Anyeonghaseyo! If you guys don't know what that means, it's Korean
for hello. I'm half-Korean and I'm really excited because
I have another skincare reaction video and this time
we're looking at Pony and we're gonna take a look at her
Korean skincare routine. If you guys don't know who Pony is,
she is a YouTuber, an influencer in
Asia. As far as like, how big her reach is,
it's pretty big. She's got millions of followers, she's
Korean, so I'm excited about it, because obviously
Koreans really kinda set the tone in my opinion.
There are a couple things that I will point out before we even get into her skincare routine.
Asian beauty, Asian skincare, is kinda
different. It's actually very different
as far as the philosophy, the types of ingredients they use,
than Western skincare. They are on top of the trends,
we wouldn't have essences, we wouldn't have BB creams and CC creams,
I think they really bring it when it comes to the
trends in skincare, but
Koreans don't believe in being really harsh on your skin,
Asians in general don't believe in being harsh on your skin, and when I say harsh I mean like
doing really harsh treatments
on your skin, um, they don't do, for instance,
extractions during facials, they're not about that,
whereas I love a good extraction during a facial.
They will use exfoliators, they like
chemical exfoliators a lot, they do use
physical exfoliators, but it's more of an enzyme, like a rice
powder kind of exfoliator, so it's something still
that's like, less abrasive. They're not really using
anything that's gonna be like a harsh scrub. You won't find that
almost ever. I actually don't remember seeing that anywhere
in Korean skincare specifically, but another
thing I'll point out about Asian skincare is it's very humid
and hot in Asia
and so that humidity causes them to think
about their skincare differently too in the way that they formulate
the products as well, so something you'll find in a lot of Asian skincare products
and in their routines is that they use products that have
alcohols in them, and I'm not talking about the emollient,
emulsifying, fatty types of alcohols
that we tend to find are moisturizing on your skin,
they use those two but they actually do use the
like the denatured kind of alcohols that people
tend to say are no-nos here in the United States.
I feel like the evidence is really inconclusive. I've used
lots of products that have different alcohols in them and I find that
it's never actually bothered my skin because
what you're doing is replenishing anyway and
the reason why that they use these
alcohols is because the humidity, one, so it helps the
products absorb into their skin, the ingredients absorb into their skin
faster and easier and they're not being
left with like, layers, like feeling like there's something on their skin when
it's so humid outside. So that's something to keep in mind
when it comes to Asian skincare. But other than that
they're on top of the trends,
they are on top of looking for new ingredients that are
gonna help your skin. So we're gonna
watch Pony's nighttime routine on Harper's Bazaar, my
favorite. It's their go to bed with me series.
I'll leave the original link in the description box below.
This one is in Korean but there are subtitles.
So we're gonna have to pay very close attention.
already a little bit more interesting, right? Because she's
gonna use the cleansing oil, which for me, would be the first
step. I just go for it. Cleansing oil is gonna get all that eye
makeup off and everything. I do find that it's
totally fine to use an eye makeup remover.
I haven't used this one from Clinique, I'm gonna say
that it's probably oil-based as well. You saw how easily
her eyelashes came off. She didn't tug at it,
she wasn't rough on her skin,
it's such a big no-no to be rough on your skin, except for when you're
massaging your skin in Asian skincare, so I liked seeing that.
Now she's gonna go into cleansing, and I have a feeling she's gonna probably do a double cleanse,
so it's kind of like, it's like a double cleanse and then some.
So I like everything she's saying. So she's like,
you don't want it to be a really thick oil, and
that's something to think about. So whenever you guys hear me talk about coconut oil,
even the face oils that are made for cleansing and stuff,
that's a good way to tell the difference
between the consistencies, is how thick is it?
Is it gonna be really hard to get this oil off?
Is it gonna come off very easily? And I really like that she pointed that
out. I also like that she's pointing out the water temperature.
Hot, hot water is bad for your skin. I know that we really enjoy
hot showers, for instance, it's just not good for your skin.
It's drying on your skin,
it could cause irritation. The water should be lukewarm,
is what I usually say,
but match your skin's temperature is a good way of saying it too.
So that's another one, um, so foam cleansers--
huge in Asia.
I don't use foam cleansers.
