I was asked by a few readers to share my skincare routine. My first reaction was… where do I start? I do believe in lotions and potions and the right ones do wonders. When I was younger in my early twenties, my main concern was mainly hydration. So, I just stuck to the basic cleanse, tone and moisturise, with the occasional facial and pimple cream. Then came the thirties…
My skin changed after my first pregnancy and my skin became dull and dry after the second one. I don’t know if it’s hormones, or because I just didn’t have that much time to take care of myself. Life with 2 babies was sleepless, literally. Sleep and beauty go hand in hand and you can just imagine the toll it took on my skin. I discovered serums and masks as well as home exfoliation because I just didn’t have the luxury to go for facials anymore. Before I tell you my whole life story, let’s just jump to what I’m using now.
In the mornings, I cleanse and tone like most of you. Due to long work hours, I use a mattifying moisturiser (RVB Holistic Beauty) and sunscreen (Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense / Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Whitening Makeup Base) before my makeup. On some days when I’m home earlier, or maybe on weekends when I’m home after lunch, I like to take off my makeup using Caudalie Cleansing Water. This is supposed to be similar to Bioderma, but I haven’t tried that before. Twice a week, I will use chemical exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. I’m currently using Diorsnow Wipe Off Gel and I usually follow that with Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturising Lotion in Fresh (I used to exfoliate using Clarisonic Plus which I still do sometimes). I will then soak my skin in Clinique’s Moisture Surge before my night time routine.
Now for evenings. On nights when I’m only home after 8pm, I take the day off with Dermalogica Precleanse. I absolutely love this cleansing oil. The scent relaxes and calms me down, excellent after a stressful day at work. I then wash my face with a foam cleanser by Origins before patting on my Hada Labo toner. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know I’m a huge fan of Dior One Essential. These pre-serums are for my face and eyes. Once these are absorbed, I’d apply my face and eye serums. I’m still on my trusted ANR for face and eyes, and I’m using Diorsnow Essence, a whitening serum. I reviewed its day essence which I’ve already used up, and this one works just as well. Then, I finish off with a night cream by RVB. I sleep in an air conditioned room, so no, it’s not too much or heavy for my skin. Oh, the face oil you see on the right is something I use on alternate nights. It helps with hydration, to be used together with the night cream.
Are you tired just reading what I use? I didn’t realise my routine involves THAT many things until I wrote it. I’m about to use up my cleanser and moisturisers by RVB so I’m gonna have to purchase something else. I usually change up my routine, but when I find something that really works, like Dior One Essential and Estee Lauder ANR, they stay and get repurchased. I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed ANR face serum yet, and this is like my 4th bottle already.
If there’s anything you see which you’d like me to review, do let me know. So there you are, my routine which might be lengthy, but works for me. If you ask me again in 3 months, I’d probably be using a few other different things, and that’s how the ball rolls 😉 Maybe when the time comes, I’ll update my routine.
Now that you’ve read mine, do share yours! Did you just go WHOA!! Is that friggin’ necessary??? Or is yours more complicated? I’d love to read your skincare routine too!