11 Korean Beauty Secrets You Should Definitely Know July 19, 2017

Korean Skincare. We’ve all heard about it, but the big ol’ ‘Q’ here is, what is it?

Okay so, to start off, if there’s one thing that the Koreans are proud of, it must be their beautiful skin. They have such flawless skin and for a good reason! I say this because I know it’s no mean feat to maintain unblemished skin. The Korean women dedicate a lot of time towards making it look that way. If you’ve ever seen Hallyu Stars (Celebrities in the Korean Entertainment Industry), you’d notice how gorgeous their skin looks! If only someone had the lowdown on Korean beauty that could help give you flawless skin too. Oh, wait! We do! Keep reading to find out the 11 Korean beauty secrets that every woman should know.

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If your skincare regimen involves the usual three steps of Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing, it won’t take you far. Korean skincare follows a religious 11-step routine. I bet you thought CTM was enough. Well, sorry to break it to you, but in the harsh conditions that we live in, that just doesn’t seem to cut it. The amount of dust and pollutants in the air keep increasing exponentially, and so it is crucial that we give our skin the best.

Without further ado, let’s go through the 11 steps involved in a Korean skincare routine.

  1. Oil Cleanser
  2. Water-Based Cleanser
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serums
  7. Ampoule
  8. Toner
  9. Sheet Mask
  10. Eye Cream
  11. Moisturizer
  12. SPF

1. Oil Cleanser

The first step is to remove makeup, dissolve any oil, and remove bacteria and other impurities using a cleansing oil. Using an oil cleanser will change your life. It gets rid of makeup and the dust that has accumulated in your face over the period of the day. The oil will literally melt the makeup off your skin, leaving it thoroughly cleansed.

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2. Water-Based Cleanser

Yes, there are two cleansers involved! Where the first one was an oil cleanser, the second one is a water-based cleanser. This is to make sure that not even a hint of dirt and oil residue remains on your face. It basically makes your face squeaky clean! Clean your oil-cleansed skin with a mild foaming cleanser by applying it in a circular motion with the help of your fingertips.

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3. Exfoliate

This is a must if you want a smooth looking skin. The microbeads in exfoliators help in removing any dead skin cells. Not only does it make your skin look flawless, but it also helps your makeup to go on much smoother. However, scrubbing your entire face every day is not recommended. Try to focus on the areas that really need it, such as your cheeks and the blackheads on the nose. Ideally, you should be exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week.

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4. Toner

A toner isn’t something new if you’ve been following the CTM routine. So, you know how important this step is. There are different toners that cater to different needs. If you have sensitive and irritated skin, then it’ll help soothe it. If you have acne prone skin, it’ll help in unclogging the pores and leaves your face looking shine free (read non-greasy) for a long time. It will also help replenish your skin by nourishing it and shrinking the size of your pores. Koreans swear by toners and also refer to them as refreshers. This is what toners actually do – refresh the skin and set it up for the next step in your skin care regimen.

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5. Essence

When you use two cleansers, it will probably strip all of the oil from your face. Which means that you need to add some of the hydration back into your skin. That’s what an essence is for. While providing your skin with sufficient moisture, it also balances out the PH. Some essences are also especially used to make your skin appear brighter.

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6. Serums

Serums are usually for addressing certain issues. There are different serums for acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, pore tightening, etc. These are basically to boost your skin to restore it to the best condition that it could be in.

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7. Ampoule

An ampoule is a super serum which belongs to the same family as serums and essences. It contains a high concentration of active particles which help repair the skin. An ampoule is only meant to be used for a short period if you are experiencing some sort of a skin crisis. It is recommended to apply the ampoule before you apply an essence.

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8. Sheet Mask

Stay with me now, we’ve almost come to a conclusion. The whole point of a Korean skincare routine is that it feels less like a chore and more like a pampering session. It’s now time to unwind with the ever popular sheet mask! There is a large variety of them to choose from based on your skin type and your requirements. This is a perfect way to wind down at the end of a tiring day. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and relax!

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9. Eye Cream


The area around the eyes is very delicate and requires extra care. All those long hours of studying or working definitely take a toll on your eyes. Not to mention the fact that you probably stayed up late last night but still had to wake up in the early hours. The lack of a good night’s sleep makes you look aged and tired due to the dark circles. Koreans like to keep the delicate eye area super moisturized by tapping on an eye cream around the eyes before sleeping. This prevents dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness.

