oil cleanser

Oils I reccomend and how to use them

Rosehip oil: It absorbs quickly, brightens and evens out skintone overtime. Can help heal (acne) scars and PIH. A source of trans-retinoic acid, vitamin A.
-Use: Fading undereye darkness, fading acne scarring, brightening the skin, evening out skintone, moisturising, fading the appearance of strech marks. Suitable for all skintypes.

Argan oil: High vitamin E and fatty acid conten. Smoothes out the skin, seriously you get baby soft skin and its noticeable after one use. A good source of oleic acid that wont clog your pores.
-Use: Moisturiser for dehydrated skin, as well as dry skin which is also acne prone. Also good for oily and combo skin as a moisturiser. Reducing the appearacne of strech marks. Light undereye moisturiser.

Hempseed oil: Its high in linoleic acid and its a drying oil, which means it absorbs quickly and hydrates the skin well. The linoleic and Alpha-linoleic acid percentages make it suitable for oily skins which are short in linoleic acids.
-Use: moisturiser for oily/combo and acne prone skin. (seriously this is the best oil for oily skin, i sometimes apply 2 layers of this)

Safflower oil: contains about 78% linoleic acid (which is very high), which makes it great for the oiliest of skins. Absorbs very well (drying oil).
-Use: oil cleanser, moisturiser for oily acne prone skin (you might need another oil to really moisturise)

Perilla oil: contains very high levels of n-3 linolenic acid (over 50%) an essential fatty acid that plays a major role in regulating inflammation in the body as well as the skin. contains high amounts of omega-3 essential fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid. Is considered an antioxidant and great for acne prone skin. Again, a drying oil, you will need another moisturising layer.
-Use: a moisturising layer for acne prone skins, oil cleanser.

Neem oil: helps reduce redness and inflammation. Has antibacterial properties. The high fatty-acid content in Is said to prevent and treat scars. High in vitamin E (improves the elasticity of the skin) Be aware that this oil smells HORRIBLE.
-Use: Spot treatment for acne, reducing stretch marks.

Evening Primrose oil: It’s rich in omega-6 which helps produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (fatty acid compounds that have hormone-like effects).When used topically it can relieve cystic hormonal acne. Most people see immediate results. EPO supplements are used to treat the cause of hormonal acne and PMS.
-Use: Cystic acne treatment, PMS relief, oils cleansing.

Emu oil: Very thick and high in oleic acids. Does not Absorb fully, shouldnt be used on acne prone skin. Used to treat scabby, very dry, inflamed skin. Reduces the appearance of fine lines.
-Use: Undereye moisturiser, Moisturiser for very very dry skin, moisturiser on dry patches.

Shrinking Blonde’s Guide to Perfect Skin ✨

Quick Tips

  • Double Cleanse. If you’re especially prone to breakouts (same!) double cleansing can be the salvation you need. For those of us who choose to wear makeup, a single face wash session at the end of the night isn’t enough to totally remove every last bit of product from your face and still get deep into your pores so the cleanser can y’know clean. Wash your face once with an oil-based face wash and then once again with a regular cleanser.
    • TRY: Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Bioderma Miceller Solution.
  • Carefully Exfoliate. While abrasive scrubs and exfoliates may feel like the best thing for your skin, overdoing it can lead your skin to think it’s deprived of oil and it will overproduce it leading to nasty breakouts. Chemical exfoliation is the best way to remove dead skin and increase cell turnover rate. BHA + AHA combos are easy finds at the drugstore (Pixi Glow Tonic! Just try it!) and give your skin a naturally plump, luminous feel without a harsh scrub.
    • TRY: Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask, Pixi Glow Tonic, Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion, Clearasil Acne Treatment Pads
  • Salicylic Acid #1. Try a face cleanser for that second-round clean with salicylic acid to combat breakouts. Focus on your t-zone for a squeaky clean face. This is also the key ingredient in a ton of spot treatments.
    • TRY: Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, Clean & Clear Continuous Control Wash
  • Don’t Forget Toner. Toner plays an absolutely crucial role in minimizing pores and smoothing your complexion. There are toners for virtually every kind of ailment out there from acne scars to dull skin, so find one that best fits your issues and apply daily. Soak a cotton pad and apply in upward strokes to your clean face.
    • TRY: Burt’s Bees Acne Solution Toner, Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Toner, Nivea Daily Refreshing Toner
  • Moisturize EVERYTHING. I cannot stress this enough. Moisturizing is everything and a key to stopping breakouts, especially in the summer. You should be applying a thicker moisturizer before bed and then a lighter one with sunscreen before putting on your makeup in the morning. Be sure to moisturize your neck too to slow the aging process. Your future self with thank you, trust me. 
    • TRY: Glossier Priming Moisturizer, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
  • Be Forgiving. This step is crucial. When you stress over school, boys, weight, etc. all you do is cause breakouts. Try stress relieving exercises like yoga, meditation, or journaling. Practice good eating habits, get lots of sleep, and really pamper your skin. Relax, and give it all time. 

