It has been a while since I’ve created any lifestyle posts, the last one was in September. With all the previous pieces about emotions, I think this will be a nice change of pace.
My skincare routine went under a major shift back in October 2017 when I signed up for Curology. Although I say major, it wasn’t like I changed all my products. I switched in Curology for all the other acne fighting products I had been using then (the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and the PCA Skin Smoothing Toner). I also stopped using the Clarisonic Mia 2 to avoid over exfoliating the skin. For those of you do not know about Curology, it’s customized acne treatment created by a medial provider the company connects you to. I had seen the Curology ads on my Instagram and Facebook newsfeed for a while but subscribing to the service was an impromptu decision made on a weekday night. My skincare routine since Curology has only been simplified by a couple steps; the majority is still based on the Korean 10-Step skincare routine (I’m sure majority of you know are familiar with the concept now). Here’s a flat lay of all the products I’ve been using everyday excluding makeup remover and face cleanser (I’ve been using Innisfree’s Balancing Cleaning Oil with Green Tea and Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Facial Wash).
Since this isn’t an in-depth review post, so I will just give a little of my thoughts on each of the products:
- The Balancing Cleansing Oil has a nice scent and it doesn’t hurt my eyes when I wash the product off, but the only thing is that it takes a bit of work before removing my waterproof mascara.
- The Perfect Whip cleanser has no scent, lathers up well, is super cheap, but it’s a little bit drying after use; although not as bad as some other cleansers, it does leave a little bit of the “squeaky clean” feeling after use.
- Avene’s facial mist has been one of my favorites since that initial French skincare haul, it very hydrating and can be used at anytime. Although I included it in this everyday skincare routine, I only use it when my skin feels especially dry after cleansing.
- Missha’s Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence has been known as the cheaper dupe for the SKII essence, but I have never used the SKII one so I don’t know how the Missha one is compared to that. This is probably my third or fourth bottle. Even though I’m not really sure what this product does for my skin but seems like it’s keeping my skin softer, and hopefully the anti-aging properties has been making some differences too.
- It’s been around four months since I started the Curology treatment, it has been doing well keeping active acnes at bay and fading hyper-pigmentation. My only concern is that I’don’t know if my skin will act out once I go off of this treatment. I would like to try other products as well in the future, I don’t want to be completely dependent on this one product.
- This is my second bottle of The Ordinary’s Buffet Serum, but I’m still not sure what it does to my skin. This product has no scent and it’s a little sticky when you first apply; other than it’s physical attributes, I have no opinions on whether this product is good or not.
- I purchased the Belif’s Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream from a friend’s recommendation. The product is in a balm like consistency, which is very interesting. I think it’s been keeping my eye area moisturized during the winter season, but I don’t think it has done much regarding my dark circles.
- Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar smells wonderful with and it has definitely improved my skin’s texture. However when I first used the product, I made the mistake of using it in the morning and my nose started to peel a little bit even with sunscreen. The product contains AHA, which is a chemical exfoliator (a reason why my skin felt softer?) and it increases the skin’s sensitivity in the sun (why my skin was peeling?). After that incident, I’ve only been using it as a night cream.
- Clarins’ Multi-Active Jour SPF 20 is the first day cream I’ve ever used. I really like the scent and the consistency of the product, and it also gets absorbed very easily. But I’m not sure if SPF 20 is enough so sometimes I use another sunscreen on top. Also I think it might have been causing my skin to get oiler quicker while I’m in the office (I’m only speculating this, I have no idea), I will decide on whether this product is the cause when I switch moisturizers later.
- The Nuxe Reve de Miel is probably one of the most hyped up lip balm there ever was. It is very nourishing and have saved my almost chapped lips multiple times this season, but it’s not as long lasting as I’d imagined. If I put it on after I shower, I would need to reapply again before going to bed a hour or so later.
This has just been a list of the products I’ve been using daily. If any of you want a detailed review on a product, feel free to let me know in the comments! Hope your 2018 has been off to a great start, but can you believe January is almost over?!