The Korean 10 Step Skincare System for Acne-prone Skin


10 step skincare acne prone skin

Normally, I’m all for the 3 step skincare system: cleanser, spot treatment, and moisturizer.  And I have been a huge supporter of this lazy skincare system for years now.  Until recently, those few steps were enough to keep my skin clear and kind of soft.  (I was terrible at remembering to exfoliate…)

But with stress from work and school combined with my three hours of beauty rest every night, my skin is far from clear or soft.  So, I decided to try out the 10 step skincare system.

What is the 10 Step Skincare System?

The founder of SOKO glam, Charlotte Cho, wrote a book called The Little Book of Skincare, where she explains the importance of replenishment, hydration, and exfoliation.  She recommends people of every skin type to use a non-stripping cleanser because oily skin is usually the result of dry skin trying to replenish itself with sebum.  With excess sebum, pores will clog and your skin will break out and blackheads will emerge.  Charlotte emphasizes the importance of hydration because hydrated skin heals better and hydrated skin is more even toned and smooth.

In her book, she lists out 10 steps:

  1. Oil Cleanser
  2. Water Cleanser
  3. Scrub
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serum
  7. Mask
  8. Eye cream
  9. Moisturize
  10. SPF lotion

The Importance of Double Cleansing

So, you might be wondering, “Why are there two cleansers?”  Well, Koreans really believe in clean skin.  Double cleansing will help you remove all your makeup from the day and really clean your pores.  First, the oil cleanser breaks down your makeup and cleans your skin without stripping it of all its natural oils.  Second, the water cleanser cleans deeper in to your pores to make sure that there is no makeup residue left.

By double cleansing, your skin will be cleaner, have less clogged pores, and have smaller pores.  Pore size is reduced because there is no GUNK stuck in them!

Why Should I Exfoliate?

Exfoliating is an important step in keeping pores clean, your face smooth, and your face more even-toned.  The reason why exfoliating works is because the process of exfoliating removes dead skin cells.  As a result, your skin looks more radiant and even toned.

There are two types of exfoliation chemical and physical.  Chemical exfoliations are more gentle while physical exfoliation involves sugars or tiny micro-beads and can irritate the skin because of the physical abrasion.

Personally, I use a chemical exfoliant every two days and a physical exfoliant about twice a month.  This routine has helped my cells regenerate quicker and my acne scars to heal faster.  My skin also feels smoother and looks more even-toned.  If this routine irritates your skin, try exfoliating every three days.  Skincare needs to be catered to your skin, so do what’s best for it.  Plus, after double cleansing and exfoliating your skin will be better prepped for essence and serums.  Because your skin is clean, it can absorb products better.

The Importance of Hydration

Hydrated skin is healthy skin.  This is the reason why there are 7 steps dedicated to hydration in the 10 step skincare system.  Toner is used to hydrate and clean whatever residue is left on the skin after double cleansing.  After wiping your face with a cotton pad soaked in toner, apply an essence.

Essence is a light lotion.  It absorbs quickly in to the skin and gives it a good dose of hydration.  Once the essence absorbs into your skin, apply a serum to your face and neck.

Serums are a concentrated solution that hydrates and nourishes your skin with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

To really nourish and hydrate your skin, you need to invest in a good sheet mask.  A sheet mask is a paper mask that is soaked in serum.  You take it out of the package and unfold the mask.  Once you have carefully unfolded the mask, place it over your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.  Plus, the mask really helps your skin absorb the serum and lock it in.

The Importance of SPF

After doing all that work, you have to protect your skin from UV rays with a good SPF lotion.  UV rays can damage skin cells which causes pre-mature wrinkles and discoloration.

Once your applied your SPF, you can continue with your makeup routine.  Trust me, your makeup will actually go on your skin better because its smoother.  BONUS!

