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  • Writer's pictureSarah Walsh

My Korean Skincare Faves: K-Beauty for Beginners!




Korean skincare, often hailed as the epitome of beauty innovation, has garnered worldwide attention for its unique and effective approach to achieving radiant, healthy skin. Rooted in centuries-old traditions and supported by cutting-edge technology, the Korean skincare routine is a multi-step process that emphasizes hydration, protection, and the overall health of the skin.

Why should I care? At its core, Korean skincare is all about prevention and maintaining balance. Unlike Western skincare routines that often focus on addressing issues after they arise, Korean skincare aims to nurture the skin, keeping it supple, luminous, and resilient. This philosophy is reflected in its signature multi-step routine, which typically includes double cleansing, exfoliating, toning, essence application, serums, sheet masks, eye cream, and moisturizers, often topped off with sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays.

One of the standout features of Korean skincare is its emphasis on gentle, natural ingredients. From hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing green tea to rejuvenating snail mucin and brightening ginseng, these ingredients are carefully chosen to cater to various skin types and concerns without causing irritation.

Additionally, the Korean beauty industry is renowned for its innovation. It consistently introduces novel products and techniques that revolutionize the skincare world, such as BB creams, cushion compacts, and the famous 10-step skincare routine. These innovations are not just about aesthetics but are deeply rooted in ensuring the skin remains healthy and vibrant. Just to note: You will see links to products that I'm featuring. While I normally use affiliate links, I will not be collecting a commission for any of these products. Instead, I'm featuring a woman-owned, small business in New York City called senti senti. They have a fantastic selection of Asian skincare, and they ship!

Here are some common steps seen in Korean Beauty skincare routines, accompanied with some of my favorite beginner-friendly products!

And these are just the basics! Stay tuned for a part 2, where we will go even more in depth on Korean Beauty treatments and what's trending now! What products do you want to try?

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