Many people comment of the quality of my skin, which is something that I am very proud and thankful for. While at school, you are constantly in a cycle of stress and in many cases cold weather that is not good for your skin. As such, I have created a skin care routine modelled after the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine. It is suited for my normal skin and dry/cold climate. Thankfully, I do not have to worry about any breakout treatments or presentation (knock on wood) when going through this routine. I set aside 10 minutes in the morning and evening to complete this routine, often after a short yoga session (self-care all the way!)
In the morning, I start with an oil wash. In the “10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine”, they say oil based, but I jump right in. I take two fingers of coconut oil, massage onto my dry face then rinse with lukewarm water. This removes first layer of dirt and makeup. I follow up with a foam wash at this point to remove and excess oil or dirt. I have the Avène cleansing foam which comes recommended for most skin types. I take a pump of it, massage into skin and then rinse off with lukewarm water. A couple times a week, I exfoliate in the morning with a face exfoliant to get any deep dirt out!
After all this is done, I crack out the toner. I have the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray which has a bit of aloe. It is light and a cheap Amazon purchase. I spritz and tap, but many use a cotton pad instead. If my face is super dry, I use some vitamin E oil. For the most part though I can skip my face and use it for my nails (but that’s another post). Following this, I use all my favourite No. 7 products. I start with the Early Defense serum followed by the Early Defense eye cream and finally the Early Defense Day Cream. All of these products are suited for younger skin to help prevent a lot of issues and is very moisturizing. With all of these protects, Tap! Don’t rub! I finish it off with Neutrogena sunscreen as it is light, dry and mine is an SPF protection of 110! If I am off to class, I toss on some mascara and tinted chap stick.
Throughout the day, I travel with hand cream, day cream, chap stick and a tinted chapstick in my beloved Black Knight wristlet. This allows for any touch ups, especially in the cold weather!
For the evening, I switch it up a little bit. I stick with the oil wash and foam wash deal up follow up with the No. 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser. It is super easy and does a great job clearing my pores. A couple times a week I do a mud mask or a sheet mask (depending on the quality of my skin that week). Then I follow up with toner, the No.7 Eye cream and then my sacred Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active Marine Plasma (say that 10 times fast). The EGHCAMP is super hydrating (as well as tightening since it is meant for older ladies!), and just a little dab does my face and neck. I end my day off with a round of moisturizer and ties my hair up for bed!
It is long, tedious and time consuming to do this every day. But it is worth it.
Find the right products for your skin type, your budget and your routine. I highly recommend No. 7, Elizabeth Grant and Avène, and have found them at Shopper Drug Mart as well as Winners for great deals. The big take away though, no matter your routine, is to take some time every day to relax and focus on you. It was limit your stress levels and your breakouts!