My Skincare Routine


  • Wash face in warm shower (to open pores) with Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
  • Swipe Clearasil Acne pads all over face. Follow up with Georgette Klinger Vitamin C toner all over a cotton pad to even out complexion. it seriously got rid of all my acne scars in like a week
  • Rub Glossier Priming Moisturizer all over face
  • Apply Glossier sunscreen all over face (crucial!)
  • Spray Mario Badescu Rose Water all over face for extra moisturizer


  • Take off makeup with miceller water 
  • Wash face with Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
  • Tone face with Clearsil pads and VItamin C Toner
  • Apply several drops of moisturizing pure argan oil all over face
  • Apply Glossier Rich Moisturizing Cream all over face
  • Every few days: TonyMolly or SK-II sheet mask
Oil Cleanser

There is no substitute for good cleansing in a skin care routine!

This has been a key step in keeping my skin clear. Water is not going to remove oil based impurities, so an oil cleanser is necessary. Oil? Really? YES, especially if you have oily skin or wear base makeup. Oil cleansing should be done on a dry face as the first step of your routine.


  • Budget-Friendly: Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil
  • Mid-Range: Heimish All Clean Balm or Botanic Farms Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet
  • High-End: Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Showed my cousins the Pond’s cold cream cleanser which is my favorite affordable and cheap oil base cleanser and they are shooked at how well it removes makeup. I never liked cleansing oil so I didn’t think I would like cleansing balm so I bought a cheap brand with history (bc if Pond’s cold cream has been working well since the 1920s/1930s, they’re obviously doing something right) and i ended up finding a holy grail item to recommend to everyone. If there’s anybody who’s a little scared to get an oil base cleanser like me, this is a cheap way to start since the cold cream only costs $3-5, depending on size. The smallest jar goes a long way tho, I’ve had it for a while and it’s not even half empty. And I use a lot at once bc I don’t like to double dip back in the jar (after applying it on my face and rubbing it in, there’s makeup residue on my hands so I don’t want to get it back into the jar).

Skincare routines for different skin types✨

••DRY SKIN: Try something exfoliating to get rid of dead skin (like a charcoal scrub, something with NATURAL exfoliators) and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!! I recommend using a serum and a moisturizer, along with an overnight mask every week or so. This keeps your skin hydrated and keeps the exfoliation from drying it out even more! • RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Dark Angels cleanser, any face exfoliating brush, Lush Skin Drink moisturizer, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, pure Rosehip oil, Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask, Origins Original Skin retexturizing mask, Dr Jart Water Replenishment cotton sheet mask, Origins Original Skin renewal serum
• • OILY SKIN: Use a charcoal scrub to absorb excess oil, but avoid harsh cleansers that may cause the skin to overproduce oils!! Remember to still moisturize to balance out your skins natural oil production. A good toner also helps with oil and any resulting acne! • RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Herbalism cleanser, Lush Enzymion moisturizer, Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask, Lush Tea Tree Toner
• • COMBINATION SKIN: Try zone masks! Use different masks on different parts of your face, depending on the issues you have there! Use a cleanser that will absorb your excess oil but isnt so abrasive or harsh that in dries out the rest of your face. • RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Coalface cleanser, Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner, GlamGlow #Multimasking Mask treatment set, Dr Jart Brightening Infusion mask (for combination skin, many of the products listed here for other skin types may work, depending on where you put them on your face!)
• • SENSITIVE SKIN: Try a cleanser and moisturizer from Lush or another all natural brand, that doesnt contain chemicals that may irritate your skin! Also, don’t use any harsh or abrasive exfoliants that may do more harm than good!! • RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Aqua Marina cleanser, Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser, Lush Celestial moisturizer, Lush Eau Roma toner water


FAQ: Gentle cleansers I reccomend for every skin type.

