21 Jul BACK TO BASICS.
After having this blog for over a year, I realize I haven’t written much about skincare because to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me. Like I said in a previous post, back when I was 18, I still didn’t even use moisturizer! You can only imagine the horror I’ve been through.
The world of skincare is a bit overwhelming. There are so many products to choose from and so many steps to take to achieve healthy glowing skin. It used to make me dizzy just thinking about it but I’m here to help you out… with the basics.
This, for me, is the most important step because you’re going to need a clean canvas for anything to work thoroughly. The amount of times you wash your face is up to you and you should definitely base it on the type of skin you have. I wash my face twice a day when I’m in Manila but when I’m anywhere else that isn’t humid, I only wash once at night but I do wipe my face down in the morning with micellar water.
I don’t like using harsh cleansers that make your face feel dry and tight after so I try to buy the more gentle ones. Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser ($38) is easily one of my favorites because it’s so gentle and it doesn’t strip any moisture away.
A lot of people skip this step because no one really knows what its purpose is. Before writing this article, the only reason I religiously put my toner was because Dra. Aivee told me I should put it after washing my face. After reading about it, the job of the toner is to complete the cleansing of the skin (because we all know that washing your face doesn’t get everything off). It readjusts and restores your skin after cleansing.
This step is ESSENTIAL to any skincare routine. Keeping your skin hydrated is so important and must be done after cleansing your skin. I would recommend a moisturizer with SPF in the morning and a more heavy duty moisturizer at night. I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 ($31) in the morning and Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concetré ($16).
Now that I’m in my 20s, I’ve added a bit to my basic skincare routine because I know 40 year old me will be thankful.
I’m a newbie with this serum life. Because one, it’s expensive and two, I’m not really sure what it is. It’s not a moisturizer nor is it a face oil. All I know is that you have to put it after cleansing/toning but before moisturizing. Because according to the things I’ve read, serums are more lightweight than moisturizers so it penetrates deeper to deliver active ingredients into the skin. I didn’t know which serum to start with so I bought the serum everyone has been raving about Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($55). After using that for a month, I noticed my skin wasn’t as hydrated as it used to be. I also didn’t see a huge difference so I switched to Sarah Chapman’s Overnight Facial ($60) because my older sister told me to try it and wooooooow this is liquid gold. I don’t think I’d switch to anything else anytime soon.
I started using eye cream when I hit mid 20s. I didn’t have any visible lines yet but I just wanted to get a head start. I use the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream ($28) in the evening after my moisturizer since the eye cream is thicker than the moisturizer. Always use your ring finger since it applies the least pressure!
To summarize all this, here is what my routine looks like:
Wash with micellar water/cleanser
Moisturize with SPF
Wash with cleanser
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