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Article: The Beauty in Layers (Learn about Layers - Part 1)

The Beauty in Layers text on top of layers of cut cake.

The Beauty in Layers (Learn about Layers - Part 1)


Illustration of lady applying different types of skincare representing each layer technique.

Layering is not just for cakes! Discover the "not-so-secret-anymore" magic behind flawless Korean Beauty skin with the art of layering. This innovative skincare technique has taken the beauty world by storm, delivering unrivaled hydration, nourishment, and a radiant glow. By strategically selecting and applying multiple layers of skincare products, you can create a customized routine that targets your specific skin concerns while maximizing the effectiveness of each product.



Korean Beauty skincare is all about putting your skin first, giving great importance to achieving a healthy and radiant complexion. So, it's all about using those lightweight formulas like toners, essences, serums, and ampoules, and applying them layer by layer. Each layer dives deep into the skin, delivering a concentrated dose of active ingredients, promoting optimal absorption, and enhancing the overall efficacy of your skincare.

The secret to successful layering lies in the order in which you apply your products. Start with the thinnest and most lightweight formulas, such as toners and essences, and build up to thicker creams and oils. This ensures that each subsequent layer can penetrate deeply into the skin, without being blocked by heavier products. The result? A well-hydrated, nourished, and balanced complexion.



The perks of layering in K-Beauty skincare are as abundant as a buffet at a fancy restaurant. Firstly, layering allows for optimal absorption of active ingredients. Each layer preps the skin for subsequent products, ensuring that they are absorbed more effectively. This not only enhances the overall efficacy of your skincare routine but also allows you to squeeze out every last drop of goodness from each product.

Layering also promotes hydration and moisture retention. By slathering on those lightweight hydrating products, such as toners and essences, before sealing them in with heavier creams or oils, you create a barrier that prevents moisture loss. This helps to keep the skin plump, supple, and well-hydrated throughout the day.

In addition to hydration, layering also targets specific skin concerns. By incorporating products with different active ingredients, you can address multiple concerns simultaneously. Whether you're looking to brighten dull skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or control acne, layering allows you to create a customized routine that targets your specific needs.

Furthermore, layering offers a multi-sensory and indulgent experience. The ritual of applying each layer, taking a moment to massage and pat them into the skin, creates a relaxing and self-care moment in your skincare routine. This not only benefits your skin but also promotes a sense of well-being and mindfulness.



So, layering involves quite a few steps, like the following:

  1. Oil Cleanse: Start with an oil-based cleanser to bid adieu to oil-based impurities.
  2. Foam Cleanse: Follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser to wave goodbye to water-soluble particles and prepare the skin for the subsequent layers.
  3. Tone: Apply a hydrating toner to balance the skin's pH levels and provide a refreshing boost of hydration. Pat it into the skin for better absorption.
  4. Essence: Next, apply an essence, which is a lightweight and highly concentrated formula that delivers a burst of hydration and prepares the skin for the subsequent layers.
  5. Serum: Choose a serum that addresses your specific skin concerns, such as brightening, anti-aging, or acne control. Apply a few drops and gently massage it into the skin.
  6. Ampoule: Ampoules are highly concentrated serums that provide an extra boost of targeted treatment. Apply a small amount and gently pat it into the skin.
  7. Sheet Mask: Incorporate a sheet mask into your routine once or twice a week. Choose one that suits your skin's needs, whether it's hydration, brightening, or soothing. Leave it on for the recommended time and gently pat in the remaining essence.
  8. Eye Cream: Apply a pea-sized amount of eye cream to the delicate skin around the eyes. Gently pat it in with your ring finger.
  9. Moisturizer: Seal in all the layers with a moisturizer that suits your skin type. Choose one that provides hydration and locks in moisture.
  10. Sunscreen: Finish off your morning routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

However, every person will have different needs and therefore may not require all the steps. Some of these steps can even be cycled which we will cover in a future blog. To simplify, we have identified 5 primary steps to ease your transition into K-Beauty layering with the following: cleanse, tone, treat, hydrate, protect.

Remember, the key to successful layering is to allow each layer to fully absorb before moving on to the next. Take your time and enjoy the process. To explore products based on the different layers, check out Onion Skin Layer Collections.

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