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10-Step Skincare Routine: The Winter Edit

01 June 2018

Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year? It's also officially winter here in the underbelly of the world which for me means chapped lips and cracked skin, if I'm not careful enough.

Two years ago, I was airdropped from the humid hell that is Manila and into the middle of the harsh Australian winter. Having had no previous experience with anything other than heat, my skin practically froze off of my face that winter, with 15C seeming like a freezing tundra to my tropical ass.

But seeing as how it's my third winter here, much wisdom has been gained about my skin (and about layering clothes in general). I figured out that my very oily skin (less oily now that I've been airlifted out of that humid circle of hell) needs a lot of moisturizing and hydrating layers - which didn't make sense to me back then because I've adapted a less is more philosophy for my oil slick face.

So, let the dropping of the skincare routine commence (in order).

First cleanser (PM): Essano Rosehip Micellar Water


Look, I know in my heart of hearts that I should be using an oil/balm cleanser. I have tried a couple, but to be honest, they're just too messy for my taste (clean sort of rhymes with queen for a reason). It also takes a little bit longer to get off, and I'm just not down for that.

Second cleanser (AM + PM): Celeteque Hydration Facial Cleanser


An oldie but a goodie. This facial wash is something I always hoard when I go to Manila - or I bully my friends to bring it back for me. It' gentle, cleanses really well, and is the perfect pH!

(Quick link: Why the pH of your cleanser matters)

Actives (PM): CosRx AHA OR CosRx BHA (both used only twice a week)


If you've lived anywhere other than under a rock these past few years, of course you'd know of CosRx's actives for blackheads and whiteheads. I always recommend these to friends who ask for exfoliant recommendations with the caveat that you introduce it to your routine slowly, you wait 20 minutes before applying another product, and that you must - and this should go without saying - absolutely use sunblock. 


AHA on non-CosRx days (PM): Pixi Glow Tonic


Grandma's closet smell aside, this cult favorite is also in my skincare drawer because it does wonders for my skin texture.

Hydrating toner (AM + PM): Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion


Sake, arbutin, ceramides, and horse placenta (because Japan). Enough said.

(Quick link: What are Ceramides and Why Do We Want Them in Our Skincare?)

Hydrating toner the sequel (PM): Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion - Moist


For someone who abhors the word moist, there sure is an abundance of it in my routine. Anyway, I digress. This toner's main attraction is hyaluronic acid (HA), which draws water from the environment in order to moisturize the skin and make it plumper and smoother. It then makes sense that the next step in the routine should be...

(Quick link: Why Hyaluronic Acid?)

Ampoule (PM): Scinic All in One Aqua Ampoule


...water! I used to just spritz plain water after my HA serum (I learned this trick from Reddit), but now we're out here living our best life just above the poverty line. This ampoule just brings in an extra drop of watery goodness during this dry season.

Moisturizer (AM + PM): Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer


My go-to moisturizer for my oily skin! This one stays in my routine regardless of the season because it just...works.

Essence (AM + PM): CosRx Snail Essence


Okay, yes, I put moisturizer on before an essence. But that's because this essence is goopy and I feel like it's thicker than the Celeteque gel! I'm on my third bottle of this essence because it just makes everything soft and bouncy - like I can have Korean soft skin if I use it for long enough. Sadly, though, the cream counterpart of this breaks me out like no other and that may be because of the fatty alcohol in it (I may or may have not kept a spreadsheet of ingredients in all my skincare products to determine this for sure).

Cream (PM): Nivea Creme


We love a classic! I use this as an occlusive to seal everything in. I used to use a proper sleeping pack for this same purpose but I'm just not sure I'm fancy enough on the inside for that.

Sunblock (AM): Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen


Winter, spring, summer, or fall, bitch better wear a sunscreen.

Lip balm (All day, every damn day): Abundant Natural Health Lips Alive


In my 100% completely unbiased opinion and not just because I'm the marketing person for the brand, this really is the only lip balm that got rid of my chapped lips. My lips started acting up as soon as summer was officially over and a thick layer of this overnight just got rid of it (the chapping, not my lips).

If you'd like to go down the skincare rabbit hole...

