My Daily and Weekly Skincare Routine

9.10.17

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I know this is probably starting to sound very familiar; but I want to finish off my high school career strong. After saying, and writing, that over and over again I realized that I didn't want to finish my school career strong, I wanted to finish my childhood off strong. Next year I will be turning eighteen and going off to college. As much as I want to cling to my childhood, I would rather enter the "real world" more independent and self-reliant.

What does this have to do with a skin routine? Well, routines can't function properly without discipline. It wasn't until recently that I started paying more attention to my personal well-being. Self-care wasn't really something I practiced. I always felt like I could do more for my skin though. Ever since middle school I have been plagued with acne-prone skin. At first it really bothered me. My mom would comment on how my skin broke out so easily, very much unlike hers when she was younger. Cue the worried twelve year old face.

Eventually I got used to, or more gave up on, my acne. The acne and I became one. Then I remembered a verse on self-care.

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?" 1 Corinthians 6:19
I recognized that I needed to start paying attention to my body and decided to start with my skin. Many face washes came and went. Sadly, younger me wasn't ready for the responsibility of a full routine.

I'm not sure what year it was, but my cousin made a comment about it. Not like a mean comment, but more of a "what are you doing for your acne?" comment. Of course I said nothing really. He then introduced me to an astringent pad that I continued to use until just around a month ago. After moving to Korea I thought the only logical thing to do was to switch to a Korean face routine. Etude House reeled me in with their uber-pink store front. And with that I present to you my new daily and weekly skincare routine.

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1 | Meet the cast

From left to right: Olay Regenerating Lotion w/ Sunscreen SPF 15 | Jellyfish Silicon Brush | Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam | 10-in-1 Wonder Pore Freshner

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2 | On the daily

My daily routines are pretty basic. In the morning I use the foam cleanser. Then I apply some pore freshner/toner. To keep my skin hydrated I put on some moisturizer. Depending on whether or not I plan on going outside in the sun, I will either put on the one with sunscreen or the one without. I do tend to go out regularly so I lean more towards the one with sunscreen. At night I do the exact same thing without the moisturizer. For some reason my skin produces an excessive amount of oil while I sleep so I don't need the moisturizer then.

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3 | Bi-weekly

Twice a week, or less, I try to exfoliate. When I went to buy an exfoliater from Etude House I was shocked when the clerk handed me this pink jellyfish/dog type thing. This is how it works: inside there is a sponge, on the bottom is an opening where you add your cleanser and on top there are openings for it to come out, next you add water, finally you squish it repeatedly until foam comes out the top. Neat, right? The 'tentacles' are for face massages and the top gently exfoliates your skin. In a way I'm happy I didn't buy an exfoliating scrub; I can over exfoliate my skin easily when given the chance. Luckily the silicon brush is very gentle regardless of how much pressure I apply. 

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4 | Once a week

Every Sunday I like to treat myself to a sheet mask. At the moment I use the Collagen Sheet Masks and the Green Tea Sheet Masks from Etude House. Alternating, week by week, gives me an extra boost of collagen and moisture. It's easy to pop on a mask and browse Pinterest while I wait. What a win-win situation!

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Do you have a daily skin routine? What does it look like? Do you have any products you could recommend? Let's get talking in the comments below!
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