This post was inspired by Renee and Marjorie. Check out their posts on their skincare routines as well :) Anyways, in this post I’ll be sharing with you my rather-complicated-but-I-like-to-think-it’s-fun skincare routine, and some products which I think work really well for my skin type. Some 411:
skin type: combination skin, with oily t-zones (nose area and forehead) and normal/slightly-dry cheeks.
problems: large pores, blackheads, dark spots from poor sun protection, dullness
other notes: my skin is not sensitive, it’s not acne prone, and I don’t have any wrinkles…yet :P
With that said, I go the asian way with my skin care routine – aka. lots of steps, and lots of different products for day and night. This works for my skin, and may or may not work with yours, depending on your skin type and other factors (see above info box). The heart icon in front of a product indicates one of my must-haves :)
My daytime routine consists of 7 steps, and I know a lot of you are probably thinking “Omg this girl is insane”, but I actually enjoy pampering my skin and it’s really no hassle for me at all. You might notice a lot of whitening/brightening products in my routine, and that’s because I mentioned earlier that dullness was a problem for me. That and I prefer my lighter-skin look to my tanned look :P Now onto the products, in order of usage:
Cleanser: I really like foaming cleansers because I feel like they don’t strip your skin squeaky dry nor leave residues. As for the brightening effect, I doubt you’ll get any from using this cleanser alone. I think H2o+ came out with an improved version of their Waterwhite line, so they no longer sell this particular cleanser.
Toner: Love this toner because it’s a spray, which means I don’t need to waste my cotton pads :) It also feels very refreshing in the morning. Not sure about its brightening effects though. Like the H2o+ cleanser, this product has also been discontinued, but there is a new version out.
Serum: People claim it’s a good dupe for the Lancome Genevieve serum since they contain the same ingredients. I use it mainly as a wrinkle preventer, and it does a decent job. I also noticed my skin is softer when I use it, versus when I don’t. You can buy this in most drugstores.
Eye cream: I use quite a bit of makeup on my eye, so a good eye cream is a must[1. Most people get their first wrinkles around their eyes as well]. I bought this in Taiwan hoping it’d lighten the dark under-eye circles, but I haven’t been using it regularly until recently. It’s nice and moisturizing though, and doesn’t make my lids too oily.
Lotion: This lotion has a very milky/watery consistency and isn’t oily at all. Perfect for my skin type or for the summer time, but people with dry skin might not find it moisturizing enough.
Pore refining lotion: My mom swears by this product, saying how it’s helped tighten her pores and control the oil on her t-zones. I just started using it recently, so I can’t say much about it. It has a nice refreshing scent though :P
Sunscreen: This sunscreen is very milky and watery, not oily at all for SPF50 :) It dries to a dewy finish and can also be used as a makeup base. It’s nice, but I’d like to try other sunscreens out there.
My nighttime routine varies, depending on whether or not I wore makeup that day. With makeup, it’d be 9 steps and without it’d be 7. But the sequence is pretty much the same as my daytime routine: makeup remover >> cleanser >> toner >> serum >> eye cream >> lotion >> pore minimizer >> night cream. You might also notice some of the products repeating, so I’ll just talk about the new products:
Cleansing balm: Love, love, LOVE this. A lady at the Clinique counter used this on me and I fell in love with it right then and there. This removes my eye makeup like none other and is so gentle on the skin. It cleans off even the toughest waterproof mascara, leaving no residue behind. I’ve been using this for months now and I’ve barely made a dent. Highly recommend this :D
Cleansing water: I use this after the balm to remove my foundation, blush, etc. It’s not oily at all and does an excellent job of removing face makeup. All you need is one squirt on a cotton pad[2. I prefer these to cotton balls, which soak up too much of the makeup remover in my opinion], so a little goes a long way. You can use this for the eyes as well, but it doesn’t work as well as Clinique’s cleansing balm in my opinion.
Face wash: This is a cream face wash, and I feel like it does a better job of removing the oil and dirt compared to my H2o+ cleansing mousse. I use this with a facial brush which makes it somewhat foamy and doubles the cleansing effect :) However, my face feels somewhat dry and tight after using this, so I have to follow with toner and lotion ASAP.
Night cream: You might wonder why I use a night cream after I use the lotion. Well, the lotion, like I said earlier, is too watery and has no moisturizing benefits. My night cream is more of a gel consistency and it’s supposed to moisturize, firm, and brighten your skin. Not sure about its claims, but it does its job well enough for me. Might not be rich enough for the winter time or for those with dry skin though.
Bonus: Pampering my skin
Scrubs and masks, where would we girls be without them? ;) I don’t use these everyday, because that would be too much, but I try to make them a once or twice a week treat for my skin. For scrubs, I use them once a week, alternating between the 2. For masks, well, that really depends. Read on :)
Chemical peel: Instead of using actual grains and pellets (for lack of better terms), this uses alpha hydroxy acid to slough off dead skin. It comes out of the tube as a cream consistency and when you massage it into your skin, you actually feel bits and pieces of dead skin[4. Or whatever gunk is on your skin I suppose] fall off! I’m always left with super smooth skin after I finish using this :)
Regular ol’ scrub: I still like using the traditional-style scrub because it’s like a nice massage for my skin :) No visible dead skin falling off, but this makes my face soft (as opposed to smooth…it’s weird) and glowing. It’s also really cheap!
Sheet masks: This is seriously my HG skin care product. Whatever effect you’re looking for, whether it be brightening, moisturizing, whatever, you can achieve it with a consistent use of sheet masks. I use these 2-3 times a week and when I do, I skip all my serums + lotions since the masks are very rich already. You can order these on most online stores specializing in Asian skin care products, or if you ever get to visit one of the Asian countries, be sure to stock up on some. Prices are way jacked up online -__-
H2o+ mud mask: Again, my mom swears by this stuff claiming it minimizes her pores and deep cleans them. I personally don’t notice too much of a difference, but it goes on very cool and my skin feels refreshed after using this. Good for the summer times when my skin gets oily :)
Mint julep mask: To me this does pretty much the same thing as the H2O+ mud mask, but at a fraction of the price and minus the cooling effects. Nothing special though, but I like to think my skin feels cleaner after using it. I use this and the mud mask once a week, alternating between the 2.
Honey & oat mask: I love the smell of this! This makes my face feel quite soft after using, but it comes in a very small tub and is quite expensive, so I use it very sparingly. Maybe once a month? :/
Well that was a LONG post! Now that I’m done sharing my skincare products, I’d love to know what products you guys use and/or recommend :) Or even better, do a post on your skincare routine! :D