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Routine

You might have come across the Korean 10-steps routine while you were researching on Korean trends, Korean beauty secrets, etc. It probably have shocked you, and when you looked at the steps it probably confused you even more. But we think that once you get the idea behind all these steps, you will find it much more logic and thus more easier to apply it to your own routine. 

We've tried to decipher and simplify for you like this:

KOREAN 10 STEP ROUTINE

HARU DECODED

GOAL

1. Makeup remover

2. Water based cleanser

3. Exfoliator

1. Cleansing

To remove make up, sunscreen, dirt, blackheads and dead skin cells.

4. Toner

2. Preparing

Balances pH-level, double cleanses left-over dirt + face wash, moisturizes + prepares your skin for the steps to follow.

5. Eye cream

3. Eye care

Thinner than regular face creams, to target gentle areas around your eyes, reduces dark circles and wrinkles.

6. Essence/Serum

7. Ampoule

8. Sheet mask

4. Boost

High concentration products to target & treat different concerns such as acne, dehydration, dull, pigmentation, fine lines, etc.

9. Moisturizer

5. Moisturizing 

To seal in all the good stuff that you have just put on your face.

10. SPF, spot treatment, sleeping mask

6. Special care

- day
- night 

DAY - sun protection: Most effective step in the morning since it helps your skin to defense against all the harms from the sun 

NIGHT - spot treatment + sleeping packs: The cells in your body repairs themselves at night during your sleep, hence makes this the best moment to see maximum benefit of your (hydrating) products.


Here below you can find a few example routines. Of course it is posible that your routine if different from the examples, just experiment a little and have patience before you find your own routine that works for you.
Morning   Evening  
Simple
Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Hydrating toner
Step 3: Essence
Step 4: Emulsion or face oil
Step 5: Sun protection 


Medium
Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Hydrating toner
Step 3: Essence
Step 4: Serum
Step 4: Emulsion or face oil
Step 6: Sun protection 

Simpel
Step 1: Makeup remover
Step 2: Cleanser
Step 3: Hydrating toner
Step 4: Essence
Step 5: Emulsion or face oil


Medium
Step 1: Makeup remover
Step 2: Cleanser
Step 3: Hydrating toner
Step 4: Sheet mask
Step 5: Serum
Step 6: Emulsion or face oil
Step 7: Sleeping pack 
Advanced
normal / dry 
Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Low pH toner
Step 3: Vitamine C*
Step 4: Hydrating toner
Step 5: Essence
Step 6: Emulsion or face oil
Step 7: Moisturizing cream
Step 8: Sun protection 


Advanced
oily / combination

Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Low pH toner
Step 3: BHA serum*
Step 4: Vitamine C*
Step 5: Hydrating toner
Step 6: Essence
Step 7: Emulsion or face oil
Step 8: Sun protection



Advanced
normal / dry 

Step 1: Makeup remover
Step 2: Cleanser
Step 3: Low pH toner
Step 4: AHA or BHA serum*
Step 5: Hydrating toner
Step 6: Sheet mask
Step 7: Ampoule / serum
Step 8: Moisturizing cream
Step 9: Sleeping pack
Step 10: Spot treatment

Advanced
oily / combination

Step 1: Makeup remover
Step 2: Cleanser
Step 3: Low pH toner
Step 4: AHA or BHA serum*
Step 5: Hydrating toner
Step 6: Sheet mask
Step 7: Ampoule / serum
Step 8: Emulsion or face oil
Step 9: Sleeping pack
Step 10: Spot treatment

 

Important notes!

* Apply products in sequence of the lightest to heaviest. This way you will be ensured that the thinner layers of skin care products will be absorbed fully beneath the heavier, thicker layers.

* If a brand recommends a particular order of use for their products (although it might differ from the usual Korean routine), please follow the brand /line recommendation as it often have taken the texture and ingredients into account. -- After all, brands usually know what works best together with their products. 

* If you use pH products (such as toners, AHA, BHA or vitamin C serum), it is best to use these at the beginning of the routine. These work best in combination with a clean skin, without any other products. -- Allow the pH products absorb well into the skin before putting on other skin care products, this usually requires 10-15 minute waiting time for best results.

* Always end your morning routine with proper sun protection so that all your effort is not lost!