It's no secret that as we age our skin care needs change. My skin needs more constant care to maintain a youth glow than it did when I was 20. What once worked for the oily skin of my teens/early twenties just doesn't work for the now dry skin of my late twenties.
Skin care is having it's moment especially K-Beauty in America. Retail stores like Sephora are now dedicating entire displays to the age old beauty regimine.
Websites like SokoGlam can even assist in creating a routine that suits your skins needs by taking a Skin Quiz. Which is where I found mine...
Step 1 Oil Cleanser
Oil cleansers are important to any skin type in the make up removing process. I like Clean It Zero because it starts at a creamy consistency but turns to oil once you apply the tiniest bit of water.
Step 2 Foam Cleanser
Foam Cleansers are the second step in the double cleanse. Finding a good foam cleanser helps break down sweat and dirt. For dry skin ladies like myself, I was paired with a bubble free, PH balancing face wash. Ackwell 5.5 removes impurities without taking away the little moisture that my skin has. Needless to say, I've caught my husband using this little gem as well.
Step 3 Exfoliator (optional)
Not to be used daily, an exfoliator help remove dead cells and give you a nice glow. I use this one at least once a week but no more than twice.
Step 4 Essence
These typically contain an active ingredient that optimizes your skin’s natural cell turnover rate—think skin regeneration.
Step 5 Serums
This is a basically a more concentrated essence with a thicker consistency. I really love the glow serum by Caudalie. I apply an even layer, let dry, and then apply a layer of Sunday Riley's CEO vitamin c serum. Serums essentially are meant to be layered as they all target treat different skin issues.
Step 6 Sheet Mask (optional)
These can be used in place of serums. I like to use them in a pinch when I'm out of my other go to serums.
Step 7 Moisturizer
Hydration is soooo important and it can be achieved in numerous ways. Lotion, gel, cream, and emulsion are just naming a few. Generally speaking, I use a gel moisturizer but for days when my skin feels more parched, I use Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream. Multi-functionality is so important to me in a skin cream. This little beauty brightens, smooths fine lines, clears breakouts/pores, and regenerates skin cells for a more youthful look.
Step 8 Eye Cream
Eye creams are more concentrated version of a moisturizer. They hydrate and protect the delicate skin around your eyes. I came upon Origins "Ginzing" energizing eye cream by recommendation from a Sephora skin expert. I have large eyes and are a dead give away when I haven't slept well the night before. She gave me a sample and promised me that I would be back for the full thing. She was right!
Step 9 Sleep Mask
I stumbled upon sleep masks over Christmas break. Non stop traveling, poor sleeping schedules and eating outside of my normal habits can wreak havoc on my skin. Sleep masks sole purpose is to intensely hydrate and restore firmness as you sleep. Laneige is a cult classic for a reason. The top pot is their lip sleep mask. I wake up with my face and lips looking fresh and glowing.
The trick to this regimine is knowing your skin type and pairing the right products. Skin care is a journey.