Korean Skin Care Routine Day And Night

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If you are one of the many people who got intrigued with how Koreans keep their skin radiant and glowing with minimal makeup and tried to use their products as well as the 7-10 skincare routine, then we are on the same page.

Your daytime skincare routine is all about protection from the sun, dirt, and pollution, while your nighttime routine should be all about the treatment and giving your skin what it needs.

So let’s break down each product and the benefits of using them.

For most of us, it used to be a simple wash, moisturize, and protect when it comes to our facial regimen but then, a few years back, the Korean skincare routine made waves globally.

It opened many doors of discovery and possibilities, one of which is to feel better about your skin and look better with or without makeup.

What’s the difference between day and night skincare routines?

A graphic showing a woman using different skincare products for her day and night skincare routine

Besides choosing the right product for your skin type, it is also essential to know when and in what order to apply them to ensure that you get the maximum results from each product.

1. Oil cleansing

Oil cleansing products usually contain an oil base, along with a traditional skin-cleansing ingredient called a surfactant, which helps bind to dirt on the skin and remove it without disrupting the skin barrier.

Unlike traditional makeup-removing wipes or even micellar waters, cleansing oils are some of the gentlest products that will still remove all of your makeup.

2. Foam cleansing

Double-cleansing was one of the main highlights of the Korean skincare routine that has become a mainstream practice.

Foam cleansers are better for people with combination or oily skin because they more fully remove oil from the skin’s surface.

3. Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical, granular substance, or exfoliation tool.

Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells roughly every 30 days, but sometimes the dead skin doesn’t shed completely, which could lead to dry, flaky patches and clogged pores.

Exfoliating can help prevent this.

4. Toner

A woman is using a water-based toner during her skincare routine

This step used to be the one most people skip due to its harsh effect on the skin, mainly caused by the alcohol in its old formulation. Luckily, it has gotten a modern makeover over the years.

Most toners nowadays are water-based. Toners prep the skin for moisturizers and serum while removing excess oil and stubborn dirt or makeup leftover on your face after you wash it.

5. Essence

It is applied to clean skin after using a cleanser and toner to help restore hydration to the skin cells and is applied before serums and moisturizers to help the skin better absorb these products.

Essence is a water-based skin care product with a high content of active ingredients to hydrate, protect, and boost the skin’s overall health.

Toners prep the skin for moisturizers and serum while getting rid of excess oil and stubborn dirt or makeup leftover on your face after you wash it.

6. Treatments (serums, boosters, ampoules)

These have the same functions, and the only difference is their concentration.

Think of them as concentrated treatments that only have the most potent actives.

They don’t have filler ingredients like emulsifiers or emollients that cleansers and moisturizers do, so the actives can get to your skin faster.

7. Masks

A woman applied a mask on her face as a part of her skincare routine

Different masks work better for different people. You first need to know your skin type and what mask to use to make it better.

Some of the common facial masks are for those with dry, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin.

Some masks can be used twice a week, while others are more effective if used just once a week or less.

Different masks come with different ingredients, making it a habit to read the instructions on the packaging to achieve the best result.

8. Eye cream

For such a small part, the eye area tends to have many concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under-eye bags.

According to research by Olay beauty brand, the eye-area skin ages faster than the rest of the face, which can make you look up to 20 years older.

Just like facial masks, there are different types of eye cream for different concerns.

9. Moisturizer

This is one of the most critical steps you don’t want to skip in your skincare routine, whether it be for day or night.

Moisturizer is applicable for all skin types, even the oily ones.

Moisturizers also help oily skin by balancing the oil production under control while still giving the skin the hydration it needs.

10. SPF

A young woman is applying SPF to her arm to protect her skin from the suns UV rays

Wearing sunscreen daily protects your skin against those UV rays emitted by the sun and electronic blue light, lowers your risk for skin cancer, and prevents premature aging.

The sun penetrates the clouds even on cold days, allowing harmful UV rays to reach the skin.

Therefore, applying SPF on your face is only recommended for your daytime skincare routine.


Is the 10-step skincare routine necessary?

It’s necessary to do all 10 steps every time, especially those steps like exfoliating, masks, and SPF.

Instead, you can just use what you think your skin needs to be healthy and hydrated.

How do I start a skincare routine?

In any skincare routine you want to try, you first need to know what skin type you have and take time researching the products you want to try for yourself.

Take note that different products work for different people and that the best way to keep your skin glowing and healthy is through the foods you eat.


For some people, it is a want to do all these skincare routines, but for others, it might be a need, and it could get frustrating if the products do not deliver the promised results.

So if you do have some skin problems, it would be best to consult your dermatologist before trying a new product for your skin.

As the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Eunice Alexis Rae Barbosa
I write about the topics that matter most to me, mental and physical health. Learning along the way and constantly seeking new facets to improve and be better as a mom and as a woman, healing and reinventing myself as much as I see fit. You'll find me burrowed in books or journaling my heart out in between the storms and stillness of this beautiful thing called life.

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