Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Korean Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

I've been into Korean skincare and make up since 2016 and today i'll share my whole collection and routine for my combination skin. I have oily skin in the summer but dry on the cheeks in the winter time. I will also mark the things i use with AM for morning and PM for evening. 

My source for knowing the latest items in the K Beauty World are youtubers!  Joankeem, Edward Avila, Sunny Dahye, Wishtrend, and GlowRecipe are my Beauty Gurus! 

I collected these items over the years because i feel they work really well with my skin and i just want to share with you my K-Beauty journey until now. Enjoy! 

Vania's 9 Step Korean Skincare Routine 

1. Oil Cleanse
I'm the type of person who wears make up on a daily basis. The main belief in korean skincare is to clean your skin properly. You need to use oil cleanser in the first step to completely remove all your make up, so that your water based cleanser can effectively clean your skin, not working hard to remove your make up.

kose deep cleansing oil, heimish all clean balm

When i have minimal make up : Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
When i have full on make up : HEIMISH All Clean Balm

2. Water Based Cleanser
After removing your make up, the next step is to clean your skin from impurities, dust, excess sebum, and pollution. There are many kinds of water based cleanser. From foam, gel, to stick ones. 
I like to use a cleanser that is gentle and doesn't dry out your skin because the ones that make your skin squeaky clean strips your face from all the oils, causing your skin to produce more oil than before therefore your skin will be oilier than ever.

cosrx low ph good morning gel cleanser,origins checks and balances frothy face wash

Gel Cleanser (PM) : COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Foam Cleanser (AM) : Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

3. Toner
What's a toner? Toner rebalances your skin's PH level after cleansing and sometimes exfoliates chemically as well. I like using both of them after each other.

First Toning Step :
The toners i use to do a "third" cleansing is usually just the ones you can get from the Drugstore. I apply them with a cotton pad to remove any excess dirt that my previous cleansers didn't manage to remove.

garnier mizellenwasser, garnier micellar water, alverde gesichtswasser
Garnier Micellar Water
Alverde Gesichtswasser Bio Wildrose

Second Toning Step:
Since i have a lot of acnes and blackheads/whiteheads, i use an exfoliating toner afterwards. Have heard of AHA, BHA, PHA, etc? they get rid of dead skin cells build up, thus preventing acne and blackheads. But if you use these kind of toners in daytime, don't forget to apply sunscreen!!

benton aloe bha skint oner, cosrx natural bha skin returning a-sol
AM: Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
PM : BENTON Aloe BHA Skin Toner

4. Essence
What is an essence? It's often confused with ampoules, boosters, serum etc. I read the Klog from Soko Glam religiously and found out that it's actually a "pre moisturizer" packed with concentrated ingredients to suit your needs. It evens out complexion, prevents aging, or even reduces acne scaring. It preps your skin for absorbing more moisture.

cosrx advanced snail 96 mucin power essence, Odbo aqua soothing silky essence

AM : The Odbo Aqua Soothing Silky Essence
(visible smoothing & revitalizing beauty performance)

PM : COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
 (protects skin from moisture loss, fades acne scars & wrinkles)

5. Sheet Mask
Sheet Mask is one of the most essential step in korean skincare. The sheet mask is filled with concentrated essence and it plumps your skin with moisture and the effect from the ingredients!

korean sheet mask

PM  once or twice a week :
Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
Garnier Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask

6. Other Masks
I use one of these masks in every other day when i don't use a sheet mask and feel like my skin needs a little more TLC. One mask a day keeps the trouble away!

cosrx overnight mask

PM 2 or 3 times a week :

After Cleansing:
Origins Maskimizer Mask Primer
Origins Clear Improvement Mask
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Overnight Mask , just before bed :
COSRX Ultimate Honey Overnight Mask
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

7. Acne Care
i have acne prone skin and a lot of acne scars. I use the centella blemish cream to heal acne scars while Clearasil & Dr.Somchai heals blemishes / current acne.

cosrx centella blemish cream

AM & PM :
COSRX Centella Blemish Cream
Dr. Somchai Acne Lotion

PM :
Clearasil Akut Pickel Gel

8. Moisturizer
This is a very essential step to both korean and western skincare. Seal up all the moisture and goodness provided from your last steps with a moisturizer!

cosrx advanced snail 92 all in one cream

AM : Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
PM : COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream

9. Sunscreen / Sunblock
Here's the news, UVA and UVB Rays from the suns are bad for your skin when exposed for too long. Don't forget to put on Sunscreen with a minimum of 25 SPF to protect your skin from harmful sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles, dark spots,  and little bumps. I also usually treat my skin with aloe vera gel if i've been out in the sun for too long to soothe my skin from irritation.

cosrx soothing aloe sun cream

AM :
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 
The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Gel

So that's all for my skincare collection and korean skincare routine. I try to follow all of them religiously everyday but sometimes i skip a product or two if i don't have too much time or just too lazy.

I hope you'll get some inspiration from my skincare routine and like SokoGlam says, Only good (skin) days ahead!

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  1. eh itu yg di pot lucu banget deh hahaha *salah fokus*


  2. Wadu, banyak juga ya step-stepnya :( Meanwhile aku masih stuck sama pembersih muka yang kombinasi 2 dan cuci muka aja setelahnya haha. This post enlighten me! Kayaknya bakal jadi sering mantengin produk-produk pembersih wajah because it's the base of a healthy skin, right? Thank's for sharing!



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