Korean skincare trends have taken over the beauty world in the last couple of years. I’m here to break it down and give you a simple guide on the skincare routine and some recommendations. Before we get into it, I have oily combination skin, and the products I am about to recommend have worked for me. Let me know what skin care products have worked for you.
Now lets get into it.
Step 1: Makeup removers and oil cleanser
The first step in your skincare routine that you will mainly do at night and when you have makeup on. My current oil cleansers are the Biore Cleansing Oil and the Mamonde Petal Spa Cleansing Oil. If I don’t have time to use a cleansing oil and a face towel to remove my makeup, makeup wipes are best next thing. My all time favorite makeup wipes are the Simply makeup wipes. These gently removes all the stubborn makeup without drying out my skin.
Step 2: Water based cleansers
If you are a makeup wearer, double cleansing is the way to go. Hence step 2 , water based cleanser. If you are doing your skincare routine in the morning or you don’t wear makeup, you can skip Step 1 and jump to Step 2. Water based cleansers break down impurities such as sweat and dirt. My ride or die face wash is the Simple Moisturizing Foaming Facial Wash. It is a simple cleanser that is not harsh on the skin and it has worked wonders for me when I was breakout. Another cleanser that has worked for me in the recent years is the Mamonde Micro Cleansing Foam. It is a gentle cleaner with rose as a main ingredient, which is great for the skin.
Step 3: Exfoliators
Exfoliators are something you do 2 or 3 times a week. Exfoliators in my opinion are not for everyone, they have not worked for me in the past. Physical exfoliators have been too harsh on my acne prone skin and so I am not a fan of exfoliators. If I do exfoliate my skin, I usually make a at home scrub with sugar, a little honey and lemon juice. There are plenty of face scrubs in the market that you can try, one that comes highly recommended is Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. If you are on the hunt for a chemical peel instead of a physical one, give NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon a try.
Step 4: Toner
Toners are a step a lot of people skip in their skincare routine. Toners help balance moisture and pH levels in your skin. They also help your serum, essences and moisturiser absorb better into the skin. I have tried many toners before, and my current favorite is the Mamonde Hydrating Beauty Water in Rose. Another toner that I enjoyed using when I was breaking out was the Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.
Step 5: Essences
Essences are a essential part of your skincare routine. It helps with hydration and cell turnover. Essences have amazing properties to help renew and replenish the skin. The Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence really helped fade my acne scars and it works wonders. If you are not a fan of putting snail products on your skin, this might not be for you, but it is an amazing product and it worked wonders for me.
Step 6: Treatments
Depending on your skin, treatments can be use to directly to treat any spots. I do not necessarily use treatments and serum on a daily basis. My favourite treatment that I including in my skincare routine is the Ordinary. I like to incorporate the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid which add hydration to the skin, and Alpha Arbutin which helps with diminishing acne scars.
Step 7: Face masks
Face masks are a really fun part about having a 10 step skincare routine. Its something you can do with your friends and family, and you can try many difference masks. Some even come in fun designs. Sheet masks are infused with concentrated essence, while clay masks deep cleans pores. Depending on your skin care needs you can do anything from 3 to 5 masks a week. I sometimes do 2 masks a night, I do a clay mask first then follow-up with a sheet mask. My go to sheet masks are the Innisfree’s Real Squeeze Sheet Masks.
Step 8: Eye cream
Eye creams hydrates and prevents dark circles, helps with puffiness. Dark under eye circles have been a long-term issue with me and I am still on the hunt for an eye cream that works for me. If anyone has any suggestion leave a comment below. The product I have been using under my eyes have been the The Ordinary, Matrixyl. The product is a serum but I use it as an eye cream as Matrixyl helps with anti aging and wrinkles.
Step 9: Moisturizer
Many people with oily skin assume they do not need to moisturise because they have oily skin. This is so not true, moisturizer is important for all skin types. For oily skin types, light weight moisturisers are the way to go. My two favorite moisturizers are the Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream and the Innisfree Jeju Orchid Gel Cream.
Step 10: Sun protection
Sun protection is important regarded less of what skin type or tone you have. There are two types of sunscreens on the market, mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens usually leave a white cast while chemical sunscreens do not. My favorite sunscreens are Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 and the COOLA Classic Face SPF 30, and they are dark skin friendly wooohooo, no more ashy days.
Till next time.