My Skin Routine

So yes, I totally copied this from the Easy Korean Guy’s skincare guide available here, and just modified it using products that are actually available where I’m living locally right now. You can totally try to source the exact recommendations listed, I just don’t want to end up spending like 500 bucks a month on skin care lol. 

Korean Guys especially are known for having like amazing skin. And when you take a look at the routine; there’s not much of a doubt. I wanted to do the 10-step thing for a while now but felt like it was too much to do, and there wasn’t really like enough information to make sure I’m doing it correctly ahah. Also it’s taken some time to figure out what works for me. I’ll add some more options that personally work for me as I try out different products.

You can swap out products for ones that work for you obviously. A more expensive product doesn’t mean that you’re getting better results. 

Also note, you repeat all these steps both AM, and PM with the exception of sleeping masks are obviously only for the PM, and for exfoliating pads you can use once daily, or both AM/PM depending on your skin type.

1• Oil Cleanser


Modern Friction

Origins via Sephora

So for an oil cleanser I Use Modern Friction by Origins. A gentle, dual phase cleanser infused with radiance-boosting white and purple rice. 
This gentle, dual phase cleanser transforms with water from silky oil to creamy milk. Infused with radiance-boosting white and purple rice, it illuminates skin as it melts away dirt, makeup, and impurities. Skin feels comfortably clean and soft, and looks positively luminous. 

What else you need to know:
Legend says that Japanese women who bathed in rice water were renowned for their youthful glow. Rice’s skin-polishing properties made it an ancient beauty secret. It gently exfoliates to reveal soft, smooth, radiant skin. Purple rice from China, once reserved for nobility and called forbidden rice, is rich in antioxidants. 

2 • Foam Cleanser

So I choose this one for foaming cleanser it’s actually gel to foam and works in tandem with my foreo Luna 2 for men.

Designed with T-Sonic™ Activation that transforms active ingredients at the molecular level, the FOREO Cleanser for Men perfectly complements the LUNA for MEN. Formulated with the different needs of men in mind, this FOREO Cleanser will deliver a uniquely sensorial experience.

The CLEANSER for MEN is a powerful deep cleanser used twice a day to meet all of the facial-cleansing needs of men to purify and strengthen the skin. The type of skin men have is thick and rich in sebaceous glands, and is often afflicted from redness and irritation due to shaving. 

When used in tandem with a LUNA™ device, the CLEANSER for MEN’s transformative textures are brought to life and their active ingredients are stimulated into penetrating deeper into the skin, maximizing absorption and efficacy without compromising on gentleness. 

Transforming from a marine blue gel into a white foam, the CLEANSER for MEN derives its strength from the hydrothermal minerals in volcanic water to drive away impurities and excess sebum while detoxifying the skin of daily pollutants. Rich in mineral nutrients, it also nourishes and reinforces the skin. 

Product Highlights:

HYDROTHERMAL MINERALS: Found more than 2,000 meters inside volcanic hydrologic basins, hydrothermal minerals contain micro-algae extracts. These have hydrating, antioxidant and regenerative properties, and can accelerate cell metabolism and oxygenation.

MORINGA EXTRACT: The peptide extract from Moringa seeds facilitate the elimination of pollution particles.


3 • Beauty Water

Son & Park Beauty Water

Sokoglam

This ones actually a little harder to find now that Sephora doesn’t carry it anymore, and there’s a difference between beauty water and toner or just like Dr Jart Micro Water type waters.

This multi-tasking toner and cleansing water has quickly become a cult favorite, as well as a 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winner! It creates a clean base for the next steps in your skincare and makeup routine. Originally created by master artists, Son & Park, Beauty Water lives up to its name.

The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser but it mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya extract to help sweep away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin tone and smoother texture. 

Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so your skin can be prepped to absorb the next skin care steps, while adding in a bit of moisture. 

Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect canvas for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to whisk away remaining impurities. 

For normal, oily, dry, and combination skin types. Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin's natural pH after cleansing.
Paraben free.  

4. Toner

Ceramidin Moisturizing Toner

Via Sephora

A lightweight moisturizing toner that leaves skin supple, moisturized, and ready to absorb the next products in your regimen.

Solutions for:
- Dryness
- Loss of firmness and elasticity

This toner is now supercharged with 5-cera complex which leaves skin supple and moisturized. It also features panthenol, a calming complex of fig, centella asiatica, and phyto extracts which relieves cracked or flaky skin. This toner is for those who have dry, flaky, and rough-textured skin.

Ceramides are our skin’s natural protection barrier. They are composed of intercellular lipids that act as skin’s defense against environmental aggressors and maintain moisture levels. Think of your skin as a brick wall: when it is first built, it is strong and sturdy. Over time, it needs fortification to remain strong. As we age, we lose ceramides, leading to a decrease in elasticity and moisture.


