The Results of an Affordable 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine

Maybe it is the fact that I am Korean, but skin care has always trumped my interest in any makeup. I have always had the desire to achieve blemish-free skin – like you often see every girl and guy have in a typical Korean drama. But let’s be real – perfect, airbrushed skin is not always realistic for the average person. However, this does not mean we should just neglect our skin. I mean, we only have one epidermis the entirety of our life, so why not do all we can to take care of it? I know I am only in my early 20s, but I really think it is never too early to incorporate a comprehensive skin care routine into your life.

I am not saying I achieved a smooth, porcelain face overnight by regularly using some of these products, but I promise that going this extra mile makes a huge difference. I noticed my skin improved quite a bit and I feel more confident “to be in the skin I am in”…too much?

As a disclaimer, I must remind you that everyone’s skin is different and this routine worked for me, but may not work for you. My skin type is inherently normal to dry. I received these products courtesy of Jolse and used them in cohesion with some of the products I already owned. I follow this specific routine at night.

Related: Honest Review – Yesstyle.com

Step 1: Oil Cleanser

If you have dry skin and have not switched your makeup remover to an oil cleanser…what are you doing?! I switched a couple of months ago and will never look back to be honest! If your skin is lacking moisture, this is the perfect step to a skin care routine. Not only does it remove your makeup, but adds some well-needed suppleness back into the skin after a long day.

Step 2: Cleanser

For the past 4 years or so, I have been regularly using Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser as it was the cure to my hormonal breakouts and I have yet to remove it from my nighttime routine. Stick with what works, right? I highly recommend this product for those looking for a simple, effective cleanser to keep your skin clear and clean.

Step 3: Exfoliator

I use this SkinFood Black Sugar Mask as an exfoliator, as well as a mini mask. After cleansing, I apply it to my face and then I simply just leave it on my face for 10 minutes. After the allotted time, I exfoliate until the product is rubbed in and rinse off. It immediately leaves me skin feeling soft, supple and ready to absorb more products. This product would be amazing for people with any skin type!

Step 4: Toner

This is the best toner I have ever used! I am a huge believer in witch hazel and the Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner has been a game changer. I pat it gently on my face and it makes my skin feel so refreshed and clean. Not to mention, it does a great job of tightening my pores and since it is alcohol-free it does not dry out the skin at all.

Step 5: Essence

I desperately wanted to add the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence to my routine because I have heard so many Asian beauty YouTubers and Bloggers rave about it, but the price is too steep for my liking. I did some research and many websites were pointing me to the more affordable dupe, the CORSX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence.

This product definitely lives up to its’ expectations as it produced such a beautiful, natural looking glow! It successfully brightens and evens my skin tone. Out of all of the products I received from Jolse, this is hands down my favorite and if you decide to purchase anything from this post – it should be this one!

Step 6: Serum

I opted for this Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest Extract 97% B-jo Serum – primarily because of the price and packaging (hehe). I have not tried too many serums, so there is not much I can contrast it to, but I do think it is a slightly above average serum. It does not seem to be a miracle worker but rather does its’ job and that is about it. The fragrance is very light and leaves a slight sticky feeling. I am going to finish this up, but next time I will go for a different serum.

Step 7: sheet mask

I think we all know the merits of Korean sheet masks by now! I like to treat myself to a sheet mask at least once a week. If I am feeling extra special, I will even go with the Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Mask. Definitely a must for an instant moisturizer boost, especially if you tend to have dry skin like me!

Step 8: Eye Cream

My under eye area tends to be one of the driest areas, partly because I always apply concealer there and it is the most delicate part of the face. Needless to say, investing in an eye cream has been long overdue on my part. I decided to try out the Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest B-JO Eye Was Cream – which is from the same collection as the aforementioned serum. I was immediately attracted to this one because of the economic benefits, as it is quite a large pot considering you only need a little bit with each application.

