November 12, 2016

I have seriously never imagined myself to be blogging about skincare because 1) skincare isn’t my priority, and 2) I don’t think I’d look the part as a skincare blogger. But now that I’m finally putting my skin as a part of my priorities, and I’m now taking a conscious effort to improve, if not maintain, my skin, I think I can really be an effective skincare blogger. HAHA. Not that I’m a pro but I think I have figured out what works best for me. I have blogged about my first serious skincare regimen with Soul, and after two months of using it, I can really say that it was effective for me. I didn’t break out as much and my pimple spots have really lightened and disappeared. But I am a lazy person, I hated having to line up at a bank to pay. So I weren’t able to follow through with that routine. I figured that I should go and try out a regimen with products that are easily and readily available at drugstores. (Also because, I received a huge gift certificate and I decided to spend it all on skin products. Lol.)

My routine is pretty simple: cleanse, tone, moisturize. I do that everyday during the morning when I take a bath, and the evening before I go to bed. But twice a week, it changes to: cleanse, scrub, tone, mask, moisturize. I really spent time in researching about Korean beauty regimen that I knew I can only scrub twice a week, and because masking takes up some time, I can do it only 2-3 times a week too. Koreans also use essences and ampoules but I ain’t got enough to spend for that yet! Anyway, here’s the routine that I’ve been following for two weeks now. (All products are bought at Watsons)

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Safeguard Derma Sense for Acne Prone Skin. Tim told me about this two years ago when it’s still not being advertised as much, and he said it worked for him. I didn’t listen to him because I was using a cleanser of my own and I didn’t want to change to another because I might breakout. I’m also not very keen on trying out drugstore cleansers because I find them to be very drying. That is not the case with this one though. It didn’t make me break out and it didn’t make my skin feel tight after washing. I really liked how gentle it is on my skin. And I especially liked that it has salicylic acid because as I have learned in organic chemistry, it is a good drying agent. #TheMoreYouKnow

Celeteque Hydration Toner. It lifts away all the dirt that my cleanser didn’t get and it’s very gentle! It’s alcohol-free so that’s why. I also like how good it smells! I didn’t get the cleanser that’s part of their hydration line because I find it to be too strong for my skin (I tried it out last year).

Nivea Creme. I found out about this moisturizer from Camie and she said it’s really good. And I envy her skin so I took her word for it. Haha. Now, my skin isn’t really dry. It’s combination. But when I stopped with my Soul skincare regimen, my face went dry because I wasn’t really using anything on my face besides soap. When I tried this out, it was really effective. My face felt smooth. I only apply a thin layer because I tend to get oily when I put too much moisturizer. I love how when I wake up in the morning, my face would feel really supple. #Freshness

St. Ives Apricot Scrub for Blemish Control. I’ve said in this blogpost how this scrub made me break out after three (going on four) years of using it. On hindsight, it’s probably because I used it everyday when I only should have used it twice a week. In my defense, the bottle said I can use it everyday–even twice a day. Now that I’ve learned my lesson (and the different kinds of cleansers: gel, foam, scrub, etc.) I only use this two time a week. Usually on the weekends when I know I’m going to put on a face mask.

The Face Shop Face Masks. I LOVE face masks from The Face Shop! I trust them because they’re a Korean brand and we all know how great their skin are. I’ve also been using their face masks for months now and not once have they caused me to break out. Plus they all smell good! I usually use the Rice Mask and the Green Tea Mask for brightening and blemishes. I didn’t include it in the picture because it’s not a drugstore product but it’s part of my routine so I had to include it here (maybe I’ll do a separate posts on my favorite face masks? :D).

And there you go! Everything is available at your local drugstores (except for the face masks but The Face Shop has stores in most malls) and they don’t cost a lot. This routine only cost me less than a thousand bucks!!! For those who will ask what the Snow Skin Whitening Soap is doing in the picture, it was part of my drugstore haul. Lol. I use it for my body along with Nivea’s Whitening Lotion for a brighter complexion. I’ve grown darker because of how much time I spent under the sun for the past year. I have a tan line from my watch and it surprises me how white I used to be!

