The Korean Skincare Routine

Korean skincare is all about layering. Namely, toner, essence, serum, ampoule, moisturiser etc.

Korean skincare is basically a 10 basic steps routine. Yes! 10 steps sound like a lot, right? But each one has its own important job to do to keep skin young, healthy, and glowing.

Step 1: Oil-based cleanser

For the evening, select an oil based cleanser to start with as this will work to remove oil- based makeup and impurities from the skin.

For this we can recommend you:


The Rosehip Cleansing Oil

About the product

  • For All Skin Types, Mineral Oil Free
  • Rosehip oil removes impurities and dead skin cells while moisturizing dry skin.
  • Rosehip is the fruit of the rose plant. It is the best source of vitamin C and unsaturated fatty acid, which provide intense nourishment to the skin and boost elasticity and moisture
  • Cleanses the skin and moisturizes dry skin.
  • Put an adequate amount on the dry palm and massage into the entire face. Wash off with lukewarm water.


Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Kyounin Yu, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate

Step 2: Double-cleansing

Following the oil cleanser, use a water-based cleanser to gently remove the oil residue and water-based impurities from the day.

Such as:


Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam

What it is

The BB cream deep cleansing foam removes small dead skin cells and impurities from pores with fine baking powder as primary cleansing and cleanses away stubborn dead skin cells and adhering BB cream with plant-derived rice bran powder as secondary cleansing.

How to apply

Wet Face and dispense small amount onto hands. Lather and apply foam to face, gently massaging entire area. Wash and rinse thoroughly with warm water


Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser

What it is

7-in-1 total pore solution freshener for intensive pore care.
Made of Anti Pore-Dex Complex & Astringentlex: For tightening up pores effectively

What it does

– Total pore solution: effectively cleans the inside and outside of pores with its special peppermint extract.
– This Freshner balances pH levels, makes skin pure like baby skin, and prevents skin troubles caused by pH imbalance.
– 7-in-1 Solution: Deep cleansing, sebum control, pH4.5 care, tightening pores, for clear skin, giving elasticity, moisturizing
– Harmless ingredients: WITHOUT mineral oil, fragrance, coloring, talc, animal ingredients, silicone oil

How to apply


– Dispense a sufficient amount onto the side of cotton pad after cleansing in the morning and evening.
– Liberally apply freshener to face.
– Massage in a circular motion.


Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cleansing Foam

What it is

This is a cleansing foam containing fine Super CollagenTM Water particles and high moisture Baobab Water, providing clean and hydrating cleansing.

-The fine and thick outer moisture layer foam provides gentle moist cleansing, preventing moisture loss for maintaining soft skin.

How to apply

Before the usage of SKIN, apply the appropriate amount onto the face and massage from the center, out. Then with the left over moisture, gently dab away so that the skin absorbs them.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Twice a week use a gentle enzyme or bead-based exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells that can make the complexion appear lack-lustre whilst blocking pores and preventing key product ingredient absorption

Recommend product:


April skin Magic Snow Pad

+ Easy exfoliating and Skin Soothing.
+ Sebum Control, Cleansing and Hydrating.
+ 100% Cotton, Microfibre.
+ No irritation safe with natural ingredients.

Step 4: Toner

In the same morning manner, next apply a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels.


Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner

This gentle—yet effective—toner is enriched with Etude House’s super collagen and Baobab water to provide moisture while rebalancing your skin’s pH. Plus, its gel-like formula is quickly absorbed into the skin and works well on every skin type, from dry to combination and oily, giving your complexion a natural, healthy glow.

How To:

After cleansing your face and neck, saturate a cotton pad with the toner and sweep across your skin. Or you can pour a few drops into hands and pat the formula directly onto your face. Follow with essence, serum, and moisturizer



TONYMOLY Gyeol Boyoun Yuaek Toner


Step 5: Essence

Apply your essence to hydrate the complexion.

Suggested Products:


Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence

What it is

The small particles of the super collagen water and Baobab oil in the Moistfull Collagen Essence endlessly provide moisture and leave your skin feeling bouncy like jelly throughout the whole day. This product is easily absorbable and light enough that the stickiness won’t be felt.

How to apply

Before the usage of SKIN, apply the appropriate amount onto the face and massage from the center, out. Then with the left over moisture, gently dab away so that the skin absorbs them.



TONYMOLY Prestige Jeju Snail Essence

Jeju Snail Moisturizing & Firmimg Essence to boost radiance and nourishment.

 How to Use: 

Apply an appropriate amount along skin’s texture and spread evenly, and then pat gently to absorb.

Step 6: Ampoule

By applying this super charged serum at night, your skin will be able to absorb all the hydration it needs following a long day’s work.

At the moment, we don’t have any stocks for ampoule but I can recommend you this:


NOAH Collagen Ampoule

Step 7: Serum

Following which the serum should then be worked into the specific areas of concern.



What it is

The first-step peeling essence for skincare removes dead skin cells and impurity residue daily.

How to apply

After washing the face, at the first step of skincare, dispense an appropriate amount on a cotton pad and apply on the face in the direction of skin texture, starting from the inside and working outward in a gentle blotting motion.


