It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done an updated skincare routine, so that’s just what I’m going to do for you today. This one is focused on my nighttime skincare routine, using all Korean skincare products, and following the typical Korean skincare routine. It’s wintertime now, so my skincare routine is focused on getting the most amount of moisture into my skin as possible. Dry, flaky, dull skin is NOT the move.
So for a quick refresher, a typical Korean skincare routine is something like this:
1. Cleanse (double cleanse, once with an oil cleanser, followed by a foam cleanser)
5. Eye Cream
(optional items: sheet masks, acne treatments, spot treatments, etc.)
If you ever forget, just remember that the whole process is layering, so start with your lightest products first (toner), then move on to your heavier products (eye cream/cream).
Yes, I use 3 different things to clean my face. I’m complicated like that! I start off by removing my eye makeup (and sometimes lipstick if I was wearing it that day) using my all time favorite Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip and Eye Remover. It’s perfect. This is already my 3rd purchase and I sort of can’t live without it. It removes EVERYTHING without needing to pull or tug on stubborn waterproof makeup. I apply it on a cotton pad, let it sit on my eye for 10 seconds and wipe clean.
I then wash my face makeup off using the Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil. I’ve been using this since last spring and as you can see, I’m just now low. I use one pump and massage it into my slightly damp skin. I rinse it off with lukewarm water. Then I put a small amount of A.C. Bee’s Foam Cleanser on my Clarisonic Mia2 as my final cleansing step. I’m trying to ween myself from using my Clarisonic everyday but I’m sort of addicted and I can’t stop. My skin still looks fabulous, so I guess it isn’t doing that much harm. After the minute is up on Clarisonic I rinse my face again with lukewarm water.
Depending on what my skin is doing, I choose between one of these 2 toners to use. The one on the left is the Nature Republic Argan 20 Essential toner. I use this one when I feel like my skin is extra dry or dull, as it’s a very moisturizing toner. If it’s around that time of the month, or I feel like my skin might be having some issues, I use the AC Care Water Essence, which I reviewed here.
Nature Republic Toner: RubyRuby Shop – Ebay, $14.27
3. Serum and 4. Emulsion
Before Winter really hit, I was using the AC Care Bee’s Cure Serum and the Repair Complex as my serum and emulsion, but I found that my skin didn’t feel moisturized enough (winter is rough), so I switched to the Missha Super Aqua Marine Cell Intensive Serum and Control Emulsion. As you can see, I’m a tad bit obsessed with both of them. If you have dry, dull, sallow winter skin, please do yourself a favor and pick these both up. They are just DIVINE. My skin is legit glowing when I wake up in the morning.
Proof (pic on the left is my skin w/out makeup…I’m pretty sure my skin has never looked this good ever in my adult life. As Queen Beyoncé would say, I woke up like this.)I’m working on a detailed review of both of them, but just know that I am sorta obsessed with them both. I pump the serum into my hands, rub them together and gently pat it on my face. I wait for it to absorb, then do the same thing with the emulsion.
5. Eye Cream
I did a review of the Innisfree Eco Science Eye Cream here, so I’m not going to get too much into the details. After my emulsion has fully absorbed, I pat on my eye cream gently using my ring finger.
Innisfree Eco Science Eye Cream: Amazon.com, $28.98
My nighttime routine is when I pile on the moisture, so that’s why I use both a cream and sometimes a sleeping pack. I’m definitely not playing any games. I use the Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream, which was totally an impulse buy after the sales woman tested a bit on my hand and I sort of melted. It’s a lightweight water based cream, that is fast absorbing and intensely moisturizing. It’s perfect for people with dry skin, or for people who want a little moisture boost in the winter. I like this cream so much I actually use it in the daytime too.
After applying my cream, I will sometimes opt to add just that extra layer of moisture and use my Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack. After what seems like a million steps, I’m finally done, and I can grab my kindle and head to bed. And I know some people may think that my skin must look like an oil spill by the time I go to bed, but nope. That’s the beauty of Korean products, they all seem to magically absorb into my skin, instead of just sitting on top of it.
Have you tried a Korean skincare routine? What are your favorite products?
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