Friday, January 2

My Complete Facial routine [Combination Oily and Sensitive Skin]

Harooo readers!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I made a resolution to blog more often, so blog I shall. I also re-vamped my blog (I am always doing so…le sigh) so if you see glitches anywhere, just know…#under construction.
I know I have done at least 3 different skin/face routine posts here, here and here. BUT there’s nothing I can do when my skin changes  :( so saddd really.
At first I had dry perfect skin…no acne…with a little sensitivity here and there….then it became combination with TONS of acne and very sensitive and dry on my cheeks…now my skin is Combination Oily and sensitive…I cannot completely call it oily because my cheeks still get dry on random days, so combination it is.
I was getting tired of doing various posts on my skin, so I decided to do a complete post and leave it as is….I sure hope my skin doesn’t change again cause that would really suck.

Starting with the night-time, first things first I take off my makeup using my [Laneige Speedy& Safe Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof] I gently take off my eye and lip makeup, then I use either my cleansing oil [Shills Natural Science Cherry Blossom Make-up Removing Oil] during the summer when my face is oilier and cleansing water/micelle/gel solution [The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Water] during the winter to take off the rest of my makeup.
Rinse, then wash my face using a cream face wash [CLEAN & CLEAR CONTINUOUS CONTROL Acne Cleanser] for summer and [Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser] for winter while scrubbing my T-zone with [Revlon Spa Pore & Facial Brush]. It gets in my pores and gets all the dirt out. I chose this over the clarisonic or any other popular brush for a reason. Its bristles are softer so it doesn't irritate my skin much (it still irritates my cheek area) it is also cheaper. plus i use it for only my t-zone area which would be a waste if i bought an expensive one.

I tone my face with [Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Toner] and prepare my face for my evening mask. Yes, i tone beforehand because i want all the cleansing done before adding nutrients to my skin. I don't want to tone after Masks because i don't want to wipe off it’s benefits. I also use the same toner all-year round.

Mask time!I have various options with Various schedules, But year round, I categorize my masks and ensure I have at least one of each category which I alternate use at night.
I have a gentle peel mask which strips oil and dirt but doesn’t dry out my skin [Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque], the Nose mask which is essential for clogged pores [The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack Peel-off type]: This is pretty much an updated version of [The Face Shop Black Head Ex Nose Clay Mask Peel-off type], except it dries faster and is easier to use.
Next up I have a clay mask for when my skin gets really oily [Clean & Clear BLACKHEAD ERASER™ CLEANSING MASK], an acne mask [CLEAN & CLEAR CONTINUOUS CONTROL Acne Cleanser] (which is actually a face wash but has 10% benzoic acid and shrinks my acne whenever I use it as a mask!). The last two are a brightening mask [Skinfood Rice Mask Wash off] and a lotion mask

I am a lotion mask fanatic. These things work wonders on my skin. I do have certain preferences during the year, I try them all but I have staples that I must use during summer and winter, based on their texture/solution.
[My Beauty Diary Lemon Vit-C Mask] is more of a moisturizing lotion which calms the skin and rejuvenates it so I use it all year round.
[My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask] is made for those with acne and oil skin, its formula resembles an astringent, it shrinks pores, treats acne and smells really really good. I use this during summer.
[My Beauty Diary Ginseng Mask] has a similar watery like solution to the apple polyphenol and would not work for dry skin types. I bought this during winter and hated it, however I tried it during the summer and I am in love!
[The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Lemon, Honey, Pomegranate & Rice] are all very very moisturizing masks by The Face Shop, with my oily skin type I find them overwhelmingly greasy during the summer, but during winter they help calm my skin down and I love them!

Next, i apply clear lotion [JuJu Cosmetics Aquamoist Vitamin C Toner] during summer or serum [It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Propolis] during winter, eye cream [Missha Misa Yehyun Bon Eye Cream] and then finalize with gel cream [Kameria Pure Milk Whitening Gel Cream] during summer or moisturizing emulsion [The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Emulsion] during winter. Sometimes, if my skin still acts up and is dry during winter I top the emulsion with some gel cream as well, but this occurs once in a blue moon…mostly when I am sick…..

