When the opportunity came, I gently pulled her to the side and asked the important questions. She received the compliments I gave her in a generous and humble way. She then proceeded to tell me that she once had troubled skin and saw improvements after using an egg based soap. Once I got home, I got to researching for this soap made with real egg whites. While on the hunt, I discovered the level of seriousness that Koreans place on their skin care regimens. I learned that a traditional daily regimen could involve as many as a dozen steps! After seeing this video of Michelle Phan layering product after product onto her skin, I became bewildered and slowly backed away from a multi-step routine. There was no way that I was going to invest that amount of effort day after day. It just seemed excessive.
In the back of my mind, I couldn't deny the amazingness of Michelle's skin. It was flawless perfection. That was a few years ago. I wasn't ready to take my skin care routine to that level.
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Finally, I gave in and tested process for myself. After double cleansing with the Clarisonic Pro, began my journey into multistep skin care. First I added a little coconut cider vinegar to a cotton pad and applied as a toner. The acidic nature of the vinegar calms my skin and keeps dermatitis flare ups at bay. Next I layered serum after serum starting with Snail Bee Essence, then Truth Serum Vitamin C booster. Finally, once that dried, I layered the Glycolic and Hyaluronic acid serum hybrid purchased from MakeUpArtist Choice. Actually, I'm not sure what order I used the serums but either way, it's the first time I've ever done such a thing. By the time I finished the process by adding eye cream and vitamin C moisturizer, my skin glowed. I stood in front of the mirror in awe of what I was seeing. Who's skin was this?
Now that I've tasted the wonders of a multi-layering, multi-step facial routine, how can I ever go back to the old way of doing things? In fact, my first thoughts were of how I needed to add a facial essence and a hydrating serum for night time. I've been eyeing SK II facial essence for a very long time. I may finally take the plunge. But first, I think I'll try the cost friendly skin essence available from Missha which is less than half the price of SK II and has higher reviews. It makes me giddy thinking about it. And to think that I was patting myself on the back for how little effort I was putting into my facial routine while still getting by. After years of dealing with horrendous acne, I was happy to not have to fuss with a rigid regimen. But I was sacrificing the opportunity to have the skin of my dreams because I decided to get a little lazy.
For those of you who want to dabble in the labor intensive, skin transforming Korean skin care regimen, here's a quick breakdown.
STEP 1: Pre-cleanse | Typically means the removal of makeup using a makeup wipe, cleansing water or cleansing oil.
STEP 2: Cleanse | Use a gentle cleanser to throughly remove dirt and oil.
STEP 3: Exfoliate | Removing dead skin cells helps absorption of serums and creams.
STEP 4: Tone | Bring the skin back to it's proper pH balance.
STEP 5: Essence | Promotes healthy cells by promoting cell turnover and removal of toxin. Makes skin brighter and healthier.
STEP 6: Serum | Applying a concentrated serum to address skin needs. This may require using several different serums if you have multiple concerns.
STEP 7: Mask | Not necessary for every day but adding a sheet mask to the routine can help target specific areas such as moisture balance, brightening, collagen boosting etc.
STEP 8: Eye Cream | To promote youth in the eye areas.
STEP 9: Moisturizer | Hydrate the skin all over
STEP 10: Night Cream for intense repair.
Honorable Mention: Massage | To promote blood flow to the skin. You can do a separate massage routine or incorporate massage as you layer on each product.
Ten steps sure seems like a lot to contend with but the pay off is high.