I've been into this Korean Skin Care nowadays, and after pass through one week trial of doing a 10-step Korean Skin care, I'm about to reveal the result and give some info to you now whom might be still clueless about it. So let's begin!
I have dry and acne prone skin in my T-Zone, basic information that I know is that I gotta do an extra care by adding more moisturizer into my skin. I had experienced a chronicle acne skin in the past due to stress and pollution, but it's now getting better after I used a suitable treatment for about 2-3 years. Dealing with big pore and dark spot weren't easy tho, but thanks to those who invent a BB cream, it does help much.
Here's the basic, you gotta need a well clean skin without any dirt, your all day makeup or any obstacle on your face. I usually start with this Etude House Every Month Cleansing Cream in the evening. I directly put the cream on to my dry face with still full of makeup and dirt while give a massage for 30s to 1 minute. Then wash the face with lukewarm water.
2. Facial Foam or Facial Scrub
All makeup are fully removed, but still you need to wash your face again with facial foam to maximize the cleaning and whisk away the residue of oil from the cleansing cream. I'm using Nivea White Makeup Clear just yesterday, but already fallen in love with the result. My face become so fresh, not oily and bright.
Toner help the preparation of your skin to well absorb the next treatment you are going to add. I like how Garnier Pure Active Toner works toward hydrating my face, It doesn't just hydrating and balance the pH but also remove the remaining impurities that I still couldn't believe it still there :|
Essence is the heart of Korean skin care routine, it basically made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover. I choose the whitening one to help reduce the dark spot and dull skin.
This one is a light moisturizer, I pick Nature Republic Aloe Vera 80% to sooth and anti-stress the skin for being exposed by sunscreen and pollution.
You will need serum to focus on some specific skin concern, in this case I need more treatment to reduce dark spot, dull skin and tightening pore. Garnier Sakura White Serum is an oil-based serum, cause it contains of a lot vitamin C and UV protection, even though it has a UV protection, I use this serum also in my night skin care routine.
7. Face Sheet Mask
I rarely use face sheet mask, it's too pricey to use daily in Indonesia ( in my point of view using Etude House or The Face Shop sheet mask ). So I only use face sheet mask at night skin care routine twice a week. Since I have a dry skin type, I choose the one with hydrating and moisturizing.
In order to get dewy glowing skin, finding a moisturizer that work also to protect your skin is a crucial step. I still in trial of using this Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Cream, but this moisturizer is working good so far, not so sticky and absorb really good onto my skin.
9. Day Cream or Night Cream
Oke guys, we are almost done. This is basically my all time routine I've been doing since years ago after toning. I skip 5 step behind years ago, it's now making sense how my face will look so dull after 1PM and my friends would mistakenly my age to be older than my current age.
I've use Garnier day and night cream for 3 years, I think this is the most fit to my skin since they are provide a cream for acne prone and dry skin type. You know, a lot of Indonesian beauty market skin care only focusing on Oily-skin problem and normal skin type. I'm so sad they leave skin care for dry skin type behind :"( Come on, dry skin type couldn't always be equated to normal skin, we need a special treatment too.
10. CC Cream or Sleeping Pack
Since I'm doing this 10 step Korean Skin care routine, I rarely adding a powder onto my face. I just need to put a CC Cream or Cushion to get a dewy glowing skin. Believe me, I stay hydrated, no oily face in T-Zone and dull skin until 6PM ( I work from 9 to 5 in a full air-cond room ). But if in case you have to stay outdoor, especially in Indonesia, I admit it will be challenging. You have to hand on facial tissue and facial mist to stay fresh and hydrated.
For finishing the night treatment, I cover my face with sleeping pack. Although in many review says to wear the sleeping pack twice a week, I use it every night. I'm now using two sleeping pack from Thailand brand and using it alternately, once in two days using The Bakery Born to be Baby Overnight Sleeping Face Mask and then using Scentio White Collagen Facial Mask in the next day.
Ten Step Korean Skin Care Routine is Done, Congratulation! How about it? Too tough, ins't it? I honestly feel it too time killing, but I still positively think it as what I'll get in return in the future days. I already feel the short-term result right now, my face became so bright, fresh and moisture all day, I also get up with fresh face. My main point is that I don't have to put a lot of makeup to cover my dark spot and to stay brighten all day with foundation and compact powder again now.
The most important in every skin care is the cleaning step, I'd love to do a lot of effort on cleaning than putting a lot of makeup to cover and end up getting more acne. If you have a well moisture and healthy skin, I bet you will no longer need makeup anymore.
It's a kind of challenging tho to find more skin care option in Indonesia, as well in Yogyakarta. Even to find the Garnier special treatment ( Serum and Essence ) could need a lot of effort, I get it on beauty store called Mutiara in Yogyakarta, just like Watson in Bangkok. There already Korean makeup and skin care store in Yogyakarta such us The Face Shop and Etude House, but as so you know, the product became so pricey and in limited option. I'm so happy that there was one Thailand and Japan Cosmetics store just opened in Yogyakarta. But still, I need more option, that's why buying it online is the only choice, and thanks to Althea Korea that is now serving in Indonesia.
, by Dan Faerae