For the beauty blog aficionados out there, I’m wondering if you, like me, have noticed the increasing number of blogs and general hype over a new skincare technique: The Seven Skin Method. Well I’ve certainly taken note of this latest trend, so I decided to do some research on this latest technique, which like many great skincare ideas, was born out of the beauty hub that is South Korea. The Koreans brought us the 10 step skincare routine to the UK which you can read more about in a previous blog. Their tried and tested methods have been adopted by so many of us so I was intrigued to see what the Seven Skin Method was about. Simply put, it is the concept of layering a toner on your skin several times to thoroughly hydrate your skin. Korea knows beauty, they know skincare, and in my mind, they’ve nailed the Seven Skin Method.
What is the Seven Skin method?
The Seven Skin Method is a skincare application technique where seven layers of toner are patted onto your skin one after the other. By patting on 7 layers of toner the skin can obtain maximum hydration by increasing the moisture level of the skin without the use of creams, serums and oils which can be heavy or greasy. The results lead to thoroughly hydrated, dewy skin that has an incredible glow and can be used on all skin types.
Purpose of toners and essences
So many Buttermilk Skincare customers ask me what the difference is between an essence and a toner, and what the purpose of each step is. Both are really valuable steps which I would encourage you to not skip. A toner restores the PH balance of your skin after cleansing. (Interesting fact – the word toner and skin are the same in Korean.) The skin’s natural PH is 5.5. This is the optimal level for the skin and is the perfect level to keep your skin balanced and fight bacteria. Even if your skin is naturally at PH 5.5 and you use a low PH cleanser, beware as the water you use to cleanse your face may not be. Therefore, always use a toner that has a PH of around 5.5 to restore your skin’s PH and prep it for the next step in your routine. There are so many different toners available, we have K-Beauty toners for sensitive skin, acne prone, dry, combination etc… It is important to choose the right toner for your skin, so be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help.
An essence has a thicker consistency to a toner and is used to hydrate and draw moisture into the skin. You can use an essence over a toner to get more hydration into your skin. We also have some toners which have an essence like consistency and are a cross between a toner and an essence. We stock some of these are toners such as the Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner and Klairs Supple Preperation Toner.
Using the Seven Skin Method is best with an essence type toner. We tested it out with Korea’s Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner, £28.25, but recommend you use a toner that suits your skin type. This particular toner though is great – it’s one of our newest additions, people having been dying to get hold of it in the UK and is one of our February bestsellers! Try not to use a toner that contains alcohol, or one with AHAs and BHAs. These will tend to dry out your skin and if layered on that many times may cause irritation. After using this Whamisa Toner with the Seven Skin Method it’s easy to see why it’s so sought after.
- For the first step take a cotton pad and drench it in the toner and gently wipe over the skin after cleansing.
- Then for the next six times, take some of the toner into your hands, rub together and gently press into your skin, patting until fully absorbed. Rubbing together warms the hands and increases absorption of the toner.
- Try and wait two minutes in between each step so the product is fully absorbed.
- Apply a light moisturiser after all 7 steps.
The results have simply been amazing. It takes a really expensive sheet or rubber mask to get results like this. Ok, so it takes ages and you need to be patient but my skin looks super dewy, is so so soft and practically glowing. It has had such a good effect that I haven’t even had to bother with foundation. A bit of concealer and mascara and I’m good to go. The process of patting the toner into your skin with warm hands really improves the skin’s circulation and produces the most natural healthy glow with a product so light that your skin’s moisture is quadrupled without feeling like you’ve stuck a heavy cream on there. I recommend everyone to try this method at least once, so they can see how beautifully healthy and glowing their skin can be!
What’s in the Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner?
Our February bestseller, Whamisa’s toner is notorious for selling out. This delicately floral scented toner contains fermented organic botanical extracts which beautifully nourish the skin. The deep rich toner is suitable for all skin types and uniquely boosts hydration. It contains Oat Kernel which has soothing properties and acts an anti-inflammatory which helps with dry itchy skin. Dandelion Oil prevents ageing and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Aloe Vera also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has the most amazing soothing and hydrating properties and fights acne. Argan oil which is high in vitamin E and fatty acids, it softens the skin. Chrysanthemum extracts all known for their moisturising and nutritious properties.
Other Toners to try with the Seven Skin Method
I have also tried out the Seven Step Method with Klairs Supple preparation Toner, £16, and Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Toner, £16.50. Aromatica’s toner has a high concentration of organic aloe vera, 93%! This toner really helps to rebalance and calm your skin, perfect for oily to normal skin. Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner has an 80% repurchase rate in Korea! Formulated with plant extracts, it balances the skin’s PH level and provides a full nourishing effect to the skin, providing anti-inflammatory action and deep hydration. Suitable for all skin types especially formulated for sensitive skin. Neither toner contains alcohol and are great to use for the Seven Skin Method.
Ingredients List of Whamisa Deep Rich Flowers Toner
*Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/ Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, *Glycerin, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance, d-Limonene, Linalol
(*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Natural Preservative / Bergamot Oil Bergaptene Free)