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10. Moisturizer

Well, we all know how important moisture is for our skin, so please invest your money on a good moisturizer. You won’t regret it! You may think, ‘I don’t need a moisturizer since I have oily skin anyway.’ Wrong! Everyone needs moisturizer! A light moisturizer blends into the skin quickly without leaving a film of grease behind.

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11. SPF

Finally, the last step is to use a sunscreen. The Koreans are extremely wary of the Sun and for a good reason! The Sun’s rays will make you age faster! So get yourself a good sunscreen with SPF. You must make it a practice to use it even if you step out of the house for only 5 minutes. It helps you a lot in the long run.

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While these tips sum up the crux of a Korean skin care, they alone are not enough to ensure that your skin remains healthy. Following are the two other factors that majorly weigh in on the health of your skin.


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A cardinal rule of skin care states that you are what you eat, and Korean women strongly follow this maxim. The Korean diet is rich in essential nutrients that help nurture the skin. One such famous dish is kimchi, which is actually a fermented cabbage that is loaded with vitamin C and beta-carotene that boost your skin’s health. Another common ingredient present in their diet is Makgeolli, a fermented rice wine that is abundant in minerals and amino acids. It helps brighten the skin and preserve its elasticity.

You do not have to follow a Korean diet to improve the health of your skin. All you need to do is ensure that your body is getting a sufficient supply of all essential nutrients it needs to be healthy.


Consistency is the key to any beauty regime, and the Koreans swear by it. Taking care of your skin is crucial, no matter how busy you are. If you want a beautiful, flawless, and firm skin, then you cannot be lazy. Set up a beauty regime and follow it religiously. No one said the path to beautiful skin was paved to be easy.

Due to the constant exposure to their entertainment industry (K-dramas), I’ve been fortunate enough to find out about this wonder of a routine, and I personally vouch for it. I can say from personal experience that the 10-step Korean skincare routine was a total game changer for me. My skin is so much cleaner and brighter than it was! If that’s not enough proof of its success, you have evidence from seeing how flawless Koreans look; and I don’t just mean the women! South Korea is probably the only country in the world to have men who are super into skincare, and if you ask me, everyone else should take notes! I mean, who doesn’t want great skin?

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sravaniiyar/ sravaniiyar

    Very nice.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      Thanks sravaniiyar :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Awesome! Can we get these masks here?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      There are few websites where these masks re available!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/zetiasavitri/ zetiasavitri

    it’s call layering..
    morning : cleansing oil – cleansing foam – toner – essence/serum – emulsion/lotion – cream – primer – sunscreen/foundation/bb cream – powder/compact powder.

    night ; cleansing oil – cleansing foam – toner – essence/serum – emulsion/lotion – cream – sleeping pack

    I’m now using korean skincare :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      :) Koreans are very particular about skin-care :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/divyakerani/ Divya Kerani

    Most of the girls are love to be slim. Koreans will not preferred to be toned. All Koreans usually prefer girls to look younger. I am sure that most of the korean girls don’t have fat like western girls. Ofcourse few of the boys prefer curvy and thicker girls, however most of the guys looks for thinner girls. Nice artice Ray :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      Thank you Divya :) And yes Koreans prefer looking younger & fairer than being slimmer :P

  • Suhana

    Hi, dats quite a well written article.. i adore these south asian women. they have their own charm.. and seems like all the best thngs are made in the world to only suit their body.. just perfect like barbies.. agree to all your points as well

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      thank you Suhana :) I adore their ‘dolly’ness too :)

  • Cally

    South East Asian girls are the best!! everythng looks good on them. really nice informative tips, which i can also put to use.
    thnku for sharing.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/rayconnect/ RayConnect

      glad you liked the article Cally :) And yes even I have in-cooperated their techniques in my routine & skincare is lot more easier now :)

    • Han

      Not really, South East Asian where the countries dont have 4 seasons, the skin will not be as good as countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan as the weather is too hot

  • http://www.areubeauty.com/the-secret-beauty-skin-korean-peoples/ SuzyLovers

    I love Miss A Suzy, they said she is the prettiest idol without makeup :D

    • Pyro Sushi

      Thought that was Sooyoung from SNSD lol

  • 이사랑

    this is cute. but not really true.

    • Monica

      how ia it not true?

      • Monica


  • Reb

    Hi Ray! Love the article. Are you able to recommend a favorite BB cream?

