I got interested in trying the 10-step system after having come across a few YouTube videos on it and having tried oil cleansing with Japanese brand Tatcha’s incredible One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Using this product pushed me into double cleansing by default so taking on the other steps seemed like a no-brainer.
…the basic premise of this system is using layers of moisture to properly hydrate the skin
After watching what seemed like a million videos on women’s daytime and nighttime routines, seeing what products and brands they tended to use the most, plus some additional research via Charlotte Cho’s book, “The Little Book of skincare,” sokoglam.com, glowrecipe.com, but mostly via Gothamista’s YouTube channel I learned a lot about what makes Korean skincare work in terms of ingredients and what you should look for in terms of results, plus the appropriate application methods.
I’d always been a fan of using natural skincare ingredients and some of the top rated Korean products come packed with skin loving oils, fermented ingredients and humectants. Before I started this journey I had no idea fermented ingredients were even a thing or why they were a thing in the first place.
Using the 10-step system is a fun and educational journey, after a while when you turn the bottles to read the ingredients in the back, words like hylauronic acid, niacinamide, and plant extract names will begin to make a lot of sense and you’ll get a better overview of the product’s purpose and how effective it’ll be at what it’s claiming to do.
These steps become even more essential in winter as we deal with parched skin, harsh weather conditions and heated spaces. Dehydration causes many skin problems, so the basic premise of this system is using layers of moisture to properly hydrate the skin while inhibiting the excessive production of oils and sebum which can cause acne.
Properly hydrated skin also is less prone to wrinkles and the last step, SPF is essential to this. I know many girls can attest to skimping on this step, but it’s super important along with making sure you’re drinking enough fluids. The more hydrated you are from the inside out, the happier your skin will be.
It may seem like a lot, but you can do 10-steps now or pay for $100+ creams later on in an effort to try and correct on a surface level the issues that arise from inadequate skincare. Skincare is a long term investment into yourself that will make you feel more confident, and with the right combo of products it’ll save you money on buying makeup to cover things up.
Follow along as I break down each step and highlight some of the products that I use.
First up, what is double cleansing anyway?