Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Facial Skincare Routine (Rutin Penjagaan Kulit Wajah) for Malaysian Skin

Assalamualaikum and hi!

This entry will be different than before. Forget about cats for a while. Now, I am going to write about skincare. I find it's funny because it is me who talk about skincare. #jangankecamsis
I just want to share what the things I know about beauty. Firstly, I just focusing on the part that we always see first: Face. Step to make sure our face flawless and glowing is easy. The step is :


Washing the face is just a basic thing. This should be enough for non-problematic skin, unless you are wearing make up. No need to put anything on your face after that. Cleanse your face with facial cleanser, washing face with only water are not helping in cleaning your skin.  Avoid using bar soap or body wash. This kind of soap usually have high pH. High Ph can damage acid mantle that have been functioning to protect our skin from bacteria. Low pH cleanser normally comes in tube. Best pH cleanser in range 5-6.

Steps of Facial Skincare (Langkah-Langkah Penjagaan Wajah)

This following steps are only for problematic skin such as dry to super dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and acne prone skin.  For non-problematic+normal skin people, please stay away from this steps. Basic steps are:
  1. Cleanse - I am already explain above, this is the basic of basic of basic steps. Choose cleansers that suitable with your own skin types. Oily skin may get along with foam cleanser. Dry skin should be clean by less foam cleanser. Acne prone skin could be use anti blemish cleanser.

  2. Simple toner. Example of toner. (source)
  3. Tone/Hydrate - After cleansing, we need toner or hydrating toner to prepare our skin for the next step. Normally, people use toner with cotton pad then swipe all over the face. Dirts can be seen on the cotton pad. Toner is suitable for oily skin and hydrating lotion is for dry skin. 
  4. Moisturise - Moisturiser is needed to keep moisture on your face. Oily skin people are not favour of moisturiser. Especially, people who live in tropical country. For dry skin people, this is compulsory for them. Oily skin should skip this step or use water based moisturiser. 
  5. Sunblock from Biore. Most beauty bloggers' holygrail. (source)
  6. Protect - This is the most important step. Whatever your problems are, please don't skip this SUNBLOCK / SUNSCREEN. You can skip toner or moisturiser but not  sunscreen. We need sunblock to protect our skin from UV rays. UV rays from the sun could damage into the deep layer of skin which makes your 'age spots' or 'sun sports' to be visible. I highly suggests use sunscreen contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is highly recommended because it is known for low irritation to the skin and protect for full UVA and UVB rays
Additional steps:
Exfoliate/Scrub -  I've been questioning, does this step necessary. Cleanse is enough. But scrub is used for eliminating the dead skin cells. Why? Because our skin is generating in 28 days. So, we need to prepare space for the new skin cells to form. Exfoliate/Scrub should have done 2-3times per week. Oilier skin may need this often. Depends on the skin condition and products.

Mask - Needed to clean pores. Mask can be made from kitchen like vegetables, yogurt, fruits, honey and whatever. You can also buy it from stores. There are sheet mask, clay mask, peel off mask. Should be use after tone or cleanse about 15-30 minutes. Just use once or twice is enough.

Contoh cleansing oil dari Biore. Aku guna yang ini. (Source)
Cleansing oil / Makeup Remover - This is for people who are always wearing makeup. Cleansing oil is the best make up remover and also the first step to double cleansing, follow by foam cleanser. 

Serum, Essence, Ampoule, Emulsion, Milk - Everyone know how korean skincare routine works, this is what we called layering skincare. Main purpose is to hydrate and moist your skin to the maximum level. All of these things are just moisturiser but with more active ingredients, cocentration and MARKETING. This step is suitable to apply when we stay in a cold weather country. If you stay in Russia, of course you need this step. For Malaysian user, I recommend for those are looking for solution to certain problems. Example, if you have spots you need arbutin or vitamin c, dry skin need hyaluronic acid and wrinkles can be solve by retinol. But you can also found this ingredients in moisturiser/toner/hydrating lotion/cleanser. Why you need a lots of things to put on your face.