It has a balmy texture and does a great job of moisturizing the under eye without feeling too cakey and thick. As with the serum, I do not think this is a miracle product, but for the attractive price tag, it is hard to go wrong with this!

Step 9: Moisturizer

For the last Elizavecca product I tried out, I ordered the Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack. This stuff is amazing. At first, I was caught off guard because I have never seen a product with such a jello-like consistency. This is by far, my second favorite product from Jolse. After I got over the texture, I applied it to my face and went to heaven. It is such a dreamy, creamy consistency that is perfect as a sleeping pack. The collagen is definitely noticeable and makes the skin thicker and more soft.

Step 10: Skin Mist (Mornings Only)

Typically, the 10th step is a sunscreen (which I do use), but I really wanted to talk about the Innisfree Aloe Revital Skin Mist. This spray provides such a healthy glow and adds some moisture back into my face after applying my usual foundation and concealer. It is not a setting spray so it does not extend the longevity of your makeup, but rather keeps your face moisturized and fresh looking. Highly recommend! 

The Results

My skin will honestly never be the same… This skin care routine has improved my skin so much throughout the past month and a half. It has become noticeably brighter and has a much more even tone. I did not achieve the porcelain, glass skin your favorite K-Pop star has, but switching to a 10 Step Korean Skin Care routine is definitely worth it in my opinion. If you have not given it a go, you most definitely should! There is a reason South Korea is the #1 skin care capital of the world.

If you have normal to dry skin, I do recommend all of these products. They can be purchased from Jolse – an amazing resource for all things Korean skin care. It was such an easy website to shop from and they have some of the best prices I have seen online.

If you have any questions about a particular product, please feel free to drop a comment below!

 

Enclothed Cognition: Maria from MiyaModa

Enclothed Cognition describes the concept in which the clothes you wear has an impact on your cognitive process. When you wear something you genuinely love, it is an instant confidence booster. That being said, this phenomenon is important to me because getting dressed is something everyone faces each morning. If aware of this concept, one would be able to dress more confidently and have a positive impact on his or her own day. This is part of the latest installment on my blog:


Maria is the beautiful face behind Miya Moda, an upcoming fashion blog and she also happens to be an old grade school friend of mine. From my memory, Maria was always wearing the cutest outfits during when we were teens. She is still dressing to the nines and exudes such confidence, both in real life and via her internet persona, which is why I was so interested in interviewing her.

Related: Leather Me Up

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How would you define your style?

I’m not sure I can even pinpoint one specific style that describes what I wear. One day I might decide to go glam and wear high heels, a dress and some a few pieces of jewelry. Another I might opt for an oversized men’s tee with some form-fitting pants and my chucks. On yet another day I might somehow combine the two looks. I try not to box myself in too much so that if I see something I like when I’m shopping, I give myself the option of wondering, “How do I work that into my wardrobe?”

Is there anywhere or anyone in particular in which you get your style inspiration from?

I follow a lot of people on Instagram. I think nearly 2,000. I like to draw inspiration from all sorts of different people, from all walks of life. I really, really love Rihanna, Teyana Taylor, and Ariana Grande. Rihanna and Teyana have that sometimes glam, sometimes streetwear look that I absolutely love and Ariana’s got that traditionally feminine, almost Barbie-type style. There are probably others whom I draw inspiration from but can’t think of at the moment.

Do you find that what you wear can affect your mood?

Absolutely, 100%. If I leave the house and I’m not feeling my fit, I’ll be kinda off all day…and probably wondering how I can improve it next time I wear those pieces. If I look put together (in my opinion) then I feel put together and more confident about what I’m doing throughout the day.

If you wanted to feel more powerful on a particular day, what would you wear?

Definitely heels and big earrings. Also, probably something fitted because I try to eat well and work out so I like to show off the fruits of my labor. ☺

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Related: How T-Shirts Can Make an Outfit 

Have you always felt comfortable expressing yourself through fashion? If not, how did you work to achieve this?