  • Pallavi

    great article.. <3

  • Apeksha

    I loved these simple tips in your article Ray, I’m gonna try them all and I’m quite sure that they will work. Thankyou so much friend and ya, I really admire Korean girls as well and even the guys.

  • swati ghosh

    awsm tips..specially Ma Me Mi Mo Mu great exercise for facial muscles

  • JL

    Skin care is important, but I think DNA plays a strong role in getting that flawless skin here. Most Koreans I know usually already are in that disposition of having great skin, and also they are usually small boned being lean and slim.

  • Shine

    People are crazy admiring korean beauties while the fact we are more pretty than them.They are just white but koreans love Filipinos because we have small faces,big eyes unlike koreans they have to go plastic surgery to make their faces better! Korean actresses are 100% plastic surgey as i have korean friends in cebu and they admitted it!

    • elle

      Ermm, I know for a FACT that Song hye Kyo and Suzy haven’t had any surgery yet they’re stunning. and there was a study that showed only 1/5 Korean women got any kinds of surgery done; that’s 20% of the whole population (No where near 100%). plus, I love how the commenter “shine” above you made fun of Koreans’ flat chests when the no. 1 surgery that Filipino women get is a boob job.

      • Serialmania

        Don’t forget the likes of Lee Hyori or Hwangbo. They are natural beauty dark skin singers who have never go into any surgery…..

        • vihi

          hyori admitted she got a nose job. but she is still awesome. there are many who havent had anything done to their face. suzy is really pretty

    • Benny

      Shine, you sound very bitter. Sorry you have so much pettiness and hate for beautiful people. I think you need to calm yourself down and focus on yourself more. :)

    • Pyro Sushi

      Whoever you are, chillax……You have Korean friends that admit it because they are in your country right? I love both Filipinos and Koreans but in terms of taste, I would go for Koreans. And you sound like a racist 0_0

    • Yen

      Shine calm down I’m a Filipino too and i don’t want us to be branded as uneducated,irrespectful,racist and the likes….you’re so gross in your words girl,we Filipinos love koreans as they are a part of ourlives cuz we love watching them in televisions and loved there songs too… never say bad words about them they have also imperfections like us let’s just respect each other… :)

  • Shine

    If koreans are black can you imagine how they look like? LOL:) if you really pretty even you’re black you’re still beautiful,color doesn’t matter! Imagine a korean if she didn’t went through surgery?! Very small eyes,big face but their body is very slim,flat nose,flat chested..could you imagine how they look like??:-) They are just white but they are not beautiful! And most koreans you saw in philippines are fake faces..Now you realized how lucky we are to not need surgery?;) you must love your own

    • Snail

      Another reason why Koreans are admired is for their height! The average height for Korean women is 5ft 4 whereas the average height for Filipino women is 4 ft 11. Nonetheless, this is not a battle to debate who is prettier. I think both Koreans and Filipinos are pretty:)) And I would like to say…it is not true that all Korean celebrities get plastic surgery. Some get filler injections to smooth out imperfections in their faces but that is totally different from undergoing actual surgery.

    • Serialmania

      Pinoys are annoying though. They like to invade others country like a swarms. And they are ugly too…..

    • Pyro Sushi

      You say that but if surgery in your area was as cheap as Korea, a lot of you would have done it……I know that a lot of philippineans love Korea

  • indri

    i like your article , i post on my blog ya ^^ thankyou

  • Lizzie

    At least korean dont have to go to other people cauntry for work enough filippino worker is malaysia they just use people like pilipino girl in my place find rich guys pitty all the stupid male malaysian … Love korean girl at least they dont use guys for money

    • Pyro Sushi

      Korean girls go for rich guys too…..You haven’t met a lot of them. They don’t go for average ones unless 1. They are rich or 2. They can’t date one due to a disadvantage in terms of status and appearance

      • ordinary korean

        oh dear pyro sushi.
        it’s not just korean thing. unfortunately, no matter where you go around world, those so called gold diggers are everywhere. again, that’s not just korean thing, dear.

    • Yen

      watch your language Lizzie…

    • m*l*ysi*n s#cks

      Maybe you’re jealous ../..
      Anyway , before saying rude things look at your grammar,
      What a disgrace !!

