What impresses us about the methods of Koreans when it comes to skincare is the fact that they pay close attention to the needs of the skin. However, a 10-step Korean skincare routine may be quite improbable for a fast-paced lifestyle and may damage the pocket for a bit, but to do so may be a charm. Several pros of incorporating such routine may improve skin’s overall condition through proper cleansing, giving it maximum moisture, or protecting it from environmental stressors. The rationale behind this article is not to force-feed the products, rather this article aims to give light in the possibility of improving skin through incorporating various products and brands, which are not necessarily Korean-made.


As we curated this 10-step skincare routine, we carefully considered not just the brands behind each product, but also their effectivity we can totally vouch for. And though this article is ideally to make a point on having 10 steps, we value the fact that our #SkinGoals vary in more ways than one.

Here, we have listed below 10 skincare products from Today’s Skin’s that we hope can be useful for your whatever-number-step skincare routine you have:

The use of an oil cleanser is usually recommended for those who wear makeup on a daily basis. However, with the “double cleansing” method, using an oil cleanser may also be beneficial even to those who do not wear makeup. Aesop Parsley Seen Facial Cleansing Oil gently removes grime and is an anti-oxidant cleanser that keeps skin balanced and supple. As the oil turns into an emulsified milky liquid, it deeply penetrates into skin to melt away deep-seated makeup and dirt. This is perfect for those who have very sensitive skin and gives ultimate moisture with its hydrating ingredients such as avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rice oil, bran oil, and olive oil just to name some.

Using a cleanser, may it be gel or cream, is a standard in a skincare routine. This cream cleanser from Sunday Riley is very gentle to the skin while effectively cleans and plumps skin. This contains vitamins, minerals, and other essential oils to tone and balance normal to combination skin types. It has Vitamin C that brightens, and black pepper, jasmine and frankincense to draw out impurities to improve overall complexion.

For some, the thought of using a toner is unnegotiable due to unimaginable horrific experiences from old school, alcohol-infused, and stinging toners. Good thing, most brands such as Pixi by Petra, have taken the extra mile to improve the “toner experience.” While this rose-hydrosol based toner gives skin an extra cleanse after a cleanser, this also gives added hydration, removes impurities, and preps skin for the ingredients of the next steps in the skincare routine.

Rose Tonic


This rose-hydrosol based toner from Pixi by Petra hydrates, replenishes, refreshes, and neutralizes skin. This naturally soothes, and helps tone and balance skin with its rich nutrients. This also minimizes redness and calms skin.

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The use of an essence may deem unnecessary for some, but an essence is potent and preps skin for better absorption of serums and ampoules. This Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx is a cult favourite among skin care lovers because of its capacity to repair damaged skin, even out textured skin tone, and add hydration to keep skin healthy. This concentrated essence is highly effective because of the meticulous process of fermentation this went through.

By now, the use of emulsion may be quite confusing for some. But to put it in a nutshell, an emulsion is a hybrid of a serum and a moisturizer. It is just as potent as a serum and acts like a sealant like a moisturizer. This lightweight hydrating emulsion of Cosrx is the perfect moisturizer for those who want to keep their skin hydrated while keeping skin free from dead skin cells and excess sebum with the help of its BHA ingredient.

Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion (100ml)


This lightweight hydrating emulsion from Cosrx is the perfect moisturizer for skin hydration and prevention from dead skin cells and excess sebum. Natural BHAs aid in keeping pores cleared of impurities like dead skin cells and excess sebum, so moisture is not simply being piled on top of a debris — pores are kept clear from debris as skin is hydrated.

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Most of you know by now that the use of a serum is dependent on the skin goals of the person. Since a serum is highly concentrated, there are varying serums target varying skin problems, such as acne, redness, dark spots, and what not. Thankfully, this serum of The Ordinary called “Buffet” targets multiple skin issues like premature signs of aging, dark spots, dehydration, and texture problems. This serum was not coined “Buffet” for nothing after all.

“Buffet” (30ml)


This water-based serum from The Ordinary targets multiple signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. This also helps recover skin from dehydration, dullness, and texture problems. Its formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes.

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For on-the-go people, the thought of a sheet mask sitting on the face for 15 minutes may be too much of a time luxury. But occasionally, we think that we deserve this kind of luxury, don’t you think? This healing mask helps control sebum secretion and soothes irritated, red skin. If using this sheet mask means delivering intensive care to the skin, then it wouldn’t hurt to throw in one at least once a week.

They say eyes are windows to the soul. Thus, taking good care of it is just right. For visible correction of signs of undereye issues, this eye product of Hylamide is recommendable. This is serum concentrate has a wide array of peptides to rehydrate the fragile eye area, while targeted technologies improve the look of crow’s feet, puffiness, and dark circles.

While some dermatologists here in the Philippines do not recommend the use of a moisturizer, we still firmly believe that a moisturizer is mandatory in a skincare routine. Besides the fact that it gives added moisture to the skin, it also serves as a sealant and barrier to the skin. This priming moisturizer of Glossier seals, protects and even helps minimize the appearance of pores.

Priming Moisturizer (50ml)


This moisturizer from Glossier visibly plumps skin up with moisture to create an even texture, which helps minimize the appearance of pores — minus any heavy blurring ingredients. The anti-redness complex soothes and evens skin tone, leaving a clean, dewy, balanced finish.

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The Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick has 3 variants, but “Glow” is quite an exception. While it protects skin from pollutants and UV rays no matter the weather with its SPF 50+, it also gives a subtle glow to the skin that we all want!

Hello Sunny Essense Sun Stick SPF50+PA+Glow (18.5g)


This Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick Glow from Banila Co is the perfect sun protection whether it is sunny or cloudy outside. This comes in a slim and sleek twist stick. This contains SPF50+ PA++++ to ensure that skin is protected from strong UV rays. This also has peony extracts to brighten up the skin tone, thus, the subtle highlight effect. This can be used on the shoulders, collar bones and even on the legs to give them that healthy, lit-from-within glow made for all skin types.

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