If you’ve read 50 facts about me, you’ll know that I never go to bed without washing my face.
First Real Skincare Routine
I want to start by first sharing my skincare journey. My interest in skincare started in 2015. During this time, the Korean 10 step skincare started to become popular. All these websites were saying to double cleanse and to layer a bunch of different products on your skin. I never had much of a skincare routine before then. My old routine consisted of three steps: cleanser, toner, and cream. I used sunscreen on some days (use sunscreen every day, people!) but my pores always were clogged.
Many people swore up and down that the Korean skincare routine transformed their skin. In the beginning, I didn’t know if I could do it twice every day. Who spends that much time and money on skincare products? There were many positive testimonials everywhere so I decided to go for it. After about two months of this, people could start seeing the results. I kept getting compliments on my skin and how it became more translucent and clear. I regret not keeping a photo diary. It was hard to see the difference myself because it was such a gradual process. If I had taken before and after pictures, I would have been able to make comparisons.
Routine Stopped Working
This worked for a few years. About 3.5 years later, I started breaking out a lot. At first, I didn’t think much of it and thought it would go away. It didn’t. My skin condition got worse and worse. I was diligently using products like an oil cleanser, a gel cleanser, clay mask, vitamin c serum, BHA product, sheet masks, peeling gel, essence, moisturizing serum, cream, and sunscreen. The only product I didn’t use regularly was eye cream. The skin under your eyes is extremely thin so I should start using eye cream regularly.
I started getting greedy because I wanted what my skin used to look like when people were complimenting me. I was constantly researching online reviews on the ‘must-have’ Japanese and/or Korean skincare products to try. The old me would hoard bottles of serums, toners, etc, add more products to my routine, and constantly switching them. Do you see the problem? Good for you. I certainly didn’t at the time.
I even started getting regular facials. Yes, it hurt my wallet but if it meant my skin was going to get back to normal, I didn’t mind spending the money. I went to one spa and they asked for the list of products I regularly use so I wrote mine down. My aesthetician commented on how my skin was congested and red. She suggested using fewer products because the more products I use, the higher the chance of it irritating my skin.
In hindsight, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. I think it was because for years, I was using this 10-step skincare routine and it worked. If it worked all these years, should it still work? Apparently not. After listening to her and simplifying my routine, my skin is now wayyyy better than it was before. Also, buying fewer products meant saving money. Who doesn’t want that?
Checking Skincare Ingredients
I was especially careful with the skincare products I was putting on my face since I have oily skin. I didn’t want a repeat of what happened. Even if a product claims that they are ‘oil-free’ or ‘doesn’t clog pores,’ it doesn’t mean you can trust them blindly. I’m a naturally suspicious person and this link is great because it looks at every single ingredient a product has and highlights the ingredients that would clog your pores. It’s as simple as that! I would especially recommend this page for people with oily skin or have acne-prone skin. Click on the image below and it will open up the page in a new tab.
When I found out about the link, I spent hours checking the ingredients of products I have or want to buy. You would probably be surprised at how many products have pore-clogging ingredients. It can be annoying to find the list of ingredients of a product and also inconvenient not being able to buy skincare products on a whim but it’s worth it, I promise.
There are so many ingredients that I haven’t even heard of before this website. I got to educate myself more and now I’m starting to slowly remember the more common ingredients. Since I live in Canada, we have harsh winters here so I need extremely moisturizing products. The sad thing is, a lot of them contain shea butter, coconut oil, etc that clogs your pores! Hence, this link is super helpful to check.
Now, I want to say that just because you use products that won’t clog your pores don’t mean that you won’t break out anymore in the future. There are a lot of factors that can cause pimples. However, by using noncomedogenic products, it is less likely for your pores to be clogged.
What once worked doesn’t mean it always works. I used a 10 step Korean routine for years but I had to adapt when my skin condition changed. My skin is much better after reducing the number of products in my skincare routine and finding out about this website. My new skincare routine is so much more simple.
I’m aiming to have every single product I use to be noncomedogenic (using the website, of course) but I have to first use up the products I have currently. My next post will be about my current skincare routine. I will do a brief description of each product. Stay tuned!