Now tell me your skincare holy grails!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post! My skincare holy grails are lip balm, sunscreen and water! I drink more water in the winter ��

    ReplyDelete

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01 June 2018

10-Step Skincare Routine: The Winter Edit


Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year? It's also officially winter here in the underbelly of the world which for me means chapped lips and cracked skin, if I'm not careful enough.

Two years ago, I was airdropped from the humid hell that is Manila and into the middle of the harsh Australian winter. Having had no previous experience with anything other than heat, my skin practically froze off of my face that winter, with 15C seeming like a freezing tundra to my tropical ass.

But seeing as how it's my third winter here, much wisdom has been gained about my skin (and about layering clothes in general). I figured out that my very oily skin (less oily now that I've been airlifted out of that humid circle of hell) needs a lot of moisturizing and hydrating layers - which didn't make sense to me back then because I've adapted a less is more philosophy for my oil slick face.

So, let the dropping of the skincare routine commence (in order).

First cleanser (PM): Essano Rosehip Micellar Water


Look, I know in my heart of hearts that I should be using an oil/balm cleanser. I have tried a couple, but to be honest, they're just too messy for my taste (clean sort of rhymes with queen for a reason). It also takes a little bit longer to get off, and I'm just not down for that.

Second cleanser (AM + PM): Celeteque Hydration Facial Cleanser


An oldie but a goodie. This facial wash is something I always hoard when I go to Manila - or I bully my friends to bring it back for me. It' gentle, cleanses really well, and is the perfect pH!

(Quick link: Why the pH of your cleanser matters)

Actives (PM): CosRx AHA OR CosRx BHA (both used only twice a week)


If you've lived anywhere other than under a rock these past few years, of course you'd know of CosRx's actives for blackheads and whiteheads. I always recommend these to friends who ask for exfoliant recommendations with the caveat that you introduce it to your routine slowly, you wait 20 minutes before applying another product, and that you must - and this should go without saying - absolutely use sunblock. 


AHA on non-CosRx days (PM): Pixi Glow Tonic


Grandma's closet smell aside, this cult favorite is also in my skincare drawer because it does wonders for my skin texture.

Hydrating toner (AM + PM): Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion


Sake, arbutin, ceramides, and horse placenta (because Japan). Enough said.

(Quick link: What are Ceramides and Why Do We Want Them in Our Skincare?)

Hydrating toner the sequel (PM): Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion - Moist


For someone who abhors the word moist, there sure is an abundance of it in my routine. Anyway, I digress. This toner's main attraction is hyaluronic acid (HA), which draws water from the environment in order to moisturize the skin and make it plumper and smoother. It then makes sense that the next step in the routine should be...

(Quick link: Why Hyaluronic Acid?)

Ampoule (PM): Scinic All in One Aqua Ampoule


...water! I used to just spritz plain water after my HA serum (I learned this trick from Reddit), but now we're out here living our best life just above the poverty line. This ampoule just brings in an extra drop of watery goodness during this dry season.

Moisturizer (AM + PM): Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer


My go-to moisturizer for my oily skin! This one stays in my routine regardless of the season because it just...works.

Essence (AM + PM): CosRx Snail Essence


Okay, yes, I put moisturizer on before an essence. But that's because this essence is goopy and I feel like it's thicker than the Celeteque gel! I'm on my third bottle of this essence because it just makes everything soft and bouncy - like I can have Korean soft skin if I use it for long enough. Sadly, though, the cream counterpart of this breaks me out like no other and that may be because of the fatty alcohol in it (I may or may have not kept a spreadsheet of ingredients in all my skincare products to determine this for sure).

Cream (PM): Nivea Creme


We love a classic! I use this as an occlusive to seal everything in. I used to use a proper sleeping pack for this same purpose but I'm just not sure I'm fancy enough on the inside for that.

Sunblock (AM): Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen


Winter, spring, summer, or fall, bitch better wear a sunscreen.

Lip balm (All day, every damn day): Abundant Natural Health Lips Alive


In my 100% completely unbiased opinion and not just because I'm the marketing person for the brand, this really is the only lip balm that got rid of my chapped lips. My lips started acting up as soon as summer was officially over and a thick layer of this overnight just got rid of it (the chapping, not my lips).

If you'd like to go down the skincare rabbit hole...

Now tell me your skincare holy grails!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post! My skincare holy grails are lip balm, sunscreen and water! I drink more water in the winter ��

    ReplyDelete