Hi guys! I've kept the same morning and night time skincare routine for a while now, because I'm scared that switching it up might cause me to break out but I'm looking to switch it up now! What are some of your Asian beauty morning and night time routines?
Hey there! So I do an 8 step skincare routine every morning, and I've been doing this same routine for about a year now. It sounds really long, but it is pretty standard in the k-beauty world and i can definitely say it's working well in terms of hydration and improving texture and color. I start with water, then move to toner. Just like makeup, it helps other products absorb and work their magic. Then I use essence, sometimes ampoule, and always serum. I only use ampoules when I feel a breakout or the texture of my skin is a little off. Serums are pretty concentrated also, but I just love the hydration it brings. My last few steps are eye cream, moisturizer, and then sunscreen. To be honest, I don't always use sunscreen if it's not summer but I believe most k-beauty fanatics really believe in being protected from the sun. My nighttime routine is similar except I use cleansers and exfoliate after a long day of makeup and then a sheet mask a few times a week!
In the morning:
Oil Cleanse: Neutrogena Oil Cleanser
Water Cleanse: CosRx Morning Gel Cleanser pH Balance
Exfoliator: CosRx Blackhead BHA
Toner: CosRx BHA and AHA toner
Essence: CosRx Snail Mucin Essence
Sheet Mask: Any sheet mask really...
Eye Cream: Purlisse Blue Lotus Eye Cream
Moisturizer: CosRx Oil Free Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
SPF: Biore UV Protection
Oil Cleanse: Banilla Co. Cleansing Zero Balm
Water Cleanse: G9SKIN AC Solutions Foam Cleanser
Toner: G9SKIN AC Solutions Toner
Essence: CosRX Snail Mucin
Serum: G9SKIN AC Solutions Serum
Sheet Mask: Any sheet mask really, again...
Eye Cream: Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask
Lip Product: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Moisturizer/Sleeping Mask: Laneige Sleeping Mask or Drunk Elephant Polypeptide Cream
This is my everyday morning routine and it has helped me out really well
So I will be explaining them out to you in details
Step 1: Wash your face with water
Washing with water only is sufficient for the removal of overnight impurities that settles on the face. Water is also a good hydrating fluid.
Using soap or face wash dries the skin which could affect the skin badly, also lead to acne. Water is clean, and it is pure and thus the best to use for washing the face to ensure the natural oils the face need for nourishment is locked in.
Step 2: Apply Toner
Toners are liquid solution made with properties that balance the PH of the skin. Water alone is not enough to hydrate the skin. Thus using a toner that will ensure the PH levels of the skin is always balanced.
A good PH balance prevents dehydration of the skin. Also, toner a good base that help improve the absorption of other skin products on the next steps.
Step 3: Essence
An essence is a water-based fusion of toner and serum. This is responsible for keeping Korean women looking youthful regardless of their age. Essence is responsible for cellular turnover and hydrate the skins' complexion. These products are also made to suit individual skin types; dry, oily, combination, etc.
Step 4: Serum
Serums are water-based or oil-based skin-products with higher concentration of active ingredients. These are; ceramides, glycerin, natural ingredients (cucumber, aloe vera etc.) and vitamins like C, K, E.
Serums have the deep penetrative abilities that a responsible for giving women incredible results. Concerns like wrinkles and dark spots are tackled by the application of concentrated formulas making up serums. Korean women are said to have firmer and smoother skin and this is caused by the serums they use daily.
Step 5: Eye cream
Due to lack of sebaceous glands around the eye there is no production of natural oils around this area. Thus, the skin around the eye is the thinnest, delicate and prone to cracking. That's why applying eye cream ensure the eye is well-hydrated and protected.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Sunscreen protect the skin from the sunrays which can damage the skin. These can also prevent black spot, wrinkles and leathery skin and also help decrease skin cancer risk.
Contrary to the popular belief that sunscreen is applied only on sunny days, But I believe sunscreen MUST be applied daily
And I really hope these few steps really help out