My Skincare Routine // how my skincare journey started + where i am now

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.

purifying foam

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.

facemask

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!

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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!

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16 thoughts on “My Skincare Routine // how my skincare journey started + where i am now

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  2. ”It wakes me up in the morning.” 🤣 That’s the ONLY reason why, Savannah. The other reasons don’t matter! 🤣

    I use the Clean and Clear one as well (almost out of it too, oof) and I think it did wonders to my skin? Honestly I have NO clue because all of my worst breakouts happened in 4th-6th grade and I started getting into the routine of washing my face more often. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Considering the amount of exercise they put us in, I guess it worked?

    Right now I still use the Clean and Clear one once a week, but I alternate with a regular face wash and charcoal deep pore cleaning one (the second mainly for my nose because holy shizz my nose pores clog horribly). I do keep my habit of washing my face more than twice a day (especially forehead and nose) when I’m out and about to keep the oils from clogging too much. Otherwise I have no clue when everyone asks why my skin looks clear. 😅

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    • thebookprophet

      Hahaha it does! Sometimes if I don’t end up washing my face in the morning, I feel groggy and bleh most of the morning. Clean and Clear did great things for my skin I think!! I need to get some again to use in the shower, it’s so refreshing. I’m still getting random breakouts *sigh* stupid hormones (and sugar lol). Pore cleaning is so important, yes! My blackheads are so bad on my nose, it’s kinda gross tbh hahaha!

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  3. I’m not super into skincare (I have a set of products I use morning and night, although lately I’ve been getting into sheet masks because they are so refreshing!) but re: “Korean men might get made fun of by Westerners for looking too ‘feminine’ but they just take care of their skin!” Yeah what’s up with that?! Especially when I was a teen, it really bothered me that guys could get away with having spotty skin and not have to cover up it up or anything and still be considered attractive, whereas girls are expected to wear a bunch of makeup and look flawless. 🙄

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    • thebookprophet

      Sheet masks are amazing. Even if you don’t have a regular skincare routine, I think everybody (even men) need to use sheet masks once a week or so. It helps soften skin, makes your skin glow and look healthier, and is great if you have dry skin! Yeah, exactly, I don’t understand it!! And if a guy does take care of his skin, he could get made fun of?? It doesn’t make any sense!

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  4. Lia

    I really need to get myself to do some skin-care. I’ve only ever used some kind of skin scrub/face mask (somehow the product did both of those at the same time, idk how) and micellar cleansing gel but I’m too lazy to use those daily. I’m definitely going to try to work on this! Thank you for the tips!

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    • thebookprophet

      I think I know what you’re talking about. My sister has one of those, where it has the benefits of a face mask but is put on like a skin scrub. I believe that’s what it is, but also, I could be wrong lol. Yeah, it’s definitely hard to get yourself in the routine of using products to wash your face daily, but once you get in the habit, it’s hard to get rid of! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    • thebookprophet

      It’s best to start sooner than later when you regret it haha! I get breakouts a lot because of hormones and eating sugar but getting a skincare routine down has helped me a lot and I’ve noticed dramatic results.

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  5. Wanting healthy skin is very important and I’m happy for you that you’re working on it for yourself!! I might have to purchase some of those products for myself because my skins a little on the acne side!!

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    • thebookprophet

      Even just putting a face mask once a week can make a huge difference, especially if you have dry skin! And it feels nice 🙂 My skin can get very dry too.

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