Publication date August 18, 2023

A Guide to 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine For Glass Skin

The words glass skin may have recently emerged in the West, but for Koreans, it is like following their basic skincare standards. Having just clear skin is not enough. You need that dewy and glass-like skin for aging gracefully. The 10 step Korean skin care is worth all the hassle for the return it gives you on your skin. The secret behind younger-looking Korean women is their arduous skincare routine. Korean women cannot be compared to other women of the same age from different parts of the world because they would certainly stand out in the crowd.  

10 step korean skincare routine

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Do not get intimidated by the term glass skin, as many women think achieving glass skin is impossible. Well, we are talking about the OG glass skin trend that got popularized 2-3 years ago on Tiktok, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Having dewy, plump, and translucent-looking skin is said to not age faster as opposed to skin that is dry and unhydrated. Simply put, glass skin refers to plump, hydrated skin that looks full of moisture and almost reflects back like a glass or mirror. 

Let’s see what are this 10-step Korean skincare -

You can use K-skin care products that are now globally available, in case you find them expensive, then you can also use other local brands with similar kinds of ingredients and composition.

Oil cleanser 

Double cleansing has been a part of K-skincare for a long time. Adding an oil cleanser once a day to your skincare routine is a must if you are serious about following a Korean skin care regimen. Oil cleansers help break down stubborn makeup, SPF, and pollution. With oil cleansers, you won't need another makeup remover because they are designed to draw out the oil-based impurities in your skin.

Gentle water-based cleanser

The next step of the 10-step Korean skincare routine is to wash your face with a water-based cleanser to remove all the remaining dirt and sweat from the top layer of your facial skin. 


Using exfoliants on the skin removes the dead skin cells that accumulate over time. As a beginner, exfoliation is recommended only once a week. Use a gentle chemical exfoliator in place of physical exfoliators, which can damage the skin barrier. If you are a beginner, then be careful about the strength of the chemical exfoliator. Look for 10 percent or less peel strength. Exfoliators help in achieving even skin tone. Apply the peel and wash it off with water after 10 minutes. 

10 step korean skincare routine

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Since cleansing and exfoliating have left your skin a little out of hydration, you need to bring the ph level of your skin back to normal. Using a toner is a part of prepping your skin for adding the next layers of nourishment. It balances out the pH level of the skin and takes care of any open pores. It also removes any remaining residue of cleansers and exfoliators. 


Essence is one of the most important products to use in the 10-step Korean skincare routine. It gives the much-needed hydration boost for your skin and helps significantly in cell turnover. Just like its name suggests, it is indeed lightweight in consistency. 


No skincare routine is complete without treatments. Serums, boosters, and ampoules are the ultimate products used as treatments in Korean skincare. You can use anyone based on ingredients and the kind of treatment it provides. These products are packed with ingredients that target specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and acne marks. 

10 step skincare routine

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Sheet Masks

Another one of the products that Koreans don’t miss out on in their skincare routines. If you are looking for that quick hydration or plumped-up skin, your go-to should be a sheet mask more than anything. Sheet masks are soaked in nourishing serums that make your skin soft and supple. It also provides that meditative spa-like experience that makes the process of using sheet masks a joyous process. 

Eye Cream

Eye care is the most neglected part of any skincare regimen. After applying all the heavy eye makeup, you must consider applying a good eye cream that hydrates your delicate eye area skin. Eye creams are not just for the under-eye dark circles but are also for preventing dryness and aging signs such as wrinkles and crow's feet.


Moisturizers are vital skin care products to keep your skin barrier healthy. Applying moisturizer will lock in all the other layers making sure that your skin will prevent moisture loss from happening over the day. Luckily, several types of moisturizers are available for all types of skin. In case you have oily skin, dermatologists recommend using lotion or gel-based moisturizer. 

 Sun Protection

The last and most important step of any skin care regimen is to sludge your face with SPF. When it comes to SPF, less is more because all the skincare you do will go to waste if you don't protect your skin from the harsh UV rays. You don't have to worry about the white cast and pilling because SPF from Korean brands lives up to their hype by providing that thin and dewy consistency.  

Koreans also believe in internal hydration for young-looking and healthy skin. So, prioritize eating healthy and not just topical application of skin care products.

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