I kind of went from zero to sixty with my skin care, not gonna lie. I didn’t have some crazy skin crisis – no, I just stumbled across an approach to skin care that holds my interest enough for me to make it a habit.
See, I have oily, acne-prone skin that tends to feel a little rough. Before I discovered Korean skin care, I was just using whatever exfoliating face wash was on sale at Walgreen’s, and I had no need to moisturize because OMG my face was so oily. I felt like any moisturizer would just float over the oil on my face. People are always like, “Oh, but your skin is probably DRY, and that’s why it’s OILY!” No, guys, my skin’s just oily. I don’t know why there’s so much crap out there for dry skin, but precious little is ever said about us oily girls. Nearly every skin care commercial I come across is all, “Is your skin super dry? Try this intense moisturizing cream that will stop your face from blowing away like flecks of burned paper!”
WTF guys, I can’t use that stuff. My face would be one enormous zit. Part of the reason I don’t wear makeup is because after an hour or two of having foundation and powder on my face, it all gums together into this shiny nastiness that makes me look like I have frosting on my face. That being the case, I’m perfectly content to leave my skin alone.
And that, Fledglings, is why I fell rull hard for the Korean philosophy of skin care. Where American women focus on makeup and skin care is kind of a close second, in Korea, *skin care* is in the spotlight, and makeup is just for fun. Turns out, this is because you don’t NEED a full face of makeup if your skin is healthy and glowing already because you’ve been investing time in taking care of it. Consider me intrigued.
I was going to run down my skin care routine in one article, but it turns out that, no, that’s going to take way too long. So now we’re doing a skin care series! I dunno about you, but I’m excited. If you don’t have much of a routine, there’s no time like the present to start pampering yourself and looking even better than you already do. Don’t be scurred; I’m gonna break it down into manageable pieces for you.
The main things you need to know about starting any skin care routine is to do your research, be consistent, and don’t forget the sunscreen. If you go into it with those three things in mind, you’ll be just fine.
- Do Your Research. Whether your first stop is the internet, your facialist, or your local Sephora counter, look into what you’re buying before you check out. I highly recommend learning about different products, both by reading articles and on YouTube. SokoGlam’s Klog has great advice and product reviews as well. It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into and how to use the different products properly. You don’t want to waste money on things that aren’t formulated for your skin or that contain ingredients you know you’re allergic to, so make sure you have a routine in mind that works for your skin needs and budget, and THEN go shopping. Remember, you can always buy a few things now and slowly add to your routine; you don’t have to buy ten things all at once.
- Be Consistent. Don’t fool yourself into thinking your skin is going to look flawless the next morning after starting this. If improving your skin is a goal, it will need to be a long-term one, and you will have to commit to doing your full routine, morning and night, no matter how tired you are. But after that first month of doing my skin routine twice a day, I noticed a BIG difference in how my skin looked and felt, which encouraged me to stick with it. So find a routine you can do every single day, no matter what, and watch your skin slowly improve as the months go by.
- Don’t Forget the Sunscreen. This is so crucial, guys. When my dad got diagnosed with skin cancer a few years ago, I went straight to the dermatologist for a skin checkup. I asked her if I was at risk for the type of skin cancer my dad had, and she said, “I would expect someone with that type of cancer to have a lot more sun damage than you have, so as long as you’re diligent about wearing sunscreen and protecting yourself from sun exposure, I think you’re low-risk.” Good enough for me! I wear sunscreen almost daily (hey, I’m not perfect, especially on weekends). Even if skin cancer isn’t scary – it should be, but still – not wearing sunscreen opens your face up to brown spots, wrinkles, and redness that I’m guessing you don’t want to deal with. So put on the sunscreen. Do it.
So how’s my skin doing with the Korean routine? Amazing, actually. I’ve been really pleased with the Mizon product line, although I’m interested to try other ones. My acne still flares up, but it subsides very quickly compared to what it did before. I’m talking going from a week or more with the same breakout, to a few days before it’s handled. Great stuff. The skin under my eyes is also far less puffy, and my whole face feels softer. The pores on my nose are way less obvious as well, something I’ve struggled with since junior high, so I’m stoked about that.
Next weekend, we’ll talk about that legendary double-cleanse that’s been taking the skin care world – and my face – by storm! Stay tuned, Fledglings, this is going to be a fun series.
**NOTE: Nobody is paying me to shill their products, and all my images are either taken by me, or I found them on Google. Please don’t sue me, I’m poor.**