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My New Skincare Regimen

It’s been a year and a half since my daughter was born. During that time I have really slacked on self-care. I am trying to get back in the game. Not just so I look better, but so that I feel better too! So instead of a monthly books post, this month I am going to be talking about my ‘new’ skincare regimen.

I am saying it is new because it is new to me, but this skincare routine has actually been around for decades. It’s a 10-step Korean Skincare regimen. I discovered it reading my girl Chriselle Lim’s blog. I do this regiment in the evening. This routine is ideal for nighttime because your skin does the most self-renewing at night. Below are the steps I use (also hyperlinked the products I use for each step).

Step One: Oil Cleanser. I use Organic Coconut Oil for this

Step Two: Cleanser (a foam cleanser is ideal, but you can use any facial cleanser you have on hand)

Step Three: Exfoliator (I only do this step 1-2 times per week)

Step Four: Mask (If I don’t do step three I do either a clay or a moisturizing mask)

Step Five: Toner

Step Six: Essence (this is considered the most important step, but if I am honest the double cleansing is the true game changer for me)

Step Seven: Serum

Step Eight: Eye Cream

Step Nine: Face Cream

Step Ten: Face Oil

This routine has really changed my skin! I don’t usually believe the hype around ‘revolutionary new skincare breakthroughs’, but I always make an exception with beauty fads that come from Asia. This skincare routine delivers. Here are the questions I get the most:

Yo, how long does this ish take?!

Shockingly, not that long. The masking part takes the most time since you need to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes. But I usually brush and floss my teeth while I mask. Also, don’t think of it as a time suck, think of it as a way to pamper yourself every day.

Is it expensive?

It depends. With the exception of the Essence, I already had all of the products required. If you don’t have everything, it can add up. However, there is no need to get super-fancy products. Drugstore products work great, too.

Will it make me break out?

No! My skin is very sensitive to anything new. I have a tendency to get little spots and dry patches when my skin is upset. But the only thing I have noticed is that my skin looks smoother, glowing, and healthier.

Okay, but seriously. I don’t have time for this.

You do, though. It is all about making time. This IS your face, after all. It’s a pretty important part of your body and you should invest time and energy into making it beautiful. I promise this routine will have your skin looking gorgeous.


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  • Reply rachel January 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I think there should be a “Skincare for DUMMIES” book because I have some of the MOST BASIC questions. I thought about emailing you, but I figured someone else might have the same questions, so I’m commenting here.

    First, um….how do I do Step 1? Like do I put the oil on my face and rub it around and then rinse it off before step 2? or do I do Step 2 as a way to wash off Step 1?

    Second, do I do the essence and serum all over my face? or just on certain parts?

    Third….now that it’s almost 2 months later….are you still doing this? still liking it? have you changed anything?

    • Reply Clare February 1, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Hey Girl!

      So for step one you take the oil and rub it all over your whole face. I use this step to remove my makeup. So focus on your eyes and other areas where you have a lot of makeup. Rinse it off before step two. However, because it is an oil, you likely won’t be able to rinse off everything. So the foam cleansing will remove all of step one.

      Yes, the essence and serum goes all over your face (the mask, however, can be used just on problem areas).

      I am still doing this two months later. However, I do have an abbreviated version for crazier days. I always do double cleansing, toner, and triple moisturizing. But sometimes I will skip the essence and I will skip the mask some weeks. But for the most part I do all ten steps. Once you get into a groove it isn’t so daunting. I think it makes my skin look super glowy and smooth. I also get way less breakouts with this method.


  • Reply Ginny Cruciano March 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I’m so glad I came across this post last year. My skin has always been temperamental and needed a fix. I’ve been doing your 10 step routine every night for almost three months now. I was afraid the oil would make my skin break out. It’s the exact opposite. My skin glows and is clearer than ever. Thank you, Clarabelle!

    • Reply Clare March 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      I am SO GLAD to hear it!!! XO

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