A Korean Skin-Care Routine for Men
While Korean beauty is commonly centered around a ten-step skin-care routine, we understand that this lengthy regimen may be too time-consuming for men who prefer to keep things simple. But it is possible to still incorporate K-beauty practices into a shorter, but equally as effective, routine. We sat down with Charlotte Cho, a licensed esthetician, co-creator of Soko Glam and founder of Then I Met You skin care, to create a condensed version of the Korean skin-care routine made specifically for men’s skin. Check out the step-by-step plan for men, below.
STEP 1: Cleanse
In K-beauty, it’s common to use a cleansing stick as your face wash. They’re multifaceted and can target several skin-care concerns at once. One we love? The Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick. Created by Cho, this all-in-one cleanser is formulated with natural green tea to gently clean skin and reveal a brighter and clearer complexion.
STEP 2: Exfoliate
Cho suggests incorporating a facial exfoliator into your routine to help slough away dead skin and other impurities that are sitting on top of your skin. We like the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, which alleviates roughness and softens the skin. Use this exfoliator two to three times a week or before shaving.
STEP 3: Toner
According to Cho, toners are a key part of any skin-care routine. Not only do they have hydrating properties, but they can also assist in rebalancing the skin’s pH level, soothing the skin and refining pores. One of our favorites is the Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner. The formula, which contains mint, aloe vera and vitamin E, works to soothe redness, balance oil production, brighten and condition the skin.
STEP 4: Moisturize
Using a great moisturizer morning and night is key to any skin-care routine. Cho says that moisturizers are extremely important because they assist in strengthening the skin barrier and help lock in hydration. Try the House 99 Greater Look Face Moisturizer for an option that's lightweight, fast-absorbing and safe for sensitive or freshly-shaved skin.
STEP 5: Apply Sunscreen
The final step? Make sure to apply sunscreen every morning, no matter the weather. Using SPF will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays and prevent premature signs of aging. “Sunscreen is the best anti-aging cream on the market,” says Cho. For a lightweight option, we suggest the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion. It has broad-spectrum SPF 30 and is suitable for all skin types.