It is without a doubt that Korean women have the most flawless skin on the planet.

If you want to brighten your skin, you need to know what Korean women do that gives them such perfect skin. Koreans are very particular about their skin care routine and the products they use, and if you really want to have a bright skin tone, none of these tips can be missed.


The Korean skincare routine is carried out morning and night and uses the principle of layering products.  Layering products is not a common part of a Western beauty routine. In the West we don’t put layer on layer of product; we virtually put on a face cream (and maybe an eye cream) and we are done.  But the Korean skin care routine does not do this. 

Every layer of product does something positive and beneficial to your skin.  Most women are amazed how easy it is to brighten your skin and get a much smoother complexion following the Korean beauty routine.

So lets take a look at the nine steps below.

Use an oil cleanser 

You need to first get rid of all makeup from your skin. Use the best-quality oil cleanser and apply it on your neck and face. Your eye and lip area needs to be covered. Massage the cleanser into your skin gently, and dab a little warm water on your face. Now, massage your wet skin and then rinse it off. This step will help get rid of all makeup, debris, and dust that may have collected on your face.

Use a water-based face cleanser  

After the oil-based cleaning step is complete you need to follow it up by water-based cleanser to remove any debris that may have been left behind. What you need to do is splash your face with water, apply your water-based cleanser, and massage your face gently in a circular motion. Wash off with cold water, and your skin is now completely clean.

Exfoliation is important  

To polish your skin and to brighten it, the next thing you need to do is exfoliation. The microbeads present in exfoliators help remove dead skin cells and makes your skin look and feel smooth. On your wet skin, just apply the exfoliant, and rub it gently in circular motions and wash it off with fresh water. You should not use an exfoliant every day – three times a week would be fine.

Use a Toner

Toners refresh your skin and help absorb the next products you will apply in a better way. Also, a toner helps to balance the pH levels of your skin. You can apply toner using a cotton swab and then tap your skin using your fingertips for better absorption.  In the West toners are usually used when someone has acne or oily skin. But in Korea there are toners for all skin types and they do wonders for your skin!  Give them a try.

Do not forget an essence  

Essence plays a very important role in Korean beauty culture. An essence is like a serum, but more watery.  It helps repair, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skin. After you have followed the 2-step cleaning process and you have applied the toner, you can apply an essence to brighten up your face almost instantly. You can use a cotton swab or dab the essence on your face using your fingertips and let it stay and work on your skin.

Sheet masks for extra pampering  

Yet another thing that Korean women just cannot do without are sheet masks. These masks are made using natural ingredients (just like other Korean skin care products are) and pamper your skin, while also giving you a calming experience. You simply need to place the mask on your face, let it stay on for about 15 – 20 minutes, and just relax. You can use a sheet mask one to two times a week.

Eye cream is also important  

You may brighten your entire face but if your eye looks dull and dehydrated, your efforts are in vain. The skin around your eye is more sensitive and delicate and needs a little extra care. Special eye creams have been formulated and you need to use one every single day to keep the area hydrated and make your eye look fresh, bright, and young.

Use the correct moisturizer in the correct way

Selecting the right moisturizer for your skin type is very important. Also important is to use the moisturizer in the correct way. Apply the moisturizer in an upward and outward, press and pat motion every night and morning after completing your cleansing, toning, and essence application.  

Using sunscreen is a must

A sunscreen with a proper SPF is an indispensable part of any Korean skincare routine. Sunscreen keeps your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun, and thus prevents pigmentation, sun burn, dark spots, and wrinkles. Make it a point to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you leave the house, every day.

Many women of all ages have brightened their skin following the Korean skin care routine.

If you follow the routine for at least 30 days you will see and feel results.  Your skin will soon become brighter, smoother and more hydrated.

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