3, 5 or 7 Skin Method – What Is It and Does It Really Work?

March 20, 2019

3, 5, 7 Skin method - What is it?

So in the past couple of years, Korean beauty bloggers have been raving about the 7 skin method which a skincare regimen involving patting 7 layers of toners on your skin to maximise hydration.  I know it sounds crazy but it has worked wonders for some people with plump glowy skin as a result.

Considering the humidity in Singapore and the condition of my skin (combination), I’ve decided to try the less intimidating ‘3 Skin Method’ myself and it made a big difference to my dehydrated skin. I’ve had lesser oil production during the day (yay to not looking shiny by 5PM) and my skin feels plumpier and hydrated, so much so I could make do without a moisturiser during the day. LEGIT.

Before you get all excited to try it out for yourself, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts you should know before trying out this skincare regimen:

  1. DON’T use toners that are too heavy – If you know you’ll be applying 7 layers of toners, choose toners with a lighter consistency or you’ll end up with a thick lather of icky yucky texture on your skin. You want watery-types of toners with beneficial ingredients.
  1. DON’T use toners with alcohol, BHA or AHA – Too many layers of BHA and AHA will just irritate our skin (especially if you have sensitive skin). And we all know alcohol dries our skin so what do you think will happen when you apply alcohol 7 times? Yes, one dried sotong (squid) coming right up.
  1. DO work from ‘thin-to-thick’ – This is a general rule of thumb for applying all skincare products, not just toners. Layering your skin with a toner with a heavier consistency will just create a barrier on your skin which will prevent your skin from absorbing other liquids well.
  1. DO find your magic number – Whether it’s 3 layers, 5 layers or 7 layers really depends on the type of toners you are using (light or heavy) and your skin condition (dry, oily or combination). If you have dry skin, you may want to try the 7 Skin Method with a heavier toner for the final layers. If you have oily skin, you may want to stop at 3 layers.
  1. DO make sure each layer is absorbed before patting on the next one - The point is to help your skin soak up each layer, not piling product on top of it. Don’t be in a rush to get all seven layers done and out of the way: Otherwise, you run the risk of overwhelming your skin with product that doesn’t get absorbed.

This is great skincare regimen and can be a total game changer as it packs your skin with the hydration it needs for a supple, healthier skin. Most importantly, remember that finding the perfect skin care routine is all about experimenting and knowing what works best for you.

Here are some toners to try that go well with the 3,5, or 7 skin method. My personal favorite is the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner. It is lightweight and free of unnecessary harmful ingredients.


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