The other day I read a blog post about a 10 step skin care routine which Koreans use to help with their skin in the future, so I looked into what products and steps I undertake to prolong my skin from ageing, my vision of what I want my skin to be and the products and steps that help with my occasional monthly breakout. When I look into it, it looks quite extensive, but I have been slowly working out what my skin needs and switch up products if I have an outbreak or skin change. The last time I haven't removed my makeup was in my 1st year of university and that was 5 years ago. I can not forgive myself if I don't remove my makeup at the end of the night because I have oily combination skin, so it will effect my skin later on. No matter if I'm too tired or busy, I take off my make-up. There's nothing worse than sleeping in a layer of dirt.

Step 1 - Oil Cleanse
My  make-up removal routine contains hydrating products since I don't want to leave my skin dry which is why I opt for an oil cleanser first. I prefer to get off all my waterproof mascara, matte liquid lipstick and eyeliner all in one go and The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, has been my all time favourite. It removes every ounce of stubborn mascara off my eyelashes and the rest of the products on my face. I then dampen my hand with warm water and massage it into the oil on my face - it creates a milky texture that helps break down your makeup - it's a 2 step process. I wash this all away with a face towel and pat dry.

Step 2 - Hot Cloth Cleanse
Yes, I do cleanse my skin again, because I don't think one step is enough to get rid of all the make-up and dirt. I have been using the Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser for about 1 and a half years now. Within a couple of weeks people have noticed that my skin was more 'glowy' - and if someone notices how your skin is more radiant why do I need to change the product?.  I massage a 10 pence amount all over my face playing special attention to the crevices of my nose, eyes and my forehead. I wipe it all away after about 30 seconds to a minute with a hot muslin cloth, which you receive with the cleanser. This is when I see that last traces of foundation and mascara being removed.

I have used the Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser but I find that it stings around my eye area a little, so I much prefer the Superdrug's version, which is very affordable. Superdrug has two different Hot Cloth Cleanser's - the other is the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser and I can't stand the smell of that one.

Step 3 - The Exfoliator
Right now, I'm close to my monthlies and I like to have my breakouts and cramps a week before 'it' actually arrives. I get some dry skin around my spots and if I have rough patches from weather changes as well I go in and use The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator. You apply this directly onto your face, like applying a face cream. The cream exfoliator contains little beads which gently exfoliates your skin, I rub this is circular motions where I need it to be and wash away with a face towel. Because it is a cream formula, it exfoliates without stripping the skin.


Step 4 - The Tone
After washing my face my skin feels tight, my next step is to tone. I've been using Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toner Mist or The Bodyshop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. The Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toner Mist has a spray nozzle which lets you control how much product you want, I then use my hands to pat the mist into my skin - this smells of coconuts and I love the scent. The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner has a thicker consistency and I pour a 10 pence size into my palm, distribute it them between my hands and pat it into my skin. Patting help your skin to absorb the product rather than pushing it around. I swap between these two since your skin can get 'used' to the products and therefore loses its efficiency. Both of these toner help hydrate, moisturise, soothe my skin and is very refreshing. 

Step 5 - The Essence
If you asked me a couple of months ago what is essence water/lotion/serum - I wouldn't have been able to reply you. I discovered the B. Refreshed Essence Lotion from The Sunday Girl who introduced this to me through her blog. The SKII Facial Treatment Essence is very well known essence also known as 'miracle water' and is very expensive - I believe many of you's have seen this around. 

The B.Refreshed Essence Lotion does a similar job obviously, it doesn't have all the research behind it like SKII but I think it's a great starting point if you don't want to pay £115 for 160ml of product. This is my first step into Japanese skincare - they are the leading skincare/beauty industry and I'm not willing to fork out £115 yet. The essence water/lotion/serum is to help replenish, soothe, moisturise your skin after cleansing and also balance the PH. It is supposed to change your skin in the long term, so you need to be patient.  I pour a couple of drops of this into my hands and pat it into my skin, I feel this has helped to tighten my pores - so far it's been working out.

Step 6 - The Serum
I did a whole review on the B. Confident Blemish Serum available to read here. I have been continuously using this after I stopped for a few weeks because I saw the drastic effects on my t-zone. I didn't realise how oily I was until I had to blot my face every hour when I wasn't using the serum. This has worked wonders, I don't think I'll be swapping this over anytime soon. I grab 1 pump of this and work it into my t-zone area. I only use this step in the day time if I were to wear make-up that day.

