The average Korean has up to ten steps in their skincare routine which helps them achieve healthy glowing dewy skin.

We’ve broken down the ten steps for you and explained the importance of each stage. We’re not advising to do all ten steps in your routine, but try introducing one into your current beauty regime and see the difference!  Korean skincare UK is about tailoring daily to your skin’s needs, if you need any help, email us at and we’ll let you know which products best suit your skin type and lifestyle.

double-cleanseSTEP 1. DOUBLE CLEANSING

Double cleansing is a natural step in every Korean beauty routine and is critical to effectively cleanse your skin.

Firstly, use an oil base cleanser then follow with a water based cleanser. Oil and water don’t mix, so you need to cleanse with both to completely clean your face.


Use an oil base cleanser first to remove make-up, sebum and SPF creams. These cleansers can come in liquid form in a pump bottle or in a tub of solid balm cleanser. Our favourites are Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil and Aromatica Orange Cleansing Sherbet.
Note: Oil cleansers do not cause acne!


The next step is to cleanse once more, this time using a foaming/non-foaming water based cleanser which will effectively remove water-based debris such as dirt and sweat. We have curated a few foaming cleansers such as Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser or make p:rem Black Cleansing Foam.


It is essential to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to get rid of those dead skin cells and keep the skin looking fresh and healthy.


Exfoliation can benefit every skin type, but ensure the product and frequency suits your skin. For example, acne prone skin should steer away from rough physical scrubs and use products with AHAs or BHAs.


Use Wish Formula’s Bubble Peeling Pad or Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish to brighten up that skin!

tonerSTEP 3. TONER

A crucial step to restore your skin’s PH, we offer a range of toners which contain anti-oxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

The right toner can help hydrate the skin and enables the skin to get ready to absorb active ingredients in other products.

Try the famous Deep Rich Toner by Whamisa perfect for the seven skin method, or for combination skin take a look at Benton’s Aloe Bha Skin Toner.


If you have acne prone skin, use a treatment after you’ve cleansed to combat spots.

We have carefully curated several products from Cosrx, who’s product line effectively target acne. Use their AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid to treat whiteheads or BHA Blackhead Power Liquid to target blackheads.

Remember to face map and to only target acne prone areas, use at night and apply SPF during the day.


Buttermilk Skincare’s favourite step!

Mask up circa twice a week with face sheets, rubber masks, clay masks or moisturising masks, depending on your skin type or your facial needs that day.

Face masks inject that much needed TLC into your skin when you need it most.  Face sheet masks are amazing as they help the concentrated product penetrate deep into the skin.

We also have a range of eye masks to help combat those puffy eyes and dark circles.

Please dive into our world of face masks here.

essencesSTEP 6. ESSENCES

New to the Western world and founded in Korea, essences are an exciting introduction to your skincare routine.

It is not a toner, essences deliver active ingredients deep into your skin and restore the PH balance.  Not as concentrated as a serum and adds moisture back into the skin.  It is applied by putting the product on your hands and pressing/patting it into your skin.

Our favourites are Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which has a high concentration of Snail Mucin, and Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence, which contains Snail Mucin and Bee Venom.


Serums provide long term benefits as you simply can’t fit concentrated active antiaging ingredients into a moisturiser.

They boost your skin’s health and provide radiant skin!  For a lighter serum try Aromatica’s Rose Absolute First Serum, effective and smells delicious.

Or for a brightening boost try our bestseller Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum.


Moisturising is incredibly important, depending on your skin type, time of day and season we stock a range of moisturisers to hydrate and lock moisture in your skin.

For very dry skin a must is Aromatica’s Rose Absolute Vital Cream.  We also stock lighter moisturisers for combination skin such as Benton’s Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel.

Face oil’s should follow moisturizers.  Argan oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, Aromatica’s pure Organic Argan Oil is absolutely amazing.

Always apply eye cream, essential to combat dark circles and fine lines.

sunSTEP 9. SPF

A must have to use every morning to prevent sun damage and ageing.

Even if it looks cloudy outside here in the UK ensure your morning routine includes SPF.

Sleeping Woman

Sleeping packs are a Korean favourite and really effectively hydrate overnight for beautiful skin when you wake up.

Try Cosrx rice overnight mask, it’s a leave on mask that regenerates your skin while you sleep!