5. Exfoliator 

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Lemon/Wine

Via StyleKorean

This is the perfect exfoliator whether you prefer chemical or manual exfoliation. With 30 single-use exfoliating pads, this product provides gentle yet effective exfoliation of dead skin cells and impurities, leaving skin smoother and clear. Dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface of the skin using the unique 3 layer pad technology, as lactic acid penetrates deep into your pores to clean out pore-clogging debris.

Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin.


6. Essence


Shiseido Eurdermine Revitalizing Essence

Via Sephora

A bestselling softening lotion that instantly hydrates and visibly brightens skin without adding weight. 
One of Shiseido’s most iconic products launched in Japan over 100 years ago, this illuminating and hydrating essence is an essential step in any J-beauty routine. 

The fast-absorbing, silky fluid instantly absorbs and retains moisture thanks to bio-hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Exfoliating enzymes gently slough away dead skin cells, while amino acids nourish. 

Formulated for all skin types, this featherweight fluid used after cleanser preps the face and helps any serums or moisturizes layered over top penetrate deeper and faster. 


7. Moisturizer


Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream Moisturizer

Via Sephora

A moisturizing cream supercharged with 5-cera complex that helps visibly strengthens skin and shield from water and moisture loss.

Now supercharged with 5-cera complex, this deeply moisturizing cream is even more effective at visibly strengthening skin and preventing dryness in harsh climates. It also improves the condition of an irritated skin barrier caused by environmental aggressors. This cream is for normal, dry, and very dry skin experiencing dryness, itchiness, roughness, and discomfort.

Ceramides are our skin’s natural protection barrier. They are composed of intercellular lipids that act as skin’s defense against environmental aggressors and maintain moisture levels. Think of your skin as a brick wall: when it is first built, it is strong and sturdy. Over time, it needs fortification to remain strong. As we age, we lose ceramides, leading to a decrease in elasticity and moisture.

UNO UV Perfection

If it is a day that there’s UV rays, or I’m somewhere else besides Newfoundland then obviously yes I’ll use SPF. This moisturizer is then the sub in because it has SPF 30 built in. I find that this does a little bit of a shine on your face tho. But most SPF products do leave a little bit of shine or white cast on your face.


8. Eye Cream

Misa Cho Bo Yang Eye Cream

Via Soko Glam

Put some pep into tired eyes with this richly concentrated eye cream.

Packed with tried-and-true ingredients from traditional Korean medicine – like ginseng root, deer antlers and yes, real gold – it’ll brighten and moisturize the area around your eyes.

9. SPF

NEOGEN Day-Light Protection

Via Sokoglam

This lightweight fluid-like sunscreen offers major protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50 PA +++. It offers light but nourishing hydration from rose and raspberry extracts, so those with dry skin can get an extra boost of hydration after layering over moisturizer and normal to oily skin can use this is a moisturizer with sun protection. It protects all day and wears well under makeup, leaving zero white cast or greasy feeling on your skin.

Most of the products that I use already contain SPF, as honestly I’d rather it be combined in a product rather then overlaying an entire sunscreen onto my face because that shit gets greasy. I live in Newfoundland currently and our winters like, the UV index never goes over 0, probably why everybody is pale as fuck here.

10. Sleeping Mask

Dr Jart Water Fuse 

Via Sephora

Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask is an overnight mask that creates a protective barrier on your skin to lock in vital moisture and nutrients while you get your beauty sleep. 

This formula contains a blend of AquaMinerals, which directs waterflow and helps maintain balanced moisture levels, visibly boosting firmness and elasticity. Himalayan pink salt supports natural cell regeneration, while Belgium hot spring water and natural barrier complex remove impurities from pores and provide soothing and antibacterial benefits. Aquaicia and oligo-HA hydrates to keep skin looking and feeling healthy and bright.

Water Fuse is formulated with minerals and hydrators that deliver hydration to help restore skin’s moisture levels to their optimal state. 

With hydration in balance, skin functions normally, and is able to focus energy on fighting external and internal aggressors. 

The proprietary AquaMineral complex is made of exact amounts of skin-identical minerals—sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Combined, controlled osmotic pressure in skin directs water flow through “waterways”. These four specific minerals possess the ability to improve water absorption. 

This product is free from 10 harmful ingredients such as artificial fragrance or color, denatured alcohol, triethanolamine, sulfate-based surfactants, triclosan, mineral oil, propylene glycol, and DEA that causes skin irritation.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Via Sephora


王可森 (Kesen)

Canadian Born, Asia-Raised. Currently living in Taiwan. Interests include basically anything tech/web, music (Listen to my album on the left Menu!) Asian Politics and Policy, and Asian Boys lolol.