Talking about skincare gives me joy, especially Korean skincare. I know that Korean skincare has gotten really popular the last few years, but I have been trying to figure out what the hell those sheet masks were since I started watching Coffee Prince (2007) in early 2010. To back up before I go on endlessly about my eternal love for Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye, let me start at the beginning of my interest in all things Korean. Korean dramas were my gateway drug to all things Korean.
Really, my skincare obsession started when I saw Yoon Eun Hye’s character in Coffee Prince wearing a sheet mask. I had never seen or heard of anything like it before but I knew I needed to find out what it was. It would be a few years before I actually saw a sheet mask in the United States, but I was always on the lookout for them.
I was drawn to Korean skincare because when I would watch Korean dramas, I noticed how amazing the actresses (and actors! Dudes seem to actually care about their skin too!) skin were. But not in the usual, beautiful people wearing a lot of makeup sort of way. Their skin was perfectly dewy without being oily, and there was just this translucent quality to their skin that I had never seen in the US. As someone with extremely dry skin, getting anywhere near ‘dewy skin’ was like a dream come true.
What really made me buckle down and do my research on Korean skincare other than the fact that I have been afraid of getting old since I turned 20, and then in my late 20s I was having an intense existential crisis, was that I moved from California to Kansas to finish up school. And as a Californian, I was not equipped for cold, dry winters Like, I didn’t understand why they put salt on the ground until I biffed it on the sidewalk, that’s how California I am. Other than my skin being dry I have had fairly good luck with my skin. But once winter hit in Kansas, my skin became a desert. I do not remember where I first heard about the 10-12 Step Korean skincare other than that it was definitely the internet, but once I understood the basic premise, I was reading everything I could get my hands on to figure how to go about perfecting my skin.
Once I found the website Sokoglam, glowing skin was within my grasp.
1. oil cleanser
2. water based cleanser
3. exfoliator (1-2 times a week)
7. sheet mask
9. eye cream
10. sleeping mask or moisturizer
Everyone is always like, "omg, that is way too many steps! I don't have that much time!" To which I say, "Yes, you fraking do." Once you get the hang of it, it goes really quickly. And once you get the hang of it, it becomes an extremely relaxing ritual. Plus, while the exfoliator and sheet mask are doing their thing, you can be doing other things. You do not have to sit in the mirror staring at yourself for the 10-20 minutes it takes. I'm a big fan of getting on my laptop and watching something while the sheet mask or exfoliator does what its got to do. Chill out. That is really the best possible advice for it, chill out.
You know how no one ever told us that breakouts can happen in our 20s and beyond? Well, my "crazy" skincare routine has made my skin so amazeballs that I get a pimple like every 4 months, and even then it is usually period related. Also, honey is my ultimate skin saver, but I will devote an entire post to my love of honey another time.
But really, it all about the sheet masks. If you get nothing else out of it, it is really fun to take selfies.