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You have probably heard of 5, 8 or 10 step of the Korean skincare routine. I feel as if there are many misconceptions about this routine. The Korean skincare routine doesn’t fundamentally include precisely 10 steps to follow one by one. The Korean skincare routine involves various stages that are optional per person based on your specific needs. Each person will probably have to do at least 4-5 steps because the skincare method is designed to correct your skin conditions through and nourishing layers, and achieving results that are permanent versus many of the temporary fixes that many cosmetic products offer. I will explain a 5 step Korean skincare routine for dry/ sensitive and oily/acne prone skin.

Step 1: Cleansing

For a person with dry or sensitive skin, a non-fragrance milk cleanser a creamy, nourishing cleanser because it eliminates dirt and dead skin cells without further stripping moisture. It is especially important to use non-fragranced products for sensitive skin as the perfume could further irritate the skin. Try to steer completely clear of foaming cleansers because they contain detergent in them that remove oil from the skin which is pretty bad for dry skin.

Many people with oily skin typically have acne as well. Therefore, a cleanser that shrinks pores and diminishes blackheads and pimples is highly recommended.

Step 2: Mask and Massaging

A facial massage improves blood circulation and has ingredients to help enhance the flexibility of your skin. This step does not need to be done every day for the dry and sensitive skin. It can be completed 2-3 times a week.

A hydrating gel mask is recommended for dry and sensitive because it includes hydration and soothing agents that will not dry or tighten the skin. Massage your skin gently to stimulate the oil glands.

For oily and acne skin, a mask containing clay coating and antibacterial agents is best because they will dry and absorb excess oils as well as remove dead surface cells. If the skin is oily and sensitive, use a gel mask designed for acne. Do not massage oil/acne prone skin because massage helps to stimulate sebaceous glands which are not at all helpful for oily skin.

Step 3: Toning

Toners are great because they eliminate dead skin cells and debris from cleansers and aid to restore the skin’s pH levels. Choose a toner that is suitable for your skin type. Toner is also highly recommended because it further helps to absorb the next product you apply following this step.

A toner should be alcohol-free and non-fragranced and should have a soothing agent such as green tea extract or aloe for sensitive or dry/ sensitive skin.

More drying toners are suitable for oilier skin.

Step 4: Moisturizing

Serums are very light, liquid concentrated treatments that help to correct skin problems. They penetrate the skin much more profoundly and hydrate it better than conventional moisturizers. Choose an antioxidant or soothing serum with green tea or grapeseed extract for dry and sensitive skin.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Choose sunscreens with physical screening agents such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. For sensitive skin, the sunscreen may include soothing ingredients such as green tea bisabolol or aloe Canadensis. 

Have you tried the Korean skin care routine and has it worked for you?


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