I have become obsessed with taking care of my skin lately. A year ago I was absolutely terrible at moisturizing, washing my face, cleansing, etc. but ever since about summer of last year I suddenly got to the point where I have had enough and wanted to have pretty, nourished, and healthy skin.
This was not long after I got into K-Dramas and K-Pop which probably has to do with this development. K-Beauty is a huge thing that has struck the eye of the Western world recently and it’s not hard to see why. When I was watching K-Dramas I kept on wondering “how do they all have such wonderful skin??”
After some time I realized that it’s because skincare is a big deal in Korea – like a huge deal – where even men take wonderful care of their skin by using face masks and moisturizers and such. It shocked me at first because I never see that here in the States. Korean men might get made fun of by Westerners for looking too ‘feminine’ but they just take care of their skin! It’s something that I think should be normalized everywhere.
Thus, I purchased my first ever face wash. Before I started using that on a daily basis, my mom bought this St. Ives coconut oil scrub I started using on my face. When I bought my own face wash (i forgot what it was, sorry) my sister also got the one in the picture below.
Both of these scrubs were great for my face. My face felt – well – scrubbed after I used the St. Ives but the Clean & Clear was by far my favorite. It kind of stung my face when I put it on, which was off-putting (and concerning tbh) but after I rinsed it off, my face felt really cool and clean.
I added an all-natural vanilla lip scrub to my routine a few months back. I got this lip scrub from my local farmer’s market and it has made my lips soft as well as getting the peeled skin from my lips when I have it. I ran out of it a couple of weeks ago though so I’ll have to get some more 😦
The rest of this post is about my current skincare routine.
I purchased a few products from Amazon, including my first K-Beauty products, besides face masks, which I have already been using since the beginning of the year.
ie: all three of these products are from ‘the face shop’. from what i’ve heard, it’s one of the best k-beauty brands out there and their stuff isn’t crazy expensive
1. Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Scrub – I absolutely LOVE this product! It’s probably my favorite face wash I’ve ever had. It works really well too. It’s mainly for blackheads. I have a lot of blackheads and although I still have a lot on my nose, they’ve gotten smaller and I barely have any on my forehead.
2 & 3. Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam + Cleansing Oil – These two products came as a set. The oil is supposed to be put on the face after removing your makeup and then the cleansing foam is supposed to be put on and washed off afterwards. I don’t wear makeup, so I just use this as the first two steps of my skincare routine in the morning and at night. From what I can tell, it’s supposed to make your face shine and look more youthful which it has definitely done! My face has been glowing ever since I began using this.
4. Perfecting Purifying Foam – I got this product from L’Occitane. They’re known for their great lotions and perfumes and they’re kind of on the expensive side but I was able to get one of these for free when I was buying my sister’s birthday present last month. Though it’s around $25 so it’s the most costly item in this post. This would have to be one of my favorites, up there with the Jeju Face Scrub. It softens my skin and makes it feel refreshed.
5. Next, I spray an all-natural toner I got from my local farmer’s market on my face. I think it’s supposed to even out my skin tone. I’m not sure if it does it’s job or not, but it wakes me up in the morning😂
6. The sixth step is moisturizing. I used to use a moisturizer my mom orders from an eBay store called ‘Amber’s Organics’ but my sister and I share moisturizer and she wanted to try something new so we bought some from Ross. I can’t remember the brand but it’s really cold when I put it on my face. I wouldn’t buy it again because it doesn’t do much for my skin besides keep it from being too dry.
7. Sometimes I use face masks (sheet, bubble & overnight) but if I end up doing that, I usually don’t moisturize because that would be too much moisture for my face haha. I have blackhead strips from Biore and wonderful acne patches I got from Amazon. The blackhead strips sometimes work, it’s usually a hit-or-miss and the acne patches are AMAZING!
All I have to do is put an appropriately-sized patch on the pimple of my choice and leave it there for a few hours until it turns white and when I take it off the gunk from my pimple is out and on the patch. It’s kinda gross to see but also satisfying. It also blends into your skin so you can easily wear it out or even put a bit of makeup over it.
My Favorite Products From This Post:
- Jeju Pore Scrub. This works wonders, I swear it!
- Perfecting Purifying Foam. Even if you’re not big on skincare, you should get this.
- COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Everyone who gets big pimples and want a quick solution to cover them up while simultaneously getting rid of them, I highly recommend you purchase this.
The typical Korean skincare routine is 10-12 steps long (here is a great post about adapting this routine on a budget). Mine, however, is only 6 (sometimes 7) steps. I haven’t started to exfoliate, use essence, or serums yet. I also don’t have eye cream or put on sunscreen. Maybe one day I’ll get a moisturizer/sunscreen combo so it’ll be in one step.
I’m still a skincare newbie and have loads of products to try and find the right ones for me. In the future I want to write more skincare-centered posts like this so please tell me if you liked reading this post!
Do you practice skincare? What does your routine look like? Do you have any favorite products or steps you’d like to share? Let me know!