I Tried A 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine For A Month

I Tried A 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine For A Month

[ ♪ ] [ “Am I missing out? / Korean Skincare” ] – SAFIYA: Hello friends, and welcome to another video. This month, I’m going to be swapping my current skincare routine for a 10 step Korean one. In America, over the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of hype around Korean skincare. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of it, like hydration, anti-aging. I see the words “brightening” and “plumping” a lot, but for me, There’s always been a little bit of an intimidation factor in trying it out, mostly because of the amount of steps and different types of products there are. So I bought this “Beginner’s Intro to Korean Skincare” kit kit from this website called Soko Glam, which includes ten products, and no instructions. But after a little Googling, I think I at least know roughly what order the steps are supposed to go in. It seems like I’m gonna be doing a lot of cleansing, washing, scrubbing, toning, essencing… Whatever “essence” is, moisturizing, and moisturizing again. I am Sisyphus, the sink is my rock. This is a big step up for my current skincare routine, which consists of like three steps: Cleansing, scrubbing, and moisturizing. But I’m excited to try out this routine for a month and see if there are any noticeable benefits. Okay, let’s dive right in. Alright, let’s finally clean this face, right? Let’s get into it. I think that actually, in the evening time, we have nine steps, and then in the daytime we have ten steps, because one of the steps is like, SPF, but we’ve got nine steps for the night, so let’s see how long that takes. I mean this is not one of them. This is Tyler’s hair mousse. – SAFIYA: But, uh-
– TYLER. Hey babe, I’ve been looking for that actually. So basically we start with a makeup remover, or oil-based cleanser. It’s called “Clean It Zero” by banila co.
Like vanilla, but… banila. So basically, I guess you use your old spatula, you gouge some out, water hands, Bada bing, bada boom. – TYLER: You can do it with your makeup on? You don’t have to take your makeup off first? This is *supposed* to take your makeup off. It’s like an oil. – TYLER: Are there any instructions in each one of these boxes? – SAFIYA: I hope so. [ LAUGHS ] [ READING ] “Use the spatula and take a reasonable amount of the balm.” [ SURPRISED ] Ohhhh, it feels like coconut oil! – SAFIYA: [ READING ] “Gently massage the formula in circular motions onto dry skin to dissolve makeup.” When I look at my hands, I’ve got these pellets of like, foundation-colored somethin-somethin’. [ UPSET ] I want to wash my face so bad.
– TYLER: You don’t like it? I like that it’s taking the makeup off, it seems, but I don’t like how it feels on the face. [ GARGLES ]
– TYLER: One step down, eight to go. Oh, there’s a little oil in the eyes, but I think my makeup’s gone. – TYLER: It’s completely gone. Next is our water-based cleanser. You cleanse with oil, you cleanse with water. And you moisturize, you moisturize. This is called the “Real Fresh Foam Green Tea Cleanser.” [ READING ] “Pump one to two puffs, and gently massage all over wet face.” Oh this smells so nice. It smells like whatever tea leaves are at the bottom. I don’t like matcha to drink, but on the face, I could accept it. Alright, patting dry. So the next step is exfoliator, so we’ve got this thing that they’ve given us. This is the “Strawberry Food Therapy Scrub Mask.” – TYLER: [ EXCITED ] Ooh! – SAFIYA: Oh, it smells like strawberries, woah.
– TYLER: I want to eat that! [ MEOW ] – TYLER: Crusty wants some too. [ MEOW ] – SAFIYA: Crusty, you want some? – SAFIYA: No. No.
[ TYLER LAUGHS ] Basically, I just massage this into my skin. [ SHOCKED ] Oh, it’s warm, ahhh! It’s warming! Ohh, it’s warming on my face! I don’t know if this is what it’s supposed to do, it feels like, a little like, acidic almost? – TYLER: Yeah
– SAFIYA: Like as if it’s kind of like, *attacking* chemically the top layers of my skin. Alright, it’s been a couple of minutes, let’s take this off. [ SURPRISED ] Oh! My skin is so soft! There we go, step three down. Step four is toner. They’re called the “Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pads” by re:p [“Rep”]. – SAFIYA: They smell like ginger! “Right after cleansing, use one sheet of pad, applied to sweep across T-zone, and lightly tap on U-zone.” “U-zone” must be this, right? I don’t feel any different, but… I think I smell a little bit more like sushi. Next is the essence. Here it is.
– TYLER: [ LAUGHING ] There’s so many products. – There’s so many things.
– TYLER: You’re going to have to look this up like, every time. This is the Galactomyces “95 Whitening Power Essence.” It’s basically like a second toner, I think? I think it just like… it’s almost like a “pre-moisturizer”… [ DEFEATEDLY ] I don’t know. It does *something* good for your skin. Basically it says, “On cheeks, spread a generous amount to skin, and then tap the under-eye area as if playing the piano.” [ IMITATES “DRACULA” ORGAN MUSIC
(J.S.Bach – Organ Toccata) ] Alright. I think I played the piano quite well. Oh… I missed the mask part.
