Aug 12, 2015

a skincare regime



I'm no beauty expert, but I do know that caring for your skin early on in life will do great things for you in the future. From makeup removal to face masks, I present to you: my own little skincare regime. Along with the routine, I'll add bits of product reviews.

Here's a quick background about my skin type. I have very normal skin that leans slightly towards the dry side. If I dab my face with blotting paper, I get absolutely nothing. But, if I don't apply lotion or any other hydrating formula, my skin starts to become tight and peels after a day or two. I think environment plays a significant role in this because I live in a very dry area (it's a desert, literally).


R E M O V I N G  M A K E U P

I like makeup wipes. The brand doesn't really matter to me, as long as my eyes don't burn! However, makeup wipes don't rid of everything, so it's important to use another cleanser afterwards. I am currently using Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam by THEFACESHOP, and I've been liking it a lot so far. I purchased the peach one simply because I love anything peach scented. There are a total of six different ones you can choose from, including aloe and lemon. The cleanser is very gentle on sensitive skin, leaving my face clean, fresh, and soft. I use it every night after removing my makeup with a cleansing towelette.


A C N E

My face tends to break out if I'm stressed or tired. It also breaks out if I eat something greasy or just plain bad for my body, like Hot Cheetos (I can't help it...). Thankfully, I don't have extremely troubling acne. At most, I find a few zits around my T zone, nose, cheeks, and upper lip. My go to acne face wash is Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser, which I use after the Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam or every other morning in the shower. I can't say that it does the job in completely clearing acne, but I enjoy the foamy texture and it doesn't irritate my skin. It's affordable, cleanses my face pretty thoroughly, and smells like grapefruit. Yum.

The second item I'd like to introduce you to is Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It consists of 100% natural ingredients, including tea tree oil that is known for its healing powers (especially acne). All you have to do is rub in the formula on any blemish. This stick exfoliates the skin as well. You may feel a burning sensation on breakouts that are very irritated, but I actually don't mind (it feels like it's healing, ya know). I've noticed that after using this stick, my blemishes don't grow further and die down!


H Y D R A T I O N

I use lotion religiously. By that, I mean every morning, every night, before leaving the house, after a shower, so on and so forth. I think it's definitely become a habit of mine due to the dry environment. My favorite face lotion that I've been using for years is Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer: Refining Aloe & Green Tea. The consistency is not too thick and not too runny. It's very light once applied on the skin, and the scent is absolutely delicious. It keeps my face moisturized all day and all night.

I don't have a specific preference for body lotion, but I enjoy products from Bath and Body Works. Pictured above is their body lotion in the scent Frosted Wonderland.


P R O T E C T I O N

I am very. Very. Very. Tan. I'm tanner than the majority of my friends, and yes... it's because I always forget to apply sunscreen (genetics too). When I stopped by THEFACESHOP in DTLA a few weeks ago, I spotted this sunscreen and snatched it without hesitation: Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++. As I'm Asian, Asian skincare and makeup products tend to work well with my skin. I love the lightness of this sunscreen, because who wants their skin to feel heavy? I apply makeup on top of lotion and sunscreen, so it makes sense to use the lightest products possible.

Chapstick is my best friend. My lips get chapped quickly, so I never forget to have some lip balm handy wherever I am. My favorite is Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit (this pink fruity thing is becoming a trend). I find that it really locks in the moisture in my lips, which is just perfect.


O N - T H E - G O

I've realized that I'm really quite fond of Korean skincare products. This TONYMOLY Peach Anti-aging Hand Cream has been very popular in both South Korea and foreign countries. The peach scent is to die for. The consistency isn't my favorite, but it's simply a cute on-the-go moisturizer that others will find fascinating when you pull it out of your bag. To you Jenn Im fans: remember when she called this the gradient nipple?

Hand sanitizer is a must if you're out. You're not always going to be able to find a bathroom nearby, and it's important to keep your hands clean before eating, touching your face, etc. Bath and Body Works has really nice travel-sized hand sanitizers. And, they smell nice.

This last on-the-go product is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It's the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist (another one of Korea's magical inventions). This is a light and refreshing mist that you can spray on your face anywhere, anytime. It's magical, I'm telling you! This is a great product to have in handy on a hot, humid day. It doesn't mess up your makeup and is able to rehydrate your skin in scorching weather. I recommend this mist full-heartedly!


E X T R A  S P E C I A L

Have you ever tried a face mask? I like to use Lush's Mask of Magnaminty once a week. This is a minty, refreshing, and clay-like product that really seems to get all that bad stuff out! It can be drying, so don't forget to moisturize your face afterwards. And remember to take a selfie while you're a green monster. Other than this, I also enjoy using sheet masks twice a week. My favorite is the Innisfree It's a Real Squeeze Mask. It can get sticky, but it feels pretty good to have all that nourishing ooze absorb into your skin.


T I P S  &  T R I C K S

Finally, I do some things consistently for the wellness of my skin.

- 1 -
When drying your face after cleansing, make sure to pat the towel on your wet face instead of rubbing it in. This helps the moisture seep into your skin to stay hydrated.
- 2 -
Moisturize your face after washing it (this includes showers). Apply a nice layer of lotion to lock everything in, and this will keep your face freshly hydrated throughout the day. Remember your lips too!
- 3 -
Avoid eating food after eight in the evening. Especially avoid eating junk food (ex. ramen, soda, potato chips). This is beneficial not just for your skin, but also for your digestive system. Digestive acids come out in your stomach only at certain periods in the day. So, if you eat during an hour you should be sleeping through (ahem: midnight snacks), your stomach is not going to be able to digest well. Cue nonstop stomach problems and heartburn (I'm not kidding).

W R A P P I N G  U P . . .

I apologize for the wavering presence on this blog, I'm moving out in less than a week and I've been overwhelmed with packing, summer homework, and last meet-ups with friends. Not to worry, I've prepared many scheduled posts for the coming weeks. As college is about to start, I can't guarantee that I'll be able to comment or reply as frequently as I have before. But, know that I'm still here! I'm just going to be busy with load and loads of studying ~

xx