Treatments - Acne problem can be solved by treatment gels or creams. Acne or pimples are easy to get rid but the hardest one is scar. For acne, you can find products contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid or sulfur. And the scar can be fade by Dermatix, Mederma, Hiruscar or you can just let it disappear by itself. Scar gels are just accelerating the fading process. Treatments should be apply after toner.

Eye cream - For those who are crazy for eyeshadow, eyeliner or any eye makeup, this thing is a MUST for you. Eye cream is not used to reduce dark circle. Dark circle can't be reduce unless you get enough sleep. Well, for people who are not interested in eye makeup, you can skip this. Ok. Bye eye cream.

Lipbalm - You don't want a dry, black color, or chapped lips. Put your lipbalm and then put vaseline to avoid any loss moisture on your lips.

Essential oils - Oils are good for dry skin. If you are too scared using moisturiser or you are too religious for 'natural/organic' products, you can just put oils to the skin. Oil cooking also can lah. I see a lots of people love argan oil. Argan oil is just the same level as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or any non-comodegenic oil. Surprise me because mineral oil is non comodegenic, but maybe mineral oil does not contain certain 'benefits'. Beauty companies/ igers/ bloggers are selling argan oil because  it sounds so elegant, exclusive and sexy. And it is expensive. These are the best oils that I can think of are: jojoba oil, argan oil, olive oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil, sunflower seed oil, blackseed oil dan etc etc. Avoid using fragrance such as lavender oil or any citrus oil. Lavender is not good for skin though. (source).

Argan Oil. So sexy. (source)

'Natural/Organic' product?
There are millions skincare products in market. Please choose wisely. They claim the ingredients are 100% natural/organic. Let me tell you, 'Natural not always safe, synthetic not always harmful'. 100% natural are just on the label. There are cheap products are working as the same as 100% natural label products, Why? Because you pay for 100% natural/organic label. Such a waste. Same goes with hypoallergenic, non-comodegenic label (source).

Same goes with paraben. The contoversy are never ending. No research studies say parabens are dangerous. It was all just internet hyped. The worst thing about paraben is it gives irritation to skin but just a certain people with high dosage. Paraben used in the small amounts and it's really really weak. (Source). Fragrance is the only ingredient to avoid. Alcohol is acceptable in certain amount. Always look at the ingredient list before buying.

Bottom Line
As a Malaysian woman, I want to conclude that you don't need all of these steps. It's enough if you have Cleanser and Sunscreen. You can also skip the basic steps such as toner and moisturiser. I always read that most Korean need at least 10 skincare products. Look at the country, Korea is a cold climate country. They always need to hydrate their skin from time to time. Well, there are certain Malaysian suit with these layering skincare.

Application technique also play the role on a product effectiveness. While I was started using toner, I put toner on my palm and rub it to my face. Then, my face react negatively. After that, I just knew that toner must be used with cotton pad. For moisturiser, make sure the products fully absorb into skin. Just pat on to the face and slap gently until it dries. Same goes with serum, ampoule, emulsion, milk. 

I just stop here, thanks for reading from the start until the end. I am not a beauty expert, this is just my hones opinion and few tips. 

Thank you. Thank you Thank you. Correct me if I'm wrong. 



  1. wahhhh.... detailnya. entri yang bagus ni.

  2. Wah seronok pulak baca entri awak ni. Nice info. Yap saya memang tengah cari toner yg without alcohol. Thinking of trying malaysian product which is Good Virtues Co. What do you think?:)

    1. hi, thanks for reading. good virtues co ni hanya untuk kulit yg tak bermasalah. tonernya contain oils yang sesuai untuk kulit kering. downsidenya ia ada fragrance. if your skin is blemish free, not acne prone skin, yes, you can try it.

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