Welcome to my skincare routine. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m really into skincare. Disclaimer: I am not a skincare expert or specialist at all! I’ve just watched tons of YouTube videos from those who are better informed. I also have The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto (nutritionist) for reference.

After years of trying different products, and from religiously using all-drugstore products like Nivea, I’m grateful to have graduated to a variety of both drugstore and higher-end skincare products. This is my current skincare routine as of March 2020- some products will probably change in the future as my skincare needs change, or when I discover different products.

Just a heads up- this is a quite lengthy post. For some, my skincare routine might seem very long. It’s actually not that time-consuming and takes around 5-10 minutes in the evening, and about 10 minutes in the morning (excluding makeup time). Skincare is self-care, and I don’t mind spending a bit of my day to treat my skin.

So to wrap up this intro/disclaimer, these are the products that have worked for me. I have combination skin (a little bit more on the drier side especially during the winter), which is generally clear. I love these products and would recommend them, but please take caution as it might not be suitable for all skin types!

Cleansing Routine

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleanser, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, The Body Shop Himalayan Purifying Glow Mask
Always: Start with Clean Hands
Warm Water & Soap

Before starting my skincare regime I always wash my hands, so technically that’s the first step. You don’t want to transfer bacteria from your hands to your face.

Night

1. Double Cleanse
Deep Cleansing Oil by DHC

In the first part of my double-cleanse, I use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup. Using clean hands, I add one pump to my hand, and massage the oil on my dry face, making sure to remove all my makeup. I then rinse it off with warm water.

I LOVE this oil cleanser because it literally melts my makeup off and it’s super gentle on my face. To know more about why you should double cleanse, read an informative article about it here.

More info, or buy it here.

2. Double Cleanse
Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleanser by Super Facialist

After rinsing the oil off my face, I go in with a pea-sized amount of the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleanser. I gently massage the cleanser on my wet face, making sure I take my time because it takes time for ingredients to work on the face. After, I rinse it off with warm water.

I’ve used a couple of other cleansers after using this, but I always go back to this one. It has salicylic acid, which is a great ingredient to help treat spots (The Skincare Bible, Dr. Anjali Mahto, 111-112).

More info, or buy it here.

3. Exfoliate
Drops of Youth Liquid Peel by The Body Shop

Twice a week I will exfoliate using a chemical exfoliator, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel. This is most effective on dry skin, so I use a clean face towel to dry my face after cleansing. Once my face is dry, I add one small pump to one section (e.g. cheeks) and gently massage it in for about 15 seconds. I repeat this step for my forehead and neck area. I rinse it off with warm water.

I never used to exfoliate my skin, but it is such a necessary skincare step to help remove dead skin cells that normal cleansing just won’t do. When you massage the product into your face, it starts forming these ball-like pieces (which is meant to be your dead skin but it’s probably a mixture of that and the product). Once you rinse this off, your skin feels unbelievably smooth! It’s amazing. Since exfoliating regularly, I’ve noticed a difference in my skin in that it is more smooth, more clear, and brighter.

More info, or buy it here.

4. Face Mask
Himalayan Purifying Glow Mask by The Body Shop

Once a week I will apply the mask using their facial mask brush. This really helps me because I can easily apply the mask on my cheeks, chin, and forehead, avoiding the eye area. I leave it on for 7 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

Face masks aren’t actually an essential step in a skincare routine. Dr. Anjali Mahto notes there’s “very little scientific evidence” that “using face masks is of any real benefit to the skin’s health in the long term” (Dr. Anjali Mahto, The Skincare Bible, 40). That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t use it. Face masks can still be very beneficial if you want to target a specific skincare need, such as acne. I found that using face masks- that have ingredients like tea tree oil- once a week has helped reduce my spots.

More info, or buy it here.

Morning

1. Cleanse
Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleanser by Super Facialist

In the morning, I just use a pea-sized amount of the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleanser and massage it gently on my skin.

I can probably do with using a more gentle cleanser in the morning because you don’t need to cleanse your face as much in the morning (considering you did a good job the night before). Over cleansing can rid your skin of its natural essential oils and cause breakouts. I’m currently on the look for a more gentle morning cleanser!

Post-cleanse

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion, The Ordinary The Buffet Serum, The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge, The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream, Clinique All about the Eyes, Etude House Sunprise Sunscreem
Always: Pat my Face Dry
Clean Face Towel

Always use a towel to pat the face dry. Do not vigorously rub the skin as you dry it as this can lead to unecessary irritation.

