So I thought it was about time I shared my AM routine with you guys. Before I took the plunge into Asian Beauty I spent a lot of time researching and here are the key points I think ANYONE should be told before they start.
- You will learn very quickly that very few rules are hard and fast, what works for 90% of people may still not work for you. What will work will depend on so many factors it is pretty much impossible to be 100% certain a product will be amazing before you try it.
- You should always patch test products, if you can’t bring yourself to do it at the very least only ever introduce/change 1 product at a time with a 2 week gap in between minimum.
- Don’t be afraid to engage with a community for advice. I recommend r/asianbeauty over on reddit, they are really friendly. Read the sidebar to find out their guidelines for posting that will help you get the best advice quickest but don’t panic you are new to reddit…if you break reddit etiquette they will be lovely about letting you know how to better get the help you are looking for.
When you first start asian beauty recommend that you start with a base skin care routine consisting of:
Cleanser (You might need 2 to do a ‘double cleanse’)
So I have stuck with that to demonstrate a routine. My AM and PM routine’s differ slightly. First up, my morning routine!
My morning routine kicks off with Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser.
This a really low pH cleanser (low pH is acidic) and so might not be suitable fo everyone but is probably the most effective cleanser I have ever used. If I were planning to introduce strong exfoliants though I might consider changing. People all have different preferences on how to apply but I squeeze some onto my fingertips and spread gently onto my face without pulling the skin (there is a vlog at the bottom of the page if you want to see how the application works.
Once I have applied the cleanser all over, I gently rinse off with lukewarm water. Once my face is not dripping wet (although still slightly damp) I apply my MIZON Black Snail All In One Cream.
I apply this again with my fingertips and this time, I pat the moisturiser in. The ‘Patting in’ technique is preferred by many ABers as it doesn’t pull the skin. This cream is ridiculously hydrating but doesn’t stay with an oily feeling on my skin. It also seems to have been quite effective at reducing the pigmentation in my face already. I fully anticipate having to add an essence or serum to finish the pigmentation reduction but it’s amazing that part of my basic routine has dented it.
I let the moisturiser settle in and the last step of my routine is sunscreen. I cannot stress enough that this is not an optional part of the routine. Not only does sun damage affect your skin you’ll be reducing your risk of skin cancer. If you are using low pH cleansers or exfoliant product you will need it even more! I use Skinfood Watery aloe sunscreen simply because it’s sold locally to me and I needed some in a hurry. It’s ok, a little oily but not terrible. I will probably replace it when it is done as my skin isn’t really dry enough to counterpoint it.
I apply this similarly to my moisturiser, and it takes a little while to soak in. Ideally you should apply the sunscreen 10-15 mins before leaving the house although I appreciate that this isn’t always possible.
If I need to reapply I use a spray sunscreen throughout the day, but that is a whole other blog post.
So I actually have only been doing this routine a couple of weeks but here is a before:
I hope that you can see more than just the fact I don’t photograph well in these and see the improvement in my skin, It’s a small difference but noticeable even this quickly!
You can check out the vlog on this HERE.
Check out my store with a growing stock of Korean beauty products.
So what is your routine? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!