I want to say that I’m pretty happy with how I’ve handled this whole turning 30 thing. I didn’t freak out about getting ‘old’, and I didn’t go nuts and pierce my eyebrow or anything. But, there is one thing that I have noticed, and that is the state of my skin.
Maybe it’s the fact that I have three kids, or maybe that one of them is special needs, or maybe it’s just my genetics, but over the last year or two I have started to notice my skin is changing. It’s dryer than it used to be, it’s flakier, and there are fine lines that definitely weren’t there before.
Then this winter happened.
Can I be real for a minute? This winter my skin has done a complete Benedict Arnold and turned against me. I’m talking a rash that goes from my forehead all the way down my chest, and itches like crazy. I’ve even been on steroids twice to help it go away. It hasn’t been pretty.
Google and YouTube searches have shown me about a million and one skincare routines and ideas to get my skin vibrant and glowing again.
What Does The Korean Skincare Routine Consist Of?
- Oil Based Cleanser – Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
- Water Cleanser – Botanics All Bright Foaming Cleanser
- Exfoliate – I made a sugar scrub made with brown sugar, honey, and jojoba oil.
- Toner – Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Toner
- Emulsifier / Essence – May Coop Raw Sauce
- Serum – Mad Hippie Vitamin A (evening) and Mad Hippie Vitamin C (morning)
- Face Mask – I used sheet masks from Peach Slices and 7 Days, as well as my own honey and banana mask that I made.
- Eye Cream – Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
- Moisturizer – Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow
- Sunscreen – Mad Hippie Face Sunscreen
Do I Have To Use High Dollar Korean Products?
No you don’t. As you can see from my list above many of my products that I am using are mainstream, or even made by me. The point is more the type of product you use, from my understanding, than the brand or where it was made.
How Did It Go?
Week one of the Korean Skincare Routine went pretty well. I read somewhere a key part of the routine is that it makes us slow down and relax while we go through the process.
Whoever create this skincare routine obviously didn’t have kids. Or maybe they did, and because of that needed a reason to sit down with a glass of wine and put on 7-10 skincare products twice a day. Either way, she had more time than me.
To cut some time out of the routine I have taken two doing my double cleansing in the shower each night. It just makes sense to wash my face at the same time I’m washing the rest of me. It does make it a bit shocking when I turn on the cold water to splash my face at the end though, I read somewhere that this helps close your pores. I don’t know if it’s working, mine seems to be the size of moon craters lately so it might take an act of Congress to shrink those bad boys.
Let me be honest for a second, I’m not perfect at this routine. I forgot completely about exfoliating and masks this week, and I forgot sunscreen at least two out of the seven days. But I’m trying and next week I will do better.
Week two went a lot better than week one, as in I actually remembered each step every day. Although I was constantly stressed about missing a step, and then there was the mishap of Austen spilling my vitamin A serum (luckily I saved it), the week went pretty good.
And looking into the mirror at the end of the week I actually think I can see some of my fine lines fading under my eyes. Maybe that’s wishful thinking though.
Okay, I’m definitely starting to get the hang of this. Reading a book with a sheet mask on my face before going to bed is becoming one of my favorite ways to wind down. Can I do this more than 2-3 times a week?
I’m so glad I did this challenge. I can definitely tell a difference in my skin in the last thirty days, not only did the rash not come back AT ALL this month, but I am also starting to see some reduction in the fine lines under my eyes. They might not be all the way gone, but they are a lot better than they were!
On top of that, I do not have any more dry patches on my face, and the dark circles under my eyes are starting to get less noticeable. I’ll take that as a win!
Will I Keep Going
In one word, yes. I am so happy with the results I got over the last month that I am running errands today without makeup on to celebrate. I do not think I will use an oil cleanser every morning, maybe just when I have slept with a heavier sleep mask overnight, but other than that I think I will do the complete routine most day.
I did not start this challenge thinking that my skin would be 100% better when April 30th came around, but what I can say is it is a lot better than I had anticipated.
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