My Skin Before (and current Skincare Routine)
My skin before I started my Korean skincare routine was horrible! Oily forehead and nose, dry cheeks that would itch, and I would scratch them, leaving my skin red and peeling. Hormonal pimples on my chin, neck and nose. Black heads on my nose. Dark circles under my eyes, and red cheeks and nose (caused by Rosacea (thanks mum)). Appearance of small wrinkles around eyes, and on forehead. Saggy neck skin (due to severe weight loss).
I hardly ever wore makeup, and when I did I would end up breaking out, with pimples, and my skin would not be happy. This may partly be because I never removed my makeup probably at the end of the day.
I never used cleanser, toner, or moisturiser. There was a period where I used witch hazel, and that was it! I just coated a cotton pad in witch hazel and wiped my face. No follow up moisturiser, no cleanser or even face washing!
For Christmas my step mother got me a bottle of Nutrimetics Botanicals Foam Fresh Cleanser Toner and I put it in the shower and I actually started using it, to a point that if I forgot, I would go into the bathroom and use it. It created a light foam and was gentle on my skin, and it smelt like passionfruit (which is always a good thing) After 2 weeks I started to notice a difference.
In March/April 2017, I was in a local play. I had to wear heavy stage makeup 3 times a week, that and the bright stage lights, uncomfortable costumes, and sweaty sweaty evenings let to my skin losing the plot. One of my cheeks cracked and bled, my nose had more oil than a middle eastern oil field, and my forehead was so shiny that you could probably see it from the moon. And lets not talk about the pimples! GROSS! I had to do something.
While searching for books to help me learn how to speak Korean, I came across a book called The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho. I downloaded the sample ebook and loved it so much I ordered a hard copy that very day. I had to wait a month for it to arrive, but during that month I started my only research and came across the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine. 10 STEPS! That’s a bit much? But I was intrigued so I kept digging and researching.
I already had a few random Korean skincare and cosmetics in my collection. Elizavecca Carbonated Clay Mask (after seeing a Buzzfeed video about it) and TonyMoly sheet masks, Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist, and lip gloss, from my trip to Morning Glory in Perth for my little sisters birthday (we were there for the K-Pop merch!)
My research led me to CYHouse, an online Australian Korean Cosmetics store. Thats where I made my first purchase. Purchasing Heimish All Clean Balm, Son & Park Beauty Water, and a TonyMoly lip tint. I read reviews of every product before I purchased. When they arrived I posted a photo on my personal Instagram and thats how I found the second online Korean Skincare & Cosmetics store, Lilac & Berries. Where I made my second purchase. All up, so far, I have made 5 purchases across the 2 stores. (Some of the purchases haven’t even arrived yet)
My skin is slowly getting healthier. I’ve had my mum, and someone from work comment on how nice it’s looking. It’s smooth, and I haven’t had any pimples in months (even hormonal ones), my skin is still red, and my nose is still oily (I blame my glasses) but my cheeks and forehead are healthy. So I’m super excited.
My Current Routine (as of 27/05/17)
Oil Cleanser – Heimish All Clean Balm
Water Cleanser – Nutrimetrics Botanicals Passionfruit & Papaya Foam Fresh Cleanser Toner (non-Korean)
Exfoliate – nothing yet (but have ordered SkinFood Black Sugar scrub)
Toner – Son & Park Beauty Water (also use during the day to freshen up)
Essence – Simplistic Wonder Essence
Eye Cream – nothing yet 😦 recommendations welcome!
Serum – Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Origin Serum
Face Masks – Various TonyMoly masks, Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Moisturiser – Sukin Facial Moisturiser (non-Korean)
Sunscreen – Olay Complete Defence – SPF 30+ (non-Korean)
Others – Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (which I haven’t had to use yet)
I’m always looking for recommendations for products, so please let me know what works for you, and what some of your favourites are.
All links are to the companies and stores where I purchased these products – I purchased all these products myself.
❤ Molly xoxo