TONYMOLY The Oriental Gyeol Serum

High-enriched oriental serum cares shiny skin and skin texture. It cares the skin texture to have the natural beauty of skin. It makes skin lively and moist. It also makes skin healthy with Yeast, Licorice, Foxglove, Korean angelica root, White atractylis, Peony, Anemarrhena, Cochinchinensis and so on. High-enriched nutrition makes skin elastic. Antler collagen water (Hydrolyzed antler) gives high-enriched nutrition to the skin.
(Wrinkle care & Brightening Functional cosmetic).

How to use
Apply an appropriate amount on the face along the skin texture after using THE ORIENTAL GYEOL EMULSION,
then gently pat to promote absorption

Step 8: Sheet mask

The sheet mask is a Korean beauty favourite – a cloth saturated with skin loving ingredients! Perfect for all skin types, everyone can benefit from these masks which deliver a deeply hydrating and anti-ageing treatment.

We have plenty of this in our shop such as:


ETUDE HOUSE Therapy Air Mask Sheet 15 Types

Face Mask Sheet delivers soothing moisture effect to skin.



INNISFREE It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet 16 Types

It is a moisturizing sheet mask that claims to deliver nourishment for healthier skin.


VANEDO Essence Sheet Masks

The Vanedo Beauty Friends Sheet Mask is supposed to be deeply moisturizing and soothing.

Step 9: Eye cream

Once the skin has absorbed the ingredients from the sheet mask, apply an eye cream to protect and hydrate the delicate eye area.

Suggested product is:


Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

This lovely and light eye cream is one of Etude House’s best-sellers for a reason. Enriched with the brand’s super collagen and Baobab seed oil, it nourishes, moisturizes, and firms the delicate skin around your eyes while preventing fine lines. Skin feels hydrated and supple after use.

How To:

Apply every morning and night before emulsion/moisturizer. Use your ring finger to gently tap the product around the eye area until fully absorbed. Avoid the waterlines.


Step 10: Moisturiser

Once the skin has absorbed the ingredients from the sheet mask, apply an eye cream to protect and hydrate the delicate eye area.

Lastly, select a night time moisturiser to keep those skin loving ingredients locked in, allowing you to wake to a beautifully rejuvenated complexion.

Suggested products are:


Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream

What it is

Moist-ful collagen cream with elastic texture hydrates skin.
Deep/concentrated moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, smooth, and fresh longer for a youthful, water-bouncy skin.

How to apply  

Every day after cleansing and toning, apply the cream on face and neck and massage by tapping smoothly.


TONYMOLY Gyeol Boyoun Cream

  • High nutrition cream makes healthy skin texture.
  • Cream which cares the skin texture to have the natural beauty of skin.
  • It is functional oriental cream for wrinkle care and brightening.
  • Cream makes elastic and shiny skin with light-texture with cordyceps extract


Whether you employ the full 10-steps a day or not, try and remember these skin rules:

To hydrate, exfoliatenever skip suncare and think holistic.

1. Hydrate

“Hydration is the key to flawless, radiant skin. Layering hydrating products helps them better penetrate the skin, making them more effective. You will instantly see the results: plumper, younger-looking skin and a natural glow exuding from within. To keep hydrated, firstly only was your face with water. The reason being is because the natural oil generated by the skin has moisturising properties that play a vital role in keeping skin looking glowing and dewy. Secondly, keep a water-based mist spray in your bag – an easy way to make sure your skin stays well moisturised throughout the day. Thirdly, use a cushion foundation. Korean beauty experts invented cushion applicators in order to allow for extremely even and natural-looking coverage and because cushion foundations are very watery, they don’t dehydrate your face, like traditional foundations can. Lastly, use a facial sheet mask to maximise hydration. Some Korean women even use more than one mask a day no matter how busy they may be!”

2. Exfoliate

“Korean women religiously scrub their bodies and faces. Koreans tend to go to saunas or take long baths before exfoliation in order to open the skin’s pores and optimise results. It is also a common technique to peel away dead skin cells and impurities using exfoliating mitts. It is important to use both cold and warm towels in order to open or close the pores prior to exfoliation and product application.”

3. Skincare means suncare

“Korean women know that appropriate protection against the sun is vital for great skin health. Putting an SPF of 50 or higher every three hours is common among Korean women, even when relaxing at home or on a rainy day. Some Korean car companies have even started to introduce windows with SPF for those who are very serious about sun protection!”

4. Eat and sleep well

“Korean women believe in a holistic approach to skincare, which is why healthy eating and proper sleep are considered to be just as important as the use of skincare products in their daily routines. We believe food is medicine, even when it comes to the skin, and if there is any skin trouble it can be treated by skincare products as well as food. For instance, in Korean culture, if you have a spot on your forehead it is said to mean that your heart has been overworked, and so Korean women will drink green tea or date tea, which are meant to improve heart health. We also value good sleep as much as we value skincare. It is a must to be in bed by 10pm, since 10pm to 2am is considered a ‘golden time’ for skin rest and revitalisation.

And that’s it ladies! Hope you guys find this article helpful!

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