Updated Skin Care Routine – August 2016

It’s been 3 months since I shared my updated routine. I needed to change it up a bit because my skin got used to some products. Now, how do I introduce a new product in my routine? I give it 1 to 2 weeks. For example, cleanser. I try it out for 1 week. If it’s okay then I’ll add the new toner and so one. That way it’s easy for me to determine the culprit in case I have irritation or breakout. It’ll be difficult if you use all new ones at the same time. Just like in makeup.

Makeup remover

Skinlite Cleansing Tissue

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Yup, I still prefer tissues over other makeup removers because I’m lazy. I also find that they remove makeup better. It feels refreshing while removing all makeup. I’m a full coverage freak. I use liquid foundation, concealer and powder foundation and it works fine. I still buy the same brand. It’s only 89 pesos (approx $2). It’s difficult to switch when I already found something cheap that works.

Cleanser

iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Wash

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I needed to take a break from my favorite cleanser so my skin wont get used to it. That being said it will still be effective when I return to it and as usual I need to find a substitute for a couple of weeks or months. This is my first time to try iWhite Korea. So far it’s okay. Full review next week!!!

Mask

sheet masks

6567310095548416_grandeLush PH imports their products from Japan. A staff said Mask of Mag is usually available once a month or once every two months. I got tired of waiting for it to be back in stock. Sheet mask is always to the rescue when we need to pamper ourselves. We got these from Etude House. Not really a fan of sheet masks but these will do for now.

Toner

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner & Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

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I’m using two toners. Klairs when I want extra hydration or in the morning. Supple Preparation Toner minimizes the appearance of wrinkles on my forehead. I reach for Wonder Pore if I had a long sweaty day of commuting, exercising, on a hot weather or whenever I want extra cleansing.

Moisturizers

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Feeling the magic of slime again. Snail slime is good for brightening, anti ageing and calming. Gel type moisturizer is light and nice for oily skin. I’m staying away from anti acne moisturizers because they make my pores look bigger.

Aquaphor and Hydrocortisone
I still use these whenever my dermatitis flares up. Aquaphor is my savior for reducing itch and redness. It also prevents flaking and wounds. Followed by Hydrocortisone after the skin has calmed down. There’s no cure for this. It’s sad that we have to deal with this forever. Oo, may forever pala! 😧

Spot Treatment

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

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Its purpose is spot treatment only. I like to apply it on spots that were left from acne. You know those red spots and sometimes they’re flakey. This is also good for moisturizing those. It smells great and feels relaxing. Click here for full review

I thought you have acne prone skin? I didnt see a zit zapper in this post.” I have hormonal acne but the main cause of my breakouts is stress. Stress = hormonal imbalance. I minimize that issue with relaxing/de-stressing at the end of the day. Everyday.

Have you added something new in your routine? Let us know what’s your favorite skin care last month.💜

Foods/Drinks That Cause & Reduce My Breakouts

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This is the continuation of my skincare routine. Everything listed in this post works best for me and all based on my experience. Im not saying that this will work for everyone. Some people are okay with sweets, salty food and dairy products.

Foods/Drinks that CAUSE my breakouts

  • Skipping breakfast and meals
    Skipping meals especially breakfast will cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Sweets & salty food 
    I gave up sweets already. All candies, cupcakes, chocolates and etc. Aside from home-cooked salty foods, this includes fast food and processed food.
  • Dairy Products (cheese, milk and etc)
    I ate pizza whenever I want to. But as soon as I avoided it, I saw improvements on my skin. I’ll get a cystic acne once I eat a slice of pizza & other dairy products.
  • Eggs
    Eggs can cause blemishes for me. Egg is good for us but just to be sure, I don’t exceed one egg per day. We usually eat it for breakfast. Remember it’s not a tapsilog anymore without the egg.😉
  • Soft-drinks/sodas, artificial juices & sugary drinks
    Have you seen all the soft drinks experiments on social media? Have you seen the amount of black sugar in it? Black sugar is the sweetest kind of sugar. Artificial juices have high sugar content too. Still included as sweets for me. Milk tea is a no-no for me. I’m glad I gave them all up. I’m always about to throw up whenever I see a bottle of those sugary drinks.
  • Alcoholic drinks
    Alcohol will dehydrate the body. I breakout as a result of drinking it. I got a lot of whiteheads before especially on the chin area. I havent drank a single shot of alcohol for almost a year now and I rarely get breakouts on the chin area.

Foods/Drinks that REDUCE my breakouts

  • Vegetables and fruits everyday
    This literally reduced my breakouts. I eat vegetables everyday. I saw a huge difference. Plus they are very affordable. Win-win. 🙂
  • Water
    This one is also a main reason why I get less breakouts. Water also helps the body to flush out toxins. Your body needs to stay hydrated. I don’t know about you guys but I breakout when Im dehydrated. I make sure Im drinking enough. Not to the point I’m drowning myself. I drink big glasses for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rest of the day & before going to sleep, drink in small glasses every hour so you’re not forcing your body.
  • Fresh fruit & vegetable juices
    Im talking about freshly squeezed juices. Not the pre-made juices that you can find in convenience stores. Those drinks contain a lot of sugar.

I’m taking a supplement once a day aside from these things. Again, Im realistic about acne. Yes, I still get blemishes but not as much as before. That makes me happy. I do not take accutane/isotretinoin or birth control pills.

Healthy foods especially vegetables will help the biggest & most important part, targeting the inside. Do not rely on skincare products alone. Yes, products will help you but for a small part only (outside skin).

Updated Skin Care Routine

It’s my first time to post my updated routine. My skin’s better with less breakouts these past few months. I think these things help a lot; my diet, skin care & Im slowly saying goodbye to puberty. Hyper-pigmentation is my main problem now. Let’s start~

image Oops, I forgot to include my EH Cleansing Tissue in this photo. It’s too big and it’ll take a lot of space.😅

1. BLOT OIL & USE MAKEUP REMOVER: blot skin whether bare-faced or wearing makeup then use cleansing wipes
I dont want the oil to cover my skin when Im splashing water. It feels like the cleansing step will not be effective. I blot my skin with a regular tissue before anything else. Then I use Etude House Every Month Cleansing Tissue if I have makeup on or after a long day of sweating & commuting. Full review here.
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