I think investing on your skin’s health is worth the time, and for certain cases, even worth the financial investment. However, these investments will not matter if we don’t thoroughly clean off our makeup and the dirt accumulated during the day. Having a daily skincare routine is essential in maintaining beautiful, healthy skin.
Identifying your skin type is the first important step. For instance, my skin is the “combination” type: my T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) tends to be oily, and the other areas like my cheeks, tend to be dry. My skin is also sensitive, so I can’t use products with harsh irritants like alcohol and menthol (which I had to find out the hard way through “trial and error”). So now, the products I use include ingredients like antioxidants, jojoba oil, glycerin, water, and more, that boost my skin’s radiance, reduces pore size, restores my skin’s pH balance, and moisturizes evenly.
It is important to remove ALL your makeup, because if you don’t it will cause dirt build-up in your pores, and that is the first phase of the pimple lifecycle. Prevent this phase from happening, and you’re off to a good start.
1. Eye and lip makeup removal:
Recommended product types: Any oil-based or cream-based remover will be ideal for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin. Plus, oil-based removers effectively (and gently) cleans off waterproof and gel-based makeup without stripping off the moisture or causing oil-buildup on your skin.
2. All-around face makeup removal:
Recommended product types: Again, any oil-based or cream-based makeup remover will be ideal.
Technique: First, apply the cleansing cream either on cotton pad or massage gently all over your face. Slowly remove your makeup using a cotton pad in these steps:
When choosing facial cleansing products, I always make sure that it does not contain irritants that will cause reddening on my cheeks, or strip off too much moisture on the dry areas, or cause more oil build-up on my T-zone area. Skincare products that use natural ingredients, non-perfume, and are specifically targeted for sensitive skin would be your best bet, like Fresh from Sephora, and The Faceshop (Korean cosmetic and skincare brand).
1. Facial wash
Depending on my mood and how my face feels, I either use Fresh’s Soy Face Wash, or Faceshop’s Mung Beans Cleansing Foam, or I use my Mia2 Clarisonic. For Fresh’s Soy Face Wash, this is great for those of you that have sensitive, acne-prone skin. Faceshop’s Mung Beans Cleansing Foam is also suitable for sensitive, combination skin types with uneven skin tones and acne-prone. With my Clarisonic, I use the sensitive brush head and just use Clarisonic’s Refreshing Gel Cleanser. I use it almost every day (like 4-5 days out of 7 days a week), and my skin always feels so clean and smells oh so fresh.
2. Exfoliation or Facial mask
I’ve used Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask, which you can use two ways: as an facial mask or can be used for deep-pore cleansing. Another product that I highly recommend is Faceshop’s White Jewel Peeling. It removes dead skin off without hassle and in just one minute. When exfoliating your skin, do so in gentle circular motions. Don’t scrub too fast and too hard because ladies, it’s your skin, not dry wall. If you have dry, sensitive skin, do not exfoliate and use facial masks instead like those from Glamglow and Fresh. For my skin type, I use Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment, which is for those with problem skin like acne-prone, whiteheads, blackheads, etc.
3. Toner and/or Oil treatment
I use the Faceshop’s Calendula toner, and it is undeniably effective! Pores seem smaller and my skin looks more radiant after. As for facial oils, I’ve tried (and loved) Tarte’s Maracuja Oil and Josie Maran’s Argan Oil (both the Light and the Original). These really made my skin feel softer, firmer, and surprisingly did not make my face oilier. Use 3-4 drops, put on your fingertips, and gently pad (don’t swipe) all around your face and neck, even your derrière.
4. Acne treatment, Moisturize, and if you’re up for it, use a Booster.
I use the Faceshop’s Clean Face Spot Clear Intensive Patch at night, and my pimple usually deflates the next day or two. I moisturize twice-a-day: morning and night. I use more of a SPF-based moisturizer during the day, and a lighter moisturizer at night, like the day and night cream from Shiseido. When my skin tone looks dull, I use Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster that nourishes, brightens, and makes my skin feel firmer. (hyperlink ole henriksen’s truth serum vitamin c coz there’s no picture)
And that’s it! Long process, many steps, but the results pay off! Do this for 2 weeks every single day and I promise you, with the right products for your skin, you will see and feel the difference. If you have any questions or concerns, please do leave it on the comments section below.