Morning Skin Care Routine

If other women are more into makeup, I'm more interested in skin care. I just love trying different skin care products, finding out what works best for my combination/oily skin. My skin care routine used to be composed of two steps: cleanse and moisturize. But when I discovered the world of Asian Beauty, and I became obsessed. All I wanted to do is take my skin care game to the next level. 

A bit of disclaimer: I don't believe that you need to follow the popular 10-step skin care that's been popularized by the Koreans. No skin is alike and what might work for me may not work for you. I believe that skin care should always be a personal relationship between you, your skin, and maybe your dermatologist. 

Products I Used

1. Cleanse: Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash *

I have been using this facial wash for years now. While it doesn't do much for acne caused by hormones, it does keep my face blemish free on most days. 

2. Exfoliate: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

There are two types of types of exfoliation: chemical and physical. Physical (AKA Manual) exfoliators often come in the form facial scrubs or anything with "microbeads" that you need to message onto your face to get rid of the dead cells and other debris off your face. Chemicals exfoliators, on the other hand, are acids that usually come in the form of cleansers or toners. Every Sunday, I do physical exfoliators using the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask. 

3. Toner: Natio Aloe Vera Toning Lotion

I bought this toner while I was in New Zealand and loved it! I just wish the bottle comes with a stopper because I've already spilled the contents a few times. :(

4. Essence: Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive/Intensive Moist

Essences are hailed as the secret of Korean Skin Care because they're packed with nutrients to help your skin. The Missha FTE Essence is a dupe for the famous SK-II Essence. I have tried the Intensive and Intensive Moist variant, and I like  

5. Serum: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

I attribute my youthful looking skin with hydration. I think a hydrated face keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay, so even if I have a combination/oily skin, I always keep it moisturized. I first heard of Innisfree three years ago, when I was googling what kind of Korean brands are organic. I bought their best selling serum and haven't looked back since. 

6. Eye Cream: Shu Uemura Tsuya Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate

My sister got this for me when she went to Japan. I love the Shu Uemura Tsuya UV Mousse base, so I thought I would also like this one. This eye cream is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin, but I don't know if it's doing anything for my fine lines. I also don't like the fragrant of this eye cream. 

7. Moisturizer: Celeteque Hydration Moisturizer

I have tried other moisturizers, but I always go back to this one because it's transparent, allowing me to slather a lot on my face.

8. Sunscreen: Glossier Invisible Shield SPF35

The Invisible Shield is my first ever Glossier purchase, and I love it. I don't like to put sunscreen because they're icky and often leaves a white cast but not with this one. The Invisible Shield is a clear sunscreen serum that doesn't feel sticky and doesn't leave any white cast. The only thing I don't like about it is the price ($34) and unavailability here in the Philippines. This product is expensive, but it's the only sunscreen I am more than happy to apply on my face.

9. Lips: Nivea Creme Lip Balm

I have extremely dry lips so I always have to put on some jelly-based lip balm to smoothen and moisturize my lips. 

10. Hands: L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Lotion

About five years ago, I received a sample of the L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Lotion and Lip Balm and I was hooked ever since! This Shea Butter Hand Lotion is pricey but this is also the only lotion I have tried that doesn't leave any oily feeling on my hands. I also noticed that a small tube can last a really long time.