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Asian Skin Care Routine: Treatments & Teas
Welcome to the last part (part 4) of my skin care routine series! Today, I’ll talk about products that I use for: exfoliation, pore care, and hydration. I’ll also tell you about a few teas that have given me skin care benefits.
I use the following products whenever my skin needs it.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash. (2 oz for $8) The cleanser has really fine exfoliating beads and it’s very gentle on sensitive skin! Some exfoliating cleansers make my skin appear red after usage but this one does not have that side effect.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads. (60 pads for $38) This is a great product for traveling because it’s super easy to use. The mini peel pads are in the size of a cotton round and they are soaked in solution. After toner, simply wipe the peel pad across the face in outwardly motion. It does a great job of cleansing my pores and take off makeup residual. It’s gentle and does not sting my skin like other peel pads tend to do.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. (4 packs for $6.99) I use it around once a week to detox my skin. I love how this charcoal mask warms up as you massage it onto the skin and it also contains exfoliating beads. Each pack lasts 2 uses.
Biore Pore Strips. (8 strips for $6.99) I usually use it once every 2 weeks after the Self Heating Mask.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. (80 ml for $23) I use it once a week for hydration and smoother skin. It’s more like a heavy night moisturizer than a mask. It absorbs very well into the skin. It’s perfect for skin that gets dried out easily by air conditioning. I also take it with me when I travel by air because cabin air can be extremely drying.
Drinking the following teas have helped to detox my body and improve my overall complexion. They are very easy to make and it’s best to drink them in the morning.
1. Ginger & Honey: Chop up the ginger into thin slices and add them into boiling water. Then add some honey so that the tea isn’t too spicy.
2. Chrysanthemum & Goji Berries: Simply boil some water and add these 2 ingredients in 1:1 ratio. This tea tastes the best when it’s cold and it is my favorite tea for the summer time.
3. Warm Honey Water: When I’m too lazy to make tea, I simply microwave a cup of water for 1 minute and add some honey it in. While growing up, I’ve been told that this is a great anti-inflammatory drink.
Asian Skin Care Routine: Hormonal Acne
This is part 3 of my skincare update. I tend to get hormonal acne during that time of the month. In the past, I’d have to put up with all the painful cystic acne for a week or two before it gets better. But now I have found a few products that helps to control the sebum production and calm the redness. With this regiment, I can see some improvement after 2-3 days. I can’t promise that it will work for everyone but it’s worth a try because it’s fairly inexpensive.
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CLEANSING & TONING: same as everyday evening skin care routine
CLAY MASK. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. (8 oz for $5.48) This is not my favorite clay mask but any clay/mud mask would do the job. The purpose of a clay mask is to draw up all the oils and impurities from the pores. Masks container sulfur are even more beneficial for treating acne.
ALOE GEL. Lily of the Dessert Aloe Gelly. (4 oz for $5) In a Korean beauty show, I learned that aloe helps to sooth the redness and control the oiliness of hormonal acne. You can use an aloe plant or the aloe gel that’s sold in stores. Make sure the product is mostly/all aloe and not filled with artificial ingredients. After using my toner, I massage my face with this gelly for 1-2 minutes. Then I let the gelly completely absorb into my skin before I do anything else. It’s important to wait patiently, or else this method won’t work. After the gelly is absorbed, you should feel your skin getting a little bit tighter.
MOISTURIZER. Vanicream Lite Lotion. (8 oz for $10) The aloe gelly itself doesn’t provide enough hydration so it’s important to add a lotion on top of it. I just use my daily evening lotion.
ACNE TREATMENT. Mario Badescu Drying Cream. (0.5 oz for $14) This product smells terrible but it’s works nicely for treating cystic acne. The drying cream is much more gentle than their drying lotion so it’s great for sensitive skin. Just dab a little bit of the product onto the pimples and let it dry overnight. Follow this regiment for 2 days and you might see great results!
While having hormonal acne, one skin care device I personally avoid using is my Clarisonic Mia 2. I feel like my skin gets extra sensitive around this time of the month and the Clarisonic only makes my skin more red and my pores even larger.
Stay tuned for part 4: treatments and teas!
Asian Skin Care Routine: Evening
This is part 2 of my skin care update. I will be talking about what products I use on a daily basis in the evenings.
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1. MAKEUP REMOVER. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. (3.8 oz for $4.99) This makeup remover is only necessary when I’m using very smudgeproof eyeliner or mascara. Otherwise, using the cleansing oil is enough.
2. CLEANSING OIL. Eclos Cleansing Oil. (5 oz for $10.99) This cleansing oil is very gentle and it effectively removes all of my facial makeup. It does not contain mineral oil so it’s suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It doesn’t have the most effective formula for removing eye makeup though.
3. GEL CLEANSER. Philosophy Purity Made Simple. (8 oz for $23) This is still my favorite cleanser but if I wear a full coverage foundation, it doesn’t take everything off. I either use this cleanser after the cleansing oil or use it with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (2-3 times/week).
4. TONER. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion. (8 for $15) This is a good toner for acne-prone skin but I only use it over the summer because it can be a bit drying (it contains alcohol and sulfate). I will switch to a more gentle toner after I finish using this bottle.
5. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is a great spot treatment for whiteheads and mild acne. It’s clear so it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin.
6. FACIAL OIL/EYE TREATMENT. Pura D’or Argan Oil. (4 oz for $25.50) Argan oil is great because it serves so many purposes. Prior to using this oil everyday, my acne scars used to last for months. But after I added this into my evening skincare routine, hyperpigmentations are significantly lightened within 2 weeks. I also don’t get as many dry patches as before. For my face, I just dispense 2 pumps into my hand, rub my palms together, and pat it onto the skin. Additionally, I dispense a small pump into my hand and use my ring finger to apply the oil around my eyes as an eye treatment. There’s no need to buy expensive eye cream when you have argan oil!
7. MOISTURIZER. Vanicream Lite Lotion. (8 oz for $10) Last but not least, add a final layer of moisture by patting this light-weight lotion onto the skin.
Stay tuned for part 3: hormonal acne regiment!