What is The 12 Step Korean Skincare Routine?

Just imagine applying twelve different products on your skin every morning and evening – sounds a little excessive, doesn’t it?

This basically describes the 12 Step Korean Skincare Routine which brightens skin and creates a soft, supple visage that hardly ever breaks out.

We will take you step-by-step into this misunderstood skincare treatment, which can take up to one hour!

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Step 1: Cleanse I

Remove your makeup with a mild cleansing solution (usually a gel), or a micellar cleansing water. Take care around your eyes, and don’t forget the neck!

Step 2: Cleanse II

Double-cleansing is also popular in the western world, so use an overall facial cleanser to remove any residue left by your moisturiser and makeup.

Step 3: Exfoliate

To allow your skin to take in the products better, use a gentle exfoliator. This will also help to eliminate dry and flaky skin from your face.

Step 4: Tone

Apply just a few drops of your favourite toner onto a cotton pad, and press over your nose, cheeks and forehead. This helps to remove dirt from the skin, and minimise pores.

Step 5: Essence

Usually a toner with added emulsion, this helps to keep skin looking soft and moist. Apply a few drops onto your hands, and press over the skin.

Step 6: Eye cream

Apply an eye cream around your eyes, and press lightly with your ring finger. Avoid tugging at the skin, since this will only tear the delicate area.

Step 7: Treatment I

Use a brightening treatment under your eyes to improve the texture of your skin, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Step 8: Treatment II

Follow with a regenerating night serum which locks in moisture, and keeps skin looking hydrated and healthy.

Step 9: Moisturiser

Seal your previous skincare treatments by applying a light moisturiser all over your face and neck. Choose one with a hyaluronic ingredient to keep your skin super-soft.

Step 10: Mask

A sheet mask is a great way to give your entire face a deep-conditioning treatment. Relax, and leave the sheet on for 10-15 minutes. Once your time is up, apply any excess product onto your neck.

Step 11: Night moisturiser

Apply a night moisturiser all over your skin and wait for it to completely settle. This may take a few minutes.

Step 12: Sleeping pack

A sleeping pack is essentially a light cream which sets all the previous treatments, and keeps them from evaporating while you sleep.

You’re done!

Would you try the 12 Step Korean Skincare Treatment?

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