My Skincare Routine

I didn’t do a good job of taking care of my skin when I was younger. While I won’t be able to undo the slow damages that occurred over the last decade, I’m dedicating the time now to nourish and care for the only face I have. I have been greatly influenced by the Asian / Korean skincare steps so this will look complicated. I take this as pampering myself each time so it is actually fun. I also adjust accordingly when the need strikes.

I have not review all the skincare products that I’m using but I thought I’ll start by listing them down. The most important ingredients in my current routine are Vitamin C, BHA, Niacinamide, and retinol. I’m using sample packs on some of these. Unless indicated PM or AM only, I would do this step in the morning and at night. Knowing me, things will change periodically so I’ll update. ^_^

Pre-cleanse PM: I pre-cleanse my face with The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil.

Cleansing: I cleanse with Sum37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick.

Toner AM: I apply Sum37 Water-full Skin Refresher.

Toners PM: I use a cotton round to soak and apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution to my T zone areas (forehead, nose and chin). Wait 20 minutes and then follow up with Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (reviewed here).

Vitamin C AM: I apply 5-6 drops of the NuF0utain C20 20% Vitamin C serum.

Serums: I’m using the Olay Regenersit Serum fragrance free before applying the Missha ampoule. I layer on Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Ex Brightening Serum and Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Ex Brightening Spot Serum after applying the emulsion.

Ampoule: I’m using Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule

Emulsion: My moisturizer of choice currently is Nature Republic Super Aqua Max White C Waterful Emulsion

Moisturizer cream: I layer on Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting cream for an extra light layer of moisture.

Moisturizer PM: My night moisturizer / treatment is Avene Ystheal Anti-Aging Cream:heart

Eye Creams: I use Avene Ystheal Anti-aging Eye and Lip Contour care cream in the PM and in the AM alternate between a bunch of samples I’m trying to use up.

Finisher AM: I’m testing out the Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher.

Facial Oil: I apply 2 drops of the Nude Progenius Treatment oil on just my cheeks since I’m normally dry there.

Sunscreen AM: My current favorite sunscreen is Missha’s All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 PA+++ (reviewed here).

Masks PM: Twice a week, I use Clarins White Plus HP Intensive Brightening Mask. When needed, I use Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask on just my T zone or a sheet mask.

Overnight masks PM: I alternate between Laneige Water Sleeping Mask and Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Vitalizing Mask 2 to 3x a week. I love both but the edge goes to Sulwhasoo because it is creamier.