How to Do a 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine With Products You Already Own
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the now-famous Korean skincare routine taking the beauty industry by storm. The intricate regimen includes 10 steps—from double cleansing to exfoliating and more—which promises an incredibly smooth, glass-like complexion. But as enticing as clear, soft skin is, swapping your entire routine for 10 new K-beauty products is no easy task—nor is it cheap.
That’s why Rachel Nguyen, the beauty and fashion blogger behind That’s Chic, is proving the routine doesn’t have to be restricted to Korean products, and—spoiler alert—you probably already own everything you need.
“I just wanted to show the versatility that this entire 10-step process doesn’t have to be with only Korean products,” Nguyen explains at the beginning of her now-viral video. “It can also be with anything that you have in your medicine cabinet.” Nguyen walks through the 10 steps—oil cleanser, water-based cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essences, serums, sheet masks, eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF—but rather than difficult-to-track-down Korean products with steep price points, she swaps in Western products with the same properties.
Ahead, we rounded up all 10 of Nguyen's product picks, as well as application tips and tricks. Shop them all, and check out her video, below.
To strip her skin of any remaining makeup, Nguyen uses First Aid Beauty's Face Cleanser. The formula, which is loaded with skin-soothing aloe and calming allantoin, is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.
"This is basically the Western essence," says Nguyen of Yonka's Facial Spray. The alcohol-free mist blasts skin with a blend of lavender, geranium, and rosemary.
The last of Nguyen's steps requires a top-notch sunscreen—her favorite is Murad's Invisiblur. "It blurs out your skin and it magnifies your skin while protecting it from sun rays," she says.
Next up, check out our favorite eye masks for dark circles.