Posts tagged 'clinique'
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.
From left to right:
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!
Asian Skin Care Routine: Morning
I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit during these last couple of months so I thought I should share it with you all. I decided to adopt the Asian skin care routine, not necessary the Asian products but the method. So far it’s been working wonderfully and my skin hasn’t been so clear in years. The key points of Asian skin care routine are: proper cleansing, hydration, and sun protection. This will be a 4-part series: 1) morning, 2) evening, 3) hormonal acne, and 4) treatments & teas.
Even though I still experience adult acne occasionally, my complexion is much better than it used to be. I’d like to reiterate that gentle products are more effective than oil-stripping products. It’s vital to maintain the moisture level on the skin because dehydrated skin can appear dull and is prone to be congested (bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads). Whenever I watch a Korea beauty show, the first thing they do for all the demos is to measure the moisture level on the model’s skin. Hydrated skin appears to be more youthful and fresh. Makeup also applies much better on smoother and hydrated skin. If you spend more time taking care of your skin, then you’ll find yourself using less makeup and being able to reveal more of your natural glow.
Background: I have a combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with mild rosacea. This skin care method works for all seasons but the products I chose are better suited for the time this post is originally published (summer).
These are the products from left to right:
1. CREAM CLEANSER. Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. (6 oz for $10) I prefer using a cream cleanser in the morning because it’s more gentle and hydrating. This cleanser does not remove makeup (not needed in the morning anyway) but it cleanses my face just fine. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used and my face feels moist after rinsing the cleanser off.
2. TONER. Shiseido Pureness Softener. (5 oz for $24.50) This is an alcohol-free toner that minimize my pores and prepares my skin for the rest of the my skin care routine. I genuinely believe that toners make a big difference in how effective my other products can be. With combination skin, it’s especially important to balance the oiliness and the dryness of my skin right after cleansing. Switching to a hydrating, alcohol-free toner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my skin!
3. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is the repackaged version of my old favorite acne spot treatment (Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel), which I’ve been using for the past 4 years. It’s clear and fragrance-free so I can use it under makeup during the day.
4. SERUM. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. (5 oz for $39) This is the step most (young) western skincare lines tend to skip. But it has made a huge difference in changing the texture of my skin. I recently started using the Ceramidin line and I am very impressed! It works especially well on combination skin. I pat this serum all over my face, especially on the drier parts that tend to get itchy from lack of moisture or dry out from acne treatment. This is a water-based serum so it’s light enough to be used over the summer. Sometimes foundation tends to make my skin look dry and rough but this serum fixes that problem. This product is also excellent for assisting with oil control.
5. LOTION. Olay Complete Lotion SPF 15. (6 oz for $8.99) If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have been using this lotion since middle school. Although the formulation has changed recently, it still works well for me and it doesn’t break me out. It contains SPF 15, is very light-weight, and works great under makeup.
6. SUNSCREEN. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. (1.7 oz for $12.98) This is an awesome facial sunscreen for those with combination/oily skin. The texture is more like a serum/essence than a cream. It’s so thin and light-weight so it doesn’t even feel like a sunscreen! It does not break me out and works well as a makeup base.
Stay tuned for part 2: everyday evening routine!
It’s time for another beauty lesson! Last time, I talked about the benefits of beauty oils. You can read it here if you missed the post. Today, I will talk about skin care acids. This will be a 2-part lesson. Part 1 will focus on exfoliating acids: AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs. Part 2 will focus on brightening, hydrating, and anti-aging acids.
Up until a couple of months ago, I had little to no knowledge of skin care acids. The only one I knew was salicylic acid (SA) because I have acne-prone skin. I was in Ulta one day and one of the estheticians saw me getting a replacement brush head for my Clarisonic. We talked about how people tend to overuse it and how physical exfoliation can be harsh on the skin. She told me about chemical exfoliation and introduced me to Exuviance products. I was really surprised by how gentle they are. I had used a sample of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel about a year ago and it really irritated my sensitive skin :( This conversation led me to doing more research on skin care acids and I’m going to talk about the differences and similarities between AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs.