Meet Jordan Turner. She roasts coffee, works at a senator’s office and has the dreamiest instablog (seriously, you have to check it out). She grew up in Payson — that’s where Footloose was filmed — and lives in Salt Lake City. In Utah, the days are dry and Jordan tells us about how she keeps her skin hydrated by using the best of Asian and Western beauty.
1)What is your skin type and main concern? I have dry/normal skin and my main concerns are hydration and protection.
2)How did you get into K-beauty? I’ve always had an affinity for all things Eastern. In high school, I was obsessed with K-pop and J-pop bands (still am!). I also taught English in China and it was there where I really saw women taking such good care of their skin in unconventional ways I hadn’t seen in Utah — things like arm sleeves in the car for additional sun protection and various skin massagers!
3)How many steps are in your AM/PM routine? Can you talk us few a through? My evening routine is a little extensive — stay with me. First I cleanse to remove makeup and dirt, usually with an oil cleanser or a mild cleanser. Then I apply a gentle exfoliator (my favourite is the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Face Polish). After that, I use the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner — it’s super hydrating. Serum and oil are next, and these change by day but my favourites are rosehip seed oil, hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serums. 3-4 times a week, I use a sheet mask. Finally, a hydrating moisturizer (Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich is my all-time fave).
My AM routine is much shorter. I don’t use a cleanser in the morning because I don’t want to wash away all the moisture I spent all evening pumping into my skin! I go straight into the rosewater spray to wake up then a moisturiser and sunscreen, and that’s it!
4)Which are your favourite sheet masks, by the way? I usually go to the Asian supermarket and buy whichever ones intrigue me. A couple of my favourites though include the It’s Skin avocado mask, the My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic acid mask, and the Tony Moly I’m Real masks.
5)Is there a beauty mistake you made when you were younger? I’ve never really worn a lot of makeup, which I thank myself for now since I don’t have any embarrassing bad eyeliner photos or anything. But one thing I regret not doing sooner is getting a good eyebrow pencil and figuring out the shape of my brows. They can really change the shape of your face.
6)What are some skincare no-nos? Using a retinol and then not applying sunscreen. Just the thought of that makes me cringe. Retinol, Retin-A and retinoids make your skin much more sensitive to UV rays, so even though they’re extremely good for anti-aging, if you forget to wear sunscreen, you’re just undoing all that goodness in the treatment.
7)Are there any beauty tips/tricks you’d like to share? I’m sure any avid Kbeauty fan already knows this, but using an essence or toner before applying serums and moisturisers helps them work so much better. I like to think of my skin as a sponge. A bone-dry sponge doesn’t absorb anything, but a damp sponge absorbs everything! My philosophy is that if I take good care of my skin, I won’t need makeup.
So how does Jordan’s skincare routine compare to yours? Let me know in the comments below, and for more interviews and Kbeauty goodness, join the Yeon & Bee mailing list in the box at the bottom of the page (mobile), or if you’re on desktop, it’s located at the top right hand corner.