As we head into winter, colder temperatures and drier air can wreak havoc with your skin, leading to dryness and dehydration. That’s why it’s essential to update your skincare with the seasons, focusing on hydration and nourishment in the winter months. Remember, the foundation of K-Beauty (and any good skincare routine) is hydration, hydration, hydration.

Here’s the Korean winter skincare essentials to start incorporating into your skincare routine to keep your complexion hydrated and glowing.

Double cleansing

Start your skincare routine with a double cleanse to remove impurities and ensure a clean canvas for subsequent products. Begin with an oil-based cleanser, such as the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, to melt away makeup and dirt. Follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser, like COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, to remove any remaining residue without stripping the skin's natural oils.

Hydrating toner

Toner plays a vital role in hydrating the skin and restoring its pH balance, especially in winter. Look for a hydrating toner rich in humectants like hyaluronic acid, such as the Hado Labo Gokujyun Premium Hydration Lotion, which contains seven forms of hyaluronic acid for plump, bouncy and dewy skin all year round. It’s an intense - yet gentle - hydration boost. A toner will provide an initial layer of moisture and prepares your skin for better absorption of the rest of your routine.


Essences are the heart of Korean skincare routines, known for their lightweight yet potent hydrating properties. Choose an essence like the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, which contains 93% naturally fermented ingredients to improve skin texture, boost hydration and enhance your overall radiance.

 The MISSHA Time Revolution The First Essence 5X is another best-selling essence for dull, dehydrated skin. It contains 97% Desert Cica Yeast Ferment, a potent skin-nourishing ingredient that supports with clarity, moisture, skin tone, texture, soothing, smoothness, hyperpigmentation and protection. Gently pat your chosen essence into your skin for maximum absorption.


During winter, incorporating a serum or ampoule into your skincare routine can provide concentrated hydration and address specific skin concerns. Opt for products like the COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, which helps to brighten, hydrate and add radiance.

Sheet masks

Sheet masks are a staple in Korean skincare routines, offering intense hydration and nourishment in a single-use treatment. Look for masks with ingredients like aloe vera, honey, or ceramides,like the Dr.Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution Sheet Mask to replenish moisture and soothe dry winter skin. Incorporate them into your routine 1-2 times a week for an extra hydration boost.


Choosing the right moisturiser is crucial for combatting winter dryness. Opt for a rich and nourishing cream moisturiser that contains ceramides to protect and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, enhancing your skin’s hydrating abilities. We love the COSRX Comfort Ceramide Cream to deeply hydrate and soothe your skin.

Lip mask

Don't forget to keep your lips moisturised and protected from the harsh winter elements. Look for a nourishing lip balm, such as the iconic Laneige Lip Mask, which can be used both day and night to keep your lips soft and supple. Keep topped up with lip balm in between.


Melissa Redshaw