The Skincare Routine That Has Completely Transformed My Skin in Under a Week
Bodies are funny – they THRIVE with a certain product, a certain food, a certain workout…then one day, it’s the complete opposite. Like CrossFit for me…or paleo…or these days, skincare. I’ve been using the same products for years, but I’ve found that in the past year my skin has been pushing back. Especially as I start to travel to humid places again. As soon as I get back to dry Colorado, my skin is dry (duh), flaky, and honestly miserable. I found that all the work I’ve been doing at the esthetician month after month wasn’t really showing through because my skin was so dry that it actually looked older. The products I had used for years and loved just weren’t working for my skin any longer and I had to make a change. So I reached out on instagram to see what recommendations people had for dry skin. And let me tell you…99.9% of the responses were different. I think I saw ONE person who recommended the same product as someone else. How insane is that? Hundreds, maybe even thousands of responses, were all completely different. That’s proof right there that not only are all skin types so different, but there are about a million different skincare products to choose from.
After all those responses, I felt even more lost. I didn’t know where to start so I started at Walgreens with some of the drug store finds. A little aquaphor and cerave would fix my dry skin right up, right? Wrong. I was still miserably dry. Then I read a message from someone recommending the 7 Skin Method (google it for more infor). I’ll give you the quick breakdown – it’s a Korean skincare method of double cleansing your skin then applying a hydrating toner or essence to the skin 7x, back to back to back before topping it with hydrating moisturizer. Korean skincare is all about HYDRATION. So I decided to give it a try with the products I had on hand. And since all my American toners had alcohol in them, which Korean beauty is not all about, I used an essence I had at my house. I washed my skin twice with a papaya enzyme cleanser, applied essence 7x, then topped it with my most hydrating moisturizer. Then I put a humidifier right next to my bed, and guess what? I finally woke up with hydrated skin for the first time in a YEAR. It was finally the answer I had been looking for. Then I had someone on instagram tell me about The Face Shop, which sells Korean skincare and makeup so I went in immediately and completely revamped my daily skincare routine.
Korean skincare, also known as K-Beauty, is all about hydration and brightening the skin. Unlike many American products, Korean skincare products are natural and organic. They don’t use alcohols or ingredients that can screw up the skin barrier and leave the skin feeling dry and malnourished. But unlike many American routines that are only a few steps, K-Beauty is a 10 step routine. Yes, 10 steps. And it’s worth every step, I promise you. Here is what the 10 step routine looks like:
- Cleansing Oil – removes any makeup, sunscreen, and the first layer of dirt
- Cleanser – remove residue from cleansing oil and any left dirt and debris
- Chemical Exfoliator – removes dead skin cells without hurting the skin itself (used only a couple times per week)
- Toner – removes any impurities left and balances PH level
- Essence – adds hydration to the skin
- Serums – targets and treats skins needs to help improve tone and texture
- Sheet Mask – hydrates and moisturizes the skin
- Eye Cream – diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles
- Moisturizer – seals in moisture
- Sunscreen – protects the skin from UVA & UVB rays
That may look like a lot, but I haven’t found it to be too time consuming. Obviously wearing a mask takes most of the time, but I’m going to share my favorite tool that makes wearing a mask way easier, so you can go about your morning or evening without it feeling like it’s in the way. Sure, you may scare the people in your household, but who cares. Your skin will be happy, so you’ll be happy!
So let’s get into some of the products I purchased and some of the products I’m using from my own stash until they are gone and I can make the full switch over to Korean product. I’ve used Tula Cleansing Oil for over a year now and love it. It doesn’t feel as heavy or as oily as some cleansing oils do. For the first step of the K-Beauty routine, I put it in my hands, rub it on my face, then I add water to mix with it and cling to any makeup. Then I use a reusable/washable microfiber towel to fully wipe away any makeup. If I could recommend anything, it’s getting rid of the disposable makeup remover wipes that not only often remove healthy bacteria from the skin, but they add excess waste to our environment. The microfiber towels remove makeup with just water, you don’t even need the cleansing oil if you’re in a pinch, and then you can wash them over and over. They rock. This pack comes in 14 so you have 2 weeks of cleaning microfiber towels before you have to wash them again. After oil cleansing, I use a new product I just purchased called Mango Seed Ceramide, which is an extremely hydrating creamy foam cleanser. Since my skin has been so incredibly dry and unhappy, she thought this cleanser would be best, and she was right! I LOVE it. It locks moisture into your skin. Once I cleanse my skin, I let the skin dry by itself instead of rubbing it dry with a towel. I saw this method on the 7 Skin Method – simply patting the water on the skin to help any water absorb into the skin, locking in as much moisture as possible.
And one step I have been doing twice a week is using a chemical exfoliator. Unlike many exfoliating products on the market that normally have beads in them that can be abrasive to the skin, this Mild Papaya Smart Peeling uses natural papaya enzymes to promote cell turnover. I couldn’t find the exact product online, other than eBay, so I’m linking a similar product here. The product starts off liquid and as you rub it into your skin, it begins to bead up and pill in your hands. The pilling is the dead skin coming off your face. So rad. This peel also has hyaluronic acid in it to lock in moisture and not strip the skin. I’m only using this product a couple times a week, it shouldn’t be used every day.
