The Korean multi-step skin care regimen: it works!

It's been quite a while since I last blogged and a lot has happened. I have a 7 month old daughter and I've been purchasing items mostly for her. However, I now find myself with more time and was aghast with the condition of my skin. While I was pregnant, I really did have that pregnancy glow. Right now though, all remnants of that glow are gone and my skin is now troubled and uneven.

I wanted to go back to my tried and tested Retinol products but my pediatrician advised me against it since I'm still breastfeeding. So I can't use anything with Retinol, Salicylic acid or those other AHA/BHA acids. I was feeling quite sad so I did what any normal person these days does and turned to Google for some alternatives.

Thanks to Google and several beauty bloggers, I stumbled into the latest fad which is the Korean skin care regimen. In ye olden days, I could get by simply by washing my face and applying a cream. I was in fact using my Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation cream but after several weeks, no transformation was visible. Then I read about snail cream. Yep, this beauty blogger raved about the Mizon Snail cream and online shopping addict that I am, I bought one when I saw that a site was selling it. There was a little mixup however and apparently not all snail creams are the same so I ended up with the Mizon Black Snail cream when the blogged about product was the All in One but hey, same brand naman.

I kept researching though and then found out that Korean beauty brands are apparently 10 years ahead of the Western beauty brands. They are the ones who came up with BB creams. Plus, Koreans love natural products and are constantly innovating. Turns out, Korean women start in their teens with a multi-step regimen so I decided to sort of follow it myself and pray that my skin improves.

Daytime regimen:
Step 1: Cleanse - I wash my face with Etude House Happy Essential Foam with Collagen. I just asked the sales lady what was the best selling facial wash and she recommended this. There's a slight scent but it does clean my face.

Step 2: Tone - I bought the Hada Labo lotion some time ago because I read about it being very popular. It is very watery and I usually apply it with a cotton ball.


Step 3: Essence - OK, I just got this Missha Time Revolution essence yesterday and used it last night. When I woke up this morning, 80% of the redness on one cheek was gone. I can only imagine what will happen with long term use.

The story here is that I've been longing after the SK II Facial Treatment essence for years. I just could not bring myself to buy a bottle for approximately PHP4k-5k. Then I read online that there was a dupe and based on reviews not only was it cheaper but some people said it was better. I bought my bottle on eBay.


Step 4: Moisturize - Whew, talk about a lot of steps! Anyway, I found the Mizon Black Snail cream too thick for day time so I use the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel for day time. My skin is oily and a thick cream will just not do. I bought mine on BeautyMnl but you can get it on eBay as well. It absorbs after a few seconds and so far I am liking it.


Step 5: Sunblock - Yes kids, use sunblock every day. I use VMV's Armada when I go to the beach because it's not sticky and my skin does not break out with it. If it's a normal day I use the Shu Uemura UV underbase since it is sunblock and a primer in one. It also helps my make-up last longer. If I'm really lazy I'll just make sure that my bb cream has SPF.

Gosh that was long. My night regiment is practically the same except I double cleanse. This means I use an oil based make-up remover then I wash my face.

Step 1: Remove make-up - I've been using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil but just ran out. Thus I'm now trying the DHC cleansing oil. For stubborn eye make-up I also use a separate eye make-up remover.

Step 2: Cleanse - I wash my face. I also exfoliate 3 times a week with my Clarisonic Mia. Sometimes I'll use a mask. I have this Puressa mask my family brought back from Japan for moisture or if I feel like I'm super oily I'll use my Snoe calamansi and charcoal mask.

Step 3: Toner
Step 4: Essence
Step 5: Moisturize - This is where I use the Mizon Black Snail cream. When I get zits, it usually takes two weeks for the scars to fade a bit. Ever since I started using this cream I noticed that a fresh acne spot is fading after three days.  It seems the instructions for use are to pat, not rub it in so that is what I've been doing. This texture of this cream is quite sticky, it settles in after maybe 30 mins? Once it does, my skin's texture is quite supple. I noticed that it sort of plumps up my skin.


I bought this from Taste Central last year and only got to use it now. There's a new version which is the Mizon All in One snail cream which you can get from Beauty Mnl or on eBay. They're on sale right now on Beauty Mnl so I bought 2 because I am impressed.

I'm going to keep at this and update this post over time. Oh, I also bought the Mizon Snail BB cream. I'm very convinced with the efficacy of these products and can't wait to try other Korean beauty products.


  1. Thanks Marissa, I just ordered Missha Time Revolution and cant wait to use it. Thanks for the review!

  2. The acne is formed in your body. The body acne might happen to any age group and it specially affects the teenagers. Recent cases are also found in the middle groups. Acne products

  3. Thank you for sharing your experience about Korean beauty products. I think these products are really beneficial for our skin. If you are looking for more products like korean snail cream then you can visit


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