To get foamy like that, it usually takes a lot of surfactants, which are
essentially like detergents and stuff, they're drying on the skin,
but in Asia, I mean they love their foam cleansers.
I haven't tried this one, so I don't really want to critique it hard, because I'm sometimes
surprised, like, there could be like, ingredients where I'm like, oh, no, no, no, no
or there could be something about it, like a foam cleanser
that I'm like, oh no, I don't use foam cleanser
and then I go ahead and give it a try and I'm like, fine, I liked that.
So I don't wanna be too harsh about it being a foam cleanser.
I can already see that she's gonna start talking about it being a
good pH that's closer to your skin, which is true,
it should be. It shouldn't be too alkaline, so that's interesting.
Pony, one thing that I wouldn't do, um,
is she's taking that, that cleansing brush over her eye.
I would skip that area when it comes to a cleansing brush, this one looks like it's really
soft and gentle, but your eye is delicate,
it's a delicate area, she's obviously very aware of being
delicate with her skin and so maybe it's not occurring to her.
It looks like it's a really soft brush, but I still
wouldn't. You don't have the oil glands and the skin is
so thin around your eyes, and I just don't think it's necessary
to use a cleansing brush. If anything, I'd love to see her
taking her cleansing down more towards her neck and stuff,
instead of focusing on cleansing her eyes with this brush.
Ok, that was an interesting step.
There are a lot of antioxidants in green tea.
Using a pure green tea powder mixed into your water
I'm not sure if you're going to get that many benefits from it, it's kind of
like using a toner, I'd say
it's like instead of spraying a toner on or putting a toner with um,
a premade toner, she kind of like created
her own toner and I wonder if there are benefits to it.
But I would go ahead and venture to say that
because it's not something that you formulate,
it's not formulated by scientists, for instance, you don't really know
how much of the benefits you're really getting from those
from that green tea, like did she put enough green tea into that
bowl of water for it to actually affect her skin?
Or was she just using water to calm her skin and giving it
some time and patting it so that it wouldn't be so
red and inflamed from all that cleansing that she did? But I don't know.
That was an interesting step.
So I'd say the same thing, so I like that she pointed out
that you don't want the moisture to be gone.
When your skin is a little bit damp, it acts
as a sponge for that next product that you're gonna put on it.
So if you wet your face, if you put a spray toner on, you don't want it to dry so
much, like she started patting it in and everything,
I would say you almost don't wanna pat it in, you just want to go onto your next
step because it's gonna dry pretty quickly
and so you want your skin to be damp. Now, if it's like dripping,
go ahead and pat it in, let it be a little bit damp. You don't want it dripping
wet, right, but you, cause you don't want to like, dilute your next product
but you want your skin to be damp, so you don't want it to get too dry.
I'll also point out, she's saying how
often she uses these types of products, like
even that green tea, um, concoction that she did,
she's telling you, she's not doing this every single night
and I really appreciate that because
when you watch some of these videos, they almost give you
this sense of like, oh, this elaborate skincare routine happens
every single night, and come on,
nobody got time for that, right? You got other things to do. And so
you don't have to have this elaborate skincare routine every single
night, I just, I really appreciate that she's explaining that.
I love using a sheet mask, I prefer using more of like a
hydrogel kind of mask, because it's also very
cooling on the skin. I get a little weirded out
and it's a personal thing, about a cloth face mask
because it, in some ways, reminds me of a wipe
and you guys know how I feel about wipes, because you know, it's just gotta sit there
wet, full of those ingredients for a while, so I
don't know, there's something mental, I have a mental block when it comes to
actual sheet masks, but when it comes to like a
hydrogel mask, I, I don't know, I prefer it.
There's no scientific research behind that, guys, so don't quote me on it.
But what really gives you like a glow from this kind of a mask is
usually the humectant that was put into it
um, I'm gonna venture to say that there's like a hyaluronic acid in this.
And one other thing I'll point out about Asian
skincare sheet masks is they're
smaller. I don't know if you guys have actually ever tried
sheet masks from Asia, but they fit your
face better because they, they're just smaller.
I think they become very mindful of having a very nice-fitting
sheet mask and so that's something that I'd say they've definitely perfected, I mean they started the trend, so
you know, I love seeing that.
