My Korean Skincare Routine

Dear reader – this part-beauty blog, part-lifestyle blog, part-nonsensical series of ramblings usually contains pictures of my makeupped face. We all know, however, that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. While I’m not going to go full Rock DJ à la Robbie Williams, I am going to show you my makeup-less face and talk about my updated skincare routine.

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fig. 1 – naked just-woke-up face (!!!)

Here it is in all of its freckly, red-tinted glory. It’s warm in Queensland today so it’s probably a bit redder than usual, but overall I am proud of my naked twenty-something face because I treat it pretty well. To keep my skin in this condition I make sure to follow my morning and night skincare routine with a few face masks in between when it’s feeling a little tired.

Firstly though, there are three ultimate rules to skincare – the first rule of taking care of your skin is to NEVER GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON. I don’t care if you’re in the Big Brother house and you don’t want the public to see you without mascara – just don’t do it. Rule two is to drink heaps of water. Everyone will tell you this, but it’s true. When I’m dehydrated my thinkles (thinking wrinkles on my forehead) show up way more.

Lastly, always wear sunscreen when you go out in the sun. My daily BB cream is SPF30 and I slathered on the SPF50 when I was at the beach or out walking in the sun but I still returned from a beach holiday last week freckled and a little pink so I hate to think how bad it would have been if I hadn’t been as careful!

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In terms of skincare products and routine, I follow a Korean-style beauty regime. This means more products and steps than your standard Western cleanse-tone-moisturise, but it means that your skin is much happier. To start with, I use Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam. This stuff is magical – it is gentle but also very thorough and you aren’t left with residual makeup crap in your pores. You can pick it up easily from Amazon.

Every four or five days I do a gentle exfoliation too just to make sure all those dead skin cells are gone and to keep my skin surface polished and smooth so that my foundation looks A++. It’s important not to use an exfoliant with microbeads in it because they are absolutely awful for the environment – Lena talks more about this here. You also don’t want to damage the surface of your skin by scrubbing the hell out of it. The face on your skin is delicate and you should treat it with love & respect. I use this A’kin Jojoba & Corn Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub, which I picked up from Priceline.

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Next comes the Great Slathering. First, I apply Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence. The Essence is a very important step because it is largely what helps your cells heal and renew. I have been using this stuff for at least a year and it has repaired acne scars and all sorts. This particular essence is largely made up of snail secretion filtrate, which is like the slime left behind when snails move along the ground. It sounds gross but it’s odourless and colourless and has incredible healing properties – see this post for more information!

I’ve just started using this second product because I feel like I need just a little bit extra in my skincare routine. My skin is starting to do this annoying ageing thing (!!!) so the idea behind the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector with Vitamin C Derivatives (say that ten times fast) is that it promotes collagen production, brightens the skin and fades scars. Yes pls. I’ll have a more in-depth review for you after I’ve used it for a month or two.

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Thirdly, here’s the sister product to the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence – the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream. This stuff is super moisturising and I love it. I think its impact is amplified when used together with the Essence. It’s light enough to be used as a day moisturiser but rich enough to act as your night moisturiser too. Magical stuff.

Next is the Bee Natural Eye Contour Replenishment Cream. I picked this up at a Byron Bay market and so far I think it’s doing a good job. It’s essentially just a nice, light eye cream with evening primrose, beeswax and nourishing oils like macadamia and avocado. You can buy it online – it’s not too pricy at all. I don’t have a well-formed opinion on this yet, but at any rate an eye cream is a very good idea, especially if you’re in your mid to late twenties and want to keep your eye area nourished and hydrated.

Lastly is this Elf Essential Zit Zapper. It contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel and camphor and for $3 USD you can’t go wrong. I’ve been using this for a few months now and it really does speed up the zit zapping process. You can pick this up off Amazon, iHerb or at Kmart.