[ROUTINE POST] AM Skin Routine

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I often get asked by friend and clients, so what EXACTLY do you do every morning and every night? And I can tell you my routine isn’t as strenuous as some. I had a fantastic coworker from China who told me she masked every. single. night. If I only had that time.. But here are my steps. (give or take a couple depending on how much time I have) The products for them are changing out here and there so I’ll just give example products I may use for that particular step. So here are my AM routine steps:

Cleanser: while we’re sleeping our body goes into a ‘maintenance’ mode replenishing cells throughout the body. We’ll want to shed any of those excess off that we accumulated overnight WITH . — JuJu Bar by Drunk Elephant ($28) would be a great fit here, it’s exfoliating, yet pH balanced so we aren’t overstripping our skin in the morning. 

Essence: since we didn’t use a deep cleaning cleanser we won’t need to rebalance our pH with toner. This is going to start the hydration processes for our skin. Think of a sponge, a dry sponge cannot absorb liquid very well. But if that sponge is just a little damp it can pick it right up. Think of your skin like that sponge! — SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($99-$205) is the holy grail essence. Increasing skin cell turnover and improving texture and increasing hydration. 

Serum: I prefer to use some sort of serum (part of our treatment steps) that’ll help with firming or radiance of the skin in the morning. Mainly because these generally have some sort of instant gratification that you’ll get to show off during the day as well as those important long term results. — Fresh Black Tea Firming Serum ($75) or SK-II Cellumination Aurabright ($160-$235) are great for those long term and instant results. Fresh’s Black Tea serum has a string of peptides that work synergistically to lift and firm the face for a ‘corset like effect’ was the key phrase from a Fresh Representative and I couldn’t agree more with it. SK-II’s Aurabright, while pricey has Niacinamide a super powerful ingredient that helps even skin tone out as well as actual light optics in colors red, green, and blue to give the appearance of your skin emitting an ‘aura’.

Moisturizer: I use a lightweight cream or gel base moisturizer in the morning so I don’t have any complexion products I use sliding off my face. — Erborian Creme Frappee ($43) is the perfect texture to me. Absorbs well, it’s cooling, acts like a makeup base, but still provides hydration and amino acids from bamboo. 

Protect: Oh something I usually get from my color products… MISSHA’s Magic Cushion($19) or Perfect Cover($22) If I ever just was to wear SPF I would wear a nice chemical fluid. While I haven’t dived into the supposedly amazing South Korean brand sunscreens other than in color. I do love Shiseido’s Urban Environment Fluid($32) absorbs well, doesn’t leave the mineral cast, but is a little brightening

[REVIEW] MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

Ampoule Up Your Skincare

So these aren’t things found in most routines. In fact, most American/European brands do not sell them! It’s something much more popular in Asian Beauty. Now, what is an Ampoule? An Ampoule is part of your ‘treatment’ steps. The consistency is usually very thick. Think of it as a super powered serum, containing more actives than a serum. MIZON, a fantastic South Korean brand surprisingly sold in Urban Outfitters, and the “net-a-porter” of Asian Beauty, Peach & Lily; has a popular Ampoule ‘Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule’. This product contains 80% snail secretion filtrate! It’s exactly what you think it is. But remember the key word filtrate as this product doesn’t have a smell or color. But why would we want to put snail secretion on our faces anyways, right? Snails are magic little creatures, they’ve been around they say for over 500 million years and are able to regenerate with ease!

Lets look into what snail secretion carries that’s beneficial to the skin:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – this is something we produce naturally! We use it to maintain a ‘water reservoir’ in our skin. It gives our skin that “plump” feeling we all love.
  • Proteoglycans – Also helps hold moisture in the skin
  • Copper Peptides – A favorite ingredient of mine! These guys actually help repair skin’s structure. In one way, it has been noted it can break down cross-linked collagen (scarring tissue)
  • Antimicrobial properties – All my acneic friends rejoice as this product will help with that stubborn congestion and/or bacterial breakouts.

I’ve noticed some significant improvements in my skin in a very short amount of time with this ampoule. My skin’s hydration has gone through the roof! I was using Fresh’s Black Tea Overnight Firming Mask about every other night and I’d wake up in the morning feeling normal instead of dry. After a couple nights with this Ampoule I noticed I had to blot my nose about mid-afternoon at work. Something I haven’t done since summer! The product absorbs crazy fast. leaving it ready for the next step of your routine whether it be the beginning of your treatment steps or the last step before moisturizer.

So with all that goodness how could I not resist? It’s price from American retailers like UO is $38.00 but you can easily find this product for under $15.00. I found mine on Amazon for $12.99, it came sealed and all MIZON products should come with an expiration date.

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