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How To Ace The 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine

It's easy as 1 to 10

Beauty trends come and go but the 10-step Korean skincare routine has been a staple ever since its rise in global popularity during the mid 2010s. Ladies all over the world have become curious to try this very elaborate and tedious skincare routine — including me. Until recently, I never tried to do the complete 10 steps. It was always just the shortened version of it (about only five steps — double cleansing, toner, moisturiser, and targeted serums). But recently, I was curious what would happen if I completed the whole ten steps? Would my skin be smoother and clearer? Would I Iook like Lee Sung-kyung? (Haha)

Trying The Complete Skincare Routine

So one day I decided to try it, I went and purchased essence, masks, eye cream — the whole entourage (I know you know these steps by heart). Then that day, before going to sleep, I slathered my skin with layers and layers of skincare. When I finished the process, it felt heavy on my skin and there was even a moment where my skin felt suffocated by all those creams and serums. But with the promise of having beautiful skin the morning after, I just ignored it and went to sleep. 

The Morning After 

Imagine my horror when I woke up the next day to find these little, hard white bumps on my face. I immediately went straight to my laptop and Googled what it was, and I'm almost certain that it was milia. Milia are keratin-filled bumps on the skin caused by clogging of the pores. I found out that the best way to get rid of this was to do exfoliation diligently for the next few days. If you're wondering what caused it, my best guess was because my skin got 'shocked' but the influx of skincare that was applied. So in the next points, I'll be talking about things that we should do to get optimal results (and to not get milia) from the 10-step Korean skincare routine. 

Don't Skip Exfoliation

So it turns out, I got so caught up with putting skincare into my skin that I forgot to do a crucial step — exfoliation. It's very important to get rid of the dead skin cells on the layer of our skin to create a clean canvass for the next steps. Doing this step will save you the trouble of having clogged pores. And the next products that you'll apply will be absorbed more effectively. However, don't exfoliate excessively. Two or three times a week is enough.

Do It One Step At A Time

This pertains to two things. The first is to not do the whole 10 steps if you're doing this skincare process for the first time. The best way is to start first with the basics (double cleansing, toning and moisturising) then gradually add another step in the next days until you've already completed the whole routine. This allows your skin to get used to the amount of skincare slowly. Another reason to do this is so that if you have an adverse reaction the next day, you can quickly identify which product caused it. 

The second is to apply each product with a waiting period of five to 10 minutes depending on the density of the products that you're using. Slathering all the products quickly onto the skin will prevent the absorption of some products, especially the serums, which can be blocked by other products with larger molecules (like hyaluronic acid). Doing it one step at a time will also lower your chances of getting milia.

Be Consistent 

Always make time for your skincare routine. The beginning is always easy but there will be times when we'll be too lazy or too busy to do the 10 steps. Just remember that results only show after consistent effort. Make your skincare routine an experience, not just another thing to accomplish. Play some music or do it while watching your favourite show. If habits are hard to break, then let's cultivate good ones.

P.S. Just in case you're wondering what happened to my milia outbreak. Thankfully, I did get rid of it after a few days. Exfoliation really is key, ladies!

(Cover photo from: JeanKuah)

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