My Skin Care Routine

I never thought I would ever say this, but I’m grateful to have inherited my father’s skin type. However, this may not be the case during the onset of my puberty when hormonal imbalance was at its best: acne and all. No one seems to believe that I went through that phase as a teenager, too, because thankfully, not a trace of my dark past is visible on my face today.

My worst skin problem has got to be that one time when I had my makeup done for a formal party I was attending, and comedogenic products were used on my face. Naïvety got the better of me when the following day, my forehead was plagued with massive breakouts—clearly, a disaster waiting to happen. I eventually got frustrated about it, so almost impulsively, I decided to cut my bangs to conceal the ugly situation. A week later, my mother noticed the reddish bumps on my forehead, so she took me to the dermatologist to finally get some professional help. You know what the first thing the doctor told me? Cutting your bangs was not the best decision ever. What I thought was a temporary solution only made matters worse because it irritated my skin even more. So after two to three weeks of medication, my skin was finally back to its normal condition, and I definitely learned from this experience.

Contrary to most people’s perception, I don’t have high maintenance skin care. In fact, I don’t have a problem leaving the house bare-faced. Perhaps this helped clear my skin out over the years because I refrained from putting a lot of products on my face when I don’t need to. Enter: reference to combination/oily skin. Did you know that one of the benefits of having combination/oily skin is its ability to camouflage fine lines and wrinkles, and show the sign of ageing at a much slower rate than any other skin type (read: normal to dry)? Now that I’m in my late 20s, it is important that I start taking care of my skin.

Another perks of having combination/oily skin type is its being low maintenance. My stash of skin care products only include a facial wash, a facial scrub, a toner, a moisturizer, a clay mask, a facial sunscreen, and a lip balm. Read on below as I describe how I incorporate them into my daily routine:

{ 1 } TheFaceShop Fermented Raspberry Foam Cleanser

My aunt, who is a big fan of Korean products, gave me this foam cleanser when she came home last December for my wedding. I had no idea what it does and for what type of skin, but this serves as my regular facial wash on days when I have blemish-free skin. I like that it smells good, and it leaves my skin soft and supple after every wash.

{ 2 } St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub

 I discovered this awesome facial scrub when I dropped by the grocery one time, and it wasn’t even in my list of things-to-buy. I have used its sister, St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, awhile back; however, I find it too harsh for everyday use, so I went to give this one a try. I’m glad I did because unlike the Apricot Scrub, this one has finer granules which makes it okay for daily use. I like using this most especially when I wore makeup, and I just want to get rid of all the gunk I put on my face.

What I like most about this product is that it can even double as a lip scrub! Did I already say awesome?

{ 3 } TheFaceShop White Tree Snow Exfoliating Foam Cleanser

I like that this particular cleanser also acts as a makeup remover for when I’m too tired to wipe my face off before washing it with a cleanser. I know it’s a bad habit, but this does the job twice as quickly! Since this doesn’t have as much micro beads as in St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub, I use this cleanser for when I want to get the best of both worlds.

{ 4 } Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner

Whenever I use St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub, I would pair it with this toner for that cooling effect. It also makes the redness from scrubbing subside which is a good thing.

{ 5 } Eskinol Pimple Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser

For when I’m really being OC with my skin, I would use this toner to make sure I void my pores with any deep-seated dirt from makeup, sweat and all other impurities that can eventually cause irritation on my skin. I like that it lives up to its claim because it does remove whatever dirt was left on my face after using it with cotton pads. Nothing feels better than a clean face before going to bed, right?

I think the pimple fighting bit is also effective unless it’s really that time of the month when I get a pimple or two.

{ 6 } Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

If you haven’t realized it by now, I’m such a fan of Moroccan Argan Oil. I have used it mostly on my hair as a conditioner/spa treatment and leave-on. Since my aunt sent me this, I could not be any happier. To be honest, I am not a big sucker for moisturizers because I don’t like the sticky feeling it usually gives, but despite this being an oil, I love that it doesn’t feel greasy on my face. It claims to have the ability to heal skin ailments such as acne and eczema. How cool is that?

The best thing of all? A little drop goes a long way!

{ 7 } Olay Moisturizing Lotion

This is the only moisturizing lotion that works for me aside from Argan Oil. While this is a cheaper alternative to Josie Maran‘s, it’s water-based, so it’s suitable for combination/oily skin type like mine. I have to admit though that I only wear moisturizers on rainy/cold season because humidity in the Philippines will only make me feel like a grease ball, and it’s not very flattering.

{ 8 } Mary Kay Clarifying Mask Formula 3

I have been using this clay mask for years now. I was introduced to Mary Kay products when Mom became a beauty consultant for the company ages ago. Their products are non-comedogenic which make them safe and effective for all skin types. Back when I had more pimples as a teenager, Mom made me use this twice a week: on Wednesday and Saturday nights. This acts as detoxifier for excess oils and other impurities, helping me achieve a blemish-free skin. Eventually, I only needed to use this mask once a week or once every two weeks for good measure.

{ 9 } Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 55)

A year into my wedding, my Mom told me to start wearing sunscreen not only in preparation for the wedding, but for a bigger issue. She actually made me realize that I’m not getting any younger myself (I’m a few years shy from the Big Three-O!), and it was definitely an in-your-face kind of moment. As always, my initial concern is how putting sunscreen will make me feel sticky mid-day, so when I found out this dry-touch series from Neutrogena, it must have been my lucky day.

It will take a little getting used to, but if this helps impede the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, then why the hell not?

{ 10 } Maybelline Baby Lips Glow

I have owned a lot of lip balms, but I’ve only emptied a few. It’s either I lose them or they don’t do the job as I had expected. I bought this one because having “baby-smooth” lips appealed to me. The best bit is how it gives a hint of color without the need for any other lip product!

{ 11 } eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Summer Fruit

I got this and five other different flavors from the same aunt who gave me #s 1 and 6 in this list, and this flavor has got to be my ultimate favorite! It tastes (smells?) so good that it sometimes makes me want to eat it! I wear this every night before going to bed, and it keeps me from waking up to flaky lips in the morning.

Just because I have clearer skin now, doesn’t mean that it’s completely blemish-free. I still get a pimple or two once in a while, before/after my “monthly visitor” or when I stay up late for consecutive days, and that is totally fine. It is worth noting that what may work for me may not work for everyone else. It is important to know your skin type, and decide what products are specifically formulated for this.

My skin regimen has evolved over the years, and will continue to change in the course of time based on my needs. Note that we will not remain seventeen forever, so we need to start taking care of ourselves while we’re young. Most importantly, hydrate yourself. I developed a habit of drinking more water than I ever used to when I started working out a few years ago. Getting a good sweat not only makes you fit; it also helps to flush out toxins in your body, and that includes your face! Ageing is inevitable, but maintaining a good skin regimen and integrating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet will help slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We will all eventually get there, but please age gracefully.

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