First of all, let’s break down the notion that if your skin feels “squeeky clean” after cleansing it means it’s done a good job. Thats extremely false, if your cleanser makes your skin feel tight, shiny and dry as hell it’s damaging your moisture barrier and dehydrating your skin. This is why you should always use a gentle cleanser with mild surfectants.

Second of all, cleansing IS the most damaging part of your routine. It takes off all the oils and damages the lipid barrier of your skin. This is also why you should use a gentle cleanser and only cleanse with the soap at night. It’s also why your skin may look red and “worse than before” after you cleanse in the morning, it’s from irritation caused by removing the moisture and disrupting the lipid barrier.

A gentle cleanser is also definitely reccomended for acne prone, oily skin. If youre acne prone you DO NOT want to be harsh to your skin!!! Thats the most damaging myth to acne prone folks. You should especially then be gentle to your skin as more irritation WILL cause you more acne. (Nodular) acne is also often caused by a wrong cleanser, one with soudium lauryl sulfate, which you should avoid at all cost.

There ofourse are great cleasers that aren’t on this list. I tried to only metion the most accessible ones that will fit most budgets.

Avène extremely gentle cleanser lotion: definitely a great choice for those with dry sensitive skin. Will also take off your makeup well. It does contain some potential acne triggers, cetearyl alcohol and coco-glucoside. Not everyone who’s acne prone is also prone to this (in fact, a lot of people aren’t), but its worth mentioning before you make a mistake.

La Roche Posay hydrating gentle cleanser: contains beneficial ingredients; a ceramide, niacinamide and panthenol. Wont strip your skin of moisture and contains glycerin as the second ingredient, which will rather attract water to your skin.

Garnier micellar water: Has been approved by many people with acne prone skin. It’s a very gentle cleanser that will also remove your makeup and wont dry you out at all.

CeraVe hydrating cleanser: An absolute cult favourite. Known for the beneficial ingredient list and the right Ph to be used on the skin. Might break you out if youre acne prone and sensitive.
ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

Netrogena ultra gentle hydrating cleanser: Great for dry skin as well because it only contains a very weak surfectant. Will remove your makeup well. Might break you out: cetearyl alcohol.
ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ethlhexylglycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

Sylveco Chamomile sensitive facial wash gel: The one im currently using and the only one that doesnt break my ultra acne prone ass out. Contains salicylic acid, which mildly exfoliates and removes whiteheads and sebum plugs while cleansing. Very minimal ingredient list and also probably the cheapest one on here ($5, 18zł)
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Salicylic acid, Panthenol, Sodium bicarbonate, Sodium benzoate, Chamomila Recutita Oil

anonymous asked:

I know you were asked this before but can you PLEASE tell me all the oil cleansers you know of, listed from least to most pricey and what each's benefits are? thank you in advance c:

… All of them?

I mean, all oil cleansers should (in theory) all do the same thing: clean the skin and emulsify when rinsed with water.

I can do list some of them and I can do the price ranges:

Low-End (below $25):

  • Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil
  • Kose Softymo Deep or Speedy Cleansing Oil
  • SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil
  • The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
  • Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil
  • Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Mild
  • Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil
  • Heimish All Clean Balm
  • Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet
  • L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
  • Elizavecca Natural 90% Olive Cleansing Oil
  • Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil
  • Pixi by Petra + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse 
  • The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter


  • Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil
  • Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil or Balm
  • Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
  • Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil
  • DHC Cleansing Oil

High End (Above $40):

  • Shu Uemura ULTIME8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
  • Eve Lom Cleansing Balm
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
  • Dermalogica PreCleanse
  • Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil
  • Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
  • Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes
Products for Oily, Acne Prone Skin Master Post

Alright as requested here is the next product recommendations masterpost!

