Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Skincare Routine: PM

I'm pretty happy with where my skin's currently at, and I posted about my morning skincare routine a couple of months ago. I'm still using most of the same products, and thought I'd better finish what I started and get the evening skincare routine blog post up as well. I have combination skin- dry cheeks prone to uneven tone and oily t-zone- that is acne-prone and pigmentation-prone.

Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Makeup Remover 
This makeup remover is a staple- I've tried and liked micellar waters but this bi-phase formula is so good at removing waterproof products and is well under $10 at supermarkets.
Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening gel cleanser + Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush
I really like this- I'm onto my second bottle. It keeps blemishes away and cleanses the skin well without drying it out or leaving a residual feeling. The silicone scrubby brush helps the cleanser do a more thorough job, exfoliates a little and keeps away blackheads and build-up in larger pores around the nose.

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting Serum

Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil
I didn't want to apply the rose hip oil straight onto my skin, so I used the serum as a medium to mix. The combination works really well to keep blemishes away, deeply hydrate and even out the skin. I've used up both bottles and intend to repurchase sometime soon because I haven't found anything to work as well. I find the rose hip oil does more than the serum but I fear results wouldn't be as good if I used one without the other.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

I've gone through two tubes of this already, and I've repurchased a third. It refines the texture of the skin, keeps pores clear and the vitamin B3 (niacinamide) works to eradicate discolouration. 

Steps I Don't Do Everyday
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
This is basically a rich moisturiser. It smells deliciously fruity and is good at hydrating the skin in winter. I don't use it as much as rose hip oil because I prefer the way rose hip oil makes my skin feel the morning after, and it leaves my skin with a more even tone but there's only so much the oil can do, which is where Drink Up Intensive comes in.

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
I like using this on days off when my skin's congested because it gives the skin a deep cleanse without drying it out. I apply a layer 2-3 mm thick and leave it on for 30 mins while I read, wash my brushes or watch a Youtube video and I take it off with a wet flannel. It's a clay mask and functions in a similar way to other ones I've tried, but this is clarifying without being drying, which distinguishes it from cheaper masks.

Sheet Masks

Asian sheet masks are great and usually have their own specialised functions depending on the ingredients. They used to only be available from Korean marts but I've noticed Priceline now stocks Taiwan-made face and undereye sheet masks in white packaging for $3.99 each. They're excellent for nights when I've been busy studying and neglected my skincare regimen until right before bed. I like to leave it on while I sleep- usually the recommended time is 10-30 minutes but to get the most of out it I leave it on and when I wake up I find that I've taken it off my face during the night.


  1. I'm thinking of getting the Aesop but I'm trying to use up this SUPER drying clay mask I have from Formula 10.0.6 first. Which will take like 1 year minimum so I guess I won't be getting the Aesop any time soon. I never thought to use the rose hip oil with a serum to form a more potent combination and to avoid placing the rose hip oil directly onto your face. I prefer to use any of my oils in conjunction with some kind of moisturiser (usually Trilogy or Clarins) as I find that works a lot better than the oil onto my bare skin by itself.

    1. I've stopped using conventional moisturisers- I usually do serum/oil, followed by Effaclar Duo. I didn't find the Apostle serum left the skin feeling particularly different so using it as a catalyst medium for the oil helped me become more accepting of oils. The Aesop is nice, I don't use it enough. I don't know if I'd repurchase- I don't have enough time or motivation to face-mask as much anymore.