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Skincare routine

Skincare was a very strange concept to me as my mother (who is blessed with good skin genes) always emphasize that putting products on your face would exaggerate unwanted reactions. She was right to a certain extent, if you use unverified products (read; skincare that claims to whiten your complexion in 2 days) then in the long run it would damage your skin. I used to think skincare is such a girly thing to do. Back in high school until my foundation years, I never bothered using toner, moisturizer or even sunscreen! Life was so simple back then, I cleanse my face, let it dry and hope to God that acne would stop invading my face. Who would've thought now I have to wake up early to make sure the sunscreen sit on my face for a solid 20 minutes before going out of the room.

My skin is dry and sensitive. I concluded its sensitive as I can't use products with fragrance without developing rash. Certain products I have tried in the past leaves a tingling sensation especially around my nose and cheeks. Since then I resorted to finding skincare that claims to be natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

Cleanser
1. Garnier Micelar Water (Pink)

I usually use this in the evening before washing my face. It removes dirt and make-up effectively and doesn't irritate my skin.

2. Senka Perfect Whip

I don't really like this cleanser. It leaves my skin tight and squeaky clean, pretty sure it strip off my natural oils.

Toner
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

This is such a life-changer for my dry skin. I use three layers of this every morning and evening. Its very hydrating, non-sticky and you can feel your skin plumps up. Two drops is enough to cover the face plus the consistency is slightly thicker. Definitely would repurchase again (when its on sale coz original price is RM69.90)

Essence
Bioderma Hydrating Essence Lotion

This claims to boost hydration and radiance. One of the top ingredients is niacinamide so I guess it does the job. I really like the texture. It gets sticky after the 3rd layer so I usually use three layers of this. Got this for RM48 when it was on sale. I probably should use this sparingly as its esspensive.

Serum
1.The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I started using this for about a month and I can see a huge difference. It breaks down some small hyperpigmentation and improved my skin texture (in combination with the glycolic acid toner). When I use it on its own, it can be a bit drying so I use it together with another hydrating serum.

2. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum

It soothes the skin but I think it could be more hydrating. I've been using it for almost a year now and noticed that it helps to reduce irritation especially on dry patches around my nose.

Moisturiser
1. Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

It has a thick, creamy consistency but doesn't leave a greasy residue. I was intrigued by all the good ingredients ;snail secretion filtrate (beware if you're allergic to snail secretion!), niacinamide and bee venoms to name a few. It worked great on my skin, it plump my skin even on cold weather.

2. Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream

I've been using this for a week now so I can't really tell the difference. The ingredients are amazing, so I have high expectations hehe


Extras
1. The Ordinary Squalane Oil


Its an excellent moisturizer and leaves skin hydrated, plump and soft. The texture is super-light and non-greasy, and it sinks into the skin fast. I use this on night when my skin feels super dry and need more TLC.

2. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution

In the first week of using this, my skin purged. I read reviews saying that it unclog pores resulting in acne. My face was also flushed when I'm exposed to sunlight so don't forget to use sunscreen and re-apply throughout the day. It stings a bit but only for the first 5 seconds after application. I noticed a huge improvement in my skin texture after a month of using this. I use this three times a week now that my texture has been smoothen out.

As for sunscreen, I'm currently using the Biore UV perfect Milk which works fine but since it leaves a powdery finish I found it to be drying after some time. I'm keen on trying the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence next.

Consistency is key in skincare. If a person tries to sell you a magic serum that claims to improve your skin in 2 days, its too good to be true. Read and study more about ingredients that is beneficial for your skin. I wish 2018 would be a good skin year for all of us 💕

P/S: all pictures were from Google except this





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