Definitely not. This question brings me back to middle school, which was probably the worst period of my life so far. I was so self-conscious that I wore really baggy sweatpants, like two or three sizes too big. I remember one day, my bus driver told me I looked like I lost twenty pounds because I wore some new jeans I had gotten. I think the first step to becoming comfortable with expressing myself through fashion was learning to accept myself. I think I committed to eating better around 10th grade and then added in exercising. I tried to empathize more with people and accept them for who they were and judge them less based on appearance and other things they didn’t have control over. I know this all sounds kinda unrelated to fashion, but these were all baby steps now that I’m looking at it in retrospect. When I felt more comfortable with myself, probably the first year of college, that’s when I really started to feel comfortable with expressing myself through fashion, and I’m still working on that (and always will be).

Related: My Perfect Imperfections Tag

Is there anything in particular you do when you need a confidence booster?

I think about my friends and that usually helps me out a bit. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by people who want to see my succeed and who I know love me for me and not for my appearance, and that definitely makes me feel more confident in my abilities.

Do you think there can be intersectionality between fashion and feminism?

I do. I was in H&M the other day and half the store was devoted to slogans about girl power and feminism. I think it’s also important to be mindful of the fact that feminism and fashion mean different things for everyone. If one woman feels like she wants to completely cover herself because that’s what she’s comfortable with, then I support it. If another wants to wear crop tops and shorts, then I support that. Of course, there is a time and place for everything but for the most part, I think we need to worry less about what women wear. Throw in cultural differences and I could write a thesis on how woman have been and continue to be shamed for what they do or don’t wear. It’s such a broad and important topic.

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I know you adore Beyonce. Do you think she’s a good role model for feminism?

I think, for the most part, she is. She’s very outspoken about what she believes in and she’s continually building girls and women up, no matter their race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability status, etc., and I admire that about her. She’s a black woman who takes up a lot of space (as she rightfully should) and she doesn’t apologize for it.

People say she contradicts herself because she claims to be a feminist, but chooses to wear “risqué” outfits. What’s your take on this?

I think those people have a fundamental misunderstanding of feminism. Being a feminist and supporting the movement doesn’t mean that everyone tailors themselves to one narrow image. It’s about support women’s right and ability to make their own decisions. She can absolutely be a feminist and wear just a bra and underwear (or even go nude) in a magazine spread; the two are not mutually exclusive.

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Do you think social media has been crippling the confidence of girls and boys?

Unfortunately, yes. Honestly, sometimes it cripples my own. It’s mentally tiring to scroll through Instagram sometimes and see how “perfect” some people look, whether their skin, their clothes, or their lives in general. I think kids see this and they don’t necessarily realize that a lot of it is staged. The right make-up and lighting can do a lot. Then there are photo-editing apps. And finally, what you see on social media isn’t real life. I know from personal experience. Sometimes I’ll post something that is completely not parallel with my mood or situation in real-time. To be as realistic as possible, I try not to over-edit my photos. I don’t photoshop them and usually the most I do is put a filter on and adjust things like brightness and contrast. I want people to know that not everyone looks like a model naturally. Everything has to be taken with a grain of salt.

What advice would you give to someone lacking self-confidence?

You have to get down to the root of the problem. What makes you feel worst about yourself? What makes you feel best about yourself. Start out with answering those questions. If you can, and I know it’s not always possible or easy, do less of what makes you upset and more of what makes you happy. For me, that was taking care of my health and not worrying about my weight. I would also add on that I believe supporting other people is a great way to become more self-confident. I know that sounds weird, but you just feel better on the inside and I think that feeling spreads to the surface. You feel more confident because you enjoy empowering others. Of course, wearing something that makes you feel confident also helps!

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The Struggle of Being an Introvert in Your Early 20s

Have you ever taken a personality quiz? If not, I highly suggest you take a couple of minutes to do the one offered on 16Personalities. When I took it about a year or two ago, I was absolutely shocked at how accurate the results were. To the point, where I felt like the quiz knew more about me than I did myself…Basically, it defined me as an introvert or an INFJ personality type:

“…Their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days” (16personalities.com).

