This 10-step skincare routine is more like the CliffsNotes of a culture of skin pampering than an enumerated routine actually prescribed in Korea. The gentle multi-step process includes cleansing, exfoliating, treating, and intensely moisturizing to pamper and nurture your skin before bed, when repair happens the most. Christina of DeSmitten Design Blog and I had heard about it and wanted to give it a try, but couldn’t find a version made up of only clean products. Being that there is such an incredible amount of product involved, we decided to gather up our favorite clean products and test out the routine. What follows is our conversation around the whole process as well as our findings and recommendations.Elizabeth: What did you think when I showed you all the steps? Christina: I thought some were redundant and unnecessary (eye makeup remover/regular makeup remover) and I felt like some steps were missing like a detoxifying mask... although you wouldn't do a detoxifying mask every day. Elizabeth: How much time do you usually devote to nightly skincare?Christina: I wash my face with water and then I put Tata Harper's beautifying oil on while massaging for 2 minutes and then I put eye serum on... done! So 4 minutes maybe? Elizabeth: Just water? Even for makeup removal? Christina: If I have eye makeup on I will use avocado oil to remove it, but usually I only use face wash in the shower—and water only the rest of the time. Elizabeth: So the opposite of this Korean scheme? Christina: Lol yes—my minimalism extends to my beauty routine.
I found this conversation between Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer and Christina DeSmet of Desmitten on clean Korean Beauty so charming and informative, I've put it here with their permission. Enjoy!