My Skin Care Routine

Gussied Up and Glitzed Skin Care RoutineI get questions and comments about my skin and what products I use all the time, and I thought it was about time I shared my skin care routine, favorite products, tips and tricks with y’all.

I practice the Korean ten step regimen because after many years of trial and error it’s what transformed my skin. However, I do not strictly use only one Korean brand or only Korean products, but a mashup of all different brands. I think that’s the beauty of using the Korean 10 step method–handpicking products that work specifically for your skin yield the best results.

I do love Korean skin care products because they are extremely effective, gentle, and the price point can’t be beat. The standard Korean skin care routine usually consists of seven to ten products. It’s a routine that can be done by anyone as it is not at all complicated or overly time consuming. Some people prefer not to utilize all ten product categories and this is perfectly acceptable. Korean skin care is all about customizing a treatment that is right for your skin. You can cut back on some products depending on your skins needs or use dual purpose products. (Korean skin care brands are famously known for creating dual step/purpose products that are extremely effective)

Before we jump in I want to emphasis that I did not buy all these products at once but slowly over time added them one by one to my routine. It’s a bad idea to put more than one new product on your skin a week because you will freak your skin out, and its impossible to know what products do and don’t work for you.

My Skin Care Product Routine: AM/PM

Oil Cleanser : Cremorlab T.E.N. CREMOR CLEANSING GEL OIL

Foaming Face Wash: MIZON EGG WHITE BUBBLE CLEANSER

Toner: BE THE SKIN BOTANICAL PORE TONER

Essence: CREMOLAB MINERAL TREATMENT ESSENCE OR MAY COOP RAW SAUCE

Oil: TARTE MARACUJA OIL

Serum: PEACH AND LILY GLASS SKIN REFINING SERUM

Serum: MIZON HYALURONIC ACID 100

Ampoule: MIZON SNAIL REPAIR INTENSIVE AMPOULE

Eye Cream: MARY KAY TIME WISE REPAIR EYE CREAM

Moisturizer:DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE HYALURONIC OIL FREE MOISTURE CUSHION GEL CREAM / PEACH AND LILY MATCHA PUDDING ANTIOXIDANT CREAM

Sunscreen: LANCER SKINCARE SHEER FLUID SHIELD SPF 30

OTHER PRODUCTS I USE:

Exfoliates: LANCER SKINCARE THE METHOD POLISH OILY-CONGESTED SKIN

Sheet Mask Brands: TONY MOLY, TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

Eye Masks: SHANGPREE GOLD BLACK PEARL HYDROGEL EYE MASK

Lip Treatment: CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOT LIPS 2.0 LIPSTICK TREATMENT ENIGMATIC EDWARD

My nighttime routine looks something like this:

  • oil cleanse
  • exfoliate
  • foam wash
  • toner
  • essence
  • oil
  • serum
  • ampoule
  • eye cream
  • moisturizer
  • lip treatment

Sometimes I will put on a sheet mask or double mask between the essence and oil steps. After the mask is done I finish the rest of my routine normally. I do not use every single serum, ampoule, or oil I have every night. I switch them up each night depending on what my skin is doing. At night I really slather on the eye cream. And by slather I mean generously pat a good amount all over my under eye, entire lid space, and the outside of my eye stretching over my temple.

My daytime routine looks something like this:

  • oil cleanse
  • foam wash
  • toner
  • essence
  • serum
  • eye cream
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • makeup

During the day I wear less serums so my makeup doesn’t slip and slide. Also, I use the eye cream very sparingly during the day or my eye makeup runs everywhere. I do not exfoliate in the morning, ever, because I don’t want to strip my skin of all the good stuff I slathered on the night before.

When the seasons change I swap some of my products for others–like a heavier moisturizer for winter–but for the most part my products usually stay the same. I want to emphasis that I don’t do this routine religiously every day and night. There are just some nights all I manage is to wipe my face with a makeup wipe and crawl in bed. That’s life. But I do try not to go maybe a night or two without at least doing the bare minimum.

My Skin Care Tips:

THE BIG THREE

  • Prevention is Key – Wherever you are in your life journey start now to prevent whatever is down the road. Whether it’s your twenties or you seventies now is the time to start.
  • Moisturize – sounds so simple but it’s in the big three for a reason. Try to moisturize twice a day. Dry skin ages faster and makes it difficult to wear makeup more naturally.
  • Sunscreen – Sun damage plays one of the largest role of aging and/or irritated skin. Wear a sun screen every day–even under your makeup. Your makeup–unless your primer or foundation contains sunscreen–is not protecting you from sun damage. And a little science fun fact* layering products with SPF does not increase their potency or up the SPF coverage. Whatever the highest SPF you’re wearing is the highest SPF coverage you will receive.

Other Advice

  • Hydrate – drink your daily water minimum. Water really makes a difference in your day to day skin health.
  • Facial Exercises/Messages – Asian women have been doing them for hundreds if not thousands of years and their skin is proof. Google Korean facial exercises and you will find hundreds of great videos. Facial message will also help to drain the Lymph Nodes in your face reducing swelling and helping to sculpt your jaw line. I started doing them a few years ago and I can tell a difference.
  • Smile – it makes everyone look more youthful and beautiful!
  • Research – Know your skin. Look at the ingredients in the products you use now and see what their alternatives and opposites are. For example, salicylic acid doesn’t work on acne for my skin–it makes it worse. I respond better to very low doses of alpha-hydroxy acids (aha), sulfur, charcoal, and physical exfoliates that contain enzymes. I learned that simply by looking at the ingredients on the back of the bottle and doing a little Googleing.

