I started watching Youtube videos and found a passion for Korean and Japanese cosmetics when I married to my now ex-husband. I became very passionate about Asian beauty and began my mark on the internet with my Youtube channel, PDXBeautiful in 2010 :) After a ton of researching and personal trial and error, I found that Asian skincare was so very different from the "Western" approach! I had struggled with acne since my mid 20's and everything I tried made my skin worse! Here is the US, we tend to approach acne by using products that dry out the skin and destroy our skin's moisture barrier! On top of that, being in the skincare business, it was so beyond embarrassing to be an Esthetician and have acne!! I decided to try out the "Asian approach" to skincare and began a pretty complex skincare routine. And my skin completely feel in love :) My skin looked and felt great and my acne began to heal!! My skin started looking so good I barely wore any makeup :)
Fast forward a handful of years, I was formally diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I thought in order to make my body "feel better" I should start with "cleaning and greening" up what I put in my body and what I put on my body. I transitioned into using only natural and organic beauty and body care. I already ate pretty healthy but I began switching all my foods out for organic options. This was a very expensive change!
After almost two years, I still did not "feel" any better! In fact, I began feeling worse! Although natural beauty products have come such a long way from even a few years ago, I wasn't very happy with organic/natural skincare products. I went from obsessing about my skin and being excited to do my skincare routine am and pm to not being interested in taking care of my skin at all! After being a licensed Esthetician for over 15 years, I became very depressed about skincare! I lost my passion and my skin showed it!
I decided to make a change! I stumbled upon an amazing discussion forum dedicated to all things Asian Beauty :) After a few weeks of reading, posting questions and researching many of the most raved about beauty products, I began a wish list of Korean/Japanese beauty products ;) While I am patiently waiting for all of those items to arrive, I picked up a few Asian beauty products that I could purchase locally and have been using these along with some samples and sheet masks my bestie Chie had sent me for Christmas.
Within just 10 days on my new skincare routine, my skin is looking so much better!! And even better, I am so much happier now :) I look forward to spending time on my skincare routine!! Changing my skincare routine has not only helped my skin but it has also soften my depression! I did not think my skincare routine or switching back to using Asian beauty products would have just a dramatic effect on my mental health! I definitely have a very different outlook on life! I honestly think everyone would if the face they showed the world wasn't at it's best! It was so hard facing the world with bad skin, especially being an Esthetician!
Before and After Photos! My skin is no where near where I would want it to be but it's on it's way :)
Here is the steps to Korean skincare!
|Thanks to Pico Prince for this amazing artwork :)|
Don't be fooled! Korean skincare is no joke :) It is pretty intense and requires multiple steps! But it works...period! I also love that it allows you time to pamper yourself each day...something I stopped doing!!
I will keep you updated on my skincare progress and thank you all so much for reading this post!