K-Beauty Week: Korean Skincare Routine

When looking through YouTube a few weeks ago, I came across the many-stepped Korean skincare routine, some with as many as ten steps.  I was immediately hooked, especially after seeing the amazing results and realising that I already had many of the products on-hand.  I decided to do the routine every morning and night for two weeks, and now I am here to share the results.

My skin before starting the routine

Before staring the Korean skincare routine, I often experienced red areas and oiliness due to my combination skin.  I also had many scars from struggles with cystic acne in recent years.  I reached for/ordered the products and started the routine.

Oil Cleanser

1 The first step is to use an oil cleaner.  I was already using the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (£23) to remove my makeup and loved it.  An oil cleanser melts away makeup and grime, and is then washed off with warm water.  This product works brilliantly and I would recommend it.


Foaming Cleanser

2The next step is to use a foaming cleanser.  This double cleansing method is the key to the Korean skincare routine, as it removes much more grime and excess oil than just one method.  I picked up the Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser (Usually £4.94, now £2.47) from Boots and was immediately impressed with it.  It’s gentle on the skin and does not strip it, but it also cleanses wonderfully.



This step does not need to be completed every morning and night, just once or twice a week maximum.  Exfoliation is imperative to remove dead skin cells and to keep it soft and smooth.  I use the Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator (£12).  While this exfoliator is not suitable for sensitive skin, it is not severe.  It removes dead skin cells, but does not damage or irritate it.



This step will be unfamiliar for those outside of Korea, but it is one that makes a huge difference to skin.  Essence is more moisturising and has more active ingredients than a toner, but it is thinner and more watery than a serum.  I picked up the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (£30.89).  This is a pricey product, but works an absolute treat.  If anything, this has made the most difference to my skin.



Serum is a product which is lighter than a moisturiser, but works in a similar way.  I picked up the Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum (was £15, since unavailable on Amazon) I found that my skin was developing dry patches, despite using my moisturiser every morning and night, but since using this my skin has improved.  This is a product that I would highly recommend.



Moisturising is a step that I’m sure everyone will be more familiar with.  This step keeps skin hydrated so it does not go dry.  I personally use the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser (£19.50).  This is a wonderful moisturiser as it is specifically engineered for combination/oily skin, and therefore has a texture which is more akin to a lotion than a cream.  I would recommend this if you struggle with oily skin.

Eye Cream


This is a step which is often neglected by many, especially young women, but it is an important one.  This moisturises skin around the eyes and helps to prevent/combat wrinkles.  I use the Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream (£35).  It may be a little pricey, but it definitely works.  My eyes are much brighter and moisturised since using it.  If you can afford it, I would definitely recommend it.

An additional step that is important in summer is sun cream, so make sure to use your favourite before going out in the sun.

My skin after
Faded acne scarring

Since starting this Korean skincare routine two weeks ago, my skin has improved considerably.  It is generally brighter, and my acne scars have become less visible through the brightening element of the essence.  Moreover, when I have developed blemishes they have cleared up much quicker than usual.  In the few days since the two weeks ended, I have continued to do this routine and can see myself doing so for the considerable future.

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