A lot of people I know have been asking about what I put on my face, products that they can also use, and whatsoever. I’ve been also planning about blogging about this for a long time now, but work and other priorities came my way. So without any further ado, here’s my own skincare routine + some tips on picking up your skincare routine products.
My Skincare Routine
First thing first, know your skin type
Skin type: Sensitive
In order to choose the products you can use to your face, you need to identify first what type of skin you have. There are sensitive, dry, oily, and combination skin types. For me, it took me years of trial and errors before I found the effective and kind products that work best for my sensitive skin. It also took me keen observation to the mirror to see how my skin will react to every product.
First step: Facial Wash
Given that I have sensitive skin type and based on my research and constantly reading beauty blogs and reviews, I’m using an alcohol-free and fragrance-free facial wash like the Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising facial wash, which is my favorite. This facial wash is indeed kind to my face, it doesn’t sting because it is 100% soap-free, nor smells anything that will only irritate my skin. I wash my face with this product for once or twice a day.
Second step: Toner
If you’re wondering what is a toner and why do we need it, then let me share my very little knowledge about this. After washing our face, our skin will get normally dry up because the facial wash tends to remove that dirt off your face. The toner is the one which will restore the pH balance of your skin.
The toner that I’m using is the Celeteque Hydration Alcohol-Free Toner with Witch Hazel Extract. Same with my facial wash, it does not sting, irritates, or burn my skin. With its very affordable price, I can give my skin a treat with a dermatologist-tested product. I use my toner twice a day.
Third step: Exfoliant
My favorite part! I exfoliate once a week, on a weekend usually, and I’m using St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub – my Holy Grail product, a heaven-sent scrub that removes dirt and impurities off to the deepest part of my face. I also noticed that it even removes my blackheads and whiteheads, so I don’t need to use nose pack every now and then.
Why only once a week? For someone who has sensitive skin like me, I only do it once a week because exfoliation removes dead skin that blocks our pores and using it on a daily basis will dry up our skin; it will strip the moisture of our skin and will cause more acne, redness, or inflammation.
Fourth step: Treatment
The only part of my face that needs constant treatment is my undereye area which also known as my eye bags. It is everyone’s problem to have a dark circle and puffiness under their eyes, and also wrinkles and fine lines as signs of aging of our skin. Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream is helping me a lot in minimizing these flaws under my eye. I use it every night before I sleep and it really hydrates, smoothens and whitens my undereye area.
I was also considering treatment for my monthly PMS pimples, is CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch any good?
Fifth step: Moisturizer
My final step in my skincare routine is moisturizing my face with The Face Shop Jeju Aloe 99% Fresh Soothing Gel. This works both as a treatment and as a moisturizer for me, it works best in minimizing my pores (a makeup artist noticed that my pores are so small, and I thought that my moisturizer helped me in achieving that. It also soothes and gives my face a fresh and almost-Korean skin feels. I use this once or twice a day.
PS: Apply aloe vera gel on your face at night and you will wake up with a fresh and glowing skin.
Last month, I bought another moisturizer just because it’s on sale on BeautyMNL. I bought the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser and I only tried it for once – which it didn’t disappoint me, it left my skin smoother. Maybe I will give this product a month to try on and see how it will work on my face.
Other products I use
Aside from the products mentioned above, I also use various products like the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes which I also bought on sale. This cleansing wipe is very efficient to use most especially when you’re out and traveling. I use it as my makeup remover before I wash my face, and as a cleanser every time I feel like my face needs to freshen up.
Another product I use is a moisturizing face mask. I use this once a week, on a weekend usually, and I’m not very particular or picky with the brand; I just buy those packs from Watsons.
I’m not really a skincare junkie or enthusiast, but maybe these tips can help you in a little way; most especially to those of you who have no idea with what they’re doing with their face:
- Know your skin type very well.
Combination Skin Type
- dilated pores
Dry Skin Type
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines
Oily Skin Type
- Enlarged pores
- Dull or shiny, thick complexion
- Blackheads, spots
Sensitive Skin Type
2. You don’t need to buy and use what everyone’s using. Just because most of the people or influencers are using and raving about it, doesn’t mean you’re going to buy it. Check first if it’s safe for your skin type.
3. If a certain product breaks you out, give your skin a rest before trying out another product.
4. Read tons of reviews.
And that’s it! I shared all the products and knowledge I know about skincare. I hope this post can help a girl out there. If you have questions and product recommendations, leave them in the comment section below. 🙂
What’s Your Skin Type? WebMB Boots | Should You Be Exfoliating Your Skin Every Day? Renee Rouleau | The Korean Skincare Routine Explained. Cosmopolitan | Why You Need A Toner? Paula’s Choice Skincare