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teen and young adult skincare 

Well hello there, K-beauty newbie!

If you’re in your twenties or your early thirties and curious about how to use Korean skincare for clear and beautiful skin, you’ve come to the right place. Korean beauty is renowned for its focus on skin. Here’s a 7-step K-beauty routine with the ultimate Korean skincare essentials to help you get a glow now and forever!


 Step 1: Cleansing Oil

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


Normal Skin:

Banila Co.
Clean It Zero

Oily Skin:

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light 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:

COSRX Low pH Good
Morning Gel Cleanser

Oily Skin:

Blanc & Eclare Serein
Silk Cleansing Foam

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

SanDaWha Aqua Natural Mild Cleansing Gel

(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:

Blanc & Eclare Serein
Effervescent Toner

Oily Skin:

Innisfree No
Sebum Toner

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



 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 clear breakouts:

Swanicoco A.C. Control
Tea Tree Essence

To strengthen and speed healing:

COSRX Advanced Snail 96
Mucin Power Essence

To lighten dark spots and even skin tone:

Tia’m My Signature
C Source

To control oil production:

Swanicoco Bitamin E
Extra Matt Essence

To calm dry and sensitive skin:

Klairs Rich Moist
Soothing Serum

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


Step 6: Moisturizer

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


Normal Skin:

Hanyul Pure Artemisia
Watery Calming Cream

Oily Skin:

COSRX Oil Free Ultra
Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap

Dry or Sensitive Skin:

Swanicoco Swan
Cream Intensive Vital


(Or shop our full selection of moisturizers here!)



Step 7: 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 about Korean skincare essentials? Here’s a quickie reading list to further your Korean beauty education.


Guide to skincare in your 20s

A’Pieu sunscreen reviews

Intro to double cleansing

On the importance of low pH cleansers


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


Happy pampering!