  • Aashna

    I loved these simple tips in your article. Frankly speaking i have never ever been fond of Korean women earlier. But when i came across this article i was surprised to know their beauty secrets. I’m definitely gonna try them all and I’m quite sure that they will work. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Zuijiadeai

    Thanks anyway. The trick is misleading to everyone. Average Korean girls aren’t pretty, just like normal girls in any other countries. The real secret is actually the plastic surgery that is so common in Korea. Korean is a fake country, or some may say is a magic land.

  • Kim Ji young

    So you call me fake cause I’m part Korean too. I’m part phillipino,viet,Chinese and Korean. I learn English going school abroad.

  • Putri

    in 424 techniques, “ending with cold water”, is it ice cold water or room temp water?

    • luhi

      its natural cold water..if you have well in your area..then use the water from well…otherwise room temprature

  • cs

    It’s just the way to keep the skin healthy For their culture. Nothing to do with plastic surgery or changing the face features.

  • Mel Stevens

    For the hair I recommend the pro naturals argan oil shampoo and conditioner. They are effective, smell good and moisturize the hair

  • Pyro Sushi

    I’m okay with fake faces. Now, butt and breast surgery is not okay. They call Korea a fake country and Americans are getting breasts surgery all over the place. Imo, I look at a girl’s face and personality than her body…..

  • http://www.a-boutagirl.blogspot.com/ Chika

    I disagree with you. I have many very pretty Korean friends who have amazing skin. I’d say they’re average because they haven’t had any surgery done. One of my friends in particular had a very strict skincare regime.

    • dr.maryam

      exactly chika as far as i knw koreans are among top 4 countries having beautiful girls so we cant say they r average .. n i knw it takes time to get used to their facial features but they truely r beautiful people .. i really adore their skin :* n m a fan of all above mentioned ladies n song hye kyu is among top ten beauties of world ..

  • Jon Daniel

    Most korean women (not just celebrities) are also known for their insane amounts of plastic and cosmetic procedures, no matter how subtle (double eyelid surgery, nose jobs, etc.)

    • Jazula

      Wow, if most Korean women do this surgery thing, then plastic surgery must be extremely cheap in Korea, or most Koreans must be extremely wealthy to afford such a hospitable procedure.

  • Yu Shwe Yi Tun

    plastic surgery and seafood , fresh fish .

  • Minji

    Some people are definitely born with good skins. Genetics play a big role. But it’s even more important to take care of your skin. If you don’t put on sun screen or properly hydrate your skin, your good genetics won’t do any good. When I lived in Korea, two most prominent items were coffee and cosmetics. Etude, Skin Food, Missha, and, the most ridiculous, diamond and emerald infused Kisskin.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Minji, yes as you said…it is right and important to take care of our skin and health. Healthy diet, regular exercise, application of sunscreen, proper hydration….all these factors help in maintaining a good skin.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Charuni, if you are still going for swimming then make sure you wear a water-resistant sunscreen. The combination of chlorine and water is bad for your skin! Wear the highest SPF sunscreen with any of these ingredients – mexoryl, avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Apply every 1 and a half hours. Sunscreen will protect your skin from further darkening. Few of the home remedies to remove tan are:
    1. Mix 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and ½ tsp of almond oil. Apply on the affected areas and wash off after 10-15 minutes. This pack helps bring shine to the skin,smoothness and also removes tan from your skin.
    2. Apply Curd on exposed area for a month.
    3. Another mixture for lightening the skin color would be buttermilk with a bit of oats in it. The oats has exfoliating capacity and the butter milk is an excellent after skin soother.
    Hope you find these tips to be helpful !

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Manu, some of the remedies to get rid of acne and acne marks are:
    1. Apple cidar vinegar – Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards.
    2. Papaya – Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mash up the flesh of the papaya well, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Saera, some of the simple home remedies for oily skin are:
    1. Egg White – Whip one egg white until stiff and spread it on your skin. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with warm water. Do this twice a week.
    2. Lemon juice – Mix one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with one-half teaspoon of distilled water. Apply it on your skin using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash your face with warm water. Lemon juice can dry out your skin, so apply some oil-free moisturizer afterward. Do this once daily.
    3. Tomatoes – Cut a tomato in half and rub it on your skin. Allow the juice to soak into your skin for at least 15 minutes. Rinse your skin with cold water, pat it dry and apply a light oil-free moisturizer.
    You can follow any of the remedies regularly to remove excess oil from your face. Do try them and share your experience with us.