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What is 7 skins? The Beginner’s guide to 7 skins

7 Skins Skincare

What is 7 Skins?

7 Skins comes from Korea. K Beauty / Korean Beauty. In very simple terms, it´s applying up to 7 layers of a hydrating toner or watery essence to your skin.

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What does 7 Skins do for my skin?

It will add extra hydration and plump your skin. The experts say the more your skin is hydrated the less hydrating products you will need to use afterwards.

How do I apply the layers?

Pour a couple of drops into your hands and pat the product onto your face until the product is fully absorbed. You only need a tiny amount as you will be applying more. You might find you prefer a hydrating mist which you can spray directly onto your face.

When & how often do I apply these layers?

You apply these straight after cleansing (and exfoliation) and before you add all your serums and moisturisers. When repairing skin, you can do 7 skins every night, your dehydrated skin will tell you as it feels tight.

You can also do AM, it can layer really nice under makeup although everyone´s skin is different. It’s user’s choice. Feed the thirsty skin as much as it’ll take. Eventually, it won’t need as much but it can take months to get there.

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What are the best toners?

We ran a poll in The Ordinary & Deciem Chat Room. These are the top 10 toners.

  1. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
  2. Klairs Supple Prep in Unscented
  3. Hada Labo
  4. COSrx Snail Mucin Essence
  5. Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
  6. Kikumasamune Sake High Moisture Pink
  7. Misha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essense
  8. Kiehls Moisturising Facial toner
  9. Secret Key Aloe Soothing Moist Toner
  10. Pixie Glow Rose Water
Pyunkang Yul at Style Korean. Prices are correct at the time of post. Prices vary day to day.

Does Deciem have any products I can use for 7 skins?

NIOD SDSM Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist

This is such a great product and as you can see, a well-loved one with 87% of the Deciem Addicts loving it.


Marine Hyaluronics

Another lovely product. If you have used The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid and feel it can be a bit thick and sticky, give this a try. It´s lovely.

Marine Hyaluronics

Can I mix The Ordinary & Deciem with this method?

Absolutely! We have over 200,000 Deciem Addicts in the Facebook Group, and they absolutely love talking 7 Skins. Go to Files or Topics and search 7 skins. You can find lots of The Ordinary regimens here.

Do I have to do 7 layers? Can I do 5?

You can do as many or as few as you wish. Start slowly allowing your skin to adjust to this new technique and work your way up to 7 layers (if you wish to do 7 that is). If repairing skin or treating dehydrated skin, you may need more layers initially and be able to slow down after time.

How long do I need to wait between each layer?

Each layer should be well absorbed before applying the next. It really depends on your skin and how well / quickly it absorbs products.

Some skin needs an adjustment period but generally, you shouldn’t need to wait at all. You should be using a small enough amount that it will absorb almost immediately. If the layer is taking too long to absorb it means you’re using too much product or your skin is hydrated enough and you can move to the next step.

What ingredients should I be avoiding?

If you´re going to be adding up to 7 layers of a product then you want to avoid all added fragrances and alcohols.

Can I mix toners and essences?

Yes, you can. In the video above, Glow Recipe explains it´s all about finding the right toners and essences for your skin.

Can I apply this method to my eye area?

Yes, you can but try not to go too close to the eye. You can use an eye cream before applying 7 skins to help protect the delicate area.

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What about exfoliation?

When painting a blank canvass, it needs to be clean and smooth from the start to achieve a great finish. The same goes for our skin. The cleaner and smoother your skin is, the better the products will absorb. Exfoliate a couple of times a week and make sure your skin is really cleansed well before applying 7 skins.

When would I apply Lactic Acid if doing this method?

Deciem says to apply Lactic Acid after toner.

Rachie Candice, Moderator of the Facebook Group talks about her own experience with this method.

Hi, I’m @rachiecandice Hydration Queen of the @deciemchatroom. After damaging my own skin by over-exfoliating, I discovered 7 Skins. It had just become popular in Korea the year before, so feeling desperate I tried it with great immediate success and incredible long term success!

I then noticed my own issue of dehydration was very common! Everyone was so excited by Deciem‘s affordable exfoliation that we were all going in hard and soon after noticing damage. I started sharing my story and recommending what I’d learnt and sure enough, everyone loved it.

It’s now a very common technique among our 100,000 members. Hydration is the backbone of all skin treatments. acne, anti-ageing, dullness, everything can be improved with added hydration as hydrated skin enhances how other skincare ingredients perform.

Secret Key at Style Korean. Prices are a guide only and are correct at time of post but vary day to day.

Find Rachael´s beauty pages on Instagram & Facebook. If you join her page, please tell her you found her via the 7 skins page on Deciem Chat Room.

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