Honestly, when I read this everything started to make sense to me. I am a very independent person with a select few close friends and although I love them dearly, sometimes the thought of hanging out with one of them stressed me out. I would agree to plans, but immediately regret my decision because I was not sure if I was going to have the energy to do so later on. I realize now I am seriously the definition of introvert!

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Let’s be clear, this has absolutely nothing to do with my friends and it is specifically a personal “issue”. Yet, I have been struggling with this inner social battle the entirety of my life and it became even more apparent as I entered my 20s and was in the midst of my college years.

When I was living at school, all of my friends and peers were constantly going out at night – sometimes from Thursday through Saturday night. At first, I tried my best to keep up with the incessant small talk and social drinking, but it started to take a toll on me as I realized I was starting to dread weekends in general because it came with making plans and coordinating with friends. Clearly, this was an issue.

It might be ludicrous to some of you to hear that a simple personality test opened my eyes to who I am, but it is true! The results of this quiz defined my social tendencies and prescribed it an actual name. It helped me realize this is just who I innately am and I am not alone (although according to 16personaltiies.com, INFJ’s make up less than 1% of the population)!

As an INFJ, talking to people can be physically draining for me. Hence, why I feel the need to take a night to be with myself and to regain this lost energy. I think a lot of introverts can relate to this feeling of social exhaustion. If this is the case, you should never push yourself to do more than you can handle like I did. I honestly think it can lead to feeling burnt out or even resentful to yourself or your friends.

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Why I Stopped Spending as Much Money on Clothes

Ultimately, I stopped going out as much and managed to find a nice balance of spending the night curled up in bed with a good movie and hanging out with my friends. So why am I bothering to share this self-discovery? I wanted to tell my experience of growing up as a young adult for anyone else who finds themselves to be ashamed of their introvertedness. Sometimes you feel left out or as if something is wrong with you simply because you do not see the merit in partying every weekend. I wanted to let these people know that it is okay not wanting to be the stereotypical young adult who socializes every second of the day. Sometimes preferring to stay in by yourself is exactly what you need.

Is anyone else a fellow INFJ? If not, what’s your personality type?

My Perfect Imperfections

At a young 22 years old, I am blessed to say I feel pretty comfortable in my own skin…for the most part. On some days, I wake up and look into the mirror and am sort of disappointed at what I see. On these days, I am particularly crestfallen and self-conscious. A low self-esteem can really take a toll on my mental health for the day – and this only happens every so often. I cannot even begin to imagine the physical and mental impact this can have on individuals going through self-harming disorders such as depression or anorexia.

Andrea started the “My Perfect Imperfections” tag on YouTube years ago and some of my favorite content creators, Jenn Im and Sophia Chang, have recently revisited it on their own respective channels. These have inspired me to bring it to the blogging world and I thought it would also be the perfect first post to kick off the rebranding of my blog, Enclothed Cognition.

Basically, the Perfect Imperfections tag involves you sharing three things you dislike about yourself and three things you absolutely adore about yourself. These could be both physical and nonphysical traits.

What I Dislike About Myself…

  1. My lips (especially when I smile). This is one of those nitpicky things where I feel like I notice it a lot more than other people. When I smile, the upper left portion of my lip stretches out a lot more than the right, making them look so uneven. I realized I would always subconsciously put my hand up to my face when I take selfies because it sort of hides this fact. This physical trait really affects me because although I hate my lips, I absolutely love to smile. On days when I am especially apparent of it, I love to blast J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” and try my best not to let it bother me!
  2. My pushover tendencies. I am sure when most people describe me they will say two things: I am on the quiet side and I am so sweet. I am okay with this! However, in a way, I feel like it is my downfall. I feel like I was born to please others and I hate disappointing or letting anyone down, which is why people see me as so nice and considerate. Yet, because of this, I feel like I am sometimes taken advantage of. A lot of times I wish I was more inclined to be stronger and less afraid to share what I am really feeling. I still need to teach myself that it really is okay to say “no”.
  3. My birthmark. I have mentioned this before, but I have this rather large diagonal birthmark on my ribcage. When I was a teen, I was quite subconscious about this mark when I wore bathing suits. I hated it! As I grew older though, it started to bother me a little less. I realized it is just a part of who I am and what makes me unique.
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What I Like About Myself…

