Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Boring Skincare Routine

Assalamulaikum and hi,
As promise, I'll reveal my routine and which product I use. My routine is boring. I don't use any special ingredients like snail, argan oil, vitamin c, tretinoin or use special cleanse device like clarisonic, konjac sponge. The reason is I don't want to mess up my skin. My skin isn't a speciman. I don't apply any topical treatment for acne. I just use my routine to keep the acne from coming back. I still have mild acne even I am in late 20s. Currently, I am just building my basic routine while thinking add another beneficial ingredients.

I have discussed about skincare routine needed in here. My skincare steps are just double cleansing, double toning, light moisturiser and sunscreen. I use wash off mask or peeling gel occasionally. Actually, I am just lazy.
Here is my skin profile:
Age: 28
Skintype : Dehydrated-oily, Mild acne, Acne Scars (Maybe post inflammotry hyperpigmentation (PIH))
Skintone: Warm tone. I don't know my shades. You can look at my photo below. (I assuming MAC NC30-35)
Climate: Tropical, summer all year round
Country: Malaysia

I am not doing depth review for each product here. I will do it later for another posts.
Let's begin...

My Skincare Routine

All my cleansing products

1. Cleanser : Washing with Hada Labo (HL) cleanser. I used 2 of their cleansing products. HL Gokjyun (Moisturising) Face Wash and HL Shirojyun (Whitening) Face Wash. Depends on availability and price. I'll buy the one on sale. But, I favour the Shirojyun one because the gokjyun make my skin feel so tight. It's funny since Gokujyun suppose to be moisturising.

Left: HL Gokjyun (Moisturising) Face Wash, Middle: HL Tamagohada (AHA+BHA) Face Wash, Right: HL Shirojyun (Whitening) Face Wash

2. Exfoliating/pH adjusting Toner: Exfoliating my skin with HL Mild Peeling Lotion and then let it dry. I use 2 times a day. I don't think this is an acid treatment or exfoliant. I just can say this is just a toner with mild exfoliant properties.

Left: HL Gokujyun (Moisturising) Lotion (Rich), Middle: HL Mild Peeling Lotion, Right: HL Shirojyun (Whitening) Lotion (Light)

3. Hydrating Toner: After exfoliating, I just pat HL Gokujyun Lotion (Rich) about 5-6 drops onto my face. Pat pat until it absorbs into the skin. I already finished HL Shirojyun Lotion. For hydrating toner, I prefer Gokujyun. My skin crave for more hydration.

The Faceshop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel
4. Gel Moituriser: I am using The Faceshop 99% Aloe Gel for my moisturiser. This is enought for me. But I am still looking for decent moisturiser. I prefer gel type. Maybe lotion/emulsion type also can go lah.

Left: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++, Middle: HL Perfect UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++, Right: Biore Perfect Milk SPF50+ PA++++

5. Sun protection: I am currently using HL Perfect UV Gel for indoor and Biore Perfect Milk when I am at outside for too long. For more info about sun protection and depth review of products can be found here. I already finish Nuetrogena Ultra Sheer sunblock.


HL Hydrating Makeup Remover
1. First Cleanser: I use HL Hydrating Makeup Remover to massage my face for about 1 minutes. This allow me to eliminate all the oils, dirts and sunscreen residue on my face. This product is just an imitation of cleansing oil product. I have bad experience with cleansing oil, that's why I choose gel-like texture. Maybe later I will change to cleansing oil.

2. Second Cleanser: Using HL face wash. About 2-3 times a week, I use HL Tamagohada Face Wash as an exfoliating step.

3. Exfoliating/pH adjusting Toner: Swipe with HL Mild Peeling Lotion. I skip if I use HL Tamagohada Face Wash.

4. Hydrating Toner: Patting with HL Gokjuyun Lotion. Apply again if my skin feeling so dry.

5. Gel Moisturiser: Apply The Faceshop Jeju Aloe on my whole face.

Then, sleep. Good night.

Additional step

Left: Biore Perfect Cleansing Water (with fragrance), Right: Biore Perfect Cleansing Water 300ml

Makeup remover: Before ablution to perform prayer, I will remove my sunscreen first with Biore Perfect Cleansing Water. This product is just another micellar water. This is good, really hydrating. It contains Witch-Hazel which is anti-inflammatory astrigent.

*I advice Muslim girls to remove makeup/sunscreen during prayer time. Hydrating makeup removers or micellar waters are good for doing this job. You can apply sunscreen and makeup after praying.

Mild Scrub: Just few times in a month, I am using mild physical exfoliant with The Faceshop White Jewel Peeling Gel. This is great to massage our face. It's good and make my skin feeling so clean and fresh. 

Left: The Faceshop White Jewel Peeling, Middle: Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off, Right: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Mask : I don't really use mask. If I have times, I apply wash off mask for 10-15 minutes after cleansing at night. I have only 2 masks, Skinfood Rice Mask Wash off and Innisfree Super Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. The Skinfood rice mask has ability to brighten up skin but I think it should be use consistently. I can see the bright effect but temporary. Same goes to Innisfree Super jeju volcanic mask.

My main objective is to control oil. When I apply hydration product, I noticed my face become less oily. It is okay if the skin is oily but not too much. Normal skin has oil and water balanced. For oily skin people, don't scare to put hydration product on your skin. If you moisturizes well, your skin will become normal. I prefer to buy my skincare products offline. I don't know, my skin works better with all skincare products that I purchased offline.

All these 3 persons are me. You can see my skin color change due to my hijab color. This is NOT before and after photo. Left and right photos taken in artificial light inside a room plus I have my HL Perfect UV Gel on my face. Middle photo was at the outside, taken in natural light but I have Biore Perfect Milk on, you can see the whitecast. Take note I don't put any makeup on.

See you another post. Adios, Bye. Wassalam

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