Koreans are known for being innovative and advance when it comes to skincare. They seem to never stop coming up with ideas to improve their skin and once they come up with one, it will surely becomes a hit and a trend all over the world. Honestly, I am so into their 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine and I must say that it really helped and improved my skin BIG TIME! And now they have come up with another beauty trend they call The Korean 7-Skin Method and being a K-Beauty addict that I am, I know I gotta try it too!
Keep scrolling to discover how this works and what I thought about this newest skincare method.
What is 7 Skin Method, exactly?
It is basically a skincare routine that promises to hydrate your skin by layering your toner multiple times immediately after cleansing and before moisturizing. It involves patting hydrating toners 7 times with at few seconds interval between each application. toners and ‘skin’ are just the same in Korea. Now, they said that this method will make your skincare routine more simplified because after the 7 layers, you can go straight to applying your moisturizer skipping your serums and essences.
For this method to work effectively, this method requires a gentle yet very hydrating toner or essence to use. You may wanna avoid toners that contains drying and sensitizing ingredients such as:
- Astringent Toners – Some common astringents are acacia,sage, bayberry and witch hazel. Although some of these are known as an effective compound to treat acne, this would not work with the 7 Skin method as this may strip your skin’s natural oil once layered multiple times and could irritate your skin.
- Alcohol – As this can be drying and sensitizing to the skin. Types of alcohol are isopropyl alcohol, ethanol or ethyl alcohol, methanol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol.
- Chemical Exfoliants/Acids – You may wanna avoid toners with chemical exfoliants like AHA/BHA as this could also cause irritation once layered multiple times.
- Citrus – This is a great ingredient to look for if you are treating blemishes and other skin problems but what 7-Skin method focuses on is hydration and this ingredient is not great to be present with your toner as this could make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Common of this are Citrus peel, Lemon extract, citric acids, grapefruit, grapefruit seed extract, Vitamin C and more.
Which Toner/Skin or Essence should I use?
Here are some of the gentlest toners (which I currently have) that I think are perfect for the 7 Skin Method.
DEAR, KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner
Can I just say that this is a Holy Grail toner for me. It’s very gentle, non stimulating and very hydrating. It has a viscous yet thin and a bit watery consistency so it is quickly absorbed by my skin. This is perfect for the 7-Skin Method because you can definitely layer this multiple times without having problems with absorption. Plus it has Centella Asiatica as one of its ingredients that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce swelling and reduce the appearance of wounds and other acne marks. So imagine layering this on your skin 7 times, what you get is not only healing but also so much hydration.
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist
Although this is named as an essence, this has a very thin-like water texture and watery consistency just like a regular toner. It is formulated with 90% Fermented Yeast Extract which may sound unlikely to others but this superstar ingredient has antioxidant and skin renewal properties that would improve your skin texture. One of its key ingredient is Bifida Ferment Lysate and it’s a type of yeast that has hydrating and soothing properties. Just perfect for the 7-Skin method to give you so much moisture than your skin needs. Because of it’s thinner and water-like texture, it’s great to layer this multiple times on the skin and doesn’t leave filmy and tacky feeling at all.
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
I purchased this one [only] recently for the purpose of the Korean 7-Skin Method. I’ve known from one of my favorite YouTube Vlogger, Renee’ of Gothamista that this toner is very gentle and super hydrating. This is formulated with 91.3% of milkvetch root extract which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other skin nutrient boosting properties that’ll save you from skin problems like redness or irritations from post harsh abrasive facial treatment. Layering this on your skin 7 times is a heavenly kind of feeling! It has a mild medicinal herbal scent that is not overpowering but rather healing and soothing. It has more viscosity texture and consistency but it’s surprisingly fast absorbing.
How do I apply it?
Most common application method is to dispense a dime sized amount of the toner onto a cotton pad and apply to your cleansed face as you normally would. That will serve as your first layer and then pat with hands a dime sized amount of the toner for the rest of the 6 steps. I personally warm up my palms and gently pat and press the product onto my face for quicker absorption. Remember: Only use a dime sized amount. Excess amount doesn’t mean more hydration. It will not only waste a lot of product but also not allow you skin to drink up all the goodness of the toner/essence.
How often should I do this method?
I don’t recommend doing this method on a daily basis because this is quite costly and definitely unnecessary but I think doing this once in a while is enough. What I do is I rely on this method on days when I feel like I am super tired but don’t wanna skip my skincare routine, or whenever I feel like my skin is extra dry and feels rough, I always, always opt to this method.
The biggest question now is, does it work? YES it does! After layering your toner 7 times, expect your skin to become bouncier, more hydrated, supple and dewy or in Koreans, a “Chok Chok” skin. I love putting on my serums and essences but I love how hydrated and healthier my skin feels. I have dry skin to begin with and I currently have rough patches on some areas of my face (which my new facial cleanser got me) that I wanna get rid off and this 7-Skin Method relieves the dryness I feel.
This may sound a bit too much for others with this whole layering process but personally, I find it more of a simplified concept. I mean, I love putting my serums and essences but I do not always have the time to do all the 10 step routine. Get it? Though I don’t recommend doing this method on a daily basis, I recommend doing this at least 2-3 times a week or whenever you feel like your skin needs extra hydration. Make sure to always finish it up with your trusted moisturizer and you are all set.
Hydration is a key to a healthier and clear skin. Regardless of what skin type you have, be it oily, dry, combination or even sensitive you need to keep your skin well hydrated and this 7-Skin Method is definitely worth giving a try. If 7 layers is too much for you, then try to start with 3 or 5 layers, I don’t see any problems with that. Just remember, you don’t necessarily need to follow all of these skincare trends. Make your skincare routine fun and enjoyable and personally cater to your skin needs.
Well that is all for today’s blog post. Have you tried the 7 Skin method, too? I would love to hear what toner/essence worked for you. Share them with me thru the comment section below. xo
This is not a sponsored post and I am no way compensated for this review. I bought the products using my own money and I am also no skin expert and it’s best if you will seek professional advise.