Can I be honest with you? I don’t have naturally good skin.
Every time I meet someone who tells me that they don’t do anything to their face, but they have perfect, smooth skin, I feel a twinge of envy. That certainly hasn’t been my experience. Since I was a teen, I’ve struggled with my skin, from the normal teen hormones to stress-related breakouts, to adult acne, to dehydration and blotchiness. There were periods in my life when I felt uncomfortable when anyone looked at me directly, and times when I covered my skin with thick layers of makeup.
But this isn’t a sob story, guys. I’m so happy to tell you that after finally learning how to take care of my skin, I’m in such a better place now. I’ve been more or less blemish-free for a couple years now, my skin is soft and hydrated, and I go out without makeup on (though not without sunscreen!) most days of the week.
I credit a big portion of my skincare journey to my discovery of the Korean or Asian Skincare Routine. Now honestly, this skincare routine isn’t necessarily Korean, nor even more broadly Asian. It’s just a philosophy of taking care of your skin that focuses on thorough cleansing, exfoliating, and using hydrating layers of products to restore moisture and vitality to the skin.
This skincare routine doesn’t have to use Asian products — you can absolutely use Western skincare products and achieve great results — but I’ve found that Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese products offer great quality for the price and are really interesting to explore. Asian brands also have more options for the watery, hydrating, gentle toners and essences that my skin craves.
How I Found KBeauty
I was pregnant at the time with my second child, and this time round, instead of that lovely pregnancy glow, I was dealing with hormonal pregnancy breakouts.
I randomly wandered into a Korean beauty shop (yes, a brick-and-mortar store!) and asked desperately if they had anything that could help me. I ended up leaving with a pretty expensive Vitamin C serum, thinking I had just wasted a bunch of money. But to my surprise, that serum pretty much cleared up my acne in a month! Even my mother-in-law remarked at how my skin had cleared up and looked so much more radiant. Well, needless to say, that experience sent me down the Kbeauty rabbit hole, and the rest is history.
Is my skin perfect? Heck, no. But after years of learning to take care of it, I’m confident that it’s the best that it can be. I still have scarring, sun damage, and now I’m starting to have aging issues (I’m in my mid-30s), but now I feel like I have the tools to deal with them.
To read more about my skin journey, and to start your own, I suggest checking out these posts:
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Skin type: Dehydrated, Combination (Oily-Normal on T-zone, Dry on cheeks)
Skin Shade: Medium with yellow undertones
Current Issues: Fine lines, dehydrated skin, skin sensitivity, sun spots and skin discolorations
I wish you the best on your skincare journey, whether you’re just starting out, or you’re an experienced veteran! I hope the reviews and information on this blog are helpful to you!