Updated Skincare Routine Spring 2012: Face
Good morning from Singapore! I touched down yesterday at 630am after an 11-hour flight from Frankfurt and I was seriously jellified from jet lag yesterday. While it is always a fierce battle to stay awake during the day, I always love the super early mornings although I cannot sleep in the wee hours so I went for a jog and watched the sun rise over the Little Red Dot – light purple, streaky orange, pale blue skies dotted with white fluffy clouds. It was sweltering even at 6am but what else can you expect from a hot and steamy tropical island. eh?
So it does seem a little weird to be blogging about my spring time skincare routine in Japan but I thought it could be interesting for my fellow sensitive skin sisters to have a look at what’s working for me right now.
Just a bit of background for those who don’t know my skin type: I have oily combination skin that is prone to dehydration and acne, plus I tend to get rashes if I use heavily fragranced and/or complex formulas, so I keep it really simple these days.
In the morning, I wash my face with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I may alternate this with the Hada Labo es Foaming Facial Wash and the only reason I do so is that I may take a shower in the morning and the Hada Labo one sits in the shower room and the CeraVe one is next to the bathroom sink. I like both equally and they clean well without stripping my skin.
Next, I dot my T-zone with my ever-reliable Clinique Anti-Blemish Clearing Moisturizer with salicylic acid to prevent my pores from clogging. Then, I follow up with a coin-sized blob of Physiogel Cream all over my face and neck, after which, I would put on whatever sunscreen I may be using at the moment. I’m almost done with the Hada Labo UV Cream (this has been sadly discontinued) and will switch to a lighter one as soon as the weather gets warmer.
In the evening, I remove my makeup with Mutenka Cow Brand Cleansing Oil. I stopped using eye makeup remover for now because this cleansing oil does a pretty good job of taking off all my eye makeup (and my mascara of the moment is Deja Vu’s Fiberwig Mascara which is easy to remove).
And then I use CeraVe or Hada Labo to wash my face with my Clarisonic. Now, if I had a particularly sweaty day or wore my makeup for more than 12 hours, I would use Clarins’ Gentle Foaming Cleanser as it has a slight stripping effect which is something I actually like when my skin feels all clogged up.
Then, like in the morning, I follow up with the Clinique moisturizer on my T-zone, and then I spread three drops of Jason’s Natural Vitamin E Oil all over my face and neck.
If I have a pimple, I would spot treat it with Clean & Clear’s Persa-Gel 10 which heals zits like a charm and I’ve been using this for the past couple of years.
So that’s it – really spare and simple and this has helped my sensitive skin immensely. I’m on the hunt for an eye cream because I began to notice visible fine lines around my eye area and I’m tempted start experimenting with serums again since my skin has stabilized.
Do you have any serums you can recommend for sensitive skin? What’s your tried-and-tested skincare routine? I love reading about other people’s skincare routines because you never know what might work for someone else, could also work for you.
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