Korean Skincare and Beauty Insights: Behind the Glow

Korean Skincare and Beauty Insights: Behind the Glow

Opening instagram only to see ‘Glass Skin’, ‘Dewy Look’, ‘Flawless Skin’, ‘Radiant Skin’ words trending all over social media these days. But, don’t know how to achieve that? Well, while consulting a dermatologist is your best bet, always, we at Clinikally can also help you in achieving the much anticipated glass skin!! Read on to find out more.

Korean Approach to Flawless Skin: Key Products and Practices

Korean Approach to Flawless Skin: Key Products and Practices

Koreans believe in using the products that are made in their homeland for their skincare regimen. They hardly apply any other product on to their skin. The main reason behind it is that they believe in the amalgamation of innovation, science and traditional beauty practices. The Korean Skincare products before coming to the shelves get researched upon both qualitatively and quantitatively. Only after complete due diligence, the products are made available for the public. 

The benchmark of Korean Skincare is ‘glass skin’. It implies a luminous and glowing skin that appears crystal-clear and translucent with absence of pores, that appears like a clean piece of glass. For this reason, they have certain fundamentals while doing skincare. They are:

  1. Start caring for your skin early- As opposed to western philosophy, Korean Skincare focuses on pampering and caring for the skin as early as mid- teens. Koreans don’t believe in waiting for the first signs of ageing to appear to start caring for their skin. As a result, they are successful in delaying and combating the process of ageing.

  2. Treat, don’t hide- Koreans believe that instead of focusing on using makeup to hide the skin flaws, use the skincare products that treat and correct them. They view makeup as a fun component and not as a necessity.

  3. Use natural products- Koreans are a strict believer of using the products obtained from nature, instead of harsh chemicals. Various plant extracts, animal secretions and essential oils are the building blocks of the Korean skincare line.

  4. Pat, not smear- To achieve maximal absorption of skincare products, Koreans believe in patting the skincare products into the skin, instead of smearing it. Smearing the skincare products leads to more of wiping away the product, instead of absorption.

  5. Make-up free at night- Koreans are very disciplined when it comes to their skincare routine. Removing makeup is a skincare essential before getting the beauty sleep. Clean face makes way for a clear face.

  6. Work out those facial muscles- A face that is well contoured is the face that appears young. To achieve natural V-shaped chin and popping cheekbones, exercising them is mandatory. These exercises are explained in detail, further deep in the blog.

  7. Consistency is the key- Koreans are firm believers of being consistent while indulging in skincare. No matter how good the product is, it will not work if one is not constant, diligent and consistent in his routine.To avail maximum benefits of skincare products, a person needs to be regular while using them.

Exploring Favourite Korean Beauty Products

Korean skincare products are a rage right now. They are indeed selling like hot pancakes. The reason behind that is they are natural products, devoid of any harsh chemicals and aid in achieving desired results. The most loved ingredients of korean skincare are:

  1. Centella Asiatica

    The star ingredient in Korean Skincare, Centella Asiatica, is a great anti-inflammatory agent. It calms and soothes the skin. It minimises the redness and aids in reducing sensitivity. This makes it a perfect choice for acne-prone and irritated skin. In addition, it is full of antioxidants and exhibits anti-ageing action on skin. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream is one such product that is rich in Centella Asiatica.

  2. Snail mucin

    A cult favourite these days, and for a reason!! It not only hydrates and moisturises the skin, but also stimulates the production of collagen and exhibits wound healing properties. As a result, the skin gets repaired and inflammation is beaten. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a cult favourite these days due to this reason.

  3. Rice water

    Dull skin? Look no further! Fermented rice water is that one ingredient that will boost the natural radiance of the skin. Dark spots, texture, open pores- everything will get diminished due to increased collagen production in the skin.

  4. Mugwort

    Another trending Korean skincare ingredient is Mugwort. It exhibits anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and skin-protective properties. It is rich in Vitamin E, as a result has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that aids in relieving dry skin associated with eczema and psoriasis, as it not only retains the moisture in the skin but also diminishes redness.

