Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FAQs on Skincare Routine

Within the past week I've already gotten two messages asking me about my current skincare routine. It all goes back to this post.

Now, I can tell you that my skin has finally cleared up. I don't break out as often anymore. I honestly don't even remember the last time I had a breakout. I am 25 now and my skin is not as oily as it was back in 2010.

As far as acne goes, I might get one or two when I use the wrong base products (foundations/BB creams, mostly) but if I stopped using them or if I made more effort in my cleansing regime, the breakout would usually clear up within a week. Having said that, it's not like my skin is perfect. Its main problem now is dullness and sometimes even dryness/patchiness. In this case, the products I'm currently using are also different than the ones I mentioned in my 2010 post. I had to make adjustments according to my skin's needs and that's basically what you should do as well.

some of the skincare products I use, sorry I was lazy to gather everything.
So here are some Frequently Asked Questions about my skincare routine:

1. Are you still using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel as your daily moisturizer?
Nope. My moisturizer is now by Olay and it's not even in gel form. It's a lotion with SPF.

2. Can you list the products you're using now? And your step-by-step routine?
In the morning it's as easy as 1) wash my face, 2) tone, and 3) apply moisturizer+sunscreen. At night:
  • I start off by taking off my eye & lip makeup, some people prefer to use cleansing oil to take off all their makeup at once but I've never liked cleansing oil, so I use either Maybelline or L'oreal eye/lip makeup remover for this step.
  • Then I take off my foundation with Viva Green Tea Milk Cleanser. I switch between this and Nivea Cleansing Milk quite often. They are basic cheap stuff that you can find in almost any supermarket.
  • I wash my face with Natasha Liquid Facial Wash (my mom and sister also use this product so it's kind of convenient to just buy them in bulk). I've been using this cleanser on/off since 2009. I believe the formula is still the same even though they've changed up the packaging several times now. For international readers, Natasha Skincare products are locally manufactured and can only be purchased in Indonesia.
  • After that I don't dry my face with towel. Instead, I go ahead and use toner all over my skin. I'm currently using Nivea Refreshing Toner.
  • The last step is moisturizing; in the morning I use Olay Total Effects SPF 15 Day Cream for normal skin. At night I use SK-II Steampower Essence.
  • And twice a week I exfoliate my face with Clinique Exfoliating Scrub. Recently I purchased Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator and I can't wait to try that out.
Most of the products I mentioned are readily available for purchase at the supermarkets or drugstores except maybe Clinique, SK-II and Boots products. I purchased Boots from an online retailer. So yes, sometimes I do bother ordering my skincare items from abroad but mostly I prefer products that are easy to repurchase when I run out.

3. You don't use sunscreen/sunblock?
Sometimes I do, when I need to be outdoor for a longer period of time, but if not then my SPF moisturizer is enough. I use Neutrogena sunscreen.

4. Should I buy the more expensive products or is it okay if I just use cheap stuff?
Honestly, when I was on my backpacking trip last year I ditched my skincare routine and my skin turned out just fine. Maybe a little dry because I didn't moisturize as much but based on my personal experience, if I don't wear as much makeup, I won't need to spend extra cash for expensive skincare products either. So it all comes back to your own needs/preference/skin condition, really. If you have the money, go ahead and buy the more expensive skincare products, but if you don't it's not like you're doomed or anything. Products are just products; your body/organism is smarter than them so make sure you take care of your body first (eat well, get enough exercise and sleep, etc). I do recommend investing on a quality night-time serum/essence if you're 25 or above. I personally can tell that now my skin is drier than when I was on my late teens/early 20's so that's why I think a good moisturizing serum/essence can be beneficial in the long run.

5. What are the best moisturizers you've tried so far?
Clinique DDMG is the first one that comes to mind because it's the moisturizer that sort of saved me from my crazy oily skin a few years ago. The cheaper alternative would be Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

6. Do you use any Japanese/Korean skincare products?
I've tried a few of them but so far there has been none that warrants a repurchase. 

6. My skin is dry/oily/etc, what are the best products for me?
I'm not a dermatologist so please don't send me any more of this question. I can't tell you what to buy. I just can speak of my own experience. And I know there's A LOT of products out there and it can be overwhelming to find what's suitable for us. The best advice I could think of is KISS = KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID. Yes, just simplify. Focus on one problem before tackling the other. You don't have to buy several products all at once, just begin with one cleanser and one moisturizer and see from there.

If I left out your question, don't hesitate to ask me again. I wrote this post so that if I get the same questions I can just refer the person asking to this page.

Thanks for still reading my blog despite of my long hiatus, by the way. I've been busy and I also was saving up for a better camera to be used for blogging (hard to do if you'd rather spend your cash on clothes and teabags, ha). Well, I've got my camera now so expect a more regular stream of updates. ;)


  1. great informations! Thanks for sharing and omg i remember those days i used Viva Milk Cleanser! I like those! :)

  2. I like your tip to keep the routine simple :) Thanks for sharing!



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