How To Start A Korean Skincare Routine

How to start a korean skincare routine with Patchology

For the last few years it has felt like the only thing more popular than K-Pop, has been Korean Skincare Secrets. Well, if you have ever been curious about Korean skincare and wondered how you can blend those products into your skincare routine, then it's time you give your skincare regimen a makeover. 

Why is Korean Skincare So Good?

The main reason behind the popularity of Korean skincare products is the focus on adopting a gentle approach to the skin as compared to using so many harsh chemicals traditionally used in skincare. Additionally, many of these Korean products focus on correcting the underlying skin issue rather than just covering it up. They focus more on improving the quality of the skin by nourishing it and ensuring that the skin is hydrated. One of the not-so-secret weapons of Korean skincare are the Sheet Masks which also play a crucial role in your skin health. These masks hydrate the skin and add a healthy glow.

Here are some of the best Korean skincare routine secrets that will help you get flawless, glass skin.

Double cleansing

Double cleansing at night is one of the holy grails for smooth and clear-looking skin. It is crucial to clean your skin with an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser. Oil cleansers help to remove the makeup and pull out the dirt from within that gets settled on the face throughout the day. The oil cleansers also help in maintaining the pH balance of the face and gently remove all the heavy makeup.

After cleaning your face with an oil-based cleanser, you should use a foaming cleanser which is a water-based cleanser. It removes any further traces of makeup or un-emulsified oil on the skin.


Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Exfoliation also clears clogged pores, pigmentation issues, and rough patches on the skin. Choose an exfoliating agent based on your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you should opt for a mild exfoliator and if you have oily skin, you can use exfoliators with rice powder for deep cleaning. 


Toners are very important to nourish and soothe the skin. Toners with Glycolic Acid, Niacinamide, and other soothing agents help to maintain the pH balance of the skin. These toners are quite lightweight and moisturize the skin while at the same time removing any leftover dirt. 


Essence is considered one of the vital parts of a Korean skincare routine. Loaded with hydrating ingredients, the essence helps in healing the skin while speeding up cell turnover. Not to brag, but Patchology uses an activating essence in many of our products, including our addictive Bubbly Hydrogel Mask which uses Niacinamide and Orange Extract to quickly revitalize the skin and brighten your complexion. 


A serum is slightly concentrated and heavier as compared to an essence. The serum contains active ingredients and works on specific skin issues such as pigmentation, acne, wrinkles, etc. it can be gently patted into the skin. 

Sheet mask

As we said earlier, Sheet Masks are an often overlooked, yet important part of a Korean skincare routine. Sheet Masks are formulated with essential vitamins and minerals. Packed with soothing and hydrating ingredients, these sheet masks cater to specific skin needs. These sheet masks are infused with hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, oatmeal, shea butter, aloe vera, cucumber, tea tree oil, etc. these revitalizing Korean sheet masks give brighter and plumper-looking skin. Check out for some great sheet mask options!

Eye cream

The skin around the eyes is quite delicate and is the first one to show visible signs of aging. Eye creams are designed to address specific under-eye areas and prevent dark circles, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Under-eye patches are also a great way to restore the damage around the delicate eye area and tighten the skin around the eyes.


Moisturizing your skin is a very important step to locking in the previous layers. It acts as a barrier for the previously applied products. If you have oily skin, you should go for a light, lotion-based moisturizer. However, if your skin is dry, you should go for a heavy cream-based moisturizer to prevent your skin from feeling dehydrated. You can take a small amount of cream or lotion and gently massage it into your skin.


Sunscreen is the most important part of the Korean skincare regime. It shields our skin against harmful UV radiations and prevents UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin. If you have oily skin, then you should use mineral sunscreen to avoid clogged pores. Sunscreen should be used on the neck as well.

Do you want to incorporate the Korean skincare routine into your life?
If you have always dreamed of glass-like flawless skin and you want to add products to your regime that target specific issues, then you need to refresh your skincare routine asap.

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