– TYLER: [ CONFUSED ] What? I think I was supposed to do the mask before the essence step, so I did it out of order for this one. Going forward, I’ll swap them back to where they’re supposed to be, but just for today I’m just going to put the mask on now. This is the Manefit “Bling Bling Hydrogel” mask, and I think like most masks, you just put it on for like, 15 to 20 minutes. The interesting thing is that this is one of the steps, but they only gave me one sheet mask. So I guess I’m just supposed to provide my own sheet masks? Here’s my top half. Oh, it’s sparkly! [ CONCERNED ] Oh. It smells like Play-Doh. Aright, so it’s on my face, I’m going to leave it on for like, 15 minutes, and then we’re going to try and finish this skincare routine sometime tonight, man. – TYLER: This is *one* day. Alright, let’s take this bad boy off. [ SHAKEN ] Oh, God. I feel like I’m just moizturizing so much, like my skin is going to drown. So so far, we’ve done cleansing, cleansing, scrubbing, toning, masking, and essence. So now we’re gonna do lotion, then eye cream, eye cream, and then night moisturizer. I’m a little overwhelmed, but I think my face is going to like it. This is called the “Snail Bee High Content Lotion.” Smells kind of like corn. It feels really nice though. This is like my third moisturizing step in a row, and I have two moisturizing steps left. Alright, so that was lotion. Next up is eye cream. So this is the “Moisture Barrier Eye Cream” by Goodol. – SAFIYA: Ready?
– TYLER: [ AFFIRMS ] – SAFIYA: That was way too much for the eyes. I’m learning as we go how much we need. Oh wow. Oh, it’s a nice, rich cream. Just pat that in. So that is eye cream! Alright, so the last step for the evening is this “Night Repair Cream.” – SAFIYA: Is this not a cream?
– TYLER: Oh, that’s hardcore. I think that actually maybe it’s an essence, so we’re supposed to put it on at the same time as this? Like, you’re supposed to put two essences? I’m going to put this on now, but when I do this next time, I’m going to do it at the same time that I put this essence on. Alright, so I’m going to take a little bit, and we’re just gonna put it on top of everything that’s happened. It smells kind of like, honey-ish? It feels really smooth, but at this point, I feel like I could just be feeling the layers of moisturizer that’s already on my skin. So with that, I think I’ve used all my steps. The only other step that is in the routine is this thing, which is a SPF to put on during the daytime, so we’ll start wearing that tomorrow. I think that in general, I feel really moisturized; I think I feel like, treated, like I’m like, “I treated my skin.” I’m just gonna be a plump peach at the end of this. But besides that, the time is lengthy. Maybe I’ll get a little bit faster in general, just from getting the routine down. [ “Week 1” ] This morning I felt moisturized, and then I washed the moisture off, and then put it all back on, so I’m continuing to feel moisturized. The theme of week one was pretty much just that my skin was drowning in lotion. An interesting side effect is because I was using my hands to apply so much of the moisturizer, my hands, especially my fingertips, are incredibly soft right now. “You’re welcome” to anyone’s hand that I shake during this month. The hydration also turned basically into fertilizer for my mustache. It’s really been growing in like, nice, hydrated, smooth, long. – TYLER: Because like, it’s so moist, it’s a greenhouse for your mustache. – [ LAUGHS ] It’s a little bit like a rainforest. It’s like, you know, you just keep it moist, and I’ll start growing. One early problem I ran into was the sheet mask situation. As I mentioned before, Soko Glam only gave me one sheet mask in the kit, So instead of going out and like, buying a ton of sheet masks, I figured, “Why not have Eve, my mask printing machine, print me one every night?” I want Eve to be able to take her sweet time and like, do what she needs to do, but there’s no way I can do this every night. I mean, it’s okay, Eve. Shh. I’m just going to cover her ears. Yeah, she takes f***ing forever. – SAFIYA: But even without Eve, doing a sheet mask every day would be just too much time in general, so the ten steps turned into nine steps pretty quickly. I think I generally look like, more hydrated and more dewy. I may look a little tired this morning because I didn’t sleep that much last night, but, in general, I think my skin is like, finally accepting the moisture. By week two, I had gotten a lot faster at doing the routine, and I feel like my skin was looking like, pretty plump and young. Tyler noticed this and decided to try some of the products for himself. [ PLEASED ] Ooh! Oh, yeah. – No, not yet-! No-!
– [ TYLER SMACKING LIPS ] – SAFIYA: At least let it sit on your face for a second.
– It’s like… it’s like jam. She’s putting Smuckers on my face. – I do not recommend putting Smuckers on your face. – I do. – So I can eat it now? [ SHOCKED ] Oh! Blech! [ SPITS ] – SAFIYA: [ LAUGHING ] You don’t think it tastes good?
