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I’ve been meaning to write a skincare entry way back but lost track. Thanks to a few lovely readers like Meghan, April and Tin who reminded me of this by emailing me asking for my current skincare routine. To be honest, I use quite a lot of skincare products that it’s a bit difficult to really choose which routine to post. I also sometimes get bored with a product if I feel that it doesn’t really do anything (even if it’s preventive skincare so there’s not really anything to see specifically being changed). In this entry, I’ll be sharing The Ones, products I go back to over and over when I need to touch base after trying out others.
MAKEUP REMOVERShu Uemura Cleansing Oil A/O Advanced — I refuse to wear makeup if I don’t have this which is why I always have back-up in case I run out. This melts all the gunk I put on my face from waterproof mascara (although I use a Lancome eye makeup remover when I have full makeup on) to waterproof sunblock and long-lasting foundation . I’ve tried the other variants (pink and blue) but this green one emulsifies best and doesn’t leave any oil residue on me. I mainly use this as a makeup remover and still follow up with a facial wash. When I don’t have makeup on, I skip this and go straight to my facial wash instead.
SUNSCREENClarins UV Plus HP Multi Protection SPF40 — My go-to sunscreen because it’s light, absorbs quickly and dries matte. It also makes a great base for makeup unlike other sunscreens I’ve tried that ‘ball up’. It doesn’t project a grey/white cast that most sunscreens do either. HG stuff right here. If it weren’t just so expensive for such little product, sigh. To think it’s an everyday product where a little does NOT go a long way because the more sunscreen, the better. You can not scrimp on sunscreen even if the product feels like it already covers your whole face with the tiny amount you put. Also, because it absorbs well, beware of high alcohol content for those who react negatively to it. It’s also fragranced so it may not be good for sensitive skin. My second runner-up: Belo Essentials Sun Expert SPF40 Face sunscreen – although not as light, it absorbs well and is definitely not as expensive as Clarins.
SERUMSLancome is my mom and my mom-in-law’s skincare brand of choice and how their skin look at this point for their age is enough testament for me to tread the path of the French skincare brand as well. I first used Lancome Visionnaire as my mom-in-law gifted me the beauty box last Christmas which contained this sample. I used up the 5ml sample in 2 weeks and was impressed at how it smoothened the texture of my skin. Yes, it has silicones that instantly blur imperfections making others tout it as a primer/cosmetic instead of a skincare product. I disagree though, as I continually use it, I see the difference it does to the overall tone and texture of my skin. So maybe the LR2412 ingredient in there actually works. Who knows, I’ll continue to use this despite the doubters. On the other hand, Lancome Advanced Genifique is an anti-aging serum that was gifted to me by Enzo last Mothers Day and though I get bored with using anti-aging products because I don’t see any visible and tangible effects, I enjoy using this because it really absorbs quickly. Also, the pipette is automatically loaded with the suggested amount to use for the face with one pump making life easier too. *Full reviews on these products to follow.
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift — I gave in to this product raved about my skincare guru over on Instagram (Hi Leanne if you’re reading this!) months ago. I dove into using it expecting to be disappointed but praying and hoping otherwise. Suffice it to say that I already ordered a back-up of this stuff in case I run out. I would never have thought my double chin could be eliminated by a skincare product but Clarins definitely wowed me on this one. The change is very subtle so it is hardly detectable in person but is visible in photos. It’s one of those cases where you can’t pinpoint what exactly changed but you see that something did. In my opinion, this is expensive stuff but if you use it religiously, it may well be worth it especially if your double chin disappears and side profile is improved. Which for me, did happen. Again, you can not expect immediate and prominent results from this product. Also, I used it religiously with the Manual Auto-Lifting Method which requires you to massage the product into certain areas for 1-2 mins. An additional step to your skincare routine that also takes time and might not be for lazy asses like me (although I did commit to doing this for a whole month and a half!). Downside? Expensive and needs to be maintained! I stopped for about two-three weeks and feel the need to go back to using it already (but then again, I’ve been putting on weight because of eating too much so I can’t really blame the product entirely). And if there’s one thing I would not be without in this list, it would have to be this — Avene Thermal Spring Water. Enzo still dismisses this as ‘water in a can’ but when he had irritated skin and I sprayed this on him, he ate his words. I first tried this when I had major breakouts from over-exfoliation and I had to baby my skin back to normal. I only used this and a Kiehl’s facial wash for two weeks and in that span, my breakouts calmed down and eventually completely stopped. After that incident, I’m never without this anymore. Most of the time, I spray this immediately after washing my face as a hydrating toner. Another time where this saved my skin was when I was super red and peeling from an exfoliation treatment I used — where literally everything stung, including regular tap water for washing. Even my moisturizer stung and left me literally in tears. Only this product soothed me and calmed down the stinging. I swear by this stuff. It’s not a miracle product but used continually — balances out the skin. That’s it! Quite a lengthy post, there. If you want individual reviews on the products, just comment and I may do so soon.
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