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The Products I Use

Since I have acne-prone skin, I customized the perfect 10 step skincare system for my skin-type.  The ten products I use are:

  1. Garnier Fructis Oil Cleanser
  2. DermaE Purifying Charcoal Cleanser
  3. Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It
  4. The Body Shop Mattifying Tea Tree Toner
  5. SK II Facial Treatment Lotion
  6. LumaPro-C Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector
  7. Tony Moly Tea Tree Mask/ Dr. Jart Clearing Solution Mask/ Glamglow Superclearing mud mask
  8. Eye Cream
  9. Cerave Moisturizer
  10. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen

My Results + Product Reviews and Tips

My skin feels softer, smoother, and more even toned after two weeks with this 10 step skincare system.  I still have breakouts because I ate way too much dairy and had an influx of hormones from that awesome time of the month we all love.  To help with the scarring and hyper-pigmentation left from my blemishes, I use the LumaPro-C Skin Brightening Pigment corrector.  This serum evens out my skin while also making it feel baby soft.  The serum has vitamin C in it too!  And Vitamin C is one of the key ingredients for radiant skin.

If you can’t find a good essence or don’t want to splurge for the SK II one that I’m using, try applying a second more moisturizing toner.  It will give you the same benefits of an essence at a fraction of the cost!

After all this, I’m sure you already know the answer to the question: Does it work? Yes, the 10 step skincare system works. And I promise it doesn’t take up too much time.  Actually, it only takes me 20 minutes to finish this skincare routine from beginning to end (if I do the sheet mask).  On days without the mask, I’m done in 10 minutes.

Would you try this 10 step routine?

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5 Winter Essentials You can SCORE at (almost) ANY Thrift Store

It’s January and it’s cold.  Sadly, RVA is getting cold rain and not snow this month.  Since I started school again, I realized how expensive textbooks were.  I spent almost $900 on textbooks alone.  YIKES!

So, I can’t afford to get some new layering pieces for this winter.  Instead, I went to some of my favorite thrift stores in RVA.  Goodwill and Diversity Thrift.  As the temperatures start dropping in to the low 30s and 20s, I’ll be ready.  This winter I’m going to stay warm while being bundled up with some of my favorite winter essentials that you can score at a thrift store!

My Five Winter Essentials

One

This first one is my personal favorite (and weakness): Sweaters.  I love sweaters.  Sweaters are an absolute winter essential in my book.  I have at least 15 sweaters (or possibly more…I don’t think I want to count).  For $5-$7, I can get a super chic sweater from Banana Republic, JCREW, Forever 21 and some random brands I haven’t even heard of before.  You can find thick knit, thin knit, handmade, and every type of sweater there is at the thrift store.  Just remember to check the sweater for loose threads, holes, or stains.

Two

Jeans.  Not only are they winter essentials but they’re wardrobe essentials.  So, it’s worthwhile to find a good pair.  I know some people that hate looking for jeans at a thrift store.  But I’ve honestly found a ton of good ones.  You just need to have some patience and take the time to try them on.  Because some jeans like Vintage Levi’s or Lei’s jeans are sized differently than they are now.  Not only can you find a a huge variety of vintage jeans but you can also find more modern fits like skinny jeans from American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, AEROpostale, PACSUN, you name it they probably have it.  In the past, I have found Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, 7 for all mankind, and Lucky Brand at the thrift store.

Three

Turtlenecks are making a comeback people and they are quickly becoming winter essentials.  Turtlenecks are great for layering.  They look great layered under summer dresses or worn on their own with a cool pair of jeans.  Trust me, when you walk in to a thrift store it’s like walking through the 80s and 90s (which is not always a bad thing).  Especially if you love that 90s look.  And guess what the 80s and 90s have a lot of.  TURTLENECKS.  Go to the long-sleeve section of your thrift store and start treasure hunting.

Four

There are always a HUGE pile of scarves, so get ready to dig.  Blanket scarves are definitely winter essentials, especially when the weather starts to drop to the teens.  I’ve found two blanket scarves at Goodwill that I’m absolutely in love with.  One was only $3.50 and the other was $5.  They’re both great deals, super soft, and super warm.

