Now that summer is well underway, it is the time to step up the hydration game for your skin. During warmer days, our body and skin lose water easily so it is very important that we replenish ourselves and stay hydrated. Both dry and oily skin alike can experience dehydration and one of the best way to prevent it for me is the 7 Skin Method.
Like many skincare trends, this method take its root from South Korea and is a super simple step that you can incorporate to your day and night routine and only require one skincare product. The word “Skin” here is actually referring to the skincare product that we will be using - Toner.
The how to
Pat a couple drop of a hydrating toner on your face and repeat seven times after cleansing. Make sure to let each layer absorbed before applying the next. Then follow up with the rest of your skincare routine or just go straight to makeup if your skin feels hydrated enough. The amount of layers that you apply to your skin is totally up to you and is also customisable to your skin type, condition or really just how much time you have. Personally, I will apply up to three layers in the morning and up to seven layers in the evening if I feel like my skin needs an extra boost. You also do not need to do this on a daily basis, just like over watering your plant will do more harm than good.
Whenever I use this 7 Skin Method, my skin is left plump and bouncy and it looks a lot fresher. My serum and moisturiser also seem to absorb better and I always end up using a lot less makeup. I would skip foundation and just use a concealer to cover up any redness or flaws. However, if you like wearing foundation, it does glide on a lot more smoothly too.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems embarrassingly easy no? However i do feel like this method deserves a post of its own because the result is amazing but you must use the right product! The key is to use a hydrating toner - and no, not every toner is hydrating. We are used to the more traditionally more alcohol based toner, and more recently the exfoliation based ones; however don’t try to apply this on your skin seven times, once is sufficient for these products. Here are some ingredients that you should avoid when looking for a hydrating toner: alcohol, witch hazel, acids and citric extracts.
Hydrating toners also vary in consistency, some are thicker and others are quite runny but they do not clog pores the way some moisturisers might. They are easily penetrable and absorbable which is why they are so great for layering. I personally prefer my hydrating toner to have a little bit more body, this way i feel like i need to use less layers too. Here are some of the hydrating toners i have tried and my thoughts on them:
- Klairs Supple Preparation Toner - This hydrating toner is quite thin but is not runny. I have the lightly fragrance version but there is also a non-fragrance version for those with very sensitive skin. It is full of humectants and plant extract that will repair and soothe skin. I tend to use five layers of this and find myself reaching for it very often during the summer.
- Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner - Slightly thicker in consistency but sinks in beautifully. Like all Pyunkang Yul’s products, this toner has a very short ingredient list that is based on Asian herbal medicine. The toner focuses on balancing and optimising water retention level in the skin and is very comforting when applied. I find that i can use seven layers of this toner without having the tacky feeling. This is my go to toner for when my skin is feeling sensitive or irritated.
- HADA LABO Goku-Jyun Clear Lotion - This is another option you could use for the 7 Skins Method, however it is much richer than all the other toner as it is full of Hyaluronic. I would use a couple layers of this in the winter, on top of a thinner toner/ less hydrating toner for that extra does of moisture.
- Blithe Vital Treatment Pulp Essence - 8 Nourishing Beans - As the name suggest, this is an essence rather than a toner. However, it also works really well for the layering methods. Packed with the vitamin E pulps as well as extracts of eight beans, this is a superfood for the skin. For my skin type, which is combination, one layer of this in the summer is enough but on days when my skin is looking very tired, I would use two or three layers of this.
For more information about the 7 Skins method, check out the links below:
- Liah Yoo - Korean Skincare Secret: Layering Toner 7 Times? The 7 Skin Method explained
- Liah Yoo - Best Hydrating Skincare Products » Toner, Essence, Serum // Skin Hydration Basics
- Gothamista - Best Hydrating Toners
- Joan Kim - Korean Skincare Routine for Dry Skin + Tips
Have you tried out the 7 Skin Method? What is your favourite hydrating toner?