One thing I started doing in 2017 was a full skincare regimen. I am one of those people who loves to use new beauty products, whether it’s a new lotion or a face mask or whatever. They make me feel pretty and pampered and I just love it, okay? My oily skin has always given me issues (and I’m not getting any younger) so I decided to give the whole Korean skincare routine thing a try. If you’re not familiar with a Korean skincare system, it’s basically a multi-step system to get the softest, clearest, glow-iest skin ever. Does it work? Honestly, it probably depends on what products you use and the condition of your skin. I’m sure it’s not a guarantee. But I’ve been doing it for almost a year, and it’s definitely made a difference in my skin’s texture, reduced hyper-pigmentation, and helped with breakouts.
Depending on where you look, a Korean skincare routine can be anything from 7 to 10 steps, but as I’ve mentioned, mornings aren’t really my thing. I will eventually post my nightly skincare routine here as well and then we can all see just how extra I can be. But in the AM, I stick to about 5 or 6 steps.
Like I said, I have very oily skin (exacerbated by living in the Florida humidity) that can be prone to breakouts. If you have dry or very sensitive skin, you might not be successful with anything I use, so please look into your own skin needs before trying any products.
Cleanser: I always wash my face in the morning, first thing in the shower. In the mornings, I like to use a gentle face wash like the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I love Mario Badescu products in general, because it’s affordable, spa-quality skincare and it works.
Exfoliator: Every few days I will rotate in an exfoliator. Right now, I’m using the Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, but honestly I don’t like it very much. It’s maybe too gentle, if that makes sense?
Toner: I always follow up cleansing with the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion. This is the best toner I have ever used in my life and the minute I decide to stop using it and try something else, my skin completely freaks out. I am ride or die on this toner, you guys.
Facial Oil: If my skin is having a fit, I will dab on a little of the Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil, which I mentioned in my recent “Things I’m Loving” post. This helps calm redness and bumps.
Serum: Okay, so this one is pretty pricey, but I swear to god, it’s a game changer for my face. I use the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is honestly kind of sticky and smelly but man, does it work! My skin has become so much softer and brighter and firmer since using this. I also use the Drunk Elephant night serum and moisturizer in my evening routine.
Eye Cream: I am in the market for a new eye cream. I haven’t really found one that I love yet. Right now, I’m using the Erno Laszlo Transphuse Eye Refiner, which is expensive AF and I got it crazy cheap at a Black Friday sale. It’s very nice, but I won’t be buying it at full price.
Moisturizer: I love, love, love the Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb. It’s very light and matte, perfect for my skin type, and it makes my makeup go on so smoothly. I don’t get greasy when I use this. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin, though.
Sunscreen: This is sort of a cheat for me, because I have an SPF in my makeup setting spray. But it’s important to say that if I didn’t, I would use a separate sunscreen. Protect your skin!
I just realized that I listed like…8 steps? So maybe I am a little extra in the mornings, too. But some of these are optional! Anyway, don’t be intimidated by this. If you are interested in exploring a new skincare routine, I recommend doing some research first on what works for your skincare concerns. Take advantage of mini-size versions of the expensive stuff, or ask for a sample at Sephora before coughing up any serious money.
You should also check out other blogs, forums, or the Sephora reviews section for recommendations.
Do you have a skincare regimen? What works for you?