Dr. Anjali Mahto, The Skincare Bible, 18

This step does not include a skincare product, but it is such an essential step in my routine. As Dr. Anjali Mahto highlights, one common skincare mistake is not drying your skin after cleansing properly. In my 4 Major & Common Skincare Mistakes article, I wrote about how it’s not just what you apply on your skin, but how you apply on your skin.

Night

1. Tone
Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion by Clinique

After patting my face dry, I add some of the Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion by Clinique on my clean hands (I give the bottle a good shake beforehand). I then apply the toner on my face and neck.

As you’ll see below, I love Clinique’s Moisture Surge range. I learned sometime last year that you didn’t need cotton pads to apply toner. As long as your toner is thick enough, you can actually apply it to your fingers and straight to your face. I tried it because I didn’t want to spend money on cotton pads (I was using two a day which adds up). Since then, I never went back! As well as being more economical, I feel like I’m using more of the product.

More info, or buy it here.

2. Apply my Serum
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary

Making sure the cute little bottle is well-shook, I apply one to two pumps of the serum on my fingers and apply it all over my face and neck.

Serums are a non-essential skincare step, but like face masks, they’re useful at targeting specific skincare needs. When I was going through a time when I was breaking out more than usual, my sister recommended this particular serum. The Cult describes it as a “must-have” for “combating breakouts”. Niacinamide helps the “skin’s immunity” and with “moisture retention”. For those who don’t know, The Ordinary is a great skincare brand that is known for its super affordable products that have amazing potent ingredients.

More info, or buy it here.

3. Apply Night Cream
Vitamin E Night Cream by The Body Shop

With clean fingers, I apply The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Night Cream on my face and neck.

I really like this night cream because it feels rich and creamy. You don’t necessarily need a day and night cream, but your skin is different when you’re sleeping so it’s a good idea to feed it well during this time. I felt like my skin needs more moisture during the night and when I use this, my skin feels moisturised and plump in the morning.

More info, or buy it here.

Day

1. Tone
Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion by Clinique
2. Apply Serums
Buffet & Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary

Like my nighttime skincare step, I apply one to two pumps of the ‘Buffet’ serum on my fingers and apply it all over my face and neck. Next, I apply the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum on top.

This is the second serum I use, which is also from The Ordinary. To be honest, this is not necessary but hair and skincare guru James Welsh mentioned how peptides were good to use in one of his videos. Multi-peptide serums like the ‘Buffet’ are a great “all-in-one” treatment that tackles anti-aging (The Cult). I have also noticed that ever since using this, my skin appears to have a more even skin tone. This is a bit more pricey than the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which retails for £5. The ‘Buffet’ retails for £12.70 (as of March 2020). Because of this, I only use the ‘Buffet’ once a day in the morning, as I feel like it helps with my makeup as well.

More info, or buy here.

3. Moisturise
Moisture Surge by Clinique

After applying the serums, I wait around 30 seconds to let them absorb into my skin. I then apply Clinique’s Moisture Surge on all over my face and neck.

Like The Body Shop Vitamin E night cream, this moisturiser feels really plump on the skin. It’s super moisturising but lightweight at the same time. As some of my skincare products, this moisturiser is on the pricer side. However, my skincare is one of the things I like to spend my money on. Like The Ordinary Demonstrates, you don’t need to spend big bucks on good ingredients, but just do your own research and read trusted reviews to source the right product for you at the right price point.

More info, or buy it here.

4. Apply Eye-cream
All about the Eyes by Clinque

Using my ring finger (the weakest and most gentle finger), I gently apply Clinque’s All about the Eyes eye cream on my under eyes.

Until about this time last year, my concealer got noticeably dry and starting cracking during the day. I started using eye cream day and night, and I noticed such a big difference. My concealer looks better and stays in place throughout the day.

More info, or buy here.

5. Apply Suncream
Sunprise Suncream by Etude House

I apply a good amount of suncream all over my face and neck.

If you aren’t aware of the importance of using suncream, you can read about it on my Major & Common Skincare Mistakes post here. I’ve been using this suncream for about two and a half years now. It’s very lightweight and smells really nice. My auntie gets it for me from Singapore, but you can also get it online.

More info, or buy here.

So that’s about it for my current skincare regime. Like I mentioned in the introduction, some of the products will probably change depending on my evolving skincare needs. But for now, I’m really content with the products I’m using so far. I will probably continue to look for a different morning cleanser, so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment below.

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