Chapter 28: Is Your Skin Care Routine Working?

Beauty Book

Maintaining a skin care routine takes dedication, not to mention the time you spend finding the right products and applying them every day. With all that effort, it’d be frustrating to find out that your routine isn’t working, or that the products are actually making your skin worse.

So how can you make sure that your skin care routine is working? This chapter explains everything that you’ll need to know:

Make sure you’re exfoliating.

Skipping this important step in your skin care routine could be one of the reasons why your skin care routine isn’t working as you expect it to. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells. so not exfoliating enough only causes dead skin to build up, which leads to clogged pores, acne, and an uneven and dull complexion. Also, without getting rid of dead skin cells, you’re not allowing your skin to absorb products that you apply. 

Use products that work well together.

You may have all the right products but if you don’t follow the rules, you won’t be able to get the best from them. Remember, products that work together, stay together. For instance, applying exfoliating acids like AHA, BHA and PHA tend to dry the skin out so they work best when followed with a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid. 

Check out this post for a lowdown on what skin care products you can mix together for the best results. Also, see this post for skin care don’ts. 

Know how to layer your products.

Your skin care routine should work if you’re layering your products correctly. The only rule you need to remember is to apply the product with the lightest consistency first, and end with the product with the thickest consistency. Start by double cleansing, followed by your choice of toner and essence. A serum always comes before your moisturizer because serums are thinner in consistency and they contain high concentrations of active ingredients that can penetrate deeply into skin. Layer on your cream last to seal everything in, and prevent moisture from escaping throughout the day or overnight. You can add a few drops of face oil after applying your moisturizer for plumper, glowing skin! 

If you’re a beginner to a Korean skin care routine, the first chapter of the Beauty Book will tell you how to curate your regimen. 

Give it some time.

If you’ve just started using a certain product, remember to give it some time as it takes a while for a product to really make a difference. On average, your skin cells turnover every 28 days so it can take at least a month before you start to see changes. Don’t expect miraculous results overnight. Instead, stay consistent with your skin care routine and look for long-term results.

Check the expiry date.

Have you ever found a face cream that you bought last spring but it’s still half-full a year later? You may feel bad about tossing it out but using expired skin care products won’t do your skin any good. All skin care products have a shelf life, so in order for your routine to work, make sure that all your products aren’t past their expiration date. 

You can normally find a symbol that says “12M” or “6M” on the packaging of your product, which indicates how long the product can be used after opening. The next time you open a product, jot down the date so you know when to throw it out!

Remember, there will always be products that may work for others but not for you, and that’s totally normal. We all have different skin types so you just have to find what works for you!