Featured in Vogue Australia – How to 10-step your skincare regimen like a Korean
With seven more steps than your average routine, the 10-step Korean skincare regimen may sound intimidating. But in Korea—with its ‘more is more’ skin philosophy—the 10-step regimen is hailed as the reason so many Korean women boast flawless glass skin.
In fact, beauty bloggers who have adopted the 10-step regimen sing its praises not only for transforming their skin but for proving that a nightly routine can be as indulgent and therapeutic as it is effective. The 10-step regimen is also anything but rigid—once you know the steps and understand how your skin behaves, you can tailor it to fit your needs and lifestyle. You may opt for a five-step routine on some nights and a 12-step one on others! Here’s a breakdown of each step, how it works and the products involved.
In the early 2000s, dermatologists started having nightmares about astringent toners and were convinced they were turning faces into various shades of tomato. Thankfully, Korean toners are a totally different breed, designed to lovingly plump your skin with lots of hydration so that products will be absorbed more effectively.
Six natural Korean beauty brands you should know about
The brand’s name is derived from the Chinese characters for flower and beauty. True to their name, Whamisa expertly uses botanical ingredients to create gentle yet effective skincare products. While many brands these days tout luxurious botanicals, Whamisa has a unique fermentation method that heightens the ingredients’ potency and allows your skin to better absorb all the goodness. Their Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner is packed full of fermented antioxidants along with soothing ingredients like avocado oil to keep skin supple on harsh winter days.