In June, I treated myself to some new skincare products on a quest for healthier, clearer skin. Now that I’ve been using them for about a month, I can honestly say that they are clearing up my skin! I decided to educate myself a bit about the Korean Skincare method, which is a lengthy process and a bit of an investment to start from scratch. Nevertheless, I am loving the results: a smoother forehead, a clearer chin, and glowing skin. Do you use K-Beauty skincare methods, too? Let me preface this by saying that these products are a part of my night-time routine. I will share my daytime skincare routine soon. Keep reading to see what has been making my skin glow since June!
Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil
For the first step in my skincare routine at night, I use this cleansing oil to remove my makeup. At $8, this product smells flowery and removes every speck of waterproof mascara and matte lipstick. It sounds crazy that you would use oil to clean the oil and dirt off your face, but the cleansing oil acts like a magnet to extract impurities. If you have acne, this product will actually help clear up your skin! If you want to try the K-Beauty skincare routine, you will need an oil-based cleanser. Micellar water also works for this first cleansing step, so if you have been using it or makeup wipes, you’ve already been on the right track. The method is called double-cleansing if you want to learn more!
Philosophy Purity Facial Cleansing Gel
The second step in the K-beauty skincare routine is cleansing your face with a gentle lathering cleanser. Yep, you read that right! I use two face cleansers. First, the Neutrogena oil cleanser removes makeup, and then this Philosophy gel cleanser gets deeper in the pores to clean my actual skin (and not just remove foundation and mascara). I won this cleanser in a giveaway from Dillards in May, but you can purchase the Philosophy Purity Facial Cleansing Gel for $23 here. If you already have a face wash, chances are you are already covered for double-cleansing. Now, double-cleansing (washing your face with oil and then face wash) might seem tedious, but it clears up the skin! It worked for me and enabled me to go foundation-free this summer, especially in my chin area. This method helps combat and control hormonal acne, which affects every lady! I have also read amazing things about Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. It has a low pH and has won multiple beauty awards. I didn’t bite the bullet on it yet because I am a minimalist and frugal, but I will purchase it once I go through this bottle of Philosophy cleanser.
Pixi Glow Tonic
After double-cleansing, I shake a few drops of this toner onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. If you’re new to using toner, it shrinks pores, helps with oily skin, and combats acne. After hearing rave reviews about Pixi Glow Tonic, I purchased it and understand what all the hype is about. This toner has glycolic acid in the formula to gently exfoliate sensitive skin. This product makes my skin glow! Even better, it only costs $15 and is cruelty-free. Thayers Toner is another affordable option at $10. Toner has cut down on my chin acne, thanks to the 5% glycolic acid. This step is easy and preps the skin for a moisturizer.
Olivia Care Rosehip Oil Face Serum
While there are several more steps in the Korean skincare routine (exfoliator, essence, face mask, eye cream, moisturizer, etc), I decided to get a basic serum to end my simplified skincare routine at night. Rose hip oil was recommended to me by a skincare blogger (can’t remember her name at the moment). The Olivia Care Rosehip Oil Serum is very affordable at $8 and has many benefits, including skin cell renewal to discourage acne and clogged pores. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles due to intense hydration. My favorite benefit of rosehip oil is that it fades sun spots and acne scars! Talk about a skincare MVP! I pat this on my skin after I have double-cleansed and wiped toner on my face. I love to use it at night since it is heavier.
Pro tip: apply this last in your routine as it is the thickest product. I don’t suggest putting this on your face in the morning, unless you want to rock the no-makeup look. If you apply foundation on top of this oil, it will sit on top of your skin and not blend well. This serum needs to take center stage and work its magic on its own.
Meow Meow Tweet Migrator Kit
I was browsing the apothecary section at Hey Rooster one afternoon when I happened upon this travel set of skincare. I enjoy discovering small-batch skincare products and this travel set just had to come home with me. I chose the Lavender scented kit and was delighted to get so many goodies included for $48. Since I loved the Meow Meow Tweet line (due to delicious scents and whimsical packaging), I bought this kit to be able to try 7 different products: an oil-based cleanser, face exfoliant, spray toner, facial serum, body wash, body oil, and deodorant. All of the products are plant-based and have a clean, herbal scent. So far, I’m favoring the face wash, spray toner, serum, and deodorant. I recommend this small-batch natural skincare line if you are looking for a good travel set or a creative gift for a skincare junkie.
Meow Meow Tweet Lavender Bergamot Deodorant
This Meow Meow Tweet deodorant came in the travel kit listed above, but I want to give it another shout-out. For the first few days that I wore this, I kept mistaking the scent for perfume (as in, I didn’t realize it was me who smelled so divine). The lavender and bergamot notes smell like a sweet, springy French perfume. Since it is aluminum free, it does need to reapplied half way through the day to keep body odor at bay, but I just see it as a perfume refresher! Do you use natural deodorant, too?
I hope you enjoyed June and July’s Finds of the Month! I purchased all of these skincare products as an investment in my skin and I would do it a million times over! I love these products as they have given me glowing results and cut down on my acne. Do you use Korean skincare methods, too? Let me know!