– It’s bitter. – SAFIYA: [ LAUGHS ] Don’t do that! – TYLER: It’s much more bitter than you would assume. It looks delicious. That was gonna be the hardest part about it was not eating it. I don’t want it any more. Woah! A lot of seeds in there. Very physical. I mean, it’s only one wash, but… I like that. – SAFIYA: You actually look great, to be honest.
– Really? You could notice a difference? – SAFIYA: Yeah, you look better than me. Besides Tyler using, and also eating, some of the exfoliant, week two also brought about another hurdle. Something that’s happening right now is that we’re heading out of town for the weekend, and I’m trying to figure out how to pack my Korean skincare routine. It’s not necessarily going well. It is very difficult to travel with. I was only able to bring seven of my ten steps with me. I also had to check my suitcase to get everything here, because there was just too much fluid in every bottle. They weren’t quite “travel friendly.” I also got my period that week, so between not having all my products, riding the crimson wave, traveling, and Chicago just being pretty darn humid, I started seeing some pimples. I started breaking out a little bit. Just like, there’s like, one in the brow, there’s like one over here, one over there. I feel like currently, I’m just equipped with like, 1 000 moisturizers, and I want to be able to like put on like a little spot treatment. I don’t have one, because that’s not really part of the regime. I’m just gonna keep moisturizing it and hope that it eventually goes away once my period goes away. By week three, the pimples were still there. So I tried my current go-to spot treatment, which is tea tree oil. But there are just so many other products in this routine, I felt like it was rendered mostly useless. So the pimples ruled the day. I got a good one going here, and then I also got a good one going up here. And a smaller one going there, and a couple more going over there. I feel like the philosophy on skincare has changed a lot. Like, in the 2000s, it was like, “Oh, you have oily skin? You should dry your face out and wash it.” And now it’s like, “Oh, you have oily skin? You should cleanse with oil.” What should I be doing? I don’t know. Minus the zits, by week four, I felt like I had a pretty well-oiled machine. Literally and figuratively. So this is me doing my whole routine in order. I think I finally figured it out, after weeks. So we’ve got oil cleansing, cleansing, scrubbing, toning, essencing, eye creaming, moisturizing, an SPF-ing. And that’s it. Pretty simple, huh? There is also my nighttime serum/essence, but I only use that at night. So, I guess it’s only like, eight steps morning and night. 8 steps twice a day, 16 steps a day. Um, 16 times 3 is 48, so 400 and like, 96 times? I did 496 applications of something to my face this month. I hope that math is right. I think it is. – SAFIYA: Overall,. I enjoyed my month doing a Korean skincare routine. I don’t think that my skin looks like, completely different. Like, I don’t think that my face just looks like baby’s buttocks. But I do think that my skin is probably more hydrated than it’s ever been before. I definitely think I’m going to use all of these products until they’re finished, like, I did *like* them all a decent amount. And I actually think that after using everything for a month, I do have a decent amount of everything left. Definitely my favorite steps were the oil-based cleanser and the eye cream. The oil-based cleanser is like, witchcraft. This thing actually really does take off all of your makeup. The other product I really liked was this eye cream. Very nice, smells good, very moisturizing. I’ve actually been sneaking some of the eye cream up to the forehead as well. I don’t think it’s like, magnitudes better than any other eye cream I’ve ever tried, but the smell like, encouraged me to keep using it. It was good for morale. So in some regards, like, using this kind of like, “starter pack” of like, ten steps, was a good way to like, get introduced to the Korean skincare without having to do a lot of decision-making or ordering myself. I think you could definitely like, substitute other products in for these products. It’s more about just like, doing all the steps, and like, really like putting the work in. And the *time*. And the energy. And the rubbing. I do think that I’m going to incorporate at least more steps into my normal routine. Maybe not ten, or nine, or eight, but you know, maybe like five. Or six. I am going to look into a spot treatment though, because the pimples come and go, but they’re definitely a presence. Thank you guys so much for watching, if you liked that video, make sure to “shmash” that Like button. And if you want to see more videos like this, make sure to “shmash” that Subscribe button. And if you’ve already “shmashed” that Subscribe button, make sure to also “shmash” that little bell icon in the middle to turn on post notifications so you get a notification every time that I post. Here are my social media handles, and make sure to check out my NextBeat, I do a lot of daily vlogging and Q&As on there. A big shout out to Felicia for watching, thanks for watching, Felicia. And I’ll see you guys a-next time. Not “Bye Felicia.” “Hello, Felicia.”

