just out of curiosity
what is your routine when it comes to facial skin care? what do you use? how often etc
I got into Japanese skin care about 6 months ago, so a lot of my products are Asian/Korean/Japanese as are my methods of using them. I have combination skin with a mild oily chin & sides of my nose, normal cheeks, and then a mildly dry forehead. Some days I will not do anything, or I will just wash my face, these are usually days when I am sick in bed with a migraine (which for me is often enough to mention it).
I wash my face with Naive Cleansing Foam in pomegranate scent. I have tried another scent and they both worked about the same for me. I also use a bubble net to make a lather and I actually wash my face with the lather. To me this is much gentler on my face than lathering it on my face.
Then I apply the Asian form of a toner which they often call lotion (not the same as our lotion). They still prepare the skin for the other products, but they are also moisturizing.
On a normal day, I apply a toner by Naris Up that I got at an Asian supermarket. I do not have a link for it as I think it has been discontinued. I think it is similar to this Hada Labo one. It is definitely moisturizing. Then most days I use a eye cream or gel. Lately I have been using the Memotia Refresh Eye Gel which gives a mild refreshing feeling. Other times I will use The Body Shop's Vitamin E eye cream. Mainly I use this as extra moisture, not for any under eye circles or bags as I do not have those. Then I apply Desert Essence Organics Pomegranate Face Serum very lightly to cheeks and forehead. If I want to go light I skip the serum. And finally, I apply either The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream or my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream (which moisturizes as well, but I mainly use it for the SPF). I have tried the moisturizer under the BB cream, but it just feels too heavy for me.
If I am wearing make-up I add that.
On lazy days, if I am not going out I will use a different toner and moisturizer combination, still an Asian brand, but the moisturizer is a lot more moisturizing and leaves my face pretty shiny for an hour or so.
If I wore make-up that day, I will use Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil to remove the make-up. One pump that rub into my eye make-up, and then one or two on my face. Then I use a damp wash cloth to wipe it off. I follow that with the same cleasner I mentioned before. This two part cleansing is part of the Japanese routine and it works super well. That cleansing oil removes everything and I do not have to scrub. On rare, rare occasion I might have to massage an extra bit into my lashes for some stubborn eye liner.
Then apply the toner followed by a Vitamin E stick under my eyes and often on my lips. And then a heavier moisturizer with Q10 by Sana from their Isoflavone line.
I exfoliate in two ways: Hada Jelly, which is a peeling jelly similar to the stuff you use to soften and remove cuticles, and a little loofah round from EcoTools (very gently).
I do also have Say Yes to Cucumbers wipes as well that I use occasionally.
All of my skincare products are Image (or Pevonia because I get them at cost). I have super oily skin, oily by mid morning, so I use Clear Cell Cleanser in the morning to help control my annoying adult acne, followed by Ageless Beaching Serum to help fade old acne pigmentation, then I apply Ageless Anti-Aging Serum for pigmentation and aging, spot treat acne with Clear Cell Medicated Lotion. Some Vital C Eye Gel under my eyes and finally finishing with the Daily Defense Matte Moisturizer SPF 30. At night I use the Ageless Cleanser for aging and pigmentation, followed by the Bleaching Serum, Ageless Anti-Aging Serum, and the Vital C Eye Gel again. No PM moisturizer/recovery cream because its too heavy for my skin.
Every 7-10 days depending on how my skin is feeling, I'll do a PM latic or glycolic peel on myself. Leave it on for maybe for like 2-3 minutes for a light exfoliation. Following a peel I'll apply a few drops of the Ormedic balancing anti-oxident serum to add moisture back into my skin.
If my acne decides to flair up, I'll do a few minutes of high frequency on those spots with a violet electrode to help reduce the inflammation. Love love love high frequency!
I have combination normal to oily (only in the t-zone) skin, large pores but no acne
Cleanse:Wash my face in the shower with Olay Total Effects Salicylic acid cream cleanser
Toner: I like the Clinique Clarifying lotion or the Boots Organics one. Those have alcohol though, which isn't that great because it can be drying so, I'll sometimes switch to the simple soothing toner.
Serum: I use the L'Oreal Youth Code Dark Spot Correction Serum (to fade a couple dark spots from blemishes). Super lightweight.
Moisturize: I use the Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration or the Sephora Instant Moisturizer. I love the Sephora one so much; it sinks in very quickly and I don't get oily during the day.
MU Remover: Use L'oreal Clean Artiste waterproof MU remover because I use waterproof mascara
Cleanse I: Sometimes I'm really lazy & just use a cleansing wipe. Garnier Refreshing Remover Towelettes are the ones I prefer.
Cleanse II: I like oil cleansers & think they get the most dirt/makup off for me. I like the Dermalogica Preclease followed by the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. I've also used the Shu Uemura cleansing oil & really like that one too. Occasionally, I'll just use the same Olay cleanser as in the morning
Tone: Same toners as above
Eyes: I use the Ahava Gentle Eye Cream. I'm only 22 so I'm starting early on the whole eye cream thing. I like this one so far and the jar lasts for ages.
Serum: L'oreal Youth Codes Dark Spot Correcting Serum
Moisturize: Sephora Instant Moisturizer or if I want something heavier L'Oreal Collagen Filler Day/Night Cream
Once a Week, but not all on the same day:
Mask: Ahava Purifying Mud Mask
Exfoliate: Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment or Laura Mercier's Skin Polish Exfoliator
Biore Pore strip
That Kose oil is the best !
