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A Guide to Korean Skin Care Taking the mystery out of the Korean Skin Care Phenomenon

A Guide to Korean Skin Care~Taking the Mystery out of the Phenomenon!

In honor of the Olympics taking place in Korea, I thought I’d spend some time writing about and wanting Korean Beauty products. Korean Beauty or K-beauty is the hottest thing going in the beauty world right now and has been since it was introduced by Charlotte Cho of sokoglam.com.

What is K-beauty you ask? In a nutshell, the term encompasses a system of skin care and the products needed. Traditionally, there are multiple steps (think 13 in some cases!) and some of these steps have multiple products involved (for example, double cleansing as I talk about below).

If you read about it, you may also come across terms like “7 skins” and “3 skins.” The 7 skins method is simply layering seven layers of toners or essences onto your face. The 3 skins method is—you got it—layering 3 layers of toner. The idea is that the different layers seal in the one before, maximizing the moisture in your skin.

Do I perform the 13 step ritual? No. Do I want to? Yes. But, I’m already in trouble for all of the lotions and potions that I have and I don’t want my husband leaving me over a skincare toner. I do, however, incorporate some main concepts of the K Beauty regimen into my skincare that I really love.


 Korean Skin Care Cheat Sheet

  • The double cleanse~This involves using an oil-based cleanser or balm and then a foaming, or water-based cleanser. I was skeptical about the 1st step cleanser; but, now can’t do without it. And no, it’s not bad to use oil to clean your face. Tons of great products here! MVP likes  DHC Cleansing Oil. My favorites are Tatcha Cleansing Oil, a Japanese brand, as well as The Fresh cleansing oil and the Clinique, Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.   As a second step, if I have had makeup or sunscreen on, I will use a water-based cleanser or a foaming cleanser like the new  Cetaphil Cleansing Foam . If I feel a bit dry, that my skin is chapped, or I haven’t had makeup or sunscreen on, I will use a milky cleanser as my second step, such as La Roche-Posay
  • The toner~This is my favorite step! This is also, in my opinion, the most confusing product in the K Beauty lineup. There are toners, essences, first essences…they all have subtle differences but I use them interchangeably. I have 2 favorites and I use the simple rule of putting the thickest one on last (use this rule of thumb in any multi-step skincare routine). My first toner is  Klairs Toner prep toner. My second is Missha Essence Toner.
  • The mask~ One of the easiest ways to try out a great K Beauty product is through a mask! My absolute favorite is the series of Lover Rubber Masks by dr. Jart +. They are $12 a piece for one use; but, they are worth every penny!
  • Extras ~ Some miscellaneous extras that you can add to your Korean Beauty Routine: Cosrx Acne Pimple Patches and Laneige lip sleeping mask

I hope I have helped you to  understand the Korean Skin Care Phenomenon with this simplified “cheat sheet.”  For more  Beauty and Wellness Click HERE

If you have any questions for Hillary or me Please leave in “comments”  We would love to hear from you!


We hoped you enjoyed this blog post by Hillary.  She lives in the southwest city of El Paso with her beautiful family of six.  She loves to share her knowledge and write about her obsession with “Skin Care.”




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