100 thoughts on “I Tried A 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine For A Month

  1. HELLO FRIENDS!!! i just wanted to clarify, i know ur not supposed to put on a scrub every single day, i used the scrub like 3-4 times a week! i had a line in the video about it and i think we cut it for some reason. so i guess my math was wrong and it was more like ~450 applications!
    thanks & sorry for the confusion!!

  2. After the jaclyn hill fiasco, I learned that when oils smell like playdough, that it means it's gone rancid.

  3. I’m sorry this may sound rude but I don’t think I saw you was your hands before you washed your face. Bad Oil and dirt can just spread more and deepen in your epidermis; that’s probably why they were so persistent.

  4. My skin care is wash my face with warm to cold water, rub extra raw virgin coconut oil on my face, leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash face again then next morning wash face again.
    Coconut oil is really good for your skin, it moisterizes your skin and makes it clear, shiny and really smooth.

  5. just a warning! do not exfoliate everyday it’s not good for your skin it can cause it to get red and irritated!! ( love the vid btw 💞💞)

  6. I recommend not exfoliating every day/night. Exfoliating should be once or twice a week, depending on skin type. Cleansing should be done every other day. Moisturizing should be done every day/night, doesn’t matter if you have oily skin, moisture is good. And of course, the oil based face wash, that can be an every day/night since it’s oil based. But those with oily faces should stay away from oil based, it clogs the pores. Sooooooo, technically you could have cut your routine in a half a smidge. Eye serums and the such are basically just a night thing when you sleep, so you didn’t have to do it in the day. Just FYI. This is basically my routine I do.

  7. My “skincare routine” is just 1. Wash face, 2. Wash face again bc ur oily again
    Props to u for keeping this up for a MONTH

  8. I really need to know: do Korean girls do this all nights? Everyone recommend to do exfoliation once a week, but since face scrub is part of Korean skin care routine it means they exfoliate all night! For real?! So what we do?

  9. You tried to many new products at once and that caused the pimples. You have to introduce the products separately.

  10. the amount of products with the word "white" in them is so uncomfortable, knowing how much people idolise fairness in south/east asia

  11. I’m surprised people found the end result to be great. You can see the inflammation building up in her cheeks on the day 31 picture. A 10-step scincare routine twice a day sounds like a lot to me. My skin would be stressed af. Idk it just doesn’t seem healthy

  12. I can see huge difference u look more bubbly nd cute now waoo m impress alot.. Plus ur hubby is soo handsome nd cute 😘

  13. When she played the piano on her under eyes I'm pretty sure she played the song when you die in bitlife

  14. The website has a how to use section and it says the order and how often to use, it says the exfoliator and sheet mask should be used twice a week

  15. The scrub Is a step too be use 2 or 3 times on the week, and the mask is 1 on the mond. Hi from México, love the video.💗

  16. I think i forgot the face mask (BAE: Whaaat??) ahhahaah lovely couple… I just subscribed and i loved your videos <3

  17. Hello Saf, thank you. I love love loved this video, you and Tyler made me laugh so much. I also try to eat products when they smell good!!! 🙈 (Hope you don't mind me adding, remember to include your neck in your routine.) xxx

  18. I really love when your boyfriend is interacting with you through the video, this is very original and funny. I love also when the cat arrives and interferes when no one asked, this is typical cat ^^ .

  19. I have a product line that is only THREE steps, and, WILL make your skin like a "baby's buttocks" in two weeks or less. I direct messaged you on Facebook.

  20. Guys this is my version of the Korean skincare routine because my mum won’t let me buy all the stuff. Also it’s shortened so it’s not as time consuming.

    1. Wash face with oil based cleanser (I use (stole) my mums shu eumura oil
    Only do this if wearing makeup
    2. Wash with a water based cleanser. (I use simple skincare refreshing facial wash)
    Now use a daily light moisturiser.
    3. Use toner and serum 2 in one which you can make at home! I made it and it’s been stopping my skin from breaking out and ActUaLlY WoRkS! How to: mix aloe Vera gel and light moisturiser with a blob of night cream which is coming up. Add to some water in a spray bottle. Shake and your done. I just spray this on my face and pat it, then spray onto my fingertips and press into oily areas.
    4. Then use this (or a store bought) night cream. It’s just a daily moisturiser and aloe gel, with sone vitamin e oil (optional)
    5. Sleep
    Hope this helped!

