My Updated Skincare Routine

About two years ago,  I posted a post called "My Winter Skincare Routine." Well, it's safe to say that this routine has changed for me. Getting older, new schedule, and having different budget constraints have allowed me to experiment with different products and get to know my skin a bit better since this January 2014 post (I've been blogging a while now!) 
When I visited my family in Korea last March, my cousins got me into Korean skincare. For those of you who may not have heard, South Korea is very famous for their skincare and makeup products. Women in Korea use an average of 10 products for skincare alone (that's not including makeup). When I visited Seoul, I did notice women had incredibly good skin and I happen to believe that an ounce of wrinkle prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I jumped on the Korean skincare routine bandwagon.

My skin has gotten noticeably better and smoother! People have even commented on how good my complexion has gotten! I wanted to share this magical routine with you guys today. Note that the products that work for me may not necessarily work for you. I have dry skin that's even drier in the winter so if that doesn't sound like your skin type than perhaps use products that cater more towards whichever skin type you are. 
Night Routine:
  1. Remove Makeup: I always always remove my makeup before I go to bed. Sometimes I'm too tired and exhausted to do any of the other steps but I always take off my makeup. I use just a regular drugstore-brand eye makeup remover but I've also recently added Garnier's SkinActive Micellar water to take off the makeup on my skin. It has truly done wonders and makes my skin feel amazing afterwards! 
  2. Cleanse. Twice: Something that my cousin (who taught me the steps of this routine) really stressed was about cleansing your face with two different types of cleansers. a foam and an oil cleanser. I am reluctant to give up my Cetaphil cleanser because it has yet to fail me in the cleansing department but as someone with incredibly dry skin, I thought it would be wise to invest in an oil cleanser. Now oil cleansers aren't just for dry skinned people because different oil cleansers will do different things. I got this L'occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and it hasn't broken me out yet. I've never used a cleansing oil before this one so I don't have anything to compare it to but it's quite nice and has a nice scent to it. I also like how soft my face feels after using this.
  3. Exfoliate: This is not recommended for every day, In fact, I only exfoliate my skin about 2-3 times a week using Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar mask. Yes, this is technically a mask but it works perfectly as an exfoliator. 
  4. Toner: I've reviewed this before and I'm going to stick with this one - Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner has been amazing! I've used this for about two years now and while has an incredibly strong smell (like tequila, almost), I can't deny how awesome it makes my skin feel. And at $5 for a 16 oz bottle, I would say it's more than worth your money!
  5. Sheet Mask: Like exfoliating my skin, I only use this a few times a week (maybe once or twice). The ones by TonyMoly have been life-changing and very affordable! You can buy 11 for $10 on Amazon! What a deal!
  6. Essence: This is a relatively new item on my routine but I can't deny how worth it it is! Essences, for those new to all of this, are skin products that work on your skin's cellular level. It's honestly made the biggest difference in my skin. When I was beginning working on a routine, I picked out a sample of Murad's Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence using my Sephora points. It changed my life! I went to buy the full-sized bottle and was so disappointed to find it was $78!  Unfortunately, I can't live without this now because I've seen what my life and my skin could be with it and there's no turning back for me. I drank the kool-aid. Luckily for those who don't feel like dishing out almost $80 for this, there are many affordable essences out there such as this one from Skinfood! 
  7. Eye Cream: Ever since I turned 25, I started using eye cream regularly. They say that you first show signs of aging in your eyes and your neck so I've slathered the crap out of my neck with essences, serums and moisturizers and used ton of eye cream. I got this Panda So Cool eyestick by TonyMoly. It has this cooling sensation when you apply it over your eyes. Perfect for de-puffing in the morning too, I might add! Also, how cute is that panda packaging??
  8. Serum: Okay, I know you're probably thinking, 'this is way too much' but stick with me now. The point of all layering these products on is to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night. I've been using this Snail Repair Ampoule by Mizon and I've had amazing results. By the way, ampoule is like a concentrated version of serum and I know it sounds disgusting to put snail mucus on your face but trust me, it repairs your skin like no other!
  9. Moisturizer: At this point, you guys may be thinking 'what's the point?' but moisturizing is key! I used to use Aveeno's Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer but I've recently switched to Skinfood's Peach Sake Emulsion for night thime. I can do a review on the emulsion (which is just a fancy word for moisturizer) later when I've used it for longer. 
  10. Night cream: Last step guys! I use TonyMoly's Banana Sleeping Pack that I've raved about here and here! Now if your face doesn't feel moisturized, I don't know what will!
Morning Routine:
  1. Moisturize: I usually hit the gym and shower in the morning and once I step out of the shower, I'll need to re-moisturize my skin. I use Dove's Extra Dry Cream Oil body lotion after toweling off and then use Aveeno's Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer on my face. It has SPF in it which I like. 
  2. Eye Cream: I swipe the Eye stick by TonyMoly again. Like I said, it's really good at reducing the puffiness in my eyes.
And that's it for my morning routine. I just apply my makeup afterwards.

So tell me about your skincare routine! Would you try the 10-step Korean routine? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Tonymoly makes the cutest products but I've never tried anything! I've also never tried a sheet mask so maybe I'll start with the one you mentioned.

  2. WOW!!! I have been holding off buying the TonyMoly masks at Sephora because they are expensive and I'm always hesitant with ingredients after I had my mouth allergic reaction.. I think they are $8 EACH... I'm tempted to just buy the lot of them on Amazon, 8 for the price of nearly 1 at Sephora. Worst-case I hate them and give them out to friends for Valentine's Day? Hahaha.
    Panda packaging is adorable. I just started using a moisturizing eye cream and I can TOTALLY TELL that my under eye area is benefiting. I'm using the Avocado eye cream from Kiehls, but I may grab the Panda one for mornings. Always nice to have some de-puffing action.
    Thanks so much for sharing (especially about the sheet masks from TM!!!). MUCH LOVE!!!

  3. Dear Deborah, I heard already so many times so much good things about the South Korean Beauty products and when I see your skin than I got another confirmation for the obviously very well working products. Therefore thanks a lot for sharing the details of your routine!
    Have a happy end of the week.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. 10 steps sounds like a lot, but honestly...I probably use close to that many types of products for my skin. I find that you need to stay on top of those things now, because a lot of products are to help prevent, rather than correct fine lines.

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  5. The panda eye cream is adorable! :)

    10 products does sound like a lot, but if it works for you that's all that matters :)

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