OK, that’s pretty much the basics of my skin care routine. I can’t emphasize enough that prevention is the best medicine. And don’t worry, it’s never to late to start. You might not be able to reverse everything about your skin but you can hydrate it and help it get the nourishment it needs and slow more signs of aging!

I want to hear all your questions and comments below! What do you think of my routine? Does it overwhelm, inspire, or both?

Maegan

 

*This post is not affiliated or promotional. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money.
Declutter Your Closet in 9 Steps / MaegankJohnson Blog

Declutter Your Closet in 9 Steps

The closet purge. It doesn’t matter how well you know your style, every so often it’s time to clean everything out. Am I right? It could just be that the seasons have changed and as you un-box your clothes for the new season wardrobe you spot pieces and items that just aren’t working for you anymore. Or maybe there are a few things that just don’t fit the same as they used to–hello Christmas cookies and those extra holiday carbs. Or maybe you’ve had a major life change and your wardrobe no longer fits your current lifestyle–I’m looking at you brand new mama. Whatever the case may be, life is constantly changing and so our wardrobes are constantly changing as well.

I have two resources I recommend reading on the subject of decluttering and closet management. First is ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘ by Marie Kondo and the second is ‘The Curated Closet’ by Anuschka Rees. They both have a wealth of knowledge on two different but similar subjects–one on organization and health the other on style–and I highly recommend you read them both. I drew a little from both of these resources while coming up with my own purging method.

A few recommendations before you start:

Purge your closet before organizing your closet

  • I’ve made this mistake a hundred times and let my say that trying to organize where bags and shoes should live among all the clothes you probably don’t wear and wont be keeping is a total waste of time. Leave the organizing until the end.

Purge accessories and shoes last

Gather your tools

  • Trash-bags, permanent marker, music to set the mood, something to keep you hydrated

Let’s Begin!

You will be making four piles: pieces that don’t fit, pieces you haven’t worn in the last year, pieces you’re keeping, and a donate pile. Lay a trash-bag out to represent each pile.

1. Separate and place in a pile what doesn’t fit

  • Let’s be honest–you probably know the exact pieces of clothing that don’t fit in your closet right this minute. And if you aren’t sure, you probably have a good idea which pieces really need the ‘try it on’ test. I will go so far as to guess with great accuracy that you are picturing those pieces of clothes right now. Take everything for the current season that you know doesn’t fit and put it in a pile. Don’t try anything on yet.

2. Separate and place in a pile everything you haven’t worn in the last year that still fits

  • Don’t make excuses for your clothes, don’t not put it in the pile because you spent good money on it and you probably will wear it later on–maybe(that’s called the sunken cost fallacy–go google it). Just put it in the pile. You will be glad you did later on.

3. Go through the ‘doesn’t fit pile’ one piece at a time, try it on if need be, and determine if this is really something you will ever reasonably be able to wear again.

  • If you’re not confident you will be able to fit into it again within the next six months or by the next year(summer 2019 from now summer 2018) then toss it in the donate pile. Holding onto the past sometimes keeps us from reaching our goals in the future. I’m speaking from personal experience as someone who lost 130lbs. When I started my weight loss journey, I parted ways with a lot of clothes I had been keeping for years in the hopes one day I could go back and fit into them like the old days. You can’t go back to the old you. You–in the present–has to move forward to your future self–that’s how time works. However, if a particular piece of clothing motivates you forward I say keep it! That clothing is now an empowering tool to encourage you! You will know the difference too as you hold each item. If it fills you with guilt its holding you back. If it empowers you, keep it!
  • If something is too small or too big but has extreme sentimental value(notice I didn’t say guilt or sunken cost fallacy) then keep it!

4. Put all clothes you haven’t worn in the last year in the donate pile

  • Let’s face it–you didn’t wear it because you didn’t love it and you probably are never going to wear it. Give someone else the chance to wear it who really would love it. If it’s a more expensive item try selling it at a consignment store or through an app like Poshmark. *
  • If there’s something you haven’t worn but has extreme sentimental value(notice I didn’t say guilt or sunken cost fallacy) then keep it!

5. Go through the remaining clothes in the fourth pile piece by piece and determine if it fits your style perfectly

  • Can you make three separate outfits with this item? Do you really love wearing it? Does it fit right(can you wear it all day without discomfort)? Does it make you happy to put it on? If you answer yes to all these questions then place it in a new ‘to-keep’ pile. Repeat this step for each item. What doesn’t make the cut gets tossed in the donate pile.

6. Separate all the off season clothes (that would be fall and winter right now) and put them in bags or boxes and store them underneath your bed

  • When doing a major ultimate purge I don’t recommend trying to sort off-season clothes because it’s too overwhelming to guess where you might be in four-six months in life. Just repeat this process once the seasons change.
  • Move all off-season clothes into bags or boxes and store them under your bed. This will free up space in your closet and each time you look for an outfit you will only see the clothes that can be worn right now. This is really a huge deal because it gives your brain a mental rest and it becomes relaxing to look at the clothes in your closet and not have to constantly block out all the off season items.

7. Bag up all the clothes being donated or stored and label them

8. Put your donate bags in the trunk of your car

9. Place all the items in the ‘to keep’ pile back in your closet

10. Repeat these 9 steps for your shoes, jewelry, and other accessories

*There might be a few items that you’re on the fence about. I recommend a trial separation for these items. Put them away for two weeks in a bag under your bed. If you don’t go looking for them in two weeks donate them.

Once you have it all purged its time to organize and beautify your closet!

I hope this post was incredibly helpful and simple. Its daunting to tackle what seems like an impossible task but I know you’re up for it! I want to know if my ‘method’ worked for you! Come back once you’re done and tell me how it went in the comments below!

Maegan — xx