For every woman, her best friends are moisturizer and sunscreen.
Forget diamonds, diamonds dont do shite. If you have beautiful smooth & clear skin, it will be the best accessory you can wear, which lasts you a lifetime.
Tried out this silly app recently and had a good laugh. Pretty sure I dont look 11 years old. Lol. But I guess I could pass off as 25 or 26. Which is not bad, considering I am in fact 32 years old.
(Please pardon the horrid eyebags. Ive been having a lot of problems with sleep in the last couple of months. SIgh.)
This is my current skincare routine and I find that everything is working pretty well for me, so I’ll probably stick with it.
In the past year my complexion has improved dramatically after laser treatments and I am now taking better care of my skin.
(The ‘Before’ photo was taken in Jan 2014 before I started on laser treatments and the ‘After’ photo was taken in Dec 2014, after my second Mixto laser treatment. Both photos have NOT been edited in any way.
These days I dont have to use liquid foundation anymore, and only use BB cream/ CC cream as a base, and I am really happy about that.
Makeup Removers & Cleansers:
First, I use the Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover with cotton pads to remove my eye makeup first, followed by a cleansing oil. Ive used bottles and bottles of this stuff. It removes all my eye makeup effortlessly and doesnt sting my eyes. Its the best eye makeup remover Ive tried, and I highly recommend it.
Currently I am using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, which I really like. Before this I was using Dermalogica PreCleanse which is really good as well.
(If you are looking for a good skincare brand to splurge on, I highly recommend Dermalogica. The products ARE pricey, but everything is really good quality and you really do get what you pay for. I usually buy my products from StrawberryNet.com because they stock the large salon sizes (500ml/ 1000ml) which you cant buy from retail, and it works out cheaper that way.)
I massage the cleansing oil over my entire face to dissolve all the makeup and emulsify it with some water, then I use a wet facial sponge (Calypso) to rinse everything off. I follow up with a cleanser. My current favorites are the Dermalogica UltraCalming cleanser and Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. The former does not foam, and the latter does. I usually use the Dermalogica one in the morning when I just want to gently cleanse my face. This one is SUPER gentle and I’d imagine this would work great on people with sensitive or very dry skin.
I used to buy inexpensive cleansers thinking that it was frivolous to spend too much on something that would be rinsed away in seconds, but then I realized that cleansing is such an important step in one’s skincare routine, if not the most important.
If you dont cleanse your skin well enough, your skin will not be able to absorb the skincare products which you apply afterwards and also not cleansing your skin well will lead to clogged pores, comedones, pimples and dull skin. So it is definitely worth splurging on good cleansers which cleanse well without stripping your skin of moisture.
For eye cream, I alternate between SK2 Stempower and Dermalogica AgeSmart. I kinda prefer the SK2 one because its creamy and feels quite nourishing on the undereye area. The Dermalogica one feels a bit dry and kinda siilicone-y.
I recently started using HABA Squalene as a moisturizer. You only need 1-2 drops of this for the entire face. In the day, I apply this before sunblock. At night I apply this after serum. I am using Lancome Genifique as an anti-aging serum. I prefer this to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, because ANR feels a little tacky on the skin. I may or may not repurchase the Lancome Genifique because it is REALLY pricey, and I am not sure if it makes that much of a difference to my skin.
I am VERY VERY VERY particular about using sun protection. I dont go without sunscreen on my face and on my body. Ever.
I have very pale skin which BURNS in the sun. I cant stay out in the sun for more than 30 minutes without sunblock or I’ll turn red like a lobster. Maybe I am a vampire, who knows?
So yes, I cannot live without sunscreens and sun protection. Literally.
I use the Nivea whitening body serum, it has SPF 33. I really like the texture, it absorbs into skin very quickly without feeling sticky or greasy. I much prefer this to the Vaseline body lotions. Not a fan of how they smell.
In the day, I use the Kose Sun Protect Essence Gel, it has SPF50 PA++++. It is very lightweight and not sticky or greasy at all. Will probably repurchase this one after Im done with it.
The Biore one is not bad too. Sometimes I use this on my neck as additional sun protection to the body lotion. (Told you I am very particular!)
The Hada Labo one is a basic moisturizer with SPF50. I use this on days when I am in a hurry or too lazy to apply my moisturizer and sunscreen in two steps. This is pretty good.
The Loreal UV Perfect City Face Mist is a spray on sunscreen. Sometimes if I want EXTRA sun protection, I spray this all over my face, neck and arms before going out. (Because clearly I havent applied enough sunscreen…..Lol.)
When you are shopping for sunscreen, it is important to make sure that it has both UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays Age your skin, UVB rays Burn your skin. Some sunscreens only has UVB protection, so while you may not get sunburnt, your skin isnt protected against the aging UVA rays.
I have many types of sheet masks, gel masks and clay masks, which I use nightly and I rotate the masks depending on my mood and how my skin is feeling.
I have oily but dehydrated skin, so on most nights after I am done with my cleansing routine, I like to pop on a sheet mask for 15- 20 minutes, before I apply my skincare products. I really love Etude House and The Face Shop sheet masks. Innisfree has really nice sheet masks too.
I use the Innisfree clay mask about once a week, and I really love that this mask does not sting/ burn like most clay masks. (The Kiehls one stings like MAD.)
I recently started on the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel wipes, which Ive been using nightly. It is a 2-step peel to deeply exfoliate the skin. Think of this as a DIY chemical peel, which you can do at home.
The GlamGlow hydrating treatment mask is one of my favorites. I tried a sample I got from Sephora, and loved it so much, but because its kinda pricey, I didnt buy it. I got it a few months ago as a birthday treat. :) It IS pricey ($90+ for this small tub), but you only need a little, so one tub will last you a long time.
It leaves your skin feeling really soft and hydrated, plus it smells AMAZING!
I forgot to include the facial scrubs and exfoliating treatments, but for facial scrub I love the St Ives apricot original scrub. Its so inexpensive and works like a charm. It is abrasive enough to use as a body scrub too. A cult favorite for good reason.
I also love SkinC Pure Revival Peel. This one is kinda pricey (approx $100?), but it leaves the skin super smooth and soft like a baby’s bottom. Worth the splurge.
I really like the Otsuka collagen jelly strips. Not a big fan of this berry flavor though, the mango one tastes way better.
What is collagen and what does it do?
Collagen has great tensile strength, and is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin. Along with soft keratin, it is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging.
(Actually, having read up on collagen supplements and how our body processes collagen, I am not entirely sure if the consumption of collagen supplements actually do anything for the skin, and it may very well be a marketing gimmick. Collagen gets broken down by the digestive system into amino acids.)
So I guess perhaps the best way to slow down the aging process is to PREVENT collagen degradation. Thats where the good skincare regime and sun protection come in.
The Ceramiracle supplement is supposed to be similar to Crystal Tomato. I wanted to try Crystal Tomato for a long time, but it is so pricey and I am high maintenance enough as it is. :p
Im quite excited about this Ceramiracle supplement and I will update on the efficacy of this product in two months!
What are some of your favorite skincare products and holy grail products?