Time and time again I've been asked to share my skincare regime. Since I shuffle through many different brands in a short period of time, it was difficult for me to firmly tell which products I'd use every day.
Well, now that my approach to skincare has changed and I actually have staples, it's finally the time to write this post!
Read on for the breakdown of products that I use daily as well as skin concerns that I've had previously and currently.
Fine! I'll admit it. I have good skin. There. I said it.
My skin is one of my greatest "assets" and I've had countless compliments over my skin *head as huge as a blimp*. Except the last time I actually admitted to having good skin when complimented, I was indirectly told to have a huge slice of humble pie. Reason being why I've since been apprehensive about accepting compliments.
However, for the purpose of this post, I'm not gonna beat around the bush and tell you I have bad skin, because I don't. Oh dear, I really really really hope I'm not jinxing my own skin *crosses fingers and toes*
Has my skin always been like this? No.
Can you get skin like mine if you followed my regime? I honestly won't know. Everyone's skin is different and how you would react to the products I've used could be different as well.
When I first started my blog back in 2008, I was already into skincare and had relatively okay skin as compared to when I was a teenager (couldn't find pics!). With the dark acne marks and dull skin almost all gone, the lingering problems that I had were breakouts, mainly on my forehead, and dry skin.
In efforts to combat the zits on my forehead, I used a lot of pimple treatment products and exfoliants to get rid of the scars. Eventually, the pimples went away and the scars faded but my skin was left badly parched. Fine lines were becoming quite apparent and many times, foundation wouldn't sit well on my skin. I would be using heavy creams and anti-aging products just so my skin wouldn't feel uncomfortably taut.
Many people expressed their envy over the absence of open pores on my skin and the that I don't get oily. The fact of it is, I have eczema which causes my skin to be very dry and flaky. On bad days, I'd get rough, itchy and inflamed patches on my skin. In order to keep my eczema eruptions at bay, I have to make sure that my skin is properly moisturized.
These days, my skin is well-behaved and it has never looked better. It's no longer as dry as it was before. I'm actually producing some oil come midday. The pimples too are quite controlled, occurring mostly during that time of the month. The only concern I have left is the discoloration (particularly my chin area), which I'm not quite sure how to deal with.
A few skincare rules that I live by:
- ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS remove your makeup properly! -- This is going to reduce problems with clogged pores and acne
- Focus on hydration -- a well-hydrated skin simply functions so much better
- Adequate exfoliation will improve texture and increase absorption of skincare
- Make sunblock your best friend -- the sun creates all sorts of skin problems
- Keep it simple -- using way too many types of products at one go can be stressful to your skin
- Water: To wash my face with. No cleanser
- Ettusais AC-Skincare Skin Version Up Extra: No clue what this is supposed to be but I use it as a daytime moisturizer
- Hada Labo UV Moist Emulsion SPF 50 PA+++: I sometimes use this as a makeup base. I shuffle this with the Clarins UV Plus HP SPF40 PA+++
- Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Oil: Gets all my makeup off
- Hada Labo AHA+BHA Cleanser: It removes any excess makeup and very gently exfoliates my skin
- JuJu Aquamoist Moisture Lotion: Just splash it on to hydrate after cleansing
- Clarins Hydraquench Cream: About a pea size for the whole face
And note almost all of the products I use are not high-end brands...
I promise, it wasn't intentional. Purely coincidental.
- [Pimples] Ettusais Acne Clear Spots Superior contains Salicylic Acid to disinfect and I double zap the zip with Avene Diacneal Treatment Care to exfoliate with Glycolic Acid. I continuously apply the latter after the pimple has healed to reduce scarring
- [Tired/Taut Skin] This is when I'd whip out my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
- [Eczema/Sensitive Skin] The Madara Deep Comfort Toner immediately soothes and I'd moisturize with the Madara Regenerating Night Cream
- The Vichy Essentielles Emulsion and Cream follow me on my trips
So, tell me...
How's Your Skincare Regime Like?