I first learned about the Korean skin care routine about a year ago from elle.com. I thought it was crazy that they used 8-12 products. Can you imagine how long that would take everyday? Especially for people who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Even I’m surprised that I’m actually attempting this but I’m hoping it will be worth it. Recently my skin has gotten dry and dull, I also noticed a lot more discoloration (main issue). I did a lot of research on what each step is suppose to do and found products that are affordable with good reviews.
I used yesstyle.com for my order and it took FOREVER. I placed my order on OCT 16th, the order wasn’t shipped until Nov 11th, and it was delivered on Nov 22nd. They didn’t ship my order because one of the items was not in stock and they needed to wait till they received the shipment. I wish they would have told me the product was out of stock before I placed the order or at least shipped the other items that were in stock. I’m looking to see if there is a different website I can use for my next order.
Important to note: Some of these steps are not used everyday. You don’t have to follow all the steps. The whole point of skin care is to customize it to your needs. Just because it’s a Korean skin care don’t expect miracles. It will take time and finding what works best for you.
Step 1: Oil Cleanser
We start out with a double cleanse, 1st an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser. The oil based cleanser is mainly used to remove oil based makeup, SPF, and bacteria. I think this step is best added to the evening routine, unless you slept with your makeup on (GUILTY).
The reviews said that this oil cleanser removed makeup effortlessly and leaves skin smooth.
Step 2: Water Cleanser
A water based cleanser will remove residue and impurities that remain after the oil cleanse. Using a gentle water cleanser is key because you don’t want to dry out your skin.
The main reason I got this cleanser was due to its low acidity at ph 5.0 to 6.0. Our skin has a ph of 5.5 so this is gentle compared to other cleansers. It’s also a gel to foam formula and I’ve never tried that before. The review’s say it’s highly recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin.
Step 3: Exfoliate
This step is only needed once or twice a week. Exfoliating will remove any dead skin cells you might have and also unclogs pores.
I’ve actually used this face mask before, you can usually find these at Ulta and sometimes they are on sale for half price. I love this mask, it’s good at removing the dead skin cells but also brightens the skin. 1 jar will probably last you for 6 to 7 months depending on how often you use it.
Step 4: Toner and Step 5: Essence
Toner is used to add moisture back into the skin that you just stripped away with the cleanse and preps your skin for all the other steps.
Essence is pretty much the same as a toner but with more of the good stuff to make your skin look bright and pump.
This is a Essence Toner so you get two steps in one. It has skin protection, antioxidants, skin softening agents, and an emulsifier. For this step you just saturate a cotton pad with toner, sweep it across the face and neck, then pat the face lightly with your hands. I will also be using a witch hazel toner before I use this essence since my skin is feeling so dry but I think this will work great by itself.
Step 6: Serum and Ampoules
Now a serum or ampoule ( product that comes in a capsule) is used to target specific needs based on your skin type. This is the part were you can customize by adding products. You can add up to 2 or 3 products but remember to add them based on their level of thickness, the thickest product goes on last.
I didn’t buy any serums or ampoules because they are generally more expensive. I’m planning on testing our some serums from The Ordinary, I will make sure to let you know in the skincare update.
This isn’t a serum but will add extra moisture and protection to dry skin. This is a perfect added layer of moisture for winter when skin starts getting dry and dull. It’s made of natural water from Kamaishi in Japan and free of parabens.
Step 7: Moisturizer
A moisturizer is the last step to lock in all the ingredients you applied to your skin. This will create a barrier so all the other products don’t just evaporate. Make sure to add an eye cream because the skin around your eyes is easily dehydrated.
The reviews say that this moisturizer is very light weight and works amazing under makeup. I think this would be perfect for those of you who have oily to combo skin.
Step 8: SPF
This is the last step and most important step to your morning routine. I forgot to buy a sunscreen but here are two really good Korean sunscreens that aren’t too expensive.
I hope this makes it easier for those of you thinking about changing up your skin care routine. I will make sure to post an update in 4 to 8 weeks, that’s usually the amount of time it takes to see if a product is working. I’m hoping I will see a change in my skin and report back on which of these products are worth the money.