“Skin first, make up second” (quoting from Glossier) – is obviously a motto. Skin care is a serious game, as my face is categorized as an oily acne-prone with a long story of complicated breakouts since seven years ago. Most of the time, I always stick to dermato-venereologist’s medication as I hardly find over-the-counter products that suit my skin. Call my skin ‘hard to please’. That’s why, once I met a product that doesn’t cause breakout, I would never let it go. Currently, I am on a great skin state so I want to share great products that helped me through the thick and thin. Without further due, let’s get into it!
Disclaimer: For babes who are currently under dermato-venereologist’s treatment, please ask your doctor first before using over-the-counter products 🙂
Step 1 – Cleanser
Wash, rinse, repeat – twice a day. The cleanser that I used is from Bamed Skin Care. It is a clinic that has taken care of my face since two years ago. I honestly can’t get over it. You can visit my previous post (written in Indonesian though) in regards of my review. I always kind of cheating to another cleanser when I am bored with this one. But no other cleansers satisfy me except this, even the ones that promise me the world. This one mildly removes the dirt from my sleep the night before. Plus it is for oily skin. If you look for a mild but effective cleanser, I recommend Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser or Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser. As both are not available in Indonesia, I stick to Bamed Skin Care for daily usage.
Step 2 – Toner
I will not willing to remove this product out of my skin care regime. As I was not a person who believe in the power of toner, trying La Roche-Posay Serozinc is seriously a game changer. Beside refreshing my skin, it contains zinc that is very useful to handle acne and redness. It also minimize oil production, which is helpful to get through my day. I can tell that I use face paper less frequent afterwards. Serozinc works as a great pre-makeup prep!
There are always time when my skin experience dryness and flakiness. It is every time I use too much exfoliating products, just because I am obsessed to be a human without oil. That also occurs post chemical peeling and facial laser done by my doctor. At this time of my life, I put away my Serozinc and use this classic Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray because all I need is a little more hydration.
Step 3 – Moisturizer
As I am blessed with a heavily oily skin, I already accept the reality that I cannot use any rich, creamy moisturizer. I used Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel as long as I can remember. Since there was no Paula’s Choice official counter in Indonesia, I found it hard to replace my empty tubes with a new one. Tired for the extra effort, I finally asked my doctor for a gel moisturizer similar to Paula’s Choice. This C-Gel from Bamed Skin Care is a great alternative. Every morning, I also apply this Vit C Serum from Bamed Skin Care to my neck. We should take care of our neck too, otherwise it will getting old faster than our face. Gasp, I don’t want that to happen.
Step 4 – Sunscreen
One of my darkest confession is I’ve never worn sunscreen regularly even though my skin was exposed to sun heavily. My bad, but I have my excuses. Almost every girl I met, are reluctant to wear sunscreen because of its white cast that clearly visible in front of camera flash. Moreover, its greasy texture is not wearable for an oily skin babe who lives in a humid country like Indonesia. Before Anessa by Shiseido, I have a mixed feeling about applying sunscreen after day moisturizer. This is probably the first sunscreen that wipe out the worries in my mind. The texture is not greasy at all and it does not create white cast. It glides beautifully and sinks quickly to my skin. I don’t have any problem with make up after application. Unfortunately, Anessa is not available yet in Indonesia. I got it in Matsumoto Kiyoshi when I visited Japan.
Step 5 – Lip Balm
I got a major brand crush to Glossier. I think it has built a successful millenial skin care branding. From the first application, Glossier Balm Dotcom has already gained my trust to take care of my chapped lips. I prefer to wear this during the day because it is a superb primer before a matte liquid lipstick. It hydrates my lips, but doesn’t create a greasy lips that turn a matte lipstick into a butter lipstick. As the Balm Dotcom is a universal skin salve, I also wear this everywhere that needs extra hydration.
Step 1 – Cleanser
Night time cleansing is obviously more complex. It needs extra effort to remove stubborn makeup, especially the waterproof ones. Oil based makeup remover like Maybelline Eye+Lip Make Up Remover is undeniably effective to eliminate waterproof mascara, eyeliner and matte liquid lipstick. I love how it is easily found in any drugstore and super affordable. However, I have a trust issue with applying oil based products to my oily face, so I use micellar water to deal with foundation and concealer. Currently, I wear Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water for the first cleansing after a day with heavy makeup. Whenever I want to play around with skin care, I switch to the classic Bioderma Sensibio H20 or L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water. A layer of micellar water is not enough, so I use Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, which is the best cleansing oil in the market according to my opinion. Whenever I need an affordable option, I also use Hada Labo Gokujyun Ultimate Moisturizing Cleansing Oil, a pretty satisfying dupe for Shu Uemura one. At last, the finishing touch is my Bamed Skin Care cleanser to make sure that the dirt has gone.
