I’m on my early 30s and a skin care routine is definitely a must. Our skin is not getting any younger and with the pollutants present in our atmosphere, together the makeup that we load on our faces, clogged pores and other damages is not impossible. So if you think that skin prep (before your makeup) is important, then let me tell you that evening skin care is also essential.
At home or travelling, this is my current routine before I hit the sack:
First of all, I make sure that I remove my makeup and my choice of weapon will be a Micellar water on a cotton pad, followed by a cleansing wipe. Then I’ll wash my face with Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser (M-W-F) and Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (T-Th-S). As much as possible, Sundays are my makeup-free & product-free day. I only use water to cleanse face so my skin can breathe. Of course, there are exceptions but that’s rare. 😉
I have 2 toners:
- SIMPLE SKIN FACIAL CLEANSER (M-W-F) while
- I use Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid Toner every T-TH-S.
This is a product that I never imagined I’ll buy or use. I thought it was just arte and totally unnecessary but I was wrong. Thermal water contains minerals such as potassium, zinc, etc that helps soothing and calming the skin. Since my Glycolic Acid Toner is a bit strong, I would follow 2-3 sprays of the thermal and then pat my face with a clean tissue. I also use this whenever I get irritation near my neck area, especially when it’s hot, humid or if I sweat a lot.
At the moment, I’m still on the hunt for a good serum that won’t cause irritation or break me out. Presently, I’m the Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum and I apply it on the chin and jaw area.
MOISTURISER & FACIAL OIL
Normally there are 2 types of moisturisers: Day & Evening moisturisers. you may be asking why???? Is there a difference??
A day moisturiser may have an SPF to protect us from the UV rays and your evening moisturisers should be SPF-free so your skin can breathe and repair.
A day moisturiser may have an SPF to protect us from the UV rays and your evening moisturisers should be SPF-free so your skin can breathe and repair. If you’re like me who uses a light moisturiser & a separate sunscreen protection (because I don’t usually go out) I use the same moisturiser for day & night (mixed with a facial oil).
As I can already experience puffiness, some fine lines and occasional dark under eyes, I started incorporating eye cream on my regimen. With all honesty, I haven’t found my HG (holy grail) for this but I’m very positive that my efforts won’t be wasted. For weeks I’ve been using the Placentor Vegetal Repairing Eye Cream and I see slight improvements. 😉
Here’s a demo on how to properly apply your moisturiser & eye cream.
If I have pimples, I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (the pink cement) and apply it on the bumps then leave it overnight.
DON’T FORGET THE LIPS!
I would slather my lips with a balm or the Lucaw Papaw Ointment to moisturise the lips. For my intensive lip care routine, you can read it here.
THE REST OF THE BODY…
As we age, our skin becomes more thirsty and you may not see or feel it now but sooner, it will show. Whether you live in a hot or cold environment, it’s important to moisturise and leave your skin soft and supple.
When I had a recent allergic reaction on my skin, I changed my body lotion and picked up an unscented one. Tho’ I love the sweet smell of body lotions in the market, my safest bet will be on the unscented ones. So far, my skin has never been this great! This is definitely a keeper!
As for the Bio-Oil, I use it to lighten my big scar on my leg after the burn accident that happened last 2014. This is also officially one of my HG when it comes to skin care because it really works! If you are interested, you can read the whole story here. (Be warned: there are unpleasant photos in this post)