For today’s post, I would like to share a topic that I’m very passionate about and some friends/readers have mentioned that they’d like to see more of – skincare. A beauty adviser once told me, “good skin is more important than good make-up.” Those were some serious words of wisdom and got me thinking that we focus a lot on using makeup to conceal but forget the most important part of having a good, clean foundation that is your skin.
During my recent Sephora runs, I couldn’t help noticing that “dewy skin” is all the craze right now. I’m a big skincare proponent and have tried a number of different routines and products. Through consultation and experimentation, I’ve managed to find a skincare routine that works for both my skin type and schedule in order to achieve dewy and healthy skin in 6 simple steps.
Step 1: Makeup removal. This is a critical step that’s often overlooked. Makeup clogs your pores so you will have to remove them first in order for everything else that follows to take full effect. I’m using Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil (for dry skin, for normal to oily skin, I recommend the “Light Oil” version) from The Face Shop, a K-Beauty brand. While I got mine from a trip to Seoul earlier this year, they sell their products on Amazon (link above) and have storefronts in K-town and Chinatown of NYC. Gently massage 1-2 pumps of the cleansing oil into your face and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Step 2: Face wash. No matter how exhausted you are, the one step not to skip is washing your face. Sleeping in an unclean face overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that will eventually lead to breakouts. I’m using Rice Brightening Cleansing Foam from Skinfood, also a K-Beauty brand. Rice is known to have brightening properties for the skin. During my visit to Seoul, I was impressed by the glowing skins that Korean girls have, so got both rice water cleansing oil and rice face wash in the hope of brightening my skin 🙂 This is another product that I got from Seoul, which is also available on Amazon and Skinfood has storefront in Flushing.
Step 3: Toner. The toner picks up any residue that has not been cleaned up from the previous steps. Additionally, it restores your skin’s pH balance to prepare it for the upcoming steps of your skincare regime. I’m using Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner (Alcohol Free). I find that some toners can be harsh on the skin so I tend to stick with ones that are alcohol free which is a gentler formula. Put a few drops on a cotton pad and dab it all over your face.
Step 4: Serum. Think of the serum as an enhancer/lotion to help better absorb the nutrients of the cream that will be used as the final step of the routine. I use Clarins Double Serum, which also has anti-aging effects.
Step 5: Eye cream. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and shows the first signs of aging; therefore, I’m quite diligent about applying eye cream. I use my ring finger to apply eye cream because it exerts the least amount of pressure for the delicate areas around the eyes. I use Lancome’s Genefique Yeux eye cream.
Step 6: Cream. It provides the rich nutrients that the skin needs to absorb overnight to moisturize, hydrate, lift, brighten or correct. I’m using Laneige White Plus Renew Original Cream. This cream brightens and hydrates, which is perfect for my dry and occasionally dull-looking skin. Laneige is a popular K-Beauty brand and has both strong presence and E-comm distribution in the US. Besides Amazon, they’re also available through Target’s website.
Daytime: SPF. This is an additional step during daytime routine. I can’t emphasize the importance of SPF enough because UV rays accelerate aging of the skin (i.e. wrinkles), so wear SPF like it’s your job! I use La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral. The formula is light and non-sticky which is perfect for wearing under makeup.
Once to twice a week: I use my Clarisonic to exfoliate. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells so that your skincare treatments can be better absorbed. I also love how smooth my skin feels after using it. However, I don’t exfoliate more than once a week because over-exfoliation can dry out your skin.
This is my first post on skincare and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it! I’ve tried many different skincare products and I would love to share my findings as well as recommendations with you. If there are other topics regarding skincare that you would like to learn more about, please comment and let me know what they are!