So let’s start with skin. I believe a good skin would make you look much younger than your real age. Besides, it saves you lots of time for makeup. That’s why I always take my skincare routine very seriously. I have tried a LOT of products, from department to drug stores. Then I discovered Korean skincare and fell in love with it. The products are inexpensive but very effective. After I started following Korean skincare routine, my skin has improved a lot and finally gets into a stable stage. I wouldn’t say I have perfect skin now, but I’m pretty happy with it.
#What is my skin type?
I would say “dry combination.” My T-zone gets oily sometimes due to dehydration. I have a few under the skin pimples on my cheeks and forehead, and occasional hormonal breakouts.
#What I need?
- make sure my skin is cleansed properly
- moisture, moisture, MOISTURE (when it’s important, say it thrice!!!)
- avoid alcohol ingredient since my skin is quite sensitive
# My method
Layering, start with the lightest products first, then move on to heavier products. I always make sure my skin absorbs all the product before moving on to the next step.
With that being said,
let’s start with the routine!
Step 1: Double cleanse
If you’re familiar with Korean skincare routine, you might have heard the word “double cleansing.” What is “double cleansing”? You might ask.
Well, it’s a process of washing your face with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and general impurities and dirt from your face, then followed by using a water-based cleanser to wash away the remaining oil-based cleanser and additional impurities.
I believe this is the cornerstone of every skin care regimen, to get rid of all the makeup and dirt on your face and prepare your skin to take in every drop of serum and moisturizer in the next steps.
I always, always, ALWAYS remove my makeup at night, even when I’m tired as f***. And yes, I use 3 different products just to get my makeup off. That’s how serious I am.
I use Maybelline Eye+Lip Make up Remover ($7.99) for my eye makeup, and sometimes for my lips when I wear lip tints (you know, the ones that incredibly hard to remove!). Then I wash my face makeup off using Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil ($17.94). You can see how much I love this cleansing oil by how its label almost falls out. It melts my makeup right off without leaving any oily residue on my face.
For days when I don’t wear makeup, I use Nivea Bright Acne Oil Control Makeup Clear Cleansing Water with a cotton pad to remove all the dust collected on my face during the day. You can use any cleansing water for this step. I just love this one as it doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy. Another one that I’d recommend is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.79) which works just as great.
I then wash my face again with Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing Foam ($9.35) and the infamous Clarisonic Mia 2 ($169). This combination makes my skin feel so refreshing and soft. I feel like it’s ready to absorb all the good stuff later on.
Once or twice a week, I use Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel ($8.86) to exfoliate my skin. This gel is just alright. It’s too gentle I don’t think it’s working. I’ll try to use it up as I don’t wanna waste it, then I’ll look for something else after finishing it.
Step 2: Toner
Mamonde Rose Water Toner ($12.50) works great for this step. I consider it my Holy Grail toner. This is my fourth bottle, and I’m still not sick of it. It contains 90.89% rose water which helps to soothe the skin and offers deep hydration. I used to use it just with a cotton pad to remove any residual cleanser and dirt on my skin. I thought it worked well back then until I discovered the game-changing key – Hada Crie Hot & Cool N4000 ($203.57). This device makes it work even BETTER!
If you don’t know what it is,
Hada Crie is an Ion Cleansing with Moisturizing Support Device which makes your skin beautiful through several steps.
It really lives up to what it’s advertised. I’ve been using it for over 2 months now and seen a dramatic change in my skin – in a good way I mean. Even though it’s quite pricey, it’s worth every penny. BEST investment I’ve ever made!
Here’s how the cotton pad looks like after I run the device all over my face with the Mamonde toner. Even though I went through double cleansing, the device still manages to suck all the remaining grime (eww!!) from deep down inside my pores. It helps to reduce the under the skin pimples on my face. After seeing this, I know I can never live without it. My skin needs it to stay alive, guys!
Leave a comment down below if you want me to do an in-depth review on it. I’m happy to do so! ^^
Step 3 + 4: Serum + eye cream
Serums are another key element in Korean skincare routine. Koreans LOVE their serums/ampoules. The main purpose of serums/ampoules is that they’re concentrated essences that directly treat the issues you’re most concerned about.
For me, it’s dullness and dark spots. I use a combination of 2 serums, starting with It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector ($13.46) as it has a lighter consistency, then followed by Power 10 Formula VC Effector ($13.46). Both of these serums are very lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin. I notice my skin gets brighter and the dark spots are less visible after a few months.
After applying the serums, I let them absorb for a few seconds. In the meantime, I put on my eye cream, Innisfree Jeju Orchid Eye Cream ($25.24). I love this one. It’s thick and very moisturizing for my eye area. I just scoop out a tiny bit and tap it around my eyes with my ring fingers.
Step 5: Moisturizer
This is the last step of my Korean skincare routine. I use BRTC Vitalizer White Gel ($23.98) with my Hada Crie. This gel moisturizer “contains more than 10% of 10 kinds of vitamins”. It provides moisture and nutrition for the skin, brightens the skin tone and relieves the skin from environmental stress.
My sister recommended the BRTC’s Vitalizer line to me as they work well for her. So I decided to get this gel when it was on sale on Gmarket. And OMG, I love it! It’s absorbed into the skin very fast, leaves my skin so moisturized, dewy and plumped.
I usually apply a thick layer of it onto my skin and run the Hada Crie device all over my face. It really helps penetrate all the moisturizing ingredients into my skin.
Step 6: Sheet mask (optional)
They say sheet masks are the soul of Korean skincare routine. Some Koreans use it on a daily basis. But I’m too lazy for that. I only use sheet masks on days when I feel my skin needs an extra boost.
Here are some of my favorites:
My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Brightening Mask ($14.99 for 8 masks)
Mamonde Narcissus Hydrating Flower Essence Mask ($10.99 for 5 masks)
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask – Rice ($1.07 for 1 mask)
I usually use sheet mask with my Hada Crie (again!) to enhance the effect of it.
That’s it for my nighttime Korean skincare routine!
And this is how my skin looks like after a few months following this routine…
It may seem like I use a lot of products. But it only takes me 15~30 minutes a day. And it’s worth it! Ater a long day at work, at the end of the day, you deserve a little pampering time for yourself, don’t you?
I hope it was informative for you. Feel free to share some of your tips in the comments down below.
Until next time, #staygorgeous