10-STEP KOREAN SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR OILY ACNE-PRONE SKIN TYPE
One of my resolutions for 2017 is to take care of my health. 2015 and 2016 left me exhausted and damaged so I decided to start taking care of my skin, diet and body a little bit more. Knowing your skin and what works on it might take some time, but online reviews and articles have made it so much easier for everyone in search of their holy grail beauty products. So without further do, here's my 10-step Korean skin care routine!
NOTE: My routine currently includes 8 steps. I haven't included the exfoliating cream and essence as I haven't found satisfactory ones yet (feel free to share if you have any recommendations). But I will make sure to update this article as soon as I can recommend something.
+My skin type+
I have oily acne-prone skin, which means that I have excess sebum, and have occasional break outs. I'm also blemish-prone and since I'm a North African girl living in Scandinavia, my skin is also in terribly need of glow! Here's a breakdown of what I'm currently using:
This is just what I needed to take off my makeup. All other previous makeup removers were not as efficient at removing all the makeup but were also very harsh on my skin. This leaves my face soft, bright and smooth! This lovely pink jar is the classic version and there are other available version for all skin types.
I was attracted to the amazing list of rose stem cells that are included in this cleanser. The formula helps improve signs of fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture while it cleanses the skin of impurities and dead skin cells. It leaves my skin with a fresh and clean rose glow.
I used this as a toner to nourish my skin after cleansing it. It leaves a pleasant fresh tickling feeling but also helps improve the texture of my skin.
This is the final step in my cleansing routine before I go into hydrating my skin. I gently massage my face with this cream, once it turns into oil I leave it for 2-3 minutes before whipping it off with a cotton pad and washing my face with water. This tones up my face and really goes into my pores and purifies my skin (you can literally see the toxines left on the cotton pad after whipping the cream off!) It has a wonderful lemon scent and leaves my skin firm, soft, glowing and hydrated.
I try to use a sheet mask every night but I'm guilty of sometimes being too lazy and skipping this step. It really does make a difference as it makes my face brighter and amazingly hydrated. I especially like Dr Jart+ Brighting solution as it gives back glow to my dull skin that's in desperate need of sun!
If you have oily skin type you should always aim for moisturizing gel creams as they are much lighter on the skin and don't clog your pores. You might think that because you have oily skin you don't need a moisturizing cream but if you leave it dehydrated it will end up drying up and producing excess sebum in return! It's all about finding a good balance. I highly recommend the pureness line from Shiseido if you have oily skin type.
If I could change anything about myself it would be my dark circles! I've always had terrible panda eye rings and sadly they ain't cute. My dark circles are hereditary, I got them from my mom who got them from her mom. There's no efficient treatment so far that can totally eliminate dark circles, they can only be reduced. This cream has worked extremely well for that purpose! I didn't have high expectations and even thought I still have visible dark circles, they have significantly diminished. Even my mom and sister have noticed a difference when I went to visit them in France (which obviously made me really happy). Do I still look like a person who needs a little nap? Yes. Do I look like someone who's DESPERATELY in need of sleep? Not anymore. The jar is small but a little goes a long way.
I use this as a SPF and face primer before applying my makeup or even when I'm not wearing any makeup at all. It gives my skin an amazing ethereal glow by reflecting the light and gives amazing protection. The ozone layer is worryingly depleting and our bodies and faces need shielding from harmful rays. Sunscreen slows down the development of wrinkled, blemishing aging skin and it's important to include it in our beauty regiment. The Heimish art glow base is incredibly light weight and doesn't feel heavy or sticky after application.