Cleanser: Pacifica Kale Detox cleanser, Neutrogena oil-free acne wash, and Origins zero oil deep pore cleanser.

Toner: Murad clarifying toner, Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner, Missha time revolution clear toner, and Nip and Fab’s bee sting fix toner.

Exfoliate: Nip and Fab extreme glycolic fix pads, The Ordinary salicylic acid 2%, and foods like pineapple, papaya, and pumpkin. 

Moisturizer: Pacifica kale luxe lotion, Aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer, and juice beauty oil free moisturizer. 

Serum: The Ordinary’s AHA peeling serum, Mario Badesu’s vitamin C serum, and Perricone MD intensive pore treatment. 

Spot treatment: The body shop tea tree oil blemish gel, Mario Badescu drying lotion, and honey with cinnamon.

Sunscreen: Kiehls super fluid UV sunscreen, Neutrogena clear face sunscreen, and the Sun Bum facial sunscreen.

Masks: Aztec Indian healing clay with apple cider vinegar, Queen Helene mint julep mask, and Murad’s clarifying mask. 

Those are my recommendations! I’ve tried to really be conscience in picking products in all different price ranges so there are some higher end ones, but also some very affordable ones!


Updated skincare routine (june 2017)

my old SC routine

I’ve been very hesitant about posting my skincare routine on here because I keep changing it up and adding new products contstantly, but here is my current one. I figured out this may help some people out. This may possibly not work for you the same as it’s working for me. If your acne is fungal you shouldnt be using oils. My routine comes from years of experience and research. Before you add actives into your routine, READ about them first and start off with once a week.
I have dehydrated, extremely sensitive, acne prone oily skin, with dryness around my mouth.
I use the oils as moisturizers because i havent found one that doesnt make my senstive skin break out or feel irritated yet, and these have worked very well for me.

- wash face with water

- wash face with raw honey (massage it in and then wash it off, its makes my face much less red and calms down my breakouts)

- wipe face with cotton pad soaked in tea (chamomile, green tea or ginseng)

- Hada labo super HA lotion 2 layers of 3 pumps on a damp face

- The ordinary 23% vitamin C suspension or a Ava laboratories sodium ascorbyl phosphate serum

* when i have time: pat in a few drops of glycerin + water (or tea) onto my face and a gel moisturiser like aloe vera gel.
- moisturise with hempseed oil + rosehip oil or just prickly pear oil. I pictured all my oils because I choose them based on how my skin is feeling I dont do the same thing every day: my post on plant oils

- 10% azelaic acid if im breaking out badly

- sunscreen. When im dry ill do Ultrasun Baby (strong white cast) mixed with 2 drops of sea buckthorn oil (that way i dont get a white cast but rather a light bb cream) but currently i like my lancaster sunscreen more because its very hot and that one is easy to reapply and doesnt melt off my face and Im sure I get the right spf. I wouldnt reccomend this one though, I just got it on sale and for some reason it doesnt break me out. my posts on sunscreen

- apply a lip balm and vaseline

- cleanse with sylveco sensitive skin chamomile cleanser

- oil cleanse with safflower oil

- pat some tea into my face (same as AM)

- Hada labo lotion

- Gel moisturiser on damp face

- hempseed + rosehip oil or just hempseed oil

- prickly pear oil

- rosehip + argan oil under my eyes and on my lips

- wait for like 30 minutes then I add 5% benzoyl peroxide on my T-zone - 0.3% retinol on my neck 

 Masks/ treatments: Honestly I go in with one when I can feel that I need it but roughly its a bit like this:

- Green kaolin clay 2/3 times a week 

- Le'maadr 12% GA once every 5 days 

- 10% mandelic acid every 3 days 

skin talk

okay, so i thought i would share this with you guys because i know majority of people have acne and flippin hate it !!! (obviously) and i used to suffer from pretty severe acne all over! i just wanted to give u guys some tips and tricks on how i cleared up my acne completely. 

