2019 Skincare| Simplified Routine


One of my goals for this year is to simplify whatever I can in my life. That led me to find an effective skincare routine to keep my skin clear and blemish free with minimal effort. Through my skincare journey, I’ve learned that less is more. I’ve tried the 10 step Korean skincare routine, and it just didn’t work out for me. The layers of products were overwhelming, and it most likely clogged my pores since I used to have breakouts and irritation often. Plus, it is definitely time-consuming using so many products. If you don’t know about the 10 step Korean skincare routine you can check out Soko Glam website.

After taking a look at the products I was using, I decided to go back to basics. Finding products that make a real difference for my skin and cutting out any unnecessary steps. I’m trying to be mindful of what I put on my skin. I believe in quality over quantity. Not only will I be wasting less products, but I’m also taking better care for myself by investing in products with beneficial ingredients. So far the simplified routine is working great! Pimples are only showing up during that time of the month. I don’t even remember when the last time my skin was irritated.

Here are the steps to my day and night skincare routine, along with products I am loving for the cold season. Knowing I have dry skin, winter for me is all about hydration to keep my skin soft and healthy.


Day Time Routine

  1. Gentle cleanser

    In the morning I like to either splash cold water on my face or use a gentle cleanser if my face is feeling a bit oily. I’m loving the Philosophy Purity facial cleanser and Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam. I actually don’t use foam cleanser anymore, due the ingredient called, Myristate in foam cleansers that can cause irritation. However, the Sulwhasoo cleanser is indeed gentle and Myristate is not listed in the ingredients.

  2. Toner

    I’m currently using the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin Ex with a cotton pad in the morning. I like how refreshing it feels and smells. The product absorbs quickly as well. It is a favorite of mine but I’m not sure if it’s a holy grail, yet.

  3. Eye Cream

    Currently loving the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream. I’ve tried quite a few eye creams and none it seems to work. With the except of the Innisfree Orchid eye cream, but the formula is quite thick for my skin. Right now aging is not my concern so I prefer a eye cream with a lighter formula. Mainly focusing on hydration. The Green Tea Seed eye cream is what I’ve been searching for. It’s hydrating so my makeup just apply on smoothly!

  4. Moisturizer or Morning Mask

    I use either the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream or the Innisfree Jeju Orchid Intense Cream. The cream is my first A’pieu skincare; I was intrigued that it has 40% centella asiatica leaf water. Centella is a great ingredient for acne prone skin, because it was traditionally a herb medicine known for healing minor wounds. Not 100% sure how I feel about it, yet. So far I have no problem with blemishes so that is a very good sign.

    If my skin is really dry on a particular morning, then I will use the Innisfree Jeju Orchid Intense Cream. I mainly use it at night since it’s the most moisturizing cream I’ve used, but during the winter I find myself reaching for it often.

    Some times I switch up my routine and use the Saborino morning mask. It’s very convenient since you just open the package, pull one out then apply on. I leave it on for around 3- 5 minutes as I make my coffee. The ideal of it is great but it’s not hydrating enough for my super dry skin during the winter. Perhaps, combination or oily skin type would enjoy it more.

  5. Sunscreen

    The first time that I’m excited to talk about sunscreen! The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence is my go to sun protection product. This sunscreen does not have white cast like most other Korean sunscreens. The formula is lightweight so I can apply a generous amount.

Night Time Routine

  1. Double Cleansing

    I always double cleanse to remove makeup, if I'm not wearing any then just a cleanser. Currently, I do not have any favorite oil cleanser (will buy one soon). Lately, I'm using coconut oil as a substitute. It's effective; I just don't like the greasy residue. Then, I follow up using either the Philosophy Purity facial cleanser or Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam to get rid of the makeup residue and impurities. It doesn’t matter whether it is day or night; I still prefer to use a gentle cleanser.

  2. Toner

    At night I like to use the Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pad to add has such hydration as I can for my dry skin.

  3. Eye Cream

    I use the same eye cream at night, Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream. As I’ve mentioned in my morning routine, it is the best that I’ve tried so far!

  4. Moisturizer or Sleeping Mask

    The Innisfree Jeju Orchid Intense Cream is what I’m currently loving. I’ve been using the Orchid Enriched Cream for almost a year, but this winter I wanted something more moisturizing. I’m glad I bought this because it’s been a long winter for Arizona. It has been raining too often so the weather is quite cold for us and the climate is naturally drying here, so definitely needed something more moisturizing.

    Sometimes I switch it up and use the Cosrx honey sleeping mask. It’s affordable and comparable to some of the high end sleeping masks. On nights when I’m feeling extremely lazy, I would just cleanse my face and apply this on; simple and effective.

  5. Lip mask

    During the winter I need to take an extra step to care for my lips too. Nothing is as impressive as the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I even use a little bit of this before applying on makeup — perfect product for moisturizing dry and chapped lips.

    I only do these steps occasionally:

  6. Vaseline for my eyelashes

    I do this step around 2-3 times a week. It helps my lashes to grow as long as possible. Wearing false lashes used to be my thing, but ever since I added this step in my routine, I feel like I don’t need them anymore.

  7. Tea Tea Oil when I have a breakout

    During that time of the month I would get blemishes, and for some reason, my skin was not healing from last month’s breakout. Therefore, two weeks ago I bought an organic tea tree essential oil in the hope of improving my skin. I mixed a small amount of distilled water with a few drops of the oil and applied only on the needed spots. So far, it has been doing wonder for my skin! Nothing has ever worked as fast as overnight to heal my blemishes like tea tree oil.

If you’ve tried the 10 step Korean routine and it didn’t work out, or you just want to save some of your precious time, then I highly recommend simplifying your routine. I am obsessed with beauty still, but having a simplified skincare routine has made my life easier. It’s fast and efficient. Let me know if you decided to change up your skincare routine. I would hope to hear about it!