I don’t have a fixed skincare routine that stays the same from day to day. I prefer to change things up to adapt to current conditions. So in lieu of a fixed routine, here I’ve listed all the current and incoming building blocks of my full morning and evening skincare routines. For some examples of how I might mix, match, add, and drop products to create custom routines for specific skin issues or life circumstances, check out my Instagram or the posts in my Routine Building category!
My Skincare Lineup That I Generally Don’t Put All On my Face At once
Cleansing oils: Emulsifying oil-based sunscreen and makeup removers used as the first step in my evening double cleanse. I use these very carefully due to my lashes, since they must not come in contact with the glue!
Cleansing Waters: When I don’t want to use a cleansing oil; to loosen sunscreen and makeup before cleansing or to do a light cleanse on lazy mornings.
- Momotani AHA Cleansing Water**
Second Cleansers: To cleanse face in the morning and to remove all traces of oil cleanser residue and cleanse face in the evening.
- Holy Snails Kadi Cleanser**
Actives: Evening only; to build collagen, lighten dark spots, accelerate skin turnover rate, and clear pores by loosening dead skin cells for faster shedding.
- Curology 0.07% tretinoin/5% MAP/4% (subscribed for 13 months)
First Essences: To soften skin after cleansing and prepare it for optimal absorption of any skincare products applied afterwards as well as provide specialized skincare benefits.
Toners: To plump and hydrate skin and provide moderate skincare benefits.
- Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water**
Essences: To hydrate and deliver a moderate amount of skincare actives and antioxidants. Term is sometimes interchangeable with serum, depending on brand.
Serums/ampoules: To deliver highly concentrated doses of skincare actives and antioxidants.
- Dr.Frog Aqua Ceramide Essential Ampoule**
Sheet masks and hydrogels: For extra hydration and skin-friendly ingredients. I use one mask a night, minimum, and if I get up early enough in the morning, I like to sheet mask then as well, with a focus on photoprotective antioxidants.
Moisturizers: To seal in previous skincare steps and reinforce the moisture barrier against water loss.
- Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion**
- Dr.Frog Water Fullcharge All In One**
- Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream**
Sleeping packs: A little more occlusive than regular moisturizing creams and often with more intensive targeted ingredients, sleeping packs treat while you sleep.
- Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
- Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask**
- The History of Whoo In Yang Neck & Face Sleeping Repair**
- COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
Eye stuff: For hydrating and moisturizing the eye area.
- Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Eye Serum**
- Su:m37 Secret Repair Concentrated Eye Cream&&
Sunscreen: Nonnegotiable everyday UV protection.
Keep an eye on this page, as it changes regularly. And as always, remember that my routine is only an example, not a template!