KOREAN SKINCARE’S 7 SKIN METHOD
One of the hottest trends to emerge in Korean skincare in the last year is the ‘7 Skin Method’.
This unique method involves layering your toner for more hydrated, healthier looking skin.
Today on the SS Blog we’re going in detail to look at exactly what the 7 Skin Method involves, how you can do it at home and the best products to use for that K-Beauty glow!
WHAT IS IT?
The 7 Skin Method is an additional step in your skincare routine that involves applying a moisturising toner in 7 thin layers.
The idea is to deeply hydrate the skin and seal in the newly added hydration with an occlusive, like a moisturiser.
The name for this method comes from the Korean word for “toner”. Toners in Korean are commonly referred to as “skins”, so the literal translation for this method is the “7 Toner Method”.
HOW DO YOU DO THE 7-SKIN METHOD?
The key is to choose the right toner, otherwise you risk irritating your skin instead. Get our tips for the best toner to use for this method below.
Once you’ve found the right toner, the technique is simple:
1 After cleansing your face, splash some toner onto a cotton pad and apply it to your face and neck.
2 While your face is still damp, pour the same toner into your hands and pat a thin layer into your face.
3 Repeat step 2 five more times.
The key is to play around with your layers and work out the perfect number for your skin – you might find your skin doesn’t need the full 7 layers and that’s okay – stop when your face feels fully hydrated! If your skin is particularly dry, feel free to do more than 7 layers.
The next step is to simply apply your occlusive barrier (your moisturising cream) over the top! If you’re applying the 7-Skin Method in the morning, you can move from your toning steps straight to your sunscreen and makeup.
WHY IS THE 7-SKIN METHOD SO GOOD?
First, it guarantees glowing skin!
The seven-skin method allows your skin to drink up the toner more than it normally would by letting the skin soak up one layer at a time.
Second, it’s a great way of reducing the number of skincare products you’re applying to your skin. You can forego your usual ampoules, serums and lotions and just use your toner instead. This makes the 7 Skin Method perfect for those with sensitive skin (provided you choose the right toner!)
It’s also great for those on a budget, as it allows you to reduce the amount of skincare products you are using without foregoing the hydrating benefits that are typical of the K-Beauty routine.
Last but not least, the 7-Skin Method is perfect for travel. By using your toner instead of your usual bevy of serums and lotions, you’ll cut down on excess luggage and can also keep your skin glowing in-air on a long-haul flight.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL TONER TO USE FOR THE 7-SKIN METHOD
The ideal toner to use is something with low-no alcohol in it’s formula, little to no added fragrance and no dyes. Avoid anything with acids in it either. STYLE STORY loves:
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol Free Toner – a gentle, soothing toner formulated for irritated skin that targets troubled areas to reduce redness.
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – a cruelty-free toner formulated for dry, sensitive skin that combines traditional oriental medicine ingredients with modern skincare.
Innisfree The Minimum Toner for Sensitive Skin – a mist toner formulated with the minimum amount of ingredients for sensitive skin types or skin when it becomes sensitive.
Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner – a cruelty-free Korean skin toner with star ingredient Barberry root, an antioxidant plant known for its anti-inflammatory, energising and nourishing properties.
COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol Free Toner – formulated with star ingredient galactomyces (yeast extract) this toner tones, calms, nourishes and exfoliates for brighter skin.
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