OCTOBER 3, 2021

As an update to the skincare routine I shared below on November 29, 2020 I have since swapped out the COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads with BHA for the COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pads with Green Tea Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica Extract Toner since it’s gentler but it’s just as effective for my skin. I also introduced the COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream to my AM and PM routine before I apply Aquaphor as an emollient for the last step/layer. Here is a video clip showing the state of my skin recently since I’ve been makeup free for over a year now.

If I get any acne spots I apply COSRX Acne Pimple Patches overnight which I swear by and I wish I had access to them sooner since they would have saved me from squeezing and picking in my younger years. These pimple patches quickly target the problem spot(s) by sucking out the gunk. I haven’t had any new acne scarring as a result of these miracle patches. They’re gentle and very effective and they would have saved me a lot of heartache and embarrassment when I was younger (in high school I used to hide behind my hair when even a ton of makeup wouldn’t cover up my cystic acne on really bad skin days).

DECEMBER 8, 2020


No Filter Skin as of Decmember 26, 2020Click here for a video clip close up of my current skin with no filter

Above is a photo of my no makeup skin today and I also tried to increase the sharpness and definition on this photo by 20% to better show my large pores and wrinkles (I’m 38). I’ve been using the COSRX pads with BHA and the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream since November 5th and the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence since November 9th. The retinoid still hasn’t arrived due to the unprecedented holiday shipping delays.

I ordered The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid to try based on my friend Sarah‘s recommendation since she said it made a big difference in her overall skin texture. She suggested that I moisturize before applying any retinoid and to start with every other night until my skin gets used to it. I will report back on my progress but she mentioned that it can take up to 3 months to see any noticeable results.

NOVEMBER 29, 2020

Current Accordable Makeup Free Skincare RoutineI added this k-beauty snail serum to my daily routine last Sunday and it’s made a big difference with my acne dark spots within a week. Click here for a clip of my no makeup skin with no filters. I’m 37 and I’m finally somewhat comfortable with going makeup free thanks to staying at home a lot more and cute face masks which make full-face makeup unnecessary. I linked to my favorite affordable skincare items below that I’ve been using for my sensitive, dry, acne-prone combination skin. Not pictured in the above collage is the toner I use (linked below) and I also use Trader Joe’s Enrich lotion with SPF 15 in the mornings. Vi‘s skin is goals and I need to try some of her basic skincare tips such as double cleansing.

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