In the past year another viral craze appeared on the beauty horizon: the 7 skin method. Influencers, celebrities and customers all over the globe fell in love with the strangely-sounding routine that promised instant hydration to every skin type without packing on greasy creams.

The 7 skin method originates – like most of the innovative skin care methods – from South Korea. The idea is to


Use 7 layers of toner/essence right after cleansing your face to deeply hydrate your skin


Why is it called “7 skin”?

In Korea and in many other Asian countries, toners are called “Skin”, hence the naming. The 7 is more like an indication of the number of layers you need to apply from the toner. However, it is not a rule, you can use 4-5 or 10 layers depending on your need.


Does it mean, you need now 7 different toners?!

No, of course not! You can use any fitting toner or essence and apply it multiple times to your skin. Also, you can create your own cocktail and use different products. There is no real rule here.


How does it work?

When you apply a toner or essence with your hand (it is important to note that you have to use your hand to apply and pat the product into your skin), since it is a light weight, watery texture with ingredients that have smaller molecular size, it penetrates your skin immediately and hydrates it from within. If you repeat this process several times, you basically fill up your skin with moisture and moisturizing ingredients.

  1. Cleanse your skin
  2. Pour your favorite toner/essence to your palm, rub your hands together and gently pat the product into your skin. Don’t use cotton pad!
  3. Apply it first on your U-zone (cheeks & chin) and then to your T-zone. Like that you will have the most hydration around the U-zone area
  4. Wait until your skin fully absorbs the product
  5. Repeat step 2-4 as many times as your skin allows it. Usually 3-7 layers are enough for most people.
  6. Apply sunscreen/moisturizer.

See it in action by our favorite Skinthusiast, Gothamista:


Is toner or essence better?

Both are great for this method. The emphasis is on the texture: any watery product is suitable. Essences contain more active ingredients and hence can be more effective than toners. If you are still confused about the naming of different K-beauty products, you can read more about them here.

Since the aim is to hydrate your skin, go for essences with a lot of moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramide or certain botanical extracts.


Is it good for oily /combination skin as well?

Indeed, it is a really good method to hydrate oily or combination skin as well!


Important to keep in mind!

Anything with alcohol or added fragrance should be avoided. Also, acid-type of essences like the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Essence or AHA 7 Whitehead Power Essence should never be used!

Another important point is not to overdo it! If you skin starts to break out, or you have the feeling your skin can’t absorb products anymore, you definitely used too many layers. Some skin types can react bad on using a lot of products.


Founder of The SKIN Stories and the indie-beauty shop, The Curated SKIN.

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