-first of all, i started taking birth control. not for preventing to become pregnant, for my skin. my dermatologist suggested it. i’ve been taking it for a little over a year now and i am sure it is one of the major factors that my skin is clear. i noticed that when i went on a 2 week trip and forgot my birth control, that i broke out a bit. 

-i started what’s called the ‘caveman regimen’ in february of this year. i did a lot of research as to how to up acne and i found this routine. it consists of basically just doing nothing to your face other than washing with water. and that’s all i’ve done since february. i take a konjac sponge and run it under hot water and lightly exfoliate (it’s barely even exfoliation, it’s that gentle) for about a minute and splash cold water on my face (day & night). 

-referring to above, STOP USING SO MANY PRODUCTS ON YOUR FACE!! as an early teen, i thought using multiple drug store acne products (cough clean and clear cough) would clear up my skin- NO!!! it was irritating my skin like crazy! making my acne inflame basically. if u don’t want to try the caveman regimen, invest in a VERY natural face wash, like one from Lush. also, do not wash your face more than twice a day (irritation galore).

-i don’t wear makeup except mascara, but if u have a full face coverage routine, u MUST make sure it is ALLLLL off of your face before u go to sleep. invest in a really good/natural makeup remover (cough-coconut oil) and a good cleanser.

-SPF and moisturizing are KEY!!! i have a spf 40 moisturizer that i use in the morning and a lush moisturizer that i use at night. if u have oily skin, moisturize. if u have acne, moisturize. if u have dry skin, MOISTURIZE. trust me, i used to think that since i had acne and oily skin on my forehead that i wasn’t supposed to moisturize. but ever since i have… guess what……. my skin is clear n glowing!!!!! (i suggest lush moisturizers, they are amazing and healthy for u)

-treat your skin to a homemade mask once every one-two weeks. try a avocado and honey mask, or maybe an aloe vera n garlic mask!!! just google ‘homemade masks’ and tons will come up!!! (just make sure u aren’t allergic to the ingredients, obv)

-yes, your diet does affect your skin. dairy & sugar are two things that personally make me break out if i eat a lot of them. which sucks because my two favourite things in the world are cheese and ice cream… anyway, don’t completely cut them out, just limit them.

-CHANGE. YOUR. PILLOWCASES. i have four pillows and i use all eight sides of each pillow before i wash them all again :-) keep your face clean!!!!!

-wash your makeup brushes/cloths/anything you put on your face. including your hands. i have a soap that i use before bed called carbolic soap (doctors use it before surgery) because i have a habit of touching my face while i sleep. 

-yes, water is your friend, but it will not clear up acne on it’s own. i’m sorry.

OKAY so those were some of my experiences and tips on acne!!! i hope i helped u guys in some way!!!! pls message me if u have any questions

anonymous asked:

What is oil cleansing?? And what kinds of oils would you recommend to acne prone/oily teenager skin

Oil cleansing is exactly what it sounds like. You use oil to clean your face. You massage oil onto a dry face and then wash it off.

I wouldn’t recommend using a straight oil to oil cleanse. Rather, buy an oil cleanser that will emulsify when mixed with water.



How to Effectively Double Cleanse Your Skin
Editorial Post.Cleansing the skin (or washing) is something we’ve been told to do since day one, but how many of us are double cleansing? Double cleansing is one of the most important things you can do for your skin if you’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day. You should cleanse once to remove makeup and then cleanse again to remove dirts, oils and dead skin-cells that have built up on your skin throughout the day.

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Can’t sneak salt water spritzers, essential oils, or other energy cleansers?  Wear this and no one will suspect a thing.

What you will need:
 - Apron (any style)
 - Water-proof fabric
 - Oak leaf patterned or shaped fabric
 - Salt and any cleansing oils you want

Use the water proof fabric to make a very small, very flat pocket.  Fill it with salt and add a few drops of oil.  Seal it up.  Place it on the apron, cover it with the oak fabric, and stitch the oak to the apron.  You now have a secret cleansing power apron, with you as a conduit.  

anonymous asked:

is it fine to use straight oil on the face as a makeup remover if you wash it off straight after?

