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Nail The Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine During Circuit Breaker Month With These Tips & Products

Nail The Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine During Circuit Breaker Month With These Tips & Products

By Wei Yin on 20 Apr 2020
Digital Editor

Rather than thinking it's a bummer to have to stay home during Circuit Breaker month, why not use the time you have to truly pamper yourself?


One of the best ways to pamper yourself is by taking care of your skin. Have you heard of the 10-step Korean skincare routine? It's a well-known skincare routine that many Koreans adopt or swear by as it apparently contributes to their flawless skin.

Korean girl with good skinPhoto from Pinterest

If you are thinking of trying out the Korean 10-step skincare routine for yourself, we have some tips as well as product recommendations.

Read on to find out more! 

#1 Use an oil-based makeup remover

Girl using cotton pad to remove makeupPhoto from Pinterest

The Koreans love double cleansing their skin and it's honestly a great way to achieve clearer skin. In the evening, use an oil-based makeup remover to melt away all traces of makeup and dirt on the skin. It's also great for those with dry skin type as the oil moisturises your skin while removing makeup.


Banila Co Zero cleansing balmPhoto from Banila Co

The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm in Original ($23.50) is an oil-based makeup remover that melts off stubborn makeup seamlessly without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

#2 Cleanse with a hydrating cleanser

Girl washing her face in the washroomPhoto from Pinterest

The next step in double cleansing is washing your face with a hydrating facial cleanser so that it doesn't damage your skin barrier. The cleansers that leave your face feeling squeaky clean are usually ones that will strip your face of all its natural oils, which won't be good for your skin in the long run.

The Face Shop Yehwadam moisturising cleanserPhoto from The Face Shop

For a hydrating cleanser, get The Face Shop's YEHWADAM Deep Moisturizing Foaming Cleanser ($33) that is formulated with rice water (contains Vitamin A, B, E and ceramide that hydrates the skin even after cleansing) and enriched with jojoba oil. The cleanser dissolves impurities found on the skin surface while hydrating it from deep within.

You may also order via home delivery service (call or WhatsApp) during the Circuit Breaker period at 96431325.


#3 Exfoliate your skin

Girl with no makeup but clear and bright skinPhoto from Pinterest

Exfoliating is key to achieving clear and bright skin so do it once or twice a week, depending on your skin's sensitivity. Remember to always be gentle and not scrub or rub too hard as you want to pamper your skin and not damage it.

Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA exfoliatorPhoto from Krave Beauty

The Krave Beauty Kale-lalu-yAHA (25 USD, ~36 SGD) is a skin resurfacing exfoliator that kicks your dead skin cells to the curb, revealing youthful, healthier skin while also feeding it delicious antioxidants from dark, leafy greens. Use it two to three times a week for best results.

#4 Apply toner

Girl pouring toner on her palmsPhoto from Pinterest

Next, apply toner using a cotton pad or simply tap it into your skin using your hands. Toner helps to balance your skin's pH level, reduce the appearance of pores, even out your skin tone and many more other benefits!


I'm From rice tonerPhoto from I'm From

Rice water is great for your skin so use the I'm From Rice Toner ($31.10) to brighten and hydrate dull skin and remove impurities to unveil luminous and glowing skin.

#5 Apply essence 

Girl applying essence using cotton padPhoto from Pinterest

Give your skin extra hydration by applying essence that will help to restore your skin's natural moisture level and improve elasticity. Essence is also used to boost the benefits of all the other skincare products in your routine. For those with very dry skin, soak a few cotton pads with essence and leave them on your face for 10 minutes to soothe your skin.

Primera Miracle Seed EssencePhoto from Primera

One of Primera's bestsellers, the Miracle Seed Essence ($68.90) is made with 93.1% lotus seed extract, which contains high levels of amino acids and linoleic acid to moisturise dry and dull skin. This almost gel-textured essence plumps up the skin, giving it even texture as it hydrates the skin well.

#6 Apply ampoule 


Apply ampoule on the hand using a dropperPhoto from Pinterest

Ampoules have ingredients to help with a specific skin concern and often are potent enough. Choose something that tackles the skin concern you have and you will be able to see improvements much quicker.

CNP Laboratory ampoule Photo from CNP Laboratory

The CNP Laboratory Mugener Ampule ($40.90) contains snail mucin that helps to calm sensitive skin and relieve redness, blemishes and irritation. Glycosaminoglycans and Allatoin heal troubled skin and increase the skin's regeneration rate to restore the skin to its original condition. It also strengthens the skin's natural barriers against external environmental stressors.

You can also get the product on Lazada and Shopee.

#7 Apply serum

Applying serum onto palms using a dropperPhoto from Pinterest

As ampoules are potent enough for you to just use over a period of time to tackle a certain skin concern, serums are mostly considered for longterm maintenance. Serum is kind of like the main course for your skin and it will thank you for applying it!


Neogen serumPhoto from Neogen

The NEOGEN Real Ferment Micro Serum ($49.90) delivers a concentrated boost of nutrients and antioxidants to the skin with a formula that includes 61% fermented ingredients. You will get brighter, smoother and stronger skin with this serum.

#8 Apply eye cream

Applying eye cream to the under eyesPhoto from Pinterest

Eye cream is also a crucial step in any skincare routine! As your eyes are the windows to your soul, it's best to start caring for the skin around your eyes ASAP. Apply eye cream to reduce dark eye circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

Laneige eye sleeping maskPhoto from LANEIGE

The LANEIGE Eye Sleeping Mask ($46) promotes circulation around the eyes that slows down during sleep, helping the eye zone regain its outline without being swollen in the morning. The 8-hour "sleeping moisturisation" technology that keeps the eye zone, which is delicate and easily dehydrated, well moisturised during sleep too.

You can also get the product on Lazada and Shopee.


#9 Apply moisturiser

Girl applying moisturiser on her skinPhoto from Pinterest

Lastly, lock in all the benefits from your skincare products by applying a thin layer of moisturiser. You know how moisturisers work so make sure to apply it in the day and night to have supple and dewy skin!

The Face Shop's Yehwadam special cream setPhoto from The Face Shop

The Face Shop's YEHWADAM Hwansaenggo Rejuvenating Radiance Cream Special Set ($127) is a soft, ultra-moisturising and anti-ageing cream that gently melts into the skin to create a clear and glowing complexion.

You may also order via home delivery service (call or WhatsApp) during the Circuit Breaker period at 96431325.

#10 Apply sunscreen 

Different types of sunscreen texturePhoto from Pinterest

Sunscreen is important and we can't stress this enough! We say never go a day without sunscreen if you can. Remember to apply an appropriate amount to your skin in the day as the last step even if you are staying home all day. You don't have to apply sunscreen in the night.

CNP Laboratory sunscreenPhoto from CNP Laboratory

The CNP Laboratory Mild Calming Sun Lotion SPF50+PA++++ ($49.90) contains physical sunscreen ingredients and soothing plant extract ingredients that are gentle on sensitive skin yet powerful enough to block off harmful UVA and UVB rays. This sunblock doesn't leave a white cast too!

You can also get the product on Lazada and Shopee.

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