K-Beauty Routine: How To Layer Skincare Products in The Correct Order

K-Beauty Routine: How To Layer Skincare Products in The Correct Order
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

You’re here because chances are, you use more than one facial product in your skincare routine. However, are you using them correctly in the correct order?  Most likely not!

Why the need for routine?

Everyday without you realising, your skin faces challenges like, pollution, sunlight, abrasion and detergents which can weaken and thin the structure of your skin. Due to that, there are various ways of maintaining and forming a daily skincare routine which could have multiple benefits.

Also, you want to make sure that your skin is getting the full benefit of each product. Imagine spending a lot on few products yet not effectively benefitting from it. Therefore, it’s important to consider which products goes together, before or after.

Good skincare is not cheap, so you might want to get the most out of it!

Korean Skincare

The guide will show you the most heard of and well-known Korean beauty routine also known as K-beauty routine. The beauty trend for Korean skincare is focus on achieving ‘glass skin’ which means the skin has a healthy glow and it’s all about treating your skin well.

The Korean skincare routine is about respecting your skin as well as hydrating, nourishing and protecting so the skin can thrive healthily. I promise you, the result speaks for itself.

The routine is not about strictly following it but tailoring it to your skin’s needs, the type, the environment as well as truly improving the skin from within through multilayer yet gentle routine.

Majority of people start their routine with the easy 10 steps and after some time, adjusting or reducing the steps depending on their skin’s condition and reaction.

That being said, let’s get started.


Step 1: Oil-based cleanser

Koreans are well-known for their double-cleansing routine because cleansing once is never enough to get all that make-up, dirt, SPF and excess oil. Oil-based cleansers will effectively melt of your makeup (yes, even the waterproof ones). When you start off with oil-cleansers, in time you would see a big difference as skin begins to thrive when it’s not being weigh down by impurities.

Unsure of where to start with oil-based cleansers? You can try Senka Perfect Watery Oil. The high cleansing makeup remover gently dissolves waterproof and heavy makeup and impurities embedded in the pores, while protecting the moisture level.

Step 2: Foaming Cleanser

Following up, you can use a foaming cleanser which helps to ensure that any remaining residue is fully removed so that you can finally have a clean canvas to start your skincare.

As our facial skin is naturally in the low-pH level (acidic) it’s best to use low-pH cleansers as they are very gentle and less likely to disrupt your skin.

Senka Perfect Whip is best for all skin types. The No.1 Facial Cleanser in Japan cleanses the skin with rich and intense dense foam and leaves skin moisturised and refreshed, without stripping off the natural moisture. 

Step 3: Exfoliate

Once all the impurities in the skin are gone, its time to start exfoliating! When it comes to exfoliation, it depends on the product on how often you might want to exfoliate. Daily or few times in a week. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells which will make more room and prepare your skin for regenerate.

As you grow older, so does your skin. Not removing any dead skin cells this can cause skin problems such as potential break out, flacking and blocking the skin to absorb products. 

Easily available at local pharmacies, St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, cleans deeply into your pore but leaving you with fresh skin. Herbivore Pink Clay and The Body Shop Tea Tree Sqaueky-Clean Scrub are options for organic exfoliates.

Step 4: Toner

For better absorption of skincare products, the toner helps to clean and balance your skin’s pH level. It’s vital to balance the skin’s pH level for healthier skin as well as hydrating it. Basically, damping onto cotton sheets or just sprinkle some and dab it onto the face. Some people prefer on cotton sheets as this helps to remove residual dirt and grime.

Boost skin hydration with THEFACESHOP DR.BELMEUR DAILY REPAIR TONER is a must for your skin.

Step 5: Essence

Essence is the heart of the Korean skincare regimen as it targets the skin on a cellular level as it contains essential nutrients and vitamins. Specifically targets wrinkles, fine lines, dull and uneven skin tones. You might not realise but Korean essences contain an active ingredient that optimises your skin’s natural cell turnover rate.

One of the most raved essence is ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Blending Deep Essence, the lightweight product penetrates easily and quickly into the skin, leaving it smooth, soft and supple. If you’re looking for an anti-aging essence, try L’ORÉAL Paris Youth Code Skin Activating Ferment Pre-Essence. The essence helps to enhance the renewing ability of skin, strengthens skin barriers and improves skin quality. Day after day, you will realise that your skin texture is improved and refined.

Step 6: Treatment

At this step, it’s all about your personal preference and the need to make the best out of this skincare routine. Treatment requires you to choose the ingredients that is best suited for you, whether you are looking into calming breakouts, adjusting hyper-pigmentation, youthful boost, reducing wrinkle lines etc. But remember, apply from thinnest texture to thickest texture.

Try YEONHEE™ Intensive Brightening Ampoule for evening and brightening uneven skin tone, it also helps to moisturise your skin.

Step 7: Sheet Mask

Even if you haven’t been to Korea, you should know sheet masks are available everywhere at every corner of the country. You can be creative here, there are just too many sheet masks for you to go for, but it’s recommended to get something that is effective for your skin. Let them take your beauty solutions to the next level.

Many Korean beauty brands carry a wide range of sheet masks of different efficacies such as moisturising, brightening, repairing and more! Here are some of the masks that you can try: PIME Remade Mask (good for whitening and reducing skin irritation), Clelit Milky Flower Mask Pack (brightens the skin) and Cre8skin It's Real Color Hydro-Gel Mask-Cucumber (moisturises dry skin).

Sheet 8: Eye-cream

The skin around your eyes are the most delicate area on your face. Reason why fine lines and wrinkles form it’s because moisture loss happens there the fastest. Therefore, using an eye-cream regularly (but not too much) will keep it hydrated and protected. Always tap lightly or roll on during application, never rub with your finger!

Ellelhotse Horse Oil Eye Serum is a lightweight serum which contains nutritious horse oil to moisturise and supply nutrition to the skin.

Step 9: Moisturiser

Moisturising your skin is the essential step in your routine to seal the products that you’ve used up until here as if you’re apply the finishing touches. It is recommended to use a moisturiser that is meant for your skin-type for the best effect. For dry skin, opt for moisturisers that are of heavier texture and for oiler skin it’ll be great to get oil-based ones.

There is a misconception that moisturisers make oil skin-type even oiler however it’s the other way around. Moisturisers do not add up to facial oil but to improve skin’s hydration.

Alike eye-cream you have the option and freedom to choose any kind of moisturiser you want but do take in consideration of your skin-type. For all dry, normal, oily and combination skin type, you can try Uriage Eau Thermale Light Water Cream that is nourishing yet ulna-light, perfect for Singapore’s weather! Or Lapothicell Multi-Active Hydrating Cream that protects your skin from environmental pollutants while delivering moisture to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, this one for you - Topicrem Light Ultra-Moisturizing Face Cream. This moisturiser helps to protect and soothe skin. It’s non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic formula makes it suitable for adults, children and even babies!

Step 10: SPF

The last step of your skincare routine which is also the most important step, is to protect your skin whether the sun is out or not. SPF protects your skin from harmful UV rays that could cause skin cancer and prevent premature aging. Even though it’s a hassle to apply but your skin will thank you later. At this age, there are many alternatives on SPF products.

Anessa, Japan renowned sunscreen brand carries a range of different sunscreens that caters to different skincare preference, Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild, Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster & Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster.

Healthy Skin, Healthy You

All in all, this is just a guide for you whom is unsure on how to layer your skincare or as to what a typical Korean skincare routine feels like. You don’t have to follow step-by-step, you can always experiment and adjust any of the steps to your wants and needs of your skin type.

A healthy skin, is a healthy you! Hope this helps you in your skincare journey.