I am never one of those girls who is blessed with good skin, I faced heaps of skin problems like blackheads and whiteheads [due to my oily skin], puffy dark eye circles [in the genes, really inevitable], dull skin [as a result from too much tanning. oily is not glowy!] and painful big acne[blame the hormones!]. As I come to realize I am no longer as young as I wish to be as my once raging hormones cease to be as active, it is time to step up my game in being more active with my skincare. Ever since I got back in Adelaide, I have been faithful to this current routine. Excluding the monthly hormonal breakouts from the inevitable menstrual cycle, I dare say that my skin had gotten better ever since! As my routine is pretty long, I will be dividing this entry into two part, starting with my morning routine!
Disclaimer: I must say that this routine is specifically formulated for my skin after all my trial and errors over the past 6 years. My skin is mainly oily with hormonal breakouts. I do have mild eczema from time to time but it just mainly on my body and never on my face. Just because it works for me does not necessarily mean that it will work for you, but it can be something for you to consider on and help decide on mix and matching different products and routine until you find your perfect fit 🙂
Step One: Gentle Facial Scrub
Product I’m using: St. Ives Green Tea Scrub
This blemish fighter not only helps in diminishing acne, it is also a great way to buff away dead skin and keep your face nice and bright. As I do believe that our skin regenerates itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities whilst we are asleep at night; therefore, I believe in using a gentle scrub to scrub my dead skin cells away in the morning. Although some people may feel that St. Ives Apricot Scrub is more abrasive and thus does a better work in preventing acne, but I prefer the the less abrasive Green Tea version since I am using it on a daily basis. I would only recommend you to use 3-4 times [MAX] a week if your skin is sensitive though. For someone with an infamous oily face like mine, whiteheads and bumps are the least of my worries now due to this.. and the best thing is, it is so cheap!
Step Two: Toner
Product I’m using: Clarins Toning Lotion (Alcohol Free) for Combination/Oily Skin
I’d tried heaps of toners and only this product calms my skin and made a difference. I really do not know how to explain how this product works but I do notice my skin is definitely clearer after prolonged usage and I think it has improved the tone and texture of my skin, helped control the oil and keep my pores clean. I am now on my 2nd bottle and I swear by this!
Step Three: Eye Gel
Product I’m using: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel
Due to my dark eye circles and puffy eye bags being inherited from my mom, it is almost impossible to get rid of them. I am still hunting for the perfect eye gel and this is sadly not one of them, so I don’t have much to say about it. Next up on my list is MAC – Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream; highly recommended in MakeUpAlley for not only moisturizing but also helps prevent my heavy under-eye concealing from looking cakey.. hope it works!!
Step Four: Blackhead/Pore minimizer serum
Product I’m using: b.liv Off With Those Heads
Blogged about this in my Anti-Blackheads entry so yup, ’nuff said!!
Step Five: Moisturizer
Product I’m using: Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream
Honestly, I am still in the midst of searching a perfect day moisturizer that helps prevent my skin from getting heaps oily. Received this from one of my beauty box subscription so decided to just use it and see how it goes. Kosmea is an aussie brand whose signature ingredient product is the fabulous Organic Rose Hip Oil. Despite its lack of SPF, it is super hydrating and doesn’t leads to breakouts [but doesn’t help control my shiny oily face either]. I do like how it is rapidly absorbed with no greasy residue but in my opinion, it is good.. just not perfect for me.