Last month, I did a post about Korean skin care.
Since then, I’ve tweaked my routine to more closely match the Soko Glam 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine.
Let’s talk products.
Step One: Oil Cleanser
I mentioned in my last post my fear that Pacifica Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil wasn’t meant to be used as a cleanser.
I may have been right.
The oil smells really good and is a pretty blueish color, but it goes on really thick and takes a while to rinse off.
Because of this, I switched it out for Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil.
In terms of thickness, the jojoba oil falls midway between the very thin rice water cleanser I used to use and the flower face oil.
It rinses off a little bit better but still leaves somewhat of a residue.
I may or may not buy this product again.
Step Two: Water-based Cleanser
I read somewhere that micellar water works more like an oil-based cleanser.
I am too anxious to investigate this further.
I HAD A HARD ENOUGH TIME FINDING AN OIL CLEANSER. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ME FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WATER-BASED PRODUCT.
I am currently using Safeway’s Signature Care Micellar Cleansing Water because it’s slightly cheaper than Simple or Garnier and you get more of it.
It works pretty well. I prefer the way Simple’s product left my skin feeling.
I can always switch back.
Step Three: Exfoliator
I am still using Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap, though I’ve switched to using it twice a week instead of every day. As a result, my skin is less red and irritated! Hooray!
I like this product for the most part. At the very least, it doesn’t irritate my skin. That’s good enough for me.
Step Four: Toner
I started using Thayers Facial Toner. It DOESN’T burn, it’s a bit thicker than the last toner I used (likely because of the aloe vera), and it has a very distinctive smell.
I like to think my other products work better after I use Thayers, which is the main purpose of toner.
So…good job, toner!
Step Five: Essence
I BOUGHT ANOTHER PACIFICA PRODUCT ON A WHIM BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE IF ESSENCES WERE WORTH THE HYPE.
I purchased Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist. It works for all skin types and contains caffeine.
I LOVE HOW MY SKIN FEELS AFTER I USE THIS PRODUCT.
UNFORTUNATELY, the coconut oil CLOGS MY PORES.
I’M SO BUMMED.
I will probably stop using this product and find a replacement that doesn’t make me break out.
Step Six: Treatments
I skipped this step before because I wasn’t sure how to navigate boosters, serums, and ampoules.
Thankfully, I recognized two superstar skin care ingredients in Timeless Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Vitamin C. THROW IT IN THE CART.
This product goes on light and smooth. It reminds me of Sam Maggs’ recommended “snail goo” in the best possible way.
I also started using the Pacifica Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil as an additional treatment and it seems to be working better. I probably wouldn’t buy it again, though.
Step Seven: Sheet Masks
I bought an Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask as a test.
On the plus side: my skin felt very moist and dewy.
On the negative side: when I say “moist,” I mean very moist. Uncomfortably so. I felt shiny.
I didn’t use this mask in conjunction with my more recently-purchased products, though. Maybe sheet masks work better as part of a routine.
Step Eight: Eye Cream
Would you believe my eye cream no longer burns after I started exfoliating properly?
Also, I now use eye cream ONLY on my orbital bone.
I have noticed a reduction in puffiness.
As such, I bought a refill of Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream.
My skin is returning to normal. We are the virus.
Step Nine: Moisturizer
I still love Clean & Clear Watermelon Gel Moisturizer. That is all.
Step Ten: Sun Protection
I’ve been treating this as an optional step, as I barely go outside these days.
Walgreens 50 Sensitive Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen UVA/UVB works okay. It has a lighter formula than the last sunscreen I used and doesn’t leave my skin feeling as greasy.
I would still like to find a sunscreen that goes on dry and feels more like a lotion.
I’M STILL BUMMED ABOUT THE ESSENCE.
This is very much a “learn as you go” process.
Unrelated: one of my coworkers is returning to work, which means I may be getting a phone call soon.
I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING TO WORK.
If and when I do, my skin care routine will go into overdrive.