Taking care of my skin wasn’t my top priority back then. I thought constant washing and cleansing was enough. I didn’t use to think that facial care would even be a necessity.
As years went by, my hormones started changing (and raging) causing breakouts and acnes. I have tried light chemical exfoliation and basic facial treatment in Flawless ONLY ONCE (which by the way, really, really, cleared my skin BUT has left ugly scars. T_T )
I used several toners and no-peel exfoliants… irregularly. I am so inconsistent in almost everything. One week, I religiously kept my regimen, the next week, I didn’t.
Hence, my unpleasant textured skin. I initially thought I had combination skin, but later realized that the dry patches were just dead skin cells that needed exfoliating; which revealed my true skin type – oily. SUPER oily.
Years back, I heard that moisturizers are a major no-no for oily skin types. I later learned that moisturizers are just as important for oily skin as it is for dry skin. Removing a lot of oil from our skin actually makes it produce more oil. If our skin is properly moisturized, at least it will think that there’s enough oil making it produce less than it usually does.
So basically, we have to wash/cleanse, exfoliate, tone/hydrate, and moisturize. Koreans have 6-step and even 10-step skin care routine, making almost every beauty enthusiast in the world really hooked.
This is just my personal routine, which, by the way, only started the other night. And this is the MEDYO lazy version:
- Remove makeup. I use two products when removing my makeup: Holika Holika Daily Garden Lip and Eye Remover in Olive for my eyes and lips; and micellar water for my entire face. I am currently using Maybelline. I use makeup remover for my eye makeup, because most of the products I use are waterproof, so micellar water isn’t enough. Skip this step if you don’t have makeup, of course.
- Cleanse. After removing my makeup, I wash my face with Faith Hope Love Coffee Soap. It has real coffee bits that help remove dead skin cells and thoroughly cleanse my face. It also smells super good! Hello, coffee lover! I love using it in the morning and in the evening. I’ve cut it into four smaller blocks and I’m now on my 3rd block.
- Exfoliate. To completely make my skin clearer and softer, I use Skin Food Black Sugar Mask twice a week. Immediately after washing, I take a reasonable amount of product and massage it all over my face. Application isn’t a problem as the product glides on the skin easily. It may just be quite abrasive because of the real sugar bits, so I make sure I do it really gently. It smells super good – sugary and citrusy. I concentrate on my cheeks (my problem area), chin, nose, as well as my jaws. I leave it on my face for 10-15 minutes. After that, I wash it off with water, preferably lukewarm water.A good alternative for this is the iWhite Korea 2-Minute Whitening Miracle Wash Off Mask. I swear it’s super good and affordable, too!
- Tone. I’m currently using Nivea Mattifying Toner. I got mine on a 50% OFF Sale at Watson’s and I regret not getting two!
Nivea Mattifying Toner
Enriched with Ocean Algae & Hydra IQ
– tones the skin deeply and removes residues
– reduces excess sebum and oil with its mattifying formula
– maintains skin’s natural moisture balance.
Anyway, I just apply an appropriate amount of product onto a cotton pad and gently apply it on my skin. You can also apply it with your hands. Put a few drops of the toner on the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and gently pat it all over your face.
- Apply Essential Oil/Ampoule. Actually, whichever you prefer using or have in your kit. As for me, I use AND LOVE Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail and Watering Cocktail. I only have the sample sizes and I hope I knew where to get the (LEGIT) full-sized bottles.
To be honest, using this alone after washing my face is already enough. It has made my skin SUPER smooth, properly moisturized, and feeling really healthy! I just gently spread the oil all over the face, and with my warm fingers, I massage it for a few minutes. Then put a few drops of the watering cocktail on my palm and pat it all over my face.
- Apply Sheet Mask. I wasn’t a huge fan of sheet masks; but I have honestly started to enjoy them now. Take any mask of your choice, tear it open, squeeze the liquid-based formula first before you take out the mask, and apply it all over your face. You may also wanna pop it in the refrigerator first to make it more refreshing!Anyway, once you’ve taken all the serum, carefully unfold the mask and place it on your face. Gently pat and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. It actually depends on the brand or kind of sheet mask you’re using, so make sure you check the label first. Do not rinse, use all the serum and let your skin absorb it. You can also apply the rest of the product on your hands, elbows, knees, ankles, feet, or any part of your body that you think is drought-stricken (LOL!)
This is the Dewy Tree Aqua Panda Mask I received from YEF Philippines. I can’t really lay a finger on how it smells, but it reminds me of dried mangoes. Hehe! I find the concept really cool. Unlike the other plain-looking masks, this one has a face of a panda printed on it. It even has a bamboo shoot in the mouth! Cute!
This is the Jein 8 Sasaspa Facial Essence Mask, which is also included in the YEF Philippines package. It smells and feels super refreshing. According to the instructions on the back of the packet, it should stay on for 20-30 minutes, much longer than the Panda Mask.
- Moisturize. This is the final step. Once the liquid from the sheet mask has dried, my skin already feels a little tacky. I take a pea-size amount of my A-Skin Moisturizing Gel and gently massage it all over my skin. It’s clear gel and a little goes a long way. It has a really subtle scent – nothing irritating.
And that’s it! And what do I get when I wake up in the morning? A very happy skin that feels super healthy, supple, soft, and smooth! That’s just after Days 1 and 2! How much more if I do it regularly?
You do not need to follow every single step every day, since exfoliation is only done twice a week. It takes 46 to 60 minutes over all, including the “waiting time” in between application. You can do it while watching TV or Korean dramas (watch VOICE if you haven’t yet), or even while reading a book, or browsing the internet. You can also do NOTHING while you wait! You know, give yourself some “ME” time, free your mind of all the toxic work or PEOPLE!
If you love makeup, make sure you also pay a lot more attention on your skin. If you want a better finish and make your makeup look good and last longer, you need a smooth and healthy canvas. And of course, after using all that makeup, make sure you free your skin – your PORES! If not, you’ll end up blaming your makeup for giving you breakouts when the real reason is you!
I do not have the most beautiful skin, it really isn’t even pretty. But trust me, I’ve had WORSE! It’s never too late to take care of our skin. Pamper it. Love it. Make it your best friend! 😉