It’s taken a while for me to get fully interested Asian beauty products; skincare and makeup. Skincare has always interested me but I was never able to do much research except for high end products which I feel are a little ridiculous for a terrible at habits teenager. Then my best friend introduced me into k-dramas, which lead to kpop which has lead to k-beauty and in general Asian beauty products though I do focus on k-beauty as it is easily accessible to me.
I’ve generally picked up a product at the supermarket to try and found it really thick and heavy and it just sits there on my skin. I would have to force myself to keep up with it even though I was excited to be doing something. Then I discussed a few korea beauty products and went hmm. Dig some digging and some more and kinda fell in love with the philosophy. Although I’m not absolutely certain what my skin is. I usually say normal skin, maybe leaning a touch to the oily side.
My focus with Asian skincare is mostly anti-aging or age halting? I guess what I mean is that it’s just maintenance and making sure it’s healthy. Other than that my other issues are large pores and redness. While my slight OCD tendencies lead me to wanting to have a full 10 step routine I feel like that would be a bit too much. In saying that toners and serums are my jam from messing around with those awesome samples you get. It’s also a part of my self care routine.
I currently have a very simple routine which combines western products and Asian products:
Oil Cleasner (PM) – Dermologica precleanse
Foam Cleanser – Still searching but switch between a couple
Toner – Beauty Water (kinda toner kinda not. I use it as a cleansing water/pH balancing toner.)
Toner -Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Toner
Moisturiser – the Face Shop Arsainte Gel
Sunscreen (AM) – Etude House Sunprise Watery light Sunscreen.
I also thought I would do a wee bit on my current routine and why as I a complete newb chose these products. Spoiler because they looked/sounded interesting and I found some decent or no reviews. The Beauty water is an exception which you can read about here. But I‘ve finished patch testing it so I’m confident to keep using it.
Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Toner
I chose this as I really wanted to try out an Asian hydratingish toner, even though this is on the astringent side. While I’m currently patch testing it, my first impression have been pretty good. I realise that pore size is mostly genetic but I was checking my face and my pores were way less noticeable.I’m kinda convinced that this is a temporary thing but still super happy with it. I also love the way it quickly sinks into my skin.
the Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Crystal Water Super Gel
I chose this mostly because it looked interesting. I don’t particularly like the feeling of creams on my face, so I thought I would try a gel for a change. This is supposed to be cooling and if it does nothing else other than that I’m still pretty happy.
Etude House Sunprise Watery Light Sunscreen
I’m pretty sure I chose this because it was the cheapest. I’m very impressed tbh. I’ve never liked using sunscreen. I don’t want to say I have sensory issues but I am quite sensitive to feeling something on my skin; mostly face and hands. When I was growing up I would try to be diligent about sunscreen but I really hated the feeling and would wash it off as soon as possible. Trying this left me pretty much speechless. It glided on and sunk it super fast. Well it takes 10-15 minutes for it to full sink in but I can’t really feel it on my face. And I’m not saying this is a wonder product specifically but it has opened my eyes up to AB sunsccreens and how light they are.
I have a long wishlist of things I want to try and will maybe get when I start running low on the things I’m trying. Because I’m just starting unless something makes a noticeable different to my face I’m happy to keep doing the patch testing thing and switch things around.
I’m planning on doing an update in a couple of months with how I get on with my routine, so check back for that!
Do any of you have a skincare routine? What does it look like?