Beauty & Skincare

Glow Deeper with Then I Met You Essentials 5-Step Set

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Then I Met You™ combines Korean and Western skin philosophies to bring gentle, effective products that you’ll want to use again and again. 

Charlotte Cho, the founder of the famed K-beauty site, Soko Glam, launched her very own skin care brand, Then I Met You™ in 2018. 

If you are not familiar with Soko Glam, it is one of the biggest K-beauty e-commerce sites in the US. 

Then I Met You™ Brand

Charlotte Cho learned the feeling of Jeong, a deep and emotional connection, while she was in Korea. She developed jeong for the country, her family, and her skin – which she wanted to share with the world. And she did so by collaborating with K-beauty brands and creating Then I Met You. 

She used the spiritual approach to formulate her own skin-care brand, called Then I Met You — separate from Soko Glam and the K-Beauty boilerplate — to give people that sense of balance and transformation every time they wash their face.

The brand philosophy is adding a little extra effort in the right places can spark a meaningful and transformative moment in life. It can create lasting bonds with who and what matters most. 

Charlotte Cho created the brand with multiple skin types in mind. 

Then I Met You™ Products

Then I Met You™ Honey Dew Lip Mask

Intensely hydrate your lips with a blend of juicy honeydew, honey, avocado oil, and squalene. It also contains a touch of lactic acid for some gentle exfoliation. 

Charlotte’s favorite childhood memory inspires the Honey Dew Lip Mask. It’s a versatile lip mask that can be used daily as a glossy balm or as an intense night treatment.

Then I Met You™ Calming Time Gel Cream

Soothe, hydrate, and target the signs of aging with a concentrated blend of anti-oxidant rich botanicals. It is infused with the signature Tri-Tide Peptide Complex™ that provides a gentle tide of hydration for supple and firm skin.

There are light notes of bergamot and hibiscus that deliver a burst of moisture to the skin. The gel cream absorbs quickly without leaving a heavy or greasy finish.

Duos That Do It All

Then I Met You™ The Skin Balancing Duo

Prep your skin with an optimal blend of gentle exfoliants and hydrators in the Birch Milk Refining Toner. You can follow it up with The Giving Essence to booth radiance and repair damage. 

The balancing duo combines the Western and Korean philosophies to give you products that can deliver the best skin benefits with consistent use.


Birch Milk Refining Toner is an acid toner that refines pores and buffs out fine lines. It has an optimal blend of 1% AHA and PHA that can gently exfoliate and thereby reduce breakouts. It’s a much lighter formulation as compared to usual 4-7% acid in other K-beauty toners. 

It follows the Korean philosophy of treating acne – gentle and hydrating treatments. The milky base of the toner contains over 70% birch juice, squalane, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and retain moisture in the skin.

The Giving Essence is a treatment essence that can add a layer of deep hydration and deliver skin brightening effects. According to Cho, it is the key to healthier, dewy skin. It is made with a base of over 80% fermented yeast and anti-oxidant-rich algae and black chokeberry. 

The formulation of the essence if complementary to the Birch Milk Refining Toner as it is deeply hydrating. It protects skin with polyglutamic acid, a new and improved hyaluronic acid that holds 5000 times its weight in water to retain moisture in your skin. 

It also contains ellagic acid, which is a natural skin brightener and is found in berries like raspberry, blackberries, and black chokeberries.

Then I Met You™ The Cleansing Duo

Melt away makeup with the Living Cleansing Balm formulated with vitamin E and botanical extracts. Then double cleanse by dissolving impurities with the Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. It calms irritated skin and brightens a dull complexion. 

Cho says, “I actually look forward to the time that I spend taking off my makeup and city grime every evening.” Double cleanse is the way to go, which generally involves an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser.

Living Cleansing Balm combines a blend of lightweight grape seed, olive, and seaberry oils. It is an aromatic and sensorial experience with the hints of rosemary, persimmon, and grapefruit. It will not only cleanse your skin, but it will also delight your senses and leave the skin feeling soft. 

The cleansing balm removes oil-based impurities and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. Even if you don’t put on makeup, the balm will help in removing sunscreen and cutting down the oiliness of the skin.

Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel is a sulfate-free cleanser with a gentle pH of 6. It is formulated with PHAs and tea tree which work together to clear pores and prevent breakouts. The cleansing gel also has hydrators like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, which will leave your skin feeling soft and not stripped dry. 

The water-based cleanser will remove water-based impurities and will keep your skin balanced.

The Glow Deeper Essentials 5-Step Set

The set is designed in such a way so that you can achieve dewy, silky, glowy skin year-round with Then I Met You collection of skin care products. 

You can start your day or wind down at the end of the day with this effective 5-step skin care routine. You start off the routine with double cleansing with Living Cleansing Balm and Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. Next comes the Birch Milk Refining Toner and The Giving Essence to treat your skin. And lastly, apply the Calming Time Gel Cream for long-lasting moisture.

It’s not technically a K-beauty brand, so you won’t find its products on Soko Glam, but you can shop them from the brand website.

Which is the one Then I Met You skin care product that you wanna try the most? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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