Depression & My K-Beauty Routine

I have been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. Recently, I realized how depression affects my skin and also my 10 step K-beauty routine. While I won’t get into all the personal details of my depression and what caused it, I will describe what my skin went through and also how I felt during those times.


  1.  Breakouts: Since starting K-Beauty my acne has become extremely manageable, however when I was going through episodes it became really bad. I suffered a breakout a week. It seemed like if one pimple went away, another popped up. It frustrating, and I can say in my stress I definitely picked at my skin which is the ultimate stupid move on my part.
  2.  Dark Spots/PIH:  My dark spots were definitely affected by my stress.  My biggest goal was to reduce my hyperpigmentation this year and I noticed that the work I did to reduce the scars were not producing the results I had earlier during the year.  It did not help that I would pick at my face while stressed, but even my already spots seemed darker in my eyes.
  3.  Completing Routine: There were plenty of days where I would swipe my face with beauty water and crawl myself into bed and cry/not have the energy to do anything else. It was tough to even think about doing my skincare routine. It’s not that I didn’t want to do my routine, I just couldn’t force myself out the bed to do it. I was that drained most days. And of course, my skin was dehydrated and stressed from not being cared for in the manner it needs to be.
  4.  Dull Skin: My usually glowy skin, was extremely dull. It looked very lifeless and no sheet mask could fix how I saw my skin.


Being honest with you all, my skin isn’t always gonna be flawless no matter what I do. I’m not perfect and I’m gonna be honest during my skincare journey.  It was a rough couple of months and just being real about my hiccups and issues. Do what feels good for you, in that moment. Your skincare routine will be there when you feel like yourself again.

Glenn Carstens-Peters

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  1. I have battled with depression for years and have only recently become serious about my skincare routine. My face has become a gauge of how I’m feeling. When I’m taking care of myself (physically, spiritually, emotionally) my skin is clearer and responds to treatment. When I’m in the place where all I can do is swipe some toner and call I️t night, I️t shows as well. I’m learning to not be so hard on myself when I’m not consistent and focus on why I’m feeling low. Thank you for sharing this post and letting me know I’m not alone.

  2. Thank you for sharing! I also want to thank you for sharing your knowledge of Korean skin care products that you use and the ingredients within them that are most beneficial to your skin. You’ve definitely helped and inspired me to take much better care of my skin. I even bought the Lightning Drops and LOVE them! I was so excited about Soko Glam’s products through you I went on and bought the Beauty Water too. So, hopefully during times when you’re feeling down, I hope this will brighten you up just to know how much of a help you’ve been! 🙂

  3. I relate to this very much, my skin issues worsen during depressive episodes. Thank you for your honesty and vast knowledge you have helped my skin and ultimately my self confidence, which helps me in more ways than I can tell you. You’re the best!

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