One of my readers requested a post on my skincare routine, so here it is! I figured this post might help out individuals with oily skin like myself. My skin is quite oily but not acne-prone. It’s usually oiliest during the summer, although I have to mention it still gets oily during the rest of the year, but just not as oily.
Anyhow, I will include pictures of the products that I use and any other specifics that might be helpful to others. If you’ve got any questions or comments, please leave them below! My morning and night routines slightly differ and the number of products that I use are also different.
(The majority of the products below have been reviewed so you can just click on the link below the picture to read more on the products that I’ve posted.)
1) Remove makeup – What goes on, must come off. I wear makeup maybe 6 out of 7 days out of the week so this is a step that I take almost every day. Point makeup is the least fun and most tedious to remove. I use both my Etude House and Tony Moly lip and eye removers to get my eye shadow, liner and mascara off. I actually dislike both but throwing them away just seems like a waste so I’ve been trying to use them up before I try out my Laniege one (which I’m hoping will blow me away).
2) Make up cleanser (Oil-cleansers/Sherbet cleansers/Jelly oil-cleansers) – I’m a huge advocate of double cleansing therefore I usually get my makeup to dissolve with a makeup cleanser first before I proceed to using a foam cleanser to give it that final wash.
3) Foam cleanser – I use different foam cleansers in the morning and night. My Etude House Baking Powder BB Cleansing Foam is reserved for night washes only. Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam instantly became a favorite for night time cleansing and I’ve already repurchased my second one just so I’ll have another one whenever the first one runs out. You can click on the link above to read my review on it.
Exfoliate (optional) – I exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cells and to give my skin that instant lift. Since I don’t do it on a daily basis, I decided not to number it however when I do exfoliate it, it’s between these two steps.
4) Tone – I tone right after washing. Some people might find this step unnecessary however toning picks up residual makeup, cleanses pores, refines skin tone and removes dead skin cells. I tone in both my night and day time routines.
Mask (optional) – Once or twice a week or however I see fit, I use the Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. I think I use it about once a week these days. I usually leave it on for 20 minutes while I catch whatever prime time shows that are on.
Collagen Eye Patches (optional) – One of my favorite things to do is to stick cool eye patches under my eyes while I’m on the computer or watching TV, however I always seem to forget about them since they are kept in my refrigerator.
5) Serum/Cream – Serums are a must these days. I was never into serum until I tried out Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. One of the main reasons why I didn’t use it was because I didn’t really understand what it was for. As for cream, I just thought it was too thick and would clog my already oily pores. However I use both and love both now. I think it’s just a matter of finding one that’s right for your skin. With creams, you just have to find one that isn’t too heavy and thick on your skin. I alternate between the two creams that I have (Innisfree Green Tea Pure Deep & Green Tea Seed Cream) and I like them both.
7) Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream – I’ve been trying out a sample of the IOPE Retinol TX Intensive. I like that it doesn’t leave my under eye area oily and maybe I’m making this up but I believe it’s already working. More on it later after I try out a full size version though.
This might seem like one too many steps to some but I’m sure there are others who have even more steps in their skincare routine. Each step is important to me though. I can honestly say I spend more time and money on skincare than I do cosmetics. It doesn’t make sense to me to spend loads of money on cosmetic products to cover up pores, scars and blemishes when we can improve the condition of our skin by just simply taking better care of it with the right methods and products.
In the morning:
1) Cleanse – I clean my face with a foam cleanser as soon as I get up. I know people who are content with just splashing water on their face. To each their own but I’ve got oily skin so washing in the morning is a must. I use both foam cleansers pictured above. I alternate between them and don’t have a preference.
2) Tone/Essence – I head straight for my toner as soon as I wash my face. I’ve been trying out the Green Persimmon Pore Toner for the past month and a half but I still like my Etude Wonder Pore Freshner. Therefore I alternate between them. I forgot about the essence when I made the collage above so it’s actually pictured with the toners. I use this essence after I tone and it specifically targets my enlarged pores.
3) Sunscreen – I wait a good 5-10 minutes in between essence and sunscreen. However if you have this essence, you will notice that it doesn’t require a lot of time to fully absorb. I just do it because I don’t like layering products on too quickly. Since I’ve started this blog, I haven’t gone a single day without sunscreen. I used to skip sunscreen thinking I didn’t need as it was present in my BB cream. I leave my sunscreen on for 20 minutes before I proceed to the next step.
4) Moisturize – In the morning, I moisturize with Tony Moly Floria Nutra-Energy Toner and Lotion. While it’s labeled as a toner, it feels like a serum and has moisturizing properties. The lotion itself feels more like the actual moisturizer and I always use the two together.
After I moisturize, I proceed with my makeup application. Moisturizer is usually followed by primer and then the rest of my makeup.
As you can see, a lot of my skincare products come from Innisfree. Out of all the road shop brands that I buy from, Innisfree is my ultimate favorite. However, because I like it so much, I haven’t really tried to broaden my experience with other brands. A lot of the products that I use are affordable and readily available so if you have any interest in them, leave me a comment or question below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.