Skincare Routine May 2014

Monday, 26 May 2014

Hello everybody! I had a request on Instagram (follow me @kim_kine) for my skincare routine and I was very happy to oblige. My skin has been on a roller coaster ride since Primary school when I started getting acne, way before my classmates. My skin was extremely bad all the way up until 2 years ago- I'm talking constant blackheads which would evolve into massive, deep blemishes and then scars as I popped them all. I tried everything- I've been on the pill for almost 10 years, Proactiv, oil cleansing, every affordable skincare brand (available in Australia) known to man until I stopped trying to dry out my skin and started using Korean skincare products. In a way blogging saved my skin because I was introduced to products that I probably would not have known about or tried because of my location and student status. I also eat very healthy- staying off dairy and eating heaps of fruits and veges and very little meat has helped a lot. 

Some background info first- my skin is tanned, dry, and prone to flaking. But no longer acne prone. My forehead is a problem area as it's quite uneven from scarring. Here are some photos taken sans makeup (except for eyebrows!) some months ago from my Nature Republic Aqua Max review. My skin has pretty much remained the same since then.

I test out a lot of products, both bought and sponsored. If I find a product doesn't work for me, I discard it from my routine.

Morning Routine

I used to wash with a cleanser in the morning until I decided it was drying out my skin too much so I started using super gentle products that do not strip the oils from my skin. I alternate between:

1. Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener- not stripping at all and leaves my skin super soft.
2. Etude House I'm Blooming Brightening Gel- removes more oil than the Innisfree, but still not stripping. The beads are super gentle and make my skin smoother.

Then I moisturise with:
3. Nature Republic Aqua Max for Dry Skin- this one is a lot more moisturising than the green combo skin one and a lot more suitable for winter. I apply this really generously and my face is perfectly hydrated and dewy. I plan to review this soon as I really like it!

Base Makeup
The makeup you put on your skin is just as important as your skincare. I try to keep the coverage light and dewy to allow my skin to breathe. I dot both of these products on my face and blend them together with my fingers.

1. Nature Republic Super Origin CC cream- this is far too light for my skin tone and has a very dewy finish with light coverage. It helps to lighten up my favorite BB cream as my skin is getting slightly paler.
2. Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream- my favorite BB cream! It has a thicker texture, light- medium coverage and a dewy finish. 

I usually leave it at that!
If I need more coverage I use my Eles Photo Touch concealer. I usually don't powder my face, but if I decide I want a more matte finish I use my BRTC Jasmine Moist Pact.

Night Routine
The most important products in my night routine are cleansers and oil treatments. I use at least 2-3 products to cleanse and I now see I've forgotten an integral product here- my Verikos Oil Cleansing balm! I use this first to dissolve and melt my makeup off without stripping my skin.

1. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming cleanser- I swear by this stuff and have used it for years. The best makeup removing cleanser I have ever tried- it removes all my daily eye makeup in one go. It is stripping, but not nearly as bad as other cleansers. I can really rely on this for a thorough cleanse and use it after my Verikos balm.
2. Burt's Bees Radiance Cleanser- I was testing this out for a review at the time and have since stopped using it because I didn't like it at all. Review coming soon, disregard this one.
3. Doctorcos Amino Acid Sheet-free Mask- provides light moisture and helps to keep my skin clear. Probably would not buy again though as it's not an integral part of my routine.
4. Synthesis Replenish Elixir- a beautiful oil that my dry skin really needs. I swear by oil treatments at night as they're the only thing that can really hydrate my parched skin!
5. Verikos Aloe Calming Oil- another oil I absolutely love! It's a lot thicker than the Synthesis one and I prefer it. I can't find this online anywhere though so I'm quite upset that I can't purchase another one.

I go to bed with my face looking super shiny, but it's worth it as the hydration keeps the pimples and flakes at bay.

Weekly Treatment
I try to use these products in succession every week if I have a morning free.

1. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming cleanser- to cleanse my skin deeply to allow the other products to penetrate my skin.
2. BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser- this is more like an oxygen mask and I leave this on for about 10 minutes. When I wash it off my skin looks so smooth and a lot more even in skin tone. I love this one.
3. Caolion Pore Pack- this doesn't do much for my pores, but then again I don't have large pores. What it does do is calm and soothe my skin and senses with it's cooling sensation. This is not a stripping mask, in fact it's very moisturising! I leave this on for 20-30 minutes. I'm actually wearing it now as I type this!

And there you have it! It's not too complicated really, seeing as many Korean girls use around 8 products in a session. I would recommend all these products except the Burt's Bees cleanser.

I hope this wasn't too tiring to read! Have a wonderful start to the week!

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