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|KOREAN SKINCARE ROUTINE STEPS: HERE |
COCONUT OIL: HERE | ROSEHIP CLEANSER: HERE | CHARCOAL CLEANSER: HERE |ROSE TONERS: HERE AND HERE |MISSHA ESSENCE: HERE | GLASS SKIN SERUM: HERE | ROSEHIP OIL: HERE | WELEDA MOISTURIZER: HERE | SUNSCREEN: HERE |
So this is unlike any post I’ve written before. I typically stay clear of beauty blogs, but I believe in sharing all things fun and helpful, like my Korean skincare routine
We all need help somewhere right? I know I do lol!
But I love dabbling into skin care and testing out the newest, prettiest formula yet, Korean products are my favorite right now. After all, it’s only taken like 27 years perfecting lol.
Now, I’m not an advocate for anti-aging, youth-obsessed products, but I believe in healthy skin. Your skin is the largest organ, and it protects your internal organs from the outside. Investing in your skin is always worth it, especially in the long-term. In my opinion, creating a skin routine is wellness and health, not shallow beauty.
My Skin Story
Fun fact, I have PCOS, therefore I had severe hormonal acne from my late teens to mid-20’s. For several years I couldn’t control the breakouts, and I tried everything acne-related under the sun. It was terrible and painful! I looked like the before picture on a Proactive commercial!
Unfortunately, it left scars and discoloration. Going through those breakouts affected my self-esteem. I couldn’t leave the house without some kind of foundation for cover up.
Fast forward, I researched and learned about different skin routines (primarily the Korean one). I tested out and tried my own thing until I discovered what benefited me. In fact, my current one leaves my skin glowing and clear.
So here’s my current 10-step routine:
10 Step Skin Routine (AM & PM)
- Remove makeup with pure coconut oil (night only). Don’t waste money on makeup removers. Just use some oil. HERE
- Double-cleanse. The first oil-based cleanser loosens up dirt and oils. The second water-based cleanser scrubs and removes particles. HERE | HERE
- Rosewater Toner. I spray my face with rosewater witch hazel. Hydrate your face with rosewater or witch hazel so your skin’s PH is balanced and products can absorb faster. HERE | HERE
- Extra Moist Essence. The heart of Korean routines. I pat my face with it after toner. This is a watery product with a concentration of hydrating ingredients meant for extra hydration and brightening. HERE
- Glass Skin Serum. This is my holy grail, pure gold product. This is a more glossy, liquidy product with more concentrated ingredients (like peach extract) for hydration. This particular serum changed my life! HERE.
- Rosehip Oil. While I use coconut oil for removing my makeup (due do the heavy texture), I use rosehip oil (a dry thin oil) for hydrating my face. This oil helps with acne scars and texture. I recommend for oily skin. HERE
- Weleda Moisturizer. Since moisturizers are heavy and thick, you apply it last after the thinner products for the most maximum use. Most moisturizers only hydrate the surface of the skin, so it’s important using it last. HERE
- Sunscreen. (morning only) I personally don’t want skin cancer or leathery skin and early wrinkles. Please use sunscreen everyday (the sun knows no time) and AVOID TANNING BEDS! For the love of all is Holy and good, DON’T LAY OUT OR TAN! HERE
American Vs. Korean Skincare
One thing I hate about the Western beauty culture is this instant gratification and skin fixes. I see products listed with horrible drying ingredients, for the use of instant fixes and quick youth, thus ruining the skin even more.
In fact most products (especially Proactive and other similar products) are created so you’re skin is dependent on it (not too mention actually worsening the condition). This is a tactic so you keep buying more of their products.
The philosophy is instant, youthful skin with little work and quick remedies without thinking of your complexion’s health.
The Korean skin care is more of a lifetime commitment. The goal is slowly and consistently improving the skin with gentler ingredients. Glowy and dewy complexions are the goal. Their ingredients are meant for improving the skin deep within versus a surface issue.
Their philosophy is healthy, dewy skin for the long haul.
While this is certainly ALOT (I mean alot!), it’s transformed my skin. Most people say less is more, but for me less is less.
For instance, my skin is very oily. Ironically adding more oil and creams balanced my oily skin. My face was no longer compensating for the deprived oil, therefore I stopped breaking out permanently.
The most important aspect for improving your skin is patience and consistency. Using a product once for two weeks (inconsistently at that!) isn’t going to cut it.
So have fun and figure out what’s best for you! For more lifestyle posts, check out this here!
Leave a comment if you have any good skin tips!