Beauty: Introducing Korean Skin Care to a Friend

South Korea has inspired a worldwide movement of people playing an active role in their skin care routine. One of their most famous contributions in the K beauty industry is their 10-step skincare routine which cleanses, balances, and hydrates the skin from the inside out.

They are also known for great beauty products like Benton skincare. All in all, K Beauty has a great reputation for skincare.

When introducing this skincare routine to a friend, certain precautions need to be taken into consideration first. These include:

  • Your friend’s skin type
  • Your friend’s budget
  • Their lifestyle habits that includes diet, sleep quality, and amount of exercise

These factors should be taken into consideration because it helps narrow the products a person should invest in. It also helps the person realize which step they should focus on more, and how they can start if they are on a budget. After deciding which products to choose, here are the essential steps of the Korean skincare routine:

Makeup removers and oil cleansers

These products help remove buildup from makeup, dirt, and pollution from the environment. This is considered the first step to the Korean skin care routine because it removes deep-seated dirt and other elements that would otherwise clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Water-based cleansers

Certain dirt and buildup that have yet to come off from the first step may do so in this step because of its added cleansing properties. Additionally, water-based cleansers also nourishes the skin from the inside-out which provides a cleaner and more softer skin to work with.


These are weekly products that slough off dead skin cells to reveal radiant and youthful looking skin. They also help prevent these cells from getting trapped into the pores which can also lead to breakouts.


Toners are considered the first line of hydration because they rebalance the skin’s pH levels while boosting other products. They also help with the cleansing process because toners can pick up minute dirt and residue left that may have been neglected from your cleansers.


Essences are lightweight, concentrated formulas that offer anti-ageing, hydrating, and complexion-enhancing properties. Several of which come in a variety of ingredients which can stem from teas, herbs, animal byproducts, and certain types of fruit


These are specific products that target specific key problems areas like acne, ageing, and hyperpigmentation. They also come in a variety of consistencies which usually needs to be applied to specific areas.

Sheet masks

Another weekly staple, sheet masks are usually sold in thin packages that can come in a variety of formulas that nourish and replenish the skin from the inside-out.

Eye cream

These are products that target thin areas around your eyes which are prone to wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Eye creams have light formulas that brighten the circles under your eyes.


Considered the last step of the routine, moisturizers help lock in moisture and ensures your skin feels soft and smooth. They also come in a variety of formulas and consistencies which target specific skin types.

Sun protection

This includes SPF products which serve as a protective barrier against the sun’s harmful UV rays which is the primary source of ageing.

Each of which plays an important role in ensuring your skin is properly taken care of. While all of these steps are important, people on a certain budget may want to invest in weekly products like exfoliator and sheet masks first. This eliminates the feeling of being overwhelmed with too many products to handle since they only need to do these steps once a week.

Once they start getting used to these products, the next would be to invest in essential items that come with every skin care routine. This includes:

  • Makeup removers,
  • Water-based cleansers,
  • Toners,
  • Moisturizers, and
  • SPF products

All of which come in their own formula and consistencies for varying skin types. When introducing these products, make sure to check for any side effects that could indicate a certain product may not be for you. If you experience:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dryness; and
  • Immediate breakouts

It’s best to ditch the product fast and look for a better alternative. For sensitive skin types, consider visiting a dermatologist first for professional treatment and recommendations.

The last step in introducing Korean skin care to your friend would be is to try the boosters. These include essences, treatments, and eye creams which more or less target specific key problem areas that not every person has. Once her skin has gotten used to these products, which could take from a week to a month, she can then continue her routine while also enjoying the lasting effects they offer.

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