TGIF, beauty nerds! This week was crazy hectic at uni, and I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend. Anyway, today’s post is going to be on my current skincare routine. I test and review so many skincare products that I don’t usually stick to one fixed skincare routine. But once in a while, I stumble across a routine that works so well with my skin. This skincare routine I’m showing you today is one that I’ve stuck to for two months now, which is a long time for me! This skincare routine has just been doing amazing things for my skin. So if you have combination, or acne-prone skin like I do, and you’re looking for some new skincare products to try, here’s a few ideas! 🙂
I’ve included my entire skincare routine – from makeup removing to moisturisers to my favourite acne treatment. I didn’t put any face masks in here because I recently did a whole post dedicated to my favourite face masks!
Bioderma Make-up Removing Micelle Solution ($16.90) & Biore Cleansing Oil ($14.20)
If you’re like me and have oily skin, you know how hard it is to find a great makeup remover. Cleansing oils or oil-based removers break me out, and anything other than that can’t remove my waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara is a must because normal formulas will just run down my face and give me panda eyes. You feel me, combo-oily gals? The solution I found to that is to use an oil-based remover on my eyes, and a gentle cleansing water on my face. I use the Biore Cleansing Oil for my eyes, which removes my waterproof mascara in seconds. I love it because it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Some makeup removers sting and blur out my vision if it gets in my eyes. For my entire face, I use the Bioderma Make-up Removing Micelle Solution. This is the most gentle, yet effective makeup cleansing water that I’ve tried, but the Purevivi Cleansing Water ($13.70) comes in pretty close!
Moist. I don’t really like that word. I know many people feel the same way, but does anyone actually know why? Haha! I would actually like to know what I have against the word moist…and dig. Hmm. Anyway, it’s so important to double cleanse your face at night to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. The cleansing water is my first step, then I use this Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist as my second step. Most foam cleansers dry out the skin, but this Belif one doesn’t cause that. It smells very aromatherapeutic, as with all Belif products, and makes my skin feel soft and clean. This has been a staple in my skincare routine for some time now. I think this is a sample size, but I have a few of these in my collection.
Morning: Mamonde First Energy Essence ($22.70) & Night: L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water
Toners are a must for oily skin because they not only help remove left-over dirt that your cleanser didn’t get, but they also balance the oil on your skin as well. I used to skip this step because I felt like it was a little bit redundant, but I noticed a huge difference in my skin after adding a toner into my skincare routine. In the morning, I use the Mamonde First Energy Essence that I recently featured in my August Favourites. This stuff is amazing in the morning, it feels so refreshing and it gives my skin a boost of hydration after a whole night under the AC. As for the night time, I like using something extra hydrating for my face. I use the L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water, which actually has some sort of oil in it, making the toner an emulsion. I was a little bit sceptical in the beginning, thinking it might break me out, but they absorb into the skin so quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.
Hwajin Cosmetics Yeblang Special A Star Essence (Morning)
I only use an essence in the morning. I know that’s weird because our skin repairs during the night and an essence would be really good at night. But I just haven’t found an essence that I really love. In the morning, I use the Hwajin Cosmetics Yeblang Special A Star Essence because it contains astaxanthin. I have a review on this product where I explain a little bit more. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants, it protect the skin from UV damage, and has anti-aging properties. I use it as a primer too because it is a little bit tacky which actually gives my makeup something to stick on so it lasts longer.
Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Eye Serum
Some eye creams actually give me milia, which are little white bumps on the skin that are caused by blocked pores. If I use something too oily or rich, it gives me milia. But if I don’t use an eye cream, the skin under my eyes get really dry and makeup doesn’t go on well. I found my solution when I tried out the Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Eye Serum, it’s supposed to help firm the undereyes (which I really need too!). But after using this, I don’t notice any dry skin under my eyes anymore. I have a full review of this, along with the other products in the Clinelle CaviarGold range, if you’re interested!
Morning: Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel ($48) & Night: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream ($41)
As a combo-oily gal, I have to use a moisturiser that isn’t too oily or rich, yet provide adequate hydration to my face. In the morning, I use the Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel which is very lightweight and absorbs into the skin easily. I just posted a review of this in my previous post, so check that out if you haven’t :). This doesn’t feel greasy on the face, and makeup doesn’t just slide off (which can happen with greasier moisturisers) my face. During the night time, I grab for my Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream. This has a gel-texture but is a little bit more heavy on the skin, that’s why I don’t use it in the morning. At night though, this is amazing to help hydrate my skin and also protect it from the AC when I sleep. It’s still very lightweight compared to a full-on cream moisturiser, and doesn’t break me out.
L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask
This L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask can be used as a moisturiser, mask or a sleeping mask. The texture of this when you first apply this to the skin is a gel cream, similar to the Laneige Gel Cream above. But as you work it into the skin, it turns into water droplets that absorb into the skin. I don’t really consider this as a mask just because everything absorbs into the skin and it doesn’t leave a “mask layer” on your skin. This is great for when my skin is feeling a little dry and dull. I apply this before bed, and wake up the next morning with smooth, bright, moisturised skin.
Miacare Acne Patch for Night ($19.90)
Move over, drying creams and lotions! I’ve looked everywhere for a great product that removes those pesky.. forgive me for saying this but, pulsating zits. I’ve tried the Mario Badescu one, the Face Shop ones, but they don’t work all that well for me. Then, I found this super affordable (they are so expensive online though? I’ll try to find a website that sells it for way cheaper) product in the drugstore and got really intrigued. This one I have is the night one, but they also have a day time patch. Basically, you stick one of these self-adhering “patches” on the pimple you want to remove, and then you go to bed! The next day you wake up, all the disgusting things that were once in your pulsating zit, will be absorbed into the patch (which you will have to remove). I don’t know how it works, but it has never failed me. Not even once. Seriously guys, you need one of these in your stash, even if you don’t have problems with acne. You know how sometimes you get those occasional pimples? This is your best friend!
That’s my current skincare routine for you guys! It’s simple, quick and effective for combination, acne-prone skin! Basically for combination or oily skin, you want to find something that is not too creamy. Opt for the gel consistency products. If you guys would like to see my favourite face masks, remember to check out that post! 🙂 I would also love if you could leave a comment telling me your current favourite skincare product!
Thanks for reading, xoxo