  5. Propolis

    Though not a vegan product, yet it is natural. It is a product obtained from the beehive that is basically used to strengthen it. It offers anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. It proves great for healing skin wounds as it not only soothes the skin but also enhances the production of collagen. It aids in keeping the skin smooth, supple and devoid of redness. Shangpree Rich Moist Modeling Mask combines the benefits of Propolis with other ingredients.

  6. Birch Juice

    Also referred to as birch tree sap or birch tree water, it offers many skincare benefits. Korean beauty boasts of Birch Juice for its ability to minimise inflammation, and purify, and hydrate skin. It is rich in 17 amino acids, proteins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, that are beneficial for your skin. Korean beauty brands swear by Birch Juice because of its healing and anti-aging properties. COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) is not only light weight but also provides intense hydration to the skin.

  7. Yuzu

    Popular as Japanese Grapefruit, it has thrice the amount of Vitamin C as compared to lemons. It is a storehouse of antioxidants and has a vast amount of phytochemicals such as carotenoids,  anthocyanins, and flavonoids. These aid in enhancing and maintaining the brightness and radiance of skin by minimising various oxidative stresses. Apart from that, it deeply hydrates and stimulates the production of collagen. As a result, anti-ageing benefits are provided to the skin.

  8. Ginseng

    A powerful korean root, it plays a pivotal role in reducing the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. It promotes elasticity by enhanced collagen production. It also reduces puffiness and inflammation of the skin and aid in the lightening or brightening of the skin.

  9. Pomegranate

    Another Korean skincare staple, pomegranate offers a wide array of benefits. It is a huge storehouse of antioxidants and aids in the improved and enhanced renewal of the outer layer of skin. It aids in cell regeneration and offers sun protection and also exhibits anti-ageing benefits.

  10. Sea Buckthorn

    Contrary to its name, red-orange oil extracted from Sea Buckthorn is the oil from Serbian pineapple. It is a goldmine of antioxidants and offers a plethora of benefits to the skin. It also aids in reducing inflammation caused by UV rays and free radicals. The cherry on the cake is that it provides immense hydration and moisturization to the skin as it is one of those rare oils that contain all four types of omega fatty acids namely Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 7 and Omega 9.

Hydration and Nourishment: BTS's Skincare Essentials

The above list duly informs us that the mainstay of all these ingredients is to ensure hydration and to provide essential nutrients to the skin. A well hydrated and nourished skin not only looks great, but also is healthy from within. The result is a radiant, glowy, glass skin!!

Adopting BTS's Skincare Regimen for Radiant Skin

BTS is a sensation worldwide. Not only for their singing and music, but also for their glowing skin, and they swear it on the extensive beauty rituals that they follow in morning and night that they follow diligently.

10-Step Night Time Skin Care Routine
Night time skin ritual is a must in Korean Skincare. This ensures removal of makeup, pollutants, dirt and debris accumulated throughout the hustle of the day, and provides the essential nutrients to it at night to help restore the skin. Below is the comprehensive guide for the 10 step night ritual of Korean Skin Care

# Step 1-  Using Oil Based Cleanser

It involves using an oil cleanser to remove makeup and dirt. Waterproof sunscreen, smudge proof lip colours, and other transfer resistant, oil based makeup, gets removed with ease using an oil based cleanser. Apart from cleansing, other benefits that these cleansers offer are increasing blood flow due to circular massage-likemotions being followed.

# Step 2- Using a pH Balancing Cleanser

To remove the accumulated dirt, sweat and oil based impurities, incorporating a gentle, pH balancing cleanser is an important step. This ensures double cleansing, while also incorporating essential oils inside the skin. A pH balancing cleanser ensures that the pH of the skin stays between 4.7-5.7. It could be foaming or soap free.

#Step 3- Exfoliating the Skin

Koreans understand the minute details of having clean skin. For this, they ensure that proper exfoliation is done as it removes not only the surface impurities, but also the dead skin cells that clog the pores. This in turn, improves the turnover of the skin significantly, and makes the skin appear firm and devoid of texture.