Step 2 – Toner
A friend who has a sensitive and dry skin recommended this to be used as a toner. I personally got to know the product when it appeared as I googled ‘best Japan drugstore skin care’ on my last trip to Japan. It is quite effective to be applied not only on your face, but also on your body. The bottle contains 500ml of liquid and wow that’s huge. My skin needs extra hydration after three step of cleansing, so I entrust it to Hatomugi Skin Conditioner.
Step 3 – Eye Cream
I am the kind of person who doesn’t have problem with dark or puffy eyes, but have an adversity to blend under-eye concealer. Some people say that Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado doesn’t really do anything to fix the under-eye puffiness. Actually, it depends on your objective. My goal is only to moisturize my under-eye and this product does its homework, as it describes on the packaging.
Step 4 – Serum
Post breakout, red/dark spots still linger on my forehead, cheek and chin. The struggle is real when I tried to cover these bad boys with foundation and concealer, so I choose to get rid of it by an effective skin care. I heard good reviews about this The Ordinary Niaciamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. This brand, beside aesthetically pleasing, is some kind of no-fuss skin care. Like, you get what you see. It doesn’t say the result will be an ultra clear skin with glowing effect, but instead of, it states straightforwardly the content of its active ingredient. From the niaciamide and zinc, I instantly know it is made to cure dark / red spots and regulate sebum. This kind of product is not an easy one, you have to be patient. If you are consistent from the day one, you will see the progress over time.
Hands up to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. If you wanna wake up in the morning, with your face hydrated and supple, this is the answer. Initially, I bought this travel size product as a result from my panick attack, realizing I already have visible smile lines in my 24. Yes, this product has been known as an anti-aging defense. I plan to purchase the full size one as this product brings my skin to a happier state.
Step 4 – Moisturizer
Back to my problem in finding a perfect moisturizer. In the status quo, I haven’t discovered a right over-the-counter night cream for my skin, except Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream but it’s pretty pricey, so I trust Bamed Skin Care diamond cream to be on duty overnight.
Step 5 – Spot Treatment
Bamed Skin Care‘s spot treatments are the answer to my prayer. Before this, I used Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which healed acne by making it bigger so it was faster to pop. Thus, caused red spot that would be hard to cure. In contrast, the Bamed Skin Care ones deflate the acne and calm the redness. They fight zits just the way I expect.
Step 7 – Eyelash / Eyebrow Serum
I am an eyelash extension user. Hence, strengthening my eyelashes is a must. Otherwise, my lashes will fall out and I won’t have any as a base to stick the extension. Usually, I use Mavala Double Lash serum. Now I am in a mood to try something local, so I give a shot to Pulchra’s Oilash Eyelash & Eyebrow serum. I am so happy that it works!
Step 6 – Lip Balm
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is the longest balm I have ever used. Probably, it exists in everyone’s top shelf. This one has a subtle cocoa scent; calming and soothing to be worn at night. I only use this at night because I don’t think this is a better lip primer than Glossier to be used before liquid lipstick. However, it works as wonder for any dry part of your body.
Step 1 – Exfoliate
I prefer chemical rather than physical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Physical exfoliation using scrub is sometimes satisfying but I have to be very careful of the gritty texture. If I am not gentle enough, it will be too harsh for my face. I only do chemical exfoliation once a week using Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution in Extra Strength, as I also do chemical peeling by a dermato-venereologist once a month. I tried several exfoliating products in the past, but I always come back to this.
Step 2 – Mask
Undoubtedly, I am a mask person. If I were allowed to apply mask everyday, I would. Actually, I have a bunch of mask collection that’s already ran out so before I had a chance to take photos; like Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying (dupe for Glamglow), Kose Cosmoport’s Clear Turn Sheet Mask (found it in Japan drugstore), Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub (it is a scrub but I use it as a mask) and The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. In my top shelf, I am currently loving The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, which smells and works really brilliant. In addition, I have Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque that I use everytime I feel my face so greasy and Skin Food Rice Exfoliant Mask Wash Off that I use to brighten my dull skin.
I read and do my research about beauty, especially skin care A LOT. There are so many to experiment. Beauty is undeniably a never ending story. I think one of the best way to make friends is to talk about what you are using. So, please share below your daily beauty routine too!