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Your Guide to K-Beauty!

korean skincare for 30s 40s 50s 

Well hello there, K-beauty newbie!

If you’re curious about how to fight aging and restore youthful firmness and radiance with Korean skincare, you’ve come to the right place. Korean beauty is renowned for its focus on skin. Here’s a 10-step K-beauty routine to help you get timelessly smooth and glowing skin.


 Step 1: Cleansing Oil

Use at night to break up and lift off makeup, including eye makeup, without drying skin.


Normal Skin:

Sulwhasoo Gentle
Cleansing Oil EX

Oily Skin:

IOPE Ideal Deep
Cleansing Oil

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

SanDaWha Natural Mild Cleansing Oil

(Shop our full selection of cleansing oils here!)



 Step 2: Foaming Cleanser

Use after cleansing oil at night and first thing in the morning for a sparkling clean canvas for skincare and makeup.


Normal Skin:

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Cleansing Foam

Oily Skin:

Blanc & Eclare Serein
Silk Cleansing Foam

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

Klairs Rich Moist
Foaming Cleanser

(Shop our full selection of cleansing foams here!)


 Step 3: Toner

Use after foaming cleanser morning and night to soften and hydrate skin.


Normal Skin:

Sulwhasoo Concentrated
Ginseng Renewing Water

Oily Skin:

Swanicoco Bitamin E
Extra Matt Skintoner

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

SanDaWha Liposome
Skin Softener

(Shop our full selection of toners and skin softeners here!)



 Step 4: First Essence

Use after or in place of toner night and day to enrich skin with brightening ingredients and essential antioxidants.


Normal to Dry Skin:

COSRX Galactomyces 95
Whitening Power Essence

Normal to Oily Skin:

Swanicoco The Bio
Theraphy 1st Essence

Dull and Lifeless Skin:

Sulwhasoo First Care
Activating Serum EX



 Step 5: Essence/Serum

Use after toner and/or first essence night and day to provide targeted treatment for skin problems. Feel free to layer more than one!


To improve firmness and elasticity:

Sulwhasoo Capsulized
Ginseng Fortifying Serum

To accelerate skin renewal:

Swanicoco EGF 10-ppm
Pure Ampoule

To lighten dark spots and even skin tone:

Tia’m My Signature
C Source

(Shop our full selection of essences and serums here!)


Step 6: Facial Oil

Pat in a light layer after essences and serums to nourish skin and create a dewy glow.


For resilience and strength:

Sulwhasoo Concentrated
Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil

For moisture and glow:

SanDaWha Extra Virgin
Camellia Face Oil

For gentle brightening:

SanDaWha Whitening
Face Oil

(Or shop our full selection of facial oils here!)



Step 7: Moisturizer

Use after essence and serum night and day to seal in hydration for long-lasting smoothness.


Normal Skin:

Eclado Cell
Memory Cream

Oily Skin:

Su:m37 Flawless
Regenerating Lotion

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

Sulwhasoo Concentrated
Ginseng Renewing Cream EX

(Or shop our full selection of moisturizers here!)



Step 8: Eye Serum

Use under eye cream morning and night to fight signs of aging in the delicate eye area.


For puffiness and dark circles:

Su:m37 Water-full Timeless
Water Gel Eye Lifting Essence

For dryness and crepiness:

Sulwhasoo Timetreasure
Renovating Eye Serum

(Or shop our full selection of moisturizers here!)



Step 9: Eye Cream

Use on eye area morning and night to keep delicate eye skin smooth and moisturized while reversing the signs of aging.


Normal Skin:

Swanicoco Fermentation
Peptine Eye Care Cream

Oily Skin:

SanDaWha Intensive
Eye Contour Cream

Dry Skin:

Sulwhasoo Concentrated
Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream

(Or shop our full selection of moisturizers here!)



Step 10: Sunscreen

Use after moisturizer every morning to protect skin from wrinkle-accelerating UV radiation.


Normal Skin:

A’Pieu Pure Block
Natural Sun Cream

Oily Skin:

A’Pieu Pure Block
Aqua Sun Gel

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

Soothing Sun Cream

(Or shop our full selection of sunscreens here!)


Still want to learn more? Here’s a quickie reading list to further your Korean beauty education.


Guide to skincare in your 30s

Guide to skincare in your 40s

Intro to double cleansing

Acids and actives 101


And, of course, feel free to explore our editorial section for more tips, tricks, reviews, and how-tos.


Happy pampering!