7 Easy Ways To Create An Everyday Korean Skincare Routine

korean morning and night skincare routine

Creating your own everyday korean skincare routine can be daunting. You need to consider the following factors:

  • your budget for skincare
  • skin type and concerns
  • personal skincare goals

Depending on how you answer these questions, you can plan out your daytime and nighttime routines. It can be overwhelming, but worry not! In this article, we will go over what a typical Korean skincare routine looks like. Here are 7 easy ways to perfect your everyday Korean skincare routine, both day and night!

How you can improve your morning everyday Korean skincare routine

Method #1: Use a morning cleanser

It’s easy to use the same cleanser over and over again. However, you should consider investing in a morning cleanser that is more gentle on the skin and feels refreshing. The best type of cleansers for the morning are gel-based. They will turn a bit foamy after you add water, but not as much as foam-based cleansers. If you choose to, you can have both types of cleansers in the morning and practice double-cleansing.

Method #2: Keep it light

The secret of any everyday Korean skincare routine is a good balance. You don’t want to put too much stress on your skin. Throughout the day our skin is exposed to the sun and bacteria. While we want to keep dry skin hydrated and use SPF, adding too many skincare products to your morning routine might become more damaging than beneficial. This is why we recommend using the following products in your morning routine:

  • cleanser
  • toner
  • vitamin C
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen

Vitamin C is great as a treatment product, but if you don’t need it, you can skip that step.

Method #3: Don’t forget that SPF

There’s no excuse — using SPF is a fundamental part of any morning routine. This is a key element in any everyday Korean skincare. In Korea, using sunscreen on a regular basis is a norm practiced by the majority of the population. In more Western countries, sunscreen is still seen as optional during summer weather and forgotten in other seasons.

But the truth is, we are exposed to the sun all year round, even when it’s cloudy or snowing. So don’t forget that SPF in the morning! We also recommend reapplying throughout the day. Most products suggest reapplication every 2-4 hours.

morning and night everyday korean skincare routine

How you can improve your night-time everyday Korean skincare routine

Method #4: It’s time to double cleanse

As mentioned earlier, you are welcome to double cleanse in the morning. However, it’s a must during your nighttime everyday Korean skincare routine. All the bacteria, sweat, and small particles of dirt your skin has collected throughout the day are stored at the surface level of your skin. As a result, you should clean out your pores in order to prevent acne caused by excessive oils or bacteria. This is where we recommend using oil-based and water-based cleansers of your choice!

Method #5: Exfoliating doesn’t have to be scary

Many people are unsure what exfoliant to use and how. The truth is, it can be scary! However, it’s a fact that it’s an important step in any everyday Korean skincare routine. Over-exfoliating areas in your skin can result in hyperpigmentation and excessive dryness. A simple solution is using gentle exfoliants at first or clay-based exfoliants. Avoiding this step can also be damaging so don’t forget to exfoliant once a week!

Method #6: Treatment products should reflect your skincare concerns

This is where your skin gets to shine! Which product you use depends on the factors you determined earlier:

  • your budget for skincare
  • skin type and concerns
  • personal skincare goals

Treatment products can be pricey since they are richer in active ingredients that are known to be effective to smooth and heal your skin, such as bee venom. Depending on your budget and what you want to achieve, you should look into various ampoules, essences, masks, etc. For example, if you are dealing with dark spots, you might want to consider buying a product that has green tea as one of its main ingredients.

Method #7: Sheet masks and sleep-in masks are your friends

Stay hydrated, kids! The best way to do so (outside of a good moisturizer) are masks. There are various pros and cons of using sheet masks and sleep-in masks. Sheet masks are not the most environmentally friendly but they are cheap, efficient, and easy to use. For sleep-in masks, they’re usually more expensive and sometimes harder to apply.  On the other hand, they’re better for our environment and are also effective!

In summary, how do they differ?

So what’s the difference between these two types of everyday Korean skincare routines?

Morning skincare:

  • can be quick and simple
  • doesn’t require a lot of products
  • must include SPF

Night skincare:

  • requires double-cleansing
  • exfoliate once a week
  • use treatment products
  • focuses on heavier hydration

How does your everyday Korean skincare routine differ for the day and night? Don’t forget to share in the comments below!

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