So some of my lady friends ask me how I do my skin care and repair routine and I show them the actual products and I show you here in my blog via my previous two entries (here and here) what I use and how I use them. But just in case you still want more clarifications, here are my rules of thumb in undergoing my ritual:
Be gentle on your face. No harsh pulling or scrubbing. I do exfoliate just to gently take off dead skin cells about twice a week, but that’s all. All that tugging and pulling is harmful for skin that isn’t as elastic as it used to be.
Which leads to patting. When you dry your skin with a towel, don’t scrub, just pat the towel onto your face. Even when applying the creams, do a circular massage or gently rub upwards. Remember, gravity isn’t as forgivng as the days of youth.
Your ampoules, emulsions, moisturizers are applied from the thinnest consistency to the thickest. And wait till the previous formulation is absorbed and dry before applying the next one. Massage and pat. Your skin may not be as absorbent at first but as you go on, day by day, you will notice that it doesn’t take that long for your skin to absorb the creams anymore. Patience is a virtue.
Research on the product, read the ingredients. If and when you can, do a test on the products on the underside of your jawline or on the inside of your arm to make sure you won’t react harshly to the products. I am fortunate to not have a big history of allergies on anything growing up, but if you do, do a test first. Red spots are not flattering on any type of skin.
And finally, I know that it looks like it takes so much of your time to go through this routine but consider this ritual time, your own “me” time. I’ve gotten to the point where I sometimes plan on some things for myself, while i go through my skin care. Or think of it as your gift to yourself. Your regiment doesn’t have to be this long, but just take a few minutes from your busy day to clean, tone and moisturize. Once you get to feel a more supple facial skin or you see your skin color even out or the pimples or white and blackheads seem to lessen or vanish, you know you’re doing yourself a big favor.
Face the facts. Your skin will never be the same as that of a younger woman in her 20s or 30s. That’s life. But if you can be able to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and your skin appears to have a glow, even just for a bit, take it and own that! You are a woman who has experienced life and there is so much more ahead of you. You thank your divine God for every day He gives you the gift of a morning and you live that day. You still have so much more to offer the world. Take pride in that fact!
Previously I’ve touched on the topic of how I adore those glowing, luminous and dewy Korean women’s complexions. I’ve mentioned that I’ve discovered a lot of websites that talked about this and they’ve been raving about this 10-step Korean ritual for some years now. i don’t have a lot of choices here in Maryland so that one store I know that sells these products sure got a rainfall from me.
The cosmetics store at HMart carries a few Korean name brands. My reasearch has told me a lot about these brands but, alas, my budget can only get me far. So I settled for a less expensive brand but also was getting good reviews. Most of my products were from Missha Super Aqua and they do work! So let me get down to my own Korean skin care and hope you do get some tips from my list.
Step 1. Cleansing Oil.
I’ve never realized what I was missing in my clelansing routine until I used a cleansing oil! Cleansing oils work for any type of skin – even oily skins. When massaged onto the face, it blends with the oils already on your skin. The oils in your skin could be naturally produced by your body and from your makeup and other products. So the cleansing oil binds with the impurities on your skin, pulling out the dirt and gets rinsed away when you wash your face. Because oil-free cleansers strip the skin of natural oils ans leaves it unbalanced, the skin produces more oil to rebalance it. The excess causes more oils and this leads to problematic skins. Oil cleansers keep the skin’s natural ph balance thus preventing too much oil to be produced.
My cleansing oil, and I’m on my second bottle now, is Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil.
Step 2. Cleansing Foam.
Washing your face with a cleansing foam is the second part of the double cleansing routine. This is important because foaming cleansers remove water-based debris.
Doing the double cleansing actually leaves your skin smooth and hydrated. I noticed that by the time I get to toning my skin, my face is so clean, without any dirt or trace of makeup on the cotton ball I use.
And like my oil cleanser, this is now my second tube of Missha’s Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam.
Step 3. Toner.
I always thought that toners were not important, considering that you’ve cleaned your face with soap already. But reading about it more and with more than a year now of using it, it actually moistens and preps your skin to easily absorb the other formulation coming next. Also, it refreshes your skin’s pH balance.
Step 4. Essence.
Essence hydrates the skin to better absorb the next formulations. But other than that, it also enhances the skin’s cellular renewal process giving your skin elasticity and firmness as well as brightens it. This is also a very important step in the routine.
Step 5. Ampoules, Serums, Emulsions
This is the part of my routine where I apply the formulations that I need for my skin. Anti-wrinkle? Acne? Oily or Dry? Pigmented? The only thing that you have to remember is that you apply them from the thinnest to the fullest consistency.
