Let us all admit it. We all have neglected and didn’t give much care to our skin at some point in our lives.
There were nights when I’m so tired to take my makeup off, days where I keep on eating unhealthy food and times when I don’t drink enough water to hydrate my body every single day. Days where I didn’t even care about my skin at all. I’m not saying that I totally don’t wash my face at night — just making things clear. It’s just there are times I get so lazy that I’d rather go straight to bed than do all this nighttime routine. Though, whenever I’m not lazy, I swear by all night creams, I only have three steps.
- Remove makeup using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.
- Wash face with any cleanser. Currently, I’m using Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser but I used to use Olay Natural White Foaming Cleanser. If I don’t have any cleanser, I use Kojie-san Soap, pero bihira lang kasi super drying siya ng skin.
- Moisturize face/put night cream. I used to put Olay Natural White Night Cream but when I discovered The Face Shop Aloe Vera Fresh Soothing Gel, it became my last step.
So when StyleKorean Global sent an email and asked if I wanted to collaborate with them, I immediately checked out their site and to be honest, I thought they were selling cute and trendy Korean outfits because of their brand. Hahaha. But what I saw are authentic Korean skincare, makeup, and bath and body products at a price obviously cheaper than the ones here in UAE, add the fact that they’re on sale that time!
That’s when I thought that.. hey, I’ve been dying to try the 10-Step Korean Skincare ever since. This would be the perfect time to do that. I answered the email, said yes right away, and guess what? I received the products two weeks after! Two thumbs up for a super fast for an international shipping.
Step One: Oil Cleanser
Purpose: Applied to dry skin, an oil cleanser removes makeup and any other oil-based product debris like sunscreen and pollution particles.
Product I Used:Skinfood Rice Brightening Cleansing Oil. Believe me when I say never have I ever used a cleansing oil in my entire life. So when I first used this, I was like, “OMG, it’s oil!” when the inner me shouted, “Duh?” Hahaha. It felt really weird putting oil on my face at first but I got used to it over time and enjoyed doing it. Two to three pumps are enough for my small face, then what I do is I gently rub and massage it to remove makeup. I only wear pressed powder, blush, and lipstick for my everyday makeup so it’s easy to remove. After washing it off, the product lives to its name and I seriously see my face brighten just after that one step every night.
Step Two: Water Based Cleanser
Purpose: It’s called double cleansing for a reason. Wash your face with a water-based cleanser to whisk away any remaining residue and impurities from your oil cleanse.
Products I Used:
Thank you Farmer, Back To Iceland Cleansing Foam. I only have this as a tester product but I loved this! My skin felt so soft after using this, add the fact that it smelled so good. Girl, I used this on Night #1 and was honestly feeling so pretty that night after just two steps. I can’t believe this.
Pyunkang Yul ATO Cleanser.Same with the one above, I only have a tester of this product and used this on Night #2. This made my skin felt soft, as well, but I didn’t really like the smell of this cleanser.
I don’t have any other cleansers with me so what I used the following days is my Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser.
Step Three: Exfoliator
Purpose: Exfoliation not only cleans out clogged pores but also sloughs off dead skin cells, and sloughing off dead skin cells makes it possible for skin care products to mingle with pores and do their magic. This step is also not recommended for daily use.
Product I Used: Skin Food Black Sugar Wash Off Mask. I only exfoliated twice during the seven-day period and since I have sensitive skin, my face went cherry red after trying this product for the first time. I learned so much on my first try that on my second, I was more gentle with my skin. It really did exfoliate my dead skin cells and guuurl, every step in this Korean Skincare just makes your skin feel softer and softer and softer.
Step Four: Toner
Purpose: Toners are the product that dampens your skin and balances its pH levels. It also acts as a way to prep the skin, so it’ll absorb the following treatments better.
Product I Used: Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner. This is also a tester product but I loved this with all my heart. Korean toner really is different than the normal toners I have used before. This one isn’t stingy and it feels refreshing on your skin, add the fact that it smells sooo good!
Step Five: Essence
Purpose: This is the heart of the Korean Skincare, they say, and it’s the most important part of their routine. An essence is a kind of toner/serum hybrid made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover.
Product I Used: Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner. One thing about this product is it absorbs into the skin easily. It doesn’t make your skin sticky or greasy and it just gives your skin a dewy, glowing look. It doesn’t have that so good scent like the Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner but it doesn’t smell anything bad at all.
Step Six: Treatments
Purpose: Consider boosters, serums, and ampoules as concentrated essences that directly treat the issues you’re most concerned about. Whether they target dull skin, large pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, or acne, serums are the ideal skin-perfecting step.