What are your drugstore skincare finds? Share them with me! 🙂

[Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am not compensated in any way to write this blog post. All thoughts and opinion written above are my own.]

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  • Reply Augustin Ra November 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    The only skincare routine I do on my face since I’m in grade school is to wash my face with a soap and after washing it, apply calamansi/lemon juice on it and let it stay for how many minutes and then, rinse. That’s all. I always receive compliments from people about my acne-free skin and I only get a pimple once a month as a sign that my period is coming. Haha! 😊 When I’m not lazy, I do some extra skincare like removing my whiteheads and blackheads from my nose using iWhite Korea nosepack.

    • Reply Pia November 13, 2016 at 4:58 am

      Thanks for sharing, Augustin! I used to do that too when I was in highschool. But I stopped when I read that it’s too harsh for the face. 🙁

      • Reply Augustin Ra November 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

        Really? And why is that?

        • Reply Pia November 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm

          I’ve read somewhere that it’s highly acidic (with a pH of 2) when applied directly on face. 🙁

  • Reply Dianne Kathreen November 14, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Face mask is my best friend! I use it like once a week. I got mine from Watsons, those 55php face masks. Lol. And yes, Nivea Creme works perfectly. I use it every time my face gets dry from my face wash – really good as a moiturizer. Nice post, btw! 🙂

    • Reply Pia November 14, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Face masks are heaven-sent, they feel so good! <3 Thanks, Kathreen!

  • Reply Da Dominguez November 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Camie also inspired me to give skincare a try. Haha! So I did an Althea Korea haul dedicated to my skincare routine and will do a blogpost about it soon. And yaaaaas, face masks are the bomb!

    • Reply Pia November 14, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Althea is such a good website to get your Korean skincare fix! Looking forward to read that blog post, Da. 😀

  • Reply Richel V. November 14, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I don’t really have a skincare routine – even if I really should start on one. Haha! I stick with Pond products through for my facewash, and I’ve started to love face masks. I hoarded a lot when I was in Korea, so I use one once a week.

    • Reply Pia November 15, 2016 at 6:07 am

      I didn’t think of having a skincare routine until this year, lol. My first facial wash was Pond’s but I find it too strong for my skin. 🙁 And omg, lucky you! Korean face masks are A M A Z I N G. If ever get to go to Korea I would totally spend all my money on their skincare products! :))

  • Reply Dianne November 14, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for sharing your skincare routine! I’m actually on the hunt for a good toner. I can’t remember the last time I used toner on my face because I’m lazy like that and I did not care that much before. But now I do. I started buying skin care products last month and I’ve been religiously doing my routine since then, minus the toner. huhu! I hope I can share mine too, soon! Face mask fan here too, btw!

    • Reply Pia November 15, 2016 at 6:09 am

      You’re welcome, Dianne! <3 I suggest you try Celeteque's toner, it's really mild as it is alcohol-free. Buy the tiniest bottle so if it doesn't work for you, it wouldn't be too much of a waste. :D I'm looking forward to read about your skincare routine! And yay for face masks!

  • Reply Wandering Ella November 28, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Lately I’ve been hoarding on skincare products too! And same tayo, I bought the Nivea Creme moisturizer when I saw Camie’s blog! Haha. I love it too! Super soft and supple din ng face ko when I wake up! How much is the Celeteque toner? I’m currently using the Kojie San cleanser and toner and though I’m not having breakouts, I don’t like it that much kasi it’s not alcohol-free and it stings. I’m torn between the Celeteque (I saw it in one vlog too) and Etude’s Wonder Pore. Hehe.

    xo, Wandering Ella

    • Reply Pia November 28, 2016 at 6:42 am

      I feel so fresh when I wake up! Haha. If I remember correctly, the Celeteque toner costs less than 100PHP. 😀 I really suggest you try it because it’s not harsh at all. 🙂

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