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10 Step K-Beauty Inspired Routine With All Black-Owned Products

10 Step K-Beauty Inspired Routine With All Black-Owned Products

Korean skincare routine: I’m sure that at least one of your favorite beauty influencers has mentioned it. It’s no secret that Koreans (both men and women) take their skincare very seriously, reportedly using 8 to 10 steps in a daily regimen. While K-beauty has only recently made its way to America, many beauty gurus are at least somewhat familar with Soko Glam’s 10 step K-beauty routine: (1) oil cleanser (2) water-based cleanser (3) exfoliator (4) toner (5) essence (6) treatments (7) sheet masks (8) eye cream (9) moisturizer and (10) sunscreen.

If you are the type of person that just washes their face with water in the shower (no judgement), I’m sure that this list seems over the top. But hey, with the explosion of K-pop in the USA, Korean people are obviously doing something right in the beauty department!

There are a few key steps and products in K-beauty that differentiates a routine from other cultures. The first is essence. What the heck is essence? According to Soko Glam, “Essences are the heart of the Korean skincare routine. They’re lightweight but packed with concentrated hydrating, anti-aging, and complexion-enhancing ingredients.” I’ve tried essence and expected it to just feel like a toner; however, it is more moisturizing and closer to the feel of a serum-toner mix.

Additionally, the cute paper face masks that you see at Target? Those are a staple in this routine (step #7 to be exact). Overall, K-beauty companies pride their products on being high quality mixed with cute or minimalistic design.

In honor of Black History Month, we thought it would be cool to put together a 10 step K beauty inspired routine that features some of our favorite high quality Black woman-owned products, all of which fit the K-beauty product quality and aesthetic. Who doesn’t want good looking products lining their bathroom sink? Most of the products come from one of our favorite online marketplaces, BLK + GRN (also black woman-owned)!

*Also, this post is not sponsored.

Check out this K-Beauty Routine With All Black-Owned Products:

1. Oil Cleaner: Kaike Cleansing Oil, $25


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Melt is a beautifying blend of oils to cleanse, balance, and brighten the skin.  This multi-tasking makeup remover and facial cleanser is packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients to nourish, and repair skin while completely melting away dirt and restoring moisture.

2. Water-based cleanser: Marla Rene Micellar Cucumber Aloe Facial Cleansing Water, $22  


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Made with refreshing cucumber extract, this triple-duty cleanser acts an astringent, facial cleanser, and makeup remover for sensitive and dry skin types. Soothing ingredients like cucumber, calendula, and chamomile extract help keep skin calm and clear. You can even use this cleanser to refresh your makeup brushes. 

Other great options

a. Nolaskinsentials Clarifying Cleansing Foam, $22

b. Matrescence Rose Glow Purifying Cleanser, $82

3. Exfoliator: Golde Lucuma Bright Instant Exfoliating Face Mask, $34


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This brightening mask is made with 100% pure, edible superfoods. Featuring superfruits like lucuma, papaya, and sea buckthorn berry, it’s packed with vitamin C and smells like a tropical vacation. With natural papaya enzymes, the powder-to-gel formula gently exfoliates to reveal radiant skin.

4. Toner: pH7 Natural Kombucha Tea Toner, $12


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Facial Toner is a nourishing, refreshing elixir which is applied to the skin after using the exfoliating cleanser. This toner is perfect for restoring and hydrating healthy skin from our natural ingredients. Facial toner is acceptable for all skin types. This gentle foaming cleanser is jam-packed with plant-based ingredients that nourish and cleanse for smooth healthy skin.

Other great options:

a. Chloe + Chad Organic Hibiscus Face Toner, $26

b. Nolaskinsentials Witches Brew Toner, $20

5. Essence: Matrescence Rose Glow Brightening Essence, $68


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A nourishing and refreshing essence that instantly reveals a brighter, more vibrant glow by effortlessly dissolving impurities and dead skin. Organic chamomile and pomegranate juice work together with a selection of natural refining acids to enhance the texture of the skin. Helichrysum adds a bonus “wake up” with its delightful aroma and energy.

6. Treatments: M. Roze Fade Dark Spots Collection, $80


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The MRoze Essentials Fade Dark Spots Collection is perfect for balancing skintones, and evening complexions. Use each of the products to build your perfect daily routine, and watch the dark spots fade away. 

Additional treatments

a. Inua Organic Moringa Vitamin C Serum, $40

b. Nolaskinsentials Iconic Elixir, $22

7. Sheet Masks: Eve Milan New York-The Lacial Masque: Brightening, $7 


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Detailed in an intricate lace pattern this work of art deeply hydrates the face leaving your skin supple and nourished. An even skin tone is a major factor in the quest for great skin. This Lacial Masque has all the ingredients to brighten skin for all skin types, especially dull skin. 

Other great options

a. Eve Milan New York- The Lacial Masque: Moisturizing & Repairing, $7

8. Eye Cream: M. Roze Eye Refresh Multivitamin Eye Cream, $38


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M Roze’s Eye Refresh formula reduces the look of lines, puffiness and dark circles and leaves the eye area looking radiant. 

Other great options

a. Marla Rene IlluminEyez Hyaluronic Intense Night Recovery Eye Cream, $48 

9. Moisturizer: Base Butter Radiate Face Jelly


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Lightweight in nature, refreshing in feel, gel moisturizers are compatible with most skin types. Equipped to hydrate due to its water like base, it easily absorbs all of the formula’s nutrients into the skin without a greasy residue. The best part, a gel moisturizer leaves room for the remaining steps in your skincare routine such as layering key serums and SPF. * Note: this product goes out of stock very fast (because it is seriously that good), so sign up for their email list!

10. Sunscreen: Black Girl Sunscreen, $19


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The weightless, melanin-protecting Black Girl SPF 30 Sunscreen won’t leave skin with a sticky residue or white cast. Plus, the cocoa butter and carrot seed oil keeps skin moisturized and protected as you play in the sunshine. The moisturizing blend of carrot seed, jojoba and almonds leave skin protected and nourished, without the sticky effects of traditional sunscreens. *You can buy Black Girl Sunscreen at Target!

Other great options

a. Unsun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, $29

b. M. Roze Glow Protector Sunscreen, $18.99

After the 10 Step: iME Cosmetics SMOOTH BASE PRIMER


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SMOOTH BASE PRIMER was developed in South Korea and designed to help you combat sweat and to stay moisturized. The smooth texture of the formula is great for any skin type or tone. It’s super light and buildable. To use, dab a bit on your fingers and massage it into your face. You can apply makeup after or not 🙂 *iME Cosmetics is a new company, so get a sample!

Interested in more Black-owned beauty and skincare products? Make sure to support BLK + GRN, the online marketplace featuring consciously created products from Black artisans. What will you be adding to cart?


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