The Korean Skin Care Routine
Koreans are known for their glowing skin, which is achieved through a unique regimen. It’s a bit more extensive than what you’re probably used to (involving up to 10 steps or more), which can seem daunting at first. But we’re here to break it down for you, helping you understand the steps so you can customize them to fit your needs. It’s all about achieving healthy radiance from within, and while it may take a little longer, the results are worth it in the long run.
Step 1. Cleansers
- OIL-BASED CLEANSER - Korean women typically use two cleansers, starting with an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based makeup, SPF and other impurities (since water repels oil). This allows for effortless cleansing rather than tugging at your skin to remove that last bit of mascara.
- WATER-BASED CLEANSER - Following with a water- based cleanser removes any remaining residue and leaves skin supple. The key is to find a gentle formula that won’t strip or dry out your skin.
Step 2. Toners
- Korean toners differ from other toners because they’re meant to hydrate, moisturize, and balance your skin’s pH level after cleansing. This reflects Korean beauty heritage, which is steeped in natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth instead.
Step 3. Essences
- Though formulated with varying viscosities, essences tend to be a bit more fluid and less concentrated than serums. Their main purpose is to moisturize the skin and make the most of the serums that follow. Think of your skin as a sponge: once it’s plumped up with water, everything else absorbs more easily.
Step 4. Serums & Ampoules
- These products are formulated with active ingredients that target specific needs by skin type, such as fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation and dehydration. You can customize your regimen here, adding or removing products as you see fit. You can use them in any order, but generally thicker, more viscous products go on later.
Step 5. Moisturizers
- EYE CREAM - The skin around your eyes is thinner and more easily dehydrated, so it should be treated with a cream specifically formulated to protect, nourish, brighten or de-puff.
- MOISTURIZER - A moisturizer designed for your skin type creates a barrier that will lock in all the beneficial ingredients you’ve just applied, instead of letting them evaporate out of your skin.
Step 6. Sunscreens
- SPF (A.M. ONLY) Sunscreen is huge in Korea, and rightly so. Every morning, finish off your skincare regimen with either a dedicated sunscreen or a BB cream or cushion compact that includes SPF.
Why Korean Beauty
Koreans are some of the most demanding beauty consumers in the world. Case in point: one of Korea’s top dermatologists told us of a client with flawless, radiant skin who said, “I know I have perfect skin, but I want it to look slightly more translucent and porcelain- like.” At that, he threw up his hands and exclaimed, “I give up! Korean women have standards that are impossible to meet.” And while those sky-high standards are taxing, they’re exactly what keep the Korean beauty industry striving to keep up.
On top of that, Korean consumers have a voracious appetite for skincare, which in turn helps fund extensive R&D. With thousands of beauty brands all competing for market share, the result is a Hyper-competitive, incredibly innovative industry that's at the forefront of the beauty world.
- Top 3 Reasons
Korean beauty heritage is steeped in natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth instead.
Korean beauty products utilize the most effective Western ingredients—and so much more. With an impressively large repertoire that includes ground-breaking ingredients such as snail mucin and bee venom, their compellingly fresh formulations can deliver results you could never achieve before.
The holistic Korean beauty philosophy focuses on improving skin from the inside out. Their belief is that a truly radiant complexion doesn’t happen overnight by simply treating the skin’s outer layers. Instead, Korean skincare concentrates on maintaining a healthy, well hydrated and nourished skin environment for results that last a lifetime.