America vs. France vs. South Korea: How Real Girls Do Nighttime Skincare


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Here in the U.S., we have a fairly solid sense of what constitutes a "good" nighttime skincare routine. Most of us imagine cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer from tried-and-true brands like Kiehl's, Sunday Riley, and Glossier. What more could a person need?

Sometimes, though, we forget that our approach to skincare isn't the standard everywhere else in the world. After all, skincare is more than just hygiene—it has deep roots in culture, history, and beauty standards. So you can imagine how vastly it differs from country to country.

Here at Byrdie, we have a well-documented fascination with international beauty. We've dug deep into the backstory of Korean skincare, explored what "natural beauty" looks like around the world, and more.

The next natural step was to learn how the nighttime routines from some of the world's most beautiful countries compare to ours here in the U.S. To investigate, we spoke to a handful of real women from France and South Korea. Keep scrolling to discover the differences between how French women, South Korean women, and American women do nighttime skincare.

Are you fascinated by international beauty like we are? Don't miss our story on night-out makeup in NYC vs. L.A. vs. Paris.