I had heard about the wildly popular 10-step Korean skin care routine, but never considered it. I am a mom of three—the only thing in my life that I spend 10 steps on is getting my kids to bed at night. That, and I am really more of a wash-and-go kinda lady. I don't wear much make-up, never blow dry my hair and almost never have my nails done.
But a lesson I have learned in my life: When a stylish friend mentions that they are loving a new product or trend, pay attention.
So when my friend with the most gorgeous skin casually commented that he was using the 10-step Korean skin care, I not-so-casually decided to dive in and try it.
What I found was that I loved it 😍.
1. My skin has not looked this good in a long time.
I have sensitive combination skin that tends to look a bit dull, and I almost always have bags under my eyes from lack of sleep. After using this regiment for a few weeks, my face looks a lot brighter—dare I say even glowy at times—and, it's a lot easier to fake the "I got eight hours of sleep last night" look.
2. It's not as time-consuming as I thought.
It turns out that you don't have to do all of the steps every day. For example, I only exfoliate a few times a week, and use a mask once a week. Most of the steps are quite fast!
3. It has become my self-care ritual
This might be my favorite part. Right when I wake up, before the hectic time of the day, this routine forces me to take three to five minutes to myself—alone—taking care of me. I try to incorporate some deep breaths and mindfulness into the process, and it always elevates my mood. At bedtime, it is my wind-down. A chance to be nice to myself after spending a day (trying to be) nice to everyone else.
So, how in the world do you do this routine? Check out our step-by-step guide here:
Step 1: Oil cleanser
Apparently, different types of cleansers remove different things from your face—who knew?! Starting with an oil cleanser helps to remove makeup, built-up oil and dead skin cells. I love this Cleansing Balm for this—it takes any make-up off completely, and doesn't burn my eyes at all (which happens with a lot of other products I've tried).
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