For years, probably close to a decade, I struggled with getting my face cleansed and moisturized before I went to bed. I knew the old saying “for every night you go to sleep with your makeup on, it ages you 26 days”. But at the end of every day, I was just.too.tired.
The last thing that I wanted to do each night was stand in front of my bathroom sink for an additional 15 minutes to properly care for my skin.
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I had been properly caring for a bunch of little people all day long, I just wanted to crawl into bed! The result, as I’m sure you can imagine, was not pretty!
I had near constant breakouts and some mild rosacea on my cheeks. But the worst part of all…I had fooled myself into believing that I just had bad skin, or that it was my hormones wrecking everything. I thought I was doomed to a life of acne until menopause.
Even though I wanted to execute the 10-step Korean skincare routine like the most diligent Korean girl, the fact of the matter was, I was still exhausted every evening. And nothing was going to change that.
So I decided that I needed to change the routine to fit my needs better. It’s not a perfect Korean Skincare Routine, but it is so much better than sleeping with dirty skin. And my results are still great!
My Modified Korean Skincare Routine
The first step of the Korean skincare routine is double cleansing. I realized that this is really the only step in the whole process that I needed to be standing in front of the sink.
But what if I simplified here? I knew that there was a Korean product for any skin condition under the sun, so maybe, there was also a way to sub out the sink time.
I did a search and found these oil cleansing sheets. These are perfect for the oil cleansing part of my routine.
After a lot of trial and error, I found the perfect cleansing sheet for step two (the water-based cleansing step). I use these. They stay the wettest of any other cleansing wipe I’ve tried. I haven’t tried them all, but I’ve tried at least 10 different brands.
So, after I had the cleansing part of my routine figured out, I just needed the rest of my products… right by my bed.
Storage for the Tired Mom’s Korean Skincare Products
Because I use more skincare products in the evening than I can carry in one trip, I realized I needed a simple storage option.
I keep my primary Korean skincare products, along with some cotton balls for my toner in a small caddy like this.
All I have to do after brushing my teeth in the evening is grab my caddy and go get in bed. From there I can double cleanse, tone, apply essence, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and sleep mask my face.
In the morning, I just tuck the caddy back into my bathroom closet.
It’s Not Perfect, But It’s Still Amazing!
My Tired Mom’s 10-step Korean Skincare Routine is definitely not perfect. But I’m not here for perfect! This skincare routine gets the job done, and keeps my skin looking beautiful.
If you have been struggling with your night time skin routine because you are just too tired in the evening, give this a try! You can grab a small caddy at your local dollar store, and you can get the wipes at Walmart.
You do NOT have to use the products that I use. The products I linked are what I have found work best for my skin.
The key is to make sure to get your skin cleansed, toned, and at least moisturized each evening.
Everything else that I do is an extra. If you have the time and money for it, then go for it! But make time for the essentials of skin care, even if it is from the comfort of your own bed.
If you would like to see some what a Korean skincare routine can do for you, check out these before and afters!