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THE SKINCARE HANDBOOK (P2) #beauty_starter_kit

Updated: May 1, 2022

Following “The Skincare Handbook part I”, this article will focus on the procedures of improving your skin. If your skin is volatile, prone to acne or dehydrated after nights of staying up to finish a project, then this is the article for you. Your face “mishaps” can be cured in the following steps.

If this your first time with the #beauty_starter_kit series, you can check @thefashionalleyvn on instagram so as to not miss some tips of mindset and basics of skincare.


The Essence

This is a super popular skin care step among the “skincareholics” of Korean beauty. Essence is not only used to moisturize the skin but also support the elimination of skin cells, making the skin bright and smooth. Those of you who are minimalist with skincare can skip this step. I’ve only used essence for a short while, but it helped smooth out my skin immensely. The blemishes after acne also cleared up super fast! Presently, I’m using SK-II facial treatment essence, if any of you are looking to use one.


Treatments: Ampoules, Boosters, and Serums

These are the miracle drugs that have the best effect for the skin. They often contain a special component at a sterile, pure level that helps with facial issues (acnes, wrinkles, uneven skin tones). These types of products have the ability to become deeply absorbed in your skin and are used before moisturizers. Apply the products softly on your skin, especially in the areas that need treatment. Prices will depend on the product: such as having high specificity or being specially formulated in the laboratories of companies such as Skin Ceuticals, Estee Lauder... will usually have a higher cost.


These products are specialized for treating complex skin issues. You should consult a dermatologist to find out your skin needs and products to use, instead of wasting your money on unnecessary skincare products.

I have summarized some skin problems in general and my criteria for choosing the right serum:

- Dehydration: water based serums with Hyaluronic Acid

- Dryness: oil-based blended serums with Glycerin, Shea Butter and Lactic Acid as the main components

- Redness/inflammation: water or oil-based serums with Ceramide or Aloe Vera

- Aging: water/oil-based serums that recover nutrients lost due to aging

- Acne: water-based serums with Salicylic Acid



Moisturizers come in many different forms (emulsion, lotion, gel, cream and sleeping masks). Moisturizer is often used to lock in moisture, make skin plump and help smooth wrinkles on the face. Especially on winter days, moisturizer will be an indispensable product in your skincare routine! The ingredients you should consider are Hyaluronic Acid, Green tea, and Glycerin. I love the white core Clinique ID Jelly and the Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb because they have a light, fast-absorbing texture that is extremely gentle with sensitive skin.

The Eye Cream

The skin on your eyes is the thinnest and also most prone to aging. When you are still young, use eye cream to moisturize and reduce under eye bags. At around ages 25 and up, use eye creams to strengthen the skin in those areas.



Use sunscreen if you don't want your skin to age quickly! In addition, sunscreen also prevents the risk of skin cancer. You should use sunscreen daily and reapply every 2 hours. The amount of sunscreen must be evenly covered over the face. Usually if only used for facial skin. I'll take about two fingers.This is the last step in the skincare routine to avoid the cream being reduced by other products. The substances commonly found in sunscreen products will be Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide. I like to use those who can protect and nourish at the same time, so my favorite sunscreen over the years has been Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50.

Final words:


This is the last part of the basic information on the steps in skincare. I hope you all know the importance of each step and have basic knowledge when considering choosing the right skincare products for your skin.

Here is a brief "secret tips" at this link:

See you in the next article!


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