updated June 2020
A couple of years ago, I shared a green beauty version of the 10-step Korean skincare routine. While I never did the 10 steps every single day, I still use many of the products mentioned. It’s really a maximum of 6 steps, and it’s quicker than it sounds.
The major thing I changed from my routine is cut out facial oils and heavy creams on the advice of my dermatologist. Since I have somewhat sensitive combination skin, she recommends only using products that are liquid or gel-like in texture to prevent breakouts and clogging pores.
Facial oils might be fine for you depending on your skin type, but this is what’s been working for me. This routine, plus visits to the dermatologist every few months to get treatments (usually a peel or blue light therapy) is keeping my skin in top conditionâ€”no breakouts, no irritation, no dryness. Plus a healthy diet, exercise, yada yada, helps too.
P.S. I wish I could take a milky floral bath every day like in the photo above. (Wait, why don’t I?)
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A.M. SKINCARE ROUTINE
Step 1: Clean skin with gentle exfoliating cleanser
Step 2: Spray on hydrating essence
Step 3:Â Apply vitamin C serum
Step 4: Dab on eye cream
Step 5: Apply day cream
Step 6: Apply sunscreen
TheÂ Supergoop! SPF 50 Setting SprayÂ is not a mineral sunscreen, but it has no parabens, synthetic fragrance, orÂ oxybenzone, so it’s cleaner than other chemical sunscreens. I don’t spray this directly onto my face to avoid inhaling the chemicals, so I spray it into one palm first and pat it onto my skin.
P.M. SKINCARE ROUTINE
Step 1: Clean skin with gentle exfoliating cleanser (same as morning)
Step 2: Use Micellar water on aÂ reusable round to remove any excess dirt or makeup
Step 3: Apply a few of drops of retinol serum all over face and neck
Step 4: Dab on eye cream
Step 5: Use a sleeping mask
Notes: I was tired of spending a fortune on retinol serums, so I found this $10 one that’s top rated on Amazon. Retinol can be dry or irritating for some people, so be sure to test it on a small patch of your skin first. Only use it at night because can make the skin photosensitive under sunlight.
If I need more hydrating at night, I apply the Andalou 1000 Roses Day Cream before the sleeping mask.
I always have this Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial stocked because it exfoliates my skin and makes it glow. I hope you’re noticing a pattern here with all the exfoliatingâ€”even the retinol exfoliatesâ€”but the keyword is gentle. So this is why I don’t have dry skin anymore and I don’t need heavy creams or facial oils, even on the harshest of winter days. Yes, this Goop mask is pricey, but getting one peel or facial is more. This is gentle enough for me to use every 2-3 days.
There you have it. I know a few of the products are on the expensive side, but the Tata Harper cleanser and essence last at least six months for me. The other products are mostly affordable yet effective. Andalou Naturals is particularly accessible, available in many health food stores, so I recommend checking out more of their products in you’re on a budget.
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