You can, but I don’t recommend it. I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that I prefer an emulsifying oil for oil cleansing. :)

UNDER HYPED: Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

Organic and natural skincare is often overlooked and believed to be not as effective as normal, commercial skincare. Boscia is one of my favourite skincare brands and their Makeup Breakup Cleansing oil doesn’t get enough hype. This is an amazing cleansing oil; it isn’t too oily or greasy, it doesn’t cause breakouts, it removes all traces of makeup and it lathers into a lovely milky texture after having water massaged over it. The disappointing side? This cleansing oil isn’t great for removing eye makeup/being used with an eye makeup remover, it often makes my vision quite blurry, other than that it is a fantastic cleansing oil as quite possibly the best I’ve tried.


Sensitive Skin Hemp and Rose Wash

Made for extremely sensitive skin (face and body), is the rhassoul clay and hemp seed oil face cleanser! Made with 100% natural ingredients, such as rhassoul clay, unrefined hemp seed oil, rose petals, castor sugar, and essential oils, this cleanser will remove dead skin, dry skin,and clear ache causing debris. Oils will hydrate the skin and nourish it with things such as vitamins A and E. Hemp oil also contains trace amounts of important minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus, and antioxidants, which are elements that prevent or slow cell damage. Rose will balance the face’s pH level and tone it.

To use, put a bit of the cleanser in your hand and move it under water, then scrub it gently onto your face or body, moving your fingers over the area in small circles. For best results, do this for a long as you can. Rinse.
You will have no more oil or grime on your face. Scrub well to get it all off. You may need a towel/rag.

About Extras:

Extra Rose: This will provide a sweeter scent to the cleanser, and balance your pH and tone.

Extra Hemp Oil: This will provide extra healing to the skin it is applied to, creating smoother, softer surfaces.

Extra Sugar: More dead skin and grime can be pulled away from the skin and the oils and nutrients will penetrate deeper into your newly exposed healthy tissue.

Sold in 2oz Pots.

The Korean Skincare Routine

So one of the first things I noticed about a lot of idols, and most Koreans in general—they have amazing skin! Korean culture puts a lot into appearance, skincare especially, so it’s no wonder that they have a product or multiple products for any kind of skin problem imaginable. Before I dabbled much into the different kind of skin products that were out there, I was taught there were three major steps to skincare: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Occasionally for breakouts you use a spot treatment. That was basically it.

But then I thought, these k-idols have to be doing SOMETHING to make their skin that pretty ( besides plastic surgery…let’s not go there. ouo; ). I mean it’s probably some expensive treatment I can’t afford but hey, not everyone in Korea is rich right? What do they do?

Turns out, Koreans are way ahead of us when it comes to skincare—about 10-15 years! They have a huge assortment of products that they use daily, with skincare routines that have anywhere from 10-12 steps and more. Yeah. That’s a lot.

So here’s a breakdown of a typical Korean skincare routine.

Morning Routine

Step One: Cleanser

                So everyone and their sassy grandma probably uses some type of cleanser. What type of cleanser you use will depend on your skin type and sensitivity. Right now I love foaming cleansers—it controls oil while being gentle on my face. Etude House’s Wonderpore Whipping Foam is amazing! I would avoid most gel cleansers, all of the ones I’ve tried have been way too harsh even for my oily skin. It would leave all kinds of dry patches, ew.

Step Two: Toner

                So this is one product I can tell a HUGE difference between the Korean products and American. Korean toners are much more gentle. They balance your skin’s pH while keeping it hydrated. American toners are much stronger, and a lot of them are alcohol based which is very drying to your skin. They do clear breakouts faster, but it leaves the rest of your skin too dry. Besides, clearing breakouts really isn’t the main purpose of a toner.

                This is the one product I would recommend splurging on. A good toner will go a long way! Just make sure it’s alcohol free.