Now we are on to the fourth step – toner! When I was at The Face Shop, she recommended I tried Yehwadam Revitalizing Skincare to help lock in moisture. Yehwadam Revitalizing Skincare comes with a toner, which leaves the skin really hydrated and supple. This is where I create my own routine that goes back to the 7 Skin Method – I apply the Yehwadam Toner 3-4x before I move on to the Yehwadam Emulsion, which (I believe) is similar to an essence. I apply the Emulsion once then apply the Yehwadam Serum. At this point, your skin will hydrated AF and you’ll be one happy little camper. And then you’ll lock it in with a sheet mask. When I was at The Face Shop, I bought a bunch of different sheet masks and I have a ton that I’ve accumulated at home over the years. After trying some of the Korean sheet masks compared to the American brand sheet masks, I can say I definitely prefer the Korean and/or Japanese sheet masks I’ve tried. They hydrate the hell out of your skin then really brighten the complexion. I love them. I’ll be linking some of my favorites below that I’ve been able to find online! Obviously face masks can be a bit of a pain when you’re trying to get stuff done around the house because they often slide off, but I was introduced to this silicone face mask cover that covers your face and hooks behind the ears to keep the mask in place while you go about your business. I LOVE it. And since the silicone locks the mask in, it also keeps it hydrated longer since the mask doesn’t dry out as quickly. Such a simple, awesome invention!
Last but not least, moisturize!! I am currently using the last of my Colleen Rothschild Retinol Eye Cream before I move over to a Korean eye cream. I first apply my eye cream then I top it off with Yehwadam Rejuvenating Radiance Cream. This moisturizer is INSANE! I love it so much. Your skin feels so moisturized and like silk after you put it on. And if it’s morning time, I add some sunscreen on top. I currently have CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion with SPF30. Once I finish that product off, I’ll be switching over to a Korean sunscreen. I also use Tatcha Lip Mask every morning and every night to lock moisture in. Don’t forget about those lips!
I’ve been following these 10 steps for less than a week and my skin has never looked better. My wrinkles on my face are less visible, I have not had a dry patch anywhere on my skin, and my makeup sits on my skin much better than it has in the past. I am now a BELIEVER in the Korean skincare regimen and I’m not looking back. I’m even taking my sister-in-law and friend the The Face Shop this week to introduce them to new products and buy more face masks. I’m definitely not saying this routine is right for you, but I wanted to introduce you to a different way of skincare because it’s made a HUGE difference for me in such a short amount of time. If you’re in a dry place, I can’t recommend Korean skincare products enough! They are truly fantastic and The Face Shop will become my new stomping grounds for all skincare and maybe even makeup!! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m definitely new to all this and don’t know shit about fuck, but maybe I can point you in the right direction!
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47 thoughts on “The Skincare Routine That Has Completely Transformed My Skin in Under a Week”
I am so jealous that you have a Korean skincare shop nearby! I’ve been ordering from OhLolly.com and am loving the Dr. Jart Ceramidin line, as well as everything I’ve tried from Pyunkang Yul. This skincare method absolutely saved my dry, flaky, pregnant skin and I agree with you, never going back!
I’m all about skin hydration these days, especially living here in the dry snowy climate of South Dakota. My husband had the opportunity to visit South Korea years back and loved it, so Korea holds a special place in our hearts. Do you have any idea how to cure extreme dry hands? My hands crack and bleed no matter what I use, even special oils don’t work. Would they have something at the Face Shop for hands?
i don’t, i’m sorry! i just use ceraVe for my body and it works pretty good! but they might have something there!
Have you tried Bag Balm?
I tried to use the 10 step method but could never find a solution that wouldn’t cause massive acne. It did hydrate and it did brighten though! Now I use a mix of CLEARStem and Face Reality and love it. I do wonder though if you were having that much dryness why your esthetician didn’t help back of some of your exfoliant etc. to assist. Either way it’s awesome to find things that work for you! I also love tatcha!
I’ve never tried the 10step method but I love sheet masks. I buy the Dermal brand from Amazon and it’s a great price point. Thanks for sharing the mask that holds it on.
I’m so excited to give this entire method a try because what I’ve been using definitely isn’t doing a damn good thing for my face bc it still feels dry! Thanks for all the links!
Thank you for sharing this!! My Minnesotan Scandinavian skin is so damn dry, you’d think we would have evolved by now to not be dry as hell 🤣
Out of curiosity, are you doing the double cleanse in the AM, or water and then straight to the toner step?
i don’t use the cleansing oil in the morning, I just normally cleanse my face once with the foamy cleanser!
What do you use to apply the toner and essence? Cotton pads?
i just use my (clean) hands because I find that cotton pads just soak up a lot of the product
Check out facetory! It’s a face mask subscription service and on mondays (I think) they do dollar face masks! It’s such a fun way to check out different masks and they carry mostly (maybe all) Korean masks!
