Skin Ed

*Korean Skin Care: Hauls, Help, &More*

We were all born with flawless, baby soft skin. Then, puberty happened, and it left some of us with acne, blemishes, and scars.

Many of us who have struggled with our skin have tried everything from Neutrogena to Proactive to Accutane, but there’s something that we were never told about our skin– something that would have made us struggle less and smile more.

So, here’s Skin Ed.

Harsh chemicals suck, but the astringents and toners of my youth were full of them. Once I switched to Dr. Palmer’s, which used natural ingredients like cocoa butter instead of harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide, my skin calmed down, and I stopped breaking out.

I also started taking birth control at this time, too, and many of my friends and I rave about taking birth control because you get regular periods, better skin, and even bigger boobs.

I continued to use products with natural ingredients and branched out to Madina last year; well, until my Chinese friend introduced me to Etude House, a Korean skincare and makeup line. Not only were the products all natural, but there were more of them, and they weren’t limited to natural ingredients like cocoa butter but also included collagen, aloe vera, and more, too.

Now, three (or four) Etude House hauls later, I realized that my skin had needs that hadn’t been met, so here’s what I do now to keep my skin satisfied.

I Exfoliate

I was told not to exfoliate, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin.

Etude House Baking Powder Crunch Pore Scrub

One pack of this instantly removes old, dead skin and blemishes, revealing the fresher, healthier skin lying underneath. It’s gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin, and I use it once every one or two weeks.

I Rejuvenate

I still have a long way to go before getting the skin that I want, so I always rejuvenate my skin with packs, patches, and masks concentrated with natural ingredients that work for my skin.

Etude House Charcoal Chin Pack

Simple and sweet, a small strip of charcoal goes over my chin– 20 minutes later, blackheads and blemishes get removed. My goal is to use it more often, at least once or twice a week!

Etude House Collagen Gel Eye Patch

Equally simple and sweet but much stronger since it’s a gel, this helps lift and smooth those wrinkles underneath my eyes that I’ve had for longer than I would like…

Etude House White Pearl Mask

This good-smelling, slip-on-your-skin-and-lay-down mask instantly brightens my skin and evens my complexion.

Etude House Collagen Mask

This mask brightens and firms, and I’ve been using at least one mask on my skin each week.

Tip: After exfoliating, use a mask! It’ll sink right into your skin and also help calm it down. I often use a combination of the chin pack or eye patch with a mask.

I Recreate

I try to recreate my skin everyday, which means using an entire line of skin care products that work for my skin.

Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam Moist

Different from the original, the moist doesn’t dry out my skin but works just as well hen it comes to removing my make-up and more.

Etude House Collagen Moistfull Skin Care Line: First Essence, Toner, Firming Eye Cream, and Face Cream

The order is important, and after I wash my face I use the first essence, toner, firming eye cream, and then finally the face cream.

Tip: If you have dry skin, then use the shea butter line. If you have damaged skin, then use the aloe vera line.

Etude House Goodbye Trouble BB Magic Mist

I use this after applying the face cream and again after finally applying my BB cream. Talk about a good finish! Moisturizing your skin is so important when it comes to creating that flawless, baby soft– but adult glow, look.

So, what about finding YOUR Soulmate Skinmate?

Etude House is definitely MY skinmate, but what’s yours, and how can you find it?

In the end, Skin Ed is all about finding out what works for your skin, so don’t be afraid to try something new; and, finding your skinmate is a lot like finding your soulmate, so remember to keep an open mind and an open heart. Don’t ever settle for something that doesn’t work for you skin, especially after two or three months.

Start over, try again, and never give up until your skin is A+!^^

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