Example Routines

If you follow my Instagram feed, chances are you have already seen many of my daily routines. But I wanted to write a longer post about several example routines and why I use the products in them. I'm including both AM and PM routines as well as routines from before and after I had issues…

All About Sunscreen

Sunscreen one of the most important anti-aging and healthy-skin steps in a skincare routine. You should absolutely be wearing sunscreen every day if your face is going to see or be near the sun at all. No exceptions. If you hate sunscreen because it breaks you out or causes irritation, it may be due to using…

Review: Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

Hydrating toners have become an increasingly important step in my skincare routine. Since they're early on in the routine--usually following cleansing, actives, or a first treatment essence, depending on your routine--they're meant to prep your skin to absorb everything that follows. That means I look for hydrating toners that absorb quickly while adding moisture to…

Rebuilding My Moisture Barrier

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted--work has been crazy. While I would much rather be writing about Korean skincare, student papers aren't going to grade themselves. If you want more frequent updates, I'm more consistently active on Instagram; I try to post at least once a day. My handle is @Snails4eva--go follow me!…

Sheet masks!

Sheet masks deserve more than an exclamation mark: in my opinion, they deserve a parade. Maybe even their own holiday. Sheet masks are--judging by my stash--my favorite part of the Korean skincare routine. I know most people only sheet mask once or twice a week, but I use a sheet mask pretty much every day.…

Review: Mizon Natural Breath Cheese Repair Cream

For the first 24 years of my life, I lived in Wisconsin. Cheese is a staple of pretty much every meal there. It isn't a holiday unless there's a cheese and sausage platter involved, and let's not forget that people there love cheese so much that they wear large cheese-wedge shaped hats.  I think it was…

Exfoliation Part I: Scrubs and Peels

Exfoliation is used to help your skin shed the dead skin cells by either manual or chemical means, leaving your pores cleaner and your face brighter. Unlike most hydrating products like essences or serums, exfoliators can get your skin into trouble if you overuse them. There are basically two different kinds of exfoliation: manual and chemical. You…