Product I Used: G9Skin White In Milk Capsul Serum. Aaahhh, I loved this serum, as well! Having a face that is just the size of my hand, two pumps for this are enough. A little goes a long way for these products! Its texture is like a gel-cream but it absorbs into skin fast after a few pats on your face. Same results with the essence, it makes my skin look healthy.
Step Seven: Sheet Masks
Purpose: If essences are the heart of the Korean skincare routine, sheet masks are the soul. It provides you with a quiet, meditative, and skin-nourishing ritual that imparts maximum treatment to your skin.
Products I Used: I have tried a lot of sheet masks but my favorites among the ones I’ve tried, so far, is Song Joong Ki’s 7 Days Mask. I have only tried Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the other days don’t have stock but I can’t deny that I love the refreshing feeling it gives to my skin after using it. I usually have a hard time with face masks because my face is small and the masks are too big for my face, but this one’s just perfect.
I have also used It’s Skin’s Sheet Masks(Pomegranate, Olive, Blueberry & Bamboo) and pomegranate’s my favorite. It smells soooo good, I don’t want to take it out of my face!! I don’t have any problem with this sheet masks – fits perfectly on my face as well – and they’re affordable, guys. Who doesn’t want that?
The last sheet mask I’ve tried is So Natural by Sven Gohla Lab – Centella Facial Thin Mask. This is after the 7-Day hanash but this one’s a holy grail. It’s quite expensive compared to the other sheet masks but it surely is worth the price. Judging by the name, yes, it’s thin, but you can certainly hear your skin saying “thank you, self” while using this.
Step Eight: Eye Cream
I don’t have any eye cream product with me but for an alternative, I have this super cold patch that I place under my eyes for a good three minutes and I think that would suffice. Hehehe :p
Step Nine: Moisturizer
Purpose: Hydration is your express lane to dewy, glowing skin so it’s important to find a moisturizer that works for your skin type. It also just gives your skin a refreshing feeling after using it.
Product I Used: The Face Shop Jeju Aloe 99% Fresh Soothing Gel. My boyfriend bought this personally in The Face Shop when it was on sale and ever since that day, it’s part of my day and night routine. My skin really feels moisturized after using this and what I loved about it is it absorbs into skin fast, just like the ones I have mentioned above. I use this every morning before I put makeup on and every night before I go to sleep. Even Wel loves this product. ;)
Step Ten: Sun Protection
Purpose: Even if you’re stepping outside for just a couple of minutes, you must wear sunscreen. It’s the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging (and skin cancer).
Since I only do this skincare routine at night, I don’t need to do this last step and finish my routine with step nine.
What a long process it has been just to have that beautiful, glowing skin; I know. My friends are even shocked when they found out that I’m doing a 10-Step Skincare. Hahaha! But one thing I learned from this is that you don’t have to do the 10-step process every day. Some process doesn’t need to be done every day because it might damage your skin more – for example, exfoliating.
As you can see, acne’s not really my big concern but the dullness of my skin. It may not seem like it in photos, but personally, I noticed that my skin’s glowing after doing the 10-Step Korean Skincare for seven straight days. It’s my period week so I understand why I still have bumps here and there on my face (also due to stress – hello work hehehe) but I can really see that my skin’s looking healthy. Especially whenever I look at myself in the mirror. My face doesn’t look dull anymore and it always feels extra smooth and soft whenever I wake up in the morning. GUUURL, sobrang nakaka-GGSS!
It has been weeks and yes, I still am doing the Korean Skincare as my nightly routine. :)
Let this be a reminder to everyone that we should all invest in our skin, as early as now. Drink lots and lots of water and have enough sleep. Eat healthy!! We don’t want to see ourselves twenty years from now buying skincare products, saying that we should have taken care of our skin when we were younger. No, we don’t want that. Okay? Take care of your skin, let it glow, because you deserve that! We all deserve that.
My experience with StyleKorean was totally a smooth process. From their PR (Hi Stella!) to customer service, it was actually overwhelming in a good way. I never really had a problem with their site since it isn’t complicated to use. I also loved how they have so many varieties of items to choose from. Makeup, skincare, bath and body, name it! Also, as I said earlier, I received these products two weeks after placing my order and with that, I totally recommend this site if you’re eyeing for Korean products. (They always have something good on sale and they give a lot of testers. Wink wink.)
Oh! And have I told you they ship directly from Korea? :)
Disclaimer: Products were sent by StyleKorean in exchange for a review, however, all opinions stated above were mine.