Ladies, I confess I'm a skincare junkie. I'm happiest sniffing around the skincare aisle, dabbing on testers and harassing the poor consultants. I'm that girl. Last year I discovered the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine and I've been fine tuning it to work with my general lazy girl lifestyle. With a little experimenting, I have found a take on it that works with my skin using affordable products available in the UK.
Brief breakdown of the routine: Oil cleanse - Foam cleanse - Exfoliate - Mask - Toner - Eye Cream - Serum - Facial Oil - Moisturiser - BB Cream.
Products I use:
Below is more detailed breakdown of the regimen. Everything doesn't have to be done everyday, the more consistently you do the regimen the less steps you'll need. I have combination skin that is also a little sensitive and although there were a few scary moments, my skin feels really good and has never looked so smooth. It's more work than your standard cleanse - tone - moisturise routine but I like to think of it as a mini spa moment everyday. I try to do the full routine every night and a pared down version every morning.
1. Oil Cleanse
I use Chamomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop but you can use any facial cleansing oil. I like this one because it comes as a solid and is less messy to apply. I massage a pea sized amount onto my face including my eye area. It's surprisingly amazing at removing eye make-up.
2. Foam Cleanse
While my skin is still damp, I follow the oil cleanse with a gentle foaming face wash. I use the Nutriganics Foaming Face Wash as it cleanses my skin without stripping it. Some prefer to use a cream cleanser but I like the feel of suds on my skin. Double cleansing every night has worked wonders for my skin and if you plan on skipping any steps, this isn't one of them.
This step is completely dependent on how congested my skin feels and I only exfoliate twice a week. I'm yet to find an exfoliant I'm truly happy with. I'm using St Ives Apricot Scrub but I find it's quite harsh and I don't love the creamy base. I'm thinking of trying a manual exfoliant like a face brush I can use with my cleanser or go all out and invest in a Clarisonic.
This is my favourite step because it does feel like a mini spa treatment. I currently have two masks in rotation, one cleansing and one hydrating. I use the Nutriganics Smoothing Mask because it cleanses deeply and leaves my skin feeling completely refreshed. I usually follow this with the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask which I leave on overnight. I try to do at least one mask a week.
Note: I never do a cleansing mask after exfoliating. I worry this will be too much for my skin and it will just fall right off. If I exfoliate, I skip the mask step or if my skin is feeling particularly dry I'll do the hydrating mask.
Toners are a lot like bras, once you find one that fits it's hard to let go. Most of the skincare tutorials I researched suggested an alcohol free toner but I'm addicted to my Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner. My skin loves it so I have no intention of changing it.
6. Eye Cream
This one was a bit of a revelation for me. I used to think eye cream was a bit of a scam but you can colour me converted because this is the one step I never skip. I am truly impressed with the Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream. In the two months I have been using it, my dark circles are barely visible and what puffy eyes?!
While doing my research into this technique I found most bloggers used multiple serums/emulsions at this stage all with different qualities. I'm happy using just the one for the moment. The Nutriganics Smoothing Serum works a treat. It has a really light texture but is rich enough that I can skip straight to the BB cream stage if I'm feeling a little oily.
8. Facial Oil
I think this step is completely dependent on your skin type and best performed only in the evening. When I first started this routine I used coconut oil at this stage but it made my skin overly greasy. I found a happy medium by using the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop. This 2 in 1 product means I also get to skip the serum stage when performing the routine at night.
I have two moisturisers in rotation from Nutriganics (are you sensing a theme here?). One day cream and one night cream. The Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream is mattifying and a great base for make-up. The Smoothing Night Cream on the other hand is really rich and leaves my skin butter soft.
10. BB Cream
This is the finishing touch of my morning routine. I'm still loving NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. It provides some coverage while still nourishing my skin. I rarely bother with anything else aside from mascara and a tinted lip gloss.