Five

If you love a good deal, you definitely need to check out the jacket section at your local thrift store.  They sometimes have trendy puffer jackets, classic denim jackets, and sometimes even a cool leather jacket.  My friend actually scored a genuine leather jacket for $20 at Goodwill!  It’s slightly cropped and absolutely adorable.  For me, denim jackets are where it’s at.  I love seeing the patched denim jackets on Pinterest and the ones with cool banners on the back.  So, I’ve been hunting for loose-fitting boxy cut denim jackets ever since.  I’ve actually collected three of them already.

Whenever you go to a thrift store, just remember to have fun. Take each aisle one by one and don’t get overwhelmed.  There’s a lot of stuff.  Underneath all the stuff, your treasure awaits.

Quick tip: Remember if you like it, buy it.

You can always alter it, distress it, or customize it.

My top 3 Thrifting Tips will be coming soon to the blog!

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6 Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin that You Didn’t Know + Bonus Review

Chia Seeds Benefits Hair

Chia seeds are one of the hottest food trends right now.  Not only are chia seeds great for weight loss but they’re also great for your hair and skin too!  The benefits of chia seeds are endless.

They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, and iron.  The antioxidants and minerals found in chia seeds help your hair grow stronger, fuller, and shinier. Plus, chia seeds also improve your skin with bacteria fighting antioxidants and skin rejuvenating minerals.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

1) So,not all fats are bad. These ones are actually some of the best. Omega-3 fatty acids can actually treat dry hair and promote the growth of strong, shiny hair. How you may ask? Well, this antioxidant improves blood circulation throughout your body. By carrying fresh blood to your scalp, your hair gets more nutrition, making it less dry and damaged.  In addition to the extra does of nutrients, these healthy fats also nourish hair follicles at the scalp which improves hair growth and prevents the development of dandruff.

2) Improved blood circulation helps your skin become more hydrated, radiant, even-toned, and smooth.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds also contain ERP and DHA which have bacteria-fighting properties and skin rejuvenating features.  Another amazing benefit of ERP and DHA is its ability to reduce skin damage from UV rays and treat hyper pigmentation in the skin because they inhibit the synthesis of melanin in the skin. As a result your skin is more even toned and radiant.

Protein

3) Hair is made of keratin. This protein can get stronger when you consume or apply more protein to your hair. The high levels of protein found in chia seeds encourages hair growth and makes hair shinier and stronger.

Zinc

4) Zinc is one of those vitamins listed in many multivitamin supplements. But what does it really do? Researchers have found that Zinc promotes hair growth by stimulating hair follicles and increasing cell growth.

5) When you consume or apply supplements containing Zinc to your skin, it can reduce acne and clogged pores.  Because Zinc improves your immune system, your body can better defend itself from bacteria which leads to clogged pores and inflamed acne spots.

Iron

6) Much like Zinc, Iron promotes hair growth by increasing the amount of hemoglobin going to our scalp and hair follicles.  With higher levels of iron, our hair follicles are stronger and more likely to stay attached to our head.

An easy way to incorporate chia seeds in to your hair routine is with HASK chia seed volumes get shampoo. This shampoo smells amazing and the conditioner leaves your hair soft and full. I wash my hair three times a week with this shampoo and conditioner combo and I’m loving the results.  The conditioner never leaves my hair heavy or oily.  It just gives my hair a nice volume boost.  When I blow dry my hair, I can definitely see a difference in volume that I didn’t have before. Plus, HASK shampoos and conditioners don’t have any sulfates or parabens.

For your skin, try making a DIY mask with chia seeds and coconut oil. The mask will leave your skin hydrated from the coconut oil and smooth from the exfoliating chia seeds.

 

**Disclaimer: I received the shampoo and conditioner free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own. **

The Two Best Products for Acne Scarring + Bonus Reviews


Acne Scarring products

I started breaking out when I was 13.  My cystic acne has left my skin with hyper-pigmentation and pretty severe scarring.  Recently, I’ve started using Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum and Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex to help combat my uneven skin tone.

