Looking to learn more about this extensive Korean skincare routine? Here’s all you need to know about the step-by-step process…
It’s no surprise that the sheer number of products can be daunting (wait, a serum and an essence are different things?) but with Hong Kong’s weather being all over the place, my skin has been acting up in ways that I’ve never had to deal with before – dry patches, random zits, uneven tone and the likes. Realising my normal routine of face wash, eye cream and moisturiser wasn’t cutting it, I turned to the internet’s worst kept secret: the 10 step Korean skincare routine. I buckled down, took a hard look at my existing products to figure out what else I needed, and dove right in. Popularised in the United States by aesthetician Charlotte Cho, founder of Soko Glam, the routine does feature ten different products, but Cho ensures that “it’s a misconception that you’re supposed to be doing all 10 steps every single day”, meaning that you can customise the routine to suit your particular needs. Despite having this “opt out”, I somehow managed to end up with a 7-10 step routine everyday anyway. Go big or go home?
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So here’s what I learned in this process: will I be doing a 10 step skincare process every night for the rest of my life? Realistically, no. On nights when I got back home late from events or plans with friends, it was difficult to force myself to get through all of the steps, especially if my skin didn’t feel very dry or in need of some TLC. I do think that I’ll be incorporating some of these products (like the serum) into my daily routine because at the end of the week, my face looked a lot more even-toned and bright than it did at the beginning of the week. It was also great to take out 20-30 minutes a day for some self-care. Checking out (and checking in) and getting some mental space whilst taking care of your skin is a great habit.
Whilst it’s easy to get bogged down in the myriad of products available on the market, shop your collection first and use what you have. It’s important to only supplement things you really need. Just because you’re taking on a new routine, you don’t have to substitute out the face wash that you have in your bathroom for something shiny and new – at the end of the day, you know your skin best, so do what it tells you to do and don’t go overboard. Start small, and you’ll see the changes slowly but surely!
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Now, let’s really get into the thick of things with what each step actually is, and how I felt about them…
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