    1. My hair. One of my parent’s friends told them that if a baby has hair sticking straight up, it means they are going to have gorgeous hair. Sure enough, when my parents met me at the airport (I was adopted), my hair was sticking straight up in the air. When you think of Asian hair, you often think thin and pin-straight. I rather like my hair because it is quite thick and has a natural wave to it. To treat my hair, I apply oil to the ends of my hair after every shower. These are the products I am currently currently using to soften my hair and prevent damage: 
  1. My kindness. This is a trait with a double edged sword since it is closely related with the aforementioned trait – my pushover tendencies. However, I also pride myself on this personality trait. I really try to be kind to everyone I meet. I think kindness is something that society has been greatly lacking the past couple of years.
  2. My body. This was one of the harder things for me to fully accept because I used to be self-conscious of my body since I thought it was so 1-Dimensional. People used to poke my body and exclaim how I need to “eat a hamburger ASAP” and remark how I am all “skin and bone”. As you can tell, I am a full time member of the IBTC and pretty much the opposite body type of Kim Kardashian in every single way. Haha! Yet, I love my body more than I ever have. I have been regularly working out for the past 2 years and the hard work is really starting to pay off. I love my body because I feel healthy.

Your turn!

The Perfect Imperfections tag is such a great exercise for everyone to do. I tag anyone who wants to take this challenge. Becoming aware of the things you do and do not like about yourself is enlightening and is a form of self-discovery because it makes you sit down and really think about it.

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If you feel comfortable, leave a comment below sharing one thing you dislike about yourself and one thing you love about yourself. I would love to hear it!

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The New Enclothed Cognition

I have been running Enclothed Cognition for about 3 years now and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Not only was it a creative outlet and a form of expression, but it acted as a resumé supplement since I wanted to get into the fashion industry. As you know, Enclothed Cognition is a place where I share my personal style and what products I am loving at the moment. Yet, I have always wanted it to be more than that.

In the past year, I focused more on defining what Enclothed Cognition is and have even conducted two interviews (Claudia Jordan and my boyfriend) regarding their take on dressing with confidence. I adored this new segment of my blog…but it still was not enough for me.

Related: Enclothed Cognition – My Boyfriend

The Epiphany

My friend and fellow blogger, Sheila, had a post dedicated to the rebranding of her blog and how fulfilling the change has been. She used to focus on fashion and lifestyle, but decided she wanted to be a boss babe and worked so hard to turn her blog into a business. Reading this post was incredibly inspiring to me and it made me reflect on Enclothed Cognition and the direction it was moving in.

I knew I wanted to provide more meaningful content to my readers, without letting go of my passion for style. The fashion industry and the role of the blogger specifically, can get a bad rep for being superficial and does not contribute to the overall good of society. I am not saying all brands, influencers, etc. are like that, but it can be perceived this way by some. 

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Fashion & Self-Love

Thus, I decided to rebrand into Enclothed Cognition: Fashion & Self-Love. I will still be providing the same content (OOTD’s, product wishlists, etc.), but will also be interweaving a lot more lifestyle and social related topics. For instance, I want to delve more into things such as body image, career goals, feminism and even happiness. I’ll be delivering this content through personal experience and through the eyes of a few people I will interview. That being said, if there is anything you want me to touch upon, please leave it below in the comments!

Related: A Thought on Self-Confidence

Thank you so much for growing with me and Enclothed Cognition. It means the world to me that you come to read this little blog of mine. I promise more frequent and fresh content coming your way very soon!