The 10-step Korean skincare routine is a beauty life changer but not everyone is a fan of this long and time consuming routine. At the end of a busy day, most of us working girls just want to wash our faces and hit the sack. Also, for those who are still new and dipping their toes to this routine, start off with the basics before expanding it to complete these 10 steps or even more.

As for me, I recently shared my acne story and told you that I stopped using everything in my skincare routine. I’m still slowly adding and reintroducing products to my skincare regimen, careful enough to prevent break outs and not to worsen my already broken out skin (though it has somehow cleared already). My only getaway now are the basics and here they are + the products I’m currently using:

Oil based cleanser and water based cleanser
These consist double cleansing. These ensures that your skin is squeaky clean from all those dirt and impurities. The oil based cleanser removes makeup and doesn’t leave any trace of it, not even your waterproof mascara. The water based cleanser helps remove the residue of your oil cleanse and the remaining impurities. I use Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero in Purity which is definitely a fave of mine & Tony Moly Naturalth Goat Milk Cream Foam Cleanser.

Exfoliator
Exfoliating is very important in sloughing off the dead skin on your face. Exfoliate your skin atleast 2-3x per week. This is usually done after cleansing. Gently massage your face with your preferred exfoliator for a baby smooth and soft skin after. I swear by Skin Food’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off.

Refresher
Toning is helpful in prepping your skin before applying other products and treatments for better absorption. It also helps adjust and balance your skin’s pH level. This can somehow moisturize or hydrate your skin too. I’m loving this Innisfree Aloe Vera Revital Skin Mist.

Moisturizer
Moisturizing is a vital step in your routine. It protects your skin while also moisturizing it. This keeps your skin hydrated. I usually alternate my moisturizing cream with an Aloe Vera gel to soothe my skin, especially for days spent outside with the sun’s scorching heat. I’ve been using this Innisfree The Minimum Moist Cream which is perfect for my sensitive skin & alternate with The Face Shop’s Jeju Aloe 99% Fresh Soothing Gel.

SPF
Sun protection is a crucial step in your daily skincare routine. This shields your skin from the harmful UV rays. The sun’s UV rays can cause premature aging, fine lines, spots and even wrinkles. Even when you go out just to grab a cup of coffee, make sure to apply a suncream! I’m loving this Skin Food Aloe Waterproof Sun.

This is just the basics and I’d still prefer to follow the complete Korean skincare routine, given the right products. I'll soon make a post about my complete skincare routine soon. Also, your skincare regimen can change anytime. It would always depend on the needs of your skin at the moment. Products would always vary from your own preference, skin type, skin concern and even the season. Remember, it’s not just a routine, it’s a lifestyle!

Published by Honey Frauline