Soft, healthy, glowing skin never goes out of fashion. However, a hectic routine, loads of pollution and not enough hydration can leave skin dry and dirty, and a perfect spot for acne, pimples and other skin problems. To achieve healthy, glowing skin, sufficient hydration and good nutrition are extremely necessary.

However, this ultimate Korean skin care routine with products easily available in Pakistan,  will help you achieve that perfect glowing, celebrity-like skin, that you have always yearned to have! We have also included links to stores or websites from where you can buy the most effective and reasonable products essential for this wonderful Korean skincare routine. 

Korean Skincare Routine Step 1: Deep cleanse (Oil cleanser and face wash)

oil based cleanser Garnier micellar water for korean skincare routine
oil based cleanser Garnier micellar water

The first step is to properly cleanse your skin so that it is free from all sorts of dirt, grime and pollutants. The secret is to cleanse your face first with an oil based cleanser, and then with a water based or foaming cleanser/ face wash. This is necessary because both these types of cleansers are effective against different types of impurities.

Oil based cleansers work best against sebum, SPF and other oil based pollutants, whereas water based cleansers are good for sweat, grime and dirt that can clog the pores of the skin.

Cleansing also helps to remove any stubborn bit of makeup or mascara lingering about on your face. Massaging the face lightly before applying the cleanser is a good strategy, since massaging helps to prepare the skin for the products, and helps in the drainage of the lymphatic glands which could cause the face to become puffy.

A tip for choosing a good foaming cleanser is to get a product that is low pH. However, if the cleanser’s composition is too acidic or too alkaline, it can result in irritation, tightness or blotch-iness of the skin. Another tip for proper cleansing is to wash the face with lukewarm water after cleansing. Splash the face lightly with water, and avoid rubbing the face too much. 

There are a number of good quality facial cleansers available in Pakistan, in stores as well as online. Garnier Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water is a great oil based cleanser, which is safe to use, effective, and pocket friendly. A good face wash which is easily available and great for all skin types is Himalayas Foam Face Wash. 

foaming cleanser by Himalaya herbals
foaming cleanser by Himalaya herbals

Korean Skincare Routine Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a very important part of this wonderful skincare routine. In normal conditions, old and dead skin cells remove themselves, and smoother skin cells keep coming up to the surface of the skin. However, upon aging, the rate at which new skin cells replace old and dull skin cells diminish. Exfoliation helps to remove these dead skin cells, thus making the way for newer skin cells to appear. 

Exfoliators are of two types: physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators . Physical exfoliators  include crystals or beads which work on the upper skin layers and help to remove dead skin by rubbing. Chemical exfoliators penetrate into the deeper skin layers and help to remove dead skin cells which are trapped and have clogged the pores. 

Berry Burst Facial Scrub by Hemani Herbals
Berry Burst Facial Scrub by Hemani Herbals

Smoothing Berry Burst Facial Scrub by Hemani Herbals is a wonderful exfoliating scrub containing strawberry, raspberry and goji berry extracts. It is available in store as well as online in a very affordable price.

You can also read reviews of the following scrubs which I have used on my own skin for quite a while

Korean Skincare Routine Step 3: Toner

toner for Korean Skincare Routine

Toner helps to form a thin layer of moisture on the skin, that further softens the skin, regulates the pH of the skin. Toner helps to increase the effectiveness of the upcoming steps and products used in this skin care routine. A variety of toners with different consistencies and active ingredients are available in the market, but you should choose the toner and brand that suits your skin type best. Herbal toners can also be extremely effective. You can apply the toner either by massaging lightly with your fingers, by patting them on the face, or by using a cotton pad. 

British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner from The Body Shop is a great alcohol-free toner enriched with rose petals and aloe-vera, which helps to soften the skin and leaves it energized and replenished. You can buy it from any The Body Shop franchises in popular shopping malls across Pakistan, or you can easily get it on their official website.

I make my own toner at home, here is the complete recipe

Korean Skincare Routine Step 4: Essence


The next step in this ultimate Korean skincare routine is to use a good facial essence. Essence is a light, hydrating liquid product that helps the skin to absorb moisturizer and other skincare products better.

Some of you might think that the purpose of a toner and essence is the same. However, this is not true, a toner helps to clean the skin of any remaining residues, and essences helps active ingredients present in other skincare products to effectively penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Essences work in the deeper layers of the skin, and help to fight the root causes of skin issues. 

Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are the active ingredients present in most facial essences. Both of these ingredients help the skin to remain hydrated and soft. The best way to use an essence is to pour a small amount of the product into a cotton pad and lightly wipe it across the face. 

24K Gold Essence Gel Cream by Dr. Rashel is an effective essence containing gold particles, collagen and minerals. It helps to rehydrate the skin, reduces puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles. It is easily available online on the official Dr. Rashel website.

Korean Skincare Routine Step 5: Serum

Dr Rasheel serum

Face serums are lightweight moisturizing products that contain active ingredients in a higher concentration, and are great for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.

Facial serums are available in a variety of consistencies, including gels, oils or creams. Using a face serum is an important part of this ultimate skincare routine because serums reduce dark spots and fine lines, and help to enhance the luster of the skin, help boost volume so that the skin does not look saggy, especially around the area of cheeks and eyes. 

The proper way to apply a serum is to take a pea-sized amount and massage it into the skin until it has been fully absorbed. 

24K Silver Serum by Dr. Rashel is a wonderful product for smooth and bright skin. It helps to tighten the pores, and improves the overall quality of the skin. This serum can be found online on the Dr. Rashel official website.

You can also read a complete review of Dr Rasheel vitamin C serum here

or you can watch video of Dr Rashel Vitamin C serum review here

Step 6: Sheet mask

use of sheet masks in Korean skincare routine
use of sheet masks in Korean skincare routine

Sheet mask is also one of the essential components of this ultimate Korean skincare routine for Pakistani girls. These face shaped sheet fabrics are soaked in nutritive serum. They are easy to use, since you only need to apply it, leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and take it off without having to wash off any paste or sticky substances.

Sheet masks are often packed individually, and are available in many varieties. They are great because they can be used even with a very hectic schedule, and you can use them even while cooking, cleaning or watching your favorite drama serial. 

The best way to apply a face mask is to start with the forehead, and keep patting lightly, while aligning the holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. 

Miniso facial sheet masks are an amazing product that are not only of good quality, but are also very easy to use and can easily be placed in a small travelling bag. They are available in stores. Garnier sheet masks are a bit expensive but very effective in result.

Read review of Miniso sheet masks here

Step 7: Eye cream

The thinnest and most delicate skin on your face is the area around the eyes. Squinting, other eye movements and lack of sleep can have an adverse effect on this skin.

Regular use of a good quality eye cream is important because it helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness. It is best to use an eye cream with a gentle and non-irritant formula. To get the most out of your eye cream, use your little finger to gently apply a small amount of the cream around the entire eye area. Be sure to never rub the cream into the skin too aggressively. 

I personally use Safrin Skincare eye cream, the review of the product you can check here

Pond’s Age Miracle Eye Cream is a great product as well, easily available in good local stores. Vitamin E Eye Cream from The Body Shop is enriched with Vitamin E and helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. It is suitable for all skin types.

Step 8: Moisturizer

Essential for improving skin hydration, moisturizers increase the water content of the skin by directly rehydrating the skin from their water phase, and cover the tiny fissures present in the skin surface to form a protective film. This leaves skin soft, supple and smooth. If you pat a small amount of moisturizer into your face and neck twice every day, it will definitely work wonders for your skin. 

Moisturizing creams are available in different varieties for different skin types. It might be a bit tricky at first to find the perfect moisturizer for your skin, but it would be worth it. Pond’s Moisturizers are easily available for different skin types, and can be purchased in most local departmental stores. I personally use Vaseline’s or Nivea’s moisturizer. You can also use Johnson baby oil as light moisturizer, read how to use here

Step 9: Sunscreen

UV rays from the sun can considerably damage our skin, because of which regular use of sunscreen is quite necessary. Sunscreens help to prevent sunburn and the adverse effects of premature aging, such as wrinkles and leathery skin. Sunscreens are also effective for protecting against skin cancer. Gently patting a sunscreen onto the skin of your face and neck is the last and one of the most indispensable steps of this ultimate Korean skin care routine. 

Nivea Sparkling White Family Sun Block SPF 50 UV Protection and U VEIL FORTE-BEST SUN BLOCK FOR OILY SKIN( is effective and suitable for all skin types, and provides sufficient protection from the harmful rays of the sun. It is easily available in good local departmental stores. 

Regularly following this skin care routine will do wonders for your skin and overall appearance. At first, it might seem a slightly difficult to follow routine with too many steps. But once you start seeing the results, you will definitely fall in love with this premium Korean skincare routine for Pakistani girls.

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