I was waiting for this blog post!! Excited to check this process out. When washing my face this week I’ve been patting the water instead of using a towel and my face already feels more hydrated. I’ll be getting that face cover for me and my mom, so genius. Thanks for sharing!
I was excited for this blog, we just moved to Korea this past November. There’s so much skincare options here, it’s a bit overwhelming.
Hi! This is great info, going to try some of these. I don’t see links for the masks though?
just linked some! sorry about that!
Thank you so much for sharing! I love to read about skincare routines. I don’t quite follow a 10 step but got interested in k-beauty when I found cocokind. Not sure if you have used any of their products before but they use “clean” ingredients and are affordable!
If you’re ever interested in trying a new cleanser- you may want to try a milky cleanser that doesn’t foam. You might notice even more hydration without the foaming cleanser stripping your skin of natural oils! Or not, not here to be contradictory or argumentative! I love that you found something that works for you! I’ve been doing what’s referred to as the 7 Essentials (almost identical to this) for almost 3 years now with various tweaks and I will never go back either!
Love this post as I have started to focus on my skin and taking care of it after years of no sunscreen (hello life guarding as a teen 😖) if I can’t buy all these products at once 2-3 would you recommend starting with first? Thanks!
I’ve just been doing this method for a little over a month, but have had great luck with the Pyunkang Yul products and they’re pretty dang affordable!
I live in Parker so I’m definitely going ASAP!
Pollution and some other environmental circumstances might affect your skin’s natural radiance. It sometimes leaves your skin dull and blemished; there are skincare routines that can help you have a fantastic result, and you have listed the same. Thanks for sharing an informative skincare routine; please keep sharing such tips.
Love that you’re enjoying K beauty and skin care! There’s a small Korean cosmetics store in my area and I love shopping there AND supporting a small business AND getting pimple patches at the same time 😀
Since there has been such a sharp increase in hate crimes against Asians this year, could you also talk about about how important it is to stop AAPI hate? So often people will take things they like from a culture without sticking by that same culture when they go through times like these. Not saying that you’re doing that or that people do it intentionally, but it is so important to also support our AAPI communities!
Ah I’m so excited to see that one of the The Face Shops is so close to me! Thanks for sharing – I’ll be heading there this week to get some items to address the wonders that CO dryness does to my face!
hope you love it!
Thanks for sharing! I’ve noticed that my skin has been crazy dry this year (Nevada resident – I feel you on living in a super dry place!) and making me feel old, lol. I’ll definitely stop in at the nearby K-Beauty store and try some of this out!
it truly has been life changing for me! hope it is for you, too!
How long do you wait between applying toner, essence and serum?
i don’t wait much time. just for it to dry enough, but not fully because I’m lazy
I just went in there after seeing your recommendation – super impressed with how helpful they were! Came home with a whole new regiment that I can’t wait to dig into. Thank you! This dry skin needs some serious TLC
amazing!! they are the freaking best!!
This is so funny. I also suffer from dehydrated skin because I live in Colorado, and I also recently transformed my skin with the 7 skin method. It was a revelation. The toner I use is Soon Jung 5.5 relief toner…it’s reasonably priced and amazing. I also started using a ceremide serum (RNW) and yeah…my skin is like, completely transformed. It’s also significantly less irritated than it was before, as I think that hydration is key to a healthy skin barrier. Koreans really know their skincare. And yes on the humidifier. Absolutely essential for a dry climate.
that’s so amazing!!
In one of your stories, you recommended Revision Skincare DEJ eye cream. It’s not mentioned here. Do you still recommend?
yes!! i use it every day still, unless I have another product I’m trying to use up!
I’m definitely trying this!!! Do you do all 10 steps in the a.m. and the p.m.? Or just p.m.?
in the morning and night, except i only use the moisturizing cream at night!!
This is amazing information, thank you so much! I do use revision skin care as well based upon your recommendation, can you please re-share their Promo code?
It’s currently JULI21, Shonda!!
Hi! I’ve followed your skincare journey for awhile and have now incorporated Korean skin care since my skin has stopped responding to the Colleen collection. Question, do you still use the high frequency wand and if so what do you use as a serum with it?
yes i do! and i just use it with my Korean serum!!
Absolutely incredible guide here. Would you use the k town beuaty regiment with red light therapy and other treatments? Ive been using red light therapy with great results and I want to add this to enhance what Im doing.
yes! i have a red light therapy device and love it!
This may seem like an obvious answer but when you say that you tone 7x back to back… can you describe. To me, when I tone I apply the toner to a cotton round or cotton ball and swipe across my face. What am I doing wrong?! Also, have you ever tried to purchase only via The Face Shop? It looks a little scam-my to me but I REALLY want to try it.
you’re killin it.
I recently moved from a very humid state to one that is significantly less humid and my skin has suffered greatly. I recently tried the face shop skin masks you recommended and it was game changer! I have tried an abundance of other products in the past 6 months with no success and started to become defeated. So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I’ve now purchased several more products from this post and will try the korean skin routine as well and I cannot wait to have moisturized and glowing skin again!