Sheet here.

Step 8: Apply a bit of eye cream around your peepers.

Because the skin around our eyes is the thinnest, all the tugging and rubbing (thanks, waterproof eyeliner) we subject them to means dark circles, puffiness and crow's feet might appear faster without regular treatment. Use an eye cream every day to help keep those issues at bay. Very gently tap and pat eye cream around the entire orbital bone with your ring finger and don't get too close to your waterlines to avoid irritation.

Buy Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Eye Concentrate here.

Buy Skin Food Royal Honey Eye Cream here.

Buy Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream here.

Step 9: Apply a moisturizer or sleeping pack.

Hydration, hydration, and MORE HYDRATION! Because creams and sleeping packs probably have the thickest formulas, you'll want to slap them onto your face as your very last step before wandering off to dream land.

Buy Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack here.

Buy MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream here.

Buy RE:P Nutrinature Ultra All-Night Moisture and Relief Mask here.

Step 10: Smear lots of SPF across your face & neck.

PUT ON SUNSCREEN EVERY MORNING, rain, shine or all other types of weather. Don't wait until you see wrinkles or other problems! Try to aim for at least a SPF of 30 and reapply every few hours as necessary, especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors. BTW, PA+++ means high UVA protection (++ = moderate and + = low). Makeup with built-in sunscreen can come in super handy for this step (I recommend cushion compacts like this one by IOPE).

Buy MISSHA All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk here.

Buy Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen here.

Buy Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock here.

Or, if you'd rather buy a whole 10-step set at once, these ones from Soko Glam are great - for dry skin, combination skin, and oily skin. 👏


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