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Asian Skin Care Routine: Morning
I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit during these last couple of months so I thought I should share it with you all. I decided to adopt the Asian skin care routine, not necessary the Asian products but the method. So far it’s been working wonderfully and my skin hasn’t been so clear in years. The key points of Asian skin care routine are: proper cleansing, hydration, and sun protection. This will be a 4-part series: 1) morning, 2) evening, 3) hormonal acne, and 4) treatments & teas.
Even though I still experience adult acne occasionally, my complexion is much better than it used to be. I’d like to reiterate that gentle products are more effective than oil-stripping products. It’s vital to maintain the moisture level on the skin because dehydrated skin can appear dull and is prone to be congested (bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads). Whenever I watch a Korea beauty show, the first thing they do for all the demos is to measure the moisture level on the model’s skin. Hydrated skin appears to be more youthful and fresh. Makeup also applies much better on smoother and hydrated skin. If you spend more time taking care of your skin, then you’ll find yourself using less makeup and being able to reveal more of your natural glow.
Background: I have a combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with mild rosacea. This skin care method works for all seasons but the products I chose are better suited for the time this post is originally published (summer).
These are the products from left to right:

1. CREAM CLEANSER. Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. (6 oz for $10) I prefer using a cream cleanser in the morning because it’s more gentle and hydrating. This cleanser does not remove makeup (not needed in the morning anyway) but it cleanses my face just fine. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used and my face feels moist after rinsing the cleanser off.
2. TONER. Shiseido Pureness Softener. (5 oz for $24.50) This is an alcohol-free toner that minimize my pores and prepares my skin for the rest of the my skin care routine. I genuinely believe that toners make a big difference in how effective my other products can be. With combination skin, it’s especially important to balance the oiliness and the dryness of my skin right after cleansing. Switching to a hydrating, alcohol-free toner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my skin!
3. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is the repackaged version of my old favorite acne spot treatment (Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel), which I’ve been using for the past 4 years. It’s clear and fragrance-free so I can use it under makeup during the day.
4. SERUM. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. (5 oz for $39) This is the step most (young) western skincare lines tend to skip. But it has made a huge difference in changing the texture of my skin. I recently started using the Ceramidin line and I am very impressed! It works especially well on combination skin. I pat this serum all over my face, especially on the drier parts that tend to get itchy from lack of moisture or dry out from acne treatment. This is a water-based serum so it’s light enough to be used over the summer. Sometimes foundation tends to make my skin look dry and rough but this serum fixes that problem. This product is also excellent for assisting with oil control.
5. LOTION. Olay Complete Lotion SPF 15. (6 oz for $8.99) If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have been using this lotion since middle school. Although the formulation has changed recently, it still works well for me and it doesn’t break me out. It contains SPF 15, is very light-weight, and works great under makeup.
6. SUNSCREEN. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. (1.7 oz for $12.98) This is an awesome facial sunscreen for those with combination/oily skin. The texture is more like a serum/essence than a cream. It’s so thin and light-weight so it doesn’t even feel like a sunscreen! It does not break me out and works well as a makeup base.

Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.
Stay tuned for part 2: everyday evening routine!
Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas


-Karen
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Asian Skin Care Routine: Morning

I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit during these last couple of months so I thought I should share it with you all. I decided to adopt the Asian skin care routine, not necessary the Asian products but the method. So far it’s been working wonderfully and my skin hasn’t been so clear in years. The key points of Asian skin care routine are: proper cleansing, hydration, and sun protection. This will be a 4-part series: 1) morning, 2) evening, 3) hormonal acne, and 4) treatments & teas.

Even though I still experience adult acne occasionally, my complexion is much better than it used to be. I’d like to reiterate that gentle products are more effective than oil-stripping products. It’s vital to maintain the moisture level on the skin because dehydrated skin can appear dull and is prone to be congested (bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads). Whenever I watch a Korea beauty show, the first thing they do for all the demos is to measure the moisture level on the model’s skin. Hydrated skin appears to be more youthful and fresh. Makeup also applies much better on smoother and hydrated skin. If you spend more time taking care of your skin, then you’ll find yourself using less makeup and being able to reveal more of your natural glow.

Background: I have a combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with mild rosacea. This skin care method works for all seasons but the products I chose are better suited for the time this post is originally published (summer).