The gel serum I use, Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Gel Serum, is a clear agent which I use on my face and neck. It has age-defying ingredients that work as antioxidants, peptides and skin brighteners. They have a light texture that quickly penetrates the skin.
This product is one of the 3 latest formulations I have bought that I now include in my arsenal. All three are made by Mizon and they’re from the Multi Function Formula Snail Repair. Yes… snail. Snail extract, most specially in this repair cream, which composes 92% concentration of it, promotes skin repair and resolves skin problems. There are so many wonders it does, that you might as well read it here. But to give you a hint of what it can do:
The slime or mucus secreted by these little mollusks that helps protect their exposed bottoms against cuts, bacteria, and UV rays contains a potent combination of elastin, proteins, anti-microbials, copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid — all known beauty enhancers. Snail mucin is said to do everything from fading dark spots and scars to plumping creases and battling acne. The venom found in ocean-cone snails (as opposed to the garden variety) paralyzes its prey and is thought to relax muscle fibers that play a role in creating wrinkles.
This is the 2nd product of the snail repair trio. Ampoules target dark spots or sagging skin. They’re very concentrated and very powerful that just a few drops does the job. The Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule contains 80% of the snail filtrate that helps reduce the appearance of acnes scarring, fine lines and troubled skin.
Emulsions, applied after serums, seals in all the previous serums, ampoules, etc. They have a consistency that is lighter than moisturizers.
Step 6. Moisturizer.
I have 2 pair sets of moisturizers I use either for morning or evening. In the morning, I apply Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkler Repair for daytime and Super Aqua Ultra Waterfull Clear Cream. At nights, I put on Neutrogena Rapind Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer for Night and most specially during winter, Super Aqua Ultra Nutritious Cream.
Step 7. Eye Cream.
This is the last thing I put on. This is the 3rd snail repair I use – the Snail Repair Eye Cream by Mizon. The cream hydrates and eliminates the look of fine lines on the skin around the eyes. It also lightens the dark color of the skin under the eyes.
So I hope this gives you an idea on how you want to come up with your own skin care regimen. Just remember, do your research, and read as much reviews as you can. Some stores might actually give you samples prior to you buying the full bottle. This actually helps you test on the products first and make sure you won’t have any bad reactions to them. This is actually a good idea when you think that altho they might not cost much individually, but buying in total, it is still significant. But when “the shoe fits”, the results can be very rewarding. Trust me, you will love it. We can’t stop ageing from happening, but we can delay it much, much longer.
I remember the days when I was in my tween age and we lived with my maternal grandparents for a year while we were waiting for our own house in Rizal to be finished. It was a two-level apartment in Pasay City and all 5 of us were living together with my gramps, my grandmother’s sister, my 2 aunts and 2 uncles. It was a two-bedroom apartment but we managed to all fit in and honestly, I never considered it cramped.
I mentioned about my aunts and my grandmother being skillful makeup artists, right? Together with that, they also maintained their beautiful skins – my grandaunt included. I witnessed them slathering cleansing liquids, facial creams, mud packs almost every night and then in the morning they’d clean their faces, apply a different kind of moisturizer and put on their makeup and be on their way.
My younger sister, who was 9 at that time, and I found this ritual fascinating that sometimes we mimicked what they did. We knew we were not allowed to go thru their arsenal of Ponds, Beautifont and Avon products because that meant the end of the world for me and my sister in our mom’s hands, so we came up with our own. We, instead, got our baby powder, put in some water and we put that paste on our faces and we had that on till the paste dried out then we clean our faces. We felt like divas.
My grandma and her sister were probably close to my age now at that time when we lived with them and I still remember their beautiful, smooth, light-colored skins. I remember my aunts talking that my grandma and her sisters had been doing these rituals even when they were younger.
I know I should have taken heed of that fact at a much younger age. But who had the time? But at 45 years old and a vertical dented line appeared in between my eyebrows I panicked! I had to do something to eradicate that awful wrinkle before it multiplied.
I first tried over the counter cremes but they gave me pimples and it felt so greasy. I did more research, tried out some more, but I still forgot the continue with the regimen or they didn’t work. The vertical wrinkle was still there.
About 2 years ago, I came across an internet post explaining about Korean women’s 10-step beauty ritual. And you’ve seen this pretty Korean women, with radiant almost transluscent skin, right? You would think that only the younger girls look like this but so do the mature women. Most were the same age or 2 or 3 years younger but their faces glow! That and a lot of beauty sites convinced me that the Koreans are doing something good. And a week later I was at the asian HMart talking to a beautiful Korean girl at the cosmetics counter.
In the coming days I’ll be telling you about my version of the 10-step Korean beauty regimen and explain why you have start your own skin care routine.