Thursday, December 8, 2011

Skincare Routine

Are you overwhelmed yet by my skincare army? Honestly, it's much simpler than it looks! Before I dive right in, here's a background of my skin: Dry/Normal and Acne Prone. I have a lot of red/brown pigmentation from acne scarring (I am guilty of picking pimples at times, gross, I know). I break out when it's that time of the month and just because. I never really observed WHEN I break out, I just freak out. Anyway, let's get to it!

Day Time:

A) I cleanse with Fresh Soy Cleanser because it's gentle and non-drying. I reserve this for mornings since I don't think it has enough strength to remove makeup.
B) I tone my face with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. It calms my skin and makes me feel refreshed. It's also a wonderful makeup setter, I much prefer this to MAC's Fix+.
C + D) I live for serums! They're so concentrated and they penetrate into the skin faster than moisturizer. I really enjoy the Fresh Soy Face Serum because I think it amplifies the moisturizer, giving my skin better texture, quicker. My mom gave me a deluxe sample size of the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum and at first I was reluctant to use it. I don't want to lighten my skin like most Asian girls. However, I think it's really improving my acne scars! So no complaints there. I probably won't be able to afford a full size bottle once this is gone. Le Sigh.
E) Recently I started using Soap & Glory's Catch a Wrinkle in Time Day Moisturizer in place of the Fresh Soy Face Cream (saving that for nights only). Will keep you updated on it.

Night Time:

A) First I remove my eye makeup with Sephora's Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.
B) Then I cleanse my face with Paula's Choice Normalizing Cleanser from her acne line. It's a gel cleanser and it does the job. But I don't really think it's anything special.
C) Tone with thermal spring water.
D + E) Put on serums.
F) Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Gel:
Exfoliating 2% BHA Gel is a water-based formula that exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining to unclog pores and improve skin cell turnover rate. This creates a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function especially for blemish-prone skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smoothes the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has anti-bacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The silky gel base of this exfoliant is similar to the texture of the Exfoliating 1% BHA Gel but has twice the amount of salicylic acid to combat stubborn blemishes, including blackheads.
As for what I think of it: I really can't tell you whether it has made a large impact on my skin. But I can tell you my routine has improved my skin immensely. Therefore, I do partially attribute the change to this product.
G) Fresh Soy Face Cream is amazing, as I have said many times before! Dry patches be gone!
F) At night, I also like to use a few drops of Desert Essence Jojoba Oil to moisturize my face even more. Not to mention it helps with acne (will do a post on that in the future). For the past week, I've been doing it every other night. It used to be every night, but I'm trying to not depend on it too much. I'm looking forward to experimenting with Josie Maran's Argan Oil soon.

I would love to hear your routine/tried and true products or if you have any recommendations for me!


  1. Fresh is the bomb diggity. When I worked at C.O. Bigelow I got a whole tub of their Black Tea Age Delay cream and it was amazing.

    Only like that tops it imo: I also used Clark's Botanicals as my lip product, eye cream, cleanser, and moisturizer and the year that I had the products were really the best skin years of my life.

  2. oh i just purchased the Avene spray today, but bc of this i may try LRP spray next, better than Fix + eh??? i love Fix +! must try!