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)
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! 🙂