My Skincare Routine

Today I’m sharing my morning and night skincare routines with the products I use daily. A few months back I shared this post which was an introduction into the Korean Skincare beauty routine. In today’s post I’m going to highlight new products I recently added to my routine and the results I’m getting. As per the previous post ‘the korean method’ involves many products, namely toners followed by serums and moisturizers. I honestly can’t say enough about it which is why I wanted to once again share with you my routine and the benefits I see in my skin.

morning skincare routine

After washing my face I mist on a little Rose Water to immediately hydrate my skin and get it ready for maximum product absorption. You can mist this on whenever you want to refresh your skin, and it also smells so beautiful. The first toner I apply is ACWELL. This helps in reducing pigmentation, acne and dark spots. This one too smells wonderful. Next is ANUA, a refreshing toner that soothes, calms the skin, and hydrates. Next is Moistfull Collagen. Although you can’t technically get collagen topically, this toner is a water essence type that hydrates and helps keep your skin moisturized. Next toner is I’m From Rice, a rice extract from Korea, with niacinamide that is also hydrating and is totally amazing! And finally we have Strawberry Double Essence Toner, excellent for irritated skin, this toner is also very hydrating and soothing with milk protein and ceramide. All these toners provide you with amazing hydration which is what our skin requires all the more as we age. 

Keep in mind that while I’m applying these products one after the other my skin is damp/wet. I don’t let it dry in between applications and I don’t use anything besides my hands to apply each. I also make sure to apply everything down my neck and onto my decolletage.

After my toners I apply Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a hydrating facial moisturizer with a 100% pure hyaluronic acid serum formula that helps plump my skin. Next is COSRX Snail Mucin, the holy grail to glass skin! The Real Snail Essence: it is formulated with 96.3% Snail Secretion Filtrate, this essence repairs and rejuvenates the skin from dryness and aging. It improves skin vitality by reducing dullness and soothing dehydrated skin. And it leaves your skin sooo soft and with that healthy, luminous, youthful glow!

Now time for eye repair. I use Biossance Eye Cream for lifting, firming and brightning. I love how this cream makes my under eye area nice and firm and moisturizes without pilling when I apply makeup over it. Next is Vitamin C Moisturizer all over my face, an antioxidant-rich moisturizer that brightens and nurtures while fighting signs of aging. My face literally soaks this in, I love it! Then I finish off by applying CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen SPF30 for protection, with or without makeup.

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night skincare routine

My night skincare routine is identical to that of the morning routine with just a couple of different products. After cleansing and applying all of my toners, serum and snail mucin, I then apply a layer of Biossance Omega Repair Hydration. This is a fantastic moisturizer that contains ceramides and fatty acids to strengthen and repair the moisture barrier. I’ve been using this all year and absolutely love it, my skin loves it.

This is the time when I allow all of the products to absorb into my skin completely and let it dry to touch before applying a pea size amount of my Prescription Tretinoin Cream .025% all over my face and neck. I only do this three times week. Then I get ready to go to bed. Even though I started Tretinoin almost four months ago I still can’t go beyond three times a week because of all the peeling I experience. Some people can adjust rather quickly and can use it daily in no time, while still others can go even less than three times a week at three months into the treatment.

Tretinoin Cream is only available by prescription and comes in three strengths, .025%, .05% and .1% being the strongest. The .025% is the lowest available concentration of tretinoin, the active ingredient most prescribed by dermatologists to treat fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and signs of premature aging. Tretinoin is widely recognized in skincare as one of the most powerful and effective skin treatments available and is a retinoid that increases collagen production and speeds up the skin’s natural renewal process.

My goal is to adjust my skin to the point where it can tolerate the use of Tretinoin nightly and I also want to be able to apply it while my skin is still damp and not have to wait until it’s completlely dry. I definitely notice improvements in clarity and the diminishing of fine lines since starting this treatment in conjunction with the high dosage of hydration from the toners I use daily. I know it seems like a lot of products, and a very involved regimen day and night, but once you have the system down and are fairly organised, it’s all well worth it. And honestly, the price isn’t nearly a bad investment considering it may help slow down the signs of the aging process.

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