These are the products from left to right:

1. CREAM CLEANSER. Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. (6 oz for $10) I prefer using a cream cleanser in the morning because it’s more gentle and hydrating. This cleanser does not remove makeup (not needed in the morning anyway) but it cleanses my face just fine. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used and my face feels moist after rinsing the cleanser off.

2. TONER. Shiseido Pureness Softener. (5 oz for $24.50) This is an alcohol-free toner that minimize my pores and prepares my skin for the rest of the my skin care routine. I genuinely believe that toners make a big difference in how effective my other products can be. With combination skin, it’s especially important to balance the oiliness and the dryness of my skin right after cleansing. Switching to a hydrating, alcohol-free toner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my skin!

3. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is the repackaged version of my old favorite acne spot treatment (Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel), which I’ve been using for the past 4 years. It’s clear and fragrance-free so I can use it under makeup during the day.

4. SERUM. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. (5 oz for $39) This is the step most (young) western skincare lines tend to skip. But it has made a huge difference in changing the texture of my skin. I recently started using the Ceramidin line and I am very impressed! It works especially well on combination skin. I pat this serum all over my face, especially on the drier parts that tend to get itchy from lack of moisture or dry out from acne treatment. This is a water-based serum so it’s light enough to be used over the summer. Sometimes foundation tends to make my skin look dry and rough but this serum fixes that problem. This product is also excellent for assisting with oil control.

5. LOTION. Olay Complete Lotion SPF 15. (6 oz for $8.99) If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have been using this lotion since middle school. Although the formulation has changed recently, it still works well for me and it doesn’t break me out. It contains SPF 15, is very light-weight, and works great under makeup.

6. SUNSCREEN. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. (1.7 oz for $12.98) This is an awesome facial sunscreen for those with combination/oily skin. The texture is more like a serum/essence than a cream. It’s so thin and light-weight so it doesn’t even feel like a sunscreen! It does not break me out and works well as a makeup base.

Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.

Stay tuned for part 2: everyday evening routine!

Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas

-Karen

Follow me on: Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Luvocracy

Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ PA+++ (#21 Natural Beige)

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This is the new 6-in-1 BB cushion released by Laneige earlier this year. Quite a few beauty bloggers and my close friend Kelly have been enjoying this new product. It’s specially designed for the summer time and it’s suitable for those with oily and combination skin. There are 3-4 shades available, depending on where you buy it. It comes with one refill and it retails for $39.88 on Jolse and $42.99 on ibuybeauti. At the moment, this version has not been released in the U.S. yet so it’s not available at Target. The BB cushion at Target has the same formula as the 5-in-1 Whitening BB Cushion sold in Korea.

If you already own a BB cushion case by any of the Amorepacific brands (e.g. Laneige, Etude House, IOPE, Innisfree, Mamonde, Espoir), you can simply buy the refill and it will fit into the case. Comparing the Whitening BB Cushion and the new Pore Control BB Cushion, the only difference in the outer packaging is the color of the case lid (light blue for pore control and white for whitening).

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5 Summer Beauty Favorites Under $20
Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly ($5)
the ultimate product for soothing redness caused by pimples or sun exposure
tightens pores (use in between toner and moisturizer)
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++ ($12)
very light-weight and thin
no typical sunscreen smell (contains a light citrus scent) or stickiness feeling
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater ($7)
can be used as a toner and a makeup setting spray
great for quickly treating dryness due to air conditioner or air travel
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99)
has a light-weight texture and gives a medium coverage
contains SPF 50
can be easily re-applied throughout the day
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya ($7.99)
moisturizing enough without using a lip balm beforehand
lightly tinted - perfect for everyday use
-Karen
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5 Summer Beauty Favorites Under $20

Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly ($5)

  • the ultimate product for soothing redness caused by pimples or sun exposure
  • tightens pores (use in between toner and moisturizer)

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++ ($12)

  • very light-weight and thin
  • no typical sunscreen smell (contains a light citrus scent) or stickiness feeling

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater ($7)

  • can be used as a toner and a makeup setting spray
  • great for quickly treating dryness due to air conditioner or air travel

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99)

  • has a light-weight texture and gives a medium coverage
  • contains SPF 50
  • can be easily re-applied throughout the day

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya ($7.99)

  • moisturizing enough without using a lip balm beforehand
  • lightly tinted - perfect for everyday use

-Karen

Follow me on: Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Luvocracy