So again, that glow. You know, there's that trend of like, glassy
skin in Korea. That glow,
it's that humectant, right, um,
you have that nice humectant glow, um,
you need to now put something else on.
This is interesting, she's pulled out a toner, so that's interesting to me.
So that was interesting, um, this is probably the only thing that I'd say is like a
a weird place for this product in her whole
routine, otherwise she's been really good about her steps, so she used
that toner to just now remove everything and she did it
very gently, I appreciate that and stuff, but she
was like we're gonna sweep everything away, I was surprised, I thought maybe she was gonna
pull out this toner and use it like an essence, which
could have been ok, you know, like that mask is essentially a serum.
So then now she's adding another toner, but she's using it
more to like, cleanse her skin
really quick and get rid of that, which is interesting to me.
She probably got some benefits already in her skin from
wearing a sheet mask, sure, but then she took off
whatever excess she that had on her skin
instead of letting it, instead of taking her moisturizer and then sealing all
of it in, she removed it first and now she's gonna
put on moisturizer, so that's interesting to me.
It's unnecessary at best, and at worst,
she maybe just removed some of all of that goodness
that she could've had on her skin.
Something I really loved that she pointed out is that she pulled out the cream
and then she was like, this is too much, what you need is just
this little bit. I say this to people all the time, whether it's your cream,
or your oil, she's not an old lady,
she doesn't have old lady skin that's just super
dehydrated, super wrinkly, she's the opposite of that.
And I say this to a lot of the girls I'm talking to when
they're like, in their teens or their early twenties
you don't need that thick of a cream, you don't need to
put that much on. You can use a
thicker cream, but don't use too much of it. You don't want your skin to be
greasy, right? You want just enough to like,
go onto your skin, and seal everything in.
And if you're a little bit older, you can start to add
a little bit more as you go
or if you know that you're gonna wear like, heavy makeup, anything
like that to protect your skin, you're getting on an airplane,
then you really like, glob it on, in my opinion,
but on a regular basis, you don't need to glob on your moisturizer.
I don't know if you guys know who Dr. Obagi is, he's a celebrity dermatologist here in Los Angeles and he really drilled
into my head this whole concept of
most moisturizers, cream moisturizers,
gel moisturizers, their first ingredient is water, and
he was like, think about what happens to your skin when you soak in a bath.
That is what happens to your skin when you're using too much moisturizer. You kind of are like,
almost making your skin more sensitive,
making it a little bit more wrinkly, a little bit more pruney, a little bit
softer, and there's like, a balance
to this, and so I always think about it.
You know, he's really the only dermatologist I've ever heard say that,
so it's kind of like a tidbit of information I take with a grain of salt
but I always think about it when I'm using my skincare
ingredients, and especially moisturizers.
You don't want it to just sit on your face and then cause your
skin to get too soft. That's just something interesting.
I'm glad that she pointed that out because I feel like a lot of people don't point that out.
She is really cute.
Overall, I think that was a very cool video to watch.
It's interesting to watch somebody's skincare routine from Asia.
She knows a lot about her skin.
She knows probably more than the average person knows
about their skin and they start young, which is always awesome.
My mom, who is the Korean part of me,
she is, uh, she was always about skincare.
My mom was born and raised in Seoul, I was actually born in Seoul, Korea.
When I turned like, eleven, twelve years old, my mom was like,
it's time for you to have a serious skincare routine.
And I always appreciate
her for getting me started on skincare very early.
Unfortunately, SPF wasn't a big deal back then, but
that's okay, we won't hold that against my mom because it was a sign of the times,
but it was interesting to see Pony's skincare routine, as far as the
order of her products, the only thing
I would change is that last toner step that she
did, I actually just wouldn't do it. She had
kind of a toner, she basically had a toner with that mist
that she used, and actually even that like, green tea
splash that she did, those were essentially
toners that she was using, so she didn't really need to use that toner at the
end to remove everything else and then put
on her moisturizer, but I'd be curious to hear what she
says about that, because maybe there's something that I
don't know, maybe this is a trend in Asia, so I'd love to
know. If you guys know the reasoning behind that,
I would love to hear it from you guys.
Otherwise, find me on Instagram, let me know who else you want to see. She was
definitely a highly requested skincare routine so I appreciate it you guys
and I'll talk to you soon. Bye