On days that i feel extremely lazy these wipes [Equate Beauty Night-Time Soothing Makeup Remover Towelettes  and Equate Beauty Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes] come in really handy. i use the grapefruit one only on days that i have no makeup on or after the makeup removing wipes to keep acne at bay .

During the day I wash or scrub my face. I usually leave my scrubs in the shower for days that I am in a hurry, I leave the wash on the sink for days that I am not or mornings when I do not shower (I shower the night before….maybe…lol).
In the summer I need powerful acne fighting washes and scrubs cause that’s when my skin is the most acne prone. I use [Clean & Clear BLACKHEAD ERASER™ CLEANSING MASK & Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Face Scrub].
As the weather changes, my skin becomes more and more sensitive to the extreme, my summer scrub becomes too harsh for my skin and I have to switch to something gentle AND calming at the same time [St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub & Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser], these two work wonders on my irritated skin.
During winter my skin stays sensitive but its toned down (quite oddly) and then gets a bit dryer and rough etc, so I need a gentle but effective scrub hence the switch to [St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Scrub]. I still use the same wash [Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser]and I also use the [Clean & Clear MORNING BURST® SKIN BRIGHTENING FACIAL SCRUB] (not shown) in the shower especially during times when I have no acne. It has this euphoric feeling on your skin when I use it…maybe it’s the “burst”. lol.

I tone my face with the usual [Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Toner] and then use my eye cream [Missha Misa Yehyun Bon Eye Cream] (not shown).

Face Routine my beauty diary and face shop lotion masks
This doesn’t happen often, but on mornings with time to spare and weekends, I use lotion masks in the morning as well, it makes my skin feel refreshed and pampered for the day :)
[My Beauty Diary Lemon Vit-C Mask, Apple Polyphenol Mask, Ginseng Mask] & [The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Lemon, Honey, Pomegranate & Rice]

Next step is lotion [JuJu Cosmetics Aquamoist Vitamin C Toner] during summer or serum [It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Propolis], sunscreen [SKIN79 Perfect UV Protection SPF50+/PA+++ or OMI SOLANOVEIL Watery UV Milk SPF50+/PA+++] and my makeshift primer [Olay White Radiance UV Whitening Lotion SPF 19 (combination to oily skin)]. It is a lotion with sunscreen that works to absorb oil from face as well as make face appear brighter and refines, I use it in place of a primer or lotion for my face, it makes my make-up process much easier. don’t be fooled, it is mislabeled. it does not whiten skin, it makes skin appear brighter with a white appearing cast.

Next up is my final and favorite item of the day! BB-creams!
[Garnier  Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer SPF 26 PA+++, Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB SPF 30 PA++, Lioele Beyond The Solution BB Cream and Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++] are my staple summer bb-creams which have more of a serum like texture with matte finishes. Great for when my skin is oily.
[Lady Kin Confldence Nude Face BB Cream SPF 45 PA++, Etude House Moistfull Collagen BB Cream SPF22 PA++, Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream SPF 42 PA+++ and Missha Misa Cho Bo Yang BB Cream SPF30 PA++, ] are staple winter bb-creams, moisturizing but not overwhelmingly oily to skin, give a dewy finish and work to calm my skin whenever it is irritated. love them.

And lastly (but not in order of application)…whenever I have acne, I count on these two to shrink those lil’ buggers down. [Neutrogena On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment] for daytime, cause it goes under makeup and [Clean & Clear PERSA-GEL® 10 ACNE MEDICATION] for night-time.

That’s all for my complete routine, omg it took me forever to type this!
Of course, this routine might change if I move out of Texas I’m sure, we’ll see with the future hold.
thanks for reading!
Ore :)

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