Growing up, many of us were taught that skincare was supposed to be basic. We cleansed, we toned, we moisturized. That was it. Our horizons have since broadened, and now, we know to experiment and try different skincare methods to achieve different results.
The Korean coating method is a hot topic because its effect is the appearance of polished, flawless, porcelain-like skin. Believe me when we say that this is a must-try. You might love it so much you never go back to western skincare methods!
Stick around to find out how the Korean coating method gives you glass skin and how you can add it to your regimen.
What Is The Korean Coating Method?
The coating method is the practice of layering skin care masks on your face, one on top of the other. It’s a twist on the multi-masking trend, wherein different masks are applied to different areas of your face.
But rather than targeting, say, your T-Zone with bits of one mask and your under eyes with bits of another, you cake masks on to amplify each one’s effect.
How to Layer Your Masks
The Korean coating method involves exfoliating before applying up to three masks. It’s simple in practice, but there is a trick to it. Firstly, you really should be applying your mask with a brush. It’s more hygienic and will make your life easier, trust me. Secondly, cleanse as you usually would before you begin. After that, here’s how to go about your mask layering:
Step 1: Apply an Exfoliating Mask
If you’re new to exfoliating masks, I recommend the AGELESS MASQUE.
It contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids that, combined with micro-crystals, gently buff your face and help remove dead skin to support brightness and even skin tone.
If you’re looking for an all-rounder, the VITAL C HYDRATING ENZYME MASQUE. Is your best bet. Its blend of vitamin C and fruit enzyme exfoliants work together to remove build-up and hydrate your face while brightening the appearance of your skin and helping your face achieve a more even-toned look.
Step 2: Rinse
Once your exfoliator has done its work, you’ll want to rinse it off. Go ahead and add extra steps in between if you’d like. For example, you can apply a moisturizer if your skin needs hydration after exfoliation.
Step 3: Target Your Skin
This is where the fun begins. When your face is ready for more masks, apply one or two that are specific to your needs. Here are some ideas:
- If you’re treating acne, the CLEAR CELL MEDICATED ACNE MASQUE will do the trick. It includes salicylic acids, glycolic acids, and antioxidants that work at reducing oil and buildup, as well as redness and irritation. You could also try the I MASK PURIFYING PROBIOTIC MASK with yogurt-based probiotics that can help improve the appearance of acne, eczema, and impurities.
- To combat aging, the hydration I MASK FIRMING TRANSFORMATION MASQUE is an excellent place to start. It supports de-stressing the skin and helps improve the appearance of your skin’s tightness and texture.
- The MAX MASQUE uses plant stem cells to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as make your complexion looked lifted and firmer.
- To restore your skin, the ORMEDIC BALANCING GEL MASQUE is excellent for refreshing dry and exhausted skin. Aloe vera, mondo grass extract, and prickly pear cactus water assist in soothing environmental damage as well.
- You could also try the IMAGE MD RESTORING MASQUE which includes aloe, cucumber, and arnica Montana to help soothe and calm redness and irritation.
Step 4: Lock It In
Finally, add a thick mask to top it all off. One trick is to use an overnight mask. Yes, they’re meant for when you sleep, but I’ve found that they’re the perfect texture for Korean coating.
If you’re looking to hydrate and boost your skin’s brightness, the VITAL C HYDRATING OVERNIGHT MASQUE is a good place to start. I like that it has a natural orange peel scent to top off your layering.
For aging, try the MD RESTORING OVERNIGHT RETINOL MASQUE. It contains peptides, collagen, and, of course, retinol to help improve your skin’s elasticity while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Finally, if you don’t want to use your night cream, you can finish your coating off with a sheet mask. The I MASK HYDRATING HYDROGEL SHEET MASK includes peptides and antioxidants to boost radiance, while the I MASK ANTI-AGING HYDROGEL SHEET MASK will give your face a youthful boost.
Does The Korean Coating Method Really Work?
The science behind the coating method is simple: the better you treat your skin, the more radiant and healthy it will be. Exfoliating, targeting skin concerns, and pampering your face are powerful methods that we’ve included in our regimens for decades. The coating method simply applies them simultaneously. Go big or go home, right?
Also, the proof is in the pudding. Just take a look at the near-flawless Korean faces that inspired the western world to begin this trend.
That said, be careful not to overdo it. As with any other skincare routine, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Layering too many masks, using products that are not suited for your face, or disregarding application instructions could result in irritation and build-up, so take care.
Ultimately, I can see why it’s all the rage. You’ll feel the difference, and with consistent application, you’ll see one too. Give it a try!