Korean Skincare Routine #4 | Ally

Hey, it's me Ally! Again... This is gonna be the last and final post on the Skincare Routine series-ish I had going on here. I hope it has helped because I know how confusing it can be when you're first starting out with any skincare routine. If you've missed the previous 3 posts...I've got you covered:
Click Here for the first post.
Click Here for the second post.
Click Here for the third post.

 - - - - - { Let's get on with the final steps in this routine } - - - - -

Moisturizing as many of you know is the MOST important step of all in any skincare routine. It isn’t called a skincare routine if it doesn’t include moisturizers. Bare with me in this step because to fully understand how moisturizers work…..it involves a little scientific explanation. (Trust me it isn’t as hard as rocket science J)

As Science has taught me, our skin consist of 3 layers that is the Epidermis (Outer layer), the Dermis (Second layer) and the Hypodermis/Fatty tissue (Third layer). Blood vessels provide moisture only to the second layer of the skin (Dermis), which then moves upwards to the Epidermis. From there, the moisture evaporates into the atmosphere leaving your skin dry/scaly.

How moisturizers work:
> Moisturizers either create a barrier to lock in the moisture in your skin or they replenish the moisture that has already been lost <

There are 3 different types of moisturizers:
-       Occlusives
-       Emollients
-       Humectants

1. Occlusives
Occlusives have more of a waxy/silicone texture very much like Vaseline. It creates a barrier on the outer layer of the skin, which traps the moisture from evaporating. Occlusives work well in terms of reducing dryness however, they may tend to be very messy, sticky, oily and not very appealing. (You don’t want to look like you dunk your head in a bowl of oil…do yah?)

2. Emollients
Occlusives coat the skin whereas emollients penetrate the skin to restore any moisture lost leaving the skin feeling subtle and soft. Our skin are like brick walls with bricks and cement holding them all together. Emollients function as the cement in the gaps and retain moisture leaving the skin feeling smooth.

3. Humectants
Humectants aren’t the best but how they work is by absorbing/attracting moisture and locking it in your skin. Humectants basically infiltrates the epidermis layer, absorbs moisture and locks it all in. However, in super dry conditions, humectants may pull the moisture from the inner layers of the skin leaving your skin even dryer than before.

Conclusion: Moisturizers + Skin = ♡ Happy Couple ♡

You may wonder if you really need an eye cream? The answer = YES! The delicate skin around the eye area is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Wrinkles, sagging, dark circles…you name it. I personally don’t recommend using your normal face moisturizer around your eye area, as it can be too much. So use an eye cream specifically formulated for the skin around your eyes. You know how people say, “prevention is better than cure?” Yea…preventing wrinkles at an early stage is much better than trying to reverse time when you do already have wrinkles.

Tip: Also try getting an anti-wrinkle cream and apply it on your smile line as well. Your smile line is basically at the corners of your mouth. Overtime, you may see lines forming so prevent that before it actually happens.

Not many people may know or have used sleeping masks/packs before because they aren’t that commercialized in most places. It isn’t a main step you must follow but it’s more of a pick-me-up when your skin needs it. Sleeping masks/packs are usually cream or gel based moisturizers you leave on overnight and wash off in the morning. Sleeping packs do promise to address different issues. So based on your skin’s condition, you could try some sleeping packs for a new experience.

♡ The End!!! ♡

I can't believe this is the end of the super long routine but at least now you can actually start the routine...Sorry it took so long but I finally got it done. Sense of relief J

Hope you enjoyed it,