Saturday, August 01, 2015

My Too Long Korean Skincare Routine AM + PM

Disclaimer: I call this "Korean" because technically, I'm Korean, and there's a bunch of steps.

1. I don't wash my face with anything other than water.

2. Tone with Murad Hydrating Toner ($28). This helps even the Ph in your skin, which is good for my combination skin.

3. Pat 3 drops of Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 ($44) into skin. It's basically a lightweight moisturizing serum.

4. Moisturize and mattify with KORRES Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer ($34).

4. Protect with a facial sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. I'm working my way through the Sephora Sun Safety Kit, but a favorite is Kiehl's Superfluid UV Defense SPF 50 + ($38).

5. I've also been using Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 ($30) around my eyes because I squint a lot and you can't be too careful when it comes to sun-care. I like this because it's lightly tinted.

6. If I am going to be outside I apply sunblock all over my body. PSA: sunblock is NOT good after a year. So get in the habit of buying a new one every summer! I've been loving organic Raw Elements
Sunscreen in SPF 30 (around $20).


1. Use an oil cleanser to breakdown sunscreen and makeup. I use a Shu Uemura cleanser, I think it's called fresh and costs around $30. This is an important step because a gel cleanser won't be able to break things like zinc and titanium dioxide down.

2. Cleanse again with either Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($36) or Cetaphil. I switch back and forth.

3. If I am lazy and skip the first steps, then I go over over my face with Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water ($12). I love this. It doesn't leave a weird film or residue. Great for the price!

4. Exfoliate and tone with First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($30). I switch it up with Dr. Dennis Gross's Alpha Beta Peels (do yourself a favor and just buy the 30 + 5 free for $88) once a week.

5. Dab Mizon Water Volume EX First Essence ($19) all over with a cotton pad. An essence is basically a hydrating liquid that helps your other skincare products absorb better.
6. Pat Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 ($44) into skin.

7. Pat on one of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clincial Concentrate Boosters ($58), I usually switch between the Radiance Booster and Purifying Booster, or mix them together.

8. If it's winter or I feel extra dry I will moisturize with a cream around the outside of my face because my skin is combo. I like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($30) or Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream ($38).

9. Dab the orbital area of the eyes with Sephora Collection Total Age Defy Cream for Eyes & Lips ($26). This is another good buy from the Sephora Collection. Very highly rated and great price.

10. Pat 4-5 drops of Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($75) over the face.

11. I've been using the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26), but it did definitely give me an allergic reaction a couple weeks into using it. I assume it's because the main ingredient is lanolin. If you have sensitive skin at all consider that. I continue to use it because I like the thickness and it was too late to return it but I don't think I'd buy it again.

My husband always gets in bed and waits for me to finish this ridiculous routine, often yelling from the bed, "What are you doing? What is taking so long?" So this list is often abbreviated in some forms. I certainly don't do every step every night. I do what I feel like doing and what I think my skin needs. Sometimes I do all the steps. It all depends on what you want.

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