Beautiful Skin: What does it take?

So, skincare. Skincare used to be this insanely mythical beast to me. I never understood the concept, and my daily routine consisted of using a makeup wipe to take off my makeup, and rinsing my face with water in the shower. All of that changed when 2016 came around. I don't know why, but my skin started to rebel. Maybe a hormonal thing, maybe a diet thing, who knows. What I did know, though, was that I needed to take a good look at how I was treating my pores. 

I had seen the bazillion step Korean skin care routine in all of my magazines and on countless websites, but I just wasn't sure, until I started following a modified version of it. I definitely do not have the kind of money these women are spending on their facial care products, but luckily I have done some finagling and finally have a really great system!

Here goes nothing!

Step one: Remove your makeup.

I use the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover wipes to get all of the gunk of the day off of my face. Tip: make sure not to rub too hard, especially around your eyes, as the skin is sensitive.

Step two: Wash your face.

This seems obvious but many people, like myself prior to 2016, do not use a cleanser. This one from The Body Shop is absolutely amazing. It is made from seaweed and has the freshest feeling when you use it. Apparently washing your face is equivalent to giving it a massage, so make sure to be gentle.

Step three: Toner.

Use a cotton ball to apply toner to your whole face and neck. I LOVE this one from Alba Botanica called Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner that I got at Whole Foods because it smells great, it's natural, and it's hypo-allergenic. I have pretty sensitive skin, so all of those are a must for me. Do a little dance while you let this dry.

Step four: Essence. 

Here is where we get to the products that seem a little foreign to us. Essence is essentially a liquid that helps to reduce problem spots on your face, like redness, wrinkles, and sun spots. It also makes you have a generally prettier glow. I prefer the Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, as it has almost no smell and dries quickly. I apply it was a cotton ball on my face and neck.

Step five: Serum/Ampoule.

So this may blow your mind, but serums and ampoules are the same thing as essence, just super concentrated. I prefer an ampoule also made by Missha called Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule, because the color freaks my boyfriend out (big LOL). It comes with a cute little dropper, and is only supposed to be used for big problem areas, but I am completely obsessed and drop a full dropper onto a cotton ball to put on my whole face. The best way to do this is to dab it around and then swipe it on your face. This is significantly thicker than any of the previous products, but don't be intimidated, it leaves your skin feeling firm and happy.

Step six: Mask it up!

This is an optional step. I repeat, optional! There are a million different masks out there that do a million different things, like hydrating, acne blasting, and so much more. I love my Alba Botanica Mask because it is made with papaya, smells freakin' awesome, and leaves my face feeling like it just got zapped by lasers... that's weird, huh? It's good, I promise, haha.

Step seven: Moisturize.

This is a big duh, but you really should do it. I love Oil of Olay, and use the SPF for the day and the regular for the evening. This sinks moisture back into your face. It also reminds me of my mom because she used Olay products all the time growing up, and still does! Toner & essence are made in order to prime your skin for hydration, so it's basically essential to moisturize both your face and neck.

Step eight: Night creams.

Many of the articles I have read recommend collagen this and anti-aging that, but I feel like my skin isn't quite ready for that kind of madness just yet. I did buy an eye cream with collagen, but it just seems to leave a sticky residue, so I gave it up for a bit. I love The Body Shop's Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream. It makes you feel like you have aggressively frosted your face, and you wake up with an amazingly hydrated face. I will warn you, it has a strong smell, but I think it's a great scent, so it doesn't bother me at all!

After all of these steps, I usually use a q-tip to apply some of the Burt's Bees natural Acne Treatment to my biggest problem areas. I know that isn't in all of the fancy steps, because some people do it before all of the product and some do it after. I highly recommend their product, as it is all natural and smells like nature on your face.

I included all of the products mentioned in the collage below, in order for you to easily see everything I have been talking about!


All in all, it takes a village to keep your skin glowing and clean! Don't forget, your pores are your best friends, so treat them like a member of the family! xx

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