Is the 10-step Korean skincare routine worth your time? We’ve tested it out and here’s what we think

Of all skincare routines, the one that has been the most talked about is probably the 10-Step Korean skincare routine that is touted to be the routine that guarantees you glowing, supple skin.

But a 10-step routine sounds like a lot of work – is it really good and worth your effort?

My editor tasked me with the mission of finding out, and I spent the next seven days going through every step of the Korean 10-step routine faithfully to tell you how it’s like. Read on to see how it fared!

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What is the Korean 10-step skincare routine?

You will need:

  1. Oil cleanser
  2. Water-based cleanser to double cleanse
  3. Exfoliation
  4. Toners
  5. Essence
  6. Serums or boosters or ampoules
  7. Sheet masks
  8. Eye cream
  9. Moisturiser
  10. Sun protection

You don’t necessarily have to use Korean products to do the routine.

Instructions:

  1. Cleanse your face with an oil cleanser to get rid of any oily residue on your face
  2. Using a water-based cleanser, gently massage your face with your middle and ring finger to get rid of any other impurities
  3. Exfoliate your skin and remove all dead skin cells
    DV Tip: if you’ve got sensitive skin, try using your ring finger and minimal pressure to exfoliate
  4. Prep your skin with a toner
  5. Apply essence for more hydration
  6. Use a serum based on your skin concerns – it could be for brightening, hydration or anti-ageing
  7. Carefully lay a sheet mask over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes
  8. Gently massage eye cream around eyes using your ring finger
  9. Lock in your skin’s moisture with a moisturiser
  10. Protect your skin from UV rays with sunscreen

Total time needed: around 23 minutes

Click on the arrow to go to the next page to see whether it worked for me.

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Today's Beauty Tip

To pick the right foundation colour for yourself, try it along your jawline, instead of at the back of your hand. The right foundation should blend seamlessly into your skin tone.