In case you’re unaware, Asian skincare products—specifically Korean ones—are having a moment in the states right now. But, Korean Beauty—also known as ‘K Beauty’ also known as ‘K-I-need-it-now-bye Beauty’—products can be difficult to find. Unless you like, studied Korean in college and/or have a vacation home in Seoul. So, enter Soko Glam, an online K Beauty retailer that “brings the best of Korean makeup and skin care, beauty trends, products, and innovations to a global audience.”
K Beauty has officially transitioned out of “fad status” and into “legit skincare everyone needs to use” status. The best Korean beauty products on the market right now are hands down some of the most technologically advanced, and the brands behind them are always iterating, evolving, and trying to become the best version of themselves. They’re like you, for a solid two days after New Years/before you give up and go back to wearing sweatpants because they are the only thing that fits you right now.
If you’ve never fucked with Korean Beauty before, here’s a good place to start: The 10-step Korean skincare routine. Yes—10 steps. Not to be confused with the 12 steps you are currently working on in AA because your mom told you she thinks drinking a vodka soda before 10am is “worthy of concern.” (She used to be fun.) Thankfully, the 10-step Korean skincare routine isn’t as intimidating and laborious as AA sounds. Plus, it helps you achieve pretty skin.
So, here’s the 10-step routine laid out for you, along with some product recommendations that you can easily find on Soko Glam. And that you should probably blow your paycheck on immediately if you know what’s good for you. Thank me later, you ingrate.
Step One: Oil Cleanser
Purpose: To remove your nasty-ass makeup, lotions, and SPF.
Product: BANILA CO Clean It Zero Classic, $22
Step Two: Water Based Cleanser
Purpose: According to K Beauty experts, double-washing your face is necessary for clear skin. A water based cleanser will get rid of everything an oil based one cannot.
Product: NEOGEN Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, $19
Step Three: Exfoliate
Purpose: Exfoliation cleans out clogged pores and buffs out dead skin cells. Both of which are, be honest, so gross.
Product: NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, $27
Step Four: Toner
Purpose: After all that cleansing and exfoliating, you need a toner to prep your skin. Prep your skin for what, exactly? Absorbing all the products you are about to layer on.
Product: KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner, $25.50
Step Five: Essence
Purpose: “Essences”—kind of like a more watery serum—help your little skin cells turn over faster than the usual 28 days, and therefore improves your skin’s texture and tone.
Product: MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, $49
Step Six: Serum (aka Ampoule)
Purpose: Ampoules are referred to as serums in the U.S. and can help target specific skincare concerns like redness, hyper-pigmentation, or brown spots.
Step Seven: Mask
Purpose: To give your skin an extra boost of what it needs; whether that be hydration, brightening, or whatever. This is not an every-night step, btw. You really only have to do it 1-2 times a week.
Product: SKINFOOD Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheets, $13.30 for 5 masks
Step Eight: Eye Cream
Purpose: To address under-eye concerns like puffiness, circles, or fine lines.
Product: GOODAL Moisture Barrier Eye Cream, $30
Step Nine: Moisturizer (aka Emulsion)
Purpose: To lock in everything you’ve just layered onto your skin.
Product: ENATURE Birch Juice Hydro Emulsion, $32
Step Ten: SPF
Purpose: Sun protection, obviously. Though if you are doing this step at night, you don’t have to put an SPF on before bed, so skip this step.
Product: NEOGEN Day-Light Protection Sun Screen, $30