Step-by-Step Guide To Korean Skincare Routine

If you've ever envied the flawless and radiant complexions of K-beauty enthusiasts, you're not alone. The Korean skincare routine has taken the world by storm with its multi-step approach and focus on achieving healthy, glowing skin. 

Whether you're a skincare novice or a seasoned pro, this comprehensive guide will walk you through each step of the Korean skincare routine, with product suggestions to help you achieve that coveted K-beauty glow.

Let’s dive in!

Step 1 - Use an Oil-Based Cleanser

Begin your skincare ritual with an oil-based cleanser to effectively remove makeup, sunscreen, and impurities. 


  • Removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities effectively.
  • Dissolves oil-based impurities, leaving skin clean and fresh.
  • Prevents clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Ideal for the first step of the double cleansing method.

Product Suggestion: Dewytree Hi Amino All Cleansing Oil is a perfect choice


 How To Use

  • Apply a small amount of oil on dry skin.
  • Gently massage in a circular motion to dissolve makeup, dirt, and impurities. 
  • Emulsify with water and rinse thoroughly for a clean and refreshed complexion.

Step 2 - Water-Based Cleanser

Follow up with a water-based cleanser to ensure a thorough cleanse. This gentle formula eliminates any remaining debris while maintaining the skin's natural moisture balance.


  • Thoroughly cleanses the skin of remaining dirt and sweat.
  • Maintains the skin's natural moisture balance.
  • Prepares the skin for the subsequent skincare steps.
  • Ensures a clean canvas for further product absorption.

Product Suggestion: Rovectin Skin Essentials Conditioning Cleanser


 How To Use

  • Dispense an appropriate amount onto wet palms.
  • Lather, and massage in a circular motion onto your face. 
  • Rinse with lukewarm water to ensure your skin is free from any residue.

Step 3 - Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin is crucial to remove dead cells and promote a brighter complexion.


  • Delicately exfoliates the outer layer of the skin, eliminating dead skin cells.
  • Improves skin texture and promotes cell turnover.
  • Enhances the effectiveness of serums and moisturizers.
  • Leaves skin smoother and more radiant.

 Product Suggestion: Advanced Activating Treatment Lotion


How To Use

  • Following the cleansing step, dispense a small quantity onto a cotton pad or directly onto the skin.

Step 4 - Apply Toner


Hydrate and balance your skin with toner. This helps refine pores and prepares your skin to absorb subsequent products more effectively.


  • Balances the skin's pH levels after cleansing.
  • Provides hydration and prepares the skin for subsequent steps.
  • Helps with better absorption of serums and essences.
  • Soothes and calms the skin.

Product Suggestion: Dr. Different Scaling Toner for Normal/Dry Skin


How To Use

  • After cleansing and exfoliating, dispense the toner onto your palm or a cotton pad.
  • Pat it onto your face to balance and hydrate your skin.
  •  Explore our korean rice water toners

     Step 5 - Essence


    Integrate this step into your routine for enhanced hydration and skin repair. Essence revitalizes your skin's texture and appearance.


    • Delivers a concentrated dose of nourishing ingredients.
    • Supports skin regeneration and repair.
    • Improves skin elasticity and firmness.
    • Enhances overall skin radiance.


    How To Use
    • Apply a few drops onto your palm.
    • Gently press it onto your face.
    • This essence helps to soothe and revitalize your skin.

       Step 6 - Use a Serum


       Serum addresses blemishes and uneven texture, providing a boost of nourishment to your skin.


      • Targets specific skin concerns such as blemishes and acne.
      • Provides a potent dose of active ingredients.
      • Helps in diminishing hyperpigmentation and promoting a more even skin tone.
      • Enhances the skin's natural barrier function.
      • Dispense a small amount and apply it evenly onto your face.
      • Focus on areas with blemishes or uneven texture. 
      • Gently pat until absorbed.

      Step 7 - Put on a Sheet Mask


      Sheet masks infuse your skin with moisture and nutrients, leaving you with a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.


      • Intensely hydrates and revitalizes the skin
      • Provides a quick boost of nutrients and moisture
      • Leaves the skin plump, refreshed, and glowing
      • Perfect for a pampering self-care session

      Product Suggestion: Dewytree Pick and Quick Hydrating Mask


      • How To Use

      • Unfold the sheet mask and then gently apply it to your face. 
      • Leave it on for the recommended time.
      • Then remove and gently pat any remaining essence into your skin.

      Step 8 - Use an Eye Cream

      Eye cream helps reduce puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines, ensuring your eyes look revitalized and youthful.


      • Addresses the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness in the eye area.
      • Hydrates and nourishes the delicate under-eye area.
      • Reduces the appearance of dark circles and fatigue.
      • Helps achieve a more youthful and refreshed look.

      Product Suggestion: Dewytree Heartleaf 100 Eye Cream


      How To Use

      • Take a small amount and gently tap it around your eye contour using your ring finger.

      Step 9 - Moisturize


      Seal in moisture that offers lightweight hydration and nourishment. This dual-function product leaves your skin supple and hydrated throughout the day.


      • Locks in moisture and prevents water loss.
      • Provides essential hydration to the skin.
      • Supports skin barrier function and repair.
      • Leaves the skin soft, supple, and well-nourished.

      Product Suggestion: Rice Pure Gel and Cream


        How To Use

        • Apply an appropriate amount onto your face and neck.
        • Massage it in for hydration and nourishment.

        Also Read : Best Korean Moisturizers for Oily Skin

        Step 10 - Protect Your Skin with Sunscreen

        Complete your routine with sunscreen that provides protection against harmful UV rays and environmental stressors. Shielding your skin from the sun is essential for a healthy complexion.


        • Shields the skin from harmful UV rays and pollution.
        • Prevents premature ageing, sunburn, and hyperpigmentation.
        • Maintains the skin's health and prevents damage.
        • Essential for maintaining a youthful look.

        Product Suggestion: Dewytree Urban Shade Anti-Pollution Sun SPF 50+ PA++++


         How To Use

        • Apply a generous amount to your face and any exposed areas before sun exposure. 
        • Reapply throughout the day as needed.

        Also View: 

        Korean sunscreen for oil skin

        Korean sunscreen for dry skin


        Incorporating the Korean skincare routine into your daily regimen can transform your skin and elevate your self-care routine. Follow these ten steps and use the suggested products to be well on your way to achieving the coveted K-beauty glow.