Step 7 - The Mask
Sometimes my skin feels dry and not normal and I use sheet masks to help restore what my skin needs - does it need to be more radiant? more plumping? more elasticity? more brightening? more nourishing? - I have a mountain of face masks that fits all my needs - I went crazy wild last year and bought about 10 boxes. I will be stocking up again this year. I use sheet masks almost every week or when my skin desperately needs restoring. I  apply a layer of toner before my sheet mask after I fully cleanse my face.

I do break out during my monthlies or when I've been bad with my diet so I do get spots. To help my skin go through the process of healing faster I opt for the following product: Innisfree Volcanic Clay Mask - If you like your clay masks this is magic in a tub. The volcanic properties help draw out the impurities while hydrating your skin. The mask contains little beads/sand which helps gently exfoliate the dead cells while you apply and also when you wash the product off.

Step 8 - The Eye Cream
After all the lotions, one of the areas that I am most concerned iS my fine lines around my eyes. I always used to tug on my inner corner so now I have a deeper line on one eye than my other. I've been using the Loreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew and I've started on the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme for day time. For night I use the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel - It is thicker in texture and is more cooling compared to the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme and creates a film around your eyes. I tap this gently around my eyes and let it absorb.

Step 9  - The Moisturiser
Daytime - after I pinpoint all my problem areas, I go in with the Aime Naturally Kind Hydrating Daily Moisturiser - this is face cream and acts as a great makeup base, it's slightly thicker, so you need to work this in, it helps to rehydrate the rest of my face. I've introduced this to my little sister and she loves it too - she has incredibly dry skin. If I need to swap my face cream I opt for the  Origins Gingzing Energy Boosting Moisturiser - this absorbs into the skin immediately. I use this on my no make-up days to treat my skin.

Night time - The first time I made contact with an oil with my skin was The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil. I thought it was crazy to use an oil for an oily face so I did loads of research before I went ahead and purchased. Oil counteracts Oil - I don't know how that magic works but the first morning I woke after I slept with the facial oil on - my face was plump .... and hydrated... and my makeup applied effortlessly. I'm now using the Monu Hawaii Facial Treatment Oil but I will always repurchase The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil.
Step 10 - Primer + SPF
 I do go in and further prime my face after I let my moisturiser set. I have been using the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer and I absolutely love it. I have half a bottle left, it enhances the longevity of my makeup since it contains glycerin and the tackiness grabs hold of my base and powder. I have swapped this over from my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. 

I have never been an SPF person because the UK practically has no sun. I use SPF on my holidays for sun protection especially when I go to Hong Kong. Last year I used the Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturising Face Lotion - my face and makeup did not get along with this and slipped off during the day and made me greasy, so this time around I'm going to wait until I get there and purchase one from their local pharmacy since they have a vast range.

When I tell people what my skincare steps are daily, they usually think I am crazy - I spend a good 10- 15 minutes in the morning just applying skincare. If you want your makeup to look good you need to start from the base. I use about 6 to 7 of these steps in the morning depending on my skin needs and 9 to 10 steps during night time.

When it comes to travelling I can go with a couple of outfit changes but I need all my skincare with me. My skincare will change depending what products I come across and I have a feeling that it will change after my trip to South Korea,

Your skincare routine is probably not as extensive as mine, but please share below what products have been working for you and any recommendations that you think I need to check out. I have spent a lot of time bashing this out all in one go, so please leave me a comment below haha!

Until next time!
Joyce x

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  1. I love your tip about the aftershave - primer!!!!!! I will totally gonna use it to the near future!!!!!!


    1. If you can get over the smell - it's an amazing primer haha! x

  2. I really want to try the Origins moisturizer I've heard its really good! <3 Lovely post

    Amelia |

    1. I used to use this daily, but now I only rach for it now and again. but it smells amazing and my skin feels quenched :) x

  3. Wow I am super impressed with your skincare routine - you're dedicated and I bet your skin looks great for it! Thanks for the tips :-)
    JH |

  4. 10 steps?? Wow that is amazing!!! I could never forgive myself too for not taking my makeup after a long night no matter how tired I am, so I always keep facial wipes in my car to start removing my makeup while driving home, then I wash my face, tone, moisturise and go to bed!!! I haven't used a cleansing oil before and I want to try it so bad! :)


    1. cleansing oil is definitely something you need to get used to, it took me a couple of tries at first. I only use makeup wipes for my brushes since wipes to tug onto your skin and may give you wrinkles lol x

