How to Use Korean Skin-Care Products, Step by Step
1. Cleanse and Cleanse Again
“This cleansing oil dissolves all traces of makeup, including waterproof formulas,” says Kim, who recommends Kosé Sekkisei Clear Cleansing Oil ($38), infused with herbs to remove impurities from clogged pores.
Follow with a foaming cleanser such as Kosé Sekkisei Supreme Washing Cream ($45), which transforms into a rich lather to clear away any residue.
2. Stay Balanced
To brighten skin after cleansing, Kim recommends Dr. Ci: Labo VC100 Pore White Lotion ($65), a vitamin C toner. “It targets enlarged facial pores and uneven skin tone,” she says.
3. Scrub Away
Kim suggests using a gentle exfoliator such as Dr. Ci: Labo Enrich-Lift Gold Peel ($47) once a week to remove dead skin cells while softening the skin.
4. Feed Your Skin
A nourishing antioxidant serum can treat dull skin, acne, or scarring. Kim prefers Ling Oxygen Plasma Potion ($90); for best results, she says, apply it both mornings and nights.
5. Open Your Eyes
Using a high-performance formula such as Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Eye Cream ($58) can help reduce lines, wrinkles, undereye puffiness, and dehydration, Kim says.
6. Drink Up
Before special occasions, use Dr. Ci: Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Deep Moisture Mask ($48). “It has natural botanicals to hydrate and depuff the skin for a brighter complexion in less than 10 minutes,” Kim explains.
Kim’s favorite moisturizer is B. Kamins Replenishing Moisturizer Kx ($150), which is packed with zinc and copper oligopeptides to prevent moisture loss and help smooth fine lines.
Anna Sui Protective BB Cream ($28) controls oil, minimizes the size of pores, and offers SPF 50 protection. “It also can be applied as a base for concealer and foundation,” Kim adds.