Apart from my makeup remover/cleanser, which comes from the supermarket, most of my skincare is bought in the pharmacy, which is more expensive than the supermarket, but considerably less than what we find at Sephora (my serum is priced at a third of the price Estée Lauder sells her serum and that's my most expensive skincare item).
Cleansing with a gentle makeup remover/cleanser, a milky formula for reactive skins (the brand is Mixa).
Thermal water spray (Uriage), mostly because of the hardwater.
Serum, with vitamin C and antioxidants, Nectalys from Galenic (it's from the same lab as Avene, but their active ingredients are different).
Moisturizer, hydrating and protective moisturizer with spf15, Aquapulpe from Galenic.
Relief concentrate for chronic redness, Avene, on my cheeks and nose.
I've been using this routine for about 4 months now, and i really like it. I might just change the moisturizer in spring.
At night :
same cleanser/makeup remover.
Amant du soir, night cream from Pulpe de vie (organic french brand). It's a rich texture, so it does provide something more to my skin.
About once or twice a week :
Hydrating mask from Aquapulpe (Galenic). A hydrating mask is quite personal in my opinion, i tried several until i found this one and i'm really satisfied with it.
About every two weeks :
I exfoliate my face, with a very simple and basic facescrub from my local organic store.
I have sensitive skin with rosacea so i can't exfoliate too often, and don't talk to me about chemical exfoliation, those products are banished from my bathroom.
I also follow with a clay mask, i do more clay masks during the warm seasons, i mostly do it in winter to clean my nose pores.
Yay for Cetaphil!
I have extra-sensitive skin that has suffered from eczema since I was a child. Practically _anything_ can set it off into red, itchy rashland for days at a time. Then one fine day I switched as many products over to fragrance-free as I could and noticed a HUGE difference! The constant flare-ups went away, and after adding antioxidants to my routine I believe my skin is much stronger than before. I still struggle with acne, hyperpigmentation, and lots and lots of brown sunspots (thanks to genetics I guess) though.
cleanse with CeraVe, it has good stuff like niacinamide and ceramides in it
serum to eye area, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capules
exfoliate with 2% salicylic acid (for acne), using Paula's Choice liquid at the moment
apply 2.5% benzoyl peroxide lotion (for acne), Paula's Choice again for now
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense where needed
add VitaminC and niacinamides (currently using Dr. Dennis Gross and Nia24 serums)
mostly the same as morning, except:
spot treatment on acne scars, 2% hydroquinine, using Paula's Choice right now
once in a while, do retinol cream, Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle night cream
I do rotate products quite frequently (what can i say, I get bored easily). Others I have used in the past and plan to return to:
CeraVe PM Moisturiser: really good stuff, has niacinamides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid
Olay Regenerist Fragrance-Free: also really good, nice texture, lots of niacinamide
Trying to find a good sunscreen right now that doesn't break me out and isn't too goopy. Because of my sensitive skin, I'm afraid to use any sunscreens with chemical blockers.
Overall I have to say my skin texture has improved greatly since I started taking skincare seriously. But I do still have lots of old acne scars and other brown spots (and blackheads too!) which currently bother me a lot. Maybe I'm putting too much junk on my face or something which is leading to clogged pores!
p.s. anyone have sunscreen suggestions (chemical-free, fragrance-free): ones I've tried:
Clinique City Block SPF 25, mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide --> led to HUGE inflamed and explosive pimples!
Obagi NuDerm Physical UV Block, SPF 32, 18.5% zinc oxide --> feels like smearing caulk all over my face! WAY too thick!
DermaQuest Skin Therapy ZinClear SPF 30, 18.6% zinc oxide --> slightly less goopy, but I still feel gross putting it on esp. in summer
I liked Jose Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer spf 40, but not sure since it has fragrance so am testing it out.
Also waiting for a shipment of EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 to arrive.
- I wash my face with Clean & Clear cream cleanser
- Get a cotton ball and use Clean & Clear astringent for oily skin
Then put make-up on as usual.
- Remove make-up with Neutrogena wipes
- Wash face with Clean & Clear cream cleanser
- Get a cotton ball and use Clean & Clear astringent for oily skin
- Use eye cream for my under eyes. I use Roc.
- Then I moisturize the rest of my face with Neutrogena moisturizer
This is what I currently do...but I am also seeking a new skin care routine.
I also have a multi-step routine. My friend got me into Bona Clara products - they are a relatively new company, but so far, I've been really happy with the results. I use products from this one company because I can get them all together and know that they work well together. I have sensitive skin
1. Wash with Bona Clara cleanser
2. Use Bona Clara toner - I just spray it on my face but you can use a cotton pad too
3. Apply Bona Clara serum - this is my favorite product in the entire line (my face feels really clean and smooth after applying it)
4. Apply Bona Clara treatment cream
Then I apply my makeup as usual using Neutragena shine control makeup and Benefit mascara and finish with a few sprays of Urban Decay makeup setting spray.
At night, I mostly repeat the same process, but as soon as I get home I use a Philosophy Purity wipe to get all the makeup off my face and let my skin breathe.
If I'm breaking out, then I apply Acnedote to the affected areas (after I apply the Bona Clara serum because it helps it absorb into the skin)
I also have the Bona Clara SPF, but I have to admit I don't use it everyday, but I'm trying to get into the habit of it!
Overall I'm happy with Bona Clara, but I'm wondering if that's too much product on my face.. it's certainly more than I used to use on a daily basis. What do you ladies think about this as a daily routine?