By Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

What it does

Breaks down oil-based debris such as makeup and sunscreen

How to

Morning and night, gently massage into dry skin, add lukewarm water to emulsify, then rinse

Water Based Cleanser

The second step of the double cleanse. Cleansing twice is recommended by aestheticians and dermatologists because it helps to thoroughly remove any impurities that can cause breakouts. Water-based cleansers dissolve the water- based impurities such as dirt and sweat that your oil cleanser didn't pick up.

How to

Morning and night, apply to your damp face and neck and massage in a circular motion, then rinse with lukewarm water


Physical and chemical exfoliation help clean pores and slough off dead skin cells for visibly brighter and smoother skin. Regular exfoliation will also help your other skin care products absorb and work more efficiently!

How to

Gently exfoliate 1-2 times/week, focusing on your nose and the visible pores on your cheeks


Toners are the ultimate prep product, removing any leftover residue from your cleansers while also repairing your skin's barrier to effectively absorb the moisturizers that follow. Think of your skin like a spongeit's more difficult to rehydrate it when it's dried up and hardened than when it's already a bit damp.

How to

Use a cotton pad to swipe all across your face or pat gently into your skin using your hands.


Essences are lightweight and packed with a concentrated blend of hydrating, anti-aging, and complexion-enhancing ingredients

How to

Sprinkle into hands and lightly pat into face and neck


Boosters, serums, and ampoules are the ultimate skin perfectors. Packed with powerhouse ingredients, they target specific skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.

How to

Gently tap into skin, focusing on areas affected by skin concern

Sheet mask

If essences are the heart of the Korean skincare routine, sheet masks are the soul. The key to sheet masks is the sheet, which when in prolonged contact with your face allows the skin to fully absorb the nutrients and moisture. Plus, they promote the quiet, meditative ritual of relaxation.

How to

Smooth onto clean skin, lie back and relax for 15-20 minutes, then pat in excess essence

Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate on your face, and regularly using an intensive eye cream can keep dark circles, puffiness, and crow's-feet at bay. Eye creams are concentrated with beneficial ingredients and formulated to be extra gentle and non-irritating.

What it does

Hydrates and prevents dark circles, puffiness, and crow's feet

How to

Use your pinkie to gentle tap (never rub!) around the entire orbital bone, avoiding the water line


They come in many forms (emulsion, lotion, gel, cream, and sleeping mask) and seal in moisture to plump up skin and smooth fine lines.

How to

Pat into your face and neck morning and night, every day.

Ingredients to love

Bamboo Hyaluronic acid Centella asiatica (cica) Snail mucin Green tea


You should always wear sunscreen, even if you'll be inside most of the day. It's the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging (and skin cancer!). Sunscreen should be your last step so it can shield your skin without being diluted by additional products.

How to

Gently pat into your face and neck as the last step in your morning routine. Re- apply throughout the day.

Ingredients to love

Titanium dioxide Zinc oxide

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