I’ve had pretty severe breakouts since November.  I had clusters of huge painful cysts around my chin and jawline.  So, I couldn’t give these two products a try.  But now that my skin is slowly healing.  It’s time to break these babies out.

Let’s start with why I chose these two products.  The Exuviance cream has anti-aging properties to help with skin suppleness and elasticity.  Plus, the name of the cream is Evening RESTORative complex.  After that many breakouts, my skin definitely needs any help it can get.  The cream has a light floral scent and comes packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and an array of botanicals to repair damaged sin and prevent wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid restores moisture in to my skin.  This is very necessary since I used 10% sulfur solutions and benzoyl peroxide to treat my blemishes.  Both these acne treatments are effective but also very drying.  But now that my skin is healing, Vitamin A, C, and E actually helps with cell restoration, so my skin can heal faster.  Plus, dermatologists have found that these vitamins also leave your skin brighter and more even toned.

Now, I know what you’re thinking anti-aging products at 23??? Well, here’s a secret.  You’re never too young to start combating aging skin.  We’re constantly being exposed to sunlight and who can really say they get their full 8 hours every night?  Excess sunlight and lack of sleep can make you age way faster than you’re willing to admit.  And with aging skin, prevention is key.  Another reason why I love using anti-aging products is because the formula dermatologists put in to serums and creams to fill in wrinkles can actually fill in the pock marks and scarring on your skin too.

I apply the Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex every night and every morning, I use the Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum.  The reason why I chose the Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum to treat my hyper-pigmentation and acne scarring is because the serum is applied with a roller ball which can help stimulate cell regeneration as you rub it over the scarred tissue.  Plus, the cooling roller ball makes sure that the product is absorbed quickly in to the skin.

After 4 weeks of using these two products, I have found that my skin texture is softer and smoother.  There isn’t a huge difference in my acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation yet but I can definitely see a reduction in redness and the depth of the scar.  When you’re an acne sufferer, I promise that any little bit helps.  With these two products, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with going out bare-faced.

If you have any products you use to treat acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation, then leave it down below!  I’m always up to try new products!

 

**Disclaimer: I received the Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex free of charge for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Dry Hair is No Longer A Problem!

Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair Shampoo fights dry hair

 

After a summer of pool days, beach vacations, and long days in the sun, dry hair is inevitable. And with sweater weather in full force, my hair is getting staticky. It sticks to my face, stands up at the ends, and looks dull at the roots and mid shaft. I tried so many things to get rid of dull hair, dry hair, and brittle hair.  But nothing worked.  I spent hours on google and Pinterest looking at various homemade hair masks.

Over the passed three months, I’ve used Argan oil, coconut oil, and treatment masks. But nothing can combat my dry hair.  Instead these oils just leave my dry scalp and dry hair, greasy at the ends with a less than impressive shine. But when I tried Superfruit’s healthy hair shampoo and conditioner, I saw instant results. After washing with the healthy hair duo, I let my hair air dry and it was noticeable softer and had a healthy shine to it. Plus, the shampoo smells amazing. The scent reminds me of cranberries which makes it perfect for this time of year!

I would definitely recommend this product to any one with dry  hair or dull toned hair. If you have oily hair then this product will definitely give your hair a healthy shine. however with oily hair be careful of day 2 hair, your hair can get greasy at the roots with this healthy hair duo. To prevent that, just spray some dry shampoo in to your hair the night before and in the morning. Your hair will maintain its style and it’ll look and smell clean. Plus, the hair brush has various sized bristles so it’ll detangle your hair without pulling it.

What really makes this shampoo and conditioner fabulous are the ingredients. It’s made from Acai berries which give it a great cranberry scent. Plus the duo has mangosteen oil to give moisture and shine to your hair. The shampoo and conditioner contains no sulfates or Parabens.

Whats your favorite shampoo?

**Disclaimer: I received the shampoo and conditioner free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**