Try Masking Before Moisturizing
While many ride-or-dies engage in a daily 12-step regimen, it isn’t a requirement. “I think the main thing is to pay attention to your skin and how it responds to different products, lifestyle changes, diet, etc.,” says Morgan. “I personally think it's important to be intuitive with your skin. You may need 10-12 products while someone else's skin needs three to four. It's all about trial and error, doing your due diligence with research, and finding products that work for YOU.”
That being said, you can still get the benefits of a K-beauty skincare routine in five steps or less, but don’t skimp on masking!
Sheet masks, like Lancome’s Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin Sheet Mask, are the holy grail of Korean beauty because they hug the contours of your face, allowing active ingredients to soak into your skin for intense hydration. After 20 minutes, your skin will appear rested and supple. “We recommend a sheet mask be used once a week, perhaps twice a week at most,” says Lee. “We also recommend using a sheet mask after cleansing but shouldn’t be applied with any other product(s). It’s the ultimate healing step and it ties the entire routine together. It’s also really fun.”
For a simplified routine, follow these four steps, and then 1-2 times per week, add a sheet mask before moisturizing: double-cleanse, tone, exfoliate, moisturize.