Step Three: Essence

                Da heck is an essence?! Yeah, that’s what I thought too. This is a product that many don’t know about but is an amazing addition to any skincare routine. The best way for me to describe it is it’s kind of like a serum but the consistency is a bit thinner. Unlike serums which are widely known to be wrinkle treatments, essence products are used to treat a wide variety of skin problems. Dryness, oiliness, enlarged pores, blackheads, you name it! I recently got a sample of The Face Shop’s Core Seed Purifying Essence…I’m in love! I’ll definitely buy a full size bottle. It’s worked wonders in controlling oil.

Step Four: Emulsion

                …Da heck is an emulsion?! I feel you. Basically it’s a lightweight moisturizer. Personally, it would be an optional thing that I would probably wait and use during winter months. But if you have really dry skin or live in a dry area I wouldn’t skip this step…it’s that extra layer of moisture you might need!

Step Five: Moisturizer

                Even if you decide not to use an emulsion, moisturizers are still really important. Again this depends on climate, skin type, sensitivity etc. I always use an oil free gel based moisturizer because it doesn’t clog my pores. In the winter months I use a heavier moisturizer at night so my skin doesn’t get too dry, but I guess that’s where the emulsion comes in!

Steps 6-∞ : Primers, BB Cream, Applying makeup

                After your moisturizer you continue with putting on your makeup. Primers, BB Cream or CC Cream, etc etc. Again this depends on what you like to plaster all over your face. c:

Night Routine

Step One: Two Step Cleansing

                Yes…that reads two step cleansing. Koreans are all about making your skin ultra clean before applying any product. Step one is an oil based cleanser used to remove makeup. Some people use wipes, I personally use them, but I heard that the cleansers are better and less harsh. I have one coming in the mail, so we’ll see~ The second step in cleansing is the one you used in the morning. Some use a different cleanser at night but again, personal preference.

Step Two-Five+: Toner, Essence, Emulsion/Serums, and Moisturizers

                Again, same as the morning, but you can use different products if you like depending on your skin needs. I would use a heavier moisturizer and maybe a different serum for the night time if you can spend the extra money. But if not, the morning one is just fine. ^^

                Really the serums is where people get crazy. They buy all kinds of different serums for different things and apply them all at night so their skin heals while they sleep.

Step Five+ to ∞ : All The Extras

                It’s really hard to put the night time steps in a particular order because skincare routines are always personalized. But this is when you would apply anything extra that you needed—acne spot treatments, eye cream, etc. As a rule of thumb, thinner products absorb easier, so always apply your products thin to thick in consistency during this step and during your serum step if you have more than one.

Weekly/Monthly Treatments:

                You thought we were done right? Nope! Koreans also have a regimen they do weekly and monthly.

  1. Facial Scrub/Peel: Usually this is a once a week product that gets rid of all your dead skin cells. Scrubs never worked for me, they’re too harsh, but I’m really anxious to try a peel!
  2. Face Masks: These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sheet masks, deep cleansing masks, and sleeping masks. These are used 1-2 times a week as well depending on your skin needs. I would recommend deep cleansing maybe once every other week or once a month because it dries out your skin. So make sure you use a heavier moisturizer after!

Extra Tips:

  1. Another product I’ve seen a lot in Korean brands is a freshening mist. These are usually used throughout the day to freshen the skin. I’m fairly sure I’ve seen ones that help control oil too. This is a step I haven’t tried yet but wouldn’t mind, especially during summer months.
  2.  Products with SPF are HUGE right now. Make sure at least some of your products, especially your BB cream has SPF in it. It’s extra protection for your skin~
  3. If you have redness or dark spots on your skin, try using products that have whitening. These can be bought in a serum or spot treatment.
  4. Look at the ingredients. The more natural the better!

For me this was overwhelming to think about at first. It’s so time consuming and there’s so many products. But I’m introducing myself to it slowly and I can already tell a difference in my skin! It definitely feels softer and I’m less oily throughout the day. So far so good! I hope this helps. ^_^

10 Steps?! Where do I start?! 😖

I thought this was such a good question that it deserved its own post! You don’t simply wake up one day with a 10 step routine. You also shouldn’t buy all 10 steps at once (despite the temptation)! A full 10 step routine can be daunting for someone just dipping their toes into the KBeauty scene. So this poses the question:

Where do I start?

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