  5. Love this post! I love a good intense skincare routine and you have so many of my faves here - recently started using the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser and its incredible for that price. I will be picking up the B. Essence very soon and I've been waiting to hear more about the Innisfree mask so I might as well take that from saved items to my basket ;) great post xxx

    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

    1. Thank-you, I think I might chage up my essence lotion and see how that works for my skin and thank-you for stopping by ! x

  6. I've only very recently started using products on my skin. Beforehand I used nothing at all, I'm very lucky that I don't get many breakouts and my skin always seems to be in good condition but I've taken an interest now in looking after it a bit more to prolong ageing on my face. Now I usually cleanse, tone and moisturise everyday. Some of these products look good, I've used the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser before and loved it! I think I'd like to try these 10 steps out and see what the benefit is to my skin! Great post!

    1. I'm soo jel! I used to get really bad acne so I had to really take care of my skin hence the routine :) and thank-you for stopping by ! x

  7. I really want to try the Body Shop cleanser it sounds amazing!

    Parie x

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  9. Great post! :D People always think I am mad when they ask about my skincare routine, and I reel off the products I use. lol

    I've recently adopted the 10 step Korean skincare routine myself and since doing it my skin has never looked so good in my 40+ years! :) I have very sensitive, dry skin so it's taken me a while to find products that suit my skin. I swap things around sometimes but the majority of, at least for the summer months, will stay the same. I use:

    1. Garnier Micellar Water Oil as my first cleanser
    2. Missha Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam as my second
    3. Tony Moly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream | Homemade Sugar scrub with coconut oil, sugar and essential oils
    4. Triple Strength Rose Water
    5. Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
    6. Mizon Black Snail All In One Cream
    7. Korean sheet mask - I have lots of different brands lol
    8. Pur Organica Ultimate Youth Eye Gel & L'oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew - for a stubborn deep crease inbetween my eyebrows, which it has reduced significantly!
    9. Superdrup Vitamin E Day Cream with SPF
    L'oreal Paris Revitalift Night Cream (though I am thinking of swapping this out for a different night cream)
    10. Tony Moly Banana Sleeping Pack | Elizavecca Collagen Jella Pack | A'Pieu Fresh Mate Mask Basil Hydrating | Tony Moly Pure Farm Pig Collagen Sleeping Pack - I alternate these as and when my skin needs that extra boost of hyrdation.

    Extra : Crystal Collagen 24k Gold Under Eye Gel Pads
    Gold Crystal Collagen Lip Facial Face Mask

    Phew, it sounds like a lot but really doesn't take that long. I would never go back to my old ways!

    Sarah ||

    1. I love hearing about what products you use!! Really want to try out the Pur Organica Ultimate Youth Eye Gel!! Ready Set Glamour uses it! x

  10. Bah, damnit, for some reason where I typed my facial oils is missing lol

    But I use:-

    B. Enriched Restorative Facial Oil & Eden's Semilla 100% Organic Rosehip Oil

    Sarah ||

    1. haha! The B. range is quite impressive! x

  11. I love my Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser - makes me skin feel so soft, smooth and plump. It's cruelty free too & contains lots of lovely natural ingredients. For the price you can't go wrong.
    Looking at trying some of the B. range - even more so after reading this post!

    1. I absolutely love the hot cloth cleanser, might try their melting gel next x

  12. wow... that skincare routine is impressive and good on you if you can follow it. I strongly believe skincare needs to be on point if you want you make up to look good but I'm so damn lazy that I never stick to it (T_T) But this post has really inspired me to up my skin care game because my skin right now is horrendous. I really wanna get an essence and a serum after reading this post. I feel like thats the only product that i dont have. But yeah great post! x
    Kookii || Beauty By Her♥

  13. Ahhh. I've been meaning to try this routine for the longest time now, but I was under the impression that you need to use all Korean products, too.

    Jorj | Mad Cherry

    1. No haha, it's the process/steps you take, you can use any products as long as it works for you x

  14. I really enjoyed reading this! I'm glad someone spends as much time cleansing as I do, I also find the cleanse and polish to be slightly harsh on the eyes so I might switch to the superdrug one! - Maria x

    1. Yes check it out, it's really affordable too! x

  15. I started to use Nivea after shave as a primer not a long time ago and I must say that it's so good! My makeup actually stays all day long even if I have no time to fix it during the day!

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