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5 Korean Skincare Secrets To Add To Your Skincare Routine

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So, the world’s been obsessed with Korean skincare for a while now. I mean, where do you think all those sheet masks came from?

It’s no joke that Korean men and women have some of the best skin in the world, so they must be doing something right!

First, the West started a taking cue from them and the world has followed suit. And no, this obsession isn’t limited to just skincare, but that’s what we’re focussing on today.

Let’s change up our daily skincare routine a bit to incorporate these magical skin secrets, straight from South Korean blogger, Sorabella.


1. Wash Your Face With Just Water

Yup, you read it right! Every morning, wake up and wash your face with just water. This will keep your skin hydrated and wash away the minor impurities that settle on it during the night.

That being said, don’t do this when you come home from a long and tiring day of work or after you’ve been outdoors, etc…you get the point.


2. Spend More Time On Skin Than Makeup!

It’s wash your face, apply toner, essence, serum, moisturiser, and SPF…in that order! And that’s only for the day. Of course, if you don’t have that much time, you might want to cut down on either the essence or serum, but nothing else!

According to the Korean way, if we spend more time on skincare than makeup, we really won’t need that much makeup at all.

And yeah, for the night, it’s cleanser, exfoliation, toner, essence, serum, sheet mask, eye cream, moisturiser. Wow.


3. Terms You Need To Know!

Toner: This is required because not only does it work as a double cleansing step, but it also opens up your skin for the next set of products. Just make sure your toner doesn’t contain alcohol, as that can be drying and damaging.

Essence: This is between a toner and serum, kind of a hybrid. It helps you keep a youthful appearance by encouraging cell turnover.

Serum: This targets specific concerns your skin might have — for example, Vitamin C can be for dull, lightly pigmented skin to brighten it up.

Exfoliation: This can be a chemical peel, something that contains glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or any other form of AHA or BHA. If you don’t want to use a cream or gel exfoliant, then opt for a scrub.

Knowing what you’re applying on your skin is extremely important.


4. Layering

Layering is the golden rule of Korean skincare. Layering products helps hydrate your skin, target specific areas, and helps all your skincare products work together for the best.


5. The Best Way To Exfoliate

Step into a steam, a sauna, or do it right after a hot water bath. If you don’t have time, simply apply hot water (this can be done with a hot towel left on your face for a few seconds) on your face before you scrub or apply a chemical exfoliant. This will allow the trapped sebum and dirt to pull away.

Once you’re done with your skincare, use a cold towel to close up your pores, allowing nothing else to penetrate.


Our beauty writer is also an amazing makeup artist (check out some of her awesome videos on the site!). This skincare enthusiast is also a bonafide globetrotter and boss babe.

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