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Korean serums and creams are an important part of the famous 10-step Korean skin care routine, but knowing what they are and when to use them can be confusing for newcomers. CVS is here to help you understand what these products do and how they may benefit you!

Understanding the Korean Skin Care Routine & Products

To really appreciate Korean serum and creams, you have to understand how they fit into the larger Korean skin care routine. The first two steps of this routine are very familiar to Americans – face wash followed by a toner. If you are in the market for some new products, you may want to check out our selection of Korean face wash and toner and pick out the products you’d like to use. Intended to be used right after a cleanser and toner, the next product in the Korean skin care lineup is called essence. Korean essence is designed to hydrate the skin and is thought to aid in cellular turnover to help skin look more youthful. Snail essence is a popular Korean product that uses snail mucus extract and peptides. It is believed to help make skin more elastic for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Following essences, you may choose to apply an ampoule. A Korean ampoule is intended to be used as a rescue remedy of sorts when your skin is in need of some serious therapy. Different ampoules are designed to target different skin concerns, such as dryness or blemishes. Ampoules are similar to serums but contain a higher number of active ingredients. Ampoules do not need to be used every day of the year, but are instead intended to be used regularly for short periods of time when you are having specific issues with your skin, such as a breakout.

Whether or not you choose to use an ampoule, the next product you would apply is a serum. Korean serums are formulated with a high number of active ingredients and are designed to treat specific skin concerns. For example, a brightening serum can help with skin dullness while a hydrating serum is designed to deliver moisture to parched skin.

The next step in the Korean skin care routine is eye cream. korean eye cream is designed to hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark under eye spots. It also helps to protect the delicate skin underneath and around the eyes. When applying Korean eye cream, be very careful not to get any product in the eyes themselves.

Finally, it is time for moisturizer! Korean moisturizer is designed not only to hydrate the skin but also to help keep all the products you have just applied locked in so that your skin can really absorb the active ingredients over time. If it is evening and you want to give your skin a deep treatment, you may choose to apply a Korean night cream. If it is the morning, you’ll want to apply a Korean moisturizer and follow it up with a sunscreen, or choose a moisturizer that has SPF already added to the formula.

And don’t forget, Korean skin care is not only for your face. It is important to keep the skin on your hands and body moisturized, too! Korean hand cream and Korean body lotion are specially designed to deliver hydration to your hands and body. As a bonus, many products come in cute packaging. Try throwing a cute Korean hand cream into your purse and applying it when needed – you may find that the cute design and ritual of self-care brightens up your day!

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