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My “Holy-Grail” 5-Step Korean Skincare Routine

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Purdue chapter.

I highly value my skincare regimen. I am one with incredibly sensitive skin, and curating the very “close-to-perfect” combination of types of products that not only help clear my skin but not irritate it, has been a long journey. After 21 years, I believe my skin has been at its clearest and healthiest. As a Korean-American, I have been influenced by and invested in Korean skin care. Korean skin care is heavily focused on hydration, nourishment and health. I’m here to share my routine of “skin secrets” and the types of products that work best for me!

1. Cleanser: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

The purpose of a cleanser is to wash away excess oil, dirt, and prevent clogged pores. A high quality cleanser is a must and if you have acne-prone skin, look for a cleanser with a percentage of salicylic acid.

2. Toner: Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner OR Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (USA brand)

The use of a toner, after cleansing, is to restore hydration and help remove any dead skin cells or traces of leftover makeup.

3. Essence: Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

An essence is a water-based product that is used to prep the skin before moisturizer and serum. It adds intense moisture for skin healing. Even if you have oily skin, no need to fear this good hydration!

4. Serum or Ampoule: Beauty of Joseon Revive Serum: Ginseng + Snail Mucin

Serum and Essence can be interchangeable, as I typically use one or the other. A serum is much thicker and viscous than an essence as it penetrates deeper into the skin. Rather than with the focus on hydration, this product more so targets aging and other skin problems.

5. Sheet Masks Brands: Dr. Jart+, Mediheal, Innisfree, Tony Moly

Sheet masks aim to calm, hydrate, and prevent the moisture and vitamins from leaving the skin.

6. Moisturizer: Benton- Snail Bee High Content Lotion

A great moisturizer is vital to lock in all products, reduce water retention and create a protective film between your skin and any sort of friction from the air.

Sharon is pursuing an undergraduate degree in PR & Strategic Communications at Purdue University. She is a Tennessee girl at heart, has a passion for fashion and to create. Truly a gal on the go. Find her on Instagram: @sharonjin_