  21. Theres something so refreshing about a YouTuber who only uses three skincare products. Dr dray a dermatologist on YouTube claims all you need is a good face wash, gentle moisturizer and an spf..just food for thought

  22. It’s crazy how companies learn to create huge routines like this and all of these products when really it’s basically over cleaning and stripping your skin and then putting oil and vitamins back into it after stripping them away.
    They found a good balance to give people results while also making lots of money.
    But if we stop using so many products on our face our skin could have the same results.
    Same with hair washing. Shampoo strips the natural oils. So in turn you need to use conditioner and hair masks and oils.
    The more products you use, the more you need to buy. That’s how you’re sucked into being a consumer.

  23. The way you put your video together and the sense of humor you and Tyler have really makes my day. We need more you-tubers (or just people in general) like you. I like watching you. Go girl! Are you still using Korean skincare?

  24. That snail stuff is awesome, I just started using a snail all-in-one face cream after I saw it in a Jamie French K Beauty video and I am loving it. Who would have thought of putting snail goo on your face though? Weirdos! Haha!

  25. I have a 9 year old friend who looks like Tyler and I kind of look like Safiya and I think we are team safty

  26. my skin care routine
    1. cetaphil cleanser
    2. proactive cleanser
    3. proactive toner
    4. proactive moisturizer
    5. rose spray mist

  27. I think this would have been overall better if she picked her own products for her skin
    Though I was surprised that the kit came with so much moisturizers that were the same
    I've learned that it's not really so many steps as it seems
    It's really just cleansing, toning, serum or essence, and moisturizer or sleeping pack (sometimes both)
    The rest is more on necessity
    Sheet marks tend to be occasional too, like scrubs, and most people wear them during the day, say after work or a day out

  28. And then there's just my routine, which is just washing my face/removing makeup, lotion, and then a facial spray lol

  29. Super proud of you for diving in! I was intimidated for the longest time too but finally started a Korean Skincare routine at the ripe age of 25!

    A good resource to check out is this channel called Beauty Within. They have fantastic product recommendations and visual graphics explaining what different products are even doing for you.

    To remember the order of my skincare routine I use: “Can This Extra Stuff Make Do?”

    C – Cleanser (double cleanse if wearing makeup)
    T – Toner
    E – Essence
    S – Serum
    M – Moisturizer
    D – Day Stuff (Face SPF of at least 30)

    It’s important to know what your skin type is first before buying any products, because certain products are great for one skin type and horrible/irritating for the next.

    Would love to see a follow up video if you wind up determining what makes the cut for daily use from now on!!!

    Love your vids!!

  30. Oh! A great pimple thing I use is COSRX hydrocolloid pimple patches. That could be a cool video in itself. They’re like small circular stickers you just put on top of pus-filled zits and it draws out the pus until the sticker turns clear to white.

    Another option is Murad’s or e.l.f.’s spot treatment. Both have salicylic acid, which is great for drying out zits.

    Murad is on the pricier side and is much more potent than the rest so I just use it on the REALLY angry zits.

    And the most affordable option is putting a dab of white fluoride toothpaste on your zit. It can be irritating for some skin types but really does dry out zits overnight.

    Haha maybe you could do a zit treatment video and compare?

  31. thought i should say this even though this is kinda old: the face scrub is supposed to feel warm; it opens up your pores for moisturizing and/or serums

  32. Well saf, about that math , you forgot to multiply the times of day by seven for each week (I think). Løve you guys😇😇

  33. Im 13 and my skincare is
    Oily cleanser
    Foam cleanser
    Mist toner
    Spot treatment

    Gel cleanser
    Mist toner

  34. I think u should put some on ur neck too like ur face looks two shades lighter visibly lighter to ur neck

  35. Any good Korean beauty websites that're in english? I've been looking for a while but I'm struggling 😬 any Korean clothes stores would be helpful too!

  36. i was watching this video before i started to watch another one and it was a quiet bit in my video when i accidentally clicked back to 11:48 and all i heard was safiya saying “baby buttocks” and my day has been made

  37. The galacto is a skin lightening product. In Korea, light colored skin is considered preferable.
    Strawberries are high in vitamin C acids. Probably one reason it felt warm. The acid takes the first layers of cells off.
    The snail slime is…well…snail slime. Ya.
    Anyway, truly, there is a BIG difference in your before and after.

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