Yoona’s skincare routine: Tips for getting a glass skin

K-pop star Yoona is considered a visual goddess, capturing the fancy of not only South Korea but the world at large with her flawless and glowing skin. She’s the epitome of K-beauty standards, the muse of skincare frontrunners like Innisfree and Estee Lauder, whose glass-like glow has us brimming with curiosity (and envy). In her almost two-decade stint in showbiz, the Girls’ Generation member has floored us all with her natural beauty that’s only getting better with age. If you’re also in awe of Yoona’s gorgeous, no-filter glazed skin, let’s take you through her easy-to-emulate skincare routine and holy-grail products.

Even at 33, amid packed shooting schedules, brand commitments, travelling and whatnot, the Hallyu icon glows like the star she is –  owing to her commitment and consistency towards skincare. Did you know that she’s also referred to as the ‘K-pop top visual’ for her youthful glow? Thankfully, Yoona has spilt some of her skincare and beauty tips in past interviews, helping all you skincare aficionados up your self-care game.

In an earlier conversation with Her World (via Asiaone) Yoona mentioned that frequent long hours of shoot affect her skin’s ability to ‘breathe’. So when she’s not caught up with work commitments, Yoona stated that she likes to stay as bare-faced as she can for her skin to rest.

From using sunscreen, double-cleansing and masking to infusing her face with serum – let’s unearth Yoona’s beauty routine.

Diving into K-pop star Yoona’s skincare and beauty routine for glass skin

Sun protection

Sunscreen is literally your skin’s best friend. Yoona swears by a good dose of SPF before piling on makeup, which keeps her skin ageless, prevents sunburn, premature ageing, and dark spots and lowers the chances of skin cancer. Just like Yoona, many of you spend a lot of time under the sun, making it doubly important to secure your skin with a sunblock. Even when in the comfort of your home or any closed space, you can still be partially exposed to UV rays, making it important to wear SPF at all times.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends you use sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection, water resistance and an SPF of at least 30. To stay protected when you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Lastly, the association suggests that an adult should apply about 1 ounce (or enough to fill a shot glass) of sunscreen to fully cover their body.


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Double cleansing followed by face mask

For Yoona, proper cleansing is crucial. The double-cleansing technique is extremely popular in South Korea and a K-beauty staple that (almost) all K-pop and K-drama celebrities swear by. According to Her World, Yoona mentioned that she uses the double-cleansing technique to remove all the dirt and grime.

For those of you who don’t know, double cleansing is washing your face twice: first with an oil-based product and then followed by a water-based cleanser. Using an oil-based product comes in handy when removing waterproof makeup and sunscreen. This step especially aids people with oily skin, as the cleanser removes excessive oil/ sebum from the skin. Further, the water-based cleansing removes any traces/ residue of makeup, sunscreen or other pollutants. It also helps other skin care products (serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, night creams) to penetrate your skin better.

When K-pop star Yoona feels the need to deep clean her pores, she goes that extra mile to apply a volcanic mask. A volcanic mask is a wash-off, cooling clay mask with Volcanic Clusters and AHA that helps control excess sebum and minimises the pores while providing skin-smoothing exfoliation.


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Cocktailing skincare products for moisturisation

To achieve a dewy, glass-skin-like K-pop star Yoona, there has to be a generous amount of moisturisation. The Innisfree brand ambassador loves the brand’s best-selling Green Tea Seed Serum to lock in hydration. However,  she also employs a ‘cocktail’ skincare technique to get the apt dosage of moisture her skin needs. She does this by mixing various ratios of serum, oil and cream depending on how her skin is feeling.

In case the weather is humid, she opts for a mix of more serum and less cream. On days her skin is dry, Yoona will use less serum, and more cream with a dash of facial oil. The K-pop star is also a fan of hydrating sheet masks and face mists, which she uses when her skin feels extremely dry. Her skincare is very flexible, accommodating the various cycles one’s skin goes through.


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Night serum

Estée Lauder’s beloved muse uses the brand’s most popular Advanced Night Repair Serum every day on top of her basic skincare routine. In her interview with AsiaOne, K-pop star Yoona mentioned that she uses the serum before going to bed. She quickly massages it into her skin so that it absorbs deeply. The singer added that the product makes her skin feel healthy from within. “It feels bouncy and deeply hydrated,” she mentioned.

Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum is an anti-ageing product which boosts the skin’s inherent capacity to heal itself. It helps defend the skin against pollution, ozone, blue light, infrared and micro dust and other environmental factors.


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Healthy lifestyle

When asked what suggestions she would give to someone struggling with their skin, Yoona stressed that lifestyle is key to maintaining healthy skin. Talking to AsiaOne, Yoona talked about the importance of good eating habits and a regular schedule.

Skin troubles can be “quite stressful”, she added. According to Yoona, touching your skin frequently or having a bad sleeping pattern can worsen your skin woes. She recommends you focus on ‘soothing, hydrating and cleansing’ your skin to keep it healthy. Furthermore, the singer added that she loves eating fresh fruits, and tries to drink more water and get better sleep to nurture her skin.

Will you try out Yoona’s skincare routine?

Hero and feature image: Courtesy yoona__lim/ Instagram

Also read: Follow Queen of Tears star Kim Ji-won’s skincare routine to get Korean glass skin

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Why is Im Yoona so popular?

Yoona rose to fame as a member of the K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation in 2007. She has since participated in many successful television dramas and films like Confidential Assignment, King the Land, Hush and more, all adding to her popularity. Moreover, she garners attention for her gorgeous looks and glowing skin, gaining brand ambassadorship deals with Estee Lauder, Innisfree and more.

– What skincare routine does Yoona follow?

Yoona has a simple yet effective skincare routine. It comprises sunscreen, double cleansing, using a volcanic mask, moisturising and finally using a night serum.