Korean Skincare Routine

Koreans are very well known for their glowing vibrant skin, which can be achieved through a unique regimen. At first it can be daunting, as it involves up to 10 steps or more but at Essence by Rachel Chung we are here to break it down and help you understand the steps required. So, you can customise them to fit your needs and budget. While it may take a little longer in the mornings and before bed but the results are worthwhile in the long run. TRUST US!


#1 Cleansers

Korean women usually use two types of cleansers, starting with an oil-based cleanser to remove an oil based make up, sunscreen and other impurities. This allows effortless cleansing without the need to tug at your skin to remove every last bit. Followed with a water-based cleanser to remove any residues and leaving the skin bare and supple. Our cleansers wont strip or dry out your skin.

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#2 Toners

Toners can help with closing pores and tightening cell gaps after cleansing. Thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. Our skin is naturally acidic with a typical pH between 5 and 6 and after the cleansing step, it can leave the skin quite alkaline which causes the skin to produce oil to counter balance the pH. Toners can help restore the balance quickly.

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#3 Essences

Essences are formulated with varying viscosities but their main purpose is to moisturised the skin and allow everything such moisturisers and various active in ingredients to absorb more easily.Toners can help restore the balance quickly.

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#4 Serums

Serums contain active ingredient that’s designed to target specific needs by the skin type which can be hyper pigmentation, dehydration and fine lines. You can customise here based on your objective.

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#5 Moisturisers

Moisturisers are designed for your skin type and creates a barrier that will lock in all of the beneficial
ingredients in the previous step and not allow them to evaporate out of your skin. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more prone to dehydration. Eye creams a specifically formulated to protect, nourish, brighten or depuff around the eyes.

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#6 Suncreens

There is more awareness of the damaging UV rays inflicting on the skin every day, which is why sunscreen is so popular in Korea – no woman will ever leave the house without it. No matter how tired or busy they are.

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#7 Exfoliators

By using gentle, non-irritating exfoliator 2-3 times per week this helps promote cell turnover, unclog pores and allows for better product absorption. Koreans often use soothe peeling gel which you simply rub on your skin and watch the dead skin roll off.

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#8 Facial Masks

Single use sheet masks formulated with the same active ingredients as serums. Facial sheet masks form a sort of barrier that really locks the ingredients in and prevents evaporation leaving your skin feeling hydrated and brighter.

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#9 Sleeping Masks

Skin regeneration happens while you sleep and our no rinse sleeping masks makes the most of this process. They stay on all night and are packed with active ingredients. Use them 2 to 3 times per week, replacing your regular moisturiser at night.

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