Thursday, July 1, 2010

Current skincare routine

Morning

Wash face with Dove Sensitive Skin cleanser
Moisten cotton ball with Clarins Toning Lotion with Chamomile and swipe over face
Treat t-zone with Green Beaver Blemish Foam
Pat on Sana Konuka Moist Toner
Protect undereye area with Clarins Sun Eye Contour Care SPF30
Protect face with Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50 PA+++
Moisturize/cover with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

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On weekends (basically whenever I'm NOT using tinted moisturizer), instead of the Sana Konuka toner, I moisturize with The Face Shop Eco Vert Toner and Moisture Serum and leave it at that. If I'm going out though I will apply sunscreen, and then foundation afterwards.

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I know it probably looks odd that I'm using two toners, but they serve different functions. The Clarins toner is a wipe off toner I use to refresh my skin after washing, and to make sure there is no remaining sebum/dirt/ickiness left on my face.

The Sana toner is a Japanese type lotion, which is basically a very moisturizing 'toner' that you pat into your skin gently, rather than wiping off with a cotton ball.

The Clarins wipe off toner is definitely optional - if your cleanser is thorough, which it should be, you probably don't need one. I just want to finish up this bottle since its been around a while.


Night

Remove makeup with MAC Cleanse Off Oil Tranquil before showering
Wash face with Green Beaver Grapefruit Facial Cleanser in shower
Moisten cotton pad with Clarins Toning Lotion with Chamomile and swipe over face
Apply pore treatment of the week*
Apply Comfort Zone Skin Resonance Couperose treatment (to treat redness on cheeks)
Pat on Sana Konuka Moist Toner
Protect undereye area (currently testing sample of Ole Hendriksen eye cream, not pictured)
Moisturize with Diorsnow serum

*Pore treatment: Every other week I try to alternate between Murad T-zone Refining Gel (not pictured) and Green Beaver Blemish foam on the t-zone and chin, to minimize breakouts. Reason being that the Murad product contains glycolic acid, which is recommended by many sources to be used on alternating weeks rather than constantly for best results.

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Special treatments

Exfoliation:
Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Refiner 1x a week around t-zone & chin
Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel 1x a week around t-zone & chin

Masks:
Assorted sheet masks 1-2x per week, usually after exfoliation
Clarins Pure & Radiant clay mask 1x per week, usually after exfoliation

Misc treatments:
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (for major, stubborn pimples on chin)
L'oreal Lash Boost Serum
Phyto Phytocyane treatment (trying to improve hair growth on head :P)

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It probably looks like I'm using a huge number of different products, but some of them are to really just to use things up. The Dove facial wash is definitely one of them - I bought a couple on clearance, but now I much prefer the Green Beaver face wash. Still, I don't like to waste so decided to use Dove in the AM.

I also do prefer to use lighter and more liquidy products to moisturize, rather than a thick emollient cream. My theory is that thicker creams have a greater potential to clog than several light layers of moisturizing fluids. Not to mention the more fluid products seem to contain more hydrating ingredients like sodium hyaluronate / hyaluronic acid...

7 comments:

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

It's no wonder you have great skin. You really know how to take care of your face! :D

Thanks for the clarification about the toners. I have the Shiseido toner and I just pat it on. I'm not sure how to tell if I'm supposed to pat it on or swipe it off.

mimi said...

thanks for sharing!! i want to try that face shop toner :)

Chelsea White said...

holly molly that seems like a lot of stuff haha that must be why you have beautiful skin though!!

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thanks :D

Beauty Basics said...

I use two toners mostly in winter. One is for removing any residues after cleansing my face. The other I soak the cotton pad and leave on my forehead, under eye area/cheek for better absorption of the serum afterward and boosting the moisture level.

Catherine said...

What a great routine! I use a bunch of skincare products too... but honestly, I think as long as it keeps your skin happy there's no reason to try and simplify for the sake of simplifying. =)

Nic Nic said...

You have such an efficient routine. Mine is SO boring lol. I use the same stuff for morning and night. I find if I change it too much my skin gets unbalance -_-;;

izumi said...

love the idea of two different toners.. maybe i should be experimenting more, haha.

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