So it’s been about 3 weeks or so since I’ve started my new Korean skincare routine. I’d say I saw quick results from it probably because my skin’s not that sensitive. As a result, my husband wanted to get in on the action. Unfortunately, the products I’ve been using don’t fit his skin type and he’s disappointed that he hasn’t seen much change. That and probably because he has sensitive skin, or because it’s only been a week since he started a routine. So to help with his oily acne prone skin, we decided to buy the AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner from Cosrx. It’s supposed to chemically exfoliate the skin to keep cystic acne, whiteheads, and blackheads at bay. Hopefully it’ll work out.
As for me, the toner from Klairs, the one I recently bought on Sokoglam, breaks me out along my chin area. For some reason it’s different for my husband and he says it’s okay for him. I guess the takeaway from it all is anyone interested in Korean skincare needs to find the right combination of products to fit their skin type. The basic formula to a proper routine would be to:
- Cleanse (double cleanse if you wear full coverage or waterproof makeup or have acne prone skin)
- Exfoliate (1-2 a week)
- SPF (during the day)
- Sleeping mask (at night)
Again for my skincare routine I pretty much use micellar water or Simple’s face wipes to remove makeup at night and then I go straight to a toner, an essence (if I’m feeling like I need extra moisture), a serum, and a moisturizer. Since I finally got my eye cream, I added that as another step to my routine. It’s only been 2 days and I definitely feel the difference. My skin under my eyes isn’t as puffy when I wake up and my dark circles are somewhat lessened. I don’t do all the steps I mentioned above because it’s not a dry place where I live and I feel sticky after layering so much on my face, but who knows maybe things will change after I find the right products.
It has definitely been encouraging seeing great results after a few weeks of trying Korean skincare. Before having learned about ‘the 10-step routine’, all I was doing was putting Olay moisturizer on my face after removing makeup. However, I can’t believe the difference a routine has done for me, and I don’t intend to turn back. Yes there are many steps and yes it does take some time at the beginning, but it’s definitely an investment in myself.