[Updated March 23 2023] 7 Step Korean Skincare Routine for Beginners: Combination Skin Edition
Here at Eunogo Shop, we know how confusing it can be to come up with a whole new skincare routine, especially when there are so many steps involved. In this article, we've curated a handy skincare routine for those with combination skin type!
Step 1: Cleansing
While it is common for many K-beauty routines to include double cleansing (one oil-based cleanser/balm to remove makeup and one water based foam/gel), we consider cleansing collectively as Step One. Our recommendation? Get a cleanser that does both, like the iLomys Renew-Derm Foam Cleanser, which uses papaya fruit water, rice extracts, and beta-glucan (research shows that it's 20% more hydrating than hyaluronic acid) to cleanse your face without stripping it of any natural oils. Remember, if your cleanser is leaving you with a “squeaky clean and dry” feeling, pour it down the toilet, because that’s where it belongs.
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: iLomys Renew-Derm Foam Cleanser
Step 2: Exfoliation
Did you know that our skin cells have a turnover cycle of 28 days? That makes it so important to exfoliate the dead skin off your face and let the new cells celebrate their glow up! Team Eunogo recommends a mild chemical exfoliator using AHA, BHA or PHA which will gently remove excess dead skin cells, oil and wastes and provide the new baby skin cells more room to “breathe.” Exfoliate 1-2 times per week for combination skin to help increase both your glow and the absorption of your follow-up skincare steps.
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: Ceramine Botanical Peeling Gel
Step 3: Toner
Gone are the days when toner used to be astringent and strip your face of all the oils your skin needs to regulate sebum. Welcome to the modern age of toners, where we use them to calm our skin, give it extra hydration, and even help prime your face so that makeup sets more beautifully! We love Ceramine's Dual Balance Vegan Toner for oily skin because it balances the pH of your face to slightly acidic, which is beneficial for the flora on your skin microbiome. Its green therapy provides nourishment that cares for the skin texture gently, controls the oil and moisture to make the skin texture soft, making it shiny and smooth.
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: Ceramine Dual Balance Vegan Toner
Step 4: Sheet Mask
This is a step that can be done daily if you have the time, or 1-2 times per week, whenever you feel like your skin needs a little extra boost. For combination skin we recommend the iLomys Renew Derm Nature Mask. The patented coconut gel-type cellulose delivers a rich soothing effect due to its nano-form. It is also a skin-friendly material mask containing EGF (epidermal growth factor), a nanosized skin regeneration factor, and hydrating active ingredients help to care for the aging process, provide nutrition, and prepare smooth skin texture by clearing dead skin cells. Best of all? One sheet mask contains "30ml Essence" to produce hydrated, glowing skin when used on dry, stressed, and sensitive skin that requires intensive nutrition!
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: iLomys Renew Derm Nature Mask
Step 5: Serum
What is a serum? In short, a serum contains a concentration formula of active ingredients with a light, easily absorbed consistency. Usually a serum will target a specific skin concern and will be used after toner but before applying moisturizer. For combination skin, Team Eunogo recommends the iLomys Morning Night Dual Essence that consists of a light weight serum for day time and hydration focus for night time use. The Wake Up Morning Essence hydrates and protect the skin by strengthening the skin's defenses. Leaves the skin glowing, soften dead skin cells and reduces the effect of stress on skin. Not forgetting, harnessing the power of plant-derived ingredients such as glutathione and tocopherol to awaken and brighten the skin! While the Relax With Night Essence a powerful essence formulated with natural ingredients that nourishes and hydrates the skin overnight. It contains Triple Hyaluronic Acids that hydrate the skin, Bifida extract that helps to enhance the skin immunity, Vitamin complex and Bisabolol, to control melanin production making the skin tone brighter overnight
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: iLomys Morning Night Dual Essence
Step 6: Cream
Now that you’ve given your skin all the nourishment and attention that it deserves, lock in the moisture and all those ingredients with a hydrating cream! Team Eunogo recommends the iLomys Renew Derm AT Cream, the popular best seller since launch! It provides moisture around the eyes and the entire face by blending peptide ingredients and mineral-rich plant ingredients. Made with plant based ingredients such as arnica and mugwort, help revitalize the skin and activate moisture particles. This is a cream that provides moisture and nutrition at the same time by helping to activate moisture in the skin of those who complain of dry or very dry skin.
Eunogo Shop’s Pick: iLomys Renew Derm AT Cream
Step 7: SPF
If there is one step you cannot, and we mean CANNOT skip, it is applying sunscreen on a daily basis. You can read more about it here but please take our word for it: SPF is indispensable. For combination skin Team Eunogo recommends the Rovectin tinted sunscreen that has a velvet finish and gives a tone-up look to your complexion without any white cast.
Eunogo Shop’s Picks:
Rovectin Anti-Irritant UV Defense Tinted SPF 50+ PA+++ (Tinted Sunscreen)
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