The Best 5 Step Anti-Aging Korean Skincare Routine

I had never before tried any sort of Korean skincare routine.  And a cohesive 5 step skincare routine?  Not even close.  I always pieced various brands and products together.

But trying a 5 step Korean skincare routine by Saranghae (It means I love you in Korean!) is a total game changer.  I’m giving you the rundown on the 5 skincare products in the Saranghae anti-aging routine.  I hope this Saranghae review will inspire you to savor your skincare regime and step it up to a 5 step routine!

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Background on Saranghae

Saranghae really embraces the concept of love.  As I mentioned earlier, Saranghae means “I love you” in Korean!  So what’s with all the love?

“Saranghae’s active ingredients are derived from rare and powerful Asian Botanicals that grow in nutrient rich volcanic soil on the island of Jeju, South Korea.”

I mean, hello!  That information had me at hello.  What’s better than natural ingredients to repair and regenerate your skin?!  Saranghae uses only the best and most natural ingredients, mainly from botanical sources that grow in volcanic soil.

Did you know?  Volcanic soil is so rich with minerals and nutrients that green tea leaves harvested from the soil carry 250% higher concentration of antioxidants than your standard green tea.  What?!  Now I won’t feel bad when I drink my Cabernet tonight… Many of my favorite wines come from grapes that grow in volcanic soil!  Bring on the antioxidants!

All of this love is the reason Saranghae is the fastest growing Korean skincare brand in North America!

The 5 Products

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Saraghae Nourishing + Moisturizing Cleanser

This botanical-based cleanser effectively removes my foundation, concealer, and powder.  I’m not even left with any tan residue on my towel after I dry my face!  That’s a rare occurrence for me.  Plus, it even removes my (non-waterproof) mascara!  Never underestimate the cleansing power of botanicals!

Because the cleanser is based with botanical oils, my skin feels so soft immediately after I dry my face.  It cleanses my skin but doesn’t strip it, leaving my face properly hydrated and nourished.

Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum

I never understood the importance of serum until recently, and I 100% regret not using one for so long.  I have come across some good ones, but the Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum goes above and beyond.

The Best 5 Step Korean Skincare Routine

My skin seems to immediately absorb the serum (and its antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins), giving it the perfect platform for the next skincare step.  I also find comfort in the fact that the serum + essence is packed with tons of ingredients that help my skin regenerate, such as:

  • Phellinus Linteus Mushroom extract (a rare and unique ingredient that the founders of Saranghae carefully cultivate)
  • plant-based placenta
  • collagen
  • elastin
  • hyaluronic acid (also known as The Fountain of Youth)
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Saranghae Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream

Firm and lift?  Yes, please.  This thick but non-greasy formula helps my skin produce less free radicals.  Not sure what free radicals are?  They are little buggers from various areas of the environment (sun, pollution, dust, cigarette smoke, smog) that steal electrons from the atoms on our skin, expediting the aging process.  Um, I don’t know about you, but how ’bout no?!

The Best 5 Step Korean Skincare Routine

The Saranghae Regeneration Cream helps the skin to fight free radicals and win the war.  Use this cream to reduce the development of free radicals and decrease damage from oxidative stress by up to 220%!

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It seems like a miracle, although Saranghae claims their products are not miracle products.  Of course, however, the miracle-like results are no accident.  Saranghae, once again, puts lots of love into this cream by adding a natural blend of:

  • antioxidants
  • amino acids
  • regenerative peptides

With the help of this cream, expect to see less redness (My mild rosacea seems much more under control!) and more even skin tone.

Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream

This eye cream is neither thick nor thin, which is one of the things I love about it.  I don’t feel greasy or dry after applying it.  As far as ingredients go, it contains that same unique Mushroom Extract as the serum, so I feel like I am treating my face to a cohesive skincare routine.The Best 5 Step Anti-Aging Korean Skincare Routine- focus renewal eye cream

Some other ingredients in the Focus Renewal Eye Cream:

  • adenosine
  • Vitamin B3
  • elastin
  • collagen

These ingredients make this formula perfect for morning and night, because they help to:

  • diminish wrinkles
  • lift and firm
  • brighten the appearance of dark circles

The Best 5 Step Korean Skincare Routine

Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask

Now, I love all of the products in this 5 step skincare routine, but I think I saved the best for last here.  It’s my favorite of the 5 skincare products, and here’s why:  When I removed this mask from my skin, the pesky wrinkles between my eyebrows were totally less noticeable.  Like, I did a double take in the mirror.

I applied the mask before bed a couple of times, but the next time I use it, I will apply it before a night out.  Then I know my skin will look young, vibrant, and plump and be the perfect canvas for my makeup.  The mask contains:

  • CoQ10 an antioxidant that promotes cell growth
  • Hyaluronic Acid (again, all the rage right now)
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The Best 5 Step Anti-Aging Korean Skincare Routine

I really love that this sheet mask makes my skin look instantly radiant, but I also love that over time, it can reduce pigmentation.  Plus, this mask feels so soothing on my skin, and it’s so easy to apply!  No need to rinse after!

The Best 5 Step Anti-Aging Korean Skincare Routine by Saranghae- Bottom Line

What a lovely 5 step skincare routine!  I had never before tried any Korean skincare, and I can honestly say I don’t think I will ever try a different Korean brand.  Saranghae wins for me!

Here are my favorite things about Saranghae’s 5 step routine:

  • Chemical emulsifiers are not present.  Saranghae executes emulsifying of natural oils without the help of chemicals.  (Saranghae patented this method and won awards for this technology, called SH-Napre™.)
  • Everything is formulated with love, both by the creators and the natural ingredients found in the land.
  • I’m treating my skin to a cohesive skincare routine that covers all bases and fights aging with Asian botanicals.
  • Each product has a very faint, refreshing scent that ties it all together.

So what do you think?  Will you try it?  If I was reading this review, I totally would!  You can find Saranghae’s products at You can also find Saranghae on the following social platforms.  Give them a follow and stay up to date on 2017 skincare revelations! (This is where you can find their how-to-use videos!)

Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to catch a video about my experience in my Instastory within the next few days!

*Saranghae sent me these products in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

That’s what’s up in skincare today.  How many steps does your skincare routine consist of??  Let me know!

“About Saranghae:

Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.

For more information please visit:
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  1. 10.27.17

    They really are, Linda!

  2. 10.31.17

    I’m telling you, these have got to be up there on the Korean skincare list! I don’t think I’ll stop using them ever.

  3. 11.1.17
    doranciara said:

    Oooh looks lovely. I feel like I need this in my life now! It sounds ideal and the packaging is luxurious. Very nice

  4. 11.1.17
    Gabrielle “Crystal” RoseBonniee said:

    As I wrote on the Instagram, everything looks luxurious! I would like to try it too. I just love k-beauty ❤

    Blog de la Licorne

  5. 11.2.17
    highstreetbeauty11 said:

    Jackie, these products sound right up my street. Beautiful packaging too. I will definitely look out for this brand!

  6. 11.2.17
    Emma said:

    All of these products look so luxurious!

  7. 11.3.17

    Definitely all about prevention over here! Isn’t the packaging so classy?

  8. 11.3.17

    I can’t believe it took me so long to try Korean skincare. I love how this brand uses that special mushroom extract! If you think about it, mushrooms grow only in the most moist places, so they have got to be packed with the ultimate hydration.

  9. 11.3.17

    Well, you don’t have to do the 5th step (mask) every night. Maybe once a week! The other steps are just cleanse, eye cream, serum, and moisturizer.

  10. 10.3.18
    Jackie said:

    I’ve unfortunately used it all up, but I absolutely love it. I feel like I looked younger while using it, so I have to buy some. I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 during the day.

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