#Step 4- Toning

Using a toner that suits the skin and removes any left over dirt and oil, further improves the appearance of the skin. A toner rich in antioxidants not only performs the usual action of cleaning the skin, but also benefits the skin due a plethora of skin soothing and favourable ingredients. However care must be taken to use an alcohol free toner to prevent drying of the skin. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner not only exfoliates the skin but also allows for a better absorption of the products.

#Step 5- Applying Essence

A rage in the Korean skincare routine, an Essence is a concentrated formula that treats skin on the cellular level. It has an ample of active ingredients that hydrate, nourish and boost the skin health as a whole. After toning and deep cleansing, essence aids in restoring the lost hydration. It also paves a pathway for better absorption of further products. COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence contains snail secretion filtrate that offers a variety of benefits to the skin.

#Step 6- Using Serum/Ampoule

A concentrated and potent form of essence is referred to as a Serum. This targets various specific skin concerns such as dullness, spots, wrinkles and pigmentation. Incorporating this step into the skincare regimen ensures that the skin looks visibly radiant and spot free.

#Step 7- Using a Sheet Mask

Sheet Masks have made a lasting impact on the beauty industry. These are soaked with serum and provide a huge boost of hydration and rich ingredients to the skin, that leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Ultra-V Aqua Shine Mask instantly reduces fatigue, tiredness and makes the skin appear radiant and glowy.

#Step 8- An Eye Cream

The skin around the skin is extremely delicate. As a result, it is the first area that shows the signs of ageing.. An under eye cream addresses these concerns and minimises the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles.

#Step 9- Moisturize

Using an occlusive moisturiser, that aids in locking the previous layers of skin care is a crucial step in Korean Beauty Regimen. However, care must be taken to use a moisturiser according to one’s skin type. In case of oily skin, a light gel or lotion based moisturiser is recommended, whereas for oily skin, a heavy cream based moisturiser should be made your best friend. 

#Step 10- Hydrate Lips

Lastly, don’t forget to soak your lips in a hydrating lip balm for those moisturised and plumped lips.

Encapsulating all the above details in a table below, for a better understanding:



1. Oil-Based Cleanser

Removes makeup and dirt; increases blood flow through massage.

2. pH Balancing Cleanser

Gently cleanses remaining impurities; maintains skin's pH between 4.7-5.7.

3. Exfoliating

Removes surface impurities and dead skin cells; improves skin texture and firmness.

4. Toning

Removes leftover dirt and oil; tones with antioxidants, avoiding alcohol to prevent dryness.

5. Applying Essence

Concentrated formula for cellular level treatment; hydrates and nourishes the skin.

6. Serum/Ampoule

Targets specific skin concerns like dullness and wrinkles; enhances radiance and skin appearance.

7. Sheet Mask

Boosts hydration and delivers rich ingredients for soft and supple skin.

8. Eye Cream

Addresses ageing signs around the delicate eye area, like dark circles and crow’s feet.

9. Moisturize

Locks in previous skincare layers; type varies with skin type (gel for oily, cream for dry skin).

10. Lip Balm

Apply well nourishing lip balm or lip butter to hydrate and moisturise the lips.

 7-Step Day Time Skin Care Routine

While the night skincare routine is essential, indulging in the morning skincare ritual is also vital as it prepares the skin for the day. The routine is as follows:

#Step 1- Clean the Skin

Cleaning the skin with just plain water is a Korean morning ritual that they follow. Koreans don’t believe in using cleansers in the morning so as to preserve natural oils of the skin. Washing the face with plain water to wake up the skin is a norm there.

#Step 2- Dab the Toner

Dabbing a mild, pH balancing toner on the skin is essential as it ensures maximum absorption of further products onto the skin. 

#Step 3- Use an Essence

Rich in antioxidants, an essence hydrates, nourishes and boosts the skin's vitality. It provides a boost of nutrition to the skin and prepares it for the day. Shangpree CC Silky Essence is a great choice for brightening the skin.

