How to Do a Korean-Inspired 10-Step Skin-Care Routine
Your friend may swear by her quick, under-five-minute skin-care routine, but it’s safe to say that won’t cut it for your taste. You’d much rather a skin routine with 10 steps or more — a la Korean beauty. In addition to the essentials like cleansing, moisturizing and applying SPF, you’re also interested in the toners, serums, essences and ampoules. Below, we sharing the ultimate 10-step skin-care routine using our favorite Lancôme products. You’re going to want to bookmark this page..
STEP #1: DOUBLE CLEANSE YOUR CANVAS
Why cleanse just once when you can cleanse twice? Double cleansing — a Korean skin-care staple — involves washing your face with an oil-based cleanser first followed by a water-based cleanser. The result is a deeper, more thorough clean. The oil cleanser — applied to dry skin — helps to remove makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum and other oil-based impurities that may be lingering on your skin. For that step, try Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Purifying Cleansing Oil. After rinsing with lukewarm water, follow up with a water-based cleanser like Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. The formula boasts gentle micellar technology to help lift away dirt, sweat and impurities without needing to rinse.
STEP #2: SLOUGH AWAY DEAD SKIN CELLS
You’ll have a hard time achieving a glowy, radiant complexion with dead skin cells hanging out on the surface of your skin. Slough away dead surface cells with regular exfoliation, up to twice per week or as tolerated. Exfoliating helps remove unwanted dead skin cells that can clog pores and leave behind a dull looking appearance. For your face, try Lancôme Exfoliance Clarté, a gel-textured product. It’s formulated with ultra-fine exfoliating grains to help gently slough off dull skin layers and remove impurities. The result? Skin that feels clean and smooth to the touch.
STEP #3: TONE
Toner can help hydrate skin and remove any excess residue after double cleansing, as well as prep skin for the remaining steps. Soak a cotton pad with Lancôme Tonique Confort and sweep it across your face. Your skin will feel instantly soft and refreshed!
STEP #4: USE AN ESSENCE
Essences can flood the skin with intense hydration (which is never a bad thing!) so why not use them? After toning, press Lancôme Hydra Zen Beauty Essence onto your face and neck. The formula can help skin feel soothed and comfortable.
STEP #5: APPLY SERUM
Serums offer a high concentration of ingredients from vitamins to nutrients to help amplify the hydration benefits of your moisturizer, mattify skin, boost radiance, and more. They can be applied as a spot treatment to target specific concerns or all over the face. If anti-aging is what you’re after, look no further than one of Lancôme’s most popular serums: Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serums. The formula acts on 10 key signs of youth, including skin texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, clarity and skin tone.
STEP #6: MOISTURIZE FROM HEAD-TO-TOE
All skin needs daily hydration, regardless of whether it’s acne-prone or sensitive. To moisturize and protect at the same time, reach for a facial moisturizer or day cream with sunscreen, like Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream with grand rose extracts. After showering, reach for a rich body lotion like Lancôme Hydra Fraîchelle. With a nourishing formula of vitamin E, pro vitamin B5 and apricot kernel oil, it envelops skin in a veil of long-lasting hydration so if feels soft and smooth. For best results, apply it onto your skin while it’s slightly damp.
STEP #7: TREAT YOUR EYES
Because the eye contour is notoriously thin and delicate — and prone to signs of aging — it’s worth the extra time spent applying an anti-aging eye cream. Lancôme Rénergie Eye enhances hydration as it helps reduce the look of wrinkles, creepiness and under-eye sagging.
STEP #8: INCORPORATE A MASK WEEKLY
Depending on your skin type and concerns, a weekly face mask can be beneficial whether you’re looking to add some serious hydration or help cleanse pores. And there’s no shortage of formulas out there, from sheet masks to clay masks and beyond. If you’re itching for a sheet mask, go with Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask. The mask adheres to the contours of your face — similar to a second skin (hence the name!) — for an intensely hydrating, spa-like experience. Don’t forget to snap a scary-faced selfie while it’s on!
STEP #9: TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS
The delicate skin on your lips contains no oil glands, which makes the area more susceptible to uncomfortable dryness and flaking. The solution? Adding moisture. Keep a nourishing lip balm or conditioner — like Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm — in your purse, on your desk, in your car and on your nightstand for quick and easy access anywhere and everywhere. The formula combines vitamin E, beeswax, acacia honey and rosehip seed oil and helps to give lips hydration and make them feel smooth. Apply liberally to keep your pout looking uber-kissable all day long! If you notice a substantial amount of dead skin on the surface, exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub first.
STEP #10: SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN
The final step of any routine — long or short — should always be an application of broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher. The sun’s harmful UV rays are always at work, which means your skin must be protected year-round when outdoors or next to a window. During the daytime, you can reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF in it or apply a fast-absorbing facial sunscreen like Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+. The oil-free formula helps protect skin against premature signs of aging that exposure to UV rays may contribute to. And because it’s so lightweight, you can even wear it under your makeup!