So you’ve been watching K-pop MV’s and wondering how all those idols remain so flawless and poreless and full of youth? Well, besides photoshop and a talented make-up artist, they are probably following these skincare steps below. Here is a 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine to follow:

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1. Cleanser / Make-Up Remover:

Your first cleanse shouldn’t have you feeling like you just left a Tinder date minus your dignity. You don’t want it to talk about all the great things it can do for you, only to leave you feeling betrayed ’cause it lied and left you stranded on a dry AF island, exposed and thirsty, and didn’t bother to call in the morning – cos that’s #harsh Get you a cleanser that makes you feel refreshed and hydrated,

An oil based cleanser works Mulan wonders when you have a full beat on, melting away those infinite layers of make-up, sebum, and air pollution.


Products we love: Clean it Zero oil cleanser from Glow Theory for R345/100ml, Heimish All Clean Balm from Glow Theory for R275/120ml.

2. Gel / Foam Cleanser:

Do you shampoo your hair twice before conditioning? Double cleansing is essentially the same thing, but for you skin! The first cleanse gets rid of the initial layers of dirt, and the second should wash away any left over remains, like deleting said Tinder date’s cellphone number so you don’t ~accidentally drunk text him at 4am.

Products we love: J.ONE Jelly Cleanser  from kbeauty for R160/100ml, COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser from Glow Theory for R185/150ml


3. Exfoliator:

Only use twice a week max. A good scrub is like saying buh-bye to all the haters, and living your best life. It slogs off all those dead skin cells which have been accumulating, and unblocks pores, making way for a fresh dewy appearance! Products we love: Lush salt scrub Ocean Salt Scrub  from Lush for R165/120g.

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4. Toner:

You know when you’re trying to get your life in balance by eating well, exercising, and submitting your work by the deadline? A toner is basically the same motivating force, balancing your skin in preparation for all the amazing things to come next! There are also specific treatment toners if you need a little extra help in the form of chemicals like AHA.

Products we love: Mamonde.

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5. Essence:

Play the sims? Wish you had an elixir of life? Although we can’t turn back the clock, we can plump up our skin with an essence which can have the power to reverse damage.

6. Ampoule / Serum:

Do we really need an essence AND a serum? Not necessarily, but if you need help in certain areas of your skin in terms of acne or hyperpigmentaion, this step is not to be missed!

Products we love: Klairs Vitamin C drops.

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7. Sheet masks:

Praise Korea for sheet-masks! These packs are filled with multiple ingredients meticulously chosen for your skin concerns. You’ll never get bored trying all the many varieties, and the cute packaging will have you stocking face-masks like an extreme hoarder.

Products we love: Hello Skin.

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8. Moisturiser:

Western cosmetics do not work on every skin type, due to their heavy nature. We have found that most (if not all) Korean brands are sensitive and respect every skin type to not allow breakouts, ’cause who needs those! We have spent Your skin is a group project that actually ~works because each participant puts effort into the process, not relying on one step to do all of the work (here’s looking at you, high school group projects). The moisturiser should have you feeling plump and layered

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9. Eye Cream:

Some *dead-white-dude once said “the eyes are the window to your soul”

*Yes, we know it’s Shakespeare, don’t @ us.

10. Sun-care:

South Africa is a notoriously HOT country, both the weather and the people 😉 We don’t really have much of a winter, even when it’s raining, the sun is still creeping! Sunscreen is an important step and needs to be implemented EVERYDAY so that we don’t end up looking like a worn out pleather bag at the back of our grandma’s closets.

Products we love: Klairs

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Rubbing and tugging on your skin is eventually going to cause it to droop and wrinkles to form prematurely. The trick is to gently pat the products (steps 4,5,6,8,10) onto your face, waking up your blood flow, so your skin is warm and easily absorbs those awesome ingredients!

We wanna walk into campus with those Cullen vibes, hypnotising everyone with our glass-skin, and have ’em guessing about how old we really are.


We know it seems like a bucket load of instructions to remember, and a lot of moola to spend, but if you want the #factsoflife , there’s a good chance you are going to be stuck with your face for a very long time. Don’t rush into an existential crisis just yet, self-care is an important part of your overall health, and implementing even a few of these steps into your daily routine could help you to see the brighter side of things.

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