I recently have started using some new skincare products, and I’ve been getting a ton of questions on what I’m using on my skin.
So, I’m going to let you in on my secret.
First, I need to explain to you the 10-step Korean Skin Care System (don’t worry, mine isn’t 10 steps!)
The steps are:
- Oil cleanser which removes the first layer of dirt
- Water cleanser which removes the rest of residue on your skin
- Exfoliator 1-2x per week
- Toner which balances your skin to help it stay hydrated
- “Essence” which are items that help aid in cell turnover, providing antioxidants, hydrate, and repair skin
- Treatments such as serums
- Masks (yes, the Hannibal Lector type masks) 1x per week
- Eye cream
I have combination skin which means it can get super dry in the winter, super oily in the summer. Thankfully, I rarely suffer from breakouts, but my biggest concerns are acne scarring, blackheads, enlarged pores, and the oiliness in my t-zone.
I consulted my sister on what to get, and she suggested these products to start.
The following products are from SokoGlam.
I usually start my skin routine off with the Calendula Real Flower Cleansing Water. Calendula is AMAZING for your face, and this water works so well that you don’t even need to cleanse your face with a water cleanser after.It’s perfect for my skin because it keeps it balanced. What I love most about this product is how much it makes my skin glow and how freakin’ soft my skin feels after I use it.
If you want to follow up with a water cleanser and have similar concerns regarding blackheads and enlarged pores, I recommend the Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser by Skinfood. It contains “pore-purifying, amino acid-rich egg whites with deep cleansing properties. The Egg White Foam Cleanse is mild enough for daily use and will not strip away any beneficial natural oils,” according to SokoGlam.com.
I love this cleanser. It truly cleared my pores up in one use. That’s literally all you need to know.
Next, 2x a week, I follow up with the Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling wine – and just like regular wine – it is amazing for your skin! Here’s what the website has to say:
“This product provides gentle yet effective exfoliation of dead skin cells and impurities, leaving skin smoother and clear. Dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface of the skin using the unique 3 layer pad technology, as lactic acid penetrates deep into your pores to clean out pore-clogging debris.
Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin. This is a Soko Glam favorite and one of our 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winners.”
This exfoliator was SUPER gentle on my skin, and it left it feeling extremely soft. The smell of the product is very pleasant, and I was very happy with how much more my skin was glowing after using this.
My next step is toner. I chose the Licorice pH balancing cleansing toner. This brightens my skin, doesn’t burn, and perfectly balances out my skin especially in the oily spots. Oh, and don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like licorice.
Finally, I am using DECIEM’s subq anti-aging serum. You can read all about it here, but it makes my skin silky soft, not sticky like some other treatments I’ve used. Plus, it is cruelty free, vegan, alcohol, oil, and silicone-free, so it is A+ for your skin!
So, that is my skin routine as of today, and I am loving it! Here’s another great thing: the items DO NOT break the bank. I was shocked at how much I got vs. how much my total was. And, here’s the best part: I have not broken out once since starting this routine, and my pores are beginning to look more refined and smaller.
Note: I am NOT sponsored by SokoGlam or DECIEM — just a huge fan of and believer in their products.