My 10-Step Korean Skincare

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It took me a while to post about this because I was (1) Not expecting I will last this long when it comes to skincare routine so why bother blogging about it, (2) It took me this long to build my preferred 10-step products, and buying them takes a while since some products are just expensive!, and (3) I was waiting for actual results that I can share. 

Scroll down to see my favorite products, the steps I actually go through everyday, and actual before-and-after photos. 

Some notes after 2 months of following the 10-Step Korea Skincare:

1) Do not take "10-step" literally, every single day. There are products that you will only use alternately and not for daily use like facial scrubs and mud masks!

2) I also learned along the way that I have different skincare routines for day-time before leaving for an event, and nighttime before bed. It is shorter for my morning skincare since I am always in a hurry, just as long as I prepped my face for makeup then that's already fine with me. For night, I take my sweet time! I put on mask sheets, and allow my face to absorb those serums, essences and ampoules I invested my money on (haha) while watching an episode of Kdrama.

3) When traveling (I only had 1 for the whole 2-month duration), my skincare is a bit limited since I don't want to bring all my bottles and jars in Korea. πŸ˜‚ Feel ko naman 8 days without my ampoules and serums won't harm my face. I brought with me sachets lang, and also used up the small bottles of samples I got when I also shopped for Innisfree in Myeongdong! πŸ˜‹ 

Same camera, same lighting, no filters and editing, with around 2 months interval (April 13, 2017 and June 14, 2017):

(Sorry sobrang lapit, haha, for transparency purposes!)

What I noticed:

1) Feeling ko, my skin got a bit lighter.
2) Smaller pores (although still visible) around cheek area.
3) Lesser blackheads and milia.
4) Less prone to forehead and cheek acne, especially during that time of the month.
5) Smoother and more hydrated texture, less oily.

What I use / used:

Step One and Two: Oil Cleanse + Foam Cleanse

If there's anything that I learned from Korean skincare, it's that double cleansing is a must! Before I just wash my face with a bar of soap (lol), but now I realized that it's not enough to remove all the grimes from my commutes and accumulated makeup on my skin! Aside from the facial foams featured here, I also use Japanese brand Shiseido's Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam which I bought in Miniso Korea.

BanBan or Half-Half is from the Korean brand Lebaton (available in Yeppunonnie) which already has a foam and oil cleansers. Sadly I broke my bottle without finishing halfway of it, huhu, ang bango pa naman nito! Smells like pomelo. 

Calmia Oatmeal Therapy foam cleanser, available in Althea Korea.

Wipes from Calmia, Simple and Purederm, I use one of these whenever I went out and wore makeup:

Step Three: Exfoliate

Except for CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads, I scrub my face around once a week only. Aside from the Korean face scrubs featured below, I also have the classic Saint Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrubs

CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads - ultimate favorite Korean beauty product discovery! This is my second jar already.

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

iWhite 2 Minute Whitening Miracle (this works like Cure, but less expensive!)

 Step Four: Toner

After all the cleansing, skin needs toner to prep it better for the next treatments. I used to think that toner works as cleanser, haha! πŸ˜… Toner also brings the skin's PH level back to normal. Not super knowledgeable about this, though!  

In photo is Korean brand MCHLOI Hypoa Purifying Toner, available in Suaviss Beauty Lab, but I regularly use my Witch Hazel toner which I bought in a Japanese store and placed in spritz bottles for convenience. Another Witch Hazel toner that I recommend is from local brand Beachborn. It smells good, and safe even for sensitive skin!

 Step Five: Essence

The consistency of an essence is like toner (watery), but it works well like serums and ampoules. I've read somewhere that essence is the most important step in a Korean skincare routine. Popular essence brands include the very expensive SK-II, but I use its more popular and less expensive dupe - Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment. Alternately, I also use my Suaviss Beauty Lab Brilliant Boosting Essence, which smells so good! 

Step Six: Serums and Ampoules

This is the most expensive and also the step that's not necessarily for all. Serums address very specific skin concerns like large pores or wrinkles or dark spots. They feel like oil, thicker in consistency than essences and toners, and usually comes in small bottles with dropper.

Meanwhile, ampoules are supercharged serums but with thicker consistency and higher concentrations. Ampoules also comes in small bottles with dropper. This is for people with really problematic skin. To choose which brand I will go for, what I did was searched for Ampoules and Serums in Althea, and read their descriptions and reviews while looking for the ones that will address my problem area (huge pores). 

Mizon Multifunction Formula Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule (Skin Repair) and Fresh Herb Origin Serum (Minimize Pores)

New purchase in Korea: Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum (nourishes skin)

Step Seven: Masks

Sheet masks contain serum, and feels nice on the skin after. I usually just do this around 2x a week. It's also the most fun skincare to shop because there's just so much variety, fun packaging, and brands in the market! If not in Korean online stores or in Korea, I also buy my sheet masks in Watsons and Mumuso.

For mud masks, it's just once a week for me. My favorite are those from Innisfree! 

Assorted face masks available locally in Watsons:

Mumuso Green Tea Face Masks that only costs Php 399 for 10 sheets. I also love Beauty Fix Peel-Off Charcoal Mask (available in Watsons).

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Scinic All Day Fine Pore Clay Green Mask and Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack

Step Eight: Eye Cream

Guilty for not applying my eye cream every night! Anyway, I have the Suaviss Beauty Lab Double Effect Eye Balm.

Step Nine: Face Cream

I alternately use Innisfree and Laneige for this step, which helps lock in my skin's moisture. Both smells so good, too! Factor talaga sakin yung scent, hehe.

Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Cream

Suaviss Beauty Lab MCHLOI Hypoa Moisturizer, Lebelage Collagen + Green Tea free sample bottle from Yef Philippines, and my favorite Laneige Waterbank Moisture Cream

Step Ten: SPF

The only step where I don't use Korean brands, I love Biore products for my daily sun protection. The Aqua Rich Watery Essence also works as primer for my makeup. I use this before heading out.

After following the 10-Step procedure for several weeks, I actually enjoyed the process and it does not feel like a chore to me. Even after a long day, I at least do the double cleansing and just slather serums or put on a face mask. 

If you're still confused with the essences, serums, and ampoules, remember to put on the watery stuff first, then the thickest last. Again, there is no step-by-step manual in a Korean skincare. Just find products and steps that will work well with your unique skin conditions and concerns, as well as your lifestyle.

I also noticed how I've become more obsessed with Korean and Asian skincare brands, compared to its western alternatives. I think they work perfectly on my skin, and luckily I haven't experienced any major boo-boos from trying out different stuff!

My favorite brands I guess will include Laneige, Innisfree, CosRX and iWhite. Anything that I use from these brands are effective!

iWhite products are available in selected Watsons stores. Favorite ko din their BB-holic BB Cream, but I guess makeup is for another blog post na! 😁

Dermal face masks are available in Beauty Bar stores. Early on in my 10-step regimen, I even had a face roller (available in Japan Home) to massage my facial skin at night ala the ahjummas in Kdramas! πŸ˜‚  Of course, also in photo is my favorite toner from Beachborn.

I also consistently post about this local skincare brand, and although I admit that they sponsor me, I actually use their products! Kojiesan's Dream White Anti-Aging line also works effectively on my skin, I love their soap and toner the most (smells like baby powder, and mattifying!).

 And lastly, where did I get my products? I bought most of my stuff in Althea Korea (Korea-based online shop), but there are also reliable sites that sell Kbeauty products... blogged about these websites here.

Share to me your thoughts and tips on the 10-Step Korean Skincare! Do you think it's too time consuming, or most prob worth it? Tweet me @anagon, let's discuss! 😌


  1. I've always wanted to do a 10-step Korean skincare routine but decided to skip ampoules, serums, and essences because they cost too much! Hahaha. I am yet to double-cleanse with a micellar water and see how it goes. I love CosRx pimple pads!! I use them everyday and I just really like how it doesn't dry my skin at all. Also a huge believer of their pimple patches, they work so well for me. And OMG YES, BiorΓ©'s sunscreen is the bomb! I regret not stocking up on those when I went to Japan. :( Lastly, I like using iWhite's water-based moisturizer. It smells so good and it's lightweight! πŸ’–

    1. Ahhh I super love CosRx!! kung di lang mahal, hoard na! Hehe! And yes to Biore and iWhite, I dont think I can manage without those brands na hehehe<3 Super hiyang!

  2. Hi! Do you use everyday the Cosrx Pimple Clear Pad? Thank you :)

    1. Hello! During my first tub I use it daily! Lately mga every 2 days, depends on my preference :)

    2. TY :) another question, how do you apply the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask? Grabe after reading your blog talaga nagawa ko mag 10-Step. Eskinol lang ako dati e. Hahahah! <3

    3. Hahaha same ako din dati soap nga lang e! :D
      I use it siguro once every 2 weeks lang, minsan lang talaga. Pede naman sha 2x a week.. Wag lang everyday. :) Mas fan padin ako ng sheet masks for everyday :)

  3. haha. Koreans and their 10 step skin care routine. XD

    i also double cleanse now! it's so much better because feeling ko mas malinis talaga mukha ko. Although I only put light make-up, sobrang polluted kasi dito sa manila lalo na at commute lang ako. before, cleanser lang ako, toner then pond’s cream. While toning, ang dami pang dumi sa cotton ko. lol.

    i've been using banila co's balm cleanser for a while now. i bought the biggest tube and i've been using it for months now. i like it but i'm not planning to repurchase it again in the future, found out that it's not paraben-free.. I want to try biore’s cleanser which has oil control. I’m so sold on their perfect series sunscreen (the white one). It’s been really helpful in controlling the oil on my nose area.

    I’ve been wanting to try the CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads! Been hearing so many good reviews about it. I’ll definitely buy one when we visit korea. So far, I’ve been using the cosrx low ph morning gel cleanser. The consistency is very light and perfect as a morning cleanser. But I don’t like the smell. So I might not buy it again in the future. I’m just trying to finish it, medyo Malaki yung tube so baka tumagal pa siya ng 1-2 months sakin. Haha. I’ve also tried their aha and bha power liquids. I still have them cause sobrang tagal maubos! Haha. The aha 7 whitehead power liquid is good but I can’t see any results with the bha one. my problem pa naman has always been blackheads and pores in the nose area.

    You may want to try laneige’s water sleeping mask. Soooo good! I’m planning to try next their lip mask cause I always have dry lips. Dhc’s lip cream is good but pricey siya and mabilis maubos sakin. I’m currently using nivea’s lip cream (the dark blue original one) and it’s okay din naman, mas mura pa.

    Sa masks naman, I love inisfree’s! I find etude house’s face masks a bit too thin. Haha.

    1. Hi! What po na sunscreen yon? Thank you :)

    2. it's from biore. UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++, yung color white.
      it's around 400 pesos. i bought mine in beautymnl when it got restocked, madalang ko kasi siyang makita sa stores. i saw it last sa watson's moa. ang una kong natry na sunscreen from biore is their aqua rich watery essence sunscreen, maganda din yun pero it's more suited for dry skin. combi ang skin ko and very oily ng nose area ko. as in. huhu.
      pero after using this sunscreen, i can totally see the difference! of course may oil pa din after a few hours, pero a lot more manageable compared to before.


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