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In the K-pop world, the exact skin-care products you use is about as classified as who you’re dating. K-pop stars never share product names in my interviews with them due to endorsement deals. Needless to say, when they post pictures of their favorite products on social media for all to see, I rejoice. Somin of co-ed group KARD elicited this reaction from me when she recently posted a picture of her skin-care routine on Instagram.
Back in 2017, I met Somin just a couple of months after she debuted. “In order for our makeup to look good, taking care of the foundation of your skin is very important,” she told me before breaking down her makeup removal routine and love of exfoliating. Her go-to products for keeping her skin clear, luminous, and smooth couldn’t be revealed, though.
Somin’s since blossomed into a bonafide beauty expert, and her recent Instagram post, which has more than 86,300 likes, proves it. Although she didn’t break down each step or why she loves them, I have a pretty good idea of what the order is and what each product’s benefits are. Spoiler alert: Somin seems to be obsessed with centella asiatica, aka cica. Nearly all of the products she featured on Instagram have the versatile K-beauty ingredient in them.
To start off, Somin first reaches for the Fflow Oilsoo Cleansing Oil. Spiked with safflower seed oil, it’s great for melting away makeup if you have dry or sensitive skin. She most likely follows it up with the Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Moisture Cleansing Foam. Its gentle, low-pH formula doesn’t strip thanks to glycerin.
Usually, you pat on toner after cleansing, but Somin’s shelfie didn’t include one. She did, however, have the Cosrx One Step Green Hero Calming Pads on display. The circles are soaked in a soothing, anti-inflammatory essence of cica, green tea, and witch hazel. You can also find antioxidant-rich mugwort, which soothes and smooths skin, on its ingredient list.
Next up is the L’Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-SerumA medley of seed oils, including meadowfoam and sunflower, are encapsulated and float in a serum spiked with acmella oleracea extract, which is known for plumping and smoothing like Botox without any needles involved.
The beloved Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion follows the serum step. Dermatologists in the U.S. swear by this surprising drugstore pick.
Two products from Tamburins’ Tiger Leaf collection also make an appearance: the 91 Cream and 100 Serum. Both are hard to find in the U.S., so I don’t know much about them other than the fact that they contain cica. Next time I go to Seoul, I’ll definitely be picking both up.