Dabbling Into 10-steps Korean Skin Care

- Beauty, Skin care

I feel like I have mentioned this so many times in my videos and blog, that my skin has been very, very dry.  Thankfully I have not been getting any acne spots, however, dry patches, redness, dry tight skin were the re-currring issue that I have been dealing with since this Winter and being pregnant.  I was doing some research to find ways to combat it, and then I came across the 10-step or layering Korean skincare system.

I could possibly be the last person that ever heard about this system, because when I was doing some more research into it, it seems like this has been such a trend everywhere.  Whether you’re into Korean beauty or not, if you want that healthy, supple and glowy skin that these Korean girls have – this post will worth a read.

If you are familiar with K-beauty, then you will notice that the Korean girls [and even the guys] have this amazing clear, bright, supply, health and glowy skin.  Like it or not, they must be doing something right.

The 10-step/layering Korean Skincare system, is basically a method of applying your skin care products.  The process of layering these products, from the lightest consistency to the thickest, is done to ensure that each of the products is absorbed well, and think of it as a building block, the previous step is done to prep the skin for the next coming product.  So, this is the list of the 10-step Korean Skincare system:

To read more in-depth explanation of what each step does, check out Soko Glam website.


Now, you might think that; “10 steps is too much”, “nobody’s got time for this”, “10 products is too much, and too expensive” – I thought about those things too.  But I decided to try it anyways, by using the products that I already have [if you watch my previous skincare for acne video, some of these products will look familiar].  I ended up only needing to buy 1 product.  Also, I have a good mix of Korean and non-Korean brand products, also high-end and drugstore products.  Also, after you get the gist of it, this whole routine does not take a whole lot of time, all the products just absorb very quickly and you’re done in no time.

I personally do not follow it to a T.  For example, I have been skipping exfoliator since I’m pregnant, I just find my skin is a bit more sensitive these days that it turns red every time I exfoliate.  Also, I haven’t been doing a good job in using sunscreen regularly.  Part of the reason, is that because I ran out of my IT Cosmetics CC+ [that has SPF 50], I haven’t really find a sunscreen that I really like and also because it’s Winter time now, and there’s barely any Sun, we barely go out, and I’m simply lazy.

So, here’s the list of my version of 10-step/layering skincare:


1. Oil cleanser:  Pond’s Cold cream or when I want something super quick, Bioderma Hydrabio.

When I’m using the Pond’s Cold cream, I just take a scoop of the product and massage it all over my face including my eyes – it will melt all my make up off, so I just go in with a warm wash cloth and wipe everything off.  When I’m using the Bioderma, I just pour a bit of the water on a cotton pad, and swipe if all over my face to take the makeup off.

2. Water-based cleanser:  Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser 

Ever since I’m pregnant, I stopped using my Murad cleanser since it has salicylic acid which is a no-no when you’re pregnant.  Then, I just started using my husband’s face wash and ended up really liking it.  It leaves my skin feeling clean without leaving my skin dry and stripped.

3. Lip Scrub: e.l.f Lip Exfoliator

Amazing $3 lip scrub!  It really smooths out and takes away the dry skin off of my lips. Love it!

4. Toner:  The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-balancing Toner

If you watched my previous skin care video, this product will look familiar to you.  This toner is amazing to pick up the last traces of makeup [if there’s any..] on my face.

5. Essences:  Murad Hydrating Toner mist

While this product is not officially labelled as an essence, however, this is quite hydrating and it preps my skin for the serums that I’m going to apply next.

6. Serum/ampules, specific treatment:  Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion + DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum

This is the only new product that I had to purchase when I started the layering skin care journey.  It’s an amazing serum that hydrates and plumps the skin.  I mix it in with just 1 drop of the Kakadu C serum, to help with my hyperpigmentations and brighten the skin.

7. Sheet mask:  Mediheal DNA Proatin Face Mask (Aquaring)

I haven’t tried too many sheet masks – but I can say that I really love this one.  It’s super hydrating and plumping, also the sheet mask is a nice size and shape that fits my face really well.  It is also soaked in a LOT of the serum, that I can use multiple times.  So, since I also don’t have the time to do masks everyday – what I do is after I use the mask, I will squeeze all the left over serum and pour it into a small container, and I can get another 4-5 uses from the left-over.  Isn’t it awesome?!

8. Eye cream:  Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream [daytime] or Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil [night time]

Next is eye cream, I honestly haven’t really found an eye cream that I really love and think worth the money [since eye creams are very expensive..].  Hence, what I have been using is whatever samples that I got from my purchases, or the ones that I got from redeeming Sephora points.  This Caudalie one is OK, again it’s not super amazing that I think worth the price tag.  However, I LOVE using the sweet almond oil on my under eyes.  Just apply a light layer, pat it in, and I like to take it onto the upper & lower lashes as well, and I find that my lower lashes have looked better.

9. Moisturizer:  e.l.f. Daily Hydration moisturizer

For $6, this e.l.f moisturizer is surprisingly quite nice.  It’s not the most hydrating moisturizer, however, with the combination of all the previous products, this is hydrating enough for me.

10. Lip treatment:  Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

Also, love using the sweet almond oil on my lips!


I have only been sticking to this routine for a month now, however, I have seen amazing result.  My skin is completely altered.  It has been normal now, I don’t have anymore dry patches around my nose, the redness has gone down and my skin has just been very supple and glowy – it just feels very healthy and it makes me really happy.

If you have dry skin, I highly recommend trying this system out, I think it will really help!  Remember that you don’t have to use all Korean beauty brands, and for sure drugstore products will work too!

Let me know if you end up trying this system and how it works out for you!  I hope you find this post useful.. 🙂


Until next time,



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