6 Easy-to-Follow Korean Skincare Tips for Guys
Listen up gents! Do you know that guys who know how to take care of their skin are 10 times more attractive? Speaking for all the ladies who are a skincare junkies themselves... If you're new to the skincare game or looking for a no BS, effortless guide to impress your partner, we're here to refine your 10-step Korean skincare routine one skincare tips at a time. From hydration to sun protection, scroll down for the 6 expert-approved skincare tips to achieve the ultimate beginner-friendly transformation!
1. Be gentle with your skin.
The summer heat is a major factor to cause flare-ups and skin inflammation, that's why the #1 Korean skincare tip is to be gentle with your skin. Having a non-stripping, fragrance-free cleanser in your 10-step Korean skincare routine is a good start. Remember, skin-calming ingredients and hydrating ingredients are your best friends so look for centella asiatica, hyaluronic acid and other plant-based natural ingredients in your cleanser. Our top recommendation is the iUNIK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil.
With the nourishing sunflower seed oil being the primary ingredient, this bestselling iUNIK cleansing oil is super hydrating and effective when it comes to removing the impurities on your skin. Its fragrance-free formula also ensures that your sensitive skin gets the best comforting cleanse as the first step of your Korean skincare routine.
Besides using a gentle cleanser, go for toners and essences that can fortify and strengthen your skin's barrier with anti-oxidants to fight against free radicals. We recommend the FRUDIA Avocado Relief Essence Toner as a daily soothing treatment to keep the skin texture smooth and radiant. Made with hero ingredient avocado, this Korean face toner has a rich source of amino acid that helps nourish your clean-shaven skin back to a brighter, radiant complexion. Not to mention its irritation-free formula makes it a skin-friendly face toner to use for sensitive skin. Plus, this FRUDIA skin toner has a sweet, refreshing fruity scent that makes it a joy to use.
2. Hydration is key for glowing skin.
No matter the season, it's always important to keep your skin hydrated. While a moisturizer is a good staple to take care of basic hydration, the best way to boost and optimize your skin's hydration level is to add a hyaluronic acid essence or serum to your Korean skincare routine. ICYMI, hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps bind water and lock in moisture for your skin. That's why a powerful hyaluronic acid essence like the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence will be the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine.
Suitable for all skin types, the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence features 8 types of hyaluronic acid to fully hydrate each layer of your skin to deliver a healthier complexion. It has a lightweight, water-like texture that makes it a nourishing treat to the skin. Not to mention the refreshing formula blends effortlessly into the skin as you apply it after your toner!
3. Invest in calming skincare products.
Make wise skin-vestments that will benefit your skin in the long run - starting with skincare products that contain centella asiatica to reduce irritation and calm redness in the skin. Centella Asiatica serves as the perfect solution to protect, repair, and relieve sensitive skin. It is a powerful ingredient to calm inflammation, redness, and irritated skin. If you're looking to de-stress your skin or repair your damaged skin, the PURITO Centella Unscented Recovery Cream deserves a try.
This unscented version of PURITO’s bestselling Recovery Cream boasts the same skin-calming formula, featuring an all-star team of ingredients including 50% cica extract, ceramide + squalene to soothe and relieve your irritated skin while keeping it radiant and healthy. Free from essential oils and made from 100% EWG green-grade ingredients, this vegan and cruelty-free PURITO Centella Unscented Recovery Cream makes it even more suitable for sensitive skin. This cream will gently absorb deep into the skin to control its oil-water balance for a longer time.
4. Protect your skin from the sun.
We always say sunscreen goes last in a skincare routine, but certainly not the least. If you're a long-time K-Beauty junkie like us, you should know that sunscreen is a big part of our skincare routine. It's also important to pick a blendable, lightweight sunscreen like the THANK YOU FARMER Sun Project Shimmer Sun Essence which makes layering skincare easier for you.
This featherweight sunscreen conceals imperfection while featuring conditioning shea butter + niacinamide to help you create a naturally glow-giving look with a moisturizing essence texture. Another one of our team's recent favorites is the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV.
Described by Canmake as "a smooth gel without the roughness or stickiness of most sunscreens," the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV breaks down into a watery texture and imparts a shine-free, and oil-free finish that doesn't clog pores. We highly recommend this for those who prefer a light, refreshing protection.
5. Sleeping mask is a must.
Sleeping mask is one of the coolest inventions in the K-Beauty world. Basically, it is a supercharged night cream with strong actives as well as innovative texture to lock in moisture for your skin. It's like having a hard-worker in the room who works overtime for your skin so you don't have to. The SOME BY MIYuja Niacin 30 days Brightening Sleeping Mask is one of our team's favorites when it comes to a skin-brightening overnight transformation.
Whether you're struggling with maskne or dull skin, this SOME BY MI sleeping mask is the perfect, vitamin-rich solution to help restore and brighten your complexion at the golden hour of your sleep. Enriched with 82% of Korean Yuja Extract, this sleeping mask is also packed with glutathione and niacinamide to breathe new shine into your lacklustre complexion while improving signs of aging. The light citrus scent also makes it a joy to use every night for a relaxing sleep.
Fancy an overnight lip treatment to give your lips some TLC? How about you get a good night's sleep and let the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask take care of the rest. This stay-on lip mask is perfect for those who wear heavy lip makeup during the day and hope to reset and rest for the night. This best-selling lip mask does more than just hydrate. Infused with hyaluronic acid mineral, this sleep-in mask is also developed to help lock in active ingredients and retain moisture through the night, allowing your lips to breathe and restore its radiance.
6. Introduce galactomyces to your skincare routine.
Galactomyces is one of the hottest ingredients in K-Beauty for good reasons - it has antioxidant properties and works synergistically with other active ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation. It comes in serums, essences, and facial sprays so it’s super easy to integrate into your 10-step Korean skincare routine. The SCINIC First Treatment Essence is one of our team's favorites.
Having niacinamide on the ingredient list is the first sign to tell that this SCINIC First Treatment Essence is going to be the hardest worker in the skincare routine. ICYMI, niacinamide is a multi-functional ingredient that provides anti-aging benefits, combats dark spots, strengthens your skin barrier, and improves skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Not to mention the high concentration of galactomyces which is a wonderful fermented ingredient and antioxidant to boost cell turnover and make your skin look more refined and smoother.