It has been years since I was first introduced to Korean skincare products by a close friend of mine and since then, the majority of my daily routine has included Korean products. In high school, my acne made me self-conscious and I wore BB cream every day to hide the pimples and the scars they left behind. Looking back now, I can tell that my poor cleansing habits led to even more clogged pores and pimples.
My skin is the type that will scar no matter what once I get a pimple, and the scars tend to last a very long time. It is sensitive, combination-oily, and has a lot of redness. So, my main focus when it comes to skincare is to target any active acne and reduce the appearance of my scars. Throughout the years, I have tried many products from both Korean and Western brands. Some of them have simply been a waste of money, while others I have loved enough to repurchase multiple times.
Now, as a college student, I’m trying to maintain a routine that is not only effective in keeping away acne and improving my skin condition, but is also affordable and easily accessible. After waking up, I use the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam to wash my face. While my face is still wet, I pour my Etude House Skin Mal:gam toner onto a cotton pad and gently wipe my face. Then, I’ll pat a few drops of the Pure Heals Propolis 90 Ampoule into my face, followed by some of The Face Shop Mango Seed Lotion. And as long as I have time and remember to do so, I apply a layer of the Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock and the rest of my makeup and head to class.
At night, however, I tend to apply several more layers of skincare. The first thing I do is remove my makeup using an oil cleanser. I use the Banila Co Clean it Zero (which is a cleansing balm) on my dry face and it gets rid of most of the makeup I apply in the morning. I use my foam cleanser to wash my face a second time and once a week, I exfoliate using the Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask. After that, I apply toner and the OST Vitamin C20 Serum to help lighten scars. After this step, I apply lotion and twice a week I use a sheet mask to help nourish and target my problem areas.
I always find skincare routines interesting because you can see what works and doesn’t work for people with similar skin concerns. This doesn’t mean that you need this many products in your routine, or that they will all work for you. The important thing is to research the best products for your skin type, whether it be dry, oily, normal, sensitive, acne prone, etc.