How I Cleared Up My Skin | Updated Skincare Routine

Hi friends! It’s been a hot minute since I last posted, but I think it’s fair to say that I am back from a much-needed break and more motivated than ever in creating authentic helpful content. So let’s get down to it! As you may already know, I am pretty passionate about skincare. Long story short, a friend recommended that I check out Soko Glam, an outline store that focuses on Korean skincare and beauty products. As I spent more time learning about the 10 step Korean skincare process, I’ve learned more about my skin and adapted some of the steps into my skincare routine.

Back in May, I noticed that my skin had broken out so much. This acne breakout was probably that worst I’ve seen. I attributed this mostly to stress (from the classes I was taking), not drinking enough water, and not eating more healthy foods. In addition to the acne, my skin’s texture was rough and super oily. This made me more self conscious about my appearance and made me insecure about not wearing makeup. I was so determined to change this so I began doing my own research, looking to Soko Glam and various blogs/ YouTube channels for general advice and product suggestions. Asia Jackson’s YT channel was my main resource since we have similar skin types. The additions I made to my routine include adding snail mucin, double cleansing, and using a clay face mask. Ever since then, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin’s appearance and texture. Here are the products that have helped clear my acne:

1.      Double Cleansing | new routine

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I’ve explained this 2 step process in my previous skincare post, but basically the concept is to use an oil cleanser to remove any makeup and/or SPF first and then using a water based or foam cleanser to clean the skin. Recently, the Heimish All Clean cleansing balm and the Radiance Crystal Cleansing foam are my products of choice. I have purchased the Heimish cleansing balm 3 times and what I love about it is that it’s super effective in removing my makeup; it even removes the most matte liquid lipsticks with ease! The cleansing foam is pretty new; I haven’t stuck to a specific one but I am liking this one. It doesn’t leave my skin dry and the formula is very gentle. The only downside is that since I bought it from TJ Maxx, I’m not sure it’s going to be in stock anymore because it is from an obscure beauty brand from Korea.  I’ve been using a new facial toner as well. The Thayers Witch Hazel toner with rose petal has been great for my skin because it is gentle and does an awesome job of calming done the redness I have around my nose and on my chin. I’m on my second bottle of this toner and you’ll soon find that I’ve included a lot of repeat purchases in this post!

2.      Snail Mucin

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Left: 5 months ago Right: today

Snail what? Snail mucin, or snail secretion filtrate is a popular ingredient seen in K beauty. Some of its benefits include fading acne scars and repairing skin damage. What makes this ingredient so popular is that it is friendly to all skin types. There are many brands that sell snail mucin, the brand I tried was COSRX because it is a reputable skincare brand known for their effectiveness and affordability. When I first tried the COSRX Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence, I was surprised by how little I needed to use. The formula is watery and sticky at the same time, one pump is more than enough. It is best applied patted into the skin and neck. I use this essence after toner and apply it in the morning and before I go to bed. At first I didn’t really see any noticeable difference, other than it making my skin hydrated. About a month of using it consistently, I noticed that my acne scars and hyperpigmentation were slowly fading.

 

3.      Aztec Clay Mask

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So what’s up about this viral face mask?! Everything! It’s affordable ($9.30 for a 1lb tub) and it works for my skin (combination oily type). There is a slight learning curve to using this mask. How I make it is a 1:1 ratio, 1 teaspoon of the Aztec clay to one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. I mix it in a plastic bowl with a plastic spoon. The mixture gets a little chunky so I add in a splash of water to smooth it out. Then, using my fingers, I’ll apply it to the areas on my face where I get oily and have active breakouts (usually my forehead, nose, and cheeks). On the label, for dry/sensitive skin types it is suggested to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes and for normal/oily skin, 10-15 minutes should be okay. This mask is messy to remove, so I recommend removing it in the shower, as it can clog the pipes in your sink. If your skin is red after removing the mask, that’s normal and should go away with in 30 minutes. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, doing this mask weekly should be enough. My skin is also pretty sensitive so I only use this weekly. If you do have dry skin, I’m not sure if this is the clay mask for you because my friend Tori gave this to me because she didn’t like how it felt on her skin. It’s really all a matter of preference though, so if you are curious to try it, then go for it!

 

**Other NEW Products I’m LOVING:

  • Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($28.00 for 4.2 oz at Ulta)
    • I’m on my second bottle! This moisturizer is light and dries fast, never leaving my skin oily. The formula is super hydrating and the bottle lasts a while. Did I mention that it has a pump?! #TeamPumpOnBeautyProducts
  • SPF: Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Milk ($10.58 for 1.65 oz on Amazon)
    • This sunscreen is a cheaper alternative to the SPF I was using before and I like it better because it leaves a matte finish. This is definitely unheard of, especially in American branded SPFs. I also love that this sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast after application, meaning that it doesn’t make my face look gray or ashy. I’m on my second bottle and can definitely see myself repurchasing again!
  • Eye Cream: Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream ($14.87 for 28 ml on Amazon)
    • After reading the reviews on this eye cream, I bought it on Amazon so I could try it. I gotta say, I’m not mad at this product and I’ll continue to use it because I do see a difference in it lightening my under eye circles. It also feels good to put on and it is very hydrating!
  • Serum: Pearlessence Radiance Perfecting Serum with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid ($6.99 for 2 oz at Marshalls)
    • Honestly, this was an impulse buy. I don’t use this serum as often, but I’ll use it if I forget to apply the snail mucin essence. Vitamin C can help with collagen production and hyaluronic acid is great for keeping the skin looking hydrated and healthy. This serum in particular doesn’t have any negative effects to my skin, so I’ll keep using it until I finish the bottle.

So those are the products that have helped clear my skin! It’s important to remember that no product will ever replace eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, and exercising often.

Until the next post!

 Samantha

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