Friday, January 6, 2017

My Winter Skincare Routine That Works!!!

   
Clear back in October I started a new skin care regime. I wrote about it Here. 

I have been faithful morning and night using the Korean 10 step skincare method. I have definitely seen results and will continue doing what I am doing, it works!! 

My pores are smaller, skin is smoother, fine lines are not as noticeable and my skin looks healthier, nurtured and dewy.

Is it a miracle? NO, it is just maintaining the health and look of my skin.


Basically the premise is all about maintenance and prevention. It is a 10 step method that uses a double cleansing process. 

First an oil cleanser and then a foaming wash. I have learned so much by reading and watching YouTube videos. 

It can be difficult  to decided what is best for an individuals skin. I figured I  have tried other products over the years and some work and some don't so I just have to jump in and try.

I have always said I have dry skin and I do, but I have found out it had more to do with my products not nourishing my skin. 

How could the products work when I was not consistent and there was a dead layer of skin blocking the nutrients from penetrating?

Let me show you the products I am using now that seem to be working for me beautifully...

OIL CLEANSE

I am still using the Lierac oil I found while in Paris. It is tried and true and I don't see any reason to stop using it now. It works, and did I mention the lovely fragrance? Oh my!! You can find it HERE!


2ND CLEANSE


I love this natural coconut milk face wash, it is so soothing to my skin and gets the job done. Plus it uses natural ingredients that will nourish my skin and not strip it. When you use this you feel like you have been transported to a beautiful island paradise, seriously, try it, you will see what I mean.

TONER





I have never been a user of toners before because to be honest, with dry skin it felt like it dried my skin out even more. 
 
I thought this was a step for my oily sisters, not me. Boy was I wrong. This gives my skin balance and gets it ready to receive the upcoming nutrients. I shake out a few drops and gently pat it into my skin until it is absorbed.

ESSENCE

 
This is actually the first product I was introduced to in the Korean Skincare routine. I had never heard of an essence before, but this particular one kept coming up on blogs and videos so I thought it was worth a try. 
 
Oh my, there is no turning back after you use this stuff. It is like your skin is getting what it has always craved and needed. 
 
Nourishing, moisturizing, just totally like a big cold drink of water for your skin. It prepares your skin to receive the upcoming nutrients and I have already ordered my second bottle. This is what I would call one of my Holy Grail products. The fragrance alone keeps me wanting more and more. 

SERUM


Vitamin C is good for the skin and I did not realize it also lightens age spots. I not only use this on my face but the back of my poor neglected hands. It has lightened the spots to be about half as dark as they were. It also brights your skin as well as protects it.



This next product is a strange one and I am sure most of you are thinking ewwwww! I read so much about the benefits of snail mucin, I had to give it a try. Well, now I am a believer!! I have repurchased this one product because I see a difference in the texture of my skin.

 EYE CREAM


 I am very sensitive to anything around my eyes and they always seem to weep, but not with this eye cream. I have found it to be  hydrating and it definitely takes away puffiness. This tube will probably last me all year. It has caffeine in it so that helps with the puffiness. I am loving the results I am getting with this eye cream.


 MOISTURIZER



This moisturizer was rated so highly and had such great reviews I figured it was worth a try. Boy am I glad I tried it. 

You can see little moisture beads on your skin as it penetrates and it truly makes my skin feel, nourished and moisturized all day. Don't let the inexpensive price fool you. It could be way more expensive and I would still purchase it.

At night time I do all of the above steps but I use a heavier cream to lock in the nutrients and let my skin rest and replenish for the night.


This is a pretty thick, sticky cream but it absorbs over night. It is packed with fermented argan oil and lavender. What a nice way to go to sleep. This will also be a repeat purchase for me.

EXFOLIATE

A few times a week I also use an exfoliate. I am not sold on the one I have so I will use it up and try another before I share it with you.

Once a week usually on Sunday afternoon I do a facial sheet masque. Oh my do I love these. It is all the nutrients for your skin in a highly concentrated form. 

I have tried several, but my particular skin seems to respond well to green tea so I use this particular one and boy does it make your skin look and feel great, plus it is a nice little 20 min relaxation time....



The mask are so inexpensive you can try different ones to see which you like the best. This particular one has hylaronic acid which helps your skin maintain moisture and I have found it to be very effective. I have repurchased this one several times and at $3.50 it doesn't break the bank. What a fun treat to indulge in once a week or more if you like.

These are the products I am now using and have not had any issues at all, which is strange for me since I tend to be somewhat on the sensItive side.

My skin feels nourished for the first time in a long time, or for that matter, ever!! I know it seems like a lot to do, but it really only takes a few minutes and you know you are dong what is best for your skin so it keeps you motivated. 

I honestly look forward to my morning and night routine now, it is hard to explain but it is almost addictive and my skin is asking for more of what is good for it.

If any of you decide to try any of the above products from Peach and Lily, use this code to get $10 off and they will also give me $10 credit. Let me know if you try any of the above products.



btw:  I have found two websites I like to order from and they both have great customer service and also personal advice if you need it.



Book to read to explain all about Korean Skincare....

 


 
 

4 comments:

L Keppel said...

Thank you for posting all of this great info. I am motivated to try and didn't know where to start!

Madeleine Gillibrand said...


Kathysue,

I have been a follower for years, I always get excited when you post the skin care.
I will be trying out some new products thanks to you!

michele said...

great review and good for you that you are enjoying the process! exfoliating and using retinol has made a huge difference to my skin since they prime my skin for the serums and moisture i add. happy monday, beautiful blogger. xox

designchic said...

I always love leaning about new skincare products! Hope you're having a great week, Kathysue!