If you are a fan of K-dramas, there's no doubt that you would have marveled over how every actor sports a juicy and seemingly poreless complexion. While a solid skincare routine is essential, there's one more secret that can help you achieve bouncy and supple skin... and it's the Korean 7-skin method!
What is the Korean 7-skin method?
Although it sounds scary, this technique is actually quite straightforward. It involves layering three to seven layers of a toner or an essence on to your skin, immediately after cleansing. Toners and essences are commonly known as "skins" in Korea, which is why this process is called the 7-skin method.
So, is this tedious method worth? Definitely! By applying thin layers of these water-based formulas, your skin gets the opportunity to drink up all the hydrating goodness that your products offer. Apart from keeping your face plump and juicy, this technique also works to strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier.
If you are worried that your oily skin may not be right for this, we're here to allay your concerns. Since the 7-skin method involves the use of lightweight toners and essences, it won't clog up your pores or make your face look greasy. In fact, you can even skip applying your moisturizer if you feel that your skin is adequately nourished.
What you will need
Harsh and irritating products have no place here. While there are a plethora of exfoliating toners available, they can damage your skin if used in the 7-skin method. Instead, opt for hydrating and calming formulas like the Mon Cherry Intense Brightening Essence. Formulated with cherry blossom, pearl extracts, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, this essence works to deeply nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
How to follow this method
Let's breakdown the steps that you need to follow for the 7-skin method!
Before you get to layering on your toners and essences, it's imperative that you cleanse your skin. If you are trying this out as a part of your nighttime regime, be sure to double cleanse so that your skin is clear of any sunscreen, makeup and grime. FYI, the Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing Balm makes for a great first cleanse!
Pat on your product:
While your face is still damp, pour out a few drops of your toner or essence and gently press them into your skin. Start with the driest areas of your face and move in slow, upward motions.
Repeat as often as required:
From here on, it's all about customizing this method to your skin. Keep layering on more of your essence or toner, ensuring that your skin is slightly damp from the previous application. This will boost the penetration of the ingredients into your skin. If you feel that your skin has dried out, spritz on a hydrating mist such as the Mon Cherry Brightening Face Mist between each layer.
For beginners, seven layers may be too much to start with. Build up your tolerance by first applying two to three layers for a week and then moving on to more. Those with combination and oily skin can also stick to fewer applications.
Add the finishing touches:
If you have dry skin, use a good moisturizer to seal in all your hard work. For those of you who are planning to try this technique in the day, don't forget to apply a generous amount of sunscreen all over your face as the last step in your routine!
We hope this guide will help you achieve a hydrated, balanced and glowing complexion! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.