Skin Care Product Order 🗒️👌
Let me just jump right into things. When we start talking about “10 Step Korean Skin Care” and similar multistep routines, the order in which you use those 10+ products can get confusing. This is a guide that incorporates a fusion of Western and Eastern skin care.
Step 1: Point Makeup Removal (Night)
This is the specific removal of difficult makeup, such as mascara. A makeup remover can be used, but if you feel comfortable, then you can use the following oil cleanse to remove all of your makeup and skip this step.
Step 2: Oil Cleanse (Night)
Step 3: 2nd Cleanser (Day +/or Night)
Step 4: Wash Off Masks (Day +/or Night)
Face masks that you keep on for a period of time and then wash off. Ex. Clay masks, exfoliating masks, etc.
Step 5: Acids (Day +/or Night)/ Retinols (Night)
This is where you would use BHAs (ex. salicylic acid, betaine salicylate) and AHAs (ex. glycolic acid, lactic acid). In that order if you’re using both at the same time. A 20 minute wait time after each acid allows for them to have the most effect (unless otherwise directed by the product). SUNSCREEN IS ESSENTIAL WHEN USING ACIDS/RETINOLS. I would not recommend using retinols and acids on the same night.
Step 6: Vitamin C (Day)
Vitamin C serums can be photo-protective, so its good for use during the day. They also work best at a low pH, thus their place early on in the routine. Works best with a 20 minute post-application wait time.
Step 7: First Essence (Day +/or Night)
Step 8: Hydrating Toner (Day + Night)
Step 9: Essences, Serums, and Ampoules (ESAs) (Day + Night)
Use the order of thinnest to thickest consistency. If an ESA contains oil, use it after ESAs that do not contain oil.
Step 10: Sheet Masks (Day + Night)
Step 11: Eye Cream (Day + Night)
Step 12: Moisturizer/Facial Oil (Day + Night)
Step 13: Sleeping Pack (Night)
These are heavy duty, occlusive moisturizers you can apply at night to seal in and boost moisture/hydration.
Step 14: Spot Treatment
I cleanse the area where the zit is and then apply.
Step 15: Sunscreen (Day)
Wait 20-30 minutes after application before going out into the sun.
Obviously, you would not use all of these products every day and this guide doesn’t touch on the interactions some of these steps might have with each other. You do not need all of these products to have a good routine. This guide can be flexible in some cases. I’ll update this guide if I create dedicated posts for these steps.