Hello, everyone! I’ve decided to start a new series called Skincare Stories that focuses around…you guessed it, skincare! Skincare can be quite daunting for a lot of people; everyone has a different skin types which respond differently to products, and everyone struggles with different skin issues, too. Sometimes, it’s really hard to figure out what each ingredient does, what type of products your skin needs, and what ingredients actually work, versus products that are just a gimmick or fad!
I’m no expert when it comes to skincare, but taking care of my skin is something that I do enjoy. I thought that starting a series all about it would really help to get some things cleared up (even for myself!) and to get some discussion going!
Some people might think that we buy all of these lotions and potions because we’re vain, and that skincare is a gimmick. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, AND it’s also the most visible. We take care of our hearts by going to the gym, and we take care of our livers by not binge-drinking. Why shouldn’t we be doing our best to take care of our skin by providing it with the ingredients it needs to keep it happy? Good skincare also doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, either. There is perfectly affordable skincare out there that works just as well, too!
Today’s post is all about the 10-step skincare routine. My friend recently asked me if I follow the 10-step skincare routine, and I told her that I actually don’t. If you haven’t heard of the the 10-step skincare routine, it comes from Korea and like all Korean beauty products, it has really taken off the last few years. Some steps are the same as the Western skincare regime, while some steps are new. The 10 steps are as follows:
1. Double cleansing
This includes using a cleansing oil or balm to break down all of your makeup and other surface grime from the day, and then following it with a cleanser to completely wash off the cleansing oil and makeup.
The idea of an exfoliator is that it helps to shed your dead skin faster, leaving behind the “new”, fresh skin underneath. There are two types of exfoliators: chemical and physical.
After oil cleansing and washing for your face with cleanser, toner helps to restore your pH balance, and preps and softens your skin for the products that will go on your face after toner. Some people also use it to take off any residual makeup that wasn’t removed during the cleansing process.
Essences are new to the Western skincare scene, therefore they can be a bit confusing to those of us who are not well-versed in Korean skincare. Toner actually consists of a lot of water, but essence is the first step of our skincare that preps the skin for moisturizer, and is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. In terms of consistency, essence is thicker than toner and not quite as watery.
This step is not new to us! Serums are different in essence in that they have a higher concentration of active ingredients and will usually target a specific skin concern, whether that be acne, brightening, and fine lines.
6. Sheet Masks
I bet a lot of us have used sheet masks before! These are fiber masks (but now also come in different materials as well) soaked in serums. You lay these on your face for about 15 minutes while relaxing, and come out of it with plump, soft skin! Sheet masks target different issues, such as brightening, hydrating, and firming.
7. Eye Cream
This one is pretty self-explanatory; eye creams keep the eye area moisturized, helps to decrease puffiness, and diminish the look of wrinkles. There has always been some debate as to whether we need a separate cream for the eyes, but I’ll leave that one up to you!
Every skin type needs a moisturizer, whether you have oily or dry skin. Moisturizer not only helps to, well, moisturize your skin, but it also helps to lock in all of the other nutrients from the previous products you have applied.
Okay, everyone knows what sunscreen is, too. Everybody also knows that we should be wearing SPF on a daily basis, but I’m willing to guess a lot of us don’t! In the past, sunscreens have always been sticky and give you a white cast, but those are sunscreens of days past. These days, sunscreens can be thin and comfortable enough to wear every day. Similar to exfoliators, SPFs can be physical or chemical.
10. Sleeping Masks
I didn’t know until recently that sleeping masks are also from the Korean beauty routine, even though I’v been using them for years! Sleeping masks help to seal in all the good stuff you have applied so that it can soak in overnight. Most people think that sleeping masks are only for hydration, but there are also sleeping masks that target other issues for oily and mature skin types as well!
Honestly, Asian skincare can be a little confusing and I still get toners, essences, and serums a bit confused! Later on in my skincare series, I will be going through all of these skincare steps one by one.
Do I think everyone needs to do the 10-step skincare routine to have good skin? Absolutely not! While I think that there are steps that all skin types should be doing (SPF!!), everyone’s skin is different, and therefore requires different routines and steps. I’ve heard some people say they live by the 10-step routine, whereas other people call it “exhausting”. If it’s always worked for you, then nu all means continue on, but if you’re used to only having a very slim skincare routine and it works for you, that’s fine too. To be honest, I find skincare to be relaxing and a nice way to wind down, but I recognize that not everybody has the time to do it. My 6-8 step skincare routine takes less than 10 minutes, and I don’t feel like a 10-step skincare routine wouldn’t take too much time out of my day, but I recognize that some people only want their routine to take a minute or two!
Do you follow the 10 step skincare routine? Let me know if there’s anything in particular relating to skincare that you would like to see next!