#Step 4- Apply Serum/ Ampoules

Ultra Rich in nutrients and active ingredients, Serum functions as a food for the skin. It targets a specific concern and aids in treating the same.

#Step 5- Use a moisturiser

Apply an occlusive moisturiser to lock all the previous skincare layers in for a consistent supply of antioxidants. However, care must be taken while choosing the consistency of the moisturiser according to one’s skin type.

#Step 6- Moisturise the Lips

Lastly, don’t forget to apply a hydrating lip balm for attaining those moisturised and plumped lips.

#Step 7- Protect from Sun

While warm sun rays hitting the cold body is a whole level of pure bliss, it often takes a toll on the skin of face and neck, as it is quite delicate. To prevent the harmful effect of sun rays on the skin, a broad spectrum sunscreen that prevents damaging action of both, UVA and UVB rays, is a staple. It needs to be reapplied after every 2-3 hours to ensure maximal benefit.

Summarising the above steps in a table below:



1. Clean the Skin

Start with plain water to preserve natural oils and gently awaken the skin.

2. Dab the Toner

Apply a mild, pH-balancing toner for optimal absorption of subsequent products.

3. Use an Essence

A nourishing step rich in antioxidants to hydrate and boost skin vitality.

4. Apply Serum/Ampoules

Target specific skin concerns with nutrient-rich serums or ampoules.

5. Use a Moisturiser

Seal in previous skincare layers with a moisturiser suited to your skin type.

6. Moisturise the Lips

Don't forget a hydrating lip balm for plump, moisturised lips.

7. Protect from Sun

Finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to shield against UVA and UVB rays; reapply every 2-3 hours.

Korean Beauty Secrets Inspired by BTS

Korean Beauty Secrets Inspired by BTS

Thanks to social media, BTS has become Gen-X’s favourite. Not only girls, but also guys are gushing over the flawless skin of the singers. This has resulted in exploring and diving deep into the skincare routine followed by them. We, at Clinikally, present to you certain secrets of much talked about Korean skincare below.

Korean Beauty Routines That Keep Korean Looking Fresh 

As mentioned above, the cult favourite Korean 10-Step Nighttime Skincare Routine and 7-Step Morning Skincare Ritual accomplishes the promised results of hydrated, supple and smooth skin. It provides much sought after glass skin. The skin not only looks dewy, but also is dew-drop fresh from inside.

Natural Ingredients in BTS's Skincare Selections

Selecting the ingredient from a wide range of options can be a task. While choosing the ingredient, always focus on your skin type.

  • If the skin is dry, choose the ingredient that is hydrating and moisturising.

  • For the skin that is oily, use the ingredient that though hydrating, does not clog the pores.

  • For an acne prone skin, use the ingredient that exhibits antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties.

  • For sensitive skin, use the ingredients that are mild. A patch test is always recommended prior to indulging in a certain ingredient.

  • For broken and cracked skin, use the ingredients that do not cause any skin irritation and exhibit skin repairing and wound healing properties.

  • For ageing skin, choose the ingredients that enhance collagen production so as to attain a firmer looking skin.

The Trend of Men's Skincare in Korea

Earlier, skincare was looked upon as a feminine thing. However, Korea, particularly K-Dramas and BTS have challenged this approach and have made skincare a gender-neutral practice. As a result, even boys and men have started caring for their skin. This definitely had a positive impact on society.

The Impact of Koreans on Global Skincare Trends

Koreans have made a huge impact on global skincare trends. Various brands have made their product line in such a way that all the 7 and 10 steps get incorporated. A positive shift has been made wherein natural products are favoured more than artificial, lab synthesised products. People of all races, genders and countries are going gaga over Korean skincare products as the promised results are being attained.

Integrating Korean Beauty Techniques into Your Routine

Integrating Korean Beauty Techniques into Your Routine

To sum up, incorporating Korean Beauty techniques into the busy routines may be hard at first, but eventually the results will make one do those practices diligently. It demands consistency and regularity to achieve a healthy skin that looks bright, radiant and firm.

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