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Our Social Media Manager’s Hydrating Korean Beauty Routine for Dry Winter Skin

When it comes to my winter skin routine, more is definitely more.

By: Brooke Bunce
Photography: Alec Kugler

With just the utterance of the word “winter,” I can feel the skin across my cheeks tighten and dry skin patches form on my forehead and nose. Not to be dramatic, but the second September 21 rolls around, I start to transition my skin-care routine—an already over-the-top, K-beauty-filled multi-step regimen—into something that transcends hydration altogether (or at least tries to) and makes me look like I’ve just stepped out of a pool of water at all times.

To keep my skin as hydrated, dewy, and glassy as possible, these are the (mostly Korean) products I keep in constant rotation on my shelf.


Even if I’m not wearing makeup, I always cleanse with Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil. Its mixture of herbal ingredients means it’s ultra-soothing and non-stripping.

In winter, double-cleansing isn’t necessary for my oil-deprived skin. In fact, the last time I went to Silver Mirror for a facial, they told me my skin was desperately dehydrated. Instead, a swipe of Blithe Anti-Polluaging Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water gets rid of anything left behind after the oil cleanse.

My esthetician at Silver Mirror also told me that my routine need a nice, healthy dose of hyaluronic acid, so an affordable option from one of my favorite brands is COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. I apply this directly with my hands—the consistency is thicker, so you can really feel it working.

Still with me? I know it’s a lot of layers, but I genuinely couldn’t live without Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence. It’s got 1000 times (!!) more moisture than water and smaller HA particles that sink into skin faster. I just started using this method from Melanie Simon to apply it all over my face in slow, pressing motions with two cotton rounds.

It’s time to get to my dry-skin holy grail. YES, it’s a third essence. And YES, it is absolutely essential. It’s Huxley Oil Essence, which is a luscious hybrid product that has seriously saved my skin.

Because eye cream is necessary, I guess (still not convinced!), I tap on some Bioderma Sensibio Gel Eye Contour.

Now it’s time to press exactly two drops of Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil onto my face. If it’s a humid day, this acts as my final moisturizing step.

Another holy-grail product is the Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I could skip every other step in my routine, but this cream HAS to go on my face.

If I’m heading to bed, I apply a thin layer of Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask all over my face and neck. It contains AHAs, which help sweep away dead skin since I’m not exfoliating much.

If I’m heading out for the day, I apply a generous amount of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++, which I picked up in Tokyo. I never skip a day—promise!