Korean Skincare Routine #2 | Ally

Hey, Ally here! I'm back with the second step/segment. I hoped the first post was helpful and now it's time for the second. I apologise in advance if you find it annoying having to wait post-by-post to get the complete routine but I've been really trying to give you guys a detailed explanation so you get the whole picture rather than bits and pieces. 

If you haven't read the first step to this routine: click here

Exfoliating is another step you mustn’t skip. When exfoliating, the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin are buffed away. Leaving you with the softer, newer layer of skin. (Like a baby’s bottom) Dead skin cells can contribute to a flat and dull complexion as well as blemishes. It is also important to exfoliate because the dead skin cells may clog up your pores, leading to acne, blackheads and further breakouts. (You get where I’m going) Without the extra layer of dead skin cells, your skincare products like mask packs and moisturizers will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin.

Tip: Do not exfoliate on a daily basis, as it may be too rough on your skin. I personally would recommend exfoliating at least once a week and not more than three times a week. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to stay away from harsh exfoliators as it may cause irritation to the skin or tears.

If you are using a harsh exfoliator, it’s best to only use it once a week. (That is if you don’t have sensitive skin) You don’t want wear and tear on your skin. It is important to use a gentle yet effective exfoliator. There are many different types of exfoliators:

- Scrubs
Scrubs contain grainy beads of particles to aid in removing the dead skin cells as you massage it on to your face. Exfoliating scrubs range from large grains to gentler textures such as micro beads. You could also DIY it yourself!

P.S. There might be a few skincare DIYs coming your way…..so stay tuned. <3

- Peeling Gels
Peeling gels are amazing! They are like miracle workers…..for your skin. Peeling gels are basically exfoliators in gel form. You would apply/spread it on your face as you would with any creams and when you gently rub it with your fingertips…..the dead skin cells ‘magically’ J (as I may say), bead off of your skin revealing the newer, smoother layer of skin. It may look disgusting at first, but trust me…it’s working!

Some of you may question whether or not you should use a toner to tone your skin after cleansing. The answer is: YES! It is an extra step in the routine but toning is equally important as moisturizing your skin in the first place.

Toning is an important step right after cleansing because the natural pH levels of your skin are all ‘messed’ up after cleansing. To restore the pH level, you’re either gonna have to wait for your skin to work overtime to restore it or you could save your skin the trouble and use a toner to instantly balance the pH levels again. (You owe it to your skin) By restoring the pH levels, it helps in the battle between your skin and the free radicals such as bacteria and microorganisms. Long story short, yes…..you should tone your skin.

Using a toner will also help close your pores. When cleansing, your pores are open. Toners will help close the pores but at the same time, it won’t clog up your pores again so no worries. 

There are many types of toners as well; some may claim to kill bacteria while others may simply just restore your skin’s natural pH level. There are some toners that do exfoliate but those toners are more likely to contain alcohol. If you have dry or sensitive skin, stay away from any beauty products that contain alcohol, as it may be ultra-drying. You’d rather have your skin be J than > L…..

Tip: You can apply your toner on a cotton pad (not too much but just enough to soak the cotton pad and also not to the extend of dripping wet) and wipe your entire face with the damp cotton pad. Be careful around the sensitive eye area making sure not to pull at it. And also, you don’t have to wash the toner off. Just leave it to soak into your skin for a few seconds and move on with the next step. Another way is by simply pouring a small amount onto the palm of your hand and pat it into your skin.

Be happy,
Ally <3

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