Korean skincare absolutely changed my life. I have been sticking to 90% of Korean brands for over a year now and it has made such a huge difference on my skin. The 2 methods that I will be sharing are not new but really something I swear by!


MY SKIN TYPE

Before we start, my skin type is combination. I have drier skin on the outside but oily on the inside.

This is a very frustrating kind of skin-type as I have to be very careful with the products I use. If they are not moisturising enough, I get bumps/break outs. On the other hand, if they are too moisturising and heavy, they clog my pores and result in pretty much the same thing.

If you want to know all that I have been loving for the past year do check out my recent skincare favourites that I just uploaded.


10-STEP SKINCARE

I'm sure you have heard of the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine. I really like layering my skincare and making sure that each layer has been absorbed by the skin before moving on to the next step.

Step 1.  Oil Cleanser

This is the step where you remove your makeup. I have been enjoying balm cleansers from Heimish and Banila & Co. - they break down my waterproof makeup very well and pretty much removes all of them. The Fancl and Simple oil cleanser is pretty good too - both are very gentle and do not sting my eyes.

Step 2. Cleanser (Foam/Water)

Double cleansing is key when you wear makeup. Personally I prefer a foam cleanser on my makeup days, and a lighter water/gel type cleanser on my bare skin days.

Note: I have learnt not to over-cleanse and strip your skin of it's natural oils as this will create more issues for your skin. When the surface of your skin is too dry, your skin will start to produce more oil and it can result in clogged pores or even oilier skin.

Senka Perfect Whip
Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam
Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Cleanser

Step 3. Exfoliator

This is not a must for a day to day step. I only exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week either with my favourite Alpha H Micro Cleanse, a scrubby mask type product or chemical exfoliators. My favourite chemical to exfoliate with is AHA/BHA and Glycolic Acid.

Alternatively I use facial pads to exfoliate before starting on my actual skincare regime too. My current holy grail is the Neogen Real Cica Pad.

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask
L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask
Alpha H Liquid Gold
Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid

Step 4. Toner

I love thicker toners and I use it in the 7-skin method that I will going more in-dept about later on. This step is key in hydrating your face after all those cleansing and balancing out the pH levels.

Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner
Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softner
Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner
Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pad
Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner

Step 5. Essence

I love my fermented products for that brightening effect on the skin. Essence generally helps with cell turnover and repairing your skin. A more affordable dupe for the SK-II FTE will be the Missha Time Revolution Essence in the Moist version. If my skin is feeling crappy, I sometimes like to layer my essence 2 to 3 times.

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence in Intensive Moist
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence

Step 6. Treatment / Serum

This is the step where you apply serums or ampoules that are more targetted to whatever you want to treat on your skin. They can be for hydration, brightening, acne, anti-aging and so on. This part for me pretty much changes all the time and depending on how my skin is feeling that day, I sometimes apply more than one.

Neogen White Truffle Essential Oil Drop
Huxley Oil Essence
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule

Step 7. Sheet Masks

Aside from the 7-skin method, this is another step that changed my skin! I use one sheet mask a day and I almost never miss this step no matter where I am. I always make sure to bring enough sheet masks when I go on flights. It is important to pat in the remaining goodness on your skin after removing the mask.

NOTE! Please do not leave your sheet mask on longer than it is supposed to. Read the back of the packaging and it should say the recommended time for it to be on your skin. Korean sheet masks are usually 10-15/20 minutes. Japan sheet masks typically has a shorter time of 10 minutes. Certain hydro-gel type masks have a longer wear time. But you know what I mean, just read the instructions - they are there for a reason. Never leave it on longer than specified just because it is still damp. This will further dry out your skin as the sheet mask will start sucking out moisture from your skin instead.

I will do a post in the future on what sheet masks I love - too many.

Step 8. Eye Cream

I am very guilty when it comes to this part of my skincare. Maybe because I haven't tried a good eye cream that I really love and saw results. So far one that I really enjoyed for day-time use is the Kiehls Creamy Avocado one that layers very well underneath makeup and keeps my concealer looking good for a longer time. If you have a good eye cream to recommend, do let me know! I ain't getting any younger and I need to be more on the ball with my eye balls. lol

Step 9. Moisturiser

This helps to lock in all that goodness you just applied your skin and I sometimes like to mix this with an oil and I will massage them into my skin. I have just started to spend more time on massaging my skin especially at night before bed.

Huxley Anti Gravity Cream
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar
The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Recovery Cream
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre
Ofra Kim Thai Wanderlush

Overnight mask type
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
Cosrx Nourishing Rice Sleeping Mask

Step 10. Sun Protection

I obviously don't use this at night, but this is so so important for the day time, even if you are at home (guilty). Never skip your sunscreen no matter how gloomy the day may be.


7-SKIN METHOD

This is the key skincare tip that really changed my skin for the better! Every time I stop doing this, my skin isn't as smooth and hydrated. If you have my skin type, I believe this will work wonders for your skin too.

You basically just layer your hydrating toner 7 times. This can sound excessive and time consuming, but if you really do this religiously for a couple of days, I swear you will be able to see the effect on your skin. Make sure to do this with properly cleansed skin, you do not want to have dirt or dead skin while vigorously patting tons of products onto your face.

Gently pat this in until most of the products are absorbed and then move on to the next layer. If 7 layers is too much, you do not have to force yourself to finish it all. Sometimes I only do 4 or 5 layers depending on my skin condition or alternatively, what I love to do recently is 3-4 skin of toner and   layer my essence for the remaining 'skin'.

If you need some tips on this method, I recommend the theklog's post. They go in-depth on the mistakes to avoid and suggestions on essence type products that you can use this method with. The Hanskin, Neogen and Acwell essences are already on my list to try next!

A simple google search will give you plenty of suggestions on what products to use with the 7-skin method and the top suggestion has go to be the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. This is the toner that I swear by too! I have featured this in my empties and skincare favourites. I still have a couple of toners to go through in my collection so I will not repurchase for now. Other alternatives to consider will be the Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softner, Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner and the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner.

Check out my empties and recent skincare favourites posts to see what products I have been loving. I am still testing